Thinking like Rommel

Subject: Mobile | July 15, 2008 - 04:07 PM |
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Intel's been talking up their Centrino 2 for so long that not a lot of what we are hearing today is news; most are things we;ve known about for quite a while.  The focus is apparently on "performance, battery life, form factor, wireless and security", extending some, but attempting to shrink the form factor.   Get the full story in Ryan's article, with slides from Intel as well as his perspective on Intel's second go at dominating the mobile world.

Sounding the retreat

Subject: General Tech | July 15, 2008 - 03:51 PM |
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You won't be seeing that little blue square with the white arrow very often anymore, SoundMax is being discontinued by Analog Devices, leaving Realtek as the only major dedicated onboard audio chip provider.  Intel and AMD have the ability to create serious onboard audio solutions, but have preferred to use third party chips and codecs in the past, but now they have only one to choose from.  The Tech Report can tell you more about this move.

OCZ Technology Group Unveils Intel Centrino 2 whitebook

Subject: Mobile | July 15, 2008 - 03:27 PM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. - July 14, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, components, and systems, today introduced a new whitebook solution powered by the long awaited Intel Centrino 2 ("Montevina") platform. This state-of-the-art platform technology provides a breakthrough in mobile computing for higher performance, advanced connectivity, and longer battery life.

New Intel-Based Laptops Advance All Facets of Notebook PCs

Subject: Mobile | July 15, 2008 - 03:24 PM |
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SAN FRANCISCO, July 15, 2008 - Intel Corporation unveiled its Intel Centrino 2 Processor Technology products for laptops today, powered by five new Intel Core2 Duo processors. Close to 250 innovative consumer and business notebook PC designs are on the way, including those equipped with the right combination of powerful processors, graphics and battery life to enjoy viewing stunning high definition videos and myriad other computer and Internet activities.

Coolermaster takes the silver

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 14, 2008 - 09:13 PM |
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The Cooler Master Ultimate Circuit Protection 900W PSU managed an 88% efficiency rating at 80plus.org, a rare level of efficiency for a PSU.  TechPowerUp's testing didn't quite see the same impressive results, but they were certainly well above average.  The cabling was a good news, bad news situtation though; while the interior cables are longer than most, the non-standard power plug was a definate negative.  Check out their full reivew for more.

Source: techPowerUp!

Calling all pilots

Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2008 - 06:58 PM |
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If you are looking to beat the rest of the gang when piloting a helicopter, jet or any other flying vehicle, you need to get a joystick.  Saitek has been making joysticks for quite a while now, and they have come out with the new Aviator (AV8R) Flight Stick.  Just like mice and keyboards have evolved some rather interesting new tricks, this joystick also has some features you might not have seen before. 

Source: OCMODSHOP

NVIDIA Brings SLI Technology to Intel Bloomfield CPU Platforms

Subject: Motherboards | July 14, 2008 - 06:38 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - JULY 14, 2008 - PC enthusiasts, manufacturers, and developers around the world have a lot to be excited about today with NVIDIA Corporation's announcement that it will be bringing the power and performance of its SLI multi-GPU technology to Intel's upcoming line of Bloomfield CPUs.

Source: NVIDIA

iPhone 3G on the exam table

Subject: Mobile | July 14, 2008 - 05:24 PM |
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The iPhone 3G has been touted by Apple as the solution to all your mobile communications needs.  Ars Technica decided to test that out, comparing it to other smart phones and the original iPhone, as well as looking at it as a business tool like the Blackberry.  You might not like some of the things that they found.

Source: Ars Technica

It sure sounds nice, but when can we get them?

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 14, 2008 - 04:02 PM |
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The previews of the HD 4870 X2 are certainly impressive, Ryan was seeing an average frame rate of 40fps in Crysis at 1920x1200 and 8xAF.  It does feel like AMD is taunting their fans thanks to the way this card was released.  We have no firm date (Q3 sometime-ish), no idea what the availablilty will be like, and absolutely no idea what the price will be.  Still, it is nice to see positive results from AMD's graphics cards.

Letting you in on a little secret

Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2008 - 03:48 PM |
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Have you ever been baffled as to how some forum members can tell you, at a glimpse, which processes are unnecessary
and just sucking up resources.  One tool that you may have used is HijackThis, which when paired with their online analyzer can pinpoint nasty processes, but not the innocuous but greed programs.  If you want to understand more about what is running on your system, you will need to spend some time with Process Explorer which can give you a lot more information on what is running on your system than Task Manager can. 

Much ado about the GPU

Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2008 - 09:21 PM |
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Thanks to the incredibly hot graphics card market right now, the graphics forum is hopping.  A lot of the

Revisiting maximum memory

Subject: Memory | July 11, 2008 - 06:41 PM |
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With ever rising resolutions and multiple core CPUs, systems are able to utilize more and more memory effectively.  bit-tech decided to see if the sweet spot for RAM has moved, testing with 2, 4 and 8GBs of system RAM.  Head over and see what they found out when gaming, task switching and being productive.

Source: bit-tech

Saving money, saving the planet and stopping the whining

Subject: Motherboards | July 11, 2008 - 05:34 PM |
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Legit Reviews has decided to find out for themselves whether ASUS or Gigabyte produces the most power efficient motherboards.  They have copies of the FUD filled slides produced be Gigabyte which started this whole fiasco, so if you didn't see them before, you can now.  Read the full review to see why Gigabyte decided to apologize.

First Glimpse of AMD's 45nm Phenom

Subject: Processors | July 11, 2008 - 04:15 PM |
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A little while back in one of the latest podcasts we had talked about how we have not seen all that many working 45nm Phenom samples floating around.  In fact, at that point we really had not seen a one or have had any concrete information about these products (which is scary considering the product is supposed to be out by late Q3 this year).  Now we have seen one of the first samples benchmarked and overclocked, and the results are pretty impressive.

Heavyweight storage round up

Subject: Storage | July 11, 2008 - 04:08 PM |
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Source: X-Bit Labs

Ooops!

Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2008 - 03:53 PM |
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In a move very similar to the release of Firefox 3, the Apple activation servers have gone down.  After waiting in line with all the other iPhone fans, it looks like you will be sent home with an unactivated iPhone and can try to activate it later through iTunes.  Keep an eye on Engadget for updates.

Source: engadget

Summer's recommended systems

Subject: Systems | July 10, 2008 - 10:26 PM |
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The Tech Report has made some major revisions to their recommended systems for this summer, thanks to the effort being made by manufacturers to speed up their releases this year.  With four recommended builds to choose from, there is something interesting, no matter what you plan to do with your PC.

HD so real you can touch it

Subject: Displays | July 10, 2008 - 06:47 PM |
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OrigenAE has come up with a very interesting idea, the T12 Touch Screen.  It is a 12" widescreen display capable of 1920x1080 and as the name implies, it is a touch screen.  TechPowerUp loved everything about the monitor but the price, though inexpensive touchscreens are few and far between.  Take a look at the review, it may give you a lot of ideas as to how this display could be used.

Source: techPowerUp!

High low tech

Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2008 - 05:43 PM |
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The Symphonic Designs Tube Amplifier has a classic steampunk look to it, with the sound quality that anyone who has heard tube amps before would expect.  Combine that with Bluetooth and an iPod dock in addition to RCA and banana plugs have you have nice meld of old and new.  The sound won't be terribly loud; it is rated at 18W, but that amount of power satisfied Techware Labs.

The power of the water sword

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 10, 2008 - 04:14 PM |
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In Lee's first review of the Thermaltake Sword he focused many of the features, such as the LCD panel as well as it's air cooling abilities.  In his second look he sets it up for watercooling, as Thermaltake claims to have designed the case with alternate cooling methods in mind, in fact most of the elements come pre-installed.  See how easy it was for him to set up in the full review.