February blahs strike the forums, lets start March with a roar

Subject: General Tech | February 29, 2008 - 05:59 PM |

Upgrading your system piece by piece can be challenging, and I don't necessarily mean to imply it is hard to find the components or install them.  I am more referring to the dilemma of bottlenecking, as in this thread, nothing is more disheartening
than buying a new graphics card and seeing no improvements.  On the other hand, moving from onboard to add on audio can be a bit confusing.  Hard drives are easier, if you want s

AMD HD 3870 X2 with GDDR4 to be shown at CeBit

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 29, 2008 - 03:12 PM |

It looks like the rumor going around the pre-CeBit floor is that AMD and its partners will be showing off a GDDR4 version of the recently released Radeon HD 3870 X2 card (review here).  The current cards use GDDR3 memory but there are not as of yet any indicators that performance will be increased because of it - stay tuned!

Most of ATI’s partners will showcase their Radeon 3870 X2 DDR4

Source: fastlanehw

MSI is going to power chipset fans with...chipset heat

Subject: Motherboards | February 29, 2008 - 03:09 PM |

This is a pretty interesting design idea: taking the heat that is generated by the motherboard chipset and using it to power the very fan that cools it.  Pic and description from engadget.

Source: engadget

For those about to upgrade

Subject: Systems | February 29, 2008 - 01:59 PM |

Four systems builds are proposed by The Tech Report in their newest system guide.  Everyone is covered from the budget conscious gamer to the gamer who can afford it all, as well as a powerful workstation that has more filling than an Oreo double stuff.

For even more choices, drop by PC Perspective's own Hardware Leaderboard, and see what Ryan recommends.

The talented E8500

Subject: Processors | February 29, 2008 - 01:26 PM |

Intel's Core 2 Duo E8500 is retailing for about $495, which gets you a 3.16GHz, 6MB L2 Cache, 1333MHz (333x4) FSB 45nm process chip that overclocks like an old Celeron.  Legit Reviews hit 4.73GHz by dropping the multiplier to 9 and cranking up the bus speed to 526MHz.  Before they overclocked the chip, it's power consumption was noticeably lower than previous models, though pumping

Coolermaster's kit car

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 29, 2008 - 11:51 AM |

The Cosmos S RC-1100 is a souped up version of the Cosmos 1000, with a much more sporty look and some features you don't find on the 1000 model.  From a touch sensitive power switch, no buttons on this case, to a rather well thought out cooling system, it is easy to see why this case grabbed Editor's Choice at Phoronix.  Go ahead and see for yourself.

Source: Phoronix

x48 is coming soon

Subject: General Tech | February 29, 2008 - 11:38 AM |

DigiTimes has news on the upcoming 4x series of chips for Intel motherboards, including a rough look at their pricing and some details on the P43.  Also nice to see is more confirmation that the X48 will be shipping in March, good news for those wanting dual PCI-E 8x slots.

Source: Digitimes

Dolby Digital 5.1 versus TrueHD

Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2008 - 03:13 PM |

Tweaktown looks at TrueHD on the PC, something that AACS' DRM has made sure we can't do currently.  See, if you aren't using HDMI 1.3, you aren't allowed to hear TrueHD, and you can't currently get HDMI 1.3 compliance on a PC.  There is hope though, Auzentech was showing off the X-Tension at CES this year; it's simply a HDMI 1.3 audio signal processing daughter board to stick onto your X-Meridian or X-Fi Prelude.  Check out the whole story.

Source: TweakTown

Corsair Announces World's First 1000 Watt Power Supply Certified for 3-Way NVIDIA SLI Technology

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 28, 2008 - 02:37 PM |

Fremont, CA, February 28, 2008 – Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, today announced the HX1000W power supply unit (PSU), the world's first 1000 watt PSU to be certified under the newly-created 3-way NVIDIA SLI Technology Certification Program from NVIDIA Corporation.

The HX1000W is the latest addition to Corsair's award-winning HX-series of modular power supplies for the gaming and enthusiast community.


Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2008 - 02:34 PM |

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 28, 2008 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the world leader in visual computing technologies and the inventor of the GPU, today announced that the Enthusiast System Architecture (ESA) extensions have now officially been adopted by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), paving the way for widespread industry adoption.

Source: NVIDIA

Corsair Announces New 16GB "GT" High Performance USB 2.0 Flash Drive

Subject: Storage | February 28, 2008 - 02:32 PM |

Fremont, CA, February 28, 2008 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, announced a new 16GB high performance "GT" Flash Voyager USB 2.0 drive.  The new Corsair 16GB GT Flash Voyager USB drive will be debuted at the CeBIT 2008 Show next week in Hanover, Germany on Corsair’s stand (Booth 40 in Hall 21).

High Performance USB Solutions for Transporting & Backing-up Critical Data

Playing tricks on your memory

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 28, 2008 - 02:23 PM |

The Tech Report grabbed 3 GeForce 8800 GTs representing the three different models, the 256MB, 512MB and the 1GB.  If you've ever wondered just why so many people snigger at those who paid extra for the 1GB model, read on and all will be revealed.

Power per pound

Subject: Mobile | February 28, 2008 - 11:58 AM |

The Dell XPS M1730 is just over 10lbs of serious power.  It has a 17" 1920x1200 LCD, SLI, PhysX, it can handle RAID 0 or 1 as well as up to 4Gb of DDR2 800.  All in all it is serious competition for the Alienware m9750 that Ryan tested recently.  Check out the current pinnacle of laptop performance at AnandTech.

Source: AnandTech

Sempron Fi

Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2008 - 11:39 AM |

While we still have no definite news on where the million or so Semprons that ASUS is rumoured to have bought will end up, but we do know that China will be seeing them for sale.  DigiTimes predicts that Intel will drop prices in reaction to the release, a tactic we will likely see in North America once the chips make it over here.  Maybe we should look out for low priced Lenovos soon.

Source: Digitimes

More details on Intel Diamondville platform are revealed

Subject: Processors | February 27, 2008 - 04:38 PM |

Dailytech has some new information on Diamondville, Intel's major push into the world of ultra-low power form factors that we are used to seeing VIA excel in.  The processors are set at a 4-8 watts (!!) TDP and should find their way into a lot of interesting designs in the future.

Source: Daily Tech

Intel buys Project Offset, makers of the Offset engine

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 27, 2008 - 04:28 PM |

An interesting bit of news came across earlier in the week about Intel purchasing Project Offset, makers of the Offset Engine.  While no games have actually come out with it yet, I can remember seeing demos of the technology at NVIDIA/ATI press days for several years. 

Source: Ars Technica

High value at a low cost

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 27, 2008 - 03:56 PM |

When you are building a low cost system, AMD is still a great way to go, and the ECS A770M-A (V1.0) AMD 770 can be the basis of a low cost, highly reliable PC.  ECS have placed a lot of extras on this board and have still managed to keep it's cost well below $100.  Big Bruin's review shows that it is solid, but if you are looking for overclocking potential, high powered cooling and a ha

Source: Big Bruin

It's still great, even if it does need extensions

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 27, 2008 - 01:37 PM |

Lee is at it again, this time pitting the Zalman ZM1000-HP 1,000W Power Supply against our abusive teting policies, to see just how much it can take.  As it turns out, this PSU has a lot going for it, deserving the 80+ rating it received and keeping the temperatures and sound level reasonable, even at full load.  That comes partly from the fact that the HP part of it's name signifies that this PSU uses heatpipes to

AMD Collaborates With Microsoft on Windows Server 2008

Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2008 - 12:22 PM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - February 27, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it has worked closely with Microsoft throughout the Windows Server 2008 development process, to deliver the ultimate server solution.

Source: AMD

It's all in the timing

Subject: Memory | February 27, 2008 - 12:19 PM |

R&B Mods looks at G.SKILL's DDR2 PC2 8500, which have been constructed a with a little more attention to detail that some other modules we've seen.  It's stock speed of 1066 @ 5-5-5-15 really isn't all that impressive but 4-5-5-13 @ 285 FSB isn't too bad, and they manged to hit 300Mhz with loose timings.  Maybe you can pick up a kit and do even better