More of what you want, less of what you need

Subject: Processors | September 11, 2008 - 02:37 PM |
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More processing power for less energy is what Intel's new Xeons are all about.  The top model,a Xeon X5492 runs at 3.4GHz on a 1600MHz FSB and has a 150W TDP.  Others are available now, and models with even more impressive stats will be available in the near future.  Drop by the Tech Report for a sneak preview.

Platinum Express now departing at platform P45

Subject: Motherboards | September 11, 2008 - 01:34 PM |
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X-bit Labs takes a look at the P4 Express offerings from MSI, paying particular attention to the

Source: X-Bit Labs

Sado-mouseochism

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2008 - 12:23 PM |
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Somewhere in the world is a gamer who want their mouse to do degrading things to them, and OCZ is willing to cater to that market with the OCZ Dominatrix gaming mouse.

Source: TweakTown

Look ma! No glasses!

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2008 - 12:12 PM |
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Phillips is busy showing off four monitors that are capable of showing 3D content without the need for funky glasses.  The Inquirer doesn't have much information on the displays, and it is inherently difficult to show you 3D pictures unless you have one of these monitors ... or some funky glasses.  It is nice to know that the difficult process of rendering 3D on a 2D display without accessories still has a few bright minds working away at solving it.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD Empowers Professional Graphics Users with Must-Have Features and Price-Performance Leadership

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 11, 2008 - 11:16 AM |
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Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS (IBC 2008) - Sept. 11, 2008 - Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Digital Content Creation (DCC) professionals who require maximum performance from their workstations can turn to AMD (NYSE: AMD) and the powerful new ATI FirePro V8700 graphics accelerator, which provides a 40 percent performance gain for memory intensive applications. Additionally, the new ATI FirePro V3750 delivers superior performance in an entry class professional graphics accelerator.

Source: AMD

Radeon HD 4670: It costs WHAT?

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 10, 2008 - 05:30 PM |
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Today AMD has released its latest graphics processors, and this time they are aimed at the budget to lower-mainstream markets.  The release of the Radeon 4800 series certainly turned some heads, and AMD had probably the best performing parts (under pretty much every circumstance imaginable) at the $200 and $300 price levels.  To say that the Radeon 4870 and 4850 not only leveled, but overturned the playing field is not an overstatement.  In reaction NVIDIA reduced the price of their GTX 260 from $450 down to $300, and the high end GTX 280 went from $650 to $499 or so.

Source: AMD

Thermal conquistador

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 10, 2008 - 05:17 PM |
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The Tech Report, having just finished a review of the Osiris case took a look at the similar Conqueror from Rosewill.  The case has a  rather sparse design, with a lot of space for installing your components and to fit in fans.  In the configuration TR tried, they had a pair of 120mm intake fans in front of the HDD bays and a single 120mm exhaust fan.  For only $80 you can pick up a case whose cooling performance beats the Osirus.

Install once, run anywhere

Subject: Storage | September 10, 2008 - 02:37 PM |
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Slightly smaller than a stack of 3 DVDs, the Seagate FreeAgent Go 120GB Portable Hard Drive will hold a lot more of your data while you are travelling.  It connects via USB, which also supplies it's power, so this drive really won't add much weight or bulk to your laptop bag.  Perhaps Think Computers' favourite feature of this drive i

Taking the high road and the low road

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 10, 2008 - 01:27 PM |
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The mid ranged ATI Radeon HD 4670 has arrived at Newegg.  If you have $80 and want to be able to play most games at very high image quality settings @ 1280x1024 and have enhanced HD video playback, this card is perfect for you.  It also has some interesting new power states, ensuring that the card is only pulling the power that it needs at the time. 

Source: Guru of 3D

Danger, danger, Will Wright!

Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2008 - 12:15 PM |
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Spore, a game in development as long as DN:F, has arrived to mixed reviews.  Those that have played it, like Ars Technica, offer good reviews with some caveats.  The main concern is the future pay for expansion packs, which may explain the shallowness many reviewers felt was the games weakness.  Ars, for one, worries that future expansion packs will be released for each of the stages, finally giving the depth to the game that should have been there in the first place. 

Source: Ars Technica

Out, damn heat; out I say!

Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2008 - 11:55 AM |
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The 48xx series from AMD gives you some serious performance for not too much money;  but it is also turning a lot of PCs into EZ-Bake ovens.  Idling at 80C is uncomfortable for many enthusiasts to begin with, having that 80C bring the temperature up in their case and other components is even worse.  [H]ard|OCP comes to the rescue with a simple tweak that will let you take manual control of the fan in that series of cards so that you can exhaust more of that heat out the back

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD Introduces the ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series Graphics Cards for the Masses

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 10, 2008 - 11:16 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Sept. 10, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the ATI Radeon HD 4600 series, mainstream graphics offerings that deliver exceptional gaming and HD multimedia performance while consuming less power than a standard light bulb.

Source: AMD

The affordable HTPC case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 9, 2008 - 07:07 PM |
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Many of the higher end enclosures for HTPCs come with bucket loads of extras and a price tag around the $500 range, which is great if the aesthetics are your top priority.  For those who want to spend most of the money on the parts that actually do the work, the choices are limited.  A normal PC case will stick out like a sore thumb and modding can be a very daunting proposal for those without the required tools, or the practice.  There is hope in the form of the

It's so tiny it's almost cute

Subject: Mobile | September 9, 2008 - 03:41 PM |
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The new Eee from ASUS PC 901 netbook is tiny, 8.86" wide by 6.9", just over twice the size of a CD case.  Powered by an Atom N230 running at 1.6GHz and with 1GB of 533MHz DDR2, the tiny size doesn't mean you will be lacking in power. You can also keep using it on long flights, it is rated 7.8 hours of run time thanks to some interesting power savings tweaks.  Check out the new face of ultra mobile at The Tech Report.

It's not easy being the greenest

Subject: Motherboards | September 9, 2008 - 03:14 PM |
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Three different motherboard companies, three different solutions to making their motherboards greener.  Tweaktown tests out how these different energy management systems effect overclocking, as well as the difference in system power consumption when their energy saver technology is turned on. 

Source: TweakTown

Quiet and efficient; only slightly temperamental

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 9, 2008 - 12:02 PM |
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The latest PSU to come across Lee's desk is the 450W fan-less SilverStone Nightjar. 
With a pair of PCI-e power connectors, you can build yourself a silent PC with a higher end graphics card, assuming that everything is passively cooled and you picked up an SSD for your storage.  You do need to keep the ambient temps fairly low for this to work however, and find a 240V plug to get this PSU up to it's full 450W.  Read the full review at the top of the page.

Google is gone to swim with the fish

Subject: General Tech | September 9, 2008 - 11:48 AM |
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The next step in Google's benevolent
attempt to take over the world comes in the form of semi-autonomous floating data centres.  Stick some of their 'data centres in a shipping container' on a boat and float it out on the ocean somewhere, presumably in international waters.  Add a Pelamis machine, which converts the energy in the ocean's waves into electricity and don't worry about heat, it is floating on the largest reservoir ever to be included in a watercooling rig.  Drop by The R

Source: The Register

X-Fi Titanium, now available on Vista

Subject: General Tech | September 8, 2008 - 05:18 PM |
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Yes, the Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty  and ALchemy worked perfectly when PureOverclock recently tried them.  No longer can you malign Vista for not supporting the most popular addon cards for audio.  This card will get you a few more FPS in a game than an onboard chip and it will give you something to do with that empty PCI-e 1x slot.  Testing audio devices really does boi

A win for the new guy

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 8, 2008 - 03:03 PM |
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It is very unlikely thay you've heard of Titan Cool; they are a company in Germany that produces heatsinks and their newest, the Idol TTC-NK75TZ(RB) CPU Cooler blew Think Computers minds.  It handily beat out Thermaltake and SilentX, giving some of the best cooling performance they have seen.  They did notice one odd thing about the model they were sent; though it worked perfectly well, the cooler was not lined up with the motherboard.

Adult only graphics cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 8, 2008 - 01:45 PM |
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XFX brands their overclocked graphics cards as XXX; but if EVGA can use FTW, then I guess it isn't too inappropriate.  Both the 260 and the 280 models are available, and [H]ard|OCP benchmarked them on a system with a QX9770 overclocked to 3.6GHz.  They even managed to get a bit of an overclock out of these factory overclocked cards, which may put a sparkle in the eyes of some enthusiasts.  Drop by to see how they stack up against the HD4870 and HD4780 X2.

Source: [H]ard|OCP