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Subject: Systems | October 14, 2008 - 05:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legion Hardware set themselves a rather difficult task, building a gaming PC for $900 that can handle todays games at a full 1680x1050 resolution. 4GBs of RAM, an Intel Core2 Duo and an HD4850 later and they were playing Crysis Warhead on Gamer settings and seeing an average of 28fps. A few tweaks or some reduction in quality to Mainstream and you can expect the game to play even more smoothly.
Subject: Motherboards | October 14, 2008 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Integral video is rising to new heights of importance over the past year. Previously only found in machines that run Office applications and maybe a little light surfing, the new AMD and nVIDIA solutions can handle 3D games and HD video. Intel is countering with the G45 Express chipset and it's Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD, a model number that sounds far more like an AMD product than an Intel one. Check out The Tech Report to see how it fares against AMD's 780G and Nvidia's GeForce 8300.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 14, 2008 - 01:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 14, 2008 - 12:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you haven't seen pictures of the Antec Skeleton case, you must have been hiding under a rock since Computex, as it was one of the more often posted about new products. Now you can own one of your very own. Drop by AnandTech for a very close look at this open concept case, and the almost installed Hybrid-SLI system that they tried to fit in.
Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2008 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has a quick movie of the unboxing of an MSI Eclipse X58 motherboard, with full exposure. There aren't any benchmarks to be had, just lots of shots of the board and all it's accessories. Drop by if you are curious about whether the new model's heatsinks are as big as the preivious model that we have all grow accustomed to.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 14, 2008 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, October 14, 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today showed that the cryptographic performance of the VIA Nano processor is the most power efficient on the market, due to its dedicated VIA PadLock Security Engine, a suite of security tools integrated directly into the processor die.
The hardware security implementation within the VIA Nano processor means that user data is handled more efficiently and safely by circuitry deep inside the silicon, rather than by using more vulnerable operating system, memory and
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 14, 2008 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FREMONT, CA (October 13, 2008) - For the enthusiast seeking the utmost control from their video solution, ASUS has today released the new EN9800GT MATRIX/HTDI/512M for North America.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2008 - 04:32 PM | Ryan Shrout
This is a bit of interesting news that I had bookmarked this week but haven't gotten posted yet. Two articles over at Fudzilla point to the fact that AMD's GPUs will benefit just as much from the recent Adobe CS4 software GPU acceleration additions as NVIDIA's parts. First, here is the post that quotes an AMD rep saying as much. How is that possible?
Subject: Mobile | October 10, 2008 - 04:20 PM | Ryan Shrout
This number is simply amazing - 700,000 Eee PCs shipped in September. Obviously the 901 and 1000-series are continuing the promise on the brand even though many of us thought the brand would be weighed down by now.
Asustek Computer shipped around 700,000 Eee PCs in September this year, a new monthly high for the company.
Subject: Motherboards | October 10, 2008 - 04:14 PM | Ryan Shrout
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2008 - 04:09 PM | Ryan Shrout
This story over at TGDaily seems to indicate that not only does Apple now have some of the defective mobility GPUs that have been absolutely destroying NVIDIA's consumer confidence as of late, but that Apple took some of its internal displeasure and posted it for the world to see. What was said?
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2008 - 03:56 PM | Ryan Shrout
One of our new supporters sent along a note that they are increasing their warranty length as a direct result of users in our forums and elsewhere. See, sometimes you do get what you want!
October 10, 2008 – Galaxy Microsystems Ltd announced
today that it has increased the warranty period on its VGA card products from one year
to two years.
Subject: Storage | October 9, 2008 - 03:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Futurelooks tried out the newest Samsung Blu-ray player, the BD-P150 which is slightly cheaper than a new PS3. Currently the PS3 is one of the best choices for a Blu-ray player, and when you remember it is also a full console, the choice seems obvious. See if there is anything Samsun
Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2008 - 01:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Audioengine's AW1 Wireless Audio System is a way to provide a wireless transfer of data between two audio systems. Don't let the USB plugs fool you, the receiver can send signal along a usual 35mm analog audio plug. Wireless audio is handy in it's reduction of wires running everywhere, but it's quality tends to be lesser than a wired system. TECHGAGE tested this set out to see how well AudioEngine fixed the problem.
Subject: Memory | October 9, 2008 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Speaking of low powered, high speed RAM; MektuMods have finished a round-up of high speed DDR3 of which only one DIMM, the CSX Diablo3 2000 2GB Kit requires 2V, the rest were designed to run between 1.8V - 1.95V, making them safe for the Core i7. Once they got into overclocking, the voltages did start to rise which could prove to be a problem for people really wanting to push Intel's upcoming chip. Drop by to see the strengths and weaknesses of each kit.
Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2008 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you set up a new Corei7 and X58 platform the same as you set up your current Penryn and X48 DDR3 PC, with 2.0V+ high performance RAM, you can expect to see that new Intel processor go off to the great silicon graveyard in a week, maybe less. Before you start the wailing and gnashing of teeth phase let AnandTech tech tell you about why this is probably not a problem. DDR3 is about to start coming with lower voltage requirements, while still retaining and continuing to increase it's already high spee
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 8, 2008 - 02:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The EKL Alphenfohn GroB Clock'ner Blue Edition is quite the mouthful to try to order if you can find it for sale. It's claim to fame is the inclusion of a Coollaboratory Liquid MetalPad to use instead of thermal paste or a TIM pad. FrostyTech's testing shows it to be a midrange cooler with a quieter fan than most of the competition. It won't find a home in a dedicated overclockers system, but many others could certainly consider it for all but a Socket 1366 based PC.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 8, 2008 - 01:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Why would you want to invest in a 9800 GT at this point? A few reasons come to mind, like running Folding@Home on it or using it as a PhysX accelerator instead of using it as your main graphics processor. Take the Inno3D GeForce 9800 GT Twin Turbo that Guru of 3D reviewed. For $150 you get a pre-overclocked card with an impressive Accelero cooling system that will let you push the card even further than Inno3D did. How does bumping the shader clock from 1512MHz to nearly 19
Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2008 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you remember the original Deus Ex you were probably utterly disgusted with it's sequel. The third instalment won't be any better from what Slashdot has found out. The original game was skill based, with four levels to each of the various skills, and you never got enough points to max out your character, you had to chose which skills you focused on. If you didn't spend points in sniping, your aiming reticle moved significantly when you tried to zoom in and hitting things was incredibly d
Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2008 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Baltimore - Oct. 8, 2008 - Catalysts of a new 4G wireless broadband era gathered today in Baltimore as Sprint (NYSE: S), Intel and their WiMAX ecosystem partners celebrated the recent launch of XOHM mobile 4G service, and announced new access devices and retail strategies at an Inner Harbor event. The occasion marked a business model transformation for the wireless industry and innovation in the way mobile services are accessed and enjoyed.