Taking it to the limits

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2007 - 05:34 PM |
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A great way for PC enthusiasts to get extra bang for their buck is by purchasing a slower, and cheaper CPU, and then overclocking it to the point where the PC would make a great EZ-Bake oven.  It's not always easy, but there

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Easy on the eyes, and on the back

Subject: Displays | August 24, 2007 - 02:50 PM |
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Sharp has been showing off a 52" LCD display that only weighs 60lb.  You won't be able to learn much more about it on Sharp's webpage, but you can drool over the pictures on [H]ard|OCP.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

That comes out to about 50 cents per MHz

Subject: Memory | August 24, 2007 - 01:43 PM |
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OCZ offers PC3-12800 Platinum Channel EB Edition as does Super Talent with their W1600UX2G7, both running at DDR3-1600.  Both kits will run you more than most CPUs right now, so X-Bits Labs ran them through some hard testing to see what you get for the investment.  The results probably won't surprise you, though

Source: X-Bit Labs

Is it worth losing 20fps?

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2007 - 12:26 PM |
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ExtremeTech spent some time comparing the eye candy present in the DX9 and DX10 versions of BioShock.  They have 5 side-by-side comparison shots, showing off the different effects that DX10 is supposed to bring.  As it turns out, it is about as disappointing as the news that physics in UT3 will only be available in a mod.

Source: Extremetech

Inspect their gadgets

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2007 - 12:12 PM |
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Comex 2007, the gadget lovers favourite trade show, has been invaded by Hardware Zone.  They have a huge preview of all the new toys and tools we will be seeing released in the near future, from projectors to crystal encrusted monitors to a Draft N wireless NIC with 3 antenna. 

VIA Announces 1-Watt Processor, the World's Most Power Efficient x86 CPU

Subject: Processors | August 24, 2007 - 11:26 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 23rd August 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of PC silicon and platform technologies, today announced a 500MHz addition to the VIA Eden ultra low voltage (ULV) processor family. With an idle power of just 0.1 watt, the 500MHz VIA Eden ULV processor has been designed from the ground up to meet the low power requirements of a wide range of industrial, commercial and ultra mobile applications.

Why go for a keypad when you can have the whole board

Subject: General Tech | August 23, 2007 - 06:15 PM |
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A drawback to some of the gaming keypads, llike the Wolfking Warrior is that they take up extra space on an already packed desk.  The Timberwolf addresses that issue by attaching an FPS keypad directly to the left side of a QWERTY keyboard, and removing the numpad usually found on the right.  Find out what it did to OCC's game, and their opponents.

Storage sandwich

Subject: Storage | August 23, 2007 - 03:36 PM |
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The Future of Things has had a look at Mempile's TeraDisc technology, a big yellow DVD that may soon obsolete the 2 DVD formats currently fighting for supremacy.  They use their laser to create 200 virtual layers, five microns apart, each containing approximately 5 GB of data.  Their test also show about a 50 year lifespan for data on the disk, but it is a shame about the colour.

Good things can come in small packages

Subject: Motherboards | August 23, 2007 - 01:46 PM |
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The Gigabyte GA-MA69GM-S2H is an AMD 690 based microATX board.  As [H]ard|OCP points out, you will be doing this board an injustice if you think it's small size will hold it back.  This board is as feature rich as it's larger cousins, and just wait until you see how well it overclocks.

There is also some interesting news about XFX's nForce 680i, which Ryan shares with you here.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Luxury housing for your PC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 23, 2007 - 12:11 PM |
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At over $300, the SilverStone Temjin TJ10 has a lot to live up to, following the already impressive TJ9.  Phoronix found that it has what it takes, this EATX case has it all.  You can find out why in the full review.

"Last year we reviewed the SilverStone Temjin TJ09, which was an incredible EATX chassis and the best that we had

seen all year.

Source: Phoronix

AMD, nVIDIA and TSMC in a three way

Subject: General Tech | August 23, 2007 - 11:53 AM |
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It seems that the influx of cash and partnerships from AMD and nVIDIA are helping TSMC move their chips faster than they can make them.  Currently both AMD and nVIDIA use TSMC produced chips on their graphics cards and both are seeing a decline in the amount available.   DigiTimes spoke with both companies to see what plans the two graphics manufacturers have.  It's good to hear the HD 2x00 series is selling units, especially with the departure of their Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Henri Richard.

Crank up your silent power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 22, 2007 - 05:06 PM |
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If you need a bit more than the 450W you can get from the Corsair VX450W, try the Zalman 600W HS Heatpipe cooled PSU.   From the testing at Hi-Tech reviews, by choosing the Zalman you get a fairly reliable PSU, whose 120mm fan does indeed keep the noise down while still providing an exit for the hot air in your case.

Games Convention 2007

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2007 - 02:31 PM |
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HEXUS is at the 2007 Games Convention, and boy do they have a scoop.  Crysis will play on a single core machine with dual 6600's.  That means that you should be able to get a nicely playable experience out of a dual core and a single 8800.

"Over at the EA booth here at Games Convention 2007, an EA rep has let slip that Crysis, the hugely anticipated

shooter from the Crytek boys, doesn't need high spec kit to run.

The slip came about when we asked about the specs EA were showcasing Crysis on, which i

Source: Hexus

AGEIA Enhances Mobile Gaming With The Launch Of World's First AGEIA PhysX Mobile Processor For High

Subject: Mobile | August 22, 2007 - 12:41 PM |
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - August 22, 2007 - Mobile gaming just got better: AGEIA Technologies, Inc. the pioneer in hardware-accelerated physics for PC and a leader in console games, today announced the world's first PhysX Mobile processor, the AGEIA PhysX 100M, for high performance gaming notebook PCs.

Source: AGEIA

Penryn, rumour and fact

Subject: Processors | August 22, 2007 - 12:23 PM |
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At the end of the DigiTimes post, they mention that Intel has no comment about the upcoming Penryn processors, a move very familiar to anyone who has seen them release a major update to their processor line.  It is very likely that they are right about the chip lineup, but we won't know for sure until the end of this year or the beginning of the next.

Source: Digitimes

Graphics coming back to the CPU?

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2007 - 12:12 PM |
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Not necessarily in a CPGPU format either!  The Inquirer caught a Ray Tracing demo from Intel, that used the 45nm quad-core Yorkfeild exclusively, never utilizing the graphics card in the system at all.  Not only that, but this performance will apparently scale almost perfectly, for every extra core, you get a 99% increase in performance.  If you put one core as the baseline, then two cores will almost double the speed, whereas if you want twice the speed of the quad core, you need an eight-core chip.  It certainly seem

Source: The Inquirer

Cooler Master is proud to present the 2007 Case Mod Contest

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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  1. This is a worldwide contest open to everyone. You must first register to the Cooler Master Forum to enter if you are not already a member.
  2. Your case must include 5 different Cooler Master products. Case counts as 2.
  3. You must pick a category that you will be working towards. The two categories are: Most Extreme Case - meaning a computer case so modified that it no longer looks like a case; and Most Artistic - meaning the case includes customized paint, air-brushed, artsy in any way.
  4. The Contest will launch on September 1st and run until October 15th.

VIA Introduces New pc3500 Mainboard

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday 21st August 2007 - Further strengthening its
leadership in providing the world's most energy-efficient computing
platforms, VIA Technologies, Inc. today announced the VIA pc3500
Mainboard, a low power, feature-rich platform that enables OEMs and
System Integrators to build Windows Vista desktop PCs that draw less
than 24 watts in Idle State – less than half the requirement of the
U.S. EPA's latest Energy Star Program Requirement for Computers:
Version 4.0
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Very unique hardware

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2007 - 05:07 PM |
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Dan of Dan's Data is absolutely shocked by the performance of Unique's Hardware NF01 and NF02 USB speakers.  They are about the size of a deck of cards, but weigh in at 200 grams, giving them a huge advantage over other small speakers.  Read on to find out what other tricks were used to make these tiny, but talented speakers.

Source: Dan's Data

Intel to Move NOR Flash Memory Products for Embedded to 65nm Process Technology

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2007 - 02:33 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 21, 2007 - To support its embedded technology customers, Intel Corporation announced today plans to extend its embedded NOR flash products to the 65-nanometer (nm) generation. According to the company, the move to 65nm process technology will provide price/performance balance and ensure support for extended product life cycles, both important factors to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) designing for embedded market segments.