A bed of nails for your graphics card

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 25, 2007 - 02:32 PM |
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Zalman's ZM-RHS88 Heatsink bears more than a passing resemblance to an aluminium hedgehog, though the  VF1000 LED GPU
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has a more usual look to it. 

Source: BCCHardware

A new mouse in the house

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2007 - 01:40 PM |
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Hades is a brand new name in mice, and their first attempt is the H1 3200dpi Optical Gaming Mouse.  The stats look impressive, from the ability change the optical sensor's settings to it's gold plated USB connectors.  OCMODSHOP takes a close look at this mouse to see how it compares to the bigger players like Logitech and Razer.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Intel Opens First High-Volume 45nm Microprocessor Manufacturing Factory

Subject: Processors | October 25, 2007 - 01:21 PM |
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CHANDLER, Ariz., Oct. 25, 2007 - Production of a new generation of microprocessors for PCs, laptops, servers and other computing devices officially began today inside of Intel Corporation's first high-volume 45 nanometer (nm) manufacturing factory in Chandler, Ariz.

Lower middle class motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | October 25, 2007 - 12:17 PM |
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Source: TweakTown

A memory for malfeasance

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2007 - 12:06 PM |
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Remember hearing about the various patent infringements, anti-trust violations and price-fixing schemes that many big memory manufacturers were found guilty of?  Did you hope that these decisions might end with you having a bit of money back in your pocket?  AnandTech takes a look at the more recent rulings, and covers why there is a good chance you don't even qualify to be involved in the class action suit.

Source: AnandTech

Smoothing out your experiences with Vista

Subject: Memory | October 24, 2007 - 05:26 PM |
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Tech Spot has put together a guide on tweaking memory settings in Vista.  They take you on a guided tour of the registry, and the keys that can be altered to get Vista running a bit better.  They don't limit the tweaks to the memory subsystem either, you will see ways to change your page file and the way your HDDs work.

Source: Tech Spot

The opposite of SFF

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 24, 2007 - 02:51 PM |
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If you aren't a fan of SFF PC's, then the recent release of AMD's DTX form factor probably doesn't excite you too much.  For fans of larger systems, like Extended ATX, why not check out the Cooler Master Cosmos 1000The Tech Report found this quiet giant (37lbs!) to have more than enough space to fit any system you could want to build and looks stylish at the same time.

Big, bright and rugged

Subject: Storage | October 24, 2007 - 01:51 PM |
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Legion Hardware looks at OCZ's ruggedized flash drives, which could probably also be used to signal planes from the ground.  I suppose that if you are taking your flash drive diving or offroading, then it is useful to be able to spot the things from a half mile away.  They reviewed both the 4GB and 8GB models, but currently only the 4GB model shows up on Pricegrabber.

How good does your Strogg look

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2007 - 12:21 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP rounds up the usual graphics subjects and pits them against the Megatextures and foliage smoothing in Quake Wars.  As it turns out, even with the graphics settings maxed out, the 8800GTS 320MB card has little problems delivering a smooth experience, and it just gets better from there.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Super Ultra Secret code names revealed

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2007 - 12:06 PM |
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Now we finally know the name of what we are all waiting for, Toliman the 3 core processor.  There aren't really much more details than that, but DigiTimes managed to at least let us know that.

You can also see how the new benchmarking suite from Futuremark works, and how well some of the newer hardware fares when tested in Ryan's review.

Source: Digitimes

AMD Puts Customer at Center of Chip Manufacturing in ISMI Opening Keynote Address

Subject: Shows and Expos | October 24, 2007 - 11:34 AM |
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AUSTIN, Texas - October 24, 2007 - AMD will present the morning keynote at the 4th International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI) Symposium emphasizing the need for a smarter, industry-wide approach to semiconductor development, production and delivery that better meets customer needs.

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Source: AMD

AMD's open source graphics continue to expand

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 23, 2007 - 05:10 PM |
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Following hot on the heels of the 7.10 driver that helped Windows users comes the 8.42 driver for Linux.  Phoronix gave it a try and are more than happy with the results.  Head over to check out just how much better you can expect to run things.  It looks like AMD is on the ball when it comes to drivers, if not so much on the hardware side.

Source: Phoronix

What's in a name?

Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2007 - 02:35 PM |
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Going by it's name the Fanatec Headshot mouse and pad combo should be putting you straight to the top of the scoreboard in UT3.  Not ones to let a claim like that going unchallenged, techPowerUp! put this combo to the test.  Find out how well it did.

Source: techPowerUp!

Round up at the 19" corral

Subject: Displays | October 23, 2007 - 01:11 PM |
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X-bit Labs has gathered 12 19" monitors from 7 different makers, to see what kind of value they offer.  With a spread of prices and features, as well as display technologies, there is a lot of information to go through.  It will pay off if you are planning to pick up a monitor any time soon.

If you are looking for something a little bigger, Ryan has just finished reviewing Viewsonic's VA2226w 22" Widescreen LCD.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Mobile cooling for the big guys

Subject: Mobile | October 23, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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Keeping a smaller laptop cool is important, but it is the big 17" or 19"ers that someone has managed to shoehorn an SLI setup into that really need serious cooling.  Dragon Steel Mods has posted a review of the Vizo Ninja II (Sumo Size) Laptop Cooler, for larger size notebooks.  It is the better part of 3 pounds of aluminium, so the portability isn't wonderful, but your 17" notebook isn't made of feathers either.  It was certainly capable of cooling o

When is a driver update not just an update?

Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2007 - 11:46 AM |
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When Vista pegs it as completely new hardware.  Slashdot has a link to a story on how Vista's activation scheme can suddenly deactivate your PC and give you a nasty surprise.  We are all aware that enough changes to your hardware will deactivate your Windows install, and that you will have to call Microsoft to get it reinitialized, but in this case an update to the Intel Matrix Storage Manager was registered as a hardware change.  On the good side, Microsoft did help him track down the cause of his pro

Source: Slashdot

Give your cables a trim

Subject: Storage | October 22, 2007 - 04:12 PM |
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MektuMods wasn't overly impressed by the length of their SATA cables, and in the effort to clean up their case design, they took an axe to them.  Figuring the pin out was the easy part, but if you want to shorten your SATA cables as well, get ready to break out the soldering iron and hot glue gun.

Source: MetkuMods

A blue PSU, is it for you?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 22, 2007 - 02:50 PM |
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Antec's Neopower 650W Blue PSU offers you 3 19A 12V rails, as well as some nice modular cabling.  It's price is well below $200, offering a great value for those who don't feel the need to get a kilowatt or more of power into their case.  Hardware Canucks feel that the efficiency and ripple will satisfy anyone who can't

AMDs cute new form factor

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 22, 2007 - 01:46 PM |
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Considering the overwhelming success that the BTX form factor has created, it seems odd that AMD would go about creating their own form factor, but that is exactly what they have done.  The DTX comes in 2 sizes, the full 9.6" x 8" and mini-DTX boards that are 6.7" x 8".  This is an attempt to standardize SFF cases, with the added bonus that these board will also line up with the mounting holes in ATX cases.  If you have a SFF case that you love, you will still be able to use it with these new boards, although there will also be cases designed to hide behind LCD monitors.  <

Source: AnandTech

EVGA's new BIOS doesn't play nicely with others

Subject: Motherboards | October 22, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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The new P29 through P31 BIOSes from EVGA allow the use of 1333MHz FSB CPUs, and so they are really quite popular with owners of the boards.  On the other hand, they also make it impossible to use 3rd party RAID cards, although there was no problems doing so on the previous P28 BIOS.  According to what The Inquirer noticed on the EVGA boards, this problem has been known for over a year, but neither nVIDIA or EVGA have stepped up to the plate and provided a solution.

Source: The Inquirer