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Subject: Storage | September 22, 2008 - 02:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Even before Western Digital managed to recover the data from a dead hard drive, Ryan passed out the Editor's Choice Award for their VelociRaptor 300GB SATA drive. The form factor is a little odd, a 2.5" HDA with a 15mm height drive in a 3.5" heatsink, perhaps the extra cooling is why the warranty has been extended to 5 years. One of the highlights of the full article is watching a pair of these VelociRaptors in RAID 0 take on OCZ's SSDs, and win.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 22, 2008 - 02:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The sub $100 graphics market hasn't been this hot in a long time, if ever. The two main competitors for your hard earned dollars are the HD4670 and the GeForce 9600 GSO. Now XFX has made that segment even more interesting with their 9600GSO XXX edition, with core and shader clocks almost 24% faster than the reference mod
Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2008 - 02:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel's Atom has sprouted a new core and the boards that were designed for them to run on only need a BIOS update according to the news on DigiTimes. That won't turn them into Core 2 Duos, but it will certainly help to extend the uses netbooks can be put to.
Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2008 - 01:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, September 19, 2008 - GIGABYTE's first annual overclocking competition, the GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship (GO OC 2008) is set to begin. A total of 50 of the world's top overclockers will fly to Taiwan to join the competition and fight for the title of GIGABYTE GO OC Overclocking Champion.
The GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship (GO OC 2008) will be held on September 25th, 2008, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan. Can't join the event here in Taiwan?
Subject: Mobile | September 22, 2008 - 11:54 AM | Ryan Shrout
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 22, 2008 - 11:41 AM | Ryan Shrout
When the Radeon HD 4870 X2 card was released back in the middle of August, there was a particular slide that interested us:
Subject: Processors | September 19, 2008 - 03:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Head to The Guru of 3D for a close look at the performance of Intel's new Atom processor. They have a little ECS motherboard with a Atom 330 Dual Core, running 1.6 GHz, with 2x512KB (1MB) of L2 cache and only drawing 8W of power. It may not have the power to run new games, but there is a lot that it can do; see it for yourself.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 19, 2008 - 01:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The netbook revolution continues to spread, now with MSI offering the 2.5lb, 10", 1024x600 Wind. At $500, and with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 at it's heart, you cannot expect the Wind to replace a full notebook. It simply doesn't have the power to run serious multi threaded applications. For casual mobile usage it did catch [H]ard|OCP's eyes, ma
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 19, 2008 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The newest Thermaltake case has a rather odd moniker that may make one think of Europeans hanging out near the water. The Spedo does have a lot going for it besides it's name; like a pair of 230mm fans for cooling, an intricate cable management system and even a way to isolate your components so that the heat from one cannot effect another. Check out OC3D's review to see how well these featur
Subject: General Tech | September 19, 2008 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Google's new Android phone will be competing directly with the 8GB iPhone 3G, they are the exact same price. The iPhone requires a two year contract with AT&T to get that price; we don't yet know what kind of contract T-Mobile will require for the Android, we should now before the end of the year, but the details are still sparse right now. Read on at The Tech Report.
Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2008 - 04:53 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to this news post over at bit-tech, it looks like NVIDIA will be cutting as much as 6.5%, or 360 employees, from their work force in the coming months before the end of their 3rd fiscal quarter. With new pressure coming from Intel on the discrete graphics front, problems with manufacturering of their current generations of mobile GPUs and the revived AMD graphics department, this move isn't much of a surprise.
Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2008 - 04:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At a loss when it comes to lossless codecs and 8 channel sound and how they relate to HDMI and HDCP? You are not alone, especially when you get into the protection on HD movies and their sound, or trying to figure out if it is your video card or your soundcard that has the most impact on your experience. AnandTech will take you on a quick journey through the ins and outs of high definition, multi channel audio.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 18, 2008 - 01:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Arctic-Cooling Accelero Twin Turbo VGA cooler will help you push your newer graphics cards even harder, but it won't help GTX260/280 or 4870 X2 owners. Almost anyone else can benefit from this oversized cooler, especially if you are willing to put up with the noise generated when you make use of the 12V adaptor. Legion Hardware can show you what to expect in their full review.
Subject: Systems | September 18, 2008 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Hardware Leaderboard has undergone an update, especially the dream machine. It is now worth about $3761, which gets you a Core 2 Extreme QX9650 and the ability to run a pair of Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB cards, though the official system only has one. You could also upgrade to a QX9770 if you so wished. Check out the other components in the dream machine and the other four systems here.
Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2008 - 11:35 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the first and second quarter of 2009 Intel will discontinue twenty processors, ranging from Core 2 Extremes to Celerons. You can also expect a price drop in October on five different CPUs as well as the release of new models during the next few months and into January. As usual, Intel has no comments on this news, but DigiTimes track record for this kind of news is very good. Look forward to Core i7 CPUs and X58 chipsets in November, in addition to the new Duos and Quads.
Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2008 - 11:07 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 17, 2008 - 06:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The most telling part of MektuMods review of the MSI GS-501 gaming mouse is the picture on the last page with the Dominatrix and Stinger. It would seem that the differences are only skin deep. The only other possible difference is the software, which in MSI's case is truly not that impressive. Perhaps downloading Cyber Snipa's or OCZ's drivers would work?
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 17, 2008 - 04:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Catalyst Control Center: New Display mode support
This release of Catalyst™ introduces 1080p @ 50Hz custom mode support for HDTVs for the ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series, ATI Radeon HD 3000 Series, ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series, and ATI Radeon X1000 Series of products. Users can configure their own custom 1080p @ 50Hz modes to best fit their display.
Overdrive support for QUAD CrossFireX configurations
Subject: Motherboards | September 17, 2008 - 02:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Phoronix has done an incredibly comprehensive review of the Asus M3A78-T, a 790GX based motherboard. Everything from overclockability to Crossfire performance is covered in their 28 page review. If you are looking at building a Phenom based system that won't cost too much and gives you a good experience out of the box, this review is for you. Even more attractive is how this platform can be improved to give performance that is better than you might expect.