Kingwin finds a power up

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 26, 2007 - 02:28 PM |
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Kingwin has produced a first for them, the ABT-800MA1S Mach 1 800w power supply.  That doesn't mean that [H]ard|OCP will go easy on it though, they put it through the same tests the other PSUs go through.  As it turns out, it is a great first try, with some reservations.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA TO HOST HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DIRECTX 10 DEMO OF CRYSIS ON NZONE

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2007 - 01:41 PM |
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PC gamers will soon be able to play the most advanced video game ever
created. The Crysis demo - available tomorrow from nZone.com - includes
the complete first level of the game, representing about 45 minutes of
gameplay.

  • Crysis was developed on NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series graphics
    processors.
Source: NVIDIA

nVIDIA plans to invade the mobile market

Subject: Mobile | October 26, 2007 - 11:49 AM |
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According to discussions Ars Technica has had with nVIDIA, the GPU maker is working on developing mobile versions of their graphic processors to be used in phones.  Instead of relying strictly on gamers, they want to be the ones to supply the hardware that people use to watch YouTube or stream video with on their smart phones.  It isn't as easy as just jumping in and making chips though, so read on to explore the implications of choosing ARM over x86, and what their competition

Source: Ars Technica

The Sysadmin's new best friend

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2007 - 11:38 AM |
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Dragon Steel Mods reviews a hand held, USB or battery powered paper shredder; something you will probably see appearing on many desks, or counterbalancing a sysadmin's other tool on their belt.  No longer will paperwork be the bane of your existence and memos will be a thing of the past when you can just destroy the evidence in no time at all.   If only they would build one big enou

OCZ Technology Group Acquires Renowned System Builder, Hypersonic PC

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2007 - 05:36 PM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. - October 25, 2007 - OCZ today announced immediate plans to bring Hypersonic PC into the OCZ Technology Group. Known primarily as the worldwide leader in innovative, high-performance computer memory and power supply units, OCZ acquired Hypersonic PC to employ their rich expertise in high-end system building and take the organization and mobile gaming to the next level.

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
Cooler
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