Futuremark Games Studio Reveals Shattered Horizon

Subject: General Tech | August 19, 2008 - 06:51 PM |
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LEIPZIG GAMES CONVENTION, GERMANY August 19th, 2008 - Futuremark Games Studio today revealed Shattered Horizon, a new game where players fight to survive in the aftermath of a catastrophic Moon mining accident that throws billions of tons of rocky debris into near-Earth space.

Source: FUTUREMARK

ASUS Z7S WS Receives Intel Innovation Award

Subject: Motherboards | August 19, 2008 - 06:19 PM |
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FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (August 19, 2008) - ASUS, a leading name in high quality computer components and solutions, received an Intel Server and Storage Innovation Award for the Z7S WS workstation motherboard. Positioned for power users, the Z7S WS features dual socket 771 and utilizes the Intel 5400 chipset to deliver high speed performance and wide expansion capabilities.

Source: ASUS

Lian Li's split personality

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 19, 2008 - 06:17 PM |
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The PCX-500 and PC-K1 are both Lian Li cases, but they have completely different form and functionality. 
The PCX-500 is very tall, 23" but only 9" deep and 15" long, which forces a rather unique technique to install the optical drives.  The PC-K1 has more standard dimensions, it's special feature is it's very lightweight design.  That can come in very handy if you use the case for LAN parties. 

Source: Extremetech

Not for the faint of heart

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 19, 2008 - 03:38 PM |
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X-bit Labs has figured out a way to get the 9800 GTX to outperform the HD4870 in almost half of the benchmarks they threw at it.  All you have to do is attach a 1,000Ohm resistor, so that you can bump the voltage to 1.528V and the frequencies to 875MHz and 2188MHz for GPU and RAM, respectively.  Even if you aren't willing to try the modification, the benchmarks results are quite impressive to see.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Intel formally announces plans for solid state drives

Subject: Storage | August 19, 2008 - 02:58 PM |
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We knew Intel was entering into the world of solid state hard drives from our news of it at Computex in June of this year but now we have the official announcement and part number data from IDF 2008.  You can see our live blog from the SSD briefing by click here that details all the notes on the data Intel provided today as well as images from the press event.

Getting ahead of the pack

Subject: Memory | August 19, 2008 - 02:14 PM |
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Corsair's new DIMMs are outpacing the ability of chipsets to keep up.  With stock settings of 2133MHz @ 9-9-9-24 and running at 2.0V it is hard to find a motherboard that can handle the default settings of this RAM, let alone allow an overclock.  Legit Reviews did have some success when they pushed the FSB up to 462MHz, check out the results here.

Save your data, and the planet

Subject: Storage | August 19, 2008 - 11:49 AM |
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There are two big benefits to the ATP EarthDrive, and one small one.  The small benefit is an increase in speed compared to previous ATP models, though the bump was not big enough for this drive to win any speed awards.  The biggest benefit is the almost indestructibility of this drive.  We have seen other companies offer drives that can be run over with a car and still probably work, but waterproof drives are rare.  As well as bei

Ryan's foray into Web 2.0 at the IDF

Subject: General Tech | August 19, 2008 - 11:35 AM |
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If you didn't notice from his link at the very top of the page, Ryan is currently at the IDF, and is live blogging the entire thing.  Check out what he has seen, the pictures he has uploaded and make comments or suggestions directly to him.  Keep an eye out for his updates, the conference just started with Pat Gelsinger's address, and will continue on from there.  There is also a forum thread where you can comment on the IDF as well as this new style of reporting at PC Perspective. 

Trying to reclaim the crown

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 18, 2008 - 05:09 PM |
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nVIDIA has been trying everything to make the GTX 280 more attractive to gamers, mostly by dropping the price by about $200.  BFG is taking it one step further with their BFG GTX 280 OCX, an overclocked version of the already fast card.  Hardware Canucks tested it against AMD's 4870 X2, as well as the 4870 and 4850 in Crossfire.  nVIDIA does retain some top spots, but not by much of a margin.

Trying out Hybrid SLI

Subject: Motherboards | August 18, 2008 - 02:48 PM |
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With the introduction of the 780a chipset came Hybrid SLI, a way to turn off your video card when you are not using it.  Unfortunately it only works with the new 9800s as well as GT200s, both of which are relatively good at not using much power when in an idle state.  [H]ard|OCP's reviewers had very different experiences with this Phenom board, so read through carefully before you think about running out and buying one.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Quick and easy MP3 integration

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2008 - 01:54 PM |
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If you are looking for a cheap way to get you MP3 collection to play in your car, then drop by Tweaknews.  They have just finished a review of the MERCONNET MP3 PLAYER/FM MODULATOR, which will accept USB drives and SD cards and stream them to your cars radio.  Listening to your MP3's while on the road has never been simpler.

Source: Tweaknews

A good thing gets better

Subject: Mobile | August 18, 2008 - 12:15 PM |
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AnandTech was rather impressed by the Gateway P-6831, a powerful gaming notebook with a $1300 price tag.  Gateway has updated that model with the P-7811, which not only has updated components, but also offers longer battery life.  Their testing didn't all go smoothly however, read on to see what problems they encountered.

Source: AnandTech

First post

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2008 - 11:49 AM |
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ASUS will be the first to get an X58 board with SLI on the market according to Fudzilla.  The reps were still under an NDA, so we don;t know exactly when these boards will first appear, the most detail they could give was Q4 some time.  See what other little gems of information came up in the full article.

Source: Fudzilla

VIA Announces First Nano-ITX Board with VIA VX800

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2008 - 11:26 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, August 15 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA N700 Nano-ITX board, designed as a complete solution for compact industrial PC and embedded automation devices.

Summer is heating up at PC Perspective

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 15, 2008 - 06:57 PM |
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Cooling computer equipment is always a challenge, never more so than with racks.  Have you ever wondered how those high density racks are kept cool when a company needs to do it on the cheap?  Check out the suggestions in

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Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2 - XOC3 H2O Edition Graphics card

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 15, 2008 - 03:46 PM |
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Vienna, Austria - August 15, 2008 - Diamond Multimedia (www.diamondmm.com), a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications products, launched today, the Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2 - XOC3 H2O edition graphics card. This card offers exquisite gaming capabilities combined with state of the art efficiency.

Cooling the Nehalem

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 15, 2008 - 02:44 PM |
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The details are still scarce, and FrostyTech's article isn't a review; it's more of an FAQ, but it is all that we have so far. 
The bad news is that your existing socket775 cooler is not going to work with the new socket1366 Nehalems, even with an adaptor it is unlikely to fit. 

Source: Frosty Tech

Black Diamond

Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2008 - 01:37 PM |
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The usual specs for an HD4870 are 750MHz in the core and 900MHz for the RAM (aka 3600MHz) the Diamond Radeon HD 4870 XOC Black Edition's core runs at 800MHz and the RAM has been bumped to 1100MHz, or 4400MHz.  The overclocked card does require a bit more juice, but not excessively so; it also won't be that much more expensive than the vanilla card once it becomes available.  You can see how well it does against the 280 over at TweakTown.

Source: TweakTown

It gives the electricity a nice minty flavour too!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 15, 2008 - 12:00 PM |
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The Antec Signature Series 850 PSU comes with a large price tag and quality components that justify the price.  There was minimal ripple in every test [H]ard|OCP threw at it, and it was surprisingly quiet for a PSU cooled with an 80mm fan.  There are many other ~850W PSUs out there, which are available at a cheaper price and still have good components; if it is only the best you are interested in,

Source: [H]ard|OCP

SIGGRAPH gets touchy-feely

Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2008 - 11:50 AM |
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The big theme at this years SIGGRAPH seems to be haptic interfaces, both as a control interface for software and as a way to provide direct physical feedback to the user.  That isn't all though, nVIDIA's ray-tracing demo was shown there, as well as Intel's Larrabee getting a lot of focus.  Drop by ExtremeTech to see what was shown, and get a peek at some nice pictures.

Source: Extremetech