Who is the culprit here?

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 22, 2008 - 07:05 PM |
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t-break stuck three 9800GTXs in two different systems, an Intel system with a QX9770 CPU on an ASUS Striker II Extreme with OCZ DDR3-1600MHz memory, and a Phenom system with an X4 9850 on an MSI 780 chipset based board with Corsair DDR2-1066MHz memory.  Although both systems use nVIDIA chipsets, the AMD processor is clocked 800MHz slower and the RAM is slower as well.  Read on to see just how much that will affect your gaming.

Source: t-break

You have got to be kidding!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 22, 2008 - 06:22 PM |
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Sigma has a new case, which for some reason they decided to call the Unicorn.  The case itself has a some good design ideas in it, and OCC has no trouble recommending it
based on it's qualities
.  If you do pick it up, you will have a case that has Unicorn printed on the front panel, so be warned. 

SSD is here to stay

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 22, 2008 - 04:10 PM |
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As was mentioned in the recent PC Perspective Podcast, Ryan recently finished a review of an OCZ SSD drive, which offers great performance and a huge price tag.  BCC Hardware has also finished looking at one of these drives, the Crucial 32GB 2.5in Solid State Drive.  It is half the size of the OCZ model, and only a little cheaper, but the performance is top notch.  Even the review

Source: BCCHardware

Hardware torture

Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2008 - 03:58 PM |
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Watching hardware in distress is always great fun; when it's someone else's. 
Feed your voyeuristic tendencies with this live stream at VIA Arena, where you can see a VIA EPIA board running full out, while naked.  That's right, the poor thing has had it's heatsink stripped off, and it is still running.  Not only is there a live stream of the system, there is a contest to guess when it will die, and VIA Arena has vowed that it will die.

Source: VIA Arena

The joose that's loose in tha [H]oose

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 21, 2008 - 09:48 PM |
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Super Talents new PSU, the Atomic Juice PS-700 just asks for a bit of ridicule with a name like that, especially as it is the first PSU from Super Talent.  As you might expect from a first time PSU, there are some kinks to be worked out, in this unit's case it is a power load about 75% of maximum.  In [H]ard|OCP's testing, the PSU did fine as long as the load stayed at 75% or less, once they upped the power in the torture test, there were some instabilities that appeared.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Catalyst 8.5 is now available

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 21, 2008 - 07:52 PM |
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Performance improvements

Source: AMD

Not your usual Alienware

Subject: Systems | May 21, 2008 - 06:00 PM |
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It may seem a little strange for Alienware to produce a system that uses a Radeon HD 2400XT for it's graphics, and has no hope of playing any of the new titles, but that is exactly what the Hangar18 HD

Entertainment Center has.  The name really gives it away, Alienware has jumped into the HTPC market and they have done it with all the class you would expect from them.  Drop by Think Computers for a look.

It's the story of two men, and their love ...

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2008 - 04:13 PM |
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... for gaming.  But trouble is a brewing, as one likes PnP and tabletop gaming while the other prefers Poke-cards, and has no idea where WarCraft came from.  Or maybe it's really the struggle of coming to terms with Deep Crows and Fruitfu ... err the gaming store guy. 

Source: Shacknews

HA HA!

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2008 - 03:56 PM |
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He may be proud to have a card certifying him as one of the only sane lawyers in the state of Florida, but I don't think Jack Thompson is too proud of the 27 counts of misconduct that he was just found guilty of.  [H]ard|OCP has the link to more info on this feel good story for every gamer out there.

Any bets that he will claim to have been affected by his work on violent video games and that they were to blame for his misconduct?

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD Will use GDDR5 Memory on Next-Generation ATI Radeon Graphics

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 21, 2008 - 01:38 PM |
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AMD took the time today to announced that it was going to be using GDDR5 memory technology on its upcoming R700 "next-generation ATI Radeon graphics card products."  Not much else is detailed in the press release other than they are working with multiple vendors and that it will be faster than GDDR4.  Duh.

One interesting quote is this:

Thecus Technology Partners with Farstone Technology to Provide DriveClone Pro 5.0

Subject: Storage | May 20, 2008 - 10:50 PM |
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Thecus Technology Partners with Farstone Technology to Provide DriveClone Pro 5.0

Backup is an essential element for computer users and network administrators. There are many possibilities that a user can lose all or part of their files due to computer viruses, accidental deletion or hardware failure.

ASUS Eee PC In the Wild - Adoption higher than we thought

Subject: Mobile | May 20, 2008 - 10:33 PM |
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This was interesting - while I was out at the mall today I noticed in the local Cincinnati Bell store (local land line and cell phone provider) was demonstrating their in-home wireless networking with the ASUS Eee PC as the client machines.  The setup was meant to show how much faster Cincinnati Bell's DSL service was compared to other options, and they in fact had both a black and a white Eee PC model:

The easy way to be unique

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 20, 2008 - 10:24 PM |
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Does your desire for a custom case wither and die when you realize how much work you would need to put into it?  Check out what techPowerUp! has found.  Mountain Mods lets you pick your own design for a case, and they assemble it for you.

Source: techPowerUp!

Snakes have fins?

Subject: Memory | May 20, 2008 - 07:05 PM |
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Patriot's new 2GB DDR3 kit is called the Viper Fin PC3-15000, and runs at 1866MHz with 8-8-8-24 timings.  Hardware Zone was rather impressed by the new cooling solution, it wasn't even warm to the touch at 2.5V!  A little tweaking and by relaxing the timings just a little, to 9-9-9-28 and bumping the voltage up to 1.9V, they hit 2000MHz.

Quiet, we're trying to game here

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 20, 2008 - 05:50 PM |
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The passively cooled ASUS EN9600GT Silent offers a way to get good performance at the $150 range, without the noise of it's actively cooled relation.  [H]ard|OCP considers this card a great value, considering you are getting the performance of an 8800GT for less.  Don't expect lower temps or a great overclock from this ca
Source: [H]ard|OCP

Mmmmm ... audio

Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2008 - 04:58 PM |
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M-Audio may seem like a no-name brand to many PC gamers, but anyone who has done anything related to the audio trade will recognize the name right off the bat.  These M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 speakers will give you a sound that goes a bit beyond what you might expect with a desktop speaker system, as they have a rather impressive response.  Check out the full spec

Source: ModSynergy

Remote hardware molestation

Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2008 - 04:30 PM |
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A new type of attack has been theoretically identified, dubbed a Permanent Denial of Service (PDOS). By taking advantage of remote firmware updates, an attacker could theoretically kill hardware using a tampered BIOS flash file.  If the hardware is set to automatically update it's firmware, which is the default setting in most cases, your server could be taken down until the hardware is replaced.  You can get more info by following the link at Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot

Corsair DOMINATOR Hits 2462MHz - Sets Memory Frequency World Record

Subject: Memory | May 19, 2008 - 10:42 PM |
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Fremont, CA, May 20, 2008 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, announced today that Corsair Labs has set the world record for the highest achieved DDR3 frequency.

Verified and validated by CPU-Z, Corsair Labs achieved an astounding speed of 2462MHz at CL=9 with a single-rank 1GB module. This new world record eclipses all previous CPU-Z validated memory benchmarks. This record was set using Corsair's award winning DOMINATOR DDR3 memory module paired with an Asus P5E3 Premium motherboard based on the Intel X48 chipset.

Room to grow

Subject: Motherboards | May 19, 2008 - 08:52 PM |
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The Gigabyte EP45-DQ6 has an almost obscene amount of connectors, from 10 SATA ports to four PCIe based Realtek 8111C Gigabit LAN ports and triple RAID.  It's not ready for retail yet, but you can see this incredible board at Hardware Zone.