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Subject: Graphics Cards | May 8, 2008 - 06:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We all admit that having SLI'd GeForce 9800 GX2s gives you the best performance currently, but not many of us have $1200 to drop on a pair of cards. The Tech Report, undaunted by the number of cards they would need to look at has accepted the challenge of finding the best price versus performance on the graphics market today. There are even good mid range SLI setups to consider.
Subject: Memory | May 8, 2008 - 03:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thanks to ever increasing clock rates, and lower latencies than DDR3; DDR2 is still going strong. One of your newest choices is the Kingston HyperX 2GB PC2-9200 kit a pair of 1Gb DIMMs. The default clock speed of 1150MHz is strange, but hitting 1200MHz is awfully easy, as you can see at Big Bruin.
Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2008 - 01:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Razer's Destructor Professional Gaming Mat claims some rather impressive improvements in mouse movement when you use it. Think Computers concurs, they found that when they used to mat, they actually had to reduce their mouse's sensitivity. Check out the pad it's self, it's carrying case, and ponder over their warning; "excessive rubbing of the mousepad will result in numbing in the fingers."
Subject: Systems | May 8, 2008 - 01:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The VL System M-Play Blast is a combo LCD display and remote control perfect for an HTPC system that doesn't have either set up in it's case. It gives you a lot more freedom to choose an HTPC case, as you are no longer limited to picking up a case that has them already included. Check out the software suite and hardware over at Tweaknews.
Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2008 - 01:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Crossover cables and the simple bit of networking setup you need to seems to have become too much work. The USB Fever USB 2.0 Computer Copy Cable makes it much easier. Drop by OCIA and see if you want to add this $20 doohickey for your mobile repair toolbox.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 7, 2008 - 05:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not to say that the Antec Signature 850W is a bad PSU, in fact it is far from it. The problem lies in it's marketing; you might expect a Signature Series to be the best a company can provide. Instead, with an MSRP of $299 this Antec PSU is not certified for either SLI or Crossfire and it's voltage varies almost all the way to the edges of the ATX specs. It is good, but not as good others AnandTech has reviewed.
Subject: Motherboards | May 7, 2008 - 04:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan has polished off his review of the new nVIDIA chipset for AMD processors, the 780a, specifically the ASUS M3N-HT. Go read the full review, so that when the PC Perspective Podcast is posted, you can follow along with our discussion of hybrid SLI and onboard graphics turning off discrete graphics cards completely, and taking over for the less 3D intensive applications, such as anything that is not gaming. That way you will have some great questions to leave for us on the podcast voicemail; which we can play and answer duri
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 7, 2008 - 01:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thermaltake's M9 has a lot to attract users, from it's low price to well done air cooling and tool-less installation. It would be nice to see a removable motherboard tray as well as the ability to add more fans, but if you need more serious cooling, you can always fit on a pair of more powerful 120mm fans. See how this case looks, empty and full, over at Overcloc
Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2008 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Looking to see what the next generation of the internet's backbone might look like? Try checking out the Large Hadron Collider, which
"requires large data flows between specific sites - 2-hour periods with 8 gig flow across the network". Academic and institutional networks have always been at the forefront of speed and the average enthusiast may start to see the benefits of the work they have pioneered. Read what Ars Technica thinks we could be seeing soon, and just how the universitie
Subject: Mobile | May 7, 2008 - 11:25 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
KIRKLAND, Wash. and OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - May 7, 2008 - Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ: CLWR) and Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE: S) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement to combine their next generation wireless broadband businesses to form a new wireless communications company.
Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2008 - 04:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Even with the controversy surrounding Creative, their products are still popular. The Auzentech X-Fi Prelude 7.1
is one such product, and it is up for review on TweakTown. Auzentech has licensed the technology from Creative, so this card is not going to cause the uproar that the ASUS card recently has.
Subject: Storage | May 6, 2008 - 01:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Phoronix compared a pair of 4GB Secure Digital High Capacity cards, one from OCZ and one from Crucial. They used hdparm to compare performance, and each clocked in around 13MB/s, with the OCZ being a tiny bit faster. Since they both cost the same, and the performance difference is unnoticeable,
the lifetime warranty on the on the Crucial SDHC really stands out.
Subject: Motherboards | May 6, 2008 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP's take on the 780a based ASUS M3N-HT is that it needs a bit more work before it's ready for Prime Time. That is not to say this chipset and board do not show promise; they certainly do, but a bit more work needs to be done before this board can show off what it is capable of. As [H] will be getting a new BIOS later today, you can be guaranteed the ASUS BIOS team is hard at work trying to solve some of the issues mentioned in their article.
Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2008 - 11:38 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Well, not so good for those vendors who are stuck with plenty of P35 and X38 boards, Intel will be introducing the 4 series at Computex. Even worse news is that the Q45 and Q43 will be targeted directly at enterprise level customers, so resellers won't be able to sell them P35 boards as a way to try and recoup loses. On the other hand, what DigiTimes says is great news for the enthusiast; the PCI Express bug has been fixed and these boards should offer some nice performance.
Subject: Processors | May 5, 2008 - 06:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
May 5, 2008 - Intel Corporation, Samsung Electronics and TSMC today announced they have reached agreement on the need for industry-wide collaboration to target a transition to larger, 450mm-sized wafers starting in 2012. The transition to larger wafers will enable continued growth of the semiconductor industry and helps maintain a reasonable cost structure for future integrated circuit manufacturing and applications.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 5, 2008 - 06:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Cooler Master Real Power M850 850W PSU has a lot going for it. It has six 12V lines, a power efficiency above 80% and produces just over 20dB of noise. You can also got your hands on it for less that $200, which belies the quality of power it supples; which is good, and the amount of modular cabling you get. techPowerUp has no problems recommending it, but they are confused by the same thing I am ...
Subject: Motherboards | May 5, 2008 - 02:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The motherboard market has gone through some big changes in the last few quarters. We have seen entire chipsets appear and hit end of life (officially or unofficially) for both AMD and Intel processors. The newer chipsets do offer some new features, but the releases just haven't been as awe inspiring as even a few years ago when chipsets lived a lot longer, and the next installment had huge benefits. The latest nVIDIA chipset is up for a preview at HEXUS, the 780a and they even have a board to show
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 5, 2008 - 01:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan just finished reviewing the EVGA UV Plus+, an external graphics adaptor with a nice look and size. It is a little box that acts as a virtual GPU, even to the point of having DDR memory on board. It can't really handle Crysis, but it has no problems display the Vista Aero interface, so it does have at least some power inside it. It will also support up to seven displays, making it far more handy for those users who need to have enormous amounts of screen real estate.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 5, 2008 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not everyone wants or needs a heatsink that stands 8" tall, or weighs two pounds. In some systems, it is absolutely overkill, and in others there is no way a large performance heatsink could fit. Overclocker's Club reviewed the Thermolab Micro Silencer, aimed at smaller systems or for those builders that want a cooler that can beat the Intel stock fan in performance, and do it quietly. There isn't really any room for overclocking, but that isn't everyones first plan when they get a