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Subject: Systems | May 21, 2008 - 06:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2008 - 04:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
... 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.
Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2008 - 03:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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?
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 21, 2008 - 01:38 PM | Ryan Shrout
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:
Subject: Storage | May 20, 2008 - 10:50 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Mobile | May 20, 2008 - 10:33 PM | Ryan Shrout
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:
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 20, 2008 - 10:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Memory | May 20, 2008 - 07:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 20, 2008 - 05:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2008 - 04:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2008 - 04:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Memory | May 19, 2008 - 10:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Motherboards | May 19, 2008 - 08:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Mobile | May 19, 2008 - 08:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In what has to be one of the most fun to do reviews ever, Slashdot has linked to a durability test of three ruggedized notebooks. All three are 810F-compliant systems, one each from General Dynamics Itronix, Getac and Panasonic, which get frozen, broiled and drowned, among other things. Check the videos by following the link.
Subject: Storage | May 19, 2008 - 08:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Western Digital extended their Caviar lineup to include the GreenPower series. Costing a bit more, but with various powersaving enhancements inside, they were mostly aimed at the enterprise level. The powersaving technologies did slow the performance a bit, something most enthusiasts would never accept. OCIA's testing of the Western Digital Cavia
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 19, 2008 - 08:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you happen to have an odd mix of priorities, and desire a PSU with sic 12V lines totaling 960W and want the PSU to produce barely any noise, the Zalman ZM1000-HP was built for you. SPCR's tests showed that not only does it perform more quietly than anything similar that they've tested, it is more efficient as well. It also has some seriously stable lines.
Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2008 - 07:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD is working at redesigning
the way people buy games with their AMD GAME! program. The basic idea is that games will come with a logo, either AMD GAME! Ultra or AMD GAME!, the AMD GAME! Ultra should be playable at 1600 x 1200, default settings at above 30 fps, the non-Ultra at 1280 x 1024, as long as your system matches their defined requirements. Anandtech takes a look at this initiative, and shows some of the promo slides.
Subject: Editorial | May 19, 2008 - 04:55 AM | Ryan Shrout
I had a couple of people remind me that it had been just about year since my last "blog" post. Well, rather than let it lapse completely, I'll make this post.
You can STILL hear from me though by keeping up to date on our bi-monthly podcast or by following me on Twitter. Both will give you a mix of personal and professional (website) information so you can keep up with what is going on behind the scenes.
Subject: Mobile | May 19, 2008 - 04:48 AM | Ryan Shrout
This seems more to be a blow towards WiMax than anything else, but according to this report the upcoming Atom-based ASUS Eee PC 901 machine will no longer come with WiMax support built-in but will instead be an option only for contract customers.
Subject: Motherboards | May 16, 2008 - 10:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
While we are very used to seeing bickering between companies like NVIDIA and ATI, AMD and Intel and Microsoft and Sony, one segment of the PC market that has been surprisingly quiet over the years has been the manufacturing vendors like MSI, ASUS and Gigabyte. Well that all seems to be behind us now as a "day time melo-drama" of sorts has broken out between two companies that were at one point last on the brink of merging.