Come sail away ...

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2008 - 09:32 PM |
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The Speed Link Styx
may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think gaming mice, but that may just mean you are North American.  On the other side of the pond Speed Link have made a name for themselves; with the Styx's 7 programmable buttons that can be programmed to fire up to 4 times on a single click plus on the fly DPI changing up to 2200, they are fit to compete with Razer and others.  Take a peek over at Hi-Tech Reviews.

Supertalent's new bling

Subject: Memory | June 18, 2008 - 06:21 PM |
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Super Talent's new DDR2 Project X DIMMs showed themselves to be pretty powerful, and now Hardware Logic has had a chance to test the DDR3 version.  The 2Gb DDR3-2000 modules run 9-9-9-28 at 2T and hit 5-5-5-12-1T at 1333MHz with a bit of tweaking.  At $250 they are an investment, but if you want that kind of speed you need to pay for it somehow

If you are a fan of Metal Gear ...

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2008 - 04:51 PM |
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Then Metal Gear Solid 4 is probably for you; if you never liked it, or never played it, probably not.  The review at Ars Technica does contain a few spoilers, as it was hard for them to discuss how bad they felt the ending played out without mentioning why it was bad.  Still, they did find plenty to like about it, including the well done mulitplayer game.

Source: Ars Technica

Not the coffee!!! Anything but the coffee!!!

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2008 - 04:24 PM |
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Spam, phishing and malware are certainly inconvenient, but they are nothing compared to the evil of attacking one's caffeine source.  According to the story on Slashdot, some nefarious poltroon has figured out how to compromise a particular brand of coffee makers via it's internet connection, assumedly java enabled, and from there onto the PC that is connected to.  Don't worry about why a coffee maker should have an IP address, worry about the possibility of over-caffeinated morning people and IT workers d

Source: Slashdot

XFX GeForce GTX 200 Series: Better than Reality

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 18, 2008 - 03:41 PM |
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XFX is offering both the GTX 280 and 260 on their newly designed website, and they would like you to double or triple them up!  They have set up a VIP kit to entice you with extra schwag on top of the graphics cards and motherboards, as well as bundling in Ass

Source: XFX

World's Fastest Supercomputers Employ AMD Opteron Processors

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2008 - 03:16 PM |
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DRESDEN, Germany - June 18, 2008 - At the International Supercomputing Conference, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that its AMD Opteron processors have helped deliver many of the top performing supercomputers in the world. For the first time ever, AMD technology plays a role in the number one supercomputer in the world and this same processor technology that helps drive the number one supercomputer is also readily available for business and personal computing.

Source: AMD

That's too big, it will never fit!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 17, 2008 - 09:35 PM |
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Remember back when a 600g heatsink was huge?  How does 1285g (2.8lbs) suit you?  The Orochi is a 120 x 194 x 155mm cooler that can be used passively, or you could attach a 140mm fan ... or three.  In the testing X-bit Labs did, it cooled a 3750MHz (overclocked) quad core with a Vcore of 1.4875V
without needing a fan!

Source: X-Bit Labs

Scared by the memory card racks?

Subject: Storage | June 17, 2008 - 07:56 PM |
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As with just about any storage medium, once flash based memory cards became accepted, there are suddenly a whole buch of different flavours available.  If you don't want to end up picking up a card that is perfect, excepting the fact that it won't fit into the device you bought it for, let InsideHW help you out.

Source: InsideHW

NEW NVIDIA TESLA DOUBLES THE PERFORMANCE FOR THOUSANDS OF CUDA DEVELOPERS WORLDWIDE

Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2008 - 05:22 PM |
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DRESDEN, GERMANY - JUNE 17, 2008 - From video encoding to oil and gas exploration and from medical imaging to scientific research, thousands of CUDA developers in the high performance computing (HPC) community are leveraging a revolutionary GPU computing platform that was announced just one year ago.

Source: NVIDIA

Let the ping times grow

Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2008 - 05:00 PM |
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Whether you are trying to help get them into the Guinness Book of World records, because you simply can't wait to get your hands on the AwsomeBar, or even if you are just hoping that you get to see Mozilla's servers crash under the load, today is the day.

Firefox 3 is here.

An HTPC case for the exhibitionist

Subject: Systems | June 17, 2008 - 04:37 PM |
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Madshrimps examines the Sunbeamtech Acrylic HTPC-style ATX Case, a case that will really let you show off your components.  The addition of blue LED fans to provide cooling and a unique look will make it even more attractive to those wanting an HTPC that stands out rather than blending in.  It is a full sized ATX case, even with it's uncommon shape, so you can use it to house a more robust PC as well.

Source: Madshrimps

Keeping a low profile

Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2008 - 04:16 PM |
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AMD is really working hard to promote their low powered, green solutions for PCs.  According to DigiTimes, we should be seeing a pair of triple core Phenoms as well as a quad core well before the end of the year.  They also mention that the end of life for the X4 9100e is coming up very soon; with plenty of new parts to replace it soon.

Source: Digitimes

Intel Launches Online Community to Connect Caregivers

Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2008 - 03:36 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 17, 2008 - With a goal to connect and assist the more than 50 million caregivers in the United States, Intel Corporation today unveiled ConnectingForCare.com, the first online community of its kind for family caregivers, nurses, social workers and others to share information and provide emotional support, filling a void in today's healthcare system.

AMD Demonstrates the Cinema 2.0 Experience

Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2008 - 03:34 PM |
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SAN FRANCISCO - June 17, 2008 - At a press conference June 16, 2008, in San Francisco, AMD (NYSE:AMD) demonstrated a milestone achievement in ultra-realistic and interactive visual computing through the processing power of its forthcoming teraFLOPS (trillion floating point operations per second) graphics chip, codenamed "RV770".

Until today, content developers had to choose between cinematic realism rendered offline and absent the rewarding sensory experience of interactivity, or an interactive experience without full ultra-rea

Source: AMD

Not to be confused with idiotophile

Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2008 - 10:59 PM |
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An idiotophile being a close relative of the audiophile who believes $1000 a foot cable and magic rocks make stereos sound noticeably better, and get upset when people point out that they don't.

Source: Madshrimps

AMD Stream Processor First to Break 1 Teraflop Barrier

Subject: Processors | June 16, 2008 - 09:38 PM |
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DRESDEN, Germany -- June 16, 2008 -- At the International Supercomputing Conference, AMD (NYSE:AMD) today introduced its next-generation stream processor, the AMD FireStream 9250, specifically designed to accelerate critical algorithms in high-performance computing (HPC), mainstream and consumer applications. Leveraging the GPU design expertise of AMD's Graphics Product Group, AMD FireStream 9250 breaks the one teraflop barrier for single precision performance.

Source: AMD

The manufacturer's specs are really just suggestions

Subject: Motherboards | June 16, 2008 - 07:36 PM |
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So what if Intel claims the P45 only supports 800MHz DRR2 and 1333MHz DDR3?  That hasn't stopped manufacturers from selling 1600MHz capable P45 boards.  Add PCI Express 2.0 to that support, and the ability to evenly split lanes between AMD cards in Crossfire setup and you have a solid update to the P35.  The Tech Report didn't find huge performance increases, but as the P45 is simply an update, not a complete revamping, the stability of the technology may be a big factor for some.

Cooler Master quietly introduces their new line

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 16, 2008 - 06:08 PM |
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Coolermaster has three new power supplies, the Silent Pro M500, M600 and M700.  Strangely enough, those serial numbers also represent their respective wattages.  With all of them sporting a 135mm fan, they do live up to the moniker of Silent, and the stable voltages and SLI support of the 700 model certain make a Pro label acceptable.  Drop by R&B Mods for a look.

Two ways to ultimate power

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 16, 2008 - 04:34 PM |
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nVIDIA's two new cards, the $399 GTX 260 896MB and the $649 GTX 280 1GB sport incredible performance, and the amount of transistors fit into them are unprecedented.  The gaming performance, while it does offer the best single card performance around, is not the only story with these cards.  Josh tried out the two new focuses for these cards, huge increases in the speeds of Folding@Home and Video Encoding, while Ryan was busy gaming.

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Enhancing your online purchasing decisions

Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2008 - 04:14 PM |
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Quick, head over to Newegg and take a peek at the prices for the 9800 GTX and click on that unfamiliar "See price in cart" button.  Nifty, eh?  Doesn't that just totally make it easier for you to decide which card you want to pick up?  To make it even better, try the 9800 GX2; notice how the same thing d

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