USB is on the enhancement drugs

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2008 - 11:35 AM |

Take a look at these pictures of the new USB 3.0, due to arrive soon.  The sockets are deeper, but still backwards compatible and the new standard should transfer around 4.7Gb/s which is faster than a SATA drive.  I wouldn't hold my breath waiting to see it reach that speed, but it is likely going to feel a lot faster than current USB 2.0 speeds.  The Register also links back to the optical version that we have seen earlier.

Source: The Register

The New ASUS U2E with 32GB Solid State Drive Integrates Luxury and Technology

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 10, 2008 - 11:09 AM |

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS, NV (JANUARY 5, 2008) - ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook computer design and manufacturing, today announced theplan to showcase the long-anticipated 11-inch 2lb all-in-one notebook featuring a 32GB solid state drive (SSD). The integration of SSD allows the ASUS U2E to be shock resistant and reliable. As a part of the effort to introduce eco-friendly notebook designs, the upcoming U2E is energy efficient thanks to both its SSD and the LED back-lit panel.

Source: ASUS

Valve and NVIDIA Offer Portal: First Slice Free to GeForce Users

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2008 - 02:52 PM |

January 9, 2008 - The most recent Steam Hardware Survey shows more Steam gamers play on NVIDIA GeForce hardware than any other graphics platform. In an effort to further support this popular PC gaming configuration - Steam games plus NVIDIA hardware - Valve and NVIDIA have entered into an agreement to collaborate on development, distribution, events, and more.

Source: Email

A smaller die size embiggens the battery

Subject: Mobile | January 9, 2008 - 02:48 PM |

The new mobile Penryn processors didn't gain an incredible amount of speed or power along with their die shrink, in fact they use less power which should translate into longer battery life.  AnandTech had the chance to test this theory and it turns out to be true.  The added time you can expect does depend on your chosen application, but the lowest increase AnandTech saw was a gain of 23 minutes in Reader 2007.  You even get a boost in the benchmarks they ran to make the deal even more a

Source: AnandTech

EVGA's 2 Slot 8800 GT

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 9, 2008 - 02:10 PM |

While the 8800 GT has been widely lauded for being an amazingly fast product for a very attractive price, complaints about the heat it creates as well as how loud the fan can spool up has spawned a 3rd party cooling market to address those needs.  EVGA is now showing a dual slot cooling solution on the 8800 GT that should address this burgeoning market.  They also up the core clock on the 8800 GT to a nice and even 700+ MHz to boot.

Fool me once, shame on you ...

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 9, 2008 - 01:37 PM |

[H]ard|OCP has really enjoyed seeing Ultra's X3 line of PSUs excelling and giving them a great reputation for powering enthusiast's rigs.  Unfortunately the new Ultra X3 600W breaks that record, although it would make an outstanding 480W PSU.  While creating the review, [H] realized that they have reviewed this PSU before, and were disappointed by it then. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

You and HDMI

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2008 - 11:54 AM |

The new Auzen HDMI 1.3 board looks mighty impressive, offering significantly more options than other cards on the market currently.  One of the biggest steps is the inclusion of more than just SPDIF for output, which helps out anyone who owns newer equipment and wants to get off of that antiquated interface.  Head to Hardware Canucks for more details on what this card can do for your ears.

Not the only game in town

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 9, 2008 - 11:43 AM |

If CES has you going into gadget overload, with too many new things to see, the melange of PC and other electronics too much for you?  Follow Think Computers over to the Digital Experience, an event that occurred Sunday, in the humble little venue called Caesar's Palace.  The displays there are smaller and sparser, as the event focuses solely on the PC world.  You can see Lenovo's new IdeaPad F11, some snazzy systems from Alienware as well as speakers, monitors , mice and more.

EVGA shows innovative display, video and motherboard

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 8, 2008 - 10:30 PM |

After stopping by the EVGA booth today, I came away very impressed with how the company is choosing to innovate rather than duplicate. 

Intel Skulltrail at 4 GHz

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 8, 2008 - 05:55 PM |

Intel is showing off their Skulltrail setups in both air cooled and water cooled configurations.  The big news is that these systems are shown running at 4 GHz.  Too bad Ryan didn't bring along his Kill-a-watt to see how much power they were sucking up.

Yes Virginia... there is a 1337 Case Modder.  Would you like some rhinestones with that?

nVIDIA takes on Intel, Round 2

Subject: Motherboards | January 8, 2008 - 05:43 PM |

The new nVIDIA 780i chipset is appearing on some motherboards, like the ASUS Striker II Formula up for review on Overclock3D.  As you would expect from the Republic of Gamers line, this motherboard comes bundled with a huge amount of accessories, including a removable sound card in case you want to upgrade from the onboard sound, and an astronomical price.  nVIDIA is up against some stiff competition from the P35 and X38 chipsets, especially when i

Source: Overclock3D

AMD Shows of the Mobile Goods at CES

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 8, 2008 - 05:25 PM |

The next stop along Ryan's tortuous way through CES brought him to AMD's doorstep.  He was able to snap off some pics though he was still reeling from the rowdy evening at "Little Budda's" filled with alcohol and sushi.

Here are a few MXM modules sporting the latest Radeon mobile parts.

Thermaltake at CES

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 8, 2008 - 05:10 PM |

Our own intrepid Ryan is braving the wilds of Las Vegas to get the latest and greatest news from CES.  He had the chance to stop by and chat with the nice Thermaltake folks, and he was able to send a few snapshots of what he has found.

Here we have some new SATA hot swappable docking stations.  It is nice as it handles both 2.5 and 3.5 inch drives.

Who needs a booth babe

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2008 - 02:45 PM |

When you've got this!

AMD's graphics refresh, RV670

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 8, 2008 - 01:52 PM |

On paper the new Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 Atomic sports the same features as the RV600, apart from the die shrink.  What is new(ish) is the Vapour Chamber Technology, which is claimed as a break through new cooling for graphics cards.  It sounds really neat until you see the graphic in the Elite Bastards review, where you realize that this breakthrough is pretty much a heatpipe flattened into a plate.  The new architecture does reveal some improvement

Good morning CES

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 8, 2008 - 12:15 PM |

Day 2 of CES 2008 has started off, and some sites are catching up on yesterdays news, while others are already trying to get the new finds from today up and published.  Legit Reviews started off their Tuesday at Foxconn's table looking at an extended ATX motherboard with the codename F1 or Transformer.   The most arresting feature of this board is the four ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT all hooked up in Crossfire, and thanks to the larger form factor, the cards are spaced apart nicely.  Take a look!

Master Boot Record pwnage

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2008 - 12:03 PM |

Slashdot has linked to an article that covers an MBR rootkit that was found in the wild at the end of '07.  Sporting such wonderful features as the ability to be undeleteable, short of repairing your MBR; as well as undetectable through your registry or file system, this could be a bad time to be a hard drive.  Unless the MBR moves to a more secure mode this vulnerability cannot be fixed, and who knows what effect having a protected MBR would have on the formatting process.

Source: Slashdot

Dell's new tiny tower

Subject: Systems | January 8, 2008 - 11:40 AM |

The XPS 630i from Dell is making an appearance on the floor of CES.  It is a relatively small case that hides an Intel C2D processor, the choice between SLI or Crossfire and a choice between air and watercooling.  All for around $1300, Dell is moving into gaming in a much more serious way than we have seen from them in the past.  The 630i won't put paid to more powerful gaming rigs, but it does offer an easy entrance into PC gaming.

Forthcoming AMD LIVE! Ultra Desktop and Notebook PCs

Subject: Systems | January 8, 2008 - 11:16 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- January 8, 2008 --AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced AMD LIVE! Ultra, a new PC brand to help consumers identify forthcoming desktop and notebook PCs designed to deliver the ultimate visual entertainment experience. AMD LIVE! Ultra-branded PCs will be powered by AMD multi-core platforms for desktop and notebook PCs, codenamed "Spider" and "Puma", respectively.

Source: AMD

Not pictured below - COD4 running at 2560x1600

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2008 - 05:51 PM |

Although Ryan is sharing pics of the new graphics card that we will be seeing from AMD, he is keeping the game play to himself.  If we don't see any more updates from CES today, it's probably fair to assume that Ryan got 'stuck' at that table.

Source: AMD