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Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 30, 2007 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica has designed a pair of gaming boxes to satisfy gamers everywhere. One is a bit price conscious, weighing in at ~$1200, and the go all out for the ~$3000 performance box. It is worth the time to look if you are thinking about picking up a PC, or just figuring how long you will have to live on Mr. Noodles to buy one.
You can always contrast their choices with our own PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard, to see which setups you prefer.
Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2007 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Vista has added an interesting feature to the installation progress, similar to loading a RAID driver but with much more flexibility. You will be able to choose more than just one driver to load, and you are not stuck using floppies to keep the files on. Read through the warning that ExtremeMHz provides at the end of the article to save yourself some frustration.
Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2007 - 06:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Media seems to be a topic on everyones minds lately, this week it is Betamax versus VHS round 2, aka HD DVD versus Blu-Ray. Do you have a preference? Let us know what it is and why you feel that way. If arguments aren't your thing, you can find a statement that can't be argued with in this thread, and maybe you can share a shocking story or two yourself.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 27, 2007 - 02:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The MSI P6N SLI Platinum and Abit Fatal1ty FP-IN9 SLI are very similar boards, with dissimilar prices. The MSI based on the 680i SLI and the Abit on the 650i SLI. The main difference between those 2 chipsets is the third PCI express slot, and the 650i's being limited to 8x as opposed to 16x, not that there is any benefit to be gained from the 16x PCI ex
Subject: Displays | July 27, 2007 - 02:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Planar PX2611W offers an 26" alternative to the huge 30" widescreens for those with smaller desks, or pocketbooks. Benchmark Reviews found this 1920 x 1200 wide gamut monitor to be perfect for gaming. You can find out just how good it is by reading the full review.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 27, 2007 - 01:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CoolTechZone has a look at LogiTech's new Wii inspired Cordless mouse. It is unlikely that gamers will adopt it as a replacement, and besides they have the actual Wii to game with. However, if you are using a projector to show off a presentation or controlling an HTPC, this mouse suddenly makes a lot of sense to use.
Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2007 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A lot of news about AMDs plans for the near future were revealed by their executives at the Technology Analysts Day. Catch [H]ard|OCP's coverage of their plans for multipurpose processors, new core structures, including a mysterious Bulldozer core that is touted to be able to share the work of a single thread amongst it's cores ... something no AMD or Intel Dual or Quad core can currently manage.
Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2007 - 11:31 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BRUSSELS/SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - July 27, 2007 -The European Commission (EC) today confirmed that it has charged Intel with violating EU competition laws by abusing its dominant position in the global microprocessor market. The Commission said in a press briefing today that "in the short, medium and long-term, we think that the actions of Intel are bad news for competition and consumers." http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/ebs/schedule.cfm.
Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2007 - 11:15 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
During executive presentations today, AMD unveiled details about new
platform and product initiatives, future processor design philosophies
and insights into its manufacturing model. Highlights below include:
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 26, 2007 - 05:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
XIGMATEK is a company that has some interesting ideas, but hasn't really caught on with enthusiasts. X-bit Labs is going to try to undo that by reviewing their HDT-S963, a cooler with Heatpipe Direct Touch. They find that it is efficient enough to compete with the major brands, especially at lower fan speeds. At higher speeds the fan noise becomes a problem, but that could easily be rectified by replacing the stock fan with a quieter model.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 26, 2007 - 02:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, Calif. - July 26, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability PC components, today announced that the Silencer 750 Quad power supply from PC Power & Cooling has been chosen by leading technology publication Maximum PC to power its 2007 annual "Dream Machine." The famed "Dream Machine" is a high-performance computer system built each year by Maximum PC to represent the ultimate in cutting-edge hardware and performance.
Subject: Systems | July 26, 2007 - 02:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Shuttle has added the SG33GH to their popular G-series, and added a lot of new features to take advantage of the recent advances in HDTV. The usual suspects all make an appearance, HDCP-compliant HDMI onboard video and full support for Dolby Digital Live and DTS encoding. Shuttle adds one of the best integrated graphics controllers The Tech Report has seen on an HTPC, although it isn't enoug
Subject: Processors | July 26, 2007 - 01:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The idea is to stop using those sluggish electrons, and switch to those speed demon photons. This won't be an easy switch, but it may be needed to keep the increase in speed that we have become accustomed to. If it can be done, a prototype silicon laser modulator that can achieve 40Gbs is very impressive, and necessary to have a photonic IC. Slashdot has the news flash.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 26, 2007 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The newest graphics review at [H]ard|OCP is MSI's overclocked 8800GTS 320MB card. They pushed the GPU from 500 MHz to 575MHz and the RAM from 1.6GHz to 1.7 GHz, but they didn't push the price up by much. When put up against the 640MB version, the higher clock speeds pushed this card ahead, at least up to 1920*1200, and pushed past the 2900XT as well.
Subject: General Tech | July 26, 2007 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This one comes to FireFox users in much the same way as the vulnerability that was patched last week, through the way Uniform Resource Identifiers are handled. Last week's flaw involved URI's passed from IE, this week it has to do with the way FireFox, Netscape 9 and Mozilla handle them directly. A patch is currently in the works, which you can read about on The Register. This type of vulnerability will keep appearing when new URI's are added, which is going to keep happening with the growth of it's
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 25, 2007 - 05:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Six 12V rails, two of which are 28A, the other four are 18A, at a combined maximum power of 960W, coupled with two 6 pin PCI-E and two 8 pin PCI-E connectors make the Coolermaster M1000W PSU perfect for multiple GPU systems. The most shocking surprise for R&B Mods was how quiet this PSU was, something they did not expect to go hand in hand with such a powerful PSU.
Subject: Memory | July 25, 2007 - 02:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BCC Hardware compares 3 Patriot Extreme Performance 2GB kits, the PC2-6400 Eased Latency and PC2-6400 Low Latency Kits
and the PC2-8500 Eased Latency Kit. You get an idea from the review that while the Eased Latency kits are much cheaper, with a little overclocking they end up a better deal than their low latency cousins.
Subject: Mobile | July 25, 2007 - 01:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
XYZ has compiled a list of 9 notebooks, each of which they rate as a dream machine. Some, like the Alienware, you will have a hard time getting your company to pay for, but others are very light and have extended battery power.
Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2007 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GamePyre picked up Transformers: The Game, with high hopes. After fighting dodgy controls and the lousy interface, they did see some new Transformers, but unfortunately it was not enough to save the game in the end. The only good news they had was that it would be a good deal if you found it in the bargain bin.
Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2007 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The first ever Ubuntu Live conference is happening, and Phoronix got an invite. You can drop by for a look at the Ubuntu roadmap, as well as many of the new Dell Linux systems. This is a sort of precursor to the bigger Open Source Con, being held during the latter part of this week.