Give your RAM a summer outfit

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 3, 2008 - 01:02 PM |
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Drop by Tweaktown for a walkthrough of removing stock heatspreaders from RAM and replacing them with 3rd party coolers.  Their article specifically pertains to Kingston DDR2 and a Nexus heatpipe cooler, but the theory does carry over to other models.  Especially seeing as how they cover 3 different methods of removing the stock coolers, which is really the hardest part.

Source: TweakTown

Take your time and do it right

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 3, 2008 - 11:56 AM |
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Lee has just finished up a review of the Corsair HX1000W PSU, a very well made PSU with nothing not to recommend it.  The price is in line with the quality and the power provided, but if a PSU can impress Lee this much, you know every penny is well spent.  Besides, how can you complain about the price of your PSU after sticking 3 graphics cards in your system, which is what the HX1000 is designed for.

Now that's timing

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2008 - 11:44 AM |
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nVIDIA is really having a lousy summer.  Their attempt to distract from AMD's launch pf the HD4800 series with the 9800GTX+ was all but ignored by reviewers; those few who did review it tended to lean towards AMD's cheaper offerings.  Now it comes out that their notebook chipsets and graphics have serious problems, problems that may extend to their add-on cards as well.  AMD now has an opportunity to lay the boots in, as their dual GPU HD4870 X2 should be out in a month. 

Source: The Inquirer

Better benchmarks can be yours

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 2, 2008 - 05:44 PM |
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But that is about all the benefit you will see from nVIDIA's PhysX capable GPUs,
unless you are one of the few still playing UT3 (like me).  Those benefits that you saw in 3DMark, and heard arguing about, are really the only benefit.  UT3 is better with the stand alone card and as it stands currently, GRAW is not compatible with the GPU PhysX; which may change in the near future.  Drop by Techgage for some hard numbers on the benefits of nVIDIA's newest feature.

Source: TECHGAGE

Alone with your iPhone

Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2008 - 02:47 PM |
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iMetal's iP-HS2 Isolation Headset will work on anything that can use headphones, though it is branded as an iPhone accessory.  You feel a little odd having a microphone attached your MP3 player, but the advanatages of isolating in-the-ear headsets may make you want it anyways. Drop by I4U and get a look at these neodymium driven ear buds.

Source: I4U News

Goodbye 65nm

Subject: Processors | July 2, 2008 - 01:06 PM |
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AMD is thinking conservatively with it's Phenom line which will hopefully pay off in the business and server markets, for they are not impressing the enthusiast with their three new chips.  The chips are faster than previous offerings and retain the low pricing, gaining a reduced TDP and unlocked multipliers.   Drop by Ars Technica for an overview of the 2Ghz Phenom 9350e compared against an underclocked 9850.

Source: Ars Technica

Diablo turns 11, makes gamers feel old

Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2008 - 12:27 PM |
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Blizzard is one company that gets a big break from gamers.  StarCraft came out a long time ago, but there are no running gags about StarCraft 2's release, even after a year of screenshots and teasers.  The same goes for Diablo, which has been close to a decade since it's last update and is finally getting updated.  Ars Technica can tell you more about Blizzard's announcement of Diablo 3, as well as links to the official site and several of the ne

Source: Ars Technica

Come back zinc, Come Back!!

Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2008 - 12:07 PM |
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The dire warning we heard on The Simpsons may soon come true, if the story on Slashdot is correct.  For some strange reasons the rare earth elements used in many processes today are in short supply.  You may not have heard much about hafnium, gallium or indium but they are present in trace amounts in almost all of your electronics, and they are necessary for current technology.  If there are no replacements, substitutes or large undiscovered deposits that can be reached, peak oil may be the le

Source: Slashdot

N5200PRO, the Energy Saving Device at Home or Office

Subject: Storage | July 2, 2008 - 11:42 AM |
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Thecus N5200PRO is extremely well-received by users and IT media worldwide. It is regard as the best of its category. Huge storage capacity under high level of data protection, outstanding performance and numerous functions are the reasons why it is recognized as one of the most desirable digital storage solution for offices and homes to store valuable data.

Since N5200PRO usually operates at long period of time, power consumption is a major concern for users. With its energy saving design, N5200PRO requires limited power to execute tasks.

Source: Thecus

AMD Phenom 9350e: A Tale of Woe and Despair

Subject: Processors | July 1, 2008 - 09:44 PM |
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Today is the launch of the 9150e and 9350e Phenom processors, as well as the new Black Edition 9950.  The "e" series of chips are rated at a nice 65 watts, and are aimed at productivity boxes as well as HTPCs.  The high end 9950 chip is unlocked and ready for some overclocking action.  It also sets a new record for power at 140 watts TDP.  The 9150e is clocked at 1.8 GHz, the 9350e is at 2 GHz, and the 9950 is sitting pretty at 2.6 GHz (a full 9 months after the infamous Tahoe launch event).

Source: AMD

I'm just mad about SATA

Subject: Storage | June 30, 2008 - 05:11 PM |
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Hardware Secrets can tell you all you want to know about Serial ATA, it's different flavours and speeds.  It's more that just a quick picture of a SATA cable and a PATA cable, they delve into NCQ, port multipliers and even pinout diagrams.  Drop by for a look into the newest way to cut cable clutter and speed up your data transfers.

BFG FACTORY OVERCLOCKED GEFORCE GTX 260 OC2 AND OCX GRAPHICS CARDS

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 30, 2008 - 04:48 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (June 30, 2008) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG GeForce GTX 260 OC2 and the BFG GeForce GTX 260 OCX factory overclocked graphics cards.

Backed with 24/7/365 free technical support and a lifetime warranty, the BFG GeForce GTX 260 OC2 and OCX versions are factory overclocked graphics cards that go through extensive testing to find the right mix of speeds for the core, memory, and shader clocks that will produce

Two fans are better than one

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 30, 2008 - 03:41 PM |
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SilenX's IXTREMA Pro IXC-120HA2 features exposed heatpipes and the ability to support a pair of 120mm fans for some extra cooling power on those systems which require it.  Bjorn3D was quite impressed with the cooling it could provide as well as it's relatively quiet operation.  They did feel the inclusion of a fan controller would have been a good idea though.

Source: Bjorn3D

It only works when unobserved

Subject: Motherboards | June 30, 2008 - 01:41 PM |
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Foxconn BlackOps X48 Express has a lot of features bearing the name Quantum for some reason, but don't let the cheesy naming fool you, this board is rather impressive.  It will support DDR3-1600, 8 phase power, and has a rather interesting cooling design which will support cooling with dry ice.  That may not be the most useful feature, but it is certainly unique.  Drop by TechARP for a closer look.

Source: Tech ARP

Take a good look, you won't see this one for a while

Subject: Mobile | June 30, 2008 - 11:51 AM |
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Legit Reviews has more information on the upcoming Toshiba Qosmio, the x305 model in this case which has some rather nice sounding components.  Built around a 3GHz Intel C2D, supporting up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM and with a pair of 200GB 7200rpm drives, the raw performance should be impressive.  Add a 17" 1680x1050 screen powered by a mysterious nVIDIA Geforce 9800M GTX graphics with 1GB RAM and you have one impressive laptop. 

Visible war

Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2008 - 11:39 AM |
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AMD's HD4870 and HD4850 finally deliver on what many enthusiasts have been waiting for these past few generations of GPUs; some competition.  nVIDIA has been far and away the better choice for performance and often for price as well.  These two new cards from AMD have worried nVIDIA enough that HEXUS thinks we should see some significant changes to nVIDIA's next generation of chips.  We all expect performance increases, but nVIDIA may have to tighten up their bottom line and sell the next generati

Source: Hexus

Diamond's Unlocked Radeon HD 4870 XOC Black Edition Graphics card

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 30, 2008 - 11:16 AM |
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CHATSWORTH, CA - June 27, 2008 - Diamond Multimedia, a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications products, launched today along with boutique system builder Smoothcreations, and Water cooling mavens, Danger Den the ATI Radeon HD 4870 XOC Black Edition graphics card. This card offers exquisite gaming capabilities combined with state of the art efficiency.

The HD 4870 is a smoking gun dual slot card, PCIE 2.0, with 512MB of DDR5 memory and a clock speed of 800 MHz. The memory speed is 1100 MHz and is designed with 800 stream processors.

Summer heat is good for the user; not so much for the hardware

Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2008 - 06:22 PM |
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Psychiatrists are currently arguing about codifying Internet addiction into the next update to the DSM as a mental disorder, but they are ignoring a far, far worse condition; hardware upgrade addiction.  Help a forum member avoid the social stigma of this horrible disease by offering advice on the components most likely to provide enough performance to delay his next upgrade as long as po

Get the right match for your Wolfdale

Subject: Processors | June 27, 2008 - 02:34 PM |
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Madshrimps takes a look at the overclocking performance of Intel's new Wolfdale processor on all of the major chipsets currently on the market.  Most of their time is spent on the Intel chipsets, for as they put it (nVIDIA's) "680i = 780i = 790i".  There really isn't that much difference, whereas the Intel chipsets have had some significant changes in their updates.

Source: Madshrimps

A lot of choice at the lower end

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 27, 2008 - 01:42 PM |
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If you are looking for a graphics card update, and you budget just cannot stretch beyond $150, then the 9600 GTS is perfect for you.  Ryan tried three different models, the $130 ASUS EN9600GT Silent and ASUS EN9600GT TOP and the $150 XFX 9600 GT XXX Edition.   Read through the review and see if you want to spend the extra $20 for the overclocked version.