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Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2007 - 01:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have been busily collecting Fatal1ty brand parts, you will need to get your hands on the Creative Sound Blaster X-FI Xtreme Gamer Fatal1ty Pro. From the results of the review that OCC finished, you may want to get it anyways. It is easy to set up to listen to what you want, but there is also a control panel that will allow you some serious ways
Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2007 - 12:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Anyone living in Toronto now has something to cheer about, a new ISP Co-op that is attempting to make the whole city a hotspot. If you subscribe to their Internet service (about 3-5Mbs @ $37 a month), you are also sent a wireless router running OpenWRT, and the subscribers use Chillispot to throttle the bandwidth used by outside wireless connections so the person paying for the service still has good line speed. Read all about the service, and the 2 guys behind i
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2007 - 06:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA has been hinting that the 320MB versions of their cards don't have much time left in the channel. That doesn't mean that they, or their partners, are slacking off. Case and point is the XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB Fatal1ty up for review at The Hardware Zone. With a core clock set 150MHz above stock and the RAM a full 400MHz above stock there is some serious competition for the 8800 GTX 320MB version.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 10, 2007 - 02:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Surge suppressors/protectors are something that everyone has, and if you don't then read this article at Hardware Secrets and go out and buy one. Nothing will ruin your day like watching a power surge completely destroy your PC. The difficulty in picking a surge protector is figuring out which ones actually provide the amount of protection you need. To help you in your quest, Hardware Secrets has pulled some apart, to show you the various ways that protectors help, from the types of fuses/breakers to lin
Subject: Motherboards | October 10, 2007 - 01:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The reviewers have had their gags removed and we can finally see some real testing of Intel's brand new chipset, the X38 Express. The Tech Report has a pair, the ASUS P5E3 Deluxe WiFi-AP @n and Gigabyte's GA-X38-DQ6. Both boards offer the new features of the X38 chipset, 32 PCI Express Lanes, with PCI Express 2.0 support, as well as DDR3. The ASUS board comes with embedded Linux, WiFi and a higher price while the Gigabyte board skips some of the extras, but is still priced close to $300.
Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2007 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP takes a quick and dirty look at the performance you can expect to see from Episode 2, when the Orange Box finally becomes available. Not only do you get an idea how this game will play on AMD and nVIDIA, but there are a few screenshots you haven't seen yet, of an interesting environment.
Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2007 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Some will call the new roadmap good news, others will consider it bad, and in some cases they will be using the same models to argue both points. Either way you look at it, the fact that AMD is at least giving us a much better idea about what to expect from them is a good thing. Take a look at the new road map by following the links from The Inquirer.
Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2007 - 05:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bearing the name of one of the Fates (and a certain type of pit viper) is the new mouse from Razer, the Lachesis, and does it ever have a lot on on it, up to and including onboard memory. The response time is tiny, the maximum DPI is huge and 9 programmable buttons will have you staring at the key mappings of your favorite games for hours trying to figure out the perfect setup. OCModShop has more info on the current pinnacle of gaming mice.
Subject: Storage | October 9, 2007 - 03:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at Tech Spot is a review of a drive you will never buy. The good news being that it is a Blu-Ray drive capable of writing and rewriting, but the problem is that it costs just short of $1000, and it's replacement that will be coming very soon costs about half of that. You can check out the review to see what this current drive does, but both Tech Spot and I recommend waiting for the cheaper and faster model.
Subject: Motherboards | October 9, 2007 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS motherboards that come with Linux embedded in them have gained a name, SplashTop. Phoronix points out some interesting benefits you can gain from this 'Instant On' addition to the motherboard, and a bit of speculation as to whether we will finally see an update to something that really has seen any major changes in over a decade, the system BIOS.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 9, 2007 - 02:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at TweakTown is an analysis of 3 different cases, of 3 different sizes, from In Win. The F430 mid-tower, the Alpha 360 Mini Tower and the Mountain Jade Tiny Tower are all very different in who
Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2007 - 01:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's processor pricing is in a free fall, with most of their line being reduced in price, including the newly released Black Edition. DigiTimes published the list of bulk prices, which will be very attractive to anyone looking to build an inexpensive PC. Here's hoping that we have new processors soon, as these prices have to be hurting AMD's bottom line.
Subject: Processors | October 9, 2007 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) introduced several new energy-efficient desktop processors designed to reduce power consumption for greater performance-per-watt. These processors will offer additional choice for system builders and OEMs looking to differentiate their products and provide customers with low-noise, low-heat system designs.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 8, 2007 - 01:51 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to the Inquirer NVIDIA might have knocked off the 320MB version of the 8800 GTS in preparation for the upcoming G92 release.
We knew that Nvidia was planning to kill the 8800GTS 320MB in order to make
room for the 65nm die-shrink that the world has come to know as G92.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 8, 2007 - 01:49 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you like the CPU-Z application for your overclocking or informational purposes, you'll probably find the new GPU-Z utility just as handy.
GPU-Z does not hide its similarity to CPU-Z when it comes to the user
interface, but the job at hand is absolutely massive. There are numerous
graphics chips on the market in most insane combinations, discrete or
integrated, and so on.
Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2007 - 01:45 PM | Ryan Shrout
We have been very impressed with the Xonar sound card from Asus here at PC Perspective, and it looks like a new PCI Express version will be coming out soon.
Asustek announced its Xonar D2 PCI sound card on June 5, but we also spotted a PCI Express version of the card—branded Xonar D2X—at the company's Computex booth on the same day. The firm has now finally launched the Xonar D2X, and the PCIe newcomer is coming out together with another member of the Xonar lineup: the Xonar U1.
Subject: Motherboards | October 8, 2007 - 01:42 PM | Ryan Shrout
Embedded operating systems have long been the one way to get super-fast boot up times and looks like Asus might be allowing upcoming X38 motherboards to take advantage of them.
Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2007 - 07:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sure you know what MP3s are, everyone does. But there is more than one way to make them, and how you choose to do so can have a huge impact on the quality of the and the size as well. Ars Technica takes you through Fast Fourier Transforms, compression algorithms as well as some of the other formats that offer you alternatives to MP3. Your music collection may never sound the same again.