Fancy new Bluetooth headset

Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2007 - 03:44 PM |

Aliph's Jawbone looks rather snazzy compared to many of the Bluetooth headsets out there right now, and thanks to it's Voice Activity Sensor, it sounds good in noisy environments.  Legit Reviews had no problems getting the headset to connect to PCs or cell phones, and found it to be a good, if not great choice to buy if you are in the mood for more Bluetooth jewelery.

Cool and quiet for hardware hackers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 20, 2007 - 02:21 PM |

With only a pair of scissors, a tiny screwdriver and this guide from Hardware Secrets you can mod any fan into a 3 speed fan.  It offers even the beginning modder a chance at a successful project, but it will lower the noise in your system from all of those high speed fans.  Even better, since all you are doing is undervolting the fan, you aren't likely to find a way to hurt anything in your system.

Time to throw your A64 X2 a retirement party

Subject: Processors | November 20, 2007 - 12:16 PM |

Following up on their look at the new AMD 790FX chipset, The Tech Report carries on into a full review of the Phenom processors that will benefit from the chipset.  They had the time to but together a huge gamut of benchmarks to run through, comparing the 9900 and 9600 to 10 other dual and quad core processors, so it will take you a while to assimilate all the information.  In the end, they conclude that any current owner of an AM2+ system now has an easy upgrade path to a CPU that gives the Q6600 a run for it's mon

HavokFX kicks the bucket

Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2007 - 11:48 AM |

The Inquirer has read about and announced the death of physics on the GPU.  With Intel's purchase of HavokFX the likelihood that it will ever be officially supported has pretty much disappeared, meaning no game company will consider it a way to implement physics simulation in their games.  Ageia is probably dancing at this news, and the rest of us should run out and pick up a quad core CPU or two if we want to see things smash prettily.

Source: The Inquirer

The chipset behind the music

Subject: Motherboards | November 19, 2007 - 04:23 PM |

While everyone else was busy focusing on AMD's new processor, The Tech Report focused on the backbone of the Spider system, AMD's new 790FX chipset.  Supporting HyperTransport 3 and the next iteration of PCI Express, this chipset will likely be seeing a lot of use for quite a while.  Any new launch is not going to happen without a few kinks, in this case the outdated SB600 southbridge offers lackluster performance, and TR also found BIOS problems on both ASUS and Gigabyte's motherboards.

DDR3's lead is growing

Subject: Memory | November 19, 2007 - 03:05 PM |

Over at Benchmark Reviews you can see SuperTalent's new W1800UX2GP 2GB RAM kit, which runs 1800MHz @ 7-7-7-21 and needs only 2.0 volts to do it.  As you might expect, there are quite a few options with RAM that runs this fast, by backing off on the clock speed you can get tighter timings, or you can try to push it faster on the FSB, though not too much further.

Intel's impressive, but unneeded, answer to Barcelona

Subject: Processors | November 19, 2007 - 01:11 PM |

Intel has countered AMD's Barcelona launch with the QX9770, their fastest processor to date.  At 3.2GHz and with a FSB of 1600MHz, the performance it gives you is incredible, if you can somehow find a way to run it; seeing as how there are no 1600MHz motherboards for you to use.  You can head over to TECHGAGE for a look at the QX9770 and the X48 chipset that will run it.


Of clock speeds and translation lookup buffers

Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2007 - 12:32 PM |

The day has finally arrived, we can see the performance of a 'true' quad core processor, and the chip that will take AMD into the future ... as a distant second to Intel.  Barcelona just doesn't have what it takes to compete against the much higher clock speeds of the newest Intel chips, and can barely match them clock for clock.  Their price is just pathetic too ... as [H] pegs it, only $283 to the $1250 of the QX9770

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Can Amazon kindle a passionate love for eBook readers

Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2007 - 12:06 PM |

engadget has done a live blog of Amazon's launch of their Kindle eBook reader.  It is about the same size and heft of a smaller hardcover book, but an iPod it ain't.  The interface is unique ...

Source: engadget

The great hardware Crysis

Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2007 - 05:17 PM |

Everyone wants a faster internet connection, and there is a way to increase the speed that you may have never tried.  The majority of motherboards now come with dual LAN, which may give you a hint as to what the suggestion in the Networking forum is about.  Sure you have to pay for a second ISP, but that will still end up cheaper than most fibre optic providers. 


Pushing the clock speed up on the 3850

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 16, 2007 - 02:48 PM |

Hardware Zone had a chance to look at the PowerColor Radeon HD 3850 Xtreme 512MB with clock speeds pushed up to 720MHz and 1800MHz DDR from 670 and 1660, as well as having double the GRAM.  You can see how well this does at pushing the performance beyond the 8800GTS and giving the 8800GT a run for it's money.  Nice to see AMD back in the running again.

Right sized drives

Subject: Storage | November 16, 2007 - 01:48 PM |

As X-bit labs points out in their introduction, 250GB HDD offer you a good price per GB, and enough storage that you won't feel cramped.  Since there are so many to choose from, they have gathered 30 different makes and models to test out in a huge review.  In the end, it turns out that many of the drives will excel in certain applications, while falling behind in others, as well as some interesting findings about Native Command Queuing. 

Source: X-Bit Labs


Subject: Graphics Cards | November 16, 2007 - 12:56 PM |

Lake Forest, IL - (November 16, 2007) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT OC2 512MB PCI Express 2.0 graphics card for a suggested retail price of $319 USD.

"Just in time for the launch of the hottest game of the season, the BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT OC2 512MB offers mind-blowing performance at an insane price" said Dean Brady, Sr. Director of marketing at BFG Technologies.

A mouse that goes Wii

Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2007 - 12:07 PM |

The Logitech MX Air Mouse comes equipped with a gyroscope and an accelerometer, which allow you to control your PC with a flick of your wrist.  The sleek look is rather unique, the second you see the mouse you know that something is odd with it, apart from the lack of a middle button.  DriverHeaven found this mouse to be great for browsing and other applications but almo


We were just kidding around

Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2007 - 11:53 AM |

nVIDIA has egg on it's face after they made a peculiar announcement at their Editor's Day, which you can see on the slide over at The Inquirer.  With the troubles that all their cards but the new 8800GT have playing back HD content at high resolutions, one might think they would be careful about making that sort of statement. 

Apparently not.

Source: The Inquirer

Inspired by the Release of Crysis, OCZ Technology Releases New DDR2 and DDR3 "ReaperX"

Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2007 - 11:15 AM |

Sunnyvale, CA - November 15, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled two high-speed, high-capacity memory products designed with hardcore gamers in mind. Itching to experience the incredible graphics and FPS action of EA's highly-anticipated Crysis, gamers across the world will improve their gaming experience from upgrading their PC components and benefit from the optimizations of premium memory.

Not exactly a MMRPG Diablo

Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2007 - 06:28 PM |

Although Hellgate:London is made by the same team, and has taken promotion to a new level.  I have already seen one of the books in a second hand bookstore, the game it's self has been pimped to us for years, and the demo (with bonus adware!) has been out long enough that most people with even a slight interest have played t

Source: Gamepyre

Reach your HTPC's full size with this new expansion product

Subject: Systems | November 15, 2007 - 03:01 PM |

Sonys' VAIO VGP-XL1B3 Media Changer gives you the ability to hold 200 DVDs in an enclosure, which you can play on your PC or HTPC.  While OCModShop found it far from perfect, if you are looking to tidy up your DVD collection or can't fit anymore HDD into your HTPC, it is a far better solution than rental storage or deleting old movies.  Besides, you may like the sound effects.


Well dressed for less

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 15, 2007 - 01:35 PM |

Xoxide has been relatively quiet, with not many cases up for review on the web, but R&B Mods picked up their X-Purity LCD Edition Case to check out what their designers have been up to.  The cooling solutions used in the case have fallen behind the

The game just got interesting again

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 15, 2007 - 12:25 PM |

Things are finally heating up in the graphics world at the mid range level, with the introduction of the HD3870 and HD3850.  Not only do these cards signify a complete change in the way ATI/AMD names their cards, but they are also a huge change from the release of the HD2900 series.  These 2 cards deliver some serious performance for their price range, with the 3850 capable of out performing the 8800GT in some tests.  Check out the action at [H]ard|OCP, who test both of these ca

Source: [H]ard|OCP