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Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2008 - 12:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If Tim Sweeney's statement that "Now, 60% of PCs on the market don't have a workable graphics processor at all." is true, then higher end PC gaming is indeed in an odd spot. On the other hand, high end gaming is not the be all end all of PC gaming. If Intel's integrated graphics can't handle Crysis, they can certainly manage Civilizations 4, and can probably make a good try at WoW. Intel is also not the integrated chipset to watch right now, that distinction belongs to AMD and the 7-series chipset, which can handle some newer FPS games out of the box, and has no trouble when
Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2008 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Aperture 2.0 has arrived to win back those who shudder at the memory of Aperture 1.0. Ars Technica found most of the bugs and the major complaints that they had with previous versions have been fixed in this new version. They do still have a few reservations, like some issues with metadata and Vaults. If you've got a Mac and a digital camera, check out what this software can do for you.
Subject: Mobile | March 8, 2008 - 08:58 PM | Ryan Shrout
Well, if you were interested in the ASUS U2E notebook that we recently reviewed, you'll be glad to know that the standard hard drive model, the U2E-A1B is now on sale. Newegg.com has it for $2099.99 - a little bit higher than the price ASUS quoted us but reasonable none the less.
Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2008 - 11:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
General PC can be a time consuming project, especially when you like to do everything the hard way, by using the built in tools in Windows. In the General Forum, there is a thread talking about TuneUp 2008 and other programs designed to make maintenance a little easier.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 7, 2008 - 02:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OZC's long awaited Cryo-Z Phase Change Cooler arrived on the test bench of TweakTown recently, and of course they tested it out. The cooler it's self is very powerful, and sub zero temperatures are easy for it to maintain. Unfortunately the quality of the build was sub par for OZC, who are usually much better about that sort of thing. It is also incredibly loud, but it is a phase change cooler and they aren't about subtlety.
Subject: Processors | March 7, 2008 - 02:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Phenom's infamous TLB issue had been eclipsed by the performance hit you take when using the fix. What would really help many prospective AMD system buyers is a big list of motherboards that tells which have a switch to disable or enable the TLB fix. Well, you had better thank The Tech Report because that is exactly what they did.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 7, 2008 - 01:47 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you are looking for new mainstream graphics card, today might be the day to jump on that deal. XFX sent over word of a completely new pricing structure for their 8800 GT 512MB, 9600 GT 512MB and 8800GS 384MB cards. Here's the deal:
Subject: Shows and Expos | March 7, 2008 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCC spent yesterday making sure they had caught everything at Cebit the first time around. As it turns out they missed quiet a bit and are making up for it with a bunch of pictures of the displays. If you missed any of there previous posts, they are all combined into this article, so you can see everything.
Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2008 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel seems worried about the integrated graphics chipset market. According to this story on DigiTimes, we can expect to see another IGP from Intel, this one being the most powerful. The 780G chipset from AMD is going to be a serious competitor with it's ability to support CrossfireX, but Intel's GM47 will be clocked faster.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 7, 2008 - 11:38 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Aimed at users who require top-class GPS navigation directions and easy portability, ASUS releases the new GPS device, R300. This innovative device is only 0.54" thick and 4.9 ounces in weight – making it the thinnest in its category, and ideal for portability, whether placed in the car or carried in the pocket. Besides providing directions, the R300 is a total communications and entertainment hub.
Subject: Storage | March 6, 2008 - 05:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A 1.8" HDD sounds a little odd, being smaller than even the HDD built for laptops ... until you realize it is designed to be a portable USB drive. The Honeywell SecuraDrive 1.8-inch 80GB USB Hard Drive gives you two partitions, an easy to access public partition and a hidden private partition. Think Computers tried it out and loved it; apart from the price which they found a little steep.
Subject: Mobile | March 6, 2008 - 05:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Seeing as how Dell and other names not previously associated with heaping gobs of power in notebooks are busily gaining a reputation for spewing performance all over the laps of mobile gamers, Alienware has responded. Of course it's not exactly a competition, it's really just Dell versus Dell.
Anyways, the Alienware Area-51 m9750 is not quite worth it's own weight in gold, but DriverHeaven's review does show that it is worth a lot when it comes to bragging rights.
Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2008 - 02:57 PM | Ryan Shrout
A little off topic perhaps, but after sitting through some live blogs of the Apple SDK announcement there are some interesting bits of news coming out. First up, Apple announced a move toward the enterprise customer by adding in features like native ActiveSync Exchange support, push email, push calendar, push contact, remote device wiping, Cisco VPN, WEP2 support and certificates and identities to name the majority. There weren't any direct mentions but I assume that push email will be available to users that do not have access to an Exchange server, but since Apple didn't mention
Subject: Systems | March 6, 2008 - 02:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Shuttle is famous for it's SFF PCs, although not man of their previous boxes have the power of the XPC
Prima SX38P2 Pro. Built around an X38 board, this PC supports Crossfire, the new 1333MHz 45nm Intel processors, PCIe 2.0, Dolby DTS Connect, Intel's Turbo Memory and up to 8Gb of DDR2-800. Add BIOS tweaking for overclocking and overvolting, and you have some serious power. See how well it held up to Hardware Zone's testing.
Subject: Mobile | March 6, 2008 - 01:25 PM | Ryan Shrout
For those of you that were interested in the ASUS Eee PC that we reviewed last year, but were hesitant based on the custom-built Linux OS that ASUS made you use with it, there is good news across the wire today. Details are still slim, such as price changes or model number differences, but ASUS is now officially saying that getting an Eee PC with Windows XP is right around the corner.
Subject: Mobile | March 6, 2008 - 12:04 PM | Ryan Shrout
While not the first competitor to the ASUS Eee PC, the ECS G20IL (umm...) looks pretty sexy and offers some impressive specs. The price is set to be sub-$500 and will offer three USB ports, WiFi, HSDPA, webcam and more. No info yet on the other hardware specs. Check out Engadget for more info.
Subject: Memory | March 6, 2008 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Crucial, and other memory manufacturers, are doing a great job of keeping DDR2 alive as DDR3 matures. Speed increases are continuing, and the prices just keep getting better, which has prompted 4GB kits like the Crucial Ballistix Tracer
DDR2-800 4Gb kit. CPU3D tried the kit and it's blinking LEDs out and found that not only is this kit a cheap date, it enjoys going all the way.
Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2008 - 11:34 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The first public beta of IE8 has appeared, boasting the ability to pass the Acid2 browser test. In previous flavours of IE, Microsoft took the position of authority claiming that they new better than a bunch of actual web programmers as to what standards should be on the web. This has led to a lot of broken websites that render OK in IE, and awfully in everything else. Firefox's popularity may have lead to Microsoft's about face, but for what ever reason, Microsoft's new browser is it's most standard compliant ever.
Subject: Processors | March 6, 2008 - 11:08 AM | Ryan Shrout
Despite reports to the contrary, AMD did in fact have their 45nm Shanghai quad-core parts up and running at the show, though there was no information on the clock speeds being divulged.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 6, 2008 - 11:05 AM | Ryan Shrout
Another interesting post from The Inq shows that Hiper is working on a new case called the Osiris that great cable management and air flow enhancements as well as hinged doors on both sides.