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Subject: Graphics Cards | July 30, 2008 - 06:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
UPDATE for 7/31/08 - I spoke with one of the lawyers for the defendants on this class-action suit and he verified for me all the information that I detailed below. The judge denied class-status to the entirety of GPU buyers and limited it to those who purchased GPUs directly from ATI or NVIDIA online; i.e.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 30, 2008 - 05:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Take a look at the table on the second page of HEXUS' preview of the 9800 GT; compare the new 9800 GT specs to the old 8800 GT specs. Can you spot the difference; I'll give you a hint, it involves a feature only found on nForce motherboards, and is a feature that neither Ryan, Josh or I could find a single good point about when we tried during a previous Podcast. You get no die shrink, no clock speed increases, you don't ev
Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2008 - 02:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The S/PDIF plug is always thought of by many as a useful plug, even with all the uses that it can be put to. In case the neglect is caused by being unaware of the potential in this little plug, Hardware Secrets devoted an article to the tricks and adaptors that can be used to extend the usefulness of your X-Fi card significantly.
They also break down the various models of cards that Creative has produced and which are capable of which outputs.
Subject: Storage | July 30, 2008 - 01:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sans' Digital MS1U Media Saver is an enclosure, similar to other mobile HDD cases, that knows a few extra tricks. It has three memory card slots that are compatible with about a dozen different formats, a small LCD to tell you what the device is currently doing and rechargeable batteries so you can use it where there are no plugs. Take the memory out of your camera, stick in the appropriate slot and the MS1U will copy the pictures onto the hard drive, with a seperate folder for each card, just to make it eaiser.
Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2008 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
48 colours, 5 grays and a 64 sprite maximum were good enough for a hit video game once; and we only needed the 2 buttons. Take a peek at some gaming history at OCMODSHOP as they review Capcom's 1988 classic, Bionic Commando. You can even watch some gameplay and be amazed at the sound track and flashing screen. Try to imagine what the re-make and sequel will look like, both will be arriving to this generation of gamers soon and we can see how they grapple with a game in which you cannot jump.
Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2008 - 11:17 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SplashTop Linux, the tiny little distro found on new ASUS boards and used for their Express Gate instant on has been hacked. At Phoronix they have seen in set up on a USB disk to start non-ASUS boards, running custom applications and starting it as a virtual machine. SplashTop has been talking about releasing an SDK for those interested in working with their kernel, but it looks like they are a little late to the game.
Subject: Motherboards | July 29, 2008 - 05:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS M3N78 Pro has a fair number of features on it for a $130 motherboard. Native support for 1066MHz DDR2, HDMI support, Hybrid SLI, solid capacitors, Express Gate technology, and HD audio and video decoding thanks to the GeForce 8300 chipset. On the other hand, Overclockers Club had some difficulty when trying to get an overclock going on the machine, limitations in the RAM settings, the multiplier and the CPU core voltage being limited t
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 29, 2008 - 03:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL - (July 29, 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 NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT, 9800 GT OC, and the GeForce 9500 GT graphics cards.
All three new BFG graphics cards offer best-in-class price versus performance, and are backed by free 24/7/365 world-class tech support and the best lifetime warranty in the industry.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 29, 2008 - 03:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You won't be able to find it easily in North America, but with quality products like the Dark Power, Be Quiet! should be appearing on our shores in the near future. With the features that are included, it is hard to believe that this PSU can be had for £80. The only thing bit-tech was not impressed by was that RMAs must be sent to Germany, something the company will have to fix to compete in North America.
Subject: Systems | July 29, 2008 - 01:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
On one side is Intel's Atom processor, which can handle multi-threading but systems that use it can only have PCI cards. In the other is VIA's nano, which can only handle a single thread, but has a faster FSB and can handle PCIe 16x quite handily. Either system needs less power to run than the majority of graphics cards. Drop by [H]ard|OCP for a look at what these chips are designed to do as well as who [H] picks as the winner.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 29, 2008 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Stuck with an ageing graphics card and holding off on picking up the newer game titles until you can manage both a new graphics cards and a new game or three? Ryan just finished a review of the new 9500 GT from nVIDIA, which will get you around 30fps on medium detail in Crysis, and it will do it for less than $100. This card won't give you any bragging rights, but it will certainly give you a good experience for your investment. Check out how it performs against the $120 8600GTS and the $80 HD 3650.
Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2008 - 11:31 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This story at The Inquirer sheds some light on the strangely high sales of Vista that Microsoft has reported. HP has said that any of the PCs and laptops they have sold recently with XP installed had a Vista license attached to them, even though they did not run Vista. Any and all sales of these XP machines have been counted as a Vista sale, and will continue to be reported as such until Microsoft finally pulls the plug on XP, which they have been threatening to do for
Subject: Storage | July 28, 2008 - 06:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The OCZ Core SATA 64GB SSD demonstrates what we expected when we first heard of solid state drives. It's just $259, a drop of almost $1000 in about a year, the performance is almost obnoxiously impressive and the lack of moving parts is still a huge advantage. The Guru of 3D predicts the pricing of WD Raptor drives will have to start dropping in price to compete with these drives. In a few years, some techies may not even know what incredible noises a dying platter based H
Subject: Displays | July 28, 2008 - 02:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Does keeping up with the recommended refresh in ms on a TFT LCD give you OCD? Take a quick drop by Hardware Secrets for an overview of the LCD market. Without delving too deep into the technical aspects, you can get a good idea of what aspect ratios are available as well as other features that are a must for the gamer or movie fan.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 28, 2008 - 01:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thermalright has added a little style to their Ultra 120 with a nice black nickel finish and an extra fan bracket. Even better is the cooling performance of the True Black 120, which is totally unaffected by the new finish. If you need performance and a little style, and have a few unused 120mm fans, then Lee's latest review will be right up your alley.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 28, 2008 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BFGTech pumped up the clocks on the GeForce GTX 280 OCX to 665MHz and 1458MHz, from the stock 602MHz and 1296MHz, so [H]ard|OCP pitted it against a stock GTX 280 as well as the HD4870. For those who can afford the best, then the OCX is your card. There is nothing faster than it right now, and the next card to beat it will likely be the 4870 X2
Subject: General Tech | July 28, 2008 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It turns out that nVIDIA's odd stance that only certain models of HP laptops would suffer from the G48 and 86 problems is about as believable as most words that come out of a salesman's mouth. The magical ability to heal the wounded chips ascribed to all manufacturers but HP doesn't seem to be working very well at Dell either, with ten models getting a BIOS update. The Inquirer still feels that the true story is that all the chips are bad, and while that may or may not
Subject: Editorial | July 25, 2008 - 07:58 PM | Josh Walrath
In Q1 of 2007 Auzentech announced the upcoming availability of the eagerly anticipated X-Meridian. This was a top end sound card with tremendous features, unique engineering, and sound quality that was promised to be the best in the world. A few months later Auzentech released the card to a host of excellent reviews. While the card was not exactly perfect (the analog outputs were a wee bit hot and caused distortion if levels were not adjusted) it was a step up from nearly everything else in the market, including the mighty X-Fi. While other manufacturers like B-Gears, T
Subject: Storage | July 25, 2008 - 03:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For all those paranoid travellers out there, Kingston has the perfect USB drive for you. Their DataTraveler BlackBox 2Gb flash drive costs almost $100, but it does come certified under the US Government's Federal Information Processing Standard as secure, which can be good for anyone carrying sensitive data.