DDR3 gets a Crucial update

Subject: Memory | October 30, 2007 - 01:29 PM |

Crucial's Ballistix PC3-12800 CL8 can hit 1780MHz, with 8-8-8-20 timings at a voltage of 1.8V, for under $700.  While that won't break any speed records, and it resists any attempts to tighten the timing , PC Stats still likes this memory for anyone looking for reliable RAM with a rock solid warranty

Source: PCStats

This new kid is kinda cool

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 30, 2007 - 11:59 AM |

ZEROtherm may be a new name in cooling, but you would never tell that from the performance of the Nirvana NV120 CPU CoolerThink Computers may have tested it in a rather chilly room, but when you see it outperforming the Big Typhoon and the Ultra-120m, you realize this cooler is powerful.  There are lots of r

Does it come in a Fatal1ty model yet?

Subject: General Tech | October 30, 2007 - 11:42 AM |

The newest online gamer target product will be arriving thanks to D-Link, their Draft 802.11n Xtreme N Gaming Router.  With an onboard packet processing unit, and full compatibility with X-box and Playstation, it is designed to make the most of your internet connection, presumably with the help of a Killer NIC.  Drop by The Inquirer to get a look at this new router and it's MSRP.

Source: The Inquirer

This means war

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 29, 2007 - 05:15 PM |

PenStar Systems takes a more general look at the release of the 8800GT, not focusing on the card as much as discussing what G92 may mean to the graphics market.  AMD's response is the RV670, which offers DX10.1 compatibility and hopefully will give nVIDIA some stiff competition.  The flexibility of these chips may herald a change in the order in which graphics cards are released, for instance the release of the 8800GT, instead of a top of the line example of the next family from nVIDIA.

First person slide show

Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2007 - 03:15 PM |

Crysis has certainly lived up to it's promise of redefining the FPS genre ... unfortunately for most gamers, it has redesigned it as a slide show.  The difference between high quality and medium quality goes far beyond just the turtles and other wildlife that appear at high, but the speed takes a huge impact as well.  Very High textures can only be chosen on a DX10 machine, but unless you are planning to play the game at 800x600, chances are you won't be cranking this game to maximum.

Source: Tech Spot

ASUS Unveils New Generation EN8800GT 512MB Graphics Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 29, 2007 - 02:00 PM |

FREMONT, CA (October 29, 2007) - ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today released the EN8800GT/G/HTDP/512M graphics card for mainstream enthusiasts. Based on the NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT graphics processing unit (GPU), the ASUS EN8800GT 512MB graphics card is designed to provide a feature-rich DirectX 10 gaming experience and the best multimedia playback while reducing energy consumption thanks to the new power-efficient 65nm processor.

Source: ASUS

nVIDIA has a big day today too

Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2007 - 01:37 PM |

The 8800GT has finally arrived, and it is probably going to upset people who invested in a 640MB GTS.  The Tech Report's testing shows that this ~$200 card can compete with the 8800 GTS at a lower price.  This card pretty much obsoletes the 320MB version, and puts a big damper on the 8600 series, as you will get a better deal for your money by saving just a little extra.

Penryn, 45nm cometh

Subject: Processors | October 29, 2007 - 01:12 PM |

Today we see the actual performance of the second version of the Core architecture, the shrinkage of the process and a sharp spike in price.  [H]ard|OCP has benchmarked the QX9650 processor, then overclocked it and benchmarked it again.

There is no shortage of news on this new processor, including Ryan's look, which you must read.  Find it at the top of the page.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The evolution of a kernel

Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2007 - 12:00 PM |

Phoronix has taken a look back at the 12 most recent major kernel changes to Linux and benchmarks them to see how the changes have effected the speed of the OS.  They are planning on extending this series to cover more features and additions to the OS that have been added more recently, like virtualization.

Source: Phoronix


Subject: Graphics Cards | October 29, 2007 - 11:40 AM |

Lake Forest, IL - (October 29, 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 OC 512MB PCI Express 2.0 graphics card for a suggested retail price of $299 USD.

Make the most of your fellow members knowledge

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2007 - 06:16 PM |

With 500GB drives (and bigger) becoming cheap and easy to obtain, isn't it time you did something about your CD collection?  It's dusty, takes up a whole lotta room and their getting scratched, so follow the instructions and make sure you can torment your future offspring with all the music you love.  Sometimes CDs can be handy though, like when you have a machine you know is infected, and you need some way to scan it without star


Quad core anyone?

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2007 - 03:19 PM |

As the release date gets closer, more info about Crysis has appeared.  We now know that the CPU will have a big impact on the overall performance of the game, and that the game will be able to utilize 4GB of RAM or more.  Keep your eyes peeled for more on this game as it develops.

Source: The Inquirer

Cool new headphones

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2007 - 03:08 PM |

Zalman's new product lacks everything you would expect it to have.  No heatpipes, no fans, and certainly no noise reduction.  Zalman's ZM-RS6F USB are a set of studio style headphones with a built in sound card, which Driver Heaven really liked.  They even try to do 5.1 sound, although it lacks quality with some tweaking.


Kingwin finds a power up

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 26, 2007 - 02:28 PM |

Kingwin has produced a first for them, the ABT-800MA1S Mach 1 800w power supply.  That doesn't mean that [H]ard|OCP will go easy on it though, they put it through the same tests the other PSUs go through.  As it turns out, it is a great first try, with some reservations.

Source: [H]ard|OCP


Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2007 - 01:41 PM |

PC gamers will soon be able to play the most advanced video game ever
created. The Crysis demo - available tomorrow from nZone.com - includes
the complete first level of the game, representing about 45 minutes of

  • Crysis was developed on NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series graphics
Source: NVIDIA

nVIDIA plans to invade the mobile market

Subject: Mobile | October 26, 2007 - 11:49 AM |

According to discussions Ars Technica has had with nVIDIA, the GPU maker is working on developing mobile versions of their graphic processors to be used in phones.  Instead of relying strictly on gamers, they want to be the ones to supply the hardware that people use to watch YouTube or stream video with on their smart phones.  It isn't as easy as just jumping in and making chips though, so read on to explore the implications of choosing ARM over x86, and what their competition

Source: Ars Technica

The Sysadmin's new best friend

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2007 - 11:38 AM |

Dragon Steel Mods reviews a hand held, USB or battery powered paper shredder; something you will probably see appearing on many desks, or counterbalancing a sysadmin's other tool on their belt.  No longer will paperwork be the bane of your existence and memos will be a thing of the past when you can just destroy the evidence in no time at all.   If only they would build one big enou

OCZ Technology Group Acquires Renowned System Builder, Hypersonic PC

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2007 - 05:36 PM |

Sunnyvale, Calif. - October 25, 2007 - OCZ today announced immediate plans to bring Hypersonic PC into the OCZ Technology Group. Known primarily as the worldwide leader in innovative, high-performance computer memory and power supply units, OCZ acquired Hypersonic PC to employ their rich expertise in high-end system building and take the organization and mobile gaming to the next level.

A bed of nails for your graphics card

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 25, 2007 - 02:32 PM |

Zalman's ZM-RHS88 Heatsink bears more than a passing resemblance to an aluminium hedgehog, though the  VF1000 LED GPU
has a more usual look to it. 

Source: BCCHardware

A new mouse in the house

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2007 - 01:40 PM |

Hades is a brand new name in mice, and their first attempt is the H1 3200dpi Optical Gaming Mouse.  The stats look impressive, from the ability change the optical sensor's settings to it's gold plated USB connectors.  OCMODSHOP takes a close look at this mouse to see how it compares to the bigger players like Logitech and Razer.