No, the video game version

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2008 - 12:08 PM |
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Alone in the Dark is back and HEXUS spent some quality time with it.  Being fans of the original series, they were not disappointed with the story line and they thought the new graphics were superb.  Unfortunately they also found a serious flaw with the controls; as they put it, "You don’t so much move Carnby as drive him about like a human shaped remote control car".

Source: Hexus

You think you're upset

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2008 - 11:43 AM |
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The last copies of XP, as well as the last new licenses will be shipped June 30, after that it is a two year (or so) wait until 7.  This may seem like bad news to the gamer and home user who don't want to switch to Vista for a variety of reasons.  Put that aside for a minute and think of the poor IT worker, who will find it increasingly difficult to get their hands on a replacement machine that doesn't have Vista on it.

Source: Slashdot

AMD Delivers World's First TeraFLOPS Graphics Chip

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 25, 2008 - 11:13 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - June 25, 2008 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today achieved two world firsts in visual computing: the launch of the first teraFLOPS graphics card, the ATI Radeon HD 4850, and the launch of the first graphics card featuring ultra high bandwidth GDDR5 memory, the ATI Radeon HD 4870. These two innovations combine with trademark AMD energy-efficient design and powerful DirectX 10.1 compatibility to deliver superior performance at the high-volume mainstream and performance price points. Both the ATI Radeon HD 4850 and ATI Radeon HD 4870 are immediately available.

Source: AMD

Lycosa psychosis

Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2008 - 05:57 PM |
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Bjorn3D recently reviewed the Razer Lycosa Gaming Keyboard and found that they liked it a lot.  With glowing WASD keys, auto-disabling of the Windows key, full programmable macro keys and more there is a lot to like about the keyboard.  As you read through the review, you do start to get the feeling that maybe they are just a little too excited by the keyboard?

Source: Bjorn3D

Quad core, Quad SLI, why not Quad RAM?

Subject: Memory | June 24, 2008 - 03:01 PM |
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Winchip's DDR2 667 may not be blazing fast compared to other DIMMs but the size is impressive.  16GB in four 4Gb DIMMs does stand out in the crowd though.  techPowerUp! couldn't get the DIMMs to overclock at all, but they did set up a RAM drive and used VMWare to set up a virtual Windows machine with good results.

Source: techPowerUp!

Crosshair II; now even more expensive

Subject: Motherboards | June 24, 2008 - 02:10 PM |
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The new ASUS Crosshair II Formula is a 780a SLI chipset, with a GeForce 8 onboard and a PCIe 1x add in card for sound, as opposed to an onboard chip.  The sound card makes sense on two levels, it can be physically removed if a XiFi or other card is purchased and it saves a lot of space on the PCB.  Techspot took a look at this Phenom board, a

Source: Tech Spot

The group of C7

Subject: Mobile | June 24, 2008 - 11:58 AM |
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VIA Arena has compiled a huge list of all UMPCs that have a C7-M at their hearts.  Some you probably have not heard of, but other like the OQO and Gigabyte's M700 are a little more famous.  Their first page gives you an overview and thumbnail of the UMPCs, the second page provides you with specs.

Source: VIA Arena

Tiny capacitor, big capacity

Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2008 - 11:41 AM |
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Drop by Ars Technica for an overview, and link to, a paper on using ferroelectric nanocapacitors as a storage medium.  The papers claim of one Tb/inch2 is a bit of an exaggeration for their current process, but as lithography progresses, the terabyte may be in reach.  If they can advance it quickly enough, we may see a whole new type of solid state storage.

Source: Ars Technica

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES OC2 AND OCX GEFORCE GTX 280 GRAPHICS CARDS

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 24, 2008 - 11:09 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (June 24, 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 GeForce GTX 280 OC2 and the BFG GeForce GTX 280 OCX factory overclocked graphics cards.

With the launch of each new NVIDIA graphics processing unit (GPU), BFG typically releases three increasing levels of factory overclock: OC, OC2, and OCX.

Wait, that's not right

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 23, 2008 - 05:59 PM |
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By running four HD 4850 in CrossfireX you can experience Crysis at one quarter the speed as with a single card.  While that may not sound like what should be true, it is in fact the reality.  TweakTown did these tests after the hotfix was created by AMD, but it looks like there is still some serious work to be done at the driver level.

Source: Tweaknews

X-bit Labs ever expanding monitor roundup

Subject: Displays | June 23, 2008 - 03:29 PM |
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X-bit Labs have been doing a yeoman's job at trying to compile a huge list of monitors for you to compare.  They are continually expanding the number of round-ups they have for monitors of various sizes, the newest of which is the sixth installment of their look at 20" monitors.  This installment comes with some rather serious warnings about the models from NEC and ViewSonic.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Need a new security robot?

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2008 - 01:14 PM |
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Rememer Dr. Who?  What?  Are you in need a new device to spy on your friends and/or co-workers?  Are they also fans of Dr. Who?  If so, this Dalek-toy-turned-spy-device would be right up your alley.  ChannelFlip has video preview of a specially designed unit that would fit the bill nicely...

Source: General

Should've remembered the first time

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2008 - 01:10 PM |
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Among with the other problems that Windows XP SP3 caused, HD audio support was reported as missing thanks to the exclusion of the UUA in SP3.  The good news is that those problems only existed in the Release Candidate, the Final has no such problem.  Along with that tidbit, TechARP also offers a bit of advice that anyone who is running XP should heed, "install SP3 only if you have a fresh Windows XP SP2 installation."

Source: Tech ARP

A round cooler for a square die

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 23, 2008 - 12:16 PM |
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The ASUS Lion Square takes a bit of style and pairs it with above average performance to offer a fairly good choice for cooling quad cores.  Legit Reviews has some nice pictures of this cooler and the decoration that ASUS included on it, as well as a look at it's performance.  Make sure you have a case that can properly display this cooler, otherwise you might be be

Throw it out and start all over again

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2008 - 11:48 AM |
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It almost seems that graphics card companies are out to bite the hand that feeds them.  Without hardware reviewers, their sales would look fairly different, and they would not have the chance to sell as many different models as they currently do.  That didn't stop AMD from crash launching the HD 4850 and it certainly didn't stop nVIDIA from springing the 9800 GTX+ which lead to a very long Wednesday for hardware reviewers trying to get at least something up for their readers. 

Source: The Inquirer

The first 'cast of summer

Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2008 - 06:32 PM |
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There are plenty of threads in the forums on what pieces of kit should go into a new system, and the hows and whys of whatzit A being better that thingamajig Q, but advice on

Almost ready for prime time

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 20, 2008 - 04:56 PM |
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It has been a bit of a wait for the VelociRaptor from Western Digital, but it is now out there and ready for you to purchase it.  The new firmware doesn't offer improvements across the board, but it certainly helped in a few of the tests that The Tech Report performed.  Drop by for a look at the fastest platter around.

High calibre power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 20, 2008 - 01:43 PM |
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The In-Win 1200W Commander follows the current trend in PSUs, and is more decorative than the grey rectangle that used to be the only flavour of PSU around.  Most companies choose a race car theme or something similar, In-Win went more for a more military theme.  Unfortunately, Tweaknews discovered that the decoration was what In-Win spent most of their time on.

Source: Tweaknews

++good?

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 20, 2008 - 12:34 PM |
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Legit Reviews has had the time, and not just a bit of luck, getting the 9800 GTX+ running and compared to the HD 4850.  The 4850's MSRP of $199 makes it a bit cheaper than the $229 the GTX+ is expected to sell at, but the performance gap is a little wider than that.  Take a look at the full review to see the difference.

Flash! AMD Radoeon HD 4850s show up en masse!

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 20, 2008 - 12:16 PM |
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Looks like AMD wasn't kidding about that immediate availability thing with the Radeon HD 4850 512MB cards.  Newegg has a slew in stock.