Coming to terms with DDR3

Subject: Motherboards | August 10, 2007 - 01:32 PM |
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The ASUS Blitz Extreme is almost a clone of the Blitz Formula, the difference lying in the memory controller.  The Blitz Extreme is the DDR3 version of the P35 based board, giving early adopters the ability to use the new type of memory.  Find out if [H]ard|OCP found it to be a better choice than the Formula.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Competing with themselves

Subject: Processors | August 10, 2007 - 12:30 PM |
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The E6300 was released last year as the low end of the C2D processor scale, and it looks like it's on it's way out.  The newly introduced E2160 runs at 1800MHz with a 200MHz FSB and a 1MB L2 cache, putting it in the same territory as the E6300.  You can see what kind of an effect the lower FSB and smaller cache have on performance at Madshrimps, as well as a look at it's overclocking ability.

Source: Madshrimps

ATI's driver can crack your kernel

Subject: General Tech | August 10, 2007 - 12:12 PM |
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Beware of Vista drivers bearing a purple pill, says this story on [H]ard|OCP.  AMD/ATI's drivers open up a vulnerability in Vista which could allow unsigned programs to be installed silently if they are piggybacked into the installation program.  The creator of the tool that allows this posted it to his site for just over an hour, under the assumption that the vulnerability had been patched.  When he discovered it wasn't, he pulled it.

"Apparently an unpatched flaw in an ATI driver al

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Now that's optical storage

Subject: Storage | August 9, 2007 - 06:24 PM |
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How does femtosecond seek times on a hard drive sound?  It may not actually hit those speeds anytime soon, but switching to using polarized light to flip bits on a hard drive is certainly going to increase HDD speeds by a lot.  Read how they did what was previously thought impossible at Physics World.

Not just a shiny box

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 9, 2007 - 02:25 PM |
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The Ultra X3 1000watt Modular Power Supply has a claims to deliver a full kilowatt of energy efficient power.  PCApex hooked this PSU up to several systems to see how well Ultra could deliver on this promise, and the PSU held between 80-85%.  While multiple 12V rails are missing, delivering 70A to the one rail it does offer will not leave your 8800 starving for power. 

Source: PCApex

Luddites, or the enlightened?

Subject: Mobile | August 9, 2007 - 01:32 PM |
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This may seem a little blasphemous, but Tech ARP has questioned the usefulness of PDAs!  They tested a dedicated PDA against the old analog style personal organizer.  Paper versus digital meet in a battle for supremacy.  Before anyone points out that the paper organizer can't make phone calls it needs to be pointed out that the test is against a true PDA, not the multi-function PDA smart phones that have become available fairly recently.

Source: Tech ARP

The new face of Anti-Aliasing

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 9, 2007 - 12:02 PM |
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Brand new in ATI's Catalyst 7.7 driver is a new type of Coverage Sample Anti-Aliasing, called Edge Sampling.  Multi Sample Anti-Aliasing is starting to show it's age, as gamers are looking for better detail for their high resolution ~20" (or more) monitors.  Elite Bastards gives you a look at the difference this new type of AA brings to games, and the performance hit your HD 2x00XT series card takes to use it.

Feel the indifference

Subject: General Tech | August 9, 2007 - 11:44 AM |
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It looks like the only big thing to come out of the upcoming DX10.1 release that will be available in Vista SP1, is the sound.  As Ryan mentioned in last weeks podcast, DX10.1 should fix the problems created in Vista when Microsoft changed the way Direct Sound worked, which negatively effects any DSP or surround effects created via EAX.

Source: The Inquirer

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Prices $1.5 Billion of 5.75% Convertible Senior Notes due 2012

Subject: General Tech | August 9, 2007 - 11:15 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - August 9, 2007 --Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:
AMD) today announced the pricing of $1.5 billion aggregate principal
amount of 5.75% Convertible Senior Notes due 2012 in a private placement
to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the
Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Source: AMD

A nice start to a silent finish

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 8, 2007 - 05:17 PM |
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Gigabyte's Triton 180 is a low priced case with high priced features, like 120mm fans, extra HDD space and a tool-less design.  Unfortunately it is missing the one feature that many high end cases offer, and that you can easily get used to, a removable motherboard tray.  Still, HotHardware found this case to be well constructed and definitely a good buy.

Source: HotHardware

[H]ard|OCP falls in love with RAM all over again

Subject: Memory | August 8, 2007 - 02:35 PM |
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After years of DDR2 domination, with a 1 or 2% increase in system performance was worth mentioning, DDR3 has emerged and seems to have a lot of room left for improvement as the technology matures.  [H]ard|OCP has written their first RAM review in quite a long time, covering the new Corsair Dominator 2GHz @ 10-10-10-24.  They find themselves quite interested in this new type of RAM, but not so much the price.

"We showcase the future of DDR3 using Corsair’s next generation DDR3 memory t

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Tiny, but not tinny

Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2007 - 01:49 PM |
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Samsung's K5 4GB MP3 player comes with a few surprises, something that is not easy to do when everyone and their company mascot has an MP3 player to sell you.  A touchscreen and OLED display add expected functionality to this MP3 player, and the FM radio is a nice touch as well.  What really caught BCCHardware's attention was the built in speaker.

"In

Source: BCCHardware

Bring on the Vikings!!!

Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2007 - 12:31 PM |
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New StarCraft 2 screenshots are up at Think Gaming.



Seriously, what are you doing?  Go look at them ... look at them again if you've seen them already.

Source: Think Gaming

Pay a premium for professional ping performance?

Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2007 - 12:08 PM |
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The Tech Report has been testing out the controversial Killer NIC from Bigfoot Networks.  Bearing a $250 price tag, this NIC sports a Freescale system-on-a-chip that runs at 400MHz, as well as an embedded version of Linux.  One of the more interesting features on the card is the ability to write software for the card using Bigfoot's Flexible Network Architecture.  This software can be used to interface with the onboard firewall and BitTorrent client, but theoretically the

AMD Validated Server Platforms Now Certified for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell

Subject: Systems | August 8, 2007 - 11:51 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Aug. 8, 2007 - At LinuxWorld San Francisco this week, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced the availability of AMD Validated Server platforms certified for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell, further confirming AMD's commitment to the channel by offering solution providers the ability to brand and differentiate their solutions to address customer needs.

Source: AMD

OCZ Technology Announces the Next Big Thing for Memory Optimization

Subject: Memory | August 8, 2007 - 11:47 AM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. - August 7, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled a revolutionary new tool for end-users to enhanced and stabilize their memory modules when upgrading to a new motherboard. OCZ's patent-pending SPD-Z Technology is the world's first means for DIY users to reprogram their memory's SPD (serial presence detect) and remedy an inefficient module and mainboard interface completely independent of BIOS tweaks.

Toss out your stereo system

Subject: Systems | August 7, 2007 - 06:00 PM |
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You can replace just about every A/V component on the market with the new ASRock 4Core1333-FullHD HTPC motherboard.  Just about every type of signal you want encoded or decoded can be done on this fully loaded board, as well as some good gaming potential with the right expansion cards.  Virtual-Hideout can tell you all about this rock solid base to build a dream HTPC on.

Better the RAM you know

Subject: Motherboards | August 7, 2007 - 02:56 PM |
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ASUS' new addition to the Republic of Gamers lineup is the P35 based DDR2 Blitz Formula motherboard.  [H]ard|OCP was amazed by the overclocking ability that this board possesses, eclipsing the Commando and the P5K Deluxe WiFi-AP Edition that previously impressed them.  Add the LCD and LED informational displays and the feature set, and you have a very nice high end board.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Wireless and ergonomic

Subject: General Tech | August 7, 2007 - 02:06 PM |
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The Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave gives you a wireless mouse, keyboard and RF adapter; although only the keyboard has anything going for it.  The mouse is a basic ambidextrous design that is equally poor for either hand, and the RF adapter is simply that.  The keyboard offers a slightly split layout, and keys of varying height, designed to match up to the way a hand prefers to sit.