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Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2007 - 06:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Join Digital Trends for a look back at some of the musicians and formats they grew up with and loved, and a serious problem that is infecting the musical universe. Compression kills dynamic range. In order to get music to listeners in what is essentially a LoFi format, one of the most powerful ways to evoke emotion is being removed. Ask your self when the last time you listened to an MP3 at a full 192bps.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 21, 2007 - 05:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Soundgraph UltraBay is a multifunctional display that takes up two 5 1/4" bays, and offers an amazing variety of display options. Head over to techPowerUp for the full review, you can't really grasp what this display can do without seeing it in action.
Subject: Processors | February 21, 2007 - 12:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report puts the brand new X2 6000+ in direct competition with the E6700. They spend some time focusing on the memory bandwidth, which lets the X2 show up Intel's chip ... for a while. Read on to see how the pure speed of the 6000+ compares to the more modern architecture of the Core 2 Duo chip.
Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2007 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Techncia has assembled an article on what certain analysts believe to be the most likely Google killer. The idea is to have specialized search engines, not try to compete with Google's mastery over generalized searches. Some will focus on providing information on local products or services, although Google Maps may well win in that category. There are also vertical searches which focus on a specific topic and search in a specific set of database
Subject: Storage | February 21, 2007 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA (February 20, 2007) — CorsairÂ®, a worldwide leader in high performance computer products, today expanded its Secure Digital (SDTM) card family with the new 4GB SD High Capacity (SDHCTM) cards. Based on the SD Association 2.0 specification and tested to be fully compliant with SDHC host devices, each Corsair 4GB SDHC card blends Class 2 performance and high capacity to offer expanded storage for rich digital media.
Subject: Processors | February 21, 2007 - 11:32 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Feb. 20, 2007 - Underscoring its commitment to
delivering the right products at the right time, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today
introduced desktop processors designed for users seeking the ultimate in
energy-conscious or high-performance computing. The new energy-efficient
45-watt AMD Athlon(tm) 64 single-core processors 3500+ and 3800+ can
help consumers and businesses save energy and experience significant
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2007 - 06:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 20, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced the mobile clinical assistant (MCA) is ready to enable nurses to spend more time with patients, do their jobs on the move while remaining connected, and manage the administration of medications. Motion Computing's C5 is the first product based on Intel's MCA platform and has earned support from clinicians and nurses participating in pilot studies around the world.
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2007 - 05:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Join [H]ard|OCP on a tour of the underside of Los Vegas in the new Rainbow Six Vegas on XBox360, PS3 and PSP. They found a texture problem similar to the one discovered in Gears of War, where some textures would take upwards of 30 seconds to be drawn in when first loading a level, but the gameplay more than made up for the inconvenience. This seems to be a worthy addition to any Rainbow 6 fan's collection.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 20, 2007 - 05:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CA-February 20, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, Inc. a worldwide
leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory,
today announced the OCZ Vindicator CPU cooler, an enthusiast-grade thermal
solution for the latest high performance processors. The Vindicator can be
used as a passive or active cooler depending on the needs of the enthusiast.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 20, 2007 - 04:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NVIDIAÂ® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today released the world's first WHQL-certified drivers for Microsoft DirectX 10, coinciding with the release of the first DirectX 10 test kit from Microsoft, which allows other hardware vendors to test their graphics processors using the DirectX 10 WHQL tests.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 20, 2007 - 02:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A teaser trailer of the new RyderMark benchmark is now available over at FileShack, in addition to the screenshots below.
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2007 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When it's a Trackbar Emotion. ExtremeTech reviews this device designed to reduce RSI and carpal. It sits on the bottom of your keyboard, much like a wrist rest, with the trackbar, and below the track bar is four buttons, and a clickable scroll wheel. This won't help your gaming performance directly, but if you spend all day working at a computer and then go home to play, this little device may help your wrists feel better at 6pm when you are getting to the important stuff.
Subject: Processors | February 20, 2007 - 12:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD has pushed past the 3GHz mark with their new X2 6000+. HotHardware will take you through the benchmarks in their full review. One interesting finding is that when the QuadFX's additional cores are not utilized by the program being tested, the raw speed of the 6000+ pushes the performance beyond that of the QuadFX.
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2007 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer has linked to a story on some new VR glasses, or in this case a visor. They don't look to have a way to let you see through the projection to what is going on around you, both a good and a bad thing.
"Icuiti's VR920, which won the 2007 CES "innovations award", creates a feeling of watching a 62-inch screen from nine feet away.
The picture displays in 640x480 and it comes with a built in microphone and head tracker."
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Subject: Displays | February 19, 2007 - 06:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The days of the 15 pin VGA connector are numbered. DVI is the choice of many users of LCD screens, HDMI is becoming less rare and UDI and DisplayPort are getting ready to make an appearance. If you don't want to end up buying the perfect monitor, and have it be incompatible with your perfect video card, give this article at ExtremeTech a thorough read.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 19, 2007 - 03:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legion Hardware examines the effect of processor power on graphics. The 8800 can currently handle anything thrown at with ease, but if the processor can't keep up then you won't get the performance you expect. They test a series of AMD Athlon64 X2s, the 3800+ , 4200+, 4600+ and the 5000+ and also Intel Core 2 Duos, the E6300, E6400, E6600, E6700 and the X6800. Find out what effect a slower processor will have on your dream graphics card.
Subject: Motherboards | February 19, 2007 - 02:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP P965 Express has a name as long as the list of features on the board. Based around the Intel P965 Express and ICH8R, with 'Azalia' audio, dual Gigabit LAN plus 802.11b/g, Firewire, optical SP/DIF audio output, and Serial ATA II RAID support. It also has two 16x PCIe and one 1x slot, head over the PC Stats to see what else they included.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 19, 2007 - 12:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The InWin F430 is indeed themed off of the Ferrari model, and that caught the attention of Think Computers. Sporting a very bright red finish and a sound effect when you first start the machine up will get racing fans eyebrows up. Add to the creative exterior a very roomy interior with removable hard drives and 120mm fan cooling and this is more than just a gimmick case. No word on how temperamental it makes your PC.
'When I hear F430 I instantly think of one of my favorite exotic cars, the Ferrari F430.
Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2007 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has linked to a .pdf article on the failure rate of hard drives. Not many independent studies have been done, so it is hard to say how accurate manufacturers MTBF stats are. Google ought to know as they use an enormous amount of HDDs and they are constantly running, and they are the ones who did the research.