High low tech

Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2008 - 01:43 PM |
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The Symphonic Designs Tube Amplifier has a classic steampunk look to it, with the sound quality that anyone who has heard tube amps before would expect.  Combine that with Bluetooth and an iPod dock in addition to RCA and banana plugs have you have nice meld of old and new.  The sound won't be terribly loud; it is rated at 18W, but that amount of power satisfied Techware Labs.

The power of the water sword

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 10, 2008 - 12:14 PM |
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In Lee's first review of the Thermaltake Sword he focused many of the features, such as the LCD panel as well as it's air cooling abilities.  In his second look he sets it up for watercooling, as Thermaltake claims to have designed the case with alternate cooling methods in mind, in fact most of the elements come pre-installed.  See how easy it was for him to set up in the full review.

Peeling an Apple

Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2008 - 11:50 AM |
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Surprisingly, the first site to have stripped a 3G iPhone to it's bare circuits seems to be having a little traffic trouble.  The direct link doesn't always connect before timing out, but there is a prominent link on iFixit's front page as well.  Drop by for a look at some nekkid fruit.

"It's July 11th somewhere in the world, that means ... iPhone 3G teardown."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Source: iFixit

Make sure you want the extras

Subject: Mobile | July 9, 2008 - 05:35 PM |
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The Alienware m15x gaming laptop sports all the specs you would expect; a 2.8Ghz X9000 C2D Extreme, a 512MB 8800M GTX and 4Gb of 667Mhz DDR2 memory.  It also has the brand new Ripley design for it's overall looks and programmable LEDs behind just about every surface.  If you can find a laptop that has those components, without those extras; you might be able to match the performance that Think Computers saw in their review for less than the $3,674 that particular m1

DirectX 11 to be discussed in just weeks!

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 9, 2008 - 04:45 PM |
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Sure, DX10 and DX10.1 are getting all the attention now, but rumors are circulating that NVIDIA will skipping DX10.1 support (which did not even show up in GT200) going straight to DX11.  While a release date for the new graphics API is probably not going to be discussed, apparently Microsoft will be talking about the new features, such as tessellation and multi-threaded rendering, at the upcoming XNA GameFest in Seattle. 

Source: General

NVIDIA pushing 55nm products out sooner

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 9, 2008 - 04:40 PM |
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When we initially saw the die size that GT200 was released at last month, we knew that NVIDIA would be trying to get it moved from a 65nm process technology to 55nm very soon - money talks as the saying goes.  It looks like the green GPU giant is going to get 55nm running by the end of the quarter and could even have 40nm tape outs by the end of the year!

Source: Digitimes

Sparse info, but promising

Subject: Motherboards | July 9, 2008 - 02:20 PM |
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There isn't all that much to go on, just a pair of slides from an AMD presentation, but if the tests were not too terribly biased AMD's 790GX chipset is going to be quite impressive.  Just scroll down from the top of the page on CHW to see the slides.

Source: CHW

A (Thermo)Intelligent decision

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 9, 2008 - 01:30 PM |
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The sub $200 market is getting incredibly crowded, and most of those cards will bring you more performance than you might expect.  The newest cards are from BFG, the GeForce 8800 GT and 9600 GT OCX ThermoIntelligence.  The ThermoIntelligence label denotes some serious cooling and a complete disregard for specified clock speeds.  Read Ryan's reivew in full here.

There's gold in them thar hills

Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2008 - 12:05 PM |
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Battlefield: Bad Company is an attempt to bring the Battlefield series to the console as a single player experience.  Gamepyre did have some fun playing through it and discovering rare collectible weapons, but they also felt very disappointed by the multiplayer experience. 
There is only one multiplayer mode, and it is not Conquest, not is there any way to play the single player campaign co-operatively.

Source: Gamepyre

AMD's busy product line

Subject: Processors | July 8, 2008 - 06:02 PM |
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Not only is AMD pushing out a brand new line of graphics cards, it also launched several CPUs in the recent past.  LostCircuits focuses on a pair of these processors, the 2Ghz X4 9350e and the 2.6Ghz X4 9950.  Drop by to see how well they compete with other systems, including Spider versus SkullTrail.

Source: LOSTCIRCUITS

There's something fishy about this shark

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 8, 2008 - 03:06 PM |
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On the one hand the Sigma Shark SP-635 did pass every test that [H]ard|OCP put it through, including the torture test.  On the other hand, it displayed some very active rails, and emitted a very high pitched scream once it hit it's peak temperature of 76C.  It also has a fairly low efficiency compared to some other popular models, and a weak 12V rail, so don't expect it to so well in an SLI/Crossfire configuration.  It should be fairly stable for other applications, and the

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Erecting a Dispenser!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 8, 2008 - 02:22 PM |
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Over at bit-tech you can see the build process and the final product of one serious case mod.  A dedicated Blue engineer has gathered enough supplies to erect a dispenser powerful enough to run Team Fortress 2.  Even if you aren't a fan of the game, thequality of this build makes it worth checking out!

Source: bit-tech

Swing and a miss

Subject: Storage | July 8, 2008 - 11:53 AM |
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Silicon Power is a company that hopes to make it's name in the storage market, but they are off on the wrong foot with their Silicon Power 64GB SATA SSD.  While the price of the disk is below $1000, the performance that Benchmark Reviews saw in their testing placed it firmly in the middle of the previous generation of SSDs.  It does have a nice metal shell that looks a little more impressive than the plastic covers seen on other SSD

Coming soon to an overclocker near you

Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2008 - 11:36 AM |
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The Inquirer stumbled upon some screenshots of an unreleased 45nm chip from Intel.  The current chip with the closest specs is the E2200, which retails for about $80.  This new chip, being a little faster should run about $100.  If these screens are to be trusted; the chip is capable of hitting 4GHz with a FSB of 1280MH.

Source: The Inquirer

Eee PC 901, 1000, and 1000H to Hit Shelves in North America

Subject: Mobile | July 8, 2008 - 11:07 AM |
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FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (July 8th, 2008) - ASUS today introduces the new generation of Eee PC. The new models include revolutionary features that are designed to enhance efficiency and connectivity. With up to 7.8 hours of battery life, Eee PC users can enjoy portability while work, learn and play on-the-go.The all new Eee PC 901 and 1000 are equipped with built-in SSD (Solid State Drive) while the 1000 H adopts a 3.5" Hard Disk Drive (HDD).

Enhanced Connectivity

Source: ASUS

Stayin' alive

Subject: Memory | July 7, 2008 - 05:02 PM |
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Aeneon is another of the companies trying to keep DDR2 competitive, having just introduced the XTune DDR2-1142 2GB kit.  With timings of 5-5-5-12 and that extra bit of speed, these modules can compete with some of the other top name brands.  Unfortunately, they are not for sale yet but you can see how they perform at Tweaktown.

Source: TweakTown

Designing a good UMPC is a breeze for MSI

Subject: Mobile | July 7, 2008 - 02:58 PM |
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The MSI Wind is the newest model in that strange new world of subnotebooks/UMPCs that has become a very competitive market.  It is running an Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz on a Intel 945GSE and ICH7M chipset and supports 1024x600 on it's 10" LCD, so you don't have to squint to badly to see text.  HEXUS' favourite
feature has to be the keyboard, it's not full size but it is certainly bigger than the Eee's!  Read on to see how well it fares.

Source: Hexus

nVIDIA leaps onboard, knocks AMD off

Subject: Motherboards | July 7, 2008 - 02:07 PM |
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nVIDIA does have one market in which it holds an advantage over AMD, assuming that it's hardware problems are under control with the 8300.  In The Tech Report's testing of the Zotac built mATX-sized board with the new GeForce 8300, the nVIDIA offering beats the AMD 780G in almost all tests, including HD playback.  There are some heat and CPU utilization differences beween the two onboard graphics solutions, but if all you are concerned about is great HD from onboard, check this review out.

AMD's design on the future of graphics

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 7, 2008 - 12:14 PM |
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InsideHW takes a step back before reviewing AMD's new 48xx graphics cards.  Instead of putting up benchmarks and maximum playable resolutions, they focus on some of the technology that allows the cards to perform well and produce the quality of graphics we have seen.  Read through their full article for a deeper look into the architecture that has helped AMD so much with this generation of graphics cards.

Source: InsideHW