HTPC on the cheap

Subject: Systems | October 16, 2007 - 02:29 PM |

The good news is that you can build yourself a perfectly capable HTPC for the cost of parts, or cheaper if you have some lying around.  The bad news is you will have to learn some Linux.

Source: Extremetech

SkullTrail will have an extremely limited run

Subject: Systems | October 16, 2007 - 01:14 PM |

TechARP has gathered together everything they could find out about SkullTrail in this list.  The major problem seems to be that Intel is only planning on running 2000 of them off the production line.

Since you probably won't be able to get your hands on one, check out the newly updated PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard, and get some ideas on building your own dream machine.

Source: Tech ARP

A little too much Ripple

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 16, 2007 - 12:21 PM |

Corsair's new 750W PSU bears the model number TX750W, and is built by Channel Well Technology who are quite well known OEM PSU manufacturers.  [H]ard|OCP threw it into their torture chamber with some very high expectations, considering how well Corsair's PSU have done in the past.  It turns out that while the performance was stellar in s

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The GIMP gets Photoshopped

Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2007 - 12:05 PM |

If you don't have an extra $10 billion lying around, it is almost impossible to keep up with the newest versions of Photoshop.  There are 2 alternatives, find an employer you can convince to pay for it, or start learning how to use the GIMP.  OS Weekly has found a way to make that transition easier on the Photoshop addict, GIMPShop has had it's interface tweaked to look a bit more like what you are used to.

Source: OS Weekly

TGL Roughneck Tournament

Subject: Shows and Expos | October 16, 2007 - 11:32 AM |

The Professional

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 15, 2007 - 05:16 PM |

The HD 2900 Pro was released to the world without any fanfare, almost as if AMD was embarrassed by it.  Nonetheless, Neoseeker noticed and grabbed one to benchmark.  On the face, the card seemed a fair match up to the 8800GTS 320MB version, but tempted by the similarity to the XT, Neoseeker tried overclocking it.  They were surprised to see it hit a core clock speed of 858 MHz and 1800MHz for the DDR memory, and suddenly it became a whole new card.

Source: Neoseeker

Lots of extra features, not so much on the extra speed

Subject: Motherboards | October 15, 2007 - 02:40 PM |

The Gigabyte X38-DQS lets you have all the extras that Intel's X38 chipset offers, without having to invest in DDR3.  Sporting an lot of features, from 8 SATA ports and onboard HD audio to an incredible amount of ports, 2 PCI Express 8x, 3 PCI Express 1x and a pair of PCI slots, you aren't going to have trouble inserting add-on cards.  [H]ard|OCP was also quite impressed by the chipset cooling.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Demand more from your NAS

Subject: Storage | October 15, 2007 - 01:37 PM |

The Wireless D-Link DSM-G600 NAS offers a bit more than your average NAS device.  It will accept any PATA drive as it has a separate power input so you don't have to worry about USB power limits, and offers 2 USB 2.0 ports and an RJ45 plug as well as 802.11B and G, giving you plenty of choices to transfer your data.  It also knows how to act as both an FTP server and a media server, so read the

Source: X-Bit Labs

The wind tunnel case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 15, 2007 - 12:31 PM |

For those of you who are metrically challenged, 36cm is just over 14".  That is the size of the fan than dominates the side of the Tagan El Diablo case.  It dwarfs the 26cm fan at the front, and a 12cm fan is just going to look like some sort of joke, so Tagan didn't bother including one, though there is a rear bracket if you feel the need for even more airflow. 

Source: Modders-Inc

Intel's fratricidal chipset

Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2007 - 12:14 PM |

The X38 chipset may not be around for long, as it's successor, the X48 will  be available in the next 3-6 months.  For the first mainstream DDR3 board, this is probably bad news, even if the retailers try to brand the X48 as the new high end.  Catch up with this news at DigiTimes.

Source: Digitimes

AMD Introduces New Tuner Products to Deliver Exceptional HDTV on PCs

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 15, 2007 - 11:55 AM |

Sunnyvale, Calif. - October 15, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) is expanding its TV Wonder product lineup that enables HDTV on the PC. Available through VisionTek at Best Buy stores across North America, ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo USB, TV Wonder 600 PCI and TV Wonder 600 PCI Express transform PCs into exceptional high definition digital video recorders. The TV Wonder family of products is AMD LIVE!

Source: AMD

Things you might have missed on the forums this week

Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2007 - 06:23 PM |

When good computers go bad, everyone suffers, even the routers. 


DDR3 on the X38

Subject: Memory | October 12, 2007 - 02:59 PM |

Intel's new chipset seems quite fond of DDR3, giving it's performance a small boost when compared to similarly clocked DDR2.   AnandTech didn't have one of those boards handy for their testing of new modules from Corsair, Kingston and Cell Shock, but a P35 based board will do in a pinch.  The performance of DDR3 is rising rapidly, as the latencies fall, although the prices have not changed much.  If you can afford these newer DIMMs, you won't be disappointed by their performance.

Source: AnandTech

Shrinkage and growth

Subject: Processors | October 12, 2007 - 01:40 PM |

The new chips from Intel will be on 45nm technology which will help with the heat, but doesn't actually provide anything in the way of a performance benefit.  What you can expect to give you a bit of a boost, for the Yorkfield a roughly 5-10% increase based on TechARP's findings, is the increase cache size.  The Wolfdale provide's a huge improvement over Prescott, as you can see in the full review.

Source: Tech ARP

Just in time to peel the Orange

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 12, 2007 - 12:31 PM |

Tweak Guides is celebrating the release of the Orange Box by revising their guide to tweaking the Source engine.  You can squeeze the last couple of FPS and give yourself a better visual experience, not just in HL2.2 but in Portal, Day of Defeat and other Source engine based games.

Source: Tweak Guides

Not exactly $199, now is it?

Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2007 - 12:18 PM |

ASUS has shown some rather odd math and spelling skills in relation to their new ultra-low cost notebook, the Eee.  It turns out that what they meant when they claimed it would sell for no more than $199 is that it won't be sold for less than $200.  While the change in price is rather frustrating, it will still be the cheapest way to get your hands on a laptop.  More at DigiTimes.

Source: Digitimes

OCZ Technology Answers Enthusiast Demands for a Complete High-End Memory Solution

Subject: Memory | October 11, 2007 - 03:56 PM |

Sunnyvale, CA - October 10, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the 4GB PC2-6400 CL4 series, the latest edition to the highly-awarded OCZ Reaper HPC (Heat Pipe Conduit) product family. With a proven performance design coupled with the blazing latencies and memory capacity enthusiasts crave, the 4GB PC2-6400 Reaper CL4 series provides rock-solid stability and performance on the latest AMD and Intel platforms.

The new Centrino on the block

Subject: Mobile | October 11, 2007 - 03:22 PM |

The next generation of Centrino, Santa Rosa in other words, is showing off the strengths of Intel's mature mobile platform.  The MSI MegaBook PR200X is the newest notebook from MSI and sports a C2D T7300 at 2 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, a 12.1 display and some thing kind ogf new.  They call it Intel Turbo Memory, and is essentially Vista's ReadyBoost for Centrino platforms.  Read on over at InsideHW.

Source: InsideHW

Get a wider perspective

Subject: Displays | October 11, 2007 - 01:14 PM |

The Acer AL2216W 22" monitor isn't really aimed at those looking for perfection, but rather those looking at getting a 22" widescreen monitor for less than $300.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with the monitor, as you would expect from an Acer product, but 3dGameMan felt that there was something missing in some of the games they played.  For casual gamers or just for anyone whose eyes are getting

Source: 3dGameMan

Collect the whole set

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2007 - 01:04 PM |

If you have been busily collecting Fatal1ty brand parts, you will need to get your hands on the Creative Sound Blaster X-FI Xtreme Gamer Fatal1ty ProFrom the results of the review that OCC finished, you may want to get it anyways.  It is easy to set up to listen to what you want, but there is also a control panel that will allow you some serious ways