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Subject: Systems | May 9, 2007 - 04:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP takes their 4th look at Puget Custom Computers with a totally customized build. With a C2D E6400, a P5N-E SLI, 2GB of Kingston's 667MHz DDR2 and a silent 7950 GT the box is built to handle most apps you might throw at it. In the past reviews Puget has managed to offer stellar service in most categories, but there have always been troublesome areas that diminished [H]'s experience, and their rating. Can this be the system that goes the extra mile?
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 9, 2007 - 04:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Sunbeam UFO ACUF-T Acrylic case is much cheaper than most acrylic cases, coming in at under $100. It's shape is a little odd, at 11.8" x 11.61" x 14.96", and that is assuming you assembled it correctly as it comes in about the same shape as IKEA furniture ...
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 9, 2007 - 03:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a brand new set of mobile graphics chips that were unveiled today by nVIDIA. Although the 8800 series doesn't have a mobile equivalent, the rest of the 8000's are represented so you can get DX10 goodness on your laptop. Head over to HotHardware to get the lowdown on their specs and see how they perform.
Subject: General Tech | May 9, 2007 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer has heard that at least one of the voices in Fallout 3 will be done well, as it will be Liam Neeson. There is no word on any other voice actors participating, nor on what the game will look like (or if it will be SPECIAL). Follow their link for some nice mood music and 2 strange pictures. For a look at a very dedicated fan base, click on the picture and head to the Fallout 3 forums ... and wear a flameproof suit.
Subject: General Tech | May 9, 2007 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Register has a story on RapidMind, a startup that claims to be able to allow coders who have always programed for single core processors to be able to take advantage of multiple core speed advantages without needing to relearn their trade. If their promise holds true, it may significantly reduce the delay between Cell processors and GPGPU becoming commonly available and the arrival of software optimized to use them.
Subject: Mobile | May 9, 2007 - 11:03 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CAâ€”MAY 9, 2007â€”NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, has introduced a breakthrough NVIDIA QuadroÂ® professional GPU architecture for notebook computers that enables entirely new graphics and visual computing capabilities for professionals who require uncompromised mobility.
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Subject: Processors | May 8, 2007 - 04:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the newest episode of HEXUS.tv, you can watch 2 Intel developers, Stephen Fischer and Mark Buxton, talk about Intel's new projects at IDF. From the changes in the instruction set to the growth of the L2 cache, they cover a lot of ground, including the fact that Intel is not currently working on any new single core processors.
Subject: Storage | May 8, 2007 - 02:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Vantec NexStar LX is a simple NAS device, that thanks to it's USB2 connector can also be used the same as a basic external HDD. Currently only IDE drives can be used, but SATA compatibility is being developed currently. With a large heatsink and fan, there are no worries about the drive overheating if you just stick it under your desk right by your router, and you can control the fan's speed if it gets too loud.
Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2007 - 01:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Zone reviews the new Creative Zen Stone. At only 1GB, you won't be putting your entire music collection on it, but that really isn't what it is for. It weighs only 18.5 ounces and is about the size of a Zippo lighter so it will go anywhere. At an MSRP of less than $50 dollars, it certainly seems to put the iPod Nano in second place.
Subject: Memory | May 8, 2007 - 01:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, Calif.-May 7, 2007-OCZ Technology, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today
unveiled a unique memory kit for AMD enthusiasts and power users. The new
PC2-5400 Titanium modules were designed exclusively for the AMD AM2 platform
and are custom-tailored to the extended column address range of the AM2
memory controller. With a doubled page size, access penalties are reduced to
ultimately improve system performance.
Subject: Mobile | May 8, 2007 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS has followed up their original Lamborghini laptop with the VX2, updating the hardware and adding features as well as improving it's already well designed aesthetic. TECHGAGE was lucky enough to get one to test out, and enjoyed every minute of it. The added bonuses run from a webcam to a finger print reader just go to show how well thought out this laptop is; although perhaps designed more for the car fana
Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2007 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VIA Arena just received an OQO UMPC, that looks smaller than the manual it comes with. The keyboard slides out from underneath the unit, making it one solid piece that looks about the size of a PSP and the docking station comes with a DVD burner and is a very sleek reflective black. Check out the video and keep your eyes open for more about this tiny little PC.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 8, 2007 - 10:16 AM | Ryan Shrout
An interesting product announcement hit my inbox just now that I thought I would share with you all. From PNY, a new 8800 GTX "Limited Edition" card that is highly overclocked will be available NOW or very soon. Here are the specs:
- 621 MHz core versus 575 MHz stock
- 1.45 GHz shader core versus 1.35 GHz stock
- 2.0 GHz memory speed versus 1.8 GHz stock
- 96 GB/s memory bandwidth versus 86.4 GB/s stock
- 39.7 billion pixels/s fill rate versus 36.8 billion pixels/s
- MSRP of $579.99
Considering that the
Subject: Displays | May 7, 2007 - 05:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Viewsonic VX2435wm is under examination at 3dGameMan. As the name hints it is a 24" widescreen LCD, with a resolution of 1920x1200 and 8ms gtg and HDCP support for HDMI and DVI. They found the text to be perfectly sharp but had some problems with the brightness being too high, which is a good thing for some viewers. Unfortunately, the size slows down the response rate to the point where ghosting is
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 7, 2007 - 03:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PC Stats has decided to test out a question many value minded gamers are wondering. Which is better, a single 8800GTX or a pair of 8800GTS' in SLI? You pay pretty much the same price for either setup, although the single GTX does allow you to install a second card down the road ... when you can afford it.
As the tests show, it is a matter of choosing between great performance now, or really good performance now and astounding performance in the future.
Subject: Motherboards | May 7, 2007 - 01:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Gigabyte N680SLI-DQ6 is one of the most feature rich motherboards on the planet, with a price to match. It also has one impressive cooling system, even surpassing MSI's upcoming Circu-Pipe cooling for Bearlake in it's size, complexity and sheer impressiveness. The Tech Report has the full review, and you won't believe the feature list they have to test.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 7, 2007 - 12:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At the Overclocker's Club, the roar of fans is as frightening as the overclock on their processors. In an effort to change that, they review the NZXT Hush; a case designed to reduce noise. The interior is liberally coated with a 3/16" layer of foam and every retention bracket comes with a rubber washer. The pair of 120mm fans give good airflow without the noise a smaller fan would make. Head over and find out if it cools well enough to quiet OCC down a bit.
Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2007 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Mad Penguin takes on a hard task, trying to determine the benefits and drawbacks to opening your code. Starting from a popular premise, that by opening up your source code to the public you create your own competition, they attempt to disprove it. Competition in the open source world certainly exists, but as they try to point out in their article it is different from that found in the closed source world.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 4, 2007 - 04:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra 768MB PCI Express graphics card is the pinnacle of consumer graphics technology and will excel against any competition in the market. With unparalleled performance, courtesy of NVIDIA's revolutionary unified architecture, the 8800 Ultra packs the power of 128 stream processors operating at 1500MHz which are supported by an amazing 103.7GB/s of memory bandwidth. For users with water cooled systems, BFG is continuing to lead the way by bringing the first 8800 Ultra Water Cooled Edition to market with a custom single slot copper water block co-d