Fully furnished home for your Phenom

Subject: Motherboards | July 29, 2008 - 05:49 PM |
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The ASUS M3N78 Pro has a fair number of features on it for a $130 motherboard.  Native support for 1066MHz DDR2, HDMI support, Hybrid SLI, solid capacitors, Express Gate technology, and HD audio and video decoding thanks to the GeForce 8300 chipset.  On the other hand, Overclockers Club had some difficulty when trying to get an overclock going on the machine, limitations in the RAM settings, the multiplier and the CPU core voltage being limited t

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES NVIDIA GEFORCE 9800 GT, 9800 GT OC, AND 9500 GT

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 29, 2008 - 03:38 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (July 29, 2008) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT, 9800 GT OC, and the GeForce 9500 GT graphics cards.

All three new BFG graphics cards offer best-in-class price versus performance, and are backed by free 24/7/365 world-class tech support and the best lifetime warranty in the industry.

Powering PC's, european style

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 29, 2008 - 03:25 PM |
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You won't be able to find it easily in North America, but with quality products like the Dark Power, Be Quiet! should be appearing on our shores in the near future.  With the features that are included, it is hard to believe that this PSU can be had for £80. The only thing bit-tech was not impressed by was that RMAs must be sent to Germany, something the company will have to fix to compete in North America.

Source: bit-tech

A miniature war

Subject: Systems | July 29, 2008 - 01:08 PM |
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On one side is Intel's Atom processor, which can handle multi-threading but systems that use it can only have PCI cards.  In the other is VIA's nano, which can only handle a single thread, but has a faster FSB and can handle PCIe 16x quite handily.  Either system needs less power to run than the majority of graphics cards.  Drop by [H]ard|OCP for a look at what these chips are designed to do as well as who [H] picks as the winner.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

An easy way to play

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 29, 2008 - 11:51 AM |
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Stuck with an ageing graphics card and holding off on picking up the newer game titles until you can manage both a new graphics cards and a new game or three?  Ryan just finished a review of the new 9500 GT from nVIDIA, which will get you around 30fps on medium detail in Crysis, and it will do it for less than $100.  This card won't give you any bragging rights, but it will certainly give you a good experience for your investment.  Check out how it performs against the $120 8600GTS and the $80 HD 3650.

Now it makes more sense

Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2008 - 11:31 AM |
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This story at The Inquirer sheds some light on the strangely high sales of Vista that Microsoft has reported.  HP has said that any of the PCs and laptops they have sold recently with XP installed had a Vista license attached to them, even though they did not run Vista.  Any and all sales of these XP machines have been counted as a Vista sale, and will continue to be reported as such until Microsoft finally pulls the plug on XP, which they have been threatening to do for

Source: The Inquirer

Is the head crash going exinct

Subject: Storage | July 28, 2008 - 06:12 PM |
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The OCZ Core SATA 64GB SSD demonstrates what we expected when we first heard of solid state drives.  It's just $259, a drop of almost $1000 in about a year, the performance is almost obnoxiously impressive and the lack of moving parts is still a huge advantage.  The Guru of 3D predicts the pricing of WD Raptor drives will have to start dropping in price to compete with these drives.  In a few years, some techies may not even know what incredible noises a dying platter based H

Source: Guru of 3D

Aspect rational

Subject: Displays | July 28, 2008 - 02:54 PM |
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Does keeping up with the recommended refresh in ms on a TFT LCD give you OCD?  Take a quick drop by Hardware Secrets for an overview of the LCD market.  Without delving too deep into the technical aspects, you can get a good idea of what aspect ratios are available as well as other features that are a must for the gamer or movie fan.

I want to paint it black

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 28, 2008 - 01:33 PM |
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Thermalright has added a little style to their Ultra 120 with a nice black nickel finish and an extra fan bracket.  Even better is the cooling performance of the True Black 120, which is totally unaffected by the new finish.  If you need performance and a little style, and have a few unused 120mm fans, then Lee's latest review will be right up your alley.

Gold, Silver and Bronze

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 28, 2008 - 12:21 PM |
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BFGTech pumped up the clocks on the GeForce GTX 280 OCX to 665MHz and 1458MHz, from the stock 602MHz and 1296MHz, so [H]ard|OCP pitted it against a stock GTX 280 as well as the HD4870.  For those who can afford the best, then the OCX is your card.  There is nothing faster than it right now, and the next card to beat it will likely be the 4870 X2

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Didn't see that coming

Subject: General Tech | July 28, 2008 - 12:01 PM |
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It turns out that nVIDIA's odd stance that only certain models of HP laptops would suffer from the G48 and 86 problems is about as believable as most words that come out of a salesman's mouth.  The magical ability to heal the wounded chips ascribed to all manufacturers but HP doesn't seem to be working very well at Dell either, with ten models getting a BIOS update.  The Inquirer still feels that the true story is that all the chips are bad, and while that may or may not

Source: The Inquirer

Auzentech, Asus, and C-Media: As the CMI-8788 Turns

Subject: Editorial | July 25, 2008 - 07:58 PM |
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In Q1 of 2007 Auzentech announced the upcoming availability of the eagerly anticipated X-Meridian.  This was a top end sound card with tremendous features, unique engineering, and sound quality that was promised to be the best in the world.  A few months later Auzentech released the card to a host of excellent reviews.  While the card was not exactly perfect (the analog outputs were a wee bit hot and caused distortion if levels were not adjusted) it was a step up from nearly everything else in the market, including the mighty X-Fi.  While other manufacturers like B-Gears, T

Can't we all just get along

Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2008 - 06:04 PM |
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Some days it can be downright frustrating to work with PCs, from external

Waterproof sure, but would it survive swallowing?

Subject: Storage | July 25, 2008 - 03:05 PM |
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For all those paranoid travellers out there, Kingston has the perfect USB drive for you.  Their DataTraveler BlackBox 2Gb flash drive costs almost $100, but it does come certified under the US Government's Federal Information Processing Standard as secure, which can be good for anyone carrying sensitive data. 

They grow so quickly nowadays

Subject: Mobile | July 25, 2008 - 01:58 PM |
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The Eee is growing up with the release of the 901 and 1000 models.  t-break tried out the 8.9" Eee PC 901, which has a larger SSD along with the larger screen and a battery that is rated to last 5 hours.  Probably the nicest change, apart from the 1024*600 resolution; is the processor which is now an Atom running at 1.6GHz.  Read the full review to see what else the new Eee has in store for you.

Source: t-break

ASUS takes it's P45 boards seriously

Subject: Motherboards | July 25, 2008 - 12:09 PM |
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ASUS has expanded their Republic of Gamers line with the P45 based Maximus II Formula; which is sporting an incredibly large and complex cooling system  including a clip on fan.  The pair of 16x PCIe 2.0 slots will support CrossfireX, DDR2 and it can handle any LGA775 processor out there.  Check out it's other features, including the impressive overclock

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The rumour mill strikes again!

Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2008 - 11:36 AM |
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nVIDIA is really having a lousy month, with anti-trust suits going badly and the ever persistent rumour that something is horribly wrong with their G84 and G86's.  nVIDIA's position is that the problem can only occur in specific laptop configurations, but really haven't clarified the exact nature of the problem and why it will not apply to graphics cards.  DigiTimes has heard that as a result, many vendors are demanding a recall of all theoretically affected graphics cards.

Source: Digitimes

Get more from your MP3 player

Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2008 - 06:07 PM |
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Higher quality MP3 players, like the recently release X-Fi Xen can't really show off the quality they are capable of with a pair of $10 earphones.  The best quality comes from cans, but not everyone wants to wear something that big, or try to transport them around.  Phillips has introduced two new audiophile quality earbud style headphones, which you can see at Hardware Zone.  The display it's self is rather impressive as well.

NZXT gets a high class case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 24, 2008 - 02:42 PM |
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The NZXT Khaos is a $400 case, sporting oodles of fans, wheels, mesh on the side panels and bottom, a hinged motherboard tray and many other features.  All that does make the case worth quite a bit, if all those extras are what you are looking for in a case.  You can drop by Hardware Secrets for a look, and see if you'd prefer to buy a fancy case, as opposed to a high end graphics card.

Corsair Launches World's Fastest Production DDR3 Solution

Subject: Memory | July 24, 2008 - 01:55 PM |
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The TW3X2G2133C9DF DOMINATOR modules represent the very best of Corsair's cutting edge technology in DDR3 overclocking and gaming memory. Ultra fast, selected DRAM chips are housed in Corsair's proprietary Dual-Path Heat Xchange Cooling Technology (DHX) - used in Dell, HP and Alienware gaming systems- for striking speed and performance. The new DOMINATOR TW3X2G2133C9DF memory kit unleashes the high performance potential of NVIDIA 790i-based platforms.