Cooling for the laptops that need it

Subject: Mobile | November 27, 2007 - 03:03 PM |

Tiny notebooks can produce some heat with their 14.1" screens, but they are nothing compared to the larger gaming style laptops with their 17" displays and more powerful components.  Evercool's widescreen laptop cooler, called the Space Station for reasons best known to their marketers, will keep your large laptop nice and cool, although Virtual-Hideout recommends picking up Micro QuietFeet Sticky Feet to help with airflow.

ASUS Xonar Series Revolutionizes the PC Audio SoundscapeASUS Xonar Series Revolutionizes the PC Audi

Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2007 - 02:05 PM |

FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (November 27, 2007) - Adding to the success of the company's entry into PC audio, ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today extended its product offerings by introducing the world's first PCI-Express (PCI-E) interface audio card Xonar D2X; and the stylish USB based audio station Xonar U1.

Source: ASUS

The word on tera

Subject: Storage | November 27, 2007 - 01:39 PM |

Seagate and Western Digital have both been taking enhancement products, and now they each sport a hard drive with 1000 GB of storage.  Seagate's 1TB Barracuda 7200.11 ES.2 is aimed at the desktop crowd, and sports a possibly performance enhancing 32MB cache and 4 250GB platters and will run you about 27 cents per gig.  The Western Digital takes a more responsible approach with their Green Power 1TB Caviar, the usual 16MB cache and a spin rate that varies betwe

Source: AnandTech

This midsized monitor is making it's mark

Subject: Displays | November 27, 2007 - 12:32 PM |

LG's L204LT 20.4-inch widescreen LCD monitor seems perfect for gamers with some rather nice stats, 1680 x 1050 native resolution, 2000:1 contrast ratio and a 5ms response time.  Think Computers was rather impressed by this monitor, although they did take marks away because it doesn't come festooned with dozens of USB ports.

How to lose friends and infuriate people

Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2007 - 12:07 PM |

The release of the Spider platform from AMD has generated a lot of reviews and speculation as to AMD's long term quad core plans.  We've seen the numbers, heard how lovely Lake Tahoe is and how two out of three ain't bad.  There was another side to this launch, which a lot of the sites haven't really expressed, but The Tech Report has broken the silence.  AMD made some rather questionable moves in the lead up to this launch, from the obvious that you may have figured out, free tickets to Lake Tahoe, to serio

Performance for the rest of us

Subject: Processors | November 26, 2007 - 05:28 PM |

The refresh of the E6550, the E6450 offers a great way to chart the performance differences between the Conroe and Wolfdale as they are essentially the same chip.  If you check out the full review at t-break, you can see that the various optimizations and the extra 2MB cache help in many applications, but don't really impact game performance that much.

Source: t-break

New mouse in the house

Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2007 - 02:53 PM |

Hades is a new company that has released a gaming mouse as well as a mouse pad.  The specs that they quote sound good, putting it in the realm of Logitech and Microsoft's high quality gaming mice, but at about half the price.  BCCHardware tried it out, and it quickly became the second favourite, just behind the G5.

Source: BCCHardware

Getting better and better

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 26, 2007 - 01:35 PM |

XFX's 8800GT Alpha Dog XXX Edition sports a rather lengthy name, and some rather impressive performance.  In the testing Bjorn3D put the card through, it destroyed the GTX and used less power and produced less heat while it was doing it.  The 8800GT in general, and this card in particular, really do offer great value for the money they cost.

Source: Bjorn3D

Unlikely inspiration

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 26, 2007 - 12:26 PM |

Where most of us finished Doom 3 and relegated it to the pile of games that we wouldn't touch again, and others proclaimed it a shiny example of perfection, one fellow went a different path.  MAKE:blog has a link to an insanely detailed case mod, called Doom3: Project Mars City, which looks better than anything the UAD made.  Check out the worklog and detailed pictures of every piece that went into this amazing case.

Source: MAKE: Blog

Get them quick, they'll disappear for over a month soon

Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2007 - 11:57 AM |

Who needs an official launch date when you can just buy something beforehand?  The Inquirer has a link to an Austrian retailer who will sell you an ASUS Striker II Formula.  Order early and avoid the rush.

Source: The Inquirer

Forum stuffing

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2007 - 05:20 PM |

Part of the lukewarm reception that AMD has received from their introduction of the Phenom processor was the fact that you couldn't buy one.   We all know the other reason.  The good news is that it is slowly starting to appear, so if you do have an AM2(+) system that needs an upgrade,



Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2007 - 02:43 PM |

The wait is over, Unreal Tournament 3 servers are being set up and populated as you are reading this.  Timed perfectly for the US Turkey day holiday, most gamers seem to be fragging each other with one hand while the other holds a drumstick.  The new type of game, Warfare blends Assault and Onslaught very well and the Torlan makes an appearance (in 2 different forms), so don't pine too hard for your favourite Onslaught maps.  New vehicles will shock you the first time they land on your head, or chase you with their persistent beam weapons, and the old vehicle have undergone an o

Source: IGN

Bye bye 680i

Subject: Motherboards | November 23, 2007 - 01:29 PM |

With what seems like confirmation of the inability of the 680i chipset to support 45nm processors, it's time to take a peek at the 780i.  HardwareXL steps up, and provides us with a look at a pre-retail ASUS P5N-T Deluxe nForce 780i motherboard.  It seems most a refresh of the 680i, with the major difference being PCI Express 2.0 support and Triple-SL

Source: HardwareXL

Silverstone's new HTPC offerings

Subject: Systems | November 23, 2007 - 12:09 PM |

Silverstone has two new HTPC enclosures out the cheaper LC17 which lacks an LCD and the GD01 which does sport a display, as well as some other extras*.   Either choice offers enough space inside to fit a full ATX board, and the cooling will keep your rig cool, which becomes

Slip into a SIP call

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2007 - 11:46 AM |

With the introduction of just one trojan into a corporate network, it is possible to record VOIP calls traveling over that network as a wav file using SIPtap, a proof of concept exploit that you can rad about over at The Inquirer.  Of course even simple encryption will prevent anyone from using the tool, so don't start shutting down your phone system yet.  Even the encryption

Source: The Inquirer

abit Introduces First AMD Phenom Ready Motherboard, the AX78

Subject: Motherboards | November 23, 2007 - 11:21 AM |

20 November, 2007 - abit today announced their latest AMD 770 chipset-based motherboard, the abit AX78. This is abit's first motherboard with native support for AMD Phenom quad-core processors delivering best performance for true quad-core processors, HyperTransport 3, Dual Channel DDR2 1066 memory, PCI Express 2.0 and CrossFire X.

Source: ABIT

Magnets in a PC case?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 22, 2007 - 06:05 PM |

Despite sounding like an incredibly bad idea, the usage of magnets to keep the side door of the Xion Dazl case was one of Hardware Canucks favourite features.  As the full review reveals that turns out to be the main feature of this case.  Aging 80mm fans provide the cooling, and a no-name 500W (peak) PSU is included and even so the price remains about $70.  You certainly get what you pay for, but for a testing case, or a cheap enclosure for a "b

The rumour mill kicks into overdrive

Subject: General Tech | November 22, 2007 - 02:27 PM |

Surfing around the net today, you may have run into stories proclaiming that AMD is about to purchase Ageia in a move to counter Intel's purchase of Havok.  As we found out earlier in the week Intel plans to remove Havok from physics on a graphics card research, either to stop the research entirely, or to change their focus to Intel CPUs.  It also makes sense that AMD would purchase Ageia to stop nVIDIA from getting their hands on the physics processor producer, and give them a leg up on physics processing in general.  AMD's purchase of Transmeta certainly helped them with die s

Source: The Inquirer

Lowered latency on DDR3 kits

Subject: General Tech | November 22, 2007 - 02:08 PM |

Just in time for your X38 motherboard, Patriot has released their PDC32G1600LLK PC3-12800 low latency memory wich run at 1600MHz, with CAS latencies of 7-7-7-18, and they are only $560.  For that price however, you get fast DIMMs that are capable of breaking 1900MHz if you relax the timings a bit, according to PC Stats' testing.

Source: PCStats

Happy Thanksgiving!

Subject: Editorial | November 22, 2007 - 01:06 PM |

I just wanted to interject here on Jeremy's news posting to wish all thaose that celebrate it a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday!  To all the others that going through the normal rounds of work today, you have our sympathies.  :)