Universal abit to ditch the 'abit' part?

Subject: Motherboards | May 28, 2008 - 03:40 AM |
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http://www.multitronic.fi/p_images/abitlogo.gifRumors are circulating that long time enthusiast motherboard brand "abit" might be on the ropes, this time from the previous "savior" corporate parent, Universal.  According to the source the company will determine if staying in the motherboard business makes sense after seeing how Intel's

Source: Digitimes

They really are full of magic smoke though

Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2008 - 03:38 PM |
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There are a lot of myths about hard drives that many have come to believe are facts.  Have you ever heard someone say that to use a hard drive vertically, you have to format it in the vertical position?  Those are just some of the myths that TechARP busts in their new article.

Source: Tech ARP

Getting more than you paid for

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 27, 2008 - 01:22 PM |
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OCZ's EliteXStream 800W offers a really good deal for anyone looking for a high powered PSU.  The cables are not modular, but they are very long; a bonus in larger cases or more intricate cable management schemes.  As well, Hardware Canucks testing has shown the stability and efficiency to be high

Speed without peer, still incredibly dear

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 27, 2008 - 12:31 PM |
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The newest 2Gb Crucial Ballistix kit runs 9-9-9-28 latencies and PC3-16000, or DDR3-2000, but it will set you back $500.  It does buy you some incredibly fast RAM, with some overclocking overhead, or the potential to tighten up the timings by relaxing the clock speed somewhat.  Drop by Overclock3D for a look at thes

Source: Overclock3D

Cutting back a bit

Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2008 - 12:00 PM |
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If the rumours at DigiTimes are true, the P45 models will be the last time you see Universal abit motherboards.  This does raise the question of what abit will be selling if they do discontinue their motherboard line.  Is it possible they will go back to making graphics cards, or is something else on the horizon for them?

Source: Digitimes

VIA Unveils VIA OpenBook Mini-Note Reference Design

Subject: Mobile | May 27, 2008 - 11:25 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 27 May 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today introduced the new VIA OpenBook mini-note reference design targeted at the rapidly growing global market for ultra-portable notebooks.

 

The future of TV remotes is now

Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2008 - 05:57 PM |
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You knew it would happen sooner or later.   Having a half dozen universal remotes, each with 50 plus buttons just isn't enough to control a real multi-media system anymore.  Every component will find some way to make you use their remote, all they need to do is ensure one function doesn't have a button.  LogiTech has the answer, a full keyboard in a clamshell case.  Check out this remote to end all others at Overclockers Club.

Making a name for themselves

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 26, 2008 - 04:09 PM |
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The newest cooler from ZEROtherm is the Zen FZ120 CPU Cooler, a nice blend of price, performance and style.  It's not the cheapest, nor the best performing, but it mixes those two qualities together to give high performance cooling for $40.  Virtual-Hideout also liked the honeycomb design that gives this tower a unique look in a very crowded market.

Last day for the Memorial Day System Giveaway Contest

Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2008 - 01:02 PM |
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We are pleased to announce the beginning of a new contest here at PC Perspective that combines two things we are passionate about here: computers and our country.  :)  With that in mind we bring you a contest that should end just about all contests - our Memorial Day System Giveaway!!

Not very balanced, but well positioned

Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2008 - 01:01 PM |
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SteelSeries' 5H v2 USB Headset is more than just a headphone/microphone combo, it also has it's own built in sound card.  The sound card lets you adjust the virtual 7.1 surround sound that the headphones offer, as well as individual volumes and balances.  OCIA were not impressed when they tried using it to listen to music, but when they tried gaming, their opinion

Source: OCIA

All inclusive ultra mobility

Subject: Mobile | May 26, 2008 - 11:53 AM |
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At two centimetres thick and 1.42kgs, or less than an inch and just a hair over 3lbs, the Lenovo ThinkPad X300 has a lot going for it.  A 13", 1440x900 screen, Intel C2D SL7100 and 1GB PC2-5300 DDR2 give it some nice power, but the real bonus is that Lenovo managed to get an ultra slim DVD burner in it.  Check out the Air's arch-nemesis at TweakTown.

Source: TweakTown

The inq is barely dry on this story

Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2008 - 11:40 AM |
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nVIDIA failed to capture The Inquirer with an NDA about their recent editors day, leaving them free to spill the beans on nVIDIA's plans for their CPU lines.  Check out the little bit that we know about this answer to Intel's Atom for now, and expect lots of updates as Computex grows closer.

Source: The Inquirer

Cooler Master announces 1st ever 80 Plus Silver Certified high wattage power supply

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 26, 2008 - 11:19 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan - May 27th, 2008 - Cooler Master proudly announces the world's first-ever 80 Plus Silver Certified high wattage power supply, the highest rated 80 Plus power supply to-date by achieving an 88% efficiency; with the introduction of UCP 900W (Ultimate Circuit Protection).

Cooler Master has long built a strong reputation based on industry-leading designs in coolers and computer cases, while its power supplies have often been over-shadowed.

NVIDIA Acquires RayScale Software - Bringing Ray Tracing to the GPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 24, 2008 - 01:28 PM |
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Sitting here at an NVIDIA meeting in San Jose, word just got passed to the world that NVIDIA will be announcing the acquisition of a ray tracing software company called RayScale

Raiders of the lost forum

Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2008 - 06:43 PM |
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If you want to talk tech, at least as how it pertains to some sort of gaming standard, drop by this thread talking about the AMD GAME!

A quick primer on resolution

Subject: Displays | May 23, 2008 - 03:31 PM |
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Shopping for a new monitor, and are getting frustrated by the enormous amount of choice you have in native resolutions?  Trying to figure out if scrimping enough for a 24" monitor is worth it, or if you are fine with a 22" display?  Drop by Techware Labs for an overview of the current standard resolutions, and how they compare to HDTV resolutions and other handy tips.

Metallic copper, as opposed to the other kind

Subject: Systems | May 23, 2008 - 01:20 PM |
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The Acer Aspire Predator Gaming PC is orange, whether they would prefer it be called metallic copper or not, it is as orange as a recent release from Valve.  bit-tech did look beyond the finish on the case, to the interior of Acer's PC which features a self contained watercooling setup, SLI'd cards and more.  If you are looking for an impressive system, both on the outside and the inside, drop by for a look.

Source: bit-tech

Intel's gone green with their mainstream

Subject: Motherboards | May 23, 2008 - 11:50 AM |
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The new P45 Express chipset, at least the ASUS P5Q and P5Q3 Deluxe, monitor the reductions in you CO2 emissions when you enable their Energy Processing Unit.   Now, as a benchmark, that may not catch on for most hardware sites, nor do I know of a single user that has bragged about lowering their PCs carbon footprint, but there must be some out there, somewhere.  That is not the high point of The Tech Reports review; Intel and ASUS have both included much more interesting features on their new mid-range platform. 

Montevina gets a little more expensive

Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2008 - 11:34 AM |
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According to DigiTimes, Intel is going to include solid state drives in it's next Centrino platform, giving users a chance to use the new technology without having to install it in a notebook themselves.  It will mean lighter laptops, with longer battery life and may even increase the speed at which the new Centrinos will operate.  Even more interesting is the 1.8" drive that they are planning to introduce; it will be interesting to see if the new drive size catches on.

Source: Digitimes

Folding@Home NVIDIA GPU Client Confirmed

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 22, 2008 - 06:00 PM |
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