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Subject: General Tech | August 7, 2007 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SPCR managed to finagle a tour of Gigabyte's high tech testing chambers, where their new line of cooling products undergoes testing. They have some impressive cabinets for testing temperatures under precisely controlled environments, and you have to see the audio testing chamber for yourself in the article.
Subject: Processors | August 6, 2007 - 03:28 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to the Inq, it looks like Intel may already be ending the Viiv branding -- not a bad move considering it's pace of adoption.
And so, if a story on Digitimes turns out to be correct,
the world+dog will breathe a sigh of relief as Intel has decided to
rationalise its very confusing range of Core, Dual Core, Core 2 Dual, 2
Dual Cores, Solo Single Core, Quad Core Duo, Duo Quad Core Single Solo
Cores Dual, etc. etc.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 6, 2007 - 03:25 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to Epic Games' Mark Rein, PC gaming development will largely FOLLOW the development of consoles going into the future as production costs increase. Hard to argue with his logic here.
Subject: Processors | August 6, 2007 - 03:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
Looks like the first wave of Fusion products will indeed be split between being built by AMD and TSMC.
Motherboard makers predict that AMD will retain
production of the CPU portion of its Fusion processor at its own fabs
or that of Chartered Semiconductor until at least 2009, with Taiwan
Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to produce the graphics
processor unit (GPU) portion of the processor.
Subject: General Tech | August 3, 2007 - 05:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Back when we were young, it was a huge battle to get a PC in the house, and there was essentially no chance at getting a hand me down. Times have changed, and the kids of PC enthusiasts are guaranteed to get their own PC after a few upgrades to their parents main rigs. If you've got kids, how old were they when you built them their first rigs? Over in the security forum, you can read up on the problems with securing WiFi, and just what kind of attacks ex
Subject: Storage | August 3, 2007 - 04:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fans of Western Digital finally have a model that can be used for serious storage, the WD7500AAKS 750GB SATA HDD. As shown in HotHardware's review, their first foray into perpendicular storage is a huge success. They've combined that new technology with their Caviar series to provide a drive that leaves their competitors in the dust.
Subject: Mobile | August 3, 2007 - 04:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The VAIO lineup has been updated with 2 new models, the CZ and TZ, and Hardware Zone was there to get some pictures and specs. The CZ is full sized, with a 14.1" screen and an Intel Core 2 Duo 1.80GHz on a PM965 Express based motherboard. It comes with some nice features, including a built in 1.3 megapixal camera in a 2.5kg package. The smaller TZ is only 1.5kg, but it still manages a 11.1" screen as well as Centrino C2D support on a Source: Hardware Zone
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 3, 2007 - 04:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has put the PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W Quad Crossfire Edition into their PSU torture chamber, and puts this red box under pressure. From the over-sized heatsinks inside the casing, to the wiring guards and the sheer reliability of the unit under load, they felt this PSU lived up to the reputation people have come to expect from PC P&C. They were left scratching their heads over the Silencer moniker though.
Subject: General Tech | August 3, 2007 - 04:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If COM surrogate or DLLHost gives you grief when you are trying to play music or video files on Vista, then give this article at OCModShop a good read. They cover everything from how to get the codecs you are missing that cause the error, to how to improve Media Center's overall stability.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 2, 2007 - 05:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Puget liquid cooled Antec P180B is a handy case for someone just getting into watercooling or those who are old hands at it. The already watercooling friendly case has been modified for watercooling and comes with a pair of radiators, 2 120mm fans, pump, and a reservoir. Those just trying out watercooling will appreciate the work that has already been done for them and those familiar with the method will like the amount of heat the system can disperse. The full review is up at Think Computers.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 2, 2007 - 02:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechARP continues their series of VGA card repair, this time focusing on the Surface Mounted Capacitors.
Whoever owns the graphics card they are using for the how to pictures really did a job on it! Head on over for the first step in your initiation into solder suckers anonymous.
Subject: Displays | August 2, 2007 - 01:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The HP w2207 is a 22" monitor with a native 1680x1050 resolution and HDCP compatible DVI connections as well as VGA. AnandTech found that the extra money this monitor costs has been put into the construction of the frame and stand, which are well constructed, and offer a better range of angles than most cheaper 22" LCDs. Unfortunately, the review went downhill from there.
Subject: Motherboards | August 2, 2007 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The AMD 690G chipset is undergoing a revision, specifically it's the BIOS that is being tweaked. The onboard graphics will have proper support for HD quality video and significant improvements to the overclocking potential. The Tech Report has some pictures of a new Gigabyte board, and a bit more details on what to expect from this chipset's second wave.
Subject: General Tech | August 2, 2007 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After news broke yesterday about defective HD2400 & 2600 making it into the resellers channel, AMD has stated that there is no need for a recall. The defective cards have not been sold to anyone, simply shipped to retailers according to the story they released to DigiTimes. Unfortunately we are still in the dark as to whether the review models released to PC Perspective and other review sites suffered from this defect.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 2, 2007 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
On VIA Arena they have posted a link to the VIA VP of Marketing's blog and email. If you want a chance to give VIA an idea what you think of them, or even just see what is up on his blog, drop by this thread in their forums for a link, and a chance to see what other people are saying.
Subject: General Tech | August 2, 2007 - 11:30 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, Calif. - August 2, 2007 - A new economic study issued today by Dr. Michael A. Williams, Director, ERS Group, found that Intel has extracted monopoly profits from microprocessor sales of more than $60 billion in the period 1996-2006. Dr. Williams' analysis explains why pro-competitive justifications for Intel's monopoly profits are implausible.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 1, 2007 - 03:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 1 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer memory and peripheral components, today unveiled the environmentally friendly Corsair VX Series of power supplies. Designed and engineered for mainstream computer users, both the VX450W and VX550W supplies support the Energy Star 2007 Standard and feature the industry's most efficient power-management and ultra-quiet design available.
Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2007 - 03:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FREMONT, Calif. - Aug. 1, 2007 - Logitech (SWX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) today introduced the newest addition to its award-winning line of G-series peripherals for PC gaming.
Subject: Storage | August 1, 2007 - 02:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS just posted a video from Computex 2007 with 2 of the most compact flash drives around. The first is no bigger that the USB plug, and offers up to 4 GB of storage, although we only get to see the 1 GB version, and a second that is the size of a business card, though about twice as thick. That business card USB drive comes in a 64GB model, and you can customize the outside!