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Subject: Mobile | March 28, 2008 - 02:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Gateway P-6831 FX offers some impressive performance for a sub $1500 laptop. With a Core 2 Duo T5450, 3GB of Samsung DDR2-667,an nVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTS 512MB and a 17" screen with a native resolution of 1440x900. All that in a package that weighs under 10 lbs. AnandTech was really impressed at the value that this laptop offers, hopefully some of the other manufacturers will take the hint and offer some of their own.
Subject: Displays | March 28, 2008 - 01:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Buying monitors has change a great deal in a small amount of time. With three competing LCD types, a plethora of aspect ratios, response times and resolutions, it bears little resemblance to purchasing a CRT monitor. Drop by Madshrimps for some advice on choosing the technology that is best for your viewing needs.
Subject: Storage | March 28, 2008 - 01:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new Corsair 16GB "GT" high performance Flash Voyager USB 2.0 drives are now available for review. Flash Voyager GT USB drives provide data transfer rates that are up to 4X faster than standard USB 2.0 drives. Whether transporting office files, pictures or even full-length movies, you can "store-n-go" faster with the Corsair GT USB line. The drive has been optimized to take full advantage of its advanced flash controller technology as well as the screened and hand-selected NAND flash chips.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 28, 2008 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not a bad score for a single card, although it is a bit of a Frankenstein
design. Three HD 3850's have been forced into cohabitation on a single card, with a watercooling "thingy" stuck on the end of the card to keep things from getting too hot. You can get a good look at the card at NordicHardware, as well as the results of a few other benchmarks they performed.
Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2008 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After gifting retailers with the X48 chipset, which resulted in those retailers having huge inventories of suddenly unattractive X38 based boards, Intel will not do the same thing with the P45. Intel will be delaying the release of the new chipset until mid-June and retailers are probably grateful they have a chance to start unloading P35 boards. The end user should also take heart, the near simultaneous release of the X38 and X48 helped motherboard prices to soar to the levels we are seeing right now.
Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2008 - 11:32 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Xonar series driver update for DS3D GX 1.0 to DS3D GX 2.0 is our response to feedback/criticism favoring compatibility with games that feature EAX 5.0. DS3D GX 2.0 allows gamers to enable EAX sound options/schemes in games on Vista and legacy Windows XP.
The solution involves:
1. Enabling EAX5.0 sound setting in games
2. Redirecting DirectSound3D Hardware and EAX calls to the DS3D GX core
3. Upgrading the DS3D GX engine.
The updated engine:
Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2008 - 06:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech takes a look at a piece of hardware that may be destined for destruction, the stand alone audio card. Audiophiles who are happy to drop $1000 on a studio grade card not included. Gamers and casual users on the other hand seem satisfied with onboard audio solutions, as they have come a long way. What would you say to Creative creating a software version of their XiFi?
Subject: Systems | March 27, 2008 - 02:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bluegears' b-Envi Gaming/HTPC Enclosure gives you a choice in usage thanks to it's snazzy design. The perfect size for an HTPC system, it will also serve you well housing a system that you take to LAN Parties. Touch sensitive buttons and an integrated card reader and a 120mm fan are just some of the features this case has to offer. Drop by Virtual-Hid
Subject: Systems | March 27, 2008 - 01:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It would be nice to be able to spend $1200 on your graphics sub system alone, but most people can't really afford a pair of 9800 GX2s. Many can't even afford to spend a full $1200 on the entire PC. Legion Hardware has been doing some hard core research, and have put together a budget conscious gaming PC for just under $1000. If that is your financial sweet spot, the check out this build.
Subject: Processors | March 27, 2008 - 12:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Please put your hands in the air. Anyone? Anyone at all?
The TLB bug disappearing really isn't the big news when you look at AMD's B3 stepping Phenoms. The X4 9850 runs at 2.5GHz, the fastest quad core we have seen from AMD, and the MSRP is around $250, giving it a nice seat when talking about performance for price. Other improvements are the upping of the memory controller and system bus to 2000MHz. Get the full story from Ryan's review.
Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2008 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are like many PC enthusiasts, the only way they are getting you to switch to Vista is to destroy every copy of XP in existence.
Life support is currently planned to be removed April 8, 2014, giving Microsoft almost enough time to get Windows 7 into beta, assuming that the date the Mayan calendar was set to end on was not picked because that is the official release day. In the meantime, SP3 is still coming out, saving everyone the joys of either rebuil
Subject: Processors | March 27, 2008 - 11:28 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 27, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of the world's first energy-efficient desktop quad-core processor, providing customers with a cool and quiet digital media workhorse.
Subject: Processors | March 27, 2008 - 11:26 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 27, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced immediate availability of four new high-performance AMD Phenom(tm) X4 processors for PC users in search of the Ultimate Visual Experience. Led by the AMD Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition processor, each CPU features true quad-core design, and when matched to AMD 790 series chipsets supports up to four award-winning ATI Radeon(tm) HD 3800 series graphics cards.
Subject: Processors | March 27, 2008 - 11:23 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 27, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the
availability of AMD Phenom(tm) X3 8000 series triple-core processors,
providing gamers and digital media enthusiasts with exceptional
performance at mainstream price points. AMD Phenom X3 processors are
designed to improve multi-threaded application performance over
dual-core processors at the same clock speed.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 26, 2008 - 07:55 PM | Ryan Shrout
737-33033: ATI Radeon HD2xxx/HD3xxx: Intermittent stuttering issues seen when running various 3D applications
Subject: Processors | March 26, 2008 - 07:53 PM | Ryan Shrout
The upcoming line of Intel Atom processors, formerly announced just a couple weeks ago and making up the brains behind the new Diamondville platform, could start with prices as low as $29 according to a report at Digitimes. The piece also mentions Core 2-based Centrino processors at 2.16 GHz for $107 or so.
Subject: Memory | March 26, 2008 - 06:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Or at least a bit higher on your Vista rating. With the wonderful drop in pricing that DDR2 is going through, 4GB kits are no longer something you have to sell a body part to afford. Many kits are appearing, and today Overclockers Club reviewed Mushkin's XP2 8000 Redline 4GB kit. Along with the increase in size has come a decrease in the amount of overclocking possible, and a loosening of the timings, but the scores still remain impressive.
Subject: Motherboards | March 26, 2008 - 03:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS P5E3 Premium is built with Intel's new X48 chipset, and is premium in price as well as name. Neoseeker found a big difference in the overclocking ability when compared to it's predecessor, the X38. The technique that worked best for them differed, so you can't really expect to use the same settings you might on an X38. Read
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 26, 2008 - 02:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Enermax has launched the Modu82+ line, which focuses on higher wattage and some serious modular cabling. The Pro82+ seems targeted at providing for a lower watt environment, and the lack of modular cabling also reduces it's prices. AnandTech tested two models from each line and found that both do deserve their 80Plus rating, as well as some congratulations for keeping the noise down. If only they could say the same about the pricing scheme.
Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2008 - 12:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The first add-on to the third installment of a game called Command & Conquer is up for review at Gaming Heaven. In this game, you play Kane's lieutenants in the evil Brotherhood of Nod, there are 3 involved in a story line that leaps around the C&C timeline. There are also multiplayer and skirmishing modes that will offer a bit of replayability after you've beaten the single player, but unless you are a huge C&C fan, or just love any excuse to play an RTS game, you've probably stopp