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Subject: Systems | July 9, 2007 - 05:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Shuttle's brand new HTPC, the SDXi is based around the Intel 975X
with a ICH7-R
southbridge. Handling up to 8GB of RAM, and any C2D Extreme, you get a lot of power for your HTPC, a philosophy they complete by offering custom watercooling setup for an X1950 Pro. HotHardware reviews this flaming hot HTPC barebones kit and it's paint job, which is the only way you will see it until Shuttle starts making them available.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 9, 2007 - 02:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechARP presents the PC Power Management Guide, a perfect primer on figuring out what exactly is going with power in your PC, beyond how many amps to expect from your 12W rail. If you are confused between ACPI and APM, or trying to figure out what a C4 State is and why your CPU went there, then read on, and all shall become clear.
Subject: Processors | July 9, 2007 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At Legion Hardware, they are testing two 2GHz processors, Intel's Celeron 440 against AMD's Sempron 3600+. While the Sempron line is being phased out in preference for the BE series, you are much more likely to find a Sempron for sale. Both are priced very low, and the TDP is lower than many of the top of the line chips, giving them a niche of their own. Check out how they fare against one another.
Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2007 - 10:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the next few weeks, Vista users may be approached by mysterious men in shirts with little blue M's, asking them to volunteer to see what side effects they suffer when trying out a new patch. The beta version of service pack 1 for Vista should be out soon, although the testing will probably not be as public as the pre-release versions of Vista were. The Inquirer points out that the actual service pack is still not due until 2008, which is a long wait for corporate customers that have no plans to switch OSs until
Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2007 - 10:31 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 9 July 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, and Mecer, one of South Africa's leading PC manufacturers, today announced the new Mecer Education PC powered by the 1.5GHz VIA C7-D desktop processor.
Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2007 - 04:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's getting harder to keep track of everything that can go wrong with a PC, especially considering just how many extra features are on the motherboard. Sometimes we can spend so much time focussed on the arcane problems that can appear, we can all manage to forget some of the simpler ones, or that a simple solution can solve some of the more bizarre problems.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 6, 2007 - 02:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At just under $600, and faster than an Ultra at default speeds, PNY's XLR8 8800 GTX OC is going to turn a lot of heads. HotHardware found it to never stray more than 5 fps from the Ultra, and at a noticeably lower price. It also turns out that this card can be overclocked beyond the speed it runs at out of the box, although not to the point that some 8800 GTXs have reached.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 6, 2007 - 01:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechwareLabs grabbed the CoolIT Freezone, a CPU waterblock, attached to a TEC radiator that is to be attached to one of the rear outake fan grills at the back of the case. Unfortunately, they used a 92mm fan, rather than opt for the 120mm, but as the pictures show you, it is a tight squeeze and the 120mm might not have worked in many cases. The technology is sound and the performance is great, but Techware Labs thought there were a few improvements to be made to this powerful cooler.
Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2007 - 12:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD has invested a sizable chunk in Transmeta, who once manufactured semiconductors like the Crusoe and now focuses more on intellectual property and design. They helped AMD with the HyperTransport Bus as well as their move to 64 bit architecture. The Inquirer has more on this interesting development for AMD.
Subject: Storage | July 5, 2007 - 05:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PCApex has posted a review of the Aero Cool Infinity 25-in-1 card reader. It is designed much the same as most fan controllers, and sits in an unused 5.25" bay, and offers more than just card reading capabilities. It sports 2 USB ports and hides a 2.5" notebook HDD in it's interior. It's not as easy to remove as some devices, but it is more semi-portable than fully portable, and it will solve any card reading problems you might have, and more.
Subject: Systems | July 5, 2007 - 02:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP recently put the high end $5600 710 H2C Dell, and now they are examining their value end, with the $1000 Dimension E521. Not only do they put the machine, as configured by Dell, through the wringer, they also scoop up a few higher end video cards to see if they can beef up the performance after the fact. That testing lead to a few interactions with Dell's tech support. Head over and get the full story.
Subject: General Tech | July 5, 2007 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Pro-Clockers had a look at a very unique keyboard, the Art.Lebedev Optimus Mini Three Keyboard. As the name suggest, there are only 3 keys on this little USB keyboard, but each of those keys is a 20mm x 20mm backlit OLED screens that can display either a static image or animation at 3 frames per second. Plus you can use those buttons as hotkeys! Take a look at this nifty little device.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 5, 2007 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech tries out the 3 games which use DX10, and test them in both DX10 and DX9. While the features that DX10 offer sound quite impressive, and don't look too bad either, you take a hit in performance because of them. In some cases, it could simply be a matter of driver maturity, because there are some situations where you do see a performance benefit. At the end of the review, AnandTech makes a good point about the speed needed to be displaying 4 megapixels worth of detail on the screen in a FPS, but don't just
Subject: General Tech | July 5, 2007 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Before the iPhone's first week on sale is over, it has already been molested in several ways. 2 accounts have been found, and now a way has been discovered to activate your iPhone without using AT&T. You won't be making any cell calls though, that part still requires the intervention off AT&T. It comes as no surprise to The Inquirer that the man who hacked the iPhone, the infamous DVD Jon, is still working on that problem.
"Hacker doyen DVD Jon has worked out a way of cracking an unactivate
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 4, 2007 - 05:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At 153mm x 126mm x 85mm and 640g, the Coolink Silentator has a rather large presence. With it's prepackaged fan, it moves 90CFM @ 24dB making it essentially silent in most systems. OCC expected performance similar to other heatsinks that focus on noise reduction, and received a pleasant surprise.
Subject: Motherboards | July 4, 2007 - 02:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Phoronix revisits the ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe WiFi, with a focus on open source OSes. We have seen how this board performs under various flavours of Windows, but this is a new look that we don't get too often. Read on to see just how well ASUS has allowed these two OSes to recognize and use all of the extra hardware onboard.
Subject: Mobile | July 4, 2007 - 01:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS R1F is a tablet, with a 13.3" rotatable LCD screen, an Intel C2D T5500, 1GB DDR2 and and an 80GB HDD. As a tablet, it is set up to be controlled by a stylus, and does accept handwriting, but also has a mouse and keyboard if that is your preference. Read the full review at X-Bit Labs before you dismiss this as not a real PC.
Subject: General Tech | July 4, 2007 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The upcoming RPG, Tabula Rasa, skips out on orcs, ogres and elves in preference to aliens. While the screenshots certainly evoke memories of the Elder Scrolls series, this is not a fantasy based game. With mention of multiple worlds to visit, and a storyline that includes the fall of Earth, the sneak peek at HEXUS is worth a read.