Foxconn declares war with their new P35 motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | September 27, 2007 - 01:05 PM |

AnandTech has published a full review of the Foxconn MARS P35 motherboard, touted as a high performance board with a value price.  The cooling system on the motherboard will keep the Northbridge happy for all but the most extreme overclocking, and should still give enough space around the socket to allow a large CPU heatsink.  The general overclocking settings in the BIOS gave them some problems, but once AnandTech got the hang of it, this turned into a board that is great for overclocking Quads. 

Source: AnandTech

Sneaky Windows Update update foiling repair installs

Subject: General Tech | September 27, 2007 - 12:53 PM |

It turns out that the sneaky update to Windows Update that we heard a lot of news about  two weeks ago is starting to cause a little havok.

Source: Slashdot

XFX introduces nForce 630i and 610i Motherboards with integrated GeForce 7 series graphics

Subject: Motherboards | September 26, 2007 - 06:23 PM |

Ontario, CA, Sept. 25, 2007 - XFX welcomes the most affordable and graphically intense triplets ever delivered. The XFX nForce 630i with GeForce 7150, nForce 630i with GeForce 7100, and nForce 610i with GeForce 7050 motherboards are genetically programmed to deliver a premium graphics experience on Windows Vista, including Flip 3D, translucent window panes and taskbar preview.

Designed for Intel-based PCs, these motherboards support a full range of Intel CPUs (from Core2 Quad to Celeron) and DDR2-800 memory.

Source: XFX

Do penguins like DDR3?

Subject: Memory | September 26, 2007 - 05:35 PM |

Phoronix tried out an ASUS Blitz Extreme with a pair of OCZ's 1GB DDR3-1333
at various clock speeds
.  They installed Fedora 7 with the Linux kernel, GCC 4.1, and X server 1.3 and used RAMspeed 2.5.0 to see how the performance scaled at different speeds.  The RAM still comes at a premium, but it does look like you can expect to see at least some benefit to using the new DDR standard.

Source: Phoronix

Is your notebook full rugged, or only semi?

Subject: Mobile | September 26, 2007 - 02:31 PM |

The Panasonic Toughbook series is designed to take the abuse that most notebooks receive at some point in their lives, often just before they fail.  XYZ Computers reviews the W5 model, which has a Core Duo U2400, and 1.5GB of DDR-533 and weighs in at about 2.9lbs.   They have trimmed down on a few extras, like a wide screen backlit LCD, but the overall design feels nice and spacious and sturdy.  Too bad that XYZ didn't try testing it to destructino though.

The sound of Gigabyte

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2007 - 01:35 PM |

Gigabyte continues to diversify their product lines, this time with 2.0 and 2.1 speakers.  InsideHW tries these speakers out and finds that while it is a good first try, the established competition does a better job.  Still it is good to see the company is still willing to try new products, and if they choose to produce a second generation they may get all the kinks out.

Source: InsideHW

New case maker, new ideas

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 26, 2007 - 12:05 PM |

Hiper tends to be known for PSUs, more so across the pond in Europe than in North America, but they still have a presence here.  They have just released an ATX case, called the Anubis, in which they have incorporated heatsink style thermal dissipation directly into the cases structure.  PC Apex found a lot to like about this case, which helped his air-cooled

Source: PCApex

Quick! Everyone panic and run around in circles!

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2007 - 11:45 AM |

You may have run into headlines or random forum posts this morning claiming that the "New Firefox gives all your browsing history to Google".  Many seem to quickly say that it steals all your website information and sells for fun and profit ... but don't even get into what is really happening. 

Source: The Inquirer

A second helping of caviar

Subject: Storage | September 25, 2007 - 05:28 PM |

The new revision of Western Digital's Caviar 750GB HDD, the RE2 sports tweaked firmware and RAID optimizations.  As it is an enterprise class HDD they also did more reliability testing, and extended the warranty, which the home user can also benefit from.  The big news is the drop from on Write seek time; from 10.9ms to 9.6ms.  From their testing The Tech Report found that while it is faster than the first revis

Overclocked roundup

Subject: Processors | September 25, 2007 - 02:35 PM |

Looking for an idea as to the relative differences between overclocked Quads and Duos?  The testing at Hardware Logic may not produce the exact same results as your experiences, but it can give you a hint as to how these processors separate once they have been pushed beyond spec.  You can even look at these scores as something to meet or to beat.

Playing on the big screen

Subject: Displays | September 25, 2007 - 01:26 PM |

One of the biggest displays at the CEDIA expo would be the new 1080p digital projectors, and Digital Trends spent a good amount of time checking out the offerings.  The extremely bright Panasonic PT-AE2000 for the home can produce a full 1500 lumens, which allows viewing without needing a blacked out room, and will display a 10' image from 11' away.  For those with a bit more to spend, Sony introduced the $15,000 VPL-VW200 with Carl Ziess lenses and a BRAVIA signal processing engine which will allow up to a 35,000:1 contrast ratio.  There is also a ~$3000 Sanyo LP-Z2000 which may provide some competition to those thinking of buying large LCD or plasma TV.

"With all of the high-def projectors cropping up at this year's CEDIA expo, it's easy for even the most die-hard home theater buffs to get blinded by the light. And with prices starting to plunge below $4,000 USD, 1080p projectors are starting to catch the attention of more mainstream buyers as well. If your home cinema is a little short on screen acreage, an HD projector is an ideal way to make the jump to the big time, but you'll need to familiarize yourself with all the new options first. Here are four new HD projectors that should be on your big-screen radar."

Here are some more Display articles from around the web:


That game, with that guy in armour came out early this morning

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2007 - 12:19 PM |

Love the series or hate it, you will be seeing a lot of press about the final installment of the game that made the Xbox what it is today.  Halo 3 is out, though you may have trouble finding it on the shelves, as Microsoft's hype machine worked perfectly again, and people lined up for hours to get the game at it's midnight release.  Ars Technica can give you a look at what this new sequel offers to dedicated Halo fans, without giving away the plot or any secrets while they ar

Source: Ars Technica

Send Excel 07 back for remedial math classes

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2007 - 11:59 AM |

It looks like the new Excel 2007 has some problems (apart from it's ribbon fetish).  It looks like the number 65,535 causes some interesting behaviour, and it's maths skills take a turn for the bizarre.  Excel has had a history of troubles around that spot, including it's belief that no spreadsheet should ever have more than 65,536 rows.  Read more examples of this issue by following the link on Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot

AMD Announces the ATI Radeon HD 2900 PRO

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 25, 2007 - 11:12 AM |

AMD is excited to announce the newest member of its flagship ATI Radeon HD 2900 series, the ATI Radeon HD 2900 PRO. The ATI Radeon HD 2900 PRO features the powerful next-generation unified shader architecture with 320 unified stream processors, comprehensive DirectX 10 support and built-in HDMI multimedia features for an immersive HD gaming experience.

The ATI Radeon HD 2900 PRO is available today on a limited basis subject to supply constraints.

Below is more detail on the three board variants of the ATI Radeon HD 2900 PRO:

Source: AMD

Logitech's G series spreads to keyboards

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2007 - 05:06 PM |

The G15 from Logitech is a gaming keyboard with a lot of multipurpose buttons and even a display.  Instead of trimming down the features like Ideazon and others, Logitech opted to add features to a full sized keyboard.  From the blue LED, to disabling the Windows key while gaming, there is a lot of nice touches.  The most powerful feature is it's ability to record macros on the fly and program the LCD screen to display a wide variety of information.  Read on at to see this ke

Cooling your graphic card's backside

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 24, 2007 - 03:31 PM |

We have seen plenty of 3rd party coolers for your VGA, that sit atop your GPU and memory to keep the card cool and maybe let you get a bit more speed out of it.  Hardware Canucks have published a review of a unique cooling add on, that should work with most cooling setups on several different cards.  The Thermalright HR-11 Backside Cooler will keep the heat off of the SMDs on the back of the card, and any radiant heat that might be making it's way th

Plenty of wattage and dual transformers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 24, 2007 - 02:42 PM |

The ABS/Tagan ITZ1300 1300w power supply is up for review at [H]ard|OCP today, sporting six 20 amp 12V rails and a pair of 80mm fans for cooling.  The build and looks of this PSU are quite nice, as are the numerous plugs, but [H] found something hiding inside that caused them some dissapointment

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Quality cooling on a tight budget

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 24, 2007 - 01:56 PM |

Overclockers Club reviews the Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro 64, which offers some fairly impressive cooling for the $20 you need to spend to get one. Many enthusiasts overclock to save a bit of money, but you aren't going to get too far with a stock cooler.  Switch to this heatsink and not only will you get more performance from your PC, you won't need to drop components from your system to afford it.

Distro decision

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2007 - 01:27 PM |

When first taking the plunge into Linux, the sheer amount of distros available can be overwhelming.  Instead of backing off and postponing the leap again, check out PC Mechanic.  The author picked a distro after trying out several, and you can learn from his steps ... if you are looking for the same things in Linux that he was.

Source: PC Mechanic