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Subject: Motherboards | April 23, 2007 - 05:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ECS 965PLT-A board isn't available yet, but it won't be too long before you start to see it on the shelves. As TweakTown notes in their review, the board is misnamed, as it is built around the 946GZ chipset, not the 965. Although it's onboard graphics are lack luster, they have included 2 PCI Express x16 slots, so it can easily be the basis of a decent gaming rig.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 23, 2007 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Sapphire X1950 Pro Dual is a pair of X1950 GPUs piggybacked on one circuit board. Unfortunately it seems to be a paper release, as there is nowhere to buy it, and it is not listed on the Sapphire website. Still, HotHardware managed to get their hands on one and benchmark it. While it does offer good performance, it has difficulty pulling ahead of the DX10 8800 GTS 320 MB and trouble fitting inside most cases.
Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2007 - 01:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Madshrimps has collected 21 mousepads and tested them every way they could think of. Not just performance in gaming, but also the usefulness in AutoCAD, Photoshop, browsing and using office apps got rated in a big chart at the end. If you are toying with the idea of a better mousepad than the cloth one you found lying around, any of the choices you've considered are rated.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 23, 2007 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Cooler Master CM Media 281 is a very talented case. Able to switch between HTPC and desktop at ease, with ample space in the interior for anyone's needs. It is an interesting design from Cooler Master, but can this multifunction case stand up against some of CM's better cases? Head over to The Tech Lounge and find out.
Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2007 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A member spotted a very interesting project over the weekend, and has started quite a buzz in the thread. The Alky Project is using the DirectX SDK on Windows XP to write DirectX 10 compatibility libraries. The basic idea is that the DX10 Geometry Shaders could be changed to native machine code on non-Vista machines, allowing your video card to render it, assumedly with a performance hit. While it seems unlikely that they will get DX10 running on non-DX10 hardware, it will allow DX10 to run on XP if they succeed.
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Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2007 - 05:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the release of Feisty Fawn, CentOS 5 and
Debian Etch, our Linux forums are very active right now. They are feeling their oats, and even taking shots at Windows, and converting users to their preferred OS.
Subject: Processors | April 20, 2007 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware has had the chance to see some benchmarks on the upcoming 45nm chip in both quad and dual core flavours. They are compared to the current champion, the QX6800, so you get a good comparison. These are still a while away from release, so the chips may perform better by the time they are ready.
"Intel has released some fresh performance data regarding a couple of Penryn-based future processors, Wolfdale and
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 20, 2007 - 01:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This Tech ARP article may not work in every single case, but for busted capacitors and other minor damage, the Graphics Card Repair Guide will get your card up and running again. Just some solder, a bit of time and a steady hand are all that you need.
Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2007 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Second Life is a very different kind of MMO game, not involving raids and dungeon crawls instead relying on interaction as the key. There are no levels to go up or rare items to find, you make them yourself or trade with someone who does. Another big difference is the fact that it is free.
It has attracted millions, and a much higher percentage of women than WoW or Everquest. OCMODSHOP takes a look at second life, and the changing demographics of gamers.
Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2007 - 11:34 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In direct contradiction to Steve Ballmer's statement that no service pack is forthcoming for Vista, Paul Otellini let slip a target date for the release of an upcoming service pack for Vista. It is likely that at least some of that update will deal with the soon to be released Longhorn server OS, and Otellini seems to hope it will also make Vista more attractive to corporate customers.
Subject: Memory | April 19, 2007 - 05:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at Techware Labs, OCZ's PC2 7200 SLI-Ready 2Gb kit is on the test bench. This RAM may be fast out of the package, but they couldn't say they'd fully tested it without a good overclock, and in this case 1200MHz @ 5-5-5-18 timings by bumping the voltage to 2.4 was the best they could get. Add some active cooling and you may even go beyond.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 19, 2007 - 05:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- April 19, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 20071. AMD reported first quarter 2007 revenue of $1.233 billion, an operating loss of $504 million, and a net loss of $611 million, or $1.11 per share. These results include ATI acquisition-related and integration charges of $113 million, or $0.21 per share, and employee stock-based compensation expense of $28 million, or $0.05 per share.
Subject: Storage | April 19, 2007 - 02:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech re-reviews the Hitachi DeskStar 7K1000, this time with a pair set up in RAID 0. They find very little difference between the real application performance of this drive in single or RAID 0, nor can it keep up with the Raptors. However, if you are looking for nice looking benchmark scores, you definitely want the RAID.
Subject: General Tech | April 19, 2007 - 01:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Logitech's new 5.1 system, the X-540 features a high cone excursion sub to give you better bass response than you might expect, as well as Frequency Directed Dual Driver technology, which is meant to 'even' out the sound. It is very affordable and has a frequency response of 40 Hz - 20 kHz, so don't expect studio quality sound, however it sounds good enough that Tweaknews has no problem recomm
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 19, 2007 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Is your PC is starting to sound a bit like a vacuum cleaner, maybe because summer approaches or that video card you just bought? Does the thought of switching to watercooling seems to be a bit much, and there is no way you are underclocking components so that passive cooling will work? R&B Mods has posted a review of something you may not have thought of, but could really help. Read on to see if SFM-1000 Case Fan Vibration Absorbers are the solution to your problems, or just a gimmick.
Subject: General Tech | April 19, 2007 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Hardware Zone takes a look at the news out of Beijing, and the IDF. From Hafnium based logic gates allowing the shrink to 45nm for mainstream CPUs, to basic, but functional systems-on-a-chip, called Tolapai. Read on to get a better idea what they saw, and don't forget to have a look at Ryan's article.
Subject: Motherboards | April 19, 2007 - 11:08 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Pico-ITX platform is just 3.9 x 2.8 inches or 100 x 72 mm. That's half the size of Nano-ITX and that's half the size of Mini-ITX. My wireless router is bigger. My portable CD folder is larger. Video cards are longer and wider. A DVD cover is close to being twice as large. It's really quite incredible that so much functionality can fit on such a small PCB.
Subject: Mobile | April 18, 2007 - 05:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Get HD broadcasts and analog cable TV on you laptop with the help of this little USB device from Hauppauge, called the WinTV-HVR-950. On one end is a USB 2.0 plug, and on the other is a familiar looking Coax cable connector on the other. [H]ard|OCP tried it out on a handy C2D laptop and found that the PVR function was perhaps the most impressive feature, and found the only disappointment was
Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2007 - 05:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BEIRUT, Lebanon, April 18, 2007 — Following the announcement of a collaborative effort with other corporations to help revitalize Lebanon, Intel Chairman Craig Barrett today dedicated new projects to improve education, healthcare and computer access to the Internet for its citizens.