Look ma, one hand!

Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2007 - 12:17 PM |

The Frogpad Bluetooth one-handed keyboard offers a unique way to still have a keyboard when space or weight is an issue, and it comes in both left and right handed models.  Although it could be used for gaming, the purpose built keypads are more efficient, Pro-clockers found it much more useful with a Bluetooth enabled cellphone or a Blackberry.

1.3 terabytes of open driver specs

Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2007 - 12:05 PM |

That's a serious amount of downloading, but it would appear that when AMD's open specs were posted to X.Org's server it was downloaded over 70,000 times.  This means two things, there are a lot of people working on the associated projects to get ATI's cards working on Linux, and that there will be a lot of Linux geeks phoning in sick today.  Phoronix's story also takes a look at Revenge, a reverse engineering program.

Source: Phoronix

Intel To Acquire Havok

Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2007 - 11:46 AM |

It looks like Intel has skipped out on graphics cards altogether with the purchase of Havok. They've added a Physics Processing Unit to their lineup, which may pay off serious dividends once the GPGPU starts to hit the market.

The forums are where it is all at

Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2007 - 05:34 PM |

If you were to design a house to live in, chances are that every room would have at least one ethernet jack, just in case the WiFi went down, but what kind of cable should you use, so that you don't end up having to redo all your runs in a few years?  The Networking forum can help you, and you can also get a great explanation of what IP address that end in a "/" are all about. 


Corsair is First Official Licensee for Intel's DDR3 Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) Specification

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 14, 2007 - 03:55 PM |

Fremont, CA, September 14, 2007 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced they have been licensed by Intel to use the new Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) certification logo.

SunbeamTech is a big fan of airflow

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 14, 2007 - 03:20 PM |

From the mesh front and 2 normally place 120mm fans to the extra internal stand that can hold another pair, the Freezing Storm case will keep the air flowing through your case.  GideonTech has posted a full review of the black version of this case.

Source: Gideon Tech

Sounds like High Defintition Linux

Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2007 - 01:36 PM |

Razer's Barracuda AC-1 sound card is aimed mostly at gamers, and has had difficulty making inroads against other, more famous, sound card manufacturers.  They may take a new turn in their strategy, the C-Media chip that they used has just become Linux compatible.  Over at Phoronix, they take a brief look at the interface, and tell you how to get this card working on your

Source: Phoronix

Power saving on the rack

Subject: Processors | September 14, 2007 - 12:04 PM |

AnandTech revisits low power server CPU lines, to see if Intel's Woodcrest or Clovertown cores offer a change in their previous ratings, which had AMD on top.  The cost offset of saving a few dozen watts cannot easily justify spending $50-$100 more a CPU.  One of their big questions is how well the move to quad core will help Intel's efficiency.

Source: AnandTech

X38 is almost here

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 14, 2007 - 11:53 AM |

AMD's new chipset release will have some brand new competition from Intel to match it, the X38 will be available soon.  According to DigiTimes, that Intel chipset won't be long for the world, as the X48 is on schedule to arrive sometime in the next 4 to 6 months. 

Source: Digitimes

Illuminating power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 13, 2007 - 05:37 PM |

Kingwin's Mach 1 800W PSU has 4 12V rails, a pair at 18A, one 20A and a 22A, proving that it is capable of living up to it's SLI Ready status.  OCIA was torn about their favourite part to this PSU, whether the fact that the 12V rail never varied from 12.01, or the plethora of blue LEDs that shine from everywhere.

Source: OCIA

Diamond's back, with the 1GB HD 2900XT

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 13, 2007 - 02:55 PM |

This card runs at the stock 742MHz on the GPU, and a nice 2000MHz for the memory.  X-bit Labs picked up a pair for a big SLI versus CrossFire showdown, with both DX9 and DX10 being tested.  The testing reveals some interesting performance characteristics, as well as highlighting serious differences in the way games use nVIDIA versus ATI and dual graphics setups.  The oddest benchmark would have to be Neverwinter Nights 2, where the Radeon performs better at 2560x1600 than it does at 1920x

Source: X-Bit Labs

Revisiting Solid State Drives

Subject: Storage | September 13, 2007 - 01:58 PM |

Super Talent's new SSD drive offers 128GB of storage, a significant increase in size from the first SSDs to hit the market, as well as cost.  They estimate ~$4600, though I guess that is cheaper than 128GB of RAM.  When The Tech Report did their testing, they proved that the drives technology has come a long way from the first batch, and it's random access times are awe inspiring.  Unfortunately, the drive cannot perform that well for all of the tests.

NewEgg has a special coming up

Subject: Memory | September 13, 2007 - 01:46 PM |

The special doesn't start until after next week, so we will remind you when it comes up.

Part #: NE2KIT12864BL804

$79 to $89 after rebate
- Limited Supplies only.

Type 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM - SLI-Ready
High Performance or Gaming Memory
2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
Cas Latency 4,
Timing 4-4-4-12

with Heat Spreader

Manufacturer Warranty
Parts Lifetime limited; Labor Lifetime limited

Source: newegg

Sticking to your mod

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 13, 2007 - 11:56 AM |

Madshrimps looks at a pair of products that will help any addicted modder from killing their PC or having to redo the mod several times over the life of their PC.  The adhesive thermal pads perform about the same as other brands of thermally conductive double sided tape, but they stick much better.  No longer do you have to reseat all of your heatsinks if you nudge your PC, these pads will hold up a dangling 500g heatsink.  The protective core rubber cutouts prevent said 500g

Source: Madshrimps

AMD opens up it's silicon

Subject: General Tech | September 13, 2007 - 11:40 AM |

As they have been talking about, AMD has released the specs of it's GPUs ... or at least some of them.  The Inquirer has links to where you can find the huge document (over 900 pages in a pdf), so you can get going on figuring out how to get the register to listen to Linux and other open source OSes.  It will probably also cure insomnia in all but the most dedicated creators of Open Source drivers.

Source: The Inquirer

The re-rebirth of the iPod

Subject: General Tech | September 12, 2007 - 04:46 PM |

The next generation of iPods is here, including the phoneless iPhone called the iPod Touch.  The UI is also new, undergoing some serious changes and adding a few new features as well as removing a popular feature allowing you to output to a TV.  Read on at Ars Technica ... if you can stand the excitement.

Source: Ars Technica

HD ThinkPad

Subject: Mobile | September 12, 2007 - 02:59 PM |

Lenovo's new ThinkPad T61p sports a 15.4" display, which is nothing interesting, but the display goes to 1920x1200, which is.  Driving that is a QuadroFX 570M with 256MB, so you won;t be gaming, but your multimedia will look great.  You should see what other features Digital Trends uncovered in this Santa Rosa based notebook.

"The T61p is a very capable and powerful notebook that should be on any cubicle jockey or road warrior's wish list."

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A little bigger peak at the X38A

Subject: Motherboards | September 12, 2007 - 01:56 PM |

... but still no benchmarks!   Hardware Zone has a preview of the Foxconn X38A board, with a good look at the board and the features it will sport.  The northbridge cooling solution is rather unique, but it doesn't seem likely that too many people will be suffering from overheating, at least in that particular area.

Strap on your parachute

Subject: General Tech | September 12, 2007 - 12:28 PM |

The newest Medal of Honor is called Airborne, and Legion Hardware got a pre-release copy.  It departs from the previous games by starting each mission with you jumping out of a plane and picking your own landing spot.  This gives you tremendous flexibility in how you want to approach each mission, instead of placing you on rails.  It shares a lot with Operation Flashpoint and Armed Assault in that regard.

One DDoS to go, and a side order of fries

Subject: General Tech | September 12, 2007 - 12:05 PM |

It looks like one of the purposes that the ever growing zombie hoards that follow the bidding of the creator of the Storm worm is becoming clear.  Ready to order DDoS attacks.  According to this story on Ars Technica, the current target is SpamNation, but they are not the only ones suffering from attacks.

Source: Ars Technica