Snakes have fins?

Subject: Memory | May 20, 2008 - 03:05 PM |
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Patriot's new 2GB DDR3 kit is called the Viper Fin PC3-15000, and runs at 1866MHz with 8-8-8-24 timings.  Hardware Zone was rather impressed by the new cooling solution, it wasn't even warm to the touch at 2.5V!  A little tweaking and by relaxing the timings just a little, to 9-9-9-28 and bumping the voltage up to 1.9V, they hit 2000MHz.

Quiet, we're trying to game here

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 20, 2008 - 01:50 PM |
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The passively cooled ASUS EN9600GT Silent offers a way to get good performance at the $150 range, without the noise of it's actively cooled relation.  [H]ard|OCP considers this card a great value, considering you are getting the performance of an 8800GT for less.  Don't expect lower temps or a great overclock from this ca
Source: [H]ard|OCP

Mmmmm ... audio

Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2008 - 12:58 PM |
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M-Audio may seem like a no-name brand to many PC gamers, but anyone who has done anything related to the audio trade will recognize the name right off the bat.  These M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 speakers will give you a sound that goes a bit beyond what you might expect with a desktop speaker system, as they have a rather impressive response.  Check out the full spec

Source: ModSynergy

Remote hardware molestation

Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2008 - 12:30 PM |
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A new type of attack has been theoretically identified, dubbed a Permanent Denial of Service (PDOS). By taking advantage of remote firmware updates, an attacker could theoretically kill hardware using a tampered BIOS flash file.  If the hardware is set to automatically update it's firmware, which is the default setting in most cases, your server could be taken down until the hardware is replaced.  You can get more info by following the link at Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot

Corsair DOMINATOR Hits 2462MHz - Sets Memory Frequency World Record

Subject: Memory | May 19, 2008 - 06:42 PM |
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Fremont, CA, May 20, 2008 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, announced today that Corsair Labs has set the world record for the highest achieved DDR3 frequency.

Verified and validated by CPU-Z, Corsair Labs achieved an astounding speed of 2462MHz at CL=9 with a single-rank 1GB module. This new world record eclipses all previous CPU-Z validated memory benchmarks. This record was set using Corsair's award winning DOMINATOR DDR3 memory module paired with an Asus P5E3 Premium motherboard based on the Intel X48 chipset.

Room to grow

Subject: Motherboards | May 19, 2008 - 04:52 PM |
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The Gigabyte EP45-DQ6 has an almost obscene amount of connectors, from 10 SATA ports to four PCIe based Realtek 8111C Gigabit LAN ports and triple RAID.  It's not ready for retail yet, but you can see this incredible board at Hardware Zone.

Tough enough?

Subject: Mobile | May 19, 2008 - 04:42 PM |
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In what has to be one of the most fun to do reviews ever, Slashdot has linked to a durability test of three ruggedized notebooks.  All three are 810F-compliant systems, one each from General Dynamics Itronix, Getac and Panasonic, which get frozen, broiled and drowned, among other things.  Check the videos by following the link.

Source: Slashdot

GreenPower gets bigger

Subject: Storage | May 19, 2008 - 04:24 PM |
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Western Digital extended their Caviar lineup to include the GreenPower series.  Costing a bit more, but with various powersaving enhancements inside, they were mostly aimed at the enterprise level.  The powersaving technologies did slow the performance a bit, something most enthusiasts would never accept.  OCIA's testing of the Western Digital Cavia

Source: OCIA

1000 very quiet watts

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 19, 2008 - 04:12 PM |
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If you happen to have an odd mix of priorities, and desire a PSU with sic 12V lines totaling 960W and want the PSU to produce barely any noise, the Zalman ZM1000-HP was built for you.  SPCR's tests showed that not only does it perform more quietly than anything similar that they've tested, it is more efficient as well.  It also has some seriously stable lines.

AMD's got game?

Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2008 - 03:54 PM |
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AMD is working at redesigning
the way people buy games with their AMD GAME! program.  The basic idea is that games will come with a logo, either AMD GAME! Ultra or AMD GAME!, the AMD GAME! Ultra should be playable at 1600 x 1200, default settings at above 30 fps, the non-Ultra at 1280 x 1024, as long as your system matches their defined requirements.  Anandtech takes a look at this initiative, and shows some of the promo slides.

Source: AnandTech

1-year Anniversary of a Blog Post

Subject: Editorial | May 19, 2008 - 12:55 AM |
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I had a couple of people remind me that it had been just about year since my last "blog" post.  Well, rather than let it lapse completely, I'll make this post.

You can STILL hear from me though by keeping up to date on our bi-monthly podcast or by following me on Twitter.  Both will give you a mix of personal and professional (website) information so you can keep up with what is going on behind the scenes. 

ASUS Eee PC 901 no longer getting WiMax

Subject: Mobile | May 19, 2008 - 12:48 AM |
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This seems more to be a blow towards WiMax than anything else, but according to this report the upcoming Atom-based ASUS Eee PC 901 machine will no longer come with WiMax support built-in but will instead be an option only for contract customers. 

Source: Digitimes

ASUS versus Gigabyte: The Kids Come Out to Play

Subject: Motherboards | May 16, 2008 - 06:00 PM |
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While we are very used to seeing bickering between companies like NVIDIA and ATI, AMD and Intel and Microsoft and Sony, one segment of the PC market that has been surprisingly quiet over the years has been the manufacturing vendors like MSI, ASUS and Gigabyte.  Well that all seems to be behind us now as a "day time melo-drama" of sorts has broken out between two companies that were at one point last on the brink of merging. 

Give early, give often

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2008 - 05:29 PM |
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One of our members has found some information about the upcoming nVIDIA GT200 graphics family.  Drop by the thread to see what people think of their decision to go with a 512 bit bus, and take a peek at what the new nVIDIA drivers have fixed in this oneOver in the audio forum, help investigate an odd hum emanating from
a Vista system using the onboa

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The best 5 out of ... a lot

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 16, 2008 - 04:53 PM |
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Dozens of companies with dozens of models ... it's gross!  Just about every major PC component manufacturer has at least one cooler for sale, which can have a mix of the features currently touted as the solution to your heat problems.  There are ones designed for silence, and those designed for extreme overclocking, with a huge range of products in between.  Frosty Tech has picked their top air cooled heatsinks from those available, see which ones took top seat.

Source: Frosty Tech

AMD's new mid-range monster

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 16, 2008 - 04:41 PM |
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Ryan has just finished his review of the ASUS Radeon HD 3850 X2 1GB, a nicely powerful new midrange card.  The extra memory won't help you at lower resolutions, but the bump in performance from a single HD 3870 is very welcome.  If only the price can fall in line with this cards competitor, the 9800 GTX.

What's been hiding in the hawthorne

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2008 - 04:30 PM |
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Virtual-Hideout got a look at some of the serious Intel hardware being shown off at the Hawthorn Farm Campus.  Skulltrail and Bonetrail 2, and a really impressive looking cooler are just some of what they saw.  Check out all their pictures.

Thermaltake: PW 850i Opens a New Era for Internal Liquid Cooling Systems

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 16, 2008 - 04:12 PM |
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Los Angeles, CA - May 2008. The internal DIY liquid cooling system has always been the top choice of gamers worldwide. To fulfill the heavy demands of these players, Thermaltake is launching a brand new series of DIY liquid cooling systems, the ProWater Series, and the first model to be introduced is the new "PW850i" that incorporates the latest production techniques and technology of the internal liquid cooling segment.

Source: Thermaltake

... with frickin' laser beams

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2008 - 02:59 AM |
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That standard of science fiction and precursor to useful fiber optics, properly known as the "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation" was first fired off today.  If you haven't seen it yet, Google has honoured Theodore Maiman's ground breaking research in optics (or Gordon Gould's), some of the most important work in information technology since Babbage or Hopper.

Still no word on shark compatible platforms.

Extra storage space, and cheats

Subject: Storage | May 15, 2008 - 05:39 PM |
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The Lexar Gaming Edition 2GB SD Card and 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo is for console gamers looking for some extra space and a few cheats tossed in as a bonus.  They will work with the PS3 and Wii, and with the Xploder Lite software you can even get some save games for a few popular titles.  Check it out at Red & Blackness Mods.