Penryn, 45nm cometh

Subject: Processors | October 29, 2007 - 01:12 PM |

Today we see the actual performance of the second version of the Core architecture, the shrinkage of the process and a sharp spike in price.  [H]ard|OCP has benchmarked the QX9650 processor, then overclocked it and benchmarked it again.

There is no shortage of news on this new processor, including Ryan's look, which you must read.  Find it at the top of the page.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The evolution of a kernel

Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2007 - 12:00 PM |

Phoronix has taken a look back at the 12 most recent major kernel changes to Linux and benchmarks them to see how the changes have effected the speed of the OS.  They are planning on extending this series to cover more features and additions to the OS that have been added more recently, like virtualization.

Source: Phoronix


Subject: Graphics Cards | October 29, 2007 - 11:40 AM |

Lake Forest, IL - (October 29, 2007) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT OC 512MB PCI Express 2.0 graphics card for a suggested retail price of $299 USD.

Make the most of your fellow members knowledge

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2007 - 06:16 PM |

With 500GB drives (and bigger) becoming cheap and easy to obtain, isn't it time you did something about your CD collection?  It's dusty, takes up a whole lotta room and their getting scratched, so follow the instructions and make sure you can torment your future offspring with all the music you love.  Sometimes CDs can be handy though, like when you have a machine you know is infected, and you need some way to scan it without star


Quad core anyone?

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2007 - 03:19 PM |

As the release date gets closer, more info about Crysis has appeared.  We now know that the CPU will have a big impact on the overall performance of the game, and that the game will be able to utilize 4GB of RAM or more.  Keep your eyes peeled for more on this game as it develops.

Source: The Inquirer

Cool new headphones

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2007 - 03:08 PM |

Zalman's new product lacks everything you would expect it to have.  No heatpipes, no fans, and certainly no noise reduction.  Zalman's ZM-RS6F USB are a set of studio style headphones with a built in sound card, which Driver Heaven really liked.  They even try to do 5.1 sound, although it lacks quality with some tweaking.


Kingwin finds a power up

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 26, 2007 - 02:28 PM |

Kingwin has produced a first for them, the ABT-800MA1S Mach 1 800w power supply.  That doesn't mean that [H]ard|OCP will go easy on it though, they put it through the same tests the other PSUs go through.  As it turns out, it is a great first try, with some reservations.

Source: [H]ard|OCP


Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2007 - 01:41 PM |

PC gamers will soon be able to play the most advanced video game ever
created. The Crysis demo - available tomorrow from - includes
the complete first level of the game, representing about 45 minutes of

  • Crysis was developed on NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series graphics
Source: NVIDIA

nVIDIA plans to invade the mobile market

Subject: Mobile | October 26, 2007 - 11:49 AM |

According to discussions Ars Technica has had with nVIDIA, the GPU maker is working on developing mobile versions of their graphic processors to be used in phones.  Instead of relying strictly on gamers, they want to be the ones to supply the hardware that people use to watch YouTube or stream video with on their smart phones.  It isn't as easy as just jumping in and making chips though, so read on to explore the implications of choosing ARM over x86, and what their competition

Source: Ars Technica

The Sysadmin's new best friend

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2007 - 11:38 AM |

Dragon Steel Mods reviews a hand held, USB or battery powered paper shredder; something you will probably see appearing on many desks, or counterbalancing a sysadmin's other tool on their belt.  No longer will paperwork be the bane of your existence and memos will be a thing of the past when you can just destroy the evidence in no time at all.   If only they would build one big enou

OCZ Technology Group Acquires Renowned System Builder, Hypersonic PC

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2007 - 05:36 PM |

Sunnyvale, Calif. - October 25, 2007 - OCZ today announced immediate plans to bring Hypersonic PC into the OCZ Technology Group. Known primarily as the worldwide leader in innovative, high-performance computer memory and power supply units, OCZ acquired Hypersonic PC to employ their rich expertise in high-end system building and take the organization and mobile gaming to the next level.

A bed of nails for your graphics card

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 25, 2007 - 02:32 PM |

Zalman's ZM-RHS88 Heatsink bears more than a passing resemblance to an aluminium hedgehog, though the  VF1000 LED GPU
has a more usual look to it. 

Source: BCCHardware

A new mouse in the house

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2007 - 01:40 PM |

Hades is a brand new name in mice, and their first attempt is the H1 3200dpi Optical Gaming Mouse.  The stats look impressive, from the ability change the optical sensor's settings to it's gold plated USB connectors.  OCMODSHOP takes a close look at this mouse to see how it compares to the bigger players like Logitech and Razer.


Intel Opens First High-Volume 45nm Microprocessor Manufacturing Factory

Subject: Processors | October 25, 2007 - 01:21 PM |

CHANDLER, Ariz., Oct. 25, 2007 - Production of a new generation of microprocessors for PCs, laptops, servers and other computing devices officially began today inside of Intel Corporation's first high-volume 45 nanometer (nm) manufacturing factory in Chandler, Ariz.

Lower middle class motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | October 25, 2007 - 12:17 PM |

Source: TweakTown

A memory for malfeasance

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2007 - 12:06 PM |

Remember hearing about the various patent infringements, anti-trust violations and price-fixing schemes that many big memory manufacturers were found guilty of?  Did you hope that these decisions might end with you having a bit of money back in your pocket?  AnandTech takes a look at the more recent rulings, and covers why there is a good chance you don't even qualify to be involved in the class action suit.

Source: AnandTech

Smoothing out your experiences with Vista

Subject: Memory | October 24, 2007 - 05:26 PM |

Tech Spot has put together a guide on tweaking memory settings in Vista.  They take you on a guided tour of the registry, and the keys that can be altered to get Vista running a bit better.  They don't limit the tweaks to the memory subsystem either, you will see ways to change your page file and the way your HDDs work.

Source: Tech Spot

The opposite of SFF

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 24, 2007 - 02:51 PM |

If you aren't a fan of SFF PC's, then the recent release of AMD's DTX form factor probably doesn't excite you too much.  For fans of larger systems, like Extended ATX, why not check out the Cooler Master Cosmos 1000The Tech Report found this quiet giant (37lbs!) to have more than enough space to fit any system you could want to build and looks stylish at the same time.

Big, bright and rugged

Subject: Storage | October 24, 2007 - 01:51 PM |

Legion Hardware looks at OCZ's ruggedized flash drives, which could probably also be used to signal planes from the ground.  I suppose that if you are taking your flash drive diving or offroading, then it is useful to be able to spot the things from a half mile away.  They reviewed both the 4GB and 8GB models, but currently only the 4GB model shows up on Pricegrabber.

How good does your Strogg look

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2007 - 12:21 PM |

[H]ard|OCP rounds up the usual graphics subjects and pits them against the Megatextures and foliage smoothing in Quake Wars.  As it turns out, even with the graphics settings maxed out, the 8800GTS 320MB card has little problems delivering a smooth experience, and it just gets better from there.

Source: [H]ard|OCP