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Subject: Storage | May 6, 2008 - 01:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Phoronix compared a pair of 4GB Secure Digital High Capacity cards, one from OCZ and one from Crucial. They used hdparm to compare performance, and each clocked in around 13MB/s, with the OCZ being a tiny bit faster. Since they both cost the same, and the performance difference is unnoticeable,
the lifetime warranty on the on the Crucial SDHC really stands out.
Subject: Motherboards | May 6, 2008 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP's take on the 780a based ASUS M3N-HT is that it needs a bit more work before it's ready for Prime Time. That is not to say this chipset and board do not show promise; they certainly do, but a bit more work needs to be done before this board can show off what it is capable of. As [H] will be getting a new BIOS later today, you can be guaranteed the ASUS BIOS team is hard at work trying to solve some of the issues mentioned in their article.
Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2008 - 11:38 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Well, not so good for those vendors who are stuck with plenty of P35 and X38 boards, Intel will be introducing the 4 series at Computex. Even worse news is that the Q45 and Q43 will be targeted directly at enterprise level customers, so resellers won't be able to sell them P35 boards as a way to try and recoup loses. On the other hand, what DigiTimes says is great news for the enthusiast; the PCI Express bug has been fixed and these boards should offer some nice performance.
Subject: Processors | May 5, 2008 - 06:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
May 5, 2008 - Intel Corporation, Samsung Electronics and TSMC today announced they have reached agreement on the need for industry-wide collaboration to target a transition to larger, 450mm-sized wafers starting in 2012. The transition to larger wafers will enable continued growth of the semiconductor industry and helps maintain a reasonable cost structure for future integrated circuit manufacturing and applications.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 5, 2008 - 06:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Cooler Master Real Power M850 850W PSU has a lot going for it. It has six 12V lines, a power efficiency above 80% and produces just over 20dB of noise. You can also got your hands on it for less that $200, which belies the quality of power it supples; which is good, and the amount of modular cabling you get. techPowerUp has no problems recommending it, but they are confused by the same thing I am ...
Subject: Motherboards | May 5, 2008 - 02:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The motherboard market has gone through some big changes in the last few quarters. We have seen entire chipsets appear and hit end of life (officially or unofficially) for both AMD and Intel processors. The newer chipsets do offer some new features, but the releases just haven't been as awe inspiring as even a few years ago when chipsets lived a lot longer, and the next installment had huge benefits. The latest nVIDIA chipset is up for a preview at HEXUS, the 780a and they even have a board to show
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 5, 2008 - 01:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan just finished reviewing the EVGA UV Plus+, an external graphics adaptor with a nice look and size. It is a little box that acts as a virtual GPU, even to the point of having DDR memory on board. It can't really handle Crysis, but it has no problems display the Vista Aero interface, so it does have at least some power inside it. It will also support up to seven displays, making it far more handy for those users who need to have enormous amounts of screen real estate.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 5, 2008 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not everyone wants or needs a heatsink that stands 8" tall, or weighs two pounds. In some systems, it is absolutely overkill, and in others there is no way a large performance heatsink could fit. Overclocker's Club reviewed the Thermolab Micro Silencer, aimed at smaller systems or for those builders that want a cooler that can beat the Intel stock fan in performance, and do it quietly. There isn't really any room for overclocking, but that isn't everyones first plan when they get a
Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2008 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Wii style motion sensing may be the next big thing and an Israeli company called Prime Sense may be the ones to help push it out. The Inquirer looks at the technology behind this, a motion sensor that can sense human motion without the need to attach anything to that human, or having them wave a stick around. Gaming is certainly one application for this, but the company is also talking about replacing remote controls as well as getting into surveillance and
Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2008 - 05:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of the loudest discussions going on right now in the PC community and in our forums is about Creative. The volume of posts caused by Creative's reaction to Daniel_K's driver mod that managed to get XiFi cards working in Vista is large, and similar. The tone is one of indignation and a resolve to not buy Creative products, a decision made easier considering the frustration caused by the XiFi series.
Subject: Mobile | May 2, 2008 - 02:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
LapLogic Aerogel Extreme LapDesks are handy little pads filled with Aerogel that protect your lap from the heat coming off of your laptop. They won't help cool the notebook, and might even make it warmer, but you will be protected. I4U were also impressed by the surface, which did not let the laptop slide around at all, and it's made with Aerogel!
Subject: Displays | May 2, 2008 - 01:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for a nice big monitor, then AnandTech is the place to visit. They've gather five 24" widescreen LCDs, three are TN panels aimed at consumers and two are S-PVA panels which will appeal more to graphical designers. None of these panels are cheap, either in construction or in price, but gaming at 1920x1200 has some other steep entry requirements.
Subject: Processors | May 2, 2008 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Well, it turns out there is a major design flaw in the Intel Q9300 ... it can only hit a 500MHz FSB. Horribly disappointing, isn't it?
Head on over to see the final answer to the equation Q9300 + nVentiv Mach2 Phase-Change cooler + MADSHRIMPS = ...
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 2, 2008 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It has almost been a month since VIA announced their Strategic Open Source Driver initiative and Phoronix is unimpressed. So far there is a binary-only Chrome 9 driver for two distros ... and the webpage it's self. The forums aren't working and VIA seems to be planning to design it's own bug tracker, as opposed to using existing ones as AMD chose to do. Seems like they weren't quite ready to go live when they made the announcement.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 2, 2008 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
LOS ANGELES, CA - May 2008 - After the success of "Armor+ Series" engineers at Thermaltake has worked around the clock to improve and innovate another and better chassis. Armor+ Series was launched at Computex 2007 a super tower allowing consumer to fully utilize the advance graphic technology. Today Thermaltake announced a new member of the Armo+, "Armor+ MX" a middle tower chassis with countless advance features.
Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2008 - 05:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Five speaker systems are under review at ExtremeTech, Logitech's Z Cinema and G51, the Bose Computer MusicMonitor, Razer's Mako and the Boston Acoustics MM 226. Only the G51 is a 5.1 system, the others are a set of two, some coming with a subwoofer as well. None will make an audiophiles short list of speaker systems, but for a PC they cover a wide gamut of possible uses. Perhaps the most innovative design in the set is the Makos, which use Cat5 cable for their speaker connections.
Subject: Motherboards | May 1, 2008 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Asus Rampage Formula and Intel DX48BT2 are up for review at The Tech Report. Both are x48 chipset based, with the Rampage Formula using DDR2 and the Intel using the newer DDR3, offering a chance to compare the performance of RAM on similar chipsets.
Subject: Storage | May 1, 2008 - 01:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The GStor Wave bears a strong resemblance to a hip flask, and serves a similar purpose; to keep something important, but hard to carry around both close to you and safe. In this case, it stores bits, not booze; it still keeps your data safe from accidental droppage
or spillage. Hardware Zone's review takes a quick look at the 4 sizes and 5 colours th
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 1, 2008 - 12:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There have been a number of attempts to bring something new into the cooling business, like fans in PCI slots or on a flexible arm. Some sound great, but have yet to make an appearance, like carbon black thermal paste or nano-forests. The next contender is the Noise Limit SilentFlux CPU Cooler which uses a bubble pump to move liquid around in a self contained radiator and fan setup. [H]ard|OCP gave it a f
Subject: Systems | May 1, 2008 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dell has raised
the performance bar yet again with the launch of the XPS 730 H2C edition, a
premier gaming desktop that is one of the most advanced gaming platforms on the
support for optional quad-core processors, quad GPU graphics solutions and up
to four hard drives, the XPS 730 is more than ready to deliver an immersive
experience and ensure gamers pwn their opponents in the most demanding PC games available today.