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Subject: Storage | March 14, 2008 - 06:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Solid State Drives, ultra fast, ultra durable and super-duper mega-ultra expensive. So you could spend close to $20 per Gb, or you can build your own RAID array out of CF memory. The Guru of 3D did just that, and found that the performance was a bit low, lower than a standard IDE drive in most tests, but it is possible. Quiet, low power storage for about $2 per Gb
Subject: Mobile | March 14, 2008 - 06:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gaming notebooks are really benefiting from SLI, perhaps more so than PCs. Many PC cards can be overclocked, or have an oversized cooler slapped on them, and there is always liquid cooling and other arcane heat management techniques. With mobile platforms, the tolerances are much tighter and large internal cards are simply not an option. With SLI, there is a way to get more graphics power inside a small(ish) laptop, and let users have a good gaming experience. AnandTech has reviewed the
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 14, 2008 - 04:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sapphire's HD 3870 Toxic has Vapor-X cooling technology, which translates to "I can fully cool the card in a one slot form factor, but I will deafen you and your neighbours." 46.3dB is going to be noticeable, although it does work very well for a single slot cooler. The full review at techPowerUp! will let you see how it performs in your favourite games.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 13, 2008 - 07:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new hotness in cooling is selling your own thermal goop as well as heatsinks, as we have seen coolers like the Tuniq Tower and their bundled goop. OCZ is also getting in on the act, offering Freeze thermal compound along with the Vendetta CPU cooler. DriverHeaven tried them both out, and found one to be quite good;
Subject: Memory | March 13, 2008 - 06:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Going with the highest speed DDR3 you can find is an expensive proposal. Kingston's HyperX DDR3-1625 2GB Memory Kit isn't cheap by any means, but it does provide you with 1625MHz RAM and a low latency for a DDR3 module. Think Computers did find some issues when using this memory at full speed on X38 and P35 m
Subject: Motherboards | March 13, 2008 - 03:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Newest in the Republic of Gamers line of motherboards from ASUS is the X48 based Rampage Formula. One of the most noticeable features are the heatpipes and sinks on the motherboard itself, they are even bigger than what you would see on a 6/780i board. When you tie that effective cooling with some powerful overclocking features, you get performance that earns respect; as it did over at [H]ard|OCP. There is a darker side to the ROG series though; they are almost impossible
Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2008 - 03:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you somehow missed the interview Ryan posted yesterday, click over and read it or we will take your FPS license away. John Carmack, who is responsible for designing of the original mainstream FPS and is arguably the reason we all need to buy graphics cards spoke with Ryan about ray tracing and the future of graphics. They cover a lot of ground, and Ryan has picked up a lot of information about the future of graphics at id.
OCZ Technology Introduces High-Speed SATA II Solid State Drive to their High-Performance Mobile Solu
Subject: Storage | March 12, 2008 - 10:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CA - March 12, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled ultra-fast OCZ SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drives, a lightweight and efficient alternative to conventional hard disc drives. The OCZ SATA II drive is designed to stay abreast of the performance features of high-end notebooks, and is ideal for energy-efficient mobile computing.
Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2008 - 09:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Audiotrak Maya EX5 CE External 5.1 USB Surround Audio Solution seems odd at first, an external USB device built of see through plastic that can provide up to 7.1 channels of sound. It is all software controlled, which does mean there are less things to break on the device, but also makes it seem very plain. Digit Life has all the specs on this device, see if it sounds like something you could use.
Subject: Storage | March 12, 2008 - 08:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Terabyte harddrives are becoming more common, or else ExtremeTech would never be able to do a seven drive round up. Five of the drives have been reviewed previously, but they are adding two new drives. Read on to learn who the king of high capacity storage is! The review covers more than just speed, in today's world noise and power consumption are also very important.
Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2008 - 06:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hulu, which has been in beta for a while, is now available to the public. Currently it only works for the USA, but even with that limit, the ability to watch streaming movies and TV over the net is rather nice; they've even got some HD content. They've made it very similar to watching TV, as you can expect commercial interruptions during your viewing. Give it a try, you may find that the service they offer is free enough for you to enjoy using it.
Subject: Storage | March 12, 2008 - 06:24 PM | Ryan Shrout
It turns out that Intel is indeed going to be manufacturing and selling solid-state hard drives. The notebook drives (the article says "notebook and laptop drives" but I don't know the difference) will start at 80GB and go up to 160GB and should be available in Q2 of this year. No prices or anything on them yet.
Subject: Processors | March 12, 2008 - 05:52 PM | Ryan Shrout
The first B3 steppings of AMD's Opteron processors have finally made their way out into the hand of customers according to this report at Dailytech. There still isn't any word on when these will start shipping in volume or when the consumers will begin seeing B3 stepping Phenom processors or when we'll get clock speeds to ramp up competitiveness to Intel's parts.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 12, 2008 - 05:46 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to this report on VR-Zone their is a good chance that NVIDIA's next generation chip will be a die-shrunk version of the G92 architecture. The current G92 runs on a 65nm process as the 8800 GT and 8800 GTS 512MB cards and a 55nm revision would likely bring higher clocks and lower power - always a plus.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 12, 2008 - 05:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's deja vu all over again, nVIDIA is releasing a 'two cards in one' graphics card, and the initial results aren't encouraging. The performance isn't that much better, and the price is much higher. As The Inquirer points out, the price is actually in the same ball park as a 3870X2 AND a 3870. Three-way CrossfireX for the same price as single card SLI ... which would you go with?
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 12, 2008 - 05:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
Could a new graphics card from AMD that uses two HD 3850 GPUs instead of two HD 3870 GPUs be ready for Computex? That is one rumor that is circulating though the prospect is not as odd as it might first sound. Remember, the HD 3870 and HD 3850 are essentially the same GPU with different clock speeds and different memory configurations in most cases. It would be very easy for AMD to simply use two lower clocked GPUs and cut the memory in half to offer a po
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 12, 2008 - 05:11 PM | Ryan Shrout
An odd post over at Fudzilla is talking about the possibility that NVIDIA is going to be showing off some kind of benchmark that raises the question of which is more important: the CPU or the GPU. One can of course guess that the answer would be the GPU if NVIDIA is doing the promoting and apparently the discussion centers on comparing a low-end CPU with a high-end GPU versus a low-end GPU with a high-end CPU.
Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2008 - 04:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Perhaps if the developers of TimeShift had access to the suit that appears in their game, they could have had enough time to make improvements, or even go back to the beginning of the programming and redesign it completely. Gamepyre played the game, and found it to be mediocre, although certainly not bad. The problem for them lay in the time suit and how it was included, as well as some other niggling issues. It is only $30 to pick up, so perhaps the bar shouldn't be too high.
Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2008 - 04:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at [H]ard|OCP, they've linked to some rather disturbing news. Pacemakers are wirelessly hackable.
The only good news is it takes a team of experts and more than $30,000 worth of lab equipment a lot of effort to manage it, so there is little chance that a script-kiddy could download plans to modify a universal remote and do this themselves.