It's Turbo time

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 4, 2007 - 02:37 PM |

Push the button and it goes faster, or at least that is the theory behind MSI's NX8600GT Twin Turbo.  Hardware Zone reviews the card, at the normal speeds and with the Turbo button pushed.  There is definitely a difference in performance, mostly thanks to the overclocking of the stream processors, but it does leave me with a question.  Who is going to buy this card and not push the Turbo button?

10 watts on the dollar

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 4, 2007 - 01:37 PM |

[H]ard|OCP has tested 5 PSUs that are all in the $50 range.  You will recognize the manufacturers names, but the wattages may seem a little low compared to the majority of PSU reviews you have seen lately.  This does give you a very handy tool in picking up a cheap PSU for a low budget system that will still do what you need and not let you down.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Tested to destruction ... and beyond

Subject: Storage | October 4, 2007 - 12:39 PM |

Not content with running over the Corsair Survivor with a car, or drowning it, or subjecting it to sniper fire, and various other devious and deviant tests of durability, HEXUS has crossed a line.

They ran over the Survivor with this.

Don't try that at home

Source: Hexus

A little something to consider

Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2007 - 12:14 PM |

Folding@Home has run on about 2 million CPUs, and actively runs on 200,000, not counting PS3s.  The math gets a little fuzzy when you are calculating FLOPS, but it is likely that they really have, at some point, broken the TeraFLOP milestone.

Storm, the wonderful little infection that has been stealthily been having fun romping through the internet, and possibly your computer, has infected between 1 to 50 MILLION PCs!  When the creators figure out what that missing step between Step 1 and Step 3 is, you will likely wish that they were just stealing underpants.

Source: Wired News

ASUS sounds out a new market

Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2007 - 03:14 PM |

While we have been seeing some nice onboard audio solutions on ASUS motherboards for a while now, we haven't seen an actual discreet soundcard.  This changes with the introduction of the Xonar D2 soundcard, which houses an incredible amount of features and outputs.  Elite Bastards gave the card, and the bundle it came with a try, check out

1.8GHz of blazing DDR3

Subject: Memory | October 3, 2007 - 02:39 PM |

Neoseeker has posted a review of the fastest RAM I have ever seen benchmarked, at least once overclocked.  OCZ's Platinum DDR3 PC3-14400 (1800MHz) @ 8-8-8-27 has been relabeled to 8-8-8-24, but they reviewed it at the higher latency, and managed to get a bit of an overclock without relaxing them further.  Too bad it is also the most expensive RAM I have seen as

Source: Neoseeker

OCZ Announces the Highly-Anticipated PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1200

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 3, 2007 - 02:23 PM |

Sunnyvale, Calif. - October 3, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance memory and PC components, today announced the release of the Turbo-Cool 1200 power supply from PC Power & Cooling.

Thanks to the delay, you can only play Crysis vicariously

Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2007 - 12:15 PM |

Gamehelper has done fans awaiting the release of Crysis ... demo or full ... a favour and a disservice.  Their nice side has given us some screenshots and some idea of what the mulitplayer game will be like, but I can't help but think they are taunting those of us who couldn't get into the limited beta test.

Source: Gamehelper

Is AMD injecting steroids in Barcelona

Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2007 - 11:40 AM |

It looks like the disappointment that many felt when the clock speeds of AMD's Barcelona chips may be short lived.   The Inquirer is tracking and verifying rumours that the server line of Barcelona processors will scale up to 2.6 GHz.  Considering that the when the parts were first announced, every single 65nm chip was clocked under 2GHz, this is good news for AMD and enthusiasts.

Source: The Inquirer

Thermaltake Xaser VI and Armor+ specification reveals!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 2, 2007 - 06:50 PM |

After the release of Thermaltake XaserVI and Armor+ sneak preview video on YouTube, 20,000 enthusiasts have watched the video and provided many positive feedbacks from all over the world.  Everyone is excited about the cases and waiting anxiously for them to be available in the market, at the same time, wanting to know all the great features underneath their beauty.  Therefore, Thermaltake is revealing the specifications of XaserVi and Armor+ to satisfy everyone’s curiosity.

Source: Thermaltake

22" LCD roundup

Subject: Displays | October 2, 2007 - 02:35 PM |

If you are in the market to get a mid sized LCD monitor, then give a little time to ExtremeTech and get some shopping ideas in return.  The monitors range in price from $200 to $400, and the quality is widely varied as well, one monitor managed 8/10 while another struggled to hit 4/10.  Don't just assume that their rating scale matches yours though, extras like an iPod dock may be a negative in your opinion.

Source: Extremetech

ASUS goes to the circus

Subject: Motherboards | October 2, 2007 - 01:36 PM |

TweakTown managed to get a sneak preview of the two X38 board that ASUS is working on, the Maximus.  It will come in two flavours, just like the P35 Blitz series did.  Some of the nicer features include 2 full x16 PCI Express 2.0 slots, and a third that can be used, although it will cause the second 16x to reduce to 8x and give the other 8x to that 3rd slot.  There is also an new and interesting feature called Express Gate, a 512MB flash drive soldered onto the motherboard that runs a compact version of

Source: TweakTown

So much for carbon black cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 2, 2007 - 12:08 PM |

It looks like the title of new miracle cure for heat has passed by carbon black.  It has taken too long in development, and is only used to a limited extent in thermal pads and grease.  A newish form of carbon, the nano-tube looks to be the next contender.  When [H]ard|OCP refers to them as 'forests', they are bang on ...

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Cutting it a little close to Christmas

Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2007 - 11:54 AM |

The good news is that AMD will be launching a new series of graphics cards in the very near future ... the bad news is that the chip won't go into mass production until November, so it is unlikely we will see the cards using the new chips until 2008.  You can see that the specs that DigiTimes quotes offer some hope for performance improvements, but AMD is sticking with it's usual response to people publishing info on unreleased parts ... silence.

Source: Digitimes

I swear, it's not an iMac

Subject: Systems | October 1, 2007 - 05:47 PM |

Gateway's One looks a bit like an iMac, with the system contained in the screen.  Thankfully, it is more like the new one, with a nice flat panel.  That is where the similarities stop, other than the design, it is pure PC.  The Techgage article has pictures of the machine, both inside and out, so go on a take a look ...  you know you are curious.


High frequency 2600XT

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 1, 2007 - 02:40 PM |

MSI's RX2600XT Diamond has overclocked the reference 2600XT to
850MHz and 2.3GHz, a gain of 50MHz and 100MHz respectively.  One of the benefits that [H]ard|OCP noticed is that the cooler from MSI is significantly better than the stock one supplied with other 2600XTs but the ATI Overdrive will still put a ceiling on the overclock.  Check out the fastest ou

Source: [H]ard|OCP

If Dvorak couldn't do it ...

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2007 - 01:41 PM |

Then it's unlikely an alphabetized keyboard will either, but then again, you never know.  At Hardware Logic, you can get a look at the New Standard NSK 535R, which may help out with hunt and peck style typing, especially with the inclusion of the numpad as alternate key functions, on both sides of the alphabet.  It is definitely a unique way to set up a keyboard, but you will want to peruse the full review at HardwareLogic before you run out and buy one.

New chips on Remembrance Day

Subject: Processors | October 1, 2007 - 12:18 PM |

TechARP has a quick look at the 9000 series of Quads and Duos that Intel will be releasing November 11th.  With the smaller process comes higher speeds.  It looks like we will be waiting until January for dual-core Wolfdales, which will be labeled as the 8000 series, and will arrive in time to counter the triple cored Barcelona chips that should be appearing at roughly the same time.

Source: Tech ARP

A new PC input type has surfaced

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2007 - 12:01 PM |

We know a bit about Coffee Table:Evolved! Star Trek Edition ...

Source: Ars Technica

Give yourself a systemic boost with a little help from our forums

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2007 - 06:14 PM |

The quiet release of the AMD 5000 Black Edition has not gone unnoticed on the forums, with a few members wondering if the overclocking potential is going to be as good as AMD implies.   If it is, it may make the choices you have to make when building a system easier, and may mean you can save a bit on the cooling system as well.