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. 


Everything you need, hold the extras

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 28, 2007 - 02:59 PM |

The Ultra X3 600 Modular PSU has everything you really need in a PSU, without going crazy on the extras ...

Intel Joins Bill Clinton's Global Initiative

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2007 - 02:33 PM |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 27, 2007 - Former President Bill Clinton announced today at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in New York that Intel Corporation will bring its landmark teacher training program online to help more than 1.5 million teachers in 15 countries learn how to best integrate technology into their lesson plans to help students learn.

The Zonbu is breaking all the rules

Subject: Mobile | September 28, 2007 - 01:30 PM |

For $99 you can get a Zonbu with a 2 year subscription to their online storage service, or $249 without.  As it only has 4GBs of flash memory onboard, the online storage can come in very handy, but that same fact keeps the power drain below 13W!  It comes pre-loaded with Gentoo Linux and FireFox, the Evolution mail client,, the Gimp and more.

Source: VIA Arena

Heatpipes Gone Wild!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 28, 2007 - 01:18 PM |

Heatpipes have grown up and aren't afraid to show it off.  They are exposing themselves all over the place, it's shameless really.  You can see all the pics over at Benchmark Reviews, with several brands of exposed heatpipe cooler, including the brand new OZC Vendetta.  It probably has something to do with them hanging out with Thermoele

Can't get enough of the IDF?

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2007 - 12:52 PM |

If reading through Ryan's articles and listening to the podcast just didn't satisfy your need to know more about what happened at the Intel Developers Forum, there is a solution.  The Inquirer has gathered together many links to Intel's Blog and other Intel sites that have almost the entire content from the IDF.  Get your info first hand.

Source: The Inquirer

Hot swapping made easy

Subject: Storage | September 27, 2007 - 05:16 PM |

SATA 2 makes your devices hot swappable, but seeing as how it is more likely that your SATA 2 drive is an internal HDD or optical storage drive, it isn't really very easy to open the case up to swap the drives around, even if your case offers tool-less mounting.  Vantec has been quick to take advantage of this, with their EZ Swap EX.  It is essentially a 5.25" adapter that fits into an empty bay in your case and a 3.5" cover into which your drive goes.  Easy as pie to hot swap your SATA drives now, although Driver Heave


Stealthy HTPC system and cooler

Subject: Systems | September 27, 2007 - 02:44 PM |

Check out the Antec Veris Fusion Black 430 Media Centre HTPC case and it's A/V cooler, which are up for review at OCC.  The case's design will look right at home in an entertainment center, and should have no problems fitting into a cabinet.  Antec has als

Three heads are better than one

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 27, 2007 - 01:29 PM |

If the DualHead2Go Digital Edition just doesn't offer you enough screen real estate to satisfy there is still hope.  Check out the TripleHead2Go Digital Edition.  On one end of the connector is a VGA, DVI and USB, and on the other are 3 clearly labeled DVI connectors.  Plug everything in while the PC is turned off, boot up, install the Matrox software and prepare to be amazed by Bioshock in 3840*1024.  Check out [H]ard|OCP's gallery of screens from many games all at that sa

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Foxconn declares war with their new P35 motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | September 27, 2007 - 01:05 PM |

AnandTech has published a full review of the Foxconn MARS P35 motherboard, touted as a high performance board with a value price.  The cooling system on the motherboard will keep the Northbridge happy for all but the most extreme overclocking, and should still give enough space around the socket to allow a large CPU heatsink.  The general overclocking settings in the BIOS gave them some problems, but once AnandTech got the hang of it, this turned into a board that is great for overclocking Quads. 

Source: AnandTech