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Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2008 - 05:07 PM | Ryan Shrout
I guess it had to happen; Microsoft officially announced the end of the Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive. Too bad we found it to be the best and most practical HD content drive during the entire format war; you could even use it on your PC for HD playback if you wanted. Well, if you still want one, apparently places like Amazon and Best Buy are just giving them away. Just be sure you realize the format is, well, DEAD.
Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2008 - 04:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are not familiar with application virtualization,
you are not alone. As with many IT solutions that are offered by multiple vendors, the definition changes depending on who you are talking to. At it's very core, the idea is to be able to distribute complete programs in such a way that they are self contained and need no installation, as well as ensuring the program runs with an isolation layer between it and the OS preventing any opportunity the program might have to damage the OS. AnandTech can
Subject: Memory | February 25, 2008 - 04:53 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you were curious what Fred Weber is up to these days, as the former CTO of AMD, look no further than to a company called MetaRam that is promising 4x the current capacity of memory modules with little to no price hike or performance penalty. According to this engadget post, MetaRam "uses a specialized "MetaSDRAM" chipset that effectively bonds and
addresses four cheap 1Gb DRAM chips as one, tricking any machine's
memory controller into using it as a 4x capacity DIMM."
Subject: Processors | February 25, 2008 - 04:40 PM | Ryan Shrout
Information has hit the web courtesy of some clumsy IT at Sun Microsystems that shows Intel's plans for a 6-core (or Hexa-core) processors based on the existing Penryn core. Codenamed the "Dunnington", perhaps in a nod to what they are hoping AMD will be after its release (get it, "done"-ington?), the CPU will feature three seperate dies each with their own dual-core setup and each with their own 3MB of L2 cache. All six cores will then share in a 16MB portion of L3 cache, setting up a cache hierarchy much like that of AMD's Barcelona CPUs.
Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2008 - 10:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Comcast has picked up a bad rep recently, due to their nice habit of package inspection and throttling back Bittorrent traffic ... on the other hand, look at the speeds you can get from their connections! If you are a Folder then drop by this thread, one of our members has done a lot of research on how to get the most out of his machine.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 22, 2008 - 09:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MVKTECH.NET has two ways for you to make or break your brand new 9600GT. The first, and possibly slightly less dangerous is the new version of the nVIDIA BIOS Editor, which will let you tweak any possible setting. The second tool is nVIDIA's nvFlash, which will let you update firmware, as well as backing up your current BIOS, just in case your tweaking goes a bit too far.
Subject: Mobile | February 22, 2008 - 07:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When Phoronix spends a day in the snow sledding on the Otterbox 7030, and the ThinkPad R52 that was inside it, and the thing still works in the evening, you know they've got a good product. Head on over to watch the videos of this protective case in action, and some of you can marvel at the ground being covered in the white stuff.
Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2008 - 05:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tritton Technologies TRITTON AX51 5.1 headphones came very close to deafening a reviewer at Motherboards.org. The sound they produce is proper 5.1 surround, assuming you plug it into a sound card that can send the proper signal, and there is no problem with the sound being weak or of bad quality. If you like watching movies, playing games or listening to music, and have someone around that doesn't always appreciate your preferred
Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2008 - 04:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
boingboing linked to a story about an interesting property of DRAM, and what it means for your security. With some ingenuity and quick reflexes it is possible to beat disk encryption, and not just on Windows. There are several links to videos and papers covering this attack process.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 22, 2008 - 04:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan - February 22, 2008 - Since its introduction, Cooler Master's COSMOS PC Chassis has garnering numerous awards and accolades around the world. Today, the best just got better as Cooler Master unleashes the COSMOS S Chassis, featuring a new racing design, a touch-sensitive panel, and a gamut of user-friendly features, the COSMOS S is the evolution of the ultimate PC enclosure.
Subject: Memory | February 22, 2008 - 04:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CA - February 21, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced two new Reaper HPC solutions for enthusiasts upgrading to next generation of cutting-edge platforms.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2008 - 07:45 PM | Ryan Shrout
By now you have surely seen the NVIDIA 9600 GT release today - our review of it is easy to find on the site: right here. But not to be outdone, Asus has also sent in a new 9600 GT part for us to play with: the Asus EN9600GT.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2008 - 07:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Brea, California and Munich, Germany - February 21, 2008 - EVGA, a market leader and premier provider of high-performance graphics solutions and motherboards today announced a new Price/Performance DirectX 10 card, the EVGA e-GeForce 9600 GT Family.
Subject: Storage | February 21, 2008 - 07:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The OCZ 64GB SATA 2.5" Solid State Drive runs about $1100, which is about 2/3 the current pricing for SSDs you will see from other manufacturers; even better is the fact that you can actually buy this drive. As you might expect, the random access times are tiny, running about 0.23ms; not the fastest, but certainly better than platter based HDD.
Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2008 - 06:51 PM | Ryan Shrout
I have been toying with running a copy of Mac OS X Leopard on the PC recently and I have to say that after getting over the initial installation issues, it seems to have worked pretty well. The disc basic tricks the OS into thinking it is running on Apple hardware, so while its not exactly 100% legal, it's fun to play around with.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2008 - 05:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Pay attention to the P ... this article at AnandTech is not a review of CrossfireX, it is a very limited preview with restrictions on the platform they were to use to do the testing, as well as the software they were allowed to test. On the other hand, seeing what two Radeon HD 3870 X2 cards can do is a bit of a treat. Head over and see what having 3 or 4 GPUs does to gaming performance.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2008 - 05:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
G94 is here, with the introduction of the 9600GT, and it is a chip refresh like we saw in the good old days. The performance gains are not like we have been used to seeing between refreshes recently, when you had to squint to be able to make out the performance improvements. As the graphs at [H]ard|OCP show, this new GT blows the 8600GT out of the water, and it takes out the HD3850 and 3870 easily as well. It is also nice to see that 8800GT owners will not be upset either, as the newcomers performance is still below the 8800GT's performance.
Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2008 - 04:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Digitimes has heard from an unspecified source that ASUS has placed a large order of Sempron chips from AMD, possibly as many as one million chips. This rumour has started a large ball rolling, spawning speculation that the ASUS Eee will not continue to be an Intel only platform, in the future it is possible we may see some Eee's with AMD inside. Others think that is unlikely, as Intel has a long history of threatening to stop supplying chips to manufacturers for a variety of reasons, up to and inclu
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 20, 2008 - 10:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's the b-Tarantula 650 Watt PSU of course! It has a pair of 20 amp 12V rails, an oversized cooling fan and a different take on modular cabling. When Modders-Inc threw a pair of XFX 8800GTS 320MB cards in; the system was drinking up to 410W and the rails stayed nice and level. The biggest drawback to this PSU that I can see is that I can't find it for sale anywhere.