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Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 7, 2008 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thermaltake's Toughpower QFan 650w PSU is up on the bench at [H]ard|OCP. 650w is a very popular amount right now, being about the perfect spot to run a mid ranged gaming rig, with power to spare. The four 12v lines combine to a maximum of 52A, which puts SLI or Crossfire well within it's capabilities. The other feature that this PSU offers is the QFan, a specially designed 140mm fan that is supposed to reduce the n
Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2008 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica weighs in on what they think modular design will mean for Windows users in the future. Windows 7 is likely to be released as modules, according to several stories from Microsoft and other tech sites. As an accountant, the modular sales model would probably make a lot of sense, as you could probably sell a very basic package to a consumer who would never even consider paying $150 for an OS. As a user who wants everything may end up having to pay a lot more than they expected, and corporate IT structures would have a lot of decisions to make when they look at licen
Intel and LSI Collaborate to Redefine RAID Deployment on Intel-Based Server and Workstation Platform
Subject: Storage | April 7, 2008 - 10:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
STORAGE NETWORKING WORLD, Orlando, Fla., April 7, 2008 - Intel Corporation and LSI Corporation (NYSE: LSI) today announced a strategic multi-generation agreement to redefine how advanced RAID data protection is deployed on future Intel Xeon-based server and workstation platforms. This technical collaboration brings together Intel's next-generation RAID technology, codenamed "Treemont," and industry-proven LSI MegaRAID software to deliver a new level of RAID value.
Subject: Mobile | April 7, 2008 - 12:20 AM | Ryan Shrout
The ASUS Eee PC has been a runaway hit with the press and buyers looking for a strong dose of mobility, and the line gets a big boost today with a release of the first Eee PC's with Windows XP pre-installed. My review covers the hardware, which remains completely unchanged from the original Linux-based system, as well as what you can expect from the system while using Windows XP. The short of it: more flexibility and usability.
Subject: Memory | April 5, 2008 - 01:41 PM | Ryan Shrout
You might remember recently we talked about a new company called MetaRAM, started by former AMD CTO Fred Weber, that is set on expanding the amount of memory a system can access without the dramatic price increases we are used to. Of course, "expensive" is term that depends on the one using it, but TheInq has some shots of a demo system from IDF that can support up to 288GB of memory using the MetaRAM technology on the upc
Subject: Mobile | April 5, 2008 - 01:36 PM | Ryan Shrout
In case you were worried that your beloved Windows XP was going high-tail it out of here like the Dodo, have no fear: as long as your buying super lower power mobile machines it should continue to be available until June 30, 2010.
Redmond (WA) - Microsoft has announced that it plans to extend its
support of Windows XP, its nearly seven-year-old operating system,
because many computers in the market today are simply unable to run
Subject: General Tech | April 5, 2008 - 01:21 PM | Ryan Shrout
Last week it was released that EA was not going to be releasing Madden 09 on the PC - while not a hardcore gamer title it is one of those mainstream titles that would give life to the PC gaming market. Obviously, not having it and other EA sports games will be a big hit for the PC community, graphics card vendors, etc. Here's what Peter Moore at EA had to say about it:
Subject: Processors | April 5, 2008 - 01:13 PM | Ryan Shrout
For those of you that caught our initial review of the AMD Phenom X4 9850 processor and are interested in picking one up to upgrade your system or build a new one, the folks at Newegg.com now have them in stock for $243.00.
Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2008 - 06:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Apple Inc.'s iTunes online music store vaulted past Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in February to become the top overall music retailer in the U.S., a market research firm said Thursday.
Best Buy Co. was ranked behind Wal-Mart and iTunes, with Amazon.com and Target tied for the fourth spot in January and February, according to consumer surveys conducted by The NPD Group.
Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2008 - 06:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a good chance you are reading this now with the help of Firefox, but is it a beta of FireFox 3? If not, and you are interested in seeing what improvements you can expect without the fun of running beta software, take a look at what Ned found, and what others have experienced. There is also a brand new guide that has appeared in the Linux forum thanks to Meridian, if you having been considering getting into Linux for t
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 4, 2008 - 05:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2008 - 02:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Creative has been hanging out with the RIAA and crew a little to much recently. Recently they have attacked Daniel K, the modder who managed to fix the Audigy drivers on Vista. Now they are upset with ASUS and their DirectSound 3D Game Extension which will offer quality and features comparable with EAX5.0, on a non-Creative based sound card.
Subject: Processors | April 4, 2008 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
45nm Penryns are finally becoming easier to get, and are pushing the older Kentsfield chips out of favour with home builders. Clock for clock they are out performing the older chips, and the power consumption is in a completely different class. The Hardware Zone tested a Q9550 and a Q9450, unfortunately they haven't yet received a Q9300 yet. Intel will be hol
Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2008 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Waiting for the first service pack to come out has become a popular pastime for Windows users when Microsoft releases a new OS. Now that Vista has a service pack which, along with all of the included patches, is supposed to bring speed improvements when copying files and other actions. The Tech Report tested that theory out.
Subject: Mobile | April 3, 2008 - 05:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The VR-Zone has compiled a roadmap of Intel's upcoming processors for Ultra Mobile Personal Computers and Mobile Internet Devices. It looks like their System Controller Hub, a combination of the MCH and ICH into a single chip, is on schedule to arrive with the first of the Atom processors. Read more by following the link.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2008 - 04:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, Calif. - April 3, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance memory and PC components, today announced the release of all-new additions to the Silencer line of power supplies from PC Power & Cooling including a 500W EPS12V and Dell compatible model.
Subject: Storage | April 3, 2008 - 04:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A healthy hard drive is a happy hard drive, which makes a user happy in return. tk arena would like to help you keep your hard drive healthy, which is why they published this guide. They guide you through all the inbuilt tools in Windows that can help keep your drive happy, along with tricks involving a freezer and a ziplock bag. Make sure that you keep up to date backups though, all hard drives must die at some point.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 3, 2008 - 02:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
motherboards.org is not terribly impressed with the 9800 GTX, mostly because they feel it should have been an 8800 with a different model number. Simply adding the ability to use triple SLI configuration, and bumping the shader and core speeds up a notch does not deserve to start a whole new graphics series. On the other hand, it is cheaper than most 8800GTXs and it is a faster card.
Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2008 - 01:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CARY, N.C. - April 3, 2008 - Epic Games, Inc., the award-winning developer of multimillion-selling games and the world's leading game engine, Unreal Engine 3, today announced plans to follow up the original "$1 Million Make Something Unreal Contest" with an all new competition to include esteemed sponsor, Intel Corporation.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2008 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The next leap in cases, for those who want to go totally overboard would be the In Win B2 Stealth Bomber. It comes with a motorized drive bay cover. The cover is vaguely reminiscent
of a cockpit canopy opening, or at least that is what the box art would have you think. Putting aside the aesthetics, Overclockers Club checked out the cooling performance, and it turns out this case is a real performer. Even the unique setup for cooling graphics cards worked a charm.