It's only 2 days away

Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2008 - 04:56 PM |
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In the mood to pick up a mid-range nVIDIA card?  Well, don't!  At least not until the 21st, when we see the debut of the 9600GT, and a drop in the price of the 8600GTS.  Unless the rumoured delays we heard about yesterday turn out to be true.  Wen it does arrive, a 64 pipe 500MHz GPU with 512MB of 2000MHz RAM for under $200 seems to be a challenge to AMD's lower priced cards.

Source: Digitimes

Signal taps: HD-DVD is out!

Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2008 - 03:34 PM |
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If could embed the song here, I would...

Source: Daily Tech

Who needs Fatal1ty when you have ASUS

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 18, 2008 - 11:07 PM |
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ASUS is getting into everything nowadays.  They are not content with holding a huge portion of the motherboard market, they also do graphics cards and are now getting into coolers.  [H]ard|OCP reviews three ASUS heatsinks, the Silent Knight, Triton 77 and Silent Square EVO.  The design of these heatsinks are very unique and their performance might be better than you think.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

30% overclock beats a 30% discount any day!

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 18, 2008 - 08:21 PM |
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The EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GS 384 MB offers a nice challenge to the HD3850, and even the 3870 in some cases.  With a 550MHz GPU and 800MHz RAM, it can keep up with most of it's competitors, the cutbacks happened in the bus width which has been throttled back to 192 bit.  With a bit of work, TechPowerUp!

Source: techPowerUp!

Budget upgrade for Penryn processors

Subject: Motherboards | February 18, 2008 - 07:51 PM |
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The ASRock Penryn 1600SLI-110dB is a budget board that packs some surprises.  The 650i chipset isn't usually associated with SLI, but this board has 3 PCI-E slots, one that is full 16x for running single cards and a pair that will run at 8x if two cards are plugged in.  Placing the single slot solution between the paired PCI-E slots is a good idea, as it gives you space for oversized coolers.  Check out the surprise AnandTech received when they started to overclock.

Source: AnandTech

Has the GeForce 9600 GT been delayed?

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 18, 2008 - 07:48 PM |
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It would appear that its possible the 9600 GT is seeing FURTHER delays and a possible recall, at least according to this story at The Inquirer.  There is no reason given for the delay.

Source: The Inquirer

Younger, bigger, faster

Subject: Storage | February 18, 2008 - 05:26 PM |
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If you have wondered why hard drives always seem to have a revision number in their names, (i.e.

Source: Tech ARP

9800 GX2 clocks revealed?

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 18, 2008 - 05:20 PM |
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It looks like the debate on what the final clock speeds of the NVIDIA 9800 GX2 might be settled; and we posed this question just yesterday in our latest podcast episode

Here's the rumored data:


AMD Phenom 2.6 GHz still coming Q2

Subject: Processors | February 18, 2008 - 05:16 PM |
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According this very tiny news post at Fudzilla, its possible that AMD is still going to be coming in Q2, even though we had previous heard the B3 stepping was pushed back into Q3. 

Phenom 9600 at 2.6GHz will launch with B3 revision at some
point in late Q2. You should be able to see and buy this CPU before July but we
don’t have any better date that that.

Source: fastlanehw

Schrodinger's format

Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2008 - 05:15 PM |
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As you may have heard during our 22nd PC Perspective podcast, there is a lot of speculation as to what the fate of HD DVD will be.  We are not the only ones who differ on what is going on, I would bet that Vivid was the deal breaker when they decided to go with Blu-ray back in January.

Source: Ars Technica

Probably the coolest case mod ever

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 18, 2008 - 05:13 PM |
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I don't usually post this kind of stuff, but this case mod is one of the coolest I have seen in a LONG time.  Thanks to Engadget for the heads up.

Source: engadget

Intel Montevina platform will be Centrino 2

Subject: Processors | February 18, 2008 - 05:10 PM |
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As it turns out, the third, or maybe fourth iteration, nope 5th version of Centrino is going to be called "Centrino 2".  Well, its about time - and I actually mean that: this will help consumer confusion between different versions of Centrino technology.

Source: engadget

Look out for crisi-tunities

Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2008 - 11:03 PM |
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The most innocuous looking things on the internet can be the most deadly, take this thread here for instance.  While researching dog breeds a popup window appeared before one of our members, along with an ActiveX warning for a movie, and with just a single click of the mouse a trojan made it's self at home.   It's not like he is the only one, either. 

Extra ripple included

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 15, 2008 - 08:13 PM |
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After the crushing despair caused by the failure of the Ultra X2 to provide any more than half of it's rated power, [H]ard|OCP brushed themselves off and jumped back in the game with a review of Hiper's Type-M 880w PSU.  This unit showed off some nice strengths, from almost silent operation to keeping efficiency above 80% during the torture test.  There are balancing negatives however, with the near silent operation resulting in very high tem

Source: [H]ard|OCP

How far is too far?

Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2008 - 07:07 PM |
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It seems there is no such thing as a 2 button mouse anymore.  They now sport somewhere between three and a dozen buttons and wheels.  Response rates have gone up, as has the accuracy of the laser, or in some cases lasers, funky Teflon feet have become normal and you can even get ones with adjustable weights inside.  Now Razer has gone and made a collectors edition, and I4U went and got one so they could see the specs.  What's next, a ground effect mouse?

Source: I4U News

VGA, DVI and USB?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 15, 2008 - 05:11 PM |
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The DisplayLink USB-to-DVI adapter lets you plug in monitors to your USB ports, and it does so rather well.  The Tech Report tried it out, and the 3 monitors they had for testing all worked flawlessly.  Performance, on the other hand, wasn't quite so perfect with performance under Vista displaying some serious problems.  It does offer a cheap and easy way to add additional monitors to laptops or PCs and it will be interesting to see how many monitors you can support before saturating the bus or your CPU.

Roll your own SMT hot air pencil

Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2008 - 04:59 PM |
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Trying to replace a dead capacitor on a motherboard, or playing with advanced tweaks and repairs to add on cards is incredibly difficult to do successfully without a hot air pencil to help you get the solder off.  All to often you will get the component off, and bake the area around where it used to be.  MAKE:Blog has a project for all you modders out there, with an inexpensive hot air pencil you make yourself.

Source: MAKE: Blog

Have no fear: the podcast will soon be here!!

Subject: Editorial | February 14, 2008 - 11:47 PM |
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For those of you that are desperately worried (and I am sure there are just TONS of you), the podcast for this week was delayed thanks to AMD.  Really, they made me leave my warm cozy home to head for Canada (eh?) for a day and it just happens to have wrecked our podcast schedule.  Not to mention Valentine's Day - and I really wanted to spend it with Jeremy and Josh.

Regaining CPU cycles on the cheap

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2008 - 10:37 PM |
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Diamond Xtreme Sound 5.1 offers you away to get 5.1 (or 2.1) sound out of your PC without relying on the onboard sound, which frees up CPU cycles ...

Source: Gamepyre

Low latency, big fins

Subject: Memory | February 14, 2008 - 07:59 PM |
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The Patriot Viper Fin Extreme Latency PC2 6400 run at 800MHz, 3-4-3-8 latencies and 2.3 volts, plus they have a very impressive looking heatsinks.  With the low latency that these DIMMs have, they can keep up with the competition, but when they are overclocked their performance really starts to shine.  Overclocker's Club hit 1234MHz by reducing the timings to 5-4-4-10, fairly impressive for RAM with a 800MHz stock speed.