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Subject: Motherboards | November 29, 2007 - 05:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Abit IX38 Quad GT has a rally strange mix of features. It supports a 1600MHz FSB, which is fairly rare; but it partners that with DDR2, skipping any chance you have of having synchronous RAM and CPU buses. The motherboard certainly isn't cheap, so the use of the older RAM doesn't seem to have much to do with making this the basis of a cheap system. CPU3D put the board through
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 29, 2007 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The NZXT Rouge is supposedly the ultimate gaming SFF case, and there are some features that you might expect from a case that makes that claim that are completely missing. The two biggest omissions would have to be the complete lack of handles, or any way of carrying the box, and the fact that even thought the case is huge for SFF, it only allows the installation of micro-ATX boards. Nevertheless, Virtual-Hideout decided to give the case a fair trial, and found the case did have enough redeeming factors to rate a good, but not ultimate.
For those with full size cases, I recommend looking at Lee's review of the enormous Thermalright Inferno IFX-14 CPU Cooler, and it's accompanying backside cooler.
"Deciding what chassis to house your computer in these days can be an agonizing decision. The selection of computer cases on the market is simply astonishing which tells you it's a lucrative market segment and everyone wants a piece. Not to mention everybody needs some type of case for their system so just like the selection of automobiles is huge to try to fit every personality and situation, so tries the case market. However it's not every day that a product launches that simply breaks the normal segment boundaries. NZXT just launched such a product called the Rogue. It's tagline is "the ultimate gaming SFF chassis". Let's take a closer look at the specs and see just what's so different about this new case."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
- Aerocool EasyWatch LCD Fan Controller @ 3DXtreme
- OCZ Vendetta CPU Cooler Review @ Legit Reviews
- Vizo Master Panel II Review @ TechwareLabs
- OCZ Vendetta CPU Cooler Review @ OCC
- Rosewill RCX-Z5 CPU Cooler @ Tweaktown
- Thermaltake Matrix VX Mid Tower PC Case Review @ DragonSteelMods
- Ultra Stackables Review @ Rbmods
- Ultra m998 Review @ OCC
- Thermaltake Armor+ @ Legion Hardware
- VIZO Master Panel II @ Futurelooks
- NZXT Rogue SFF Gaming Case Review @ OCIA
- Gigabyte Volar Review @ OCC
- Thermaltake Xaser VI Super Tower Chassis @ Tweaktown
- Gigabyte Volar @ SPCR
Subject: Memory | November 29, 2007 - 01:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legit Reviews puts Corsair's TWINX Dominator Dual Channel 1800MHz DDR3 against it's self in a battle of timings. It is rated to run with 7-7-7-20 at 1800MHz, but LR discovered that at 1333MHz, it can run at 4-4-4-12 timings. Of course the obvious next step was to run it at those to speeds, as well as 7-7-7-20 at 1300MHz, to see what differences appear.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 29, 2007 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new 8800GTS, the 512MB G92 version appeared on TweakTown's doorstep, begging to be tested. This is the second revision of the 8800GTS, released after the 8800GT that destroyed the first GTS revision in performance and especially on price. Unfortunately you shouldn't expect this new revision to work in SLI with your original series GTS.
Subject: General Tech | November 29, 2007 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Just in time for SAD, AMD offers another reason to isolate yourself and bathe in the glow of artificial lights, they will be releasing two Tolimans in February. 2.5GHz is a nice step up, and since it was motherboard makers that told DigiTimes the date,
Subject: General Tech | November 29, 2007 - 11:19 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BANGALORE, India - Nov. 29, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD), a leading global provider of innovative processing solutions in the computing, graphics and consumer electronics markets, today announced the opening of a new silicon design and platform research and development (R&D) facility in Bangalore.
As India's role and importance in AMD's global R&D network increases, the number of employees in Bangalore continues to grow, requiring a new facility that will accommodate the current team while also providing room for future growth.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 28, 2007 - 02:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunbeam and Tuniq, the brand most of their PC components are sold under, is seeing it's influence grow. With several reasonably designed cases and one of the best price/performance CPU coolers on the market, the name is become much more well know. Now they head into the high voltage market of ultra powerful PSUs. techPowerUp! reviews their 1200W Tuniq Ensemble, with a 140mm fan and some rather impressive claims as to it's efficiency.
Subject: Processors | November 28, 2007 - 01:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You can catch Josh Walrath's take on the X2 5000+ Black Box, the last of the Athlons at PenStar Systems. It is still a relevant chip, as desktop Phenom's aren't exactly available, and it's overclocking ability will let you build a system that you can upgrade to a Phenom when they are available, and only have to drop ~$100 on the CPU.
Subject: Processors | November 28, 2007 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 28, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced an upgrade of its popular software tools suite for Mac OS X Leopard, the sixth major version of Apple's advanced operating system. The latest 10.1 version of the Intel C++ Compiler and Intel Fortran Compiler, as well as the Intel Threading Building Blocks, Intel Math Kernel Libraries and Intel Performance Primitives, have been optimized for Apple's Leopard and Xcode 3.0 development environment launched last month.
Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2007 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BEAVERTON, Ore., Nov. 28, 2007 - The Universal Serial Bus (USB) 3.0 Promoter Group is looking for additional contributors to its initial draft of the group's proposed specification with a goal to have it completed by the first half of 2008.
Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2007 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hellgate London is the first MMO designed with DX10 in mind, which gives them some benefits and some problems. While the DX9 demo showed that many cards can reach over 100+ fps in this game, we were missing out on smoke effects, motion blurring and DX10 shaders. As [H]ard|OCP's test show, you can see the differences between the quality of DX10 and DX9, which is rather nice considering how hard you had to squint to see differences in previous titles. On the other hand you
Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2007 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are shopping for a <$250 video card you may have found your plans frustrated. Both the 8800GT and the HD3870 disappeared within hours of their release and there has been no sign of them at all. The Tech Report can comment on why the AMD cards are so rare, although we still don't know what nVIDIA's problem is ... maybe retailers are snubbing them by continuing to sell GTS models? Follow the link to see what has been holding AMD back.
Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2007 - 05:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS Xonar D2 not only sports more LEDs than your average modded case, it also handle digital and analog sounds almost totally lossless. The Audio Station U1
will improve the quality of sound comping out of any laptop, but probably won't win the hearts of people using desktop PCs. You can tune into Bjorn3Ds' notes to see if either of these sound like something that resonates with you.
Subject: Mobile | November 27, 2007 - 03:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tiny notebooks can produce some heat with their 14.1" screens, but they are nothing compared to the larger gaming style laptops with their 17" displays and more powerful components. Evercool's widescreen laptop cooler, called the Space Station for reasons best known to their marketers, will keep your large laptop nice and cool, although Virtual-Hideout recommends picking up Micro QuietFeet Sticky Feet to help with airflow.
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Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2007 - 02:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (November 27, 2007) - Adding to the success of the company's entry into PC audio, ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today extended its product offerings by introducing the world's first PCI-Express (PCI-E) interface audio card Xonar D2X; and the stylish USB based audio station Xonar U1.
Subject: Storage | November 27, 2007 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Seagate and Western Digital have both been taking enhancement products, and now they each sport a hard drive with 1000 GB of storage. Seagate's 1TB Barracuda 7200.11 ES.2 is aimed at the desktop crowd, and sports a possibly performance enhancing 32MB cache and 4 250GB platters and will run you about 27 cents per gig. The Western Digital takes a more responsible approach with their Green Power 1TB Caviar, the usual 16MB cache and a spin rate that varies betwe
Subject: Displays | November 27, 2007 - 12:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
LG's L204LT 20.4-inch widescreen LCD monitor seems perfect for gamers with some rather nice stats, 1680 x 1050 native resolution, 2000:1 contrast ratio and a 5ms response time. Think Computers was rather impressed by this monitor, although they did take marks away because it doesn't come festooned with dozens of USB ports.
Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2007 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The release of the Spider platform from AMD has generated a lot of reviews and speculation as to AMD's long term quad core plans. We've seen the numbers, heard how lovely Lake Tahoe is and how two out of three ain't bad. There was another side to this launch, which a lot of the sites haven't really expressed, but The Tech Report has broken the silence. AMD made some rather questionable moves in the lead up to this launch, from the obvious that you may have figured out, free tickets to Lake Tahoe, to serio
Subject: Processors | November 26, 2007 - 05:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The refresh of the E6550, the E6450 offers a great way to chart the performance differences between the Conroe and Wolfdale as they are essentially the same chip. If you check out the full review at t-break, you can see that the various optimizations and the extra 2MB cache help in many applications, but don't really impact game performance that much.
Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2007 - 02:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hades is a new company that has released a gaming mouse as well as a mouse pad. The specs that they quote sound good, putting it in the realm of Logitech and Microsoft's high quality gaming mice, but at about half the price. BCCHardware tried it out, and it quickly became the second favourite, just behind the G5.