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Subject: Systems | March 27, 2008 - 02:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bluegears' b-Envi Gaming/HTPC Enclosure gives you a choice in usage thanks to it's snazzy design. The perfect size for an HTPC system, it will also serve you well housing a system that you take to LAN Parties. Touch sensitive buttons and an integrated card reader and a 120mm fan are just some of the features this case has to offer. Drop by Virtual-Hid
Subject: Systems | March 27, 2008 - 01:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It would be nice to be able to spend $1200 on your graphics sub system alone, but most people can't really afford a pair of 9800 GX2s. Many can't even afford to spend a full $1200 on the entire PC. Legion Hardware has been doing some hard core research, and have put together a budget conscious gaming PC for just under $1000. If that is your financial sweet spot, the check out this build.
Subject: Processors | March 27, 2008 - 12:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Please put your hands in the air. Anyone? Anyone at all?
The TLB bug disappearing really isn't the big news when you look at AMD's B3 stepping Phenoms. The X4 9850 runs at 2.5GHz, the fastest quad core we have seen from AMD, and the MSRP is around $250, giving it a nice seat when talking about performance for price. Other improvements are the upping of the memory controller and system bus to 2000MHz. Get the full story from Ryan's review.
Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2008 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are like many PC enthusiasts, the only way they are getting you to switch to Vista is to destroy every copy of XP in existence.
Life support is currently planned to be removed April 8, 2014, giving Microsoft almost enough time to get Windows 7 into beta, assuming that the date the Mayan calendar was set to end on was not picked because that is the official release day. In the meantime, SP3 is still coming out, saving everyone the joys of either rebuil
Subject: Processors | March 27, 2008 - 11:28 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 27, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of the world's first energy-efficient desktop quad-core processor, providing customers with a cool and quiet digital media workhorse.
Subject: Processors | March 27, 2008 - 11:26 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 27, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced immediate availability of four new high-performance AMD Phenom(tm) X4 processors for PC users in search of the Ultimate Visual Experience. Led by the AMD Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition processor, each CPU features true quad-core design, and when matched to AMD 790 series chipsets supports up to four award-winning ATI Radeon(tm) HD 3800 series graphics cards.
Subject: Processors | March 27, 2008 - 11:23 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 27, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the
availability of AMD Phenom(tm) X3 8000 series triple-core processors,
providing gamers and digital media enthusiasts with exceptional
performance at mainstream price points. AMD Phenom X3 processors are
designed to improve multi-threaded application performance over
dual-core processors at the same clock speed.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 26, 2008 - 07:55 PM | Ryan Shrout
737-33033: ATI Radeon HD2xxx/HD3xxx: Intermittent stuttering issues seen when running various 3D applications
Subject: Processors | March 26, 2008 - 07:53 PM | Ryan Shrout
The upcoming line of Intel Atom processors, formerly announced just a couple weeks ago and making up the brains behind the new Diamondville platform, could start with prices as low as $29 according to a report at Digitimes. The piece also mentions Core 2-based Centrino processors at 2.16 GHz for $107 or so.
Subject: Memory | March 26, 2008 - 06:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Or at least a bit higher on your Vista rating. With the wonderful drop in pricing that DDR2 is going through, 4GB kits are no longer something you have to sell a body part to afford. Many kits are appearing, and today Overclockers Club reviewed Mushkin's XP2 8000 Redline 4GB kit. Along with the increase in size has come a decrease in the amount of overclocking possible, and a loosening of the timings, but the scores still remain impressive.
Subject: Motherboards | March 26, 2008 - 03:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS P5E3 Premium is built with Intel's new X48 chipset, and is premium in price as well as name. Neoseeker found a big difference in the overclocking ability when compared to it's predecessor, the X38. The technique that worked best for them differed, so you can't really expect to use the same settings you might on an X38. Read
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 26, 2008 - 02:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Enermax has launched the Modu82+ line, which focuses on higher wattage and some serious modular cabling. The Pro82+ seems targeted at providing for a lower watt environment, and the lack of modular cabling also reduces it's prices. AnandTech tested two models from each line and found that both do deserve their 80Plus rating, as well as some congratulations for keeping the noise down. If only they could say the same about the pricing scheme.
Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2008 - 12:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The first add-on to the third installment of a game called Command & Conquer is up for review at Gaming Heaven. In this game, you play Kane's lieutenants in the evil Brotherhood of Nod, there are 3 involved in a story line that leaps around the C&C timeline. There are also multiplayer and skirmishing modes that will offer a bit of replayability after you've beaten the single player, but unless you are a huge C&C fan, or just love any excuse to play an RTS game, you've probably stopp
Subject: Mobile | March 26, 2008 - 12:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
Update: we seem to have not only confirmation of the touch screen debate but more new information as well. The updated Eee PC will also possibly include a GPS integration and will sell for $500. Nice!
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 26, 2008 - 12:05 PM | Ryan Shrout
We are all about learning new and interesting theories in the world of computing, but this look at voxels and point clouds replacing standard polygon-based geometry is out there. A company called Unlimited Detail (ironic...) is claiming that without a GPU, modern processors can achieve much higher detail using using voxel data rather than pixels on polygons.
Subject: Storage | March 26, 2008 - 11:25 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
San Jose, California - March 26, 2008 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today launched the world's slimmest 256GB solid state drive (SSD).
The FSD56GC25H(pdf linkage) uses an industry standard 2.5-inch hard drive form factor and uses an industry standard SATA-I interface, making it 100% interchangeable with conventional 2.5-inch SATA hard drives.
Subject: Storage | March 25, 2008 - 06:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Western Digital's Caviar SE16 640GB sits at a nice place in the storage market. Weighing in at ~$150 on Pricegrabber, a pair of 320GB platters and a 16MB cache size this drive has great price for it's size and performance. In the full review over at The Tech Report, they discovered two other things to love; the power consumption is about that of the low pow
Subject: Processors | March 25, 2008 - 04:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
... but when you are choosing which CPU to get, it is a bit more difficult. Is a Quad core the way to go, or would you be better off with a Duo Extreme? Techware Labs breaks down that decision into several key areas, as well as delving into the more obscure realms of steppings. Read on to see if their advice can help you in your decision.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 25, 2008 - 02:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Zalman's CNPS9700 NT has it's heatpipes twisted into a 'figure 8' formation and sports a 110mm fan with adjustable speeds, plus they include a full tube of Zalman's thermal paste. Seeing as how the kit goes for over $50, it is a good thing that they've tried to add a little value to the package. In the testing that BCC Hardware