Movie night on the move

Subject: Systems | March 27, 2008 - 02:37 PM |
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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

Gaming on a budget

Subject: Systems | March 27, 2008 - 01:41 PM |
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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. 

Everyone who actually experienced a TLB bug related crash ...

Subject: Processors | March 27, 2008 - 12:49 PM |
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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.

Long live the lesser of two evils

Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2008 - 12:16 PM |
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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

Source: Tech ARP

AMD Extends Energy-Efficient Processing Leadership with World's First

Subject: Processors | March 27, 2008 - 11:28 AM |
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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.

Source: AMD

High Performance AMD PhenomT X4 Processors Lead the Charge to HD Desktop Gaming and Video

Subject: Processors | March 27, 2008 - 11:26 AM |
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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.

Source: AMD

AMD Launches World's First x86 Triple-Core Processors

Subject: Processors | March 27, 2008 - 11:23 AM |
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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.

Source: AMD

ATI Releases driver patch for stuttering

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 26, 2008 - 07:55 PM |
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If you have an AMD GPU in the 2000 or 3000 series' and have noticed any stuttering in your gaming, TGDaily let us know that AMD has released a hotfix for the issue today

737-33033: ATI Radeon HD2xxx/HD3xxx: Intermittent stuttering issues seen when running various 3D applications

Source: TG Daily

Intel Atom processors to start as low as $29

Subject: Processors | March 26, 2008 - 07:53 PM |
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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.

Source: Digitimes

Double the memory, double the fun?

Subject: Memory | March 26, 2008 - 06:05 PM |
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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.

The difference between a 3 and a 4

Subject: Motherboards | March 26, 2008 - 03:19 PM |
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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

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Enermax opens up two new lines

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 26, 2008 - 02:11 PM |
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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.

Source: AnandTech

Addicted to Nod

Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2008 - 12:38 PM |
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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

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A return volley from the PC side

Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2008 - 12:20 PM |
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The recurring theme of the upcoming death of the PC for gaming has another participant, Alex. St.

Source: Extremetech

Updated: New touch panels for Eee PC coming, add only $10 to price

Subject: Mobile | March 26, 2008 - 12:15 PM |
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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!

Source: Digitimes

A story about the end of polygons

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 26, 2008 - 12:05 PM |
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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. 

Source: t-break

Super Talent Ships World's Thinnest 256GB SSD

Subject: Storage | March 26, 2008 - 11:25 AM |
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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.

Sitting in the storage sweet spot

Subject: Storage | March 25, 2008 - 06:46 PM |
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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

The Core 2 part is easy

Subject: Processors | March 25, 2008 - 04:01 PM |
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... 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.

Zalman's new twist on cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 25, 2008 - 02:29 PM |
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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

Source: BCCHardware