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Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 7, 2007 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When we first started seeing non-conductive fluids being sold for watercooling setups, the advantages seemed obvious. Unfortunately, the first products to hit the market were very expensive, didn't cool as well as water, and some even proved to be able to conduct electricity. PC Apex has revisited the non-conductive coolant market to see how it has improved.
Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2007 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Storm Worm that has been driving security folks up the wall recently has reached a point where it is much more powerful than any supercomputer out there. It has become the largest zombified PC grid in history, which offers the creator an incredible amount of raw power to do whatever.. It looks like they are playing with it now, so they may well have an idea what it is they want to do. Check out more about this story at Slashdot.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 7, 2007 - 11:12 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, Calif -- September 7, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced a major strategic initiative to support the Open Source development community for ATI Radeon graphics processors. The week of September 10th, AMD plans to provide an open source information and development package supporting the ATI Radeon HD 2000 series as well as ATI Radeon X1000 series of graphics processing units (GPU) on Linux desktops. To accelerate this initiative, AMD partnered with Novell’s SuSE Linux engineering team.
Subject: Processors | September 6, 2007 - 07:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Sept. 6, 2007 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today
announced that it will hold its Premiere Event for the launch of the
Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor at approximately 6:30 pm Pacific
Time (9:30 pm ET) on Monday, Sept.
Subject: Systems | September 6, 2007 - 06:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hewlett Packard has released a very powerful machine that stems from VoodooPC. The Blackbird 002's components are hugely modifiable, allowing an AMD X2 or you can go with an Intel C2D or Quad, and the other components are just as customizable. There is a completely self contained watercooling system inside of it, and installation of all components are totally tool-less.
Plus, the case is able to support 600 pounds ... just cause.
Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2007 - 05:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The SteelSeries Steelkeys 6G Professional Gaming Keyboard is very similar to a basic Danish keyboard, as opposed to being a total workover of a US style one. With 18K gold plated key switches, each rated for 60 million clicks, this keyboard will not fail you when trying to manage your bases and armies in a RTS game, and the ability to process 8 simultaneous clicks offers an interesting advantage.
Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2007 - 03:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD has just started a site devoted to gamers everywhere. It covers all the latest games, as well as some older ones, and it has everything from links on where to buy them to the latest tips and tricks to help you master them. There is a community that lets you chat with other gamers and join or create your own clans. They have lists of LAN Parties and Tournaments, so you can find events near you, or if you are trying to organize one for yourself.
Subject: Systems | September 6, 2007 - 02:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's hard to say that either the AMD 4X4 platform, or Intel's V8 lack in performance, as they are going to be a huge jump from current platforms. Not that motherboards.org is going to let that stop them. They take reference models of both out for a test drive and benchmark them. Head over a get a good look at what these platforms will be capable of when they are released to market.
Subject: Mobile | September 6, 2007 - 02:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ultraportable Dell XPS M1330 is up for review at the Hardware Zone. It sports a widescreen 13.3" WXGA TrueLife LED monitor, NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS, and a T7700, all in a 2kg package, including the battery. As you would expect, the notebook is customizable depending on whether you need a more powerful version, or just a portable workstation. Along with the new chipset comes a new shell design,
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 6, 2007 - 12:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP spent a long hard couple of days and nights playing through BioShock in the name of research. They tried 5 different 8800 cards,
Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2007 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you don't turn your PC off at night, and you don't actually have it doing anything during that time, PC Mechanic has some suggestions for you. They range from basic automated maintenance tasks to setting up downloads and rendering machines.
Subject: Processors | September 6, 2007 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 5, 2007 - Intel Corporation has unveiled the industry's first quad-core processors specifically designed for multi-processor (MP) servers running applications requiring uncompromised performance, reliability and scalability. Such applications are typically run in virtualized environments for server consolidation and database uses, enterprise resource planning and business intelligence.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 5, 2007 - 05:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The PC Power and Cooling 750 Quad Black Power Supply does exactly what you would expect a product from them to do; deliver rock solid power. Big Bruin threw everything they could at it, and the voltages never varied. Of course, you can't really expect it to live up to it's Silencer name when you are torture testing it; though there are still much louder PSUs out th
Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2007 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Auzentech X-Fi Prelude 7.1 PCI Audio Card offers you a way to get creative with your sound card sources. This is a modified X-Fi with all the connectors on the card, they are RCA jacks, with an adapter to change them to optical. Hardware Canucks loved this card and could only fault it in one area, the lack of proper digital surround sound.
Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2007 - 02:37 PM | Ryan Shrout
Okay, I am so angry right now, that I'm going to leave this as short as possible lest I end up getting PCPer put on any corporate filters.
So, Apple announced some new iPods and then...dropped the price of $599 iPhone to $399. Just 2 months after I spent 50% more on it. Apple has officially lost all credibility for me and the new iMac I recently bought will be going back.
Subject: Processors | September 5, 2007 - 01:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs pits the Q6600 against the brand new E6850 to see which gives a better bang for your buck, and whether 4 cores helps performance. They try them both at their default settings, as well as getting the Q6600 up to 3.6GHz and the E6850 to 3.85GHz. These two are the chips that will end up in a lot of systems,
Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2007 - 12:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Based on the Unreal Engine 3, Fury combines the speed of a FPS with a MMO game, or as the creator puts it, "Unreal Tournament with swords and auctions". OCMODSHOP took a look at this game, and the various unique features that it offers, up to and including it's fee structure. If you like the online play of Guild Wars and WoW, but need a little excitement, or just want to try a team based fighting game, this might be right up your alley.
Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2007 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Silverlight 1.0 will run on Linux, a move likely prompted by the lead Mono developer creating a working version of Moonlight, an open-source version of Silverlight. It looks like .NET will be a choice for Linux users after all. Get more on this story and if it signals a change for Microsoft at Ars Technica.
Subject: Processors | September 5, 2007 - 11:12 AM | Ryan Shrout
It would seem Daily Tech has gotten the initial pricing sheet for AMD's upcoming Barcelona processor launch later this month. If the numbers are correct, the most expensive 2-series Opteron processor is going to top out at 2.0 GHz and $372 - a bargain considering how much top-end server processors usually sell for. The only draw back here is that the pricing could be reflective of the performance levels we'll see out of the CPU.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 5, 2007 - 11:07 AM | Ryan Shrout
It would seem that AMD has taken offense to the results that NVIDIA is posting about their image quality in the new HD HQV benchmark. Apparently AMD thinks that NVIDIA's drivers are increasing noise filtering to get better scores but that their IQ suffers greatly on other IQ tests because of it.