A stressful display

Subject: Displays | March 28, 2008 - 01:49 PM |
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Buying monitors has change a great deal in a small amount of time.  With three competing LCD types, a plethora of aspect ratios, response times and resolutions, it bears little resemblance to purchasing a CRT monitor.  Drop by Madshrimps for some advice on choosing the technology that is best for your viewing needs.

Source: Madshrimps

New Corsair 16GB "GT" High Performance Flash Voyager USB 2.0 Drives

Subject: Storage | March 28, 2008 - 01:34 PM |
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The new Corsair 16GB "GT" high performance Flash Voyager USB 2.0 drives are now available for review.  Flash Voyager GT USB drives provide data transfer rates that are up to 4X faster than standard USB 2.0 drives.  Whether transporting office files, pictures or even full-length movies, you can "store-n-go" faster with the Corsair GT USB line.  The drive has been optimized to take full advantage of its advanced flash controller technology as well as the screened and hand-selected NAND flash chips.

3DMark 06: 24,909 points

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 28, 2008 - 12:11 PM |
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Not a bad score for a single card, although it is a bit of a Frankenstein
design.  Three HD 3850's have been forced into cohabitation on a single card, with a watercooling "thingy" stuck on the end of the card to keep things from getting too hot.   You can get a good look at the card at NordicHardware, as well as the results of a few other benchmarks they performed.

Intel decides not to push their luck

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2008 - 11:54 AM |
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After gifting retailers with the X48 chipset, which resulted in those retailers having huge inventories of suddenly unattractive X38 based boards, Intel will not do the same thing with the P45.  Intel will be delaying the release of the new chipset until mid-June and retailers are probably grateful they have a chance to start unloading P35 boards.  The end user should also take heart, the near simultaneous release of the X38 and X48 helped motherboard prices to soar to the levels we are seeing right now.

Source: Digitimes

Xonar soundcards and EAX Support

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2008 - 11:32 AM |
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The Xonar series driver update for DS3D GX 1.0 to DS3D GX 2.0 is our response to feedback/criticism favoring compatibility with games that feature EAX 5.0. DS3D GX 2.0 allows gamers to enable EAX sound options/schemes in games on Vista and legacy Windows XP.

The solution involves:

1. Enabling EAX5.0 sound setting in games

2. Redirecting DirectSound3D Hardware and EAX calls to the DS3D GX core

3. Upgrading the DS3D GX engine.

The updated engine:

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Sounding the death knell for audio cards

Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2008 - 06:31 PM |
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ExtremeTech takes a look at a piece of hardware that may be destined for destruction, the stand alone audio card.  Audiophiles who are happy to drop $1000 on a studio grade card not included.  Gamers and casual users on the other hand seem satisfied with onboard audio solutions, as they have come a long way.  What would you say to Creative creating a software version of their XiFi?

Source: Extremetech

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

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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

Source: Neoseeker

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