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Subject: Mobile | February 22, 2008 - 02:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When Phoronix spends a day in the snow sledding on the Otterbox 7030, and the ThinkPad R52 that was inside it, and the thing still works in the evening, you know they've got a good product. Head on over to watch the videos of this protective case in action, and some of you can marvel at the ground being covered in the white stuff.
Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2008 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tritton Technologies TRITTON AX51 5.1 headphones came very close to deafening a reviewer at Motherboards.org. The sound they produce is proper 5.1 surround, assuming you plug it into a sound card that can send the proper signal, and there is no problem with the sound being weak or of bad quality. If you like watching movies, playing games or listening to music, and have someone around that doesn't always appreciate your preferred
Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2008 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
boingboing linked to a story about an interesting property of DRAM, and what it means for your security. With some ingenuity and quick reflexes it is possible to beat disk encryption, and not just on Windows. There are several links to videos and papers covering this attack process.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 22, 2008 - 11:16 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan - February 22, 2008 - Since its introduction, Cooler Master's COSMOS PC Chassis has garnering numerous awards and accolades around the world. Today, the best just got better as Cooler Master unleashes the COSMOS S Chassis, featuring a new racing design, a touch-sensitive panel, and a gamut of user-friendly features, the COSMOS S is the evolution of the ultimate PC enclosure.
Subject: Memory | February 22, 2008 - 11:12 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CA - February 21, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced two new Reaper HPC solutions for enthusiasts upgrading to next generation of cutting-edge platforms.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2008 - 02:45 PM | Ryan Shrout
By now you have surely seen the NVIDIA 9600 GT release today - our review of it is easy to find on the site: right here. But not to be outdone, Asus has also sent in a new 9600 GT part for us to play with: the Asus EN9600GT.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2008 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Brea, California and Munich, Germany - February 21, 2008 - EVGA, a market leader and premier provider of high-performance graphics solutions and motherboards today announced a new Price/Performance DirectX 10 card, the EVGA e-GeForce 9600 GT Family.
Subject: Storage | February 21, 2008 - 02:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The OCZ 64GB SATA 2.5" Solid State Drive runs about $1100, which is about 2/3 the current pricing for SSDs you will see from other manufacturers; even better is the fact that you can actually buy this drive. As you might expect, the random access times are tiny, running about 0.23ms; not the fastest, but certainly better than platter based HDD.
Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2008 - 01:51 PM | Ryan Shrout
I have been toying with running a copy of Mac OS X Leopard on the PC recently and I have to say that after getting over the initial installation issues, it seems to have worked pretty well. The disc basic tricks the OS into thinking it is running on Apple hardware, so while its not exactly 100% legal, it's fun to play around with.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2008 - 12:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Pay attention to the P ... this article at AnandTech is not a review of CrossfireX, it is a very limited preview with restrictions on the platform they were to use to do the testing, as well as the software they were allowed to test. On the other hand, seeing what two Radeon HD 3870 X2 cards can do is a bit of a treat. Head over and see what having 3 or 4 GPUs does to gaming performance.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2008 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
G94 is here, with the introduction of the 9600GT, and it is a chip refresh like we saw in the good old days. The performance gains are not like we have been used to seeing between refreshes recently, when you had to squint to be able to make out the performance improvements. As the graphs at [H]ard|OCP show, this new GT blows the 8600GT out of the water, and it takes out the HD3850 and 3870 easily as well. It is also nice to see that 8800GT owners will not be upset either, as the newcomers performance is still below the 8800GT's performance.
Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2008 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Digitimes has heard from an unspecified source that ASUS has placed a large order of Sempron chips from AMD, possibly as many as one million chips. This rumour has started a large ball rolling, spawning speculation that the ASUS Eee will not continue to be an Intel only platform, in the future it is possible we may see some Eee's with AMD inside. Others think that is unlikely, as Intel has a long history of threatening to stop supplying chips to manufacturers for a variety of reasons, up to and inclu
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 20, 2008 - 05:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's the b-Tarantula 650 Watt PSU of course! It has a pair of 20 amp 12V rails, an oversized cooling fan and a different take on modular cabling. When Modders-Inc threw a pair of XFX 8800GTS 320MB cards in; the system was drinking up to 410W and the rails stayed nice and level. The biggest drawback to this PSU that I can see is that I can't find it for sale anywhere.
Subject: Systems | February 20, 2008 - 03:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Techware Labs takes on the mystery of the HTPC, and why it hasn't caught on. Sidestepping the Linux issue, as learning even the small but of Linux needed to set up an HTPC can be daunting, they focus on the 4 flavours of Windows Media Center Edition. One the biggest mysteries that they touch on, and that has always bothered myself, is the cost. To buy a DVD player, DVR and cable box costs far more than building a pre assembled HTPC. See what light they can shed on the mystery in the full article
Subject: Motherboards | February 20, 2008 - 02:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
780i based motherboard reviews are still fairly rare, and we haven't really seen a representative sample yet. [H]ard|OCP's review of the XFX nForce 780i SLI board proves that point, the overclocking results they saw were very different from the EVGA board they tested earlier. This board also has a new version of the nVIDIA system monitor, aka Enhanced System Architecture. Read on for the full review of this triple SLI capable board.
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2008 - 12:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
These raw stats are probably the most telling. Crysis on high quality @ 1920*1200 with a pair of 8800 Ultras is 34.5 fps, with the third in it goes all the way up to 35.0fps. The story for very high quality and 4XAA @ 1920*1200 is 19.0fps to 27.0fps, which is almost playable. Check out The Tech Report for a full look at how games play on a PC with over $2000 of graphics power.
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2008 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you can tell a lot about what someone thinks of you by the gifts they give you, then what do these tell you about what Microsoft thinks of PC users? Seriously, follow the link at Slashdot! Find out what these sub-par Lego people (minifigs) consider their favourite foods and music.
Do you feel more appreciated now?
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2008 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
I share Ars Technica's concerns about this group. Made up of hardware manufacturers and resellers with two huge, borg like gaming companies and Microsoft, who treats their gaming division as a hobby; praising Walmart and Best Buy for their contributions to PC gaming.
Does anyone besides me remember the locally owned gaming store, or play games from more obscure companies that don't get shelf space in the electronics chain stores?
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 20, 2008 - 11:22 AM | Ryan Shrout
There are a lot of rumblings about the NVIDIA 9600 GT today, and not all of it from NVIDIA and its partners. First up, AMD has apparently been on the war trail talking about how the company is "not fazed by impending Nvidia 9600 launch" and that it has "had cards offering similar, if not better, features on the market for the past three months." This all comes from Digitimes, that also points out that the 9600 GT will lack features like DX10.1 support, integrated DVI-to-HDMI supp