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Subject: Storage | December 7, 2007 - 02:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Secure flash drives are nothing new, but with the on going miniaturization of chips in general and flash memory in particular the storage sizes we are seeing available are growing quickly. The Lexar 8 GB Jump Drive Secure II Plus sits at a threshold between handy storage for a couple of files, and a proper backup medium. Overclockers Club loved it
Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2007 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has a new feature on their page, where they check the availability of components on 4 major web sellers. This is perfectly timed, and at least partly caused by the release of the 8800GT and HD 3870, which are both good cards. So far it has been almost impossible to find them for sale, and even if you could find one they are priced well above what we were originally told they would cost. See how well nVIDIA and AMD are doing now.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 7, 2007 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 EPS12V proves that OCZ knows exactly what made PCP&C the best, and that they aren't going to fix something that isn't broken. There are no fancy colours or racing stripes, the cabling is not modular nor UV reactive or anything else, what there is instead is top of the line components from the PCB to the resistors. At it's rated 610W, it is over 80%
Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2007 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Your email will soon be following you onto the plane, along with IM and more as other airlines start rolling out internet services. What wasn't mentioned is whether power will be supplied as well, so you should start stocking up on batteries if you want to take advantage of it. It also seems to be a good time to start building a very light weight UT3 server with wireless for a little airborne fragging. More on Slashdot.
Subject: Mobile | December 6, 2007 - 05:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you drop $4000 on the new Wow laptop, you are not likely to take to too many places where it might get damaged or stolen. You might even chase away anyone with a drink that comes within 10' of you at a LAN Party. It isn't going to go on vacation with you, no one else will ever be allowed to touch it and you may even go so far as to handcuff it to yourself if you ever flew somewhere with it. For those of us who actually want to be able to use the laptop in less than pristine environs, Digital Trends of
Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2007 - 05:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, CA - Dec 6, 2007 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that it will hold its financial analyst meeting at approximately 8:30 a.m. ET (5:30 a.m. PT) on Thursday, December 13, 2007 in New York. AMD Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Hector Ruiz and members of AMD's management team will deliver key presentations regarding AMD's businesses. Forward-looking and other material information may be discussed during the presentations.
Subject: Memory | December 6, 2007 - 02:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DDR3 is getting faster, and now that we are seeing DIMMs reaching the 1800MHz range, most boards actually need to be overclocked to reach those speeds. Without one of the more overclocking friendly boards, you probably won't be able to hit full speed. X-bit Labs had the chance to try two new modules, and contrast them to the three they have previously seen in the same speed range with a little help from an X38 board.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 6, 2007 - 01:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Soyo Group's 20.1in TFT-LCD Monitor 2058 sits in the middle of the pack when it comes to quality. It's 8ms responses isn't awe inspiring, but should be acceptable in most situations, the 300nit brightness and contrast ratio of 600:1 also place it in the mid range, as does it's 1400x1050 resolution. Thankfully, it's price also matches. OCIA this regular aspect monito
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 6, 2007 - 12:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Look through this list of case modding tools over at PC Apex. You should be pleasantly surprised that you can get a nice set of the basic tools for a lot less than you may think. It is dangerous though, one quick look at the knockout punch or some of the other tools and you may find that you are sprouting all sorts of creative ideas, and a serious desire to head to the hardware store.
Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2007 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gideon Tech has gathered a roundup of caffeinated beverages, not an easy feat considering how many have appeared lately, to see which work and which can actually be swallowed without choking. The classic cola look makes an appearance, but greens, reds and other colours are also in evidence. See which one might become your little helper.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 6, 2007 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FREMONT, CA (December 6, 2007) - ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today released the world's first EN8800GT graphics card with 1GB of Qimonda memory: The EN8800GT/HTDP/1G. Rocking NVIDIA'S latest generation Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) and an unparalleled amount of memory, this card is designed to provide a feature-rich DirectX 10 gaming and multimedia playback experience at ultra-high resolutions and maximum quality settings.
Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2007 - 05:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sure, you can argue that there is plenty of new things coming out in the first quarter, so you might want to wait until then to buy a new system. Of course then you will hear about the new stuff coming out in quarter 2 and 3 ... and so on until you are trapped in one of Zeno's famous paradoxes.
Subject: Systems | December 5, 2007 - 03:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Zone was a little leery trying out the Pinnacle PCTV HD Ultimate Stick, as they have been disappointed in the past by similar products.
It looks good coming out of the package, though it only has support for basic I/O cables but it does come with a remote and the stick itself even sports an antenna. You'll have to read the full review to see if this is more of t
Subject: Motherboards | December 5, 2007 - 02:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The newest member of the Republic of Gamers is the ASUS Maximus Formula, based on the X38 chipset with an ICH9R southbridge. With the new Intel chipset comes support for 1600MHz FSB and 45nm process chips. [H]ard|OCP picked one up and their testing shows it to be a great board for overclockers, new or experienced, and they thought the choice t
Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2007 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer reports on a development with nVIDIA that may distract from the various issues AMD is suffering through, like their errata problems killing Quad FX and slowing down the Phenom. While AMD has demonstrated (but not let anyone test) 4 way CrossFire, the 780i chipset is having difficulties getting that third card to work with SLI.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 4, 2007 - 06:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With all of the news surrounding AMD's release of ATI chip specifications, and the growth of open ATI drivers, you might think that nVIDIA cards are lagging behind. This is not the case, as you can read about on Phoronix as they look at the newest beta driver for Linux released by nVIDIA. Check out their results from XRender.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 4, 2007 - 02:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has pitted the Corsair VX550W against the Corsair HX520W, both of which are just over 500W and just over $100. The big difference is in the guts, with one being a more premium model and theoretically having much better components on the inside.
Subject: Storage | December 4, 2007 - 01:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The bad news is that the MTRON SSD Pro will run about $2000 when it becomes available, and only hold about 64Gb. The good news is that it blows the Raptor out of the water when it comes to read speed and there is no burst speed, it heads to 110MB/s and stays there. See just how impressive it is at AnandTech.
Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2007 - 12:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you somehow manage to get tird of playing Guitar Hero and Rock Band, as inconceivable as
that might be right now, you could always consider making your own music. ExtremeTech looks at 3 music creation suites, that will let you compose what is in your imagination with your mouse. Not all of these are created equal, and while it might be tempting to jump into this by picking up professional level software, you might find yourself overwhelmed.