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Subject: Motherboards | February 12, 2008 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The MSI K9A2 Platinum seems to have displayed a split personality when it underwent testing at [H]ard|OCP. It is designed to support Crossfire-X, but the slots are so close together you wouldn't manage to fit 4 double height cards. The chipset heatsinks are small, but they are positioned so close to the CPU that it is very hard to fit a large cool
Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2008 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VIA Arena reports on a very neat use for students, the ALMASpace Ground Station which has an EPIA mainboard at it's heart, letting students video conference with the International Space Station. It also allows data transfer, to upload data that the students want the ISS cameras to focus on and calculate orbital patterns, as well as letting them download the data once it has been collected. Check out the specs of this learning aid in the full article.
Subject: Storage | February 11, 2008 - 05:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The HighPoint RocketRAID 2300 PCI-E SATA not only gives you something to do with that 1x PCI-E slot, but it will add 4 SATA channels to your PC. It comes as a half height PCI-E card, betraying it's primary usage in rack servers and is based around a HighPoint 601 RAID management chip. TweakTown's testing proves that this card is mos
Subject: Processors | February 11, 2008 - 03:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Core 2 Quad Q9300 processor is poised to take over as the poster child of inexpensive and overclockable CPUs for many enthusiasts. It runs at ~2.5GHz, 333MHz at a 7.5 multiplier, and a total of 6MB of L2 cache, 3MB per core, which you can compare to the Q6600 at 2.4GHz with a pair of 4MB L2 caches. The price stays exactly the same, $266. The heat remains the same for these two processors as well, and considering that a 333MHz bus is the first step to overclocking the Q6600, and the Q9300 runs 333MHz at stock, you can see there is more room to push this chip faster.
Subject: Systems | February 11, 2008 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The AutumnWave OnAir GT can turn your laptop into an HDTV and PVR with just a few simple steps. It's USB connection makes it very handy to base an HTPC system around your laptop without having to give up lugging it around with you. A few plugs and you are free to go, offering an alternative to people who want a PVR but aren't interested in buying and building a purpose built system. See how easy it is over at Overclockers Online.
Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2008 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Yahoo has decided that it wants Microsoft to show that it truly loves them, by upping their desired price by $9.00 a share, taking the total price per share to $40.00, all told they want about $58 billion. The Inquirer has quotes as to exactly how Yahoo announced this to their shareholders. Microsoft has the option to go directly to the shareholders, to try a buyout that way and to perhaps gain extra leverage to finish the deal. Just in case they press their suit
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 11, 2008 - 11:00 AM | Ryan Shrout
If this news from Fudzilla is true, then some partners of NVIDIA are going to offer 1GB versions of the 9600 GT. Let me say that again - 1GB of frame buffer on a card with mid-range performance. If this is true, and performance differences between the 512MB and 1GB versions are what I am guessing they will be (~0-1%), this could be the worst idea I've heard in a long time.
Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2008 - 05:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Wireless connections sound very handy, letting you connect a LAN without running wires all over the floors and ceilings and drilling holes, but they can also be an exercise in frustration. Take the problems in this post, as well as the inventive and useful suggestions to solve those unreliable and slow connection blues.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 8, 2008 - 03:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The WC in BFGTech's 8800 GTS 512MB OC2 WC Edition stands for water cooling. This card isn't one of those self contained coolers either, this is built to be added into an existing water cooling loop, so those with powerful custom built cooling systems might see better performance than the 700 MHz GPU, 1.94 GHz RAM and 1728 MHz stream processors. [H]ard|OCP managed to push it to 800 MHz for the GPU and the RAM to 2.22 GHz, and kept it BELOW 50C! See what gains they got fro
Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2008 - 01:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At last we have something new in the way of input devices. The mouse may have become more accurate, faster to respond and sprouted various fans and lights, but it is still basically mouse shaped. Over at MAKE:Blog they have a link to a red dot design award winning concept mouse that is moldable. Made witha centre of lightweight modelling clay and covered with nylon and polyurethane blend fabric, this mouse can take almost any shape you want. Wrists of the world rejoice!.
Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2008 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Could the end be nigh? Is the apocalypse
just around the corner? Is the bacon soaring high above my plate?
I wonder if they are giving odds in Vegas?
Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2008 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's official, 780i is going the same way as the X38. The Inquirer expects to start seeing 790i boards appearing very soon now, leaving early adopters out in the cold just as Intel's were. The 790i offers more improvements than the 780i did, but that will be of little comfort to anyone who picked up a 780i board recently. There will be a lot of sleepless nights for Ryan benchmarking with this almost simultaneous chipset refresh.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 8, 2008 - 10:29 AM | Ryan Shrout
According to Fudzilla CrossFire X will be allow users to combine Radeon HD 3850s, 3870s and even 3870 X2s for up to four GPUs in a single system. That means that you can pair your shiny new 3870 X2 with your previous HD 3850 and get SOME KIND of benefit out of it. How much is still unknown, but we'll be testing it soon enough.
Subject: Processors | February 8, 2008 - 10:24 AM | Ryan Shrout
News and rumors have been swirling for a couple of days, but it seems nearly concrete now that Dell will be dropping AMD-based systems and notebooks from their online store. They will apparently only sell AMD systems in Dell's new brick and mortar partners like Best Buy and Staples, but we all know this is a SMALL part of Dell's sales and thus this is a very bad development for AMD.
Subject: Mobile | February 7, 2008 - 06:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS F5R Notebook uses the ATI Radeon Xpress 1100 chipset with a which supports 667MHz DDR2. The different flavours are Intel's Celeron M (Merom core), Pentium Dual-Core and Core2Duo. As far as features go, you may not need 16 levels of screen brightness but it does make sure you can't complain about choices, and the touchpad can be used as a simple calculator. Head to X-bit Labs to see how this office oriented laptop fares against the ASUS X51R.
Subject: Displays | February 7, 2008 - 03:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Samsung's new 245T 24" LCD monitor takes advantage of a newish display type, called Super Patterned Vertical Alignment, and for now it seems to be only Samsung that provides it. The biggest surprise you may run into is the price, it is a $700 monitor, although Pricegrabber may get you a bit better price. Bearing that in mind, the bar that this monitor has to reach is fairly high. The response time of 5 ms gray-to-gray was enough for AnandTech's eyes,
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 7, 2008 - 01:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP was in for a very nasty surprise when they tried out the (supposedly) SLI-Certified Ultra X2 Extreme Edition 750w PSU. When they ran it through their normal testing, a full 120V, not the lesser 100V, and nowhere near their torture test, the unit failed completely when asked to provide more than 50% of it's supposed wattage. Th
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 7, 2008 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thermaltake's brand new Xaser VI VG4000BWS Super Tower Case is huge, although to fit three 140mm fans and up to three 120mm fans, it has to be. It's solid steel construction makes this one of the heaviest cases you are likely to run into, weighing in at 45.3lbs empty, although they do not list a maximum carrying capacity. Head over to HardwareLogic to take a look at this
Subject: General Tech | February 7, 2008 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
I don't know if it's disappointment
in Vista or just sheer boredom, but rumours associated with Windows 7 are just flying around. First we heard it should be out in about a year, even after Microsoft had made several announcements about difficulties with the kernel. Then we hear that MinWin might or might not be the kernel for Windows 7. If that wasn't enough, there was a version of Windows 7 posted to a BitTorrent site, and who could have guessed that it wasn't actually true.