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Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2008 - 05:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is taken as a fact that there are thousands of miles of dark fiber in the ground, and that the only time the wiring needs to be updated is the last 10 feet to the house. There is another problem though, as the dark fiber gets turned on, the data passing through the aging routers expands beyond what they were designed to cope with. Ars Technica looks at the current problems; from Moore's Law as it relates to the price of routers, the speed of RAM, and the solution proposed long
Subject: Storage | January 16, 2008 - 10:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Thecus N5200PRO is a NAS server with an Ultra Low Voltage Intel 1.5GHz CeleronM and 512MB of DDR and it supports supports multiple RAID volumes on one system, and they can even be iSCSI. There are a few more nice features, like an LCD display that shows you the IP address of the NAS, along with other data and support for modules, which are small installable programs, often created by other users of the N5200PRO.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 16, 2008 - 07:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of the quickest ways to spend a good chunk of money every paycheque is to upgrade your video card every time the factory overclocked version gets a bump of a few MHz. It doesn't have to be that way, it isn't that difficult or expensive to do it yourself. Of course any time you overclock you run into the possibility of killing the part you are pushing beyond spec. If that risk doesn't deter you, CPU3D has just released a new graphics overclocking guide. Start your first overclocking project, or
Subject: General Tech | January 16, 2008 - 06:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tech Spot tried out the new 1.1 patch for Crysis, with the hope that the performance improvements for SLI/Crossfire rigs would blow them away. As it turns out they barely felt a soft breeze. Check out the benchmarks in their full review.
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 16, 2008 - 04:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While many winners of CES 2008 have been announced, Think Computers makes a strong case that ASUS won that particular horse race. The gallery of pictures that we have seen of ASUS' booth show off a lot of new products most of which seem very interesting. The spread of new laptops is impressive, and the improvements to SplashTop have put them a length ahead. There are also new motherboards, sound cards and even cell phones and GPS units to be seen. We can only hope that the enginee
Subject: Processors | January 16, 2008 - 04:53 PM | Ryan Shrout
Yesterday I pointed to a story that talked about Intel's mobile 45nm Penryn processors being delayed and today it seems like the inevitable happened - talks of the desktop parts being late are surfacing.
Digitimes is reporting that Core 2 Extreme QX9770 processor, the one we reviewed recently with the 1600 MHz FSB, is going from a January release to February or March.
Subject: General Tech | January 16, 2008 - 04:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Yesterday Ryan posted a link to movie of a projector in a very unique and talented casing and whose remote control was no less recognizable. Today, Tech Knowledge follows that clip up with the detailed specs, including
USB ports, a card reader, ports for PS3 and a 3G+ compatible iPod dock, with support to project the video onto a nearby surface in 1024x768 XGA. It also sports 5.1 HC Dolby Digital and a host of other inputs and output formats!
Subject: Chipsets | January 16, 2008 - 04:39 PM | Ryan Shrout
Digitimes seems to think that AMD is delaying the release of the RS780 chipset due to delays in the driver for Hybrid CrossFire. To counter the delay they are going to release it in China first, where apparently no one cares...?
Subject: Editorial | January 16, 2008 - 07:56 AM | Ryan Shrout
Just a quick note about something that just rubs me the wrong way, I'll setup a scenario. You are a Vista user, you are listening to some MP3s in Windows Media Player. You are having a great time. Time to leave, so just close WMP and off you go...but wait, why is the music still playing?
Subject: Motherboards | January 15, 2008 - 11:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gigabyte has introduced their newest feature for motherboards, Dynamic Energy Saver, which switches power phases on or off, on the fly. With a high end 12 phase motherboard, you can expect to see idle mode running as if it were a three phase board. Tweaktown explains DES in more detail here, and if you want an example of what the power consumption of a DES board is like, check out their review of the
Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2008 - 10:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
* Fourth-Quarter Revenue $10.7 Billion, up 10.5 Percent Year-over-Year
* Gross Margin 58 Percent, up 8.5 Points Year-over-Year
* Operating Income $3 Billion, up 105 Percent Year-over-Year
* Record Microprocessor and Chipset Units and Revenue
* Net Income $2.3 Billion; EPS 38 Cents
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 15, 2008 - 08:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new top end series from Enermax goes under the name Infiniti, and DriverHeaven has the 720W Crossfire Edition up for review. It certain sports a lot of connectors and power, claiming to be able to handle 3 graphics cards and 18 drives or you can go for a four but then you are limited to 12 drives. DriverHeaven tests to see how stable the power is, and just h
Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2008 - 06:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Got a Vista machine,a good set of ears, and a free PCIe x1 slot? If so, the new ASUS Xonar D2X is for you, otherwise go with Auzentech's X-Fi Prelude, which fits in the tried and true PCI slot. Either way, you can avoid the hardware acceleration issues with Direct Sound caused by Vista's Universal Audio Architecture. The two cards ha
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 15, 2008 - 05:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Somehow the wonks at Atom Chip Corporation, makers of fine vapourware like quantum memory, managed to get recognition at CES, as if they had a real product as opposed to a questionable prototype. While you do have to admire the moxy it took to manage that feat, it lends credence to the tales of the decline of CES that some attendees have come back with. Drop by Slashdot for a look at the history as well as this years recognition of the accomplishments of the Atom Chip Corporation.
Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2008 - 05:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The acceleration of certain tech companies is getting a little silly, especially this last few months. nVIDIA kicked it off by obsoleting some of their own cards, I suppose because AMD/ATI didn't look like they would be offering competition. The new and improved 8800 GTS as well as the 8800 GT have annoyed more than a few people who bought one of the 640MB versions, as well as vendors. The owners have seen their stock of original GTS's sit on their shelves because only the un
Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2008 - 04:37 PM | Ryan Shrout
This is something you really have to see: an R2-D2 HD projector with matching Millenium Falcon remote control. No, seriously. A new site from some people we know, tkArena, has the beef:
Subject: Mobile | January 15, 2008 - 04:27 PM | Ryan Shrout
This has got to be one of the weakest news "sources" I have ever seen: a report from a guy that got a message from resellers from a Lenovo rep. But hey, it sounds good, right? The rumor speaks that Intel's 45nm Penryn-based chips are seeing some delays - and this is not the first time we've heard of this - and that notebook vendors worldwide are in for a swift kick in the ass from customers.
Subject: Mobile | January 15, 2008 - 04:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you have been curious about the lack of Santa Rosa-based platform notebooks recently, part of it might be the upcoming Montevina platform's fault. According to this story, with the launch of Montevina, and the updated Intel processors for it, coming in in May, some vendors are planning on by-passing the refresh launched just this January.
There are a TON of CPUs set to be unveiled for Montevina including some that go as low as 10 watts TDP!
Subject: Displays | January 14, 2008 - 11:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dell's UltraSharp 3008WFP-HC will accept just about any possible signal, with ports on the back for Analog VGA, DVI-D (2, w/HDCP), HDMI, DisplayPort, S-Video, Composite and Component. The 8ms gray-to-gray can show some issues in FPS games, but ExtremeTech found the display perfect for watching HD video. Another consideration for gamers is that it doesn't handle 1680x1050 which some find to be a sweet spot for Crysis.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 14, 2008 - 08:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You will be familiar with the actual cases in the new CSX line from Coolermaster, as they will let you order any of the Coolermaster line before they CSX it. What that entails is shipping the case off to Smooth Creations for a full paint job, and adding several extra hundred dollars to the total price.
See what the examples at CES 2008 looked like in the gallery at Hardware Secrets.