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Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2007 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FPS Creator is an editor that allows you to make your own FPS games, in DX10. The Inquirer gives you an overview of what The Game Creators have added in this beta DX10 upgrade. It is likely to favour nVidia cards, as it has been that graphics company working with them, but not ATI/AMD.
Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2007 - 06:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Graphics cards are evolving quickly. No one company can claim to be king of the hill for long, before a competitor replaces them. The components and slot interface keeps advancing and the newer cards are capable of things earlier generations couldn't have dreamed of.
Subject: Memory | March 20, 2007 - 02:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CellShock and MSC GmbH are probably not names that spring to mind when someone is talking about RAM. However, they have been active in Europe for over 20 years. Legit Reviews takes a look at their DDR2 1000 2GB kit. The DIMMS have a good heatsink, use Micron D9GKX IC's, live on an 8 layer PCB and can hold their own against Corsair.
Subject: Storage | March 20, 2007 - 01:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hitachi has won the race to get terabyte storage to the desktop with their 7K1000. With 200 GB platters (as opposed to trying to get 250GB ones to work), the seek times are a little slower at 8.5 ms/14ms Silent. It doesn't slow it down too much, in fact it is pretty quick, but slower on the large files. Read on at AnandTech to see the future of large scale home storage.
Subject: Motherboards | March 20, 2007 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
On one hand you have the full featured ASUS Striker Extreme, with blinking LEDs and LCDs, more features than you can shake a stick at and heat pipes running every which way. On the other hand is the ASUS P5N-E SLI, without the fancy add-ons and the same solid chipset at less than 1/2 the price.
Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2007 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech wasn't terribly impressed with Bigfoot's Killer NIC. They did notice an improvement over an onboard NIC, but not ~$270 worth. A new model, the Killer K1 is now available, at about $100 cheaper. Read the full review and find out if this less expensive model can beat a free NIC.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 19, 2007 - 04:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Can't be bothered to deal with all this newfangled PCIe stuff? Maybe you can't justify replacing your entire system just to get a new graphics card, but still want to run some of the newer games? This review at Hardware Upgrade may be perfect for you, the X1950Pro in AGP!
Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2007 - 02:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At CNET, Madshrimps got a look at the OCZ Actuator, which may be the PC interface of the future. Put down your mouse and toss out the keyboard, this device reads brainwaves, eye movement and facial movement as well. Head over to see how you may be gaming in the future.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 19, 2007 - 01:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AeroCool's AeroEngine JR, AeroCool ExtremEngine 3T, and AeroCool Zero are all up for review at X-bit Labs. Although all 3 sport very large fans to help with the cooling, there were some issues discovered during installation and usage. Drop by to find out if one of these cases is right for you, or if you are better off looking elsewhere.
Subject: Shows and Expos | March 19, 2007 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP went South by South West to get a look at some of the new and cool coming up in the entertainment industry. The pairing of mobile phones and video games was a big topic, as was HD DVDs and the X-box. Drop by for a look at what is new when it comes to entertaining yourself.
Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2007 - 11:20 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech has scoured the net for fixes to some of the interesting behaviour that Vista produces. They offer 5 solutions to problems seen in many forums, and all 5 are easy to implement.
I may have to beg you interested readers to cajole, bother, harass and just plain threaten your favorite Mod to step up to the booth and be interviewed! I currently have a few more in the can, but not more than 3!!
I may just start a poll in here to help Mods realize they need to be interviewed.
Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2007 - 02:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A member of our forums has reached an existential crisis, the problems he has had constructing PCs has lead him to wonder if a prebuilt PC is the answer. Help him out in this thread. In this year the old Intel vs.
Subject: Displays | March 16, 2007 - 01:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Samsung SyncMaster XL20 undergoes the scrutiny of The Tech Zone, as they find out how well LED technology works as a light source in an LCD monitor. With much better colour reproduction than is found in most monitors and good brightness, this is less an expensive gaming LCD and more a cheap way to get a professional quality monitor. It even comes with a hood to let you work w
Subject: Motherboards | March 16, 2007 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Processors | March 16, 2007 - 11:15 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer reports on a very interesting prototype coming out of Japan. By placing the core on a plastic substrate, they have created a chip that can be bent, albeit a very slow one. There are many applications that involve conditions a ceramic CPU can't survive for long in, and this may be a perfect solution.
Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2007 - 11:07 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Give yourself Wi-Fi ESP with this handy little project that MAKE:Blog has linked to. With a little work with a micro-controller and PIC you can have a small sensor that provides a heartbeat-like signal that gets faster the better the Wi-Fi signal.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 16, 2007 - 10:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
All this begins from the desire to control the temperature in our computers with minimum effort. You are probably familiar with the topic of PWM technology from Intel and AMD, of which the motherboard consists of 1 PWM header to auto-adjust CPU cooler fan speed according to CPU loading and temperature variation. However, the only one is not enough at all.
Subject: Mobile | March 15, 2007 - 02:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
XYZ Computing reviews the Toshiba Portege M400-S4032, a tiny tablet PC. At 11.6" x 9.80" x 1.53"
and weighing 4.5 lbs it won't stretch your arm out of the socket, and 1GB of DDR2-667 and a C3D T2400 1.83 puts a bit of power in that tiny shell. Read on if you are looking for a well built tablet that won't set you back much more than a laptop.
Subject: Memory | March 15, 2007 - 01:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legion Hardware sets out to solve a mystery in this article about low latency RAM. The cost difference between a lower latency DIMM and a higher can be enormous, so they test RAM at 5 different speeds and 4 different timings. Can a high frequency overcome a low latency?