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Subject: Memory | September 17, 2007 - 03:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Boggled by the purpose of L1 and L2 caches (or even the new L3)? Never figured out why the PCU never really talks directly to your HDD or other components, and want to find out? Hardware Secrets has published an easy to understand explanation of what a processors memory cache is for, and why it is the solution that was decided on in the industry. Along the way you will learn about the different types of RAM, branch prediciting and more.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 17, 2007 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Thermaltake SwordM has a very unique feature, that will probably be the make or break feature for enthusiasts ... it has a hydraulic lid that lifts up. It is 16kg of aluminium and absolutely huge, referred to as a Super Tower. There is a lot going on in this ~$500 case, you will have to read the full review at Hardware Zone and look at the pics to believe it.
Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2007 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Frogpad Bluetooth one-handed keyboard offers a unique way to still have a keyboard when space or weight is an issue, and it comes in both left and right handed models. Although it could be used for gaming, the purpose built keypads are more efficient, Pro-clockers found it much more useful with a Bluetooth enabled cellphone or a Blackberry.
Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2007 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
That's a serious amount of downloading, but it would appear that when AMD's open specs were posted to X.Org's server it was downloaded over 70,000 times. This means two things, there are a lot of people working on the associated projects to get ATI's cards working on Linux, and that there will be a lot of Linux geeks phoning in sick today. Phoronix's story also takes a look at Revenge, a reverse engineering program.
Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2007 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It looks like Intel has skipped out on graphics cards altogether with the purchase of Havok. They've added a Physics Processing Unit to their lineup, which may pay off serious dividends once the GPGPU starts to hit the market.
Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2007 - 05:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you were to design a house to live in, chances are that every room would have at least one ethernet jack, just in case the WiFi went down, but what kind of cable should you use, so that you don't end up having to redo all your runs in a few years? The Networking forum can help you, and you can also get a great explanation of what IP address that end in a "/" are all about.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 14, 2007 - 03:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA, September 14, 2007 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced they have been licensed by Intel to use the new Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) certification logo.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 14, 2007 - 03:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
From the mesh front and 2 normally place 120mm fans to the extra internal stand that can hold another pair, the Freezing Storm case will keep the air flowing through your case. GideonTech has posted a full review of the black version of this case.
Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2007 - 01:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Razer's Barracuda AC-1 sound card is aimed mostly at gamers, and has had difficulty making inroads against other, more famous, sound card manufacturers. They may take a new turn in their strategy, the C-Media chip that they used has just become Linux compatible. Over at Phoronix, they take a brief look at the interface, and tell you how to get this card working on your
Subject: Processors | September 14, 2007 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech revisits low power server CPU lines, to see if Intel's Woodcrest or Clovertown cores offer a change in their previous ratings, which had AMD on top. The cost offset of saving a few dozen watts cannot easily justify spending $50-$100 more a CPU. One of their big questions is how well the move to quad core will help Intel's efficiency.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 14, 2007 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's new chipset release will have some brand new competition from Intel to match it, the X38 will be available soon. According to DigiTimes, that Intel chipset won't be long for the world, as the X48 is on schedule to arrive sometime in the next 4 to 6 months.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 13, 2007 - 05:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Kingwin's Mach 1 800W PSU has 4 12V rails, a pair at 18A, one 20A and a 22A, proving that it is capable of living up to it's SLI Ready status. OCIA was torn about their favourite part to this PSU, whether the fact that the 12V rail never varied from 12.01, or the plethora of blue LEDs that shine from everywhere.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 13, 2007 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This card runs at the stock 742MHz on the GPU, and a nice 2000MHz for the memory. X-bit Labs picked up a pair for a big SLI versus CrossFire showdown, with both DX9 and DX10 being tested. The testing reveals some interesting performance characteristics, as well as highlighting serious differences in the way games use nVIDIA versus ATI and dual graphics setups. The oddest benchmark would have to be Neverwinter Nights 2, where the Radeon performs better at 2560x1600 than it does at 1920x
Subject: Storage | September 13, 2007 - 01:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Super Talent's new SSD drive offers 128GB of storage, a significant increase in size from the first SSDs to hit the market, as well as cost. They estimate ~$4600, though I guess that is cheaper than 128GB of RAM. When The Tech Report did their testing, they proved that the drives technology has come a long way from the first batch, and it's random access times are awe inspiring. Unfortunately, the drive cannot perform that well for all of the tests.
Subject: Memory | September 13, 2007 - 01:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The special doesn't start until after next week, so we will remind you when it comes up.
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Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 13, 2007 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Madshrimps looks at a pair of products that will help any addicted modder from killing their PC or having to redo the mod several times over the life of their PC. The adhesive thermal pads perform about the same as other brands of thermally conductive double sided tape, but they stick much better. No longer do you have to reseat all of your heatsinks if you nudge your PC, these pads will hold up a dangling 500g heatsink. The protective core rubber cutouts prevent said 500g
Subject: General Tech | September 13, 2007 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As they have been talking about, AMD has released the specs of it's GPUs ... or at least some of them. The Inquirer has links to where you can find the huge document (over 900 pages in a pdf), so you can get going on figuring out how to get the register to listen to Linux and other open source OSes. It will probably also cure insomnia in all but the most dedicated creators of Open Source drivers.
Subject: General Tech | September 12, 2007 - 04:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The next generation of iPods is here, including the phoneless iPhone called the iPod Touch. The UI is also new, undergoing some serious changes and adding a few new features as well as removing a popular feature allowing you to output to a TV. Read on at Ars Technica ... if you can stand the excitement.
Subject: Mobile | September 12, 2007 - 02:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lenovo's new ThinkPad T61p sports a 15.4" display, which is nothing interesting, but the display goes to 1920x1200, which is. Driving that is a QuadroFX 570M with 256MB, so you won;t be gaming, but your multimedia will look great. You should see what other features Digital Trends uncovered in this Santa Rosa based notebook.
"The T61p is a very capable and powerful notebook that should be on any cubicle jockey or road warrior's wish list."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
Subject: Motherboards | September 12, 2007 - 01:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
... but still no benchmarks! Hardware Zone has a preview of the Foxconn X38A board, with a good look at the board and the features it will sport. The northbridge cooling solution is rather unique, but it doesn't seem likely that too many people will be suffering from overheating, at least in that particular area.