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Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2007 - 10:58 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 - 08:26 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 - 07:59 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 - 04:50 PM | 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 - 11:01 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 - 07:44 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 - 06:40 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 - 05:24 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.
Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2007 - 05:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
No longer will anyone be able to complain that WGA ate their Vista install; Microsoft is gong to be removing it in Service Pack 1. I guess we will have to complain about something else in Vista now . Read more about this sudden outbreak of common sense on the Inquirer.
Subject: Processors | December 3, 2007 - 10:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After a talk with an rep from AMD, The Tech Report got an update on dual Quad cores and Quad FX ... it isn't happening, at least not soon. It looks like Phenom will not support this feature, so anyone who picked up a platform that was supposed to support Quad FX won't have anything to stick in that second socket. Instead AMD has focused on projects like Spider, and we are left wondering what Intel's plans will be, and if Skulltrail will die as well.
Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2007 - 07:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Razer Lycosa takes gaming keyboards in a slightly different direction than the oversized, extra numpad sporting ones that we have been seeing quite frequently. Instead of adding buttons, they modifed them, topping them with rubber and shortening them to a height more often found on laptops. The WASD keys glow, and the lighted logo also toggles the windows key on and off.
Subject: Mobile | December 3, 2007 - 06:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Madshrimps have a very specfic review, covering some surgery on a Gateway laptop, but their experiences can be carried over into other laptops. Opening up and upgrading a laptop is a bit more time consuming and frustrating than a full sized PC, so if you have never tried it before this article will give you a good idea what is involved.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 3, 2007 - 05:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SilverStone's Temjin enclosures rank up there with a very few others at the high end of quality features and especially price. Many enthusiasts just are not willing to drop more than $200 on their case, especially if they have no plans to use the extras that raise the price so much. SilverStone's answer is the Kublai KL01, which shares the look of the Temjin, but with some of the extras trimmed down.
Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2007 - 05:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Vista has turned one, and over it's first year it has had some difficulties. With many of the channels dumping Vista for XP, or at least offering a choice between the two, driver nightmare issues, and the lack of a service back, home user adoption is slow. Not even Crysis and other DX10 games are spurring sales. On the business side it is even more bleak with incredibly low adoption numbers, and now the news that many corporations that were considering a 07-08 change-over have pushed that back to a 08-09 switch.
Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2007 - 11:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When we are doing benchmarking at PC Perspective, an easy way to see how a program responds to additional CPU cores is to disable 1 or more cores and run the benchmarks again. All hardware and speeds stay the same, but with less cores available, making any scaling that occurs easy to spot. As an enthusiast trying to use a new dual/quad core CPU, having a disabled core isn't exactly what you want and it can be quite frustrating when that happens. There is also a thread in that forum that can help out
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 30, 2007 - 07:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For the reasons laid out in the beginning of the AnandTech article, the idea of a silently cooled 8800GT seems preposterous, die shrink or not. The mind pictures a one slot card with a 3 slot passive cooler and heatpipes that extend beyond your case. As it turns out, this card really isn't that large, and while the temperatures do go well over 100C, the card exhibited no errors after a Crysis torture test.
Subject: Storage | November 30, 2007 - 07:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You may have seen drives labeled "RAID edition" or "enterprise" that seem to be much more expensive than drives that don't sport those labels. Two recent releases; the Barracuda ES.2 and Caviar RE2-GP aren't that much more expensive than their brethren, and claim a much longer MTBF thanks to better quality firmware. Drop by ExtremeTech to see if the higher quality guts also translate into better speeds.
Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2007 - 05:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dan, who is incapable of not asking a question once it crosses his mind and then tracking down an answer from somewhere, takes on the mystery of save games. Why is it that some games end up with a save folder larger than the rest of the game combined, while others seem to have tiny saves that barely make a scratch on your HDD, or fit in a tiny bit of flash memory. Why do some games load saves quicker in some areas than others, and others seem to load the same regardless.