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Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2007 - 01:45 PM | Ryan Shrout
We have been very impressed with the Xonar sound card from Asus here at PC Perspective, and it looks like a new PCI Express version will be coming out soon.
Asustek announced its Xonar D2 PCI sound card on June 5, but we also spotted a PCI Express version of the card—branded Xonar D2X—at the company's Computex booth on the same day. The firm has now finally launched the Xonar D2X, and the PCIe newcomer is coming out together with another member of the Xonar lineup: the Xonar U1.
Subject: Motherboards | October 8, 2007 - 01:42 PM | Ryan Shrout
Embedded operating systems have long been the one way to get super-fast boot up times and looks like Asus might be allowing upcoming X38 motherboards to take advantage of them.
Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2007 - 07:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sure you know what MP3s are, everyone does. But there is more than one way to make them, and how you choose to do so can have a huge impact on the quality of the and the size as well. Ars Technica takes you through Fast Fourier Transforms, compression algorithms as well as some of the other formats that offer you alternatives to MP3. Your music collection may never sound the same again.
Subject: Processors | October 5, 2007 - 06:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Secrets has been busy compiling tables of CPUs, for anyone tracking the changes to the processor lines of AMD and Intel, or just getting confused by all the model numbers. They have compiled the entire Opteron series into these sets, including the new Barcelona models. The entire Athlon 64 series can be found on these pages, and anyone looking for information on
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 5, 2007 - 06:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunbeam's new UFO Acrylic Cube Case comes completely disassembled, so don't invest in this case unless you are into shopping at Ikea. It is a rewarding experience to put it together, as you end up with a very sharp see through case, and with careful cable management, a system worth showing off. techPowerUp went through all the steps of setting this case up, and the final product is quite a sight to behold.
Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2007 - 06:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechARP had a chance to sit down with Patrick Gelsinger, SVP and General Manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group. They get some answers about Intel's tick-tock strategy and the new hafnium-based transistors that we are hoping to see soon, along with as 32nm technology. You can also find out some interesting tidbits about Nehalem.
Subject: Mobile | October 4, 2007 - 06:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
boingboing has noticed that an ambitious hacker has finally found a use for Apples failed PDA, the Newton. Since he lives in Britain, the hack works much better than it does in North America, but the chances are good going on great that this is only a temporary problem. If you are wondering what exactly this hacker has done, he has turned the Newton into an iPhone ... more or less.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 4, 2007 - 02:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Push the button and it goes faster, or at least that is the theory behind MSI's NX8600GT Twin Turbo. Hardware Zone reviews the card, at the normal speeds and with the Turbo button pushed. There is definitely a difference in performance, mostly thanks to the overclocking of the stream processors, but it does leave me with a question. Who is going to buy this card and not push the Turbo button?
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 4, 2007 - 01:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has tested 5 PSUs that are all in the $50 range. You will recognize the manufacturers names, but the wattages may seem a little low compared to the majority of PSU reviews you have seen lately. This does give you a very handy tool in picking up a cheap PSU for a low budget system that will still do what you need and not let you down.
Subject: Storage | October 4, 2007 - 12:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not content with running over the Corsair Survivor with a car, or drowning it, or subjecting it to sniper fire, and various other devious and deviant tests of durability, HEXUS has crossed a line.
Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2007 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Folding@Home has run on about 2 million CPUs, and actively runs on 200,000, not counting PS3s. The math gets a little fuzzy when you are calculating FLOPS, but it is likely that they really have, at some point, broken the TeraFLOP milestone.
Storm, the wonderful little infection that has been stealthily been having fun romping through the internet, and possibly your computer, has infected between 1 to 50 MILLION PCs! When the creators figure out what that missing step between Step 1 and Step 3 is, you will likely wish that they were just stealing underpants.
Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2007 - 03:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While we have been seeing some nice onboard audio solutions on ASUS motherboards for a while now, we haven't seen an actual discreet soundcard. This changes with the introduction of the Xonar D2 soundcard, which houses an incredible amount of features and outputs. Elite Bastards gave the card, and the bundle it came with a try, check out
Subject: Memory | October 3, 2007 - 02:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Neoseeker has posted a review of the fastest RAM I have ever seen benchmarked, at least once overclocked. OCZ's Platinum DDR3 PC3-14400 (1800MHz) @ 8-8-8-27 has been relabeled to 8-8-8-24, but they reviewed it at the higher latency, and managed to get a bit of an overclock without relaxing them further. Too bad it is also the most expensive RAM I have seen as
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 3, 2007 - 02:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, Calif. - October 3, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance memory and PC components, today announced the release of the Turbo-Cool 1200 power supply from PC Power & Cooling.
Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2007 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gamehelper has done fans awaiting the release of Crysis ... demo or full ... a favour and a disservice. Their nice side has given us some screenshots and some idea of what the mulitplayer game will be like, but I can't help but think they are taunting those of us who couldn't get into the limited beta test.
Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2007 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It looks like the disappointment that many felt when the clock speeds of AMD's Barcelona chips may be short lived. The Inquirer is tracking and verifying rumours that the server line of Barcelona processors will scale up to 2.6 GHz. Considering that the when the parts were first announced, every single 65nm chip was clocked under 2GHz, this is good news for AMD and enthusiasts.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 2, 2007 - 06:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After the release of Thermaltake XaserVI and Armor+ sneak preview video on YouTube, 20,000 enthusiasts have watched the video and provided many positive feedbacks from all over the world. Everyone is excited about the cases and waiting anxiously for them to be available in the market, at the same time, wanting to know all the great features underneath their beauty. Therefore, Thermaltake is revealing the specifications of XaserVi and Armor+ to satisfy everyone’s curiosity.
Subject: Displays | October 2, 2007 - 02:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are in the market to get a mid sized LCD monitor, then give a little time to ExtremeTech and get some shopping ideas in return. The monitors range in price from $200 to $400, and the quality is widely varied as well, one monitor managed 8/10 while another struggled to hit 4/10. Don't just assume that their rating scale matches yours though, extras like an iPod dock may be a negative in your opinion.
Subject: Motherboards | October 2, 2007 - 01:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TweakTown managed to get a sneak preview of the two X38 board that ASUS is working on, the Maximus. It will come in two flavours, just like the P35 Blitz series did. Some of the nicer features include 2 full x16 PCI Express 2.0 slots, and a third that can be used, although it will cause the second 16x to reduce to 8x and give the other 8x to that 3rd slot. There is also an new and interesting feature called Express Gate, a 512MB flash drive soldered onto the motherboard that runs a compact version of