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Subject: Systems | March 5, 2007 - 03:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan has been busily updating the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard. Every system has been tweaked, and in some cases the performance increased and the price decreased.
The new superclocked 8800's appear in both the Dream System and the High End System. The Mid Range and Budget systems have new motherboards that offer good features.
Check them out!
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2007 - 03:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware has a review of the X1950 GT 256MB. By dropping the Pro part of the name, reducing the clock speed and the price, this card is good choice for those not looking for the fastest card. It's performance is still nothing to sneer at, it is capable of over 100fps with 4x FSAA and 4x anisotropic filtering enabled in Half Life Episode One.
Subject: Systems | March 5, 2007 - 01:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has revamped some of their testing methods, and revisit some quad-core desktops that they've reviewed previously. Among the many changes, they switched to Vista Ultimate 64 bit edition, so drop by and see what effect that has had on these systems performance.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 5, 2007 - 12:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Thermalright Ultra 120 is an immense heatsink that is designed to cool without needing a fan. It even manages to out perform the stock Intel cooler, while generating no noise. The interesting trick with this heatsink is that you can easily attach a 120mm fan, and get incredible cooling power. Head to AnandTech for a look at the performance of this powerful cooler.
Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2007 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Take a run through Tech ARP's Security Boot Camp. There are some very handy tips for detecting, removing and preventing malware, and it is done in a very easy to understand method. See if there is anything there the will give you a few tips, and save yourself some time cleaning your computer later.
"If you are always worrying about the security of your computer but do not know what to do about it, then this is the boot camp
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Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 5, 2007 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL — (March 5, 2007) — BFG TechnologiesÂ®, Inc., the leading North American and European NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG NVIDIAÂ® GeForceÂ® 8800 OC2™ series of graphics cards.
BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX OC2 768MB:
- Core Clock: 626MHz vs. standard 575MHz.
- Shader Clock: 1450MHz vs. standard 1350MHz.
- Memory Clock: 2000MHz vs. standard 1800MHz.
BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS OC2 640MB:
Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2007 - 06:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Another Friday is here, and it's time to take a peek at the forums. A KVM switch can be a very handy device if you are running a Distributed Computing farm, or just have more PCs than you do monitors.
Subject: Storage | March 2, 2007 - 03:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DropBoks, eSnips, MediaMax, OmniDrive and openomy are all under review at ExtremeTech. These 6 sites offer online storage, that you can get for free. 4 provide you up to 1GB free storage, with eSnips offering 5GB and MediaMax 25GB. They also offer different max files sizes and transfer bandwidth, as well as offering premium services, so read on to see which best fits you.
Subject: Mobile | March 2, 2007 - 02:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MAKE:Blog has posted a link to a new How To. In this case it's a step by step set of instructions on how to refill a laptop batteries. It can also be used to mod your battery, by using more powerful cells, you can get a battery that last longer than the original did. Make sure you read all the warnings, otherwise you or your laptop may end up quite sad.
Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2007 - 12:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Why has it taken this long to get a Conan game; not that 2008 is exactly close yet. Finally you can stalk the wilderness as everyones favorite Cimmerian hacking off heads and bathing in blood. In fact, you should really head over to Strategy Informer to take a look at the 24 screenshots they've posted to get an idea just how much blood there will be in this game.
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Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 2, 2007 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Wi-Fi is a very handy way to set up a network without spreading cables all through your house or business, and it is much easier and cheaper to set up than just a few years ago. It also opens you up to a few vulnerabilities that are not always understood. CNET reports on some of the most common, from packet sniffers, to the fact that when your PC starts up, it broadcasts a list of the wireless networks it has connected to in the past.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 1, 2007 - 06:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The newest cooler from Scythe has one of the oddest names going ... the Andy Samurai Master. You can read about this heatsink at Silent PC Review, where they put it up against the older Scythe Ninja, as well as the Ultra 120. They also try on a few different fans to see what effect that has on it's noise, and it's performance.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 1, 2007 - 04:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When the driver is available, the driver Release Notes will include a full list of bugs fixed, known driver issues, products supported, and operating system and application limitations.
Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2007 - 04:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 28, 2007 - Members of a special United Nations group met today with Silicon Valley leaders to explore how the technology industry, government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can come together to bolster development around the world.
Subject: Motherboards | March 1, 2007 - 03:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today we get more looks at the soon to be released AMD 690 chipset, starting off with Legit Reviews. They find the reference boards they reviewed perfect for HTPC applications as it is the only chipset that supports simultaneous independent outputs of DVI and HDMI. The gamers are not going to be impressed by the performance of the IGP but it certainly outperforms the old NVIDIA 430 chipset.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 1, 2007 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
320 MB is perfect for users under 1920x1200, is the finding from [H]ard|OCP. If you can limit yourself to that resolution, this card will handle just about every graphical bell and whistle you can throw at it. EVGA's 320MB Superclocked card has a 76 MHz advantage over the reference core of 500 MHz and it's stream processor is 150 MHz faster.
Subject: Processors | March 1, 2007 - 01:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech has put together an 11 page article, bringing together all that is known about Barcelona. They take you through the chip, from what native quad core means, to the doubling of the stack used for indirect branch predictions.
There have been a lot of changes to the old K7 core, so take a few minutes and read through this article.
Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2007 - 12:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Visit the Hardware Zone for a look at Behringer's Podcaststudio. It consists of an analog mixer that supports XLR and RCA connections, a Firewire audio interface for your PC, a studio condenser microphone and a pair of high-quality headphones. This will give you far better quality than a homebrew solution, unless you happen to have a background in sound engineering.
Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2007 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Koroush Ghazi at Tweak Guides has finished creating his Tweaking Companion for Windows Vista. The free version is available for download, along with the older XP guide. If you find it helpful, you can support him by purchasing the Deluxe version. Whichever route you choose, check out the tips before you stop running Vista.