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Subject: Motherboards | October 2, 2007 - 05:36 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
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 2, 2007 - 04:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It looks like the title of new miracle cure for heat has passed by carbon black. It has taken too long in development, and is only used to a limited extent in thermal pads and grease. A newish form of carbon, the nano-tube looks to be the next contender. When [H]ard|OCP refers to them as 'forests', they are bang on ...
Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2007 - 03:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The good news is that AMD will be launching a new series of graphics cards in the very near future ... the bad news is that the chip won't go into mass production until November, so it is unlikely we will see the cards using the new chips until 2008. You can see that the specs that DigiTimes quotes offer some hope for performance improvements, but AMD is sticking with it's usual response to people publishing info on unreleased parts ... silence.
Subject: Systems | October 1, 2007 - 09:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gateway's One looks a bit like an iMac, with the system contained in the screen. Thankfully, it is more like the new one, with a nice flat panel. That is where the similarities stop, other than the design, it is pure PC. The Techgage article has pictures of the machine, both inside and out, so go on a take a look ... you know you are curious.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 1, 2007 - 06:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MSI's RX2600XT Diamond has overclocked the reference 2600XT to
850MHz and 2.3GHz, a gain of 50MHz and 100MHz respectively. One of the benefits that [H]ard|OCP noticed is that the cooler from MSI is significantly better than the stock one supplied with other 2600XTs but the ATI Overdrive will still put a ceiling on the overclock. Check out the fastest ou
Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2007 - 05:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Then it's unlikely an alphabetized keyboard will either, but then again, you never know. At Hardware Logic, you can get a look at the New Standard NSK 535R, which may help out with hunt and peck style typing, especially with the inclusion of the numpad as alternate key functions, on both sides of the alphabet. It is definitely a unique way to set up a keyboard, but you will want to peruse the full review at HardwareLogic before you run out and buy one.
Subject: Processors | October 1, 2007 - 04:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechARP has a quick look at the 9000 series of Quads and Duos that Intel will be releasing November 11th. With the smaller process comes higher speeds. It looks like we will be waiting until January for dual-core Wolfdales, which will be labeled as the 8000 series, and will arrive in time to counter the triple cored Barcelona chips that should be appearing at roughly the same time.
Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2007 - 10:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The quiet release of the AMD 5000 Black Edition has not gone unnoticed on the forums, with a few members wondering if the overclocking potential is going to be as good as AMD implies. If it is, it may make the choices you have to make when building a system easier, and may mean you can save a bit on the cooling system as well.
Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2007 - 06:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 27, 2007 - Former President Bill Clinton announced today at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in New York that Intel Corporation will bring its landmark teacher training program online to help more than 1.5 million teachers in 15 countries learn how to best integrate technology into their lesson plans to help students learn.
Subject: Mobile | September 28, 2007 - 05:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For $99 you can get a Zonbu with a 2 year subscription to their online storage service, or $249 without. As it only has 4GBs of flash memory onboard, the online storage can come in very handy, but that same fact keeps the power drain below 13W! It comes pre-loaded with Gentoo Linux and FireFox, the Evolution mail client, OpenOffice.org, the Gimp and more.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 28, 2007 - 05:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Heatpipes have grown up and aren't afraid to show it off. They are exposing themselves all over the place, it's shameless really. You can see all the pics over at Benchmark Reviews, with several brands of exposed heatpipe cooler, including the brand new OZC Vendetta. It probably has something to do with them hanging out with Thermoele
Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2007 - 04:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If reading through Ryan's articles and listening to the podcast just didn't satisfy your need to know more about what happened at the Intel Developers Forum, there is a solution. The Inquirer has gathered together many links to Intel's Blog and other Intel sites that have almost the entire content from the IDF. Get your info first hand.
Subject: Storage | September 27, 2007 - 09:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SATA 2 makes your devices hot swappable, but seeing as how it is more likely that your SATA 2 drive is an internal HDD or optical storage drive, it isn't really very easy to open the case up to swap the drives around, even if your case offers tool-less mounting. Vantec has been quick to take advantage of this, with their EZ Swap EX. It is essentially a 5.25" adapter that fits into an empty bay in your case and a 3.5" cover into which your drive goes. Easy as pie to hot swap your SATA drives now, although Driver Heave
Subject: Systems | September 27, 2007 - 06:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Check out the Antec Veris Fusion Black 430 Media Centre HTPC case and it's A/V cooler, which are up for review at OCC. The case's design will look right at home in an entertainment center, and should have no problems fitting into a cabinet. Antec has als
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 27, 2007 - 05:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If the DualHead2Go Digital Edition just doesn't offer you enough screen real estate to satisfy there is still hope. Check out the TripleHead2Go Digital Edition. On one end of the connector is a VGA, DVI and USB, and on the other are 3 clearly labeled DVI connectors. Plug everything in while the PC is turned off, boot up, install the Matrox software and prepare to be amazed by Bioshock in 3840*1024. Check out [H]ard|OCP's gallery of screens from many games all at that sa
Subject: Motherboards | September 27, 2007 - 05:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech has published a full review of the Foxconn MARS P35 motherboard, touted as a high performance board with a value price. The cooling system on the motherboard will keep the Northbridge happy for all but the most extreme overclocking, and should still give enough space around the socket to allow a large CPU heatsink. The general overclocking settings in the BIOS gave them some problems, but once AnandTech got the hang of it, this turned into a board that is great for overclocking Quads.
Subject: General Tech | September 27, 2007 - 04:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It turns out that the sneaky update to Windows Update that we heard a lot of news about two weeks ago is starting to cause a little havok.
Subject: Motherboards | September 26, 2007 - 10:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ontario, CA, Sept. 25, 2007 - XFX welcomes the most affordable and graphically intense triplets ever delivered. The XFX nForce 630i with GeForce 7150, nForce 630i with GeForce 7100, and nForce 610i with GeForce 7050 motherboards are genetically programmed to deliver a premium graphics experience on Windows Vista, including Flip 3D, translucent window panes and taskbar preview.
Designed for Intel-based PCs, these motherboards support a full range of Intel CPUs (from Core2 Quad to Celeron) and DDR2-800 memory.