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Subject: Storage | September 25, 2007 - 09:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new revision of Western Digital's Caviar 750GB HDD, the RE2 sports tweaked firmware and RAID optimizations. As it is an enterprise class HDD they also did more reliability testing, and extended the warranty, which the home user can also benefit from. The big news is the drop from on Write seek time; from 10.9ms to 9.6ms. From their testing The Tech Report found that while it is faster than the first revis
Subject: Processors | September 25, 2007 - 06:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Looking for an idea as to the relative differences between overclocked Quads and Duos? The testing at Hardware Logic may not produce the exact same results as your experiences, but it can give you a hint as to how these processors separate once they have been pushed beyond spec. You can even look at these scores as something to meet or to beat.
Subject: Displays | September 25, 2007 - 05:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of the biggest displays at the CEDIA expo would be the new 1080p digital projectors, and Digital Trends spent a good amount of time checking out the offerings. The extremely bright Panasonic PT-AE2000 for the home can produce a full 1500 lumens, which allows viewing without needing a blacked out room, and will display a 10' image from 11' away. For those with a bit more to spend, Sony introduced the $15,000 VPL-VW200 with Carl Ziess lenses and a BRAVIA signal processing engine which will allow up to a 35,000:1 contrast ratio. There is also a ~$3000 Sanyo LP-Z2000 which may provide some competition to those thinking of buying large LCD or plasma TV.
"With all of the high-def projectors cropping up at this year's CEDIA expo, it's easy for even the most die-hard home theater buffs to get blinded by the light. And with prices starting to plunge below $4,000 USD, 1080p projectors are starting to catch the attention of more mainstream buyers as well. If your home cinema is a little short on screen acreage, an HD projector is an ideal way to make the jump to the big time, but you'll need to familiarize yourself with all the new options first. Here are four new HD projectors that should be on your big-screen radar."
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- HP w2207 22-inch LCD Monitor @ I4U
- Toshiba Regza 42X3000P 42 inch 1080p HDTV @ I4U
- Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 Review @ Digital Trends
- Samsung 40" LCD HDTV @ BCCHardware
- LCD Roundup: Something for everyone @ InsideHW
- SOYO 24-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor MT-GW-DYLM24D6 @ Benchmark Reviews
Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2007 - 04:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Love the series or hate it, you will be seeing a lot of press about the final installment of the game that made the Xbox what it is today. Halo 3 is out, though you may have trouble finding it on the shelves, as Microsoft's hype machine worked perfectly again, and people lined up for hours to get the game at it's midnight release. Ars Technica can give you a look at what this new sequel offers to dedicated Halo fans, without giving away the plot or any secrets while they ar
Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2007 - 03:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It looks like the new Excel 2007 has some problems (apart from it's ribbon fetish). It looks like the number 65,535 causes some interesting behaviour, and it's maths skills take a turn for the bizarre. Excel has had a history of troubles around that spot, including it's belief that no spreadsheet should ever have more than 65,536 rows. Read more examples of this issue by following the link on Slashdot.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 25, 2007 - 03:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD is excited to announce the newest member of its flagship ATI Radeon HD 2900 series, the ATI Radeon HD 2900 PRO. The ATI Radeon HD 2900 PRO features the powerful next-generation unified shader architecture with 320 unified stream processors, comprehensive DirectX 10 support and built-in HDMI multimedia features for an immersive HD gaming experience.
The ATI Radeon HD 2900 PRO is available today on a limited basis subject to supply constraints.
Below is more detail on the three board variants of the ATI Radeon HD 2900 PRO:
Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2007 - 09:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The G15 from Logitech is a gaming keyboard with a lot of multipurpose buttons and even a display. Instead of trimming down the features like Ideazon and others, Logitech opted to add features to a full sized keyboard. From the blue LED, to disabling the Windows key while gaming, there is a lot of nice touches. The most powerful feature is it's ability to record macros on the fly and program the LCD screen to display a wide variety of information. Read on at motherboards.org to see this ke
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 24, 2007 - 07:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We have seen plenty of 3rd party coolers for your VGA, that sit atop your GPU and memory to keep the card cool and maybe let you get a bit more speed out of it. Hardware Canucks have published a review of a unique cooling add on, that should work with most cooling setups on several different cards. The Thermalright HR-11 Backside Cooler will keep the heat off of the SMDs on the back of the card, and any radiant heat that might be making it's way th
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 24, 2007 - 06:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ABS/Tagan ITZ1300 1300w power supply is up for review at [H]ard|OCP today, sporting six 20 amp 12V rails and a pair of 80mm fans for cooling. The build and looks of this PSU are quite nice, as are the numerous plugs, but [H] found something hiding inside that caused them some dissapointment
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 24, 2007 - 05:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Overclockers Club reviews the Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro 64, which offers some fairly impressive cooling for the $20 you need to spend to get one. Many enthusiasts overclock to save a bit of money, but you aren't going to get too far with a stock cooler. Switch to this heatsink and not only will you get more performance from your PC, you won't need to drop components from your system to afford it.
Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2007 - 05:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When first taking the plunge into Linux, the sheer amount of distros available can be overwhelming. Instead of backing off and postponing the leap again, check out PC Mechanic. The author picked a distro after trying out several, and you can learn from his steps ... if you are looking for the same things in Linux that he was.
Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2007 - 04:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Akella presents the DX10 tech demo-benchmark of the upcoming naval action sim PT Boats: Knights of the Sea.
The final game will support both DX10 and DX9, but this demo is a demonstration of what the final game will look like in DirectX 10. The demo features all the visual effects and some of the highly detailed models that will be available in the game.
The main DX10 graphics features of PT boats: Knights of the Sea tech demo-benchmark:
Subject: General Tech | September 21, 2007 - 09:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Think that you know it all when it comes to protecting your PC and keeping your browser secure? Test your knowledge through the link in this thread, and see how your score stacks up against other PCPer members. If you are more interested in the hardware side of things, then weigh in on what you think about AMD's 3-core plans, or your opinion on quad core processors, and if they are worth the premium
Subject: Mobile | September 21, 2007 - 07:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The brand new Blackberry Curve 8300 has been trimmed down in size and weight, as well as missing some features that many might consider necessary. Neither Wi-Fi nor 3G are supported, your only wireless connection is via EDGE, which is good enough for many people, but has caused some head scratching. There are some other nice features that may make 8800 users jealous, check them out at Hardware Zone.
Subject: Motherboards | September 21, 2007 - 04:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP broke in their new testing OS, Vista Ultimate 64, on the abit IP35 Pro. With solid metal capacitors, a good layout and decent cooling, this board shows off what abit can do when they put their minds to it. It didn't take first place when it came time to overclock, but the overall solid build of this motherboard makes it a good choice to build a system with.
Subject: Shows and Expos | September 21, 2007 - 04:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel's Skulltrail looks like the kind of system that anyone would want to own, badly. It's too bad that when The Tech Report questioned Intel about the pricing, they replied that it will be priced above 'traditional workstation-class', which you can probably read as super crazy high price plus time and materials and a bit on the side. They aren't even sure what RAM is in this machine, but supposedly it is CL3 and over 800MHz, nor were they able to benchmark it themselves, so we have to accept Intel's screenshots, for no
Subject: Memory | September 20, 2007 - 09:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCZ's FlexXLC offers a lot to overclockers. The 1150MHz out of the box speed will make sure that it isn't the memory holding back your FSB and 'ready for watercooling' design will give you some great cooling power. PC Stats managed 5-5-5-15 @ 1220 MHz, and there is probably some room left to speed it up.
Subject: Systems | September 20, 2007 - 06:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report revisits their systems guide in the wake of new pricing from Intel and AMD. While we may not be able to buy all the fancy new toys we are hearing about at the IDF for quite a while, this price war is a boon on anyone building a new system, or looking to upgrade an existing one. See what new components you can get without breaking the bank.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 20, 2007 - 05:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Matrox who have been making graphics adapters for decades, are most frequently known for their multi-monitor support. The newest DualHead2Go Digital Edition offers two DVI-I outputs, which can be changed to VGA with the usual adapter. The real magic is in how much more flexibility you are offered when you compare it to the buit in multiple monitor support that Windows offers, which
Subject: General Tech | September 20, 2007 - 04:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the keynote speech over, a lot of the pomp and circumstance surrounding the IDF has faded, but that doesn't mean the news is over. AnandTech has a chance for a close-up look at a robot car, new laptops and WiMAX as well as wireless power. You can also get more details on yesterdays Silverthorne and Menlow news.