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Subject: Systems | June 28, 2007 - 01:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legion Hardware has specked out a nice midrange system, that includes a 22" monitor as well as a C2D E6420, ASUS P5N-E SLI = $130, 2GB of DDR2-800 and a 640MB eVGA GeForce 8800 GTS. Check out the results of the build as well as the overclocking potential.
If you want a second opinion, head to the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard, where there are 4 recommended builds.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 28, 2007 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The 2 brothers of the recently released 2900XT have appeared, the 2600 and the 2400. With lower clock speeds, lower power consumption and the inclusion of AMD's Universal Video Decoder, these cards are perfect for an HTPC system, or for casual gamers. Unfortunately, they are not going to satisfy any hardcore gamers. It isn't all bad news, the benefit gained in a Crossfire configuration from these two cards is better than any we've seen, which may signal hope for the future of AMD's graphics division.
Subject: General Tech | June 28, 2007 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Yesterday Intel released a patch to it's C2D processor line, or rather snuck it out. Today on Slashdot is information on what exactly was patched and why you should be worried about it. The issues range from buffer overflow-like vulnerabilities to floating point instruction non-coherencies, and memory corruptions. Even better is the fact that some of these bugs do not seem possible to be fixed via software.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 28, 2007 - 09:38 AM | Ryan Shrout
Don't worry, it's coming! At about 4am last night I decided it was better to get a few hours sleep than write something that you weren't going to be able to read....so give it a couple of hours and I'll have my full review of the new 2600 and 2400 cards from AMD online.
In the mean time, hang out in the PC Perspective Forum and chat with some other hardware fanatics!
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 27, 2007 - 05:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The 8000 series has been expanded to cover just about every price point, from under $100 to over $1000, and all are DX10 cards. Over at Tech-Hounds, the low to mid range 8600 GT and GTS are up for review with their older brother, the 7950GT for comparison as well as a X1950 Pro. It turns out that if raw speed is all you are interested in, maybe a lower priced DX10 card isn't what you are looking for.
Subject: Displays | June 27, 2007 - 03:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The V7 group has put out a very attractively priced 22" widescreen LCD, the D22W12. A 1680x1050 monitor with a 5ms response rate and a 700:1 contrast ratio, they certainly didn't skimp on the quality, and they even included integral speakers. Motherboards.org was so impressed, they gave it their Hot Product Award.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 27, 2007 - 01:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For a low budget case, the Revoltec Zirconium offers some unique features. For instance, the extra external USB and Firewire and audio ports are located in a recess at the top of the case, and the front panel has integral eject buttons for your optical drives. Read on to see how well the case satisfied the Guru of 3D's discerning needs, and where it fell short.
Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2007 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Armed Assault:Combat Operations is not exactly the sequel to Operation Flashpoint, but it is it's descendant. If you missed out on Operation Flashpoint, it was far more than a FPS like the Battlefield or Call of Duty series, more like a simulator. You didn't get to save during missions, but you could take advantage of the entire world to get your job done, including taking control of any vehicle and later in the game, ordering your squad around ...
Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2007 - 11:31 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Pricing on the iPhone, and the plans from AT&T have hit the streets, shortly before the June 29th release date. The hype surrounding this device has been everywhere, but we have been short on some details, which are being dribbled out as the date goes closer. Read more about the service plan you can expect to get on CoolTechZone.
Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2007 - 11:18 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif. and DRESDEN, Germany, June 27, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced new technologies that will advance and accelerate growth of high-performance computing (HPC) - from deskside supercomputers to high-end petaflop-sized clusters. Intel Cluster Ready and Intel Connects Cables help simplify cluster use and deployment as high-performance computing use expands from academic and scientific realms to more mainstream use in data centers.
Subject: Systems | June 27, 2007 - 11:15 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Meeting customer's requirements for connectivity and versatility, the VIA EPIA LT mainboard, featuring the VIA CX700 system media processor, offers a number of innovative features for the fast-growing x86-based embedded market.
Subject: Memory | June 26, 2007 - 05:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS tries out Corsair's DOMINATOR XMS2-10000 (with and without the Airflow fan), Kingston's HyperX KHX9600D2K2/2G, OCZ's Reaper HPC Edition PC2-9200, CellShock's DDR2 1000 and G.SKILL's F2-6400CL4D on an eVGA NF68 with an Intel C2D Extreme X6800. There are some differences in the speeds that these DIMM's run at, but you might be surprised how closely they score.
Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2007 - 03:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 26, 2007 - Intel Corporation unveiled today a global training curriculum for software developers to speed and expand software development for multi-core processors. The Intel Software Training Program offers classroom courses and hands-on lab work to better train software developers in multi-threaded application design.
Subject: Storage | June 26, 2007 - 02:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MadShrimps decided to explore the performance of ReadyBoost, using the USB interface available for SD cards. In this particular set of tests first they benchmarked the system with 512MB, 1GB and 2 GB, or RAM and then adding the cards. They also tried using the SD cards to replace RAM, keeping 512MB in the system, and then benchmarking with various USB/SD cards and storage space.
"Prices for mainstream Digital Cameras over 7 mega pixels are going down and they are becom
Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2007 - 01:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
7.1 cards are becoming more common as PC add on cards, and they aren't all made by Creative. Diamond's XS 7.1 cards are relatively inexpensive, and offer you the chance to hear full Dolby surround sound. OCC compares it to the Turtle Beach Montego, and you can follow their testing here.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 26, 2007 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Corsair has joined it's competitors in releasing PSUs, in the form of the new HX series. The HX 620W is a 620W PSU, as you might have suspected with 3 12V rails of 18A apiece. It's modular design keeps your case tidy, and the variable speed 120mm fan keeps it cool; read the full review at Tech Connect.
Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2007 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Join Ars Technica in taking a look at spam, phishing, botnets and more. They briefly look back at the trends that we have seen in the wonderful world of identity theft and scams, and examine the new trends we are seeing currently. Viruses now mutate, so no matter how long the list of definitions is, anti-virus software is becoming obsolete. The popularity of social networking programs gives new weapons to the hordes of zombie computers out there, which they are
Subject: Mobile | June 25, 2007 - 04:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HP's dv6500t's feature set is almost boring compared to most laptops hitting the market these days, but then how many people really need that ASUS Lamborghini? When you consider it in the same light as a ThinkPad, you start to get an idea what HP is thinking. It is highly customizable, with either a C2D T7300 or T7100, it supports up to 4Gb of DDR2-400/533/667 in dual channel mode, and either Intel's GMA X3100 or an nVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS. If you are looking for flexibility and power, and as few extras as possible
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 25, 2007 - 03:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Sunbeam 3D Storm will remind you of the Quarterback, there some nice changes to this case, including washable filters behind all of the mesh on the case. the 2 fans placed directly inside the middle of the case on a bar, which is referred to as 3D core fan makes installation a little tight, but techPowerUp's testing proves that it does help with your GPU temps. Read on to see how the install went, and a
Subject: Motherboards | June 25, 2007 - 01:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gigabyte has kept the tradition of P35 boards with the P35T-DQ6. Featuring solid state capacitors cooled with enormous, but low profile copper heatsinks. They have gone for a passive solution, allowing silence from you chipset cooling, and leaving you enough space for a titanic CPU cooler. [H]ard|OCP found the supported DDR3 allowed them to reach a synchronous CPU FSB of 400MHz @ 1600MHz<