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Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 03:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VR-Zone has some information on the ASUS Xonar D2X, the soundcard announced at CeBIT. It is a PCIe card, that can handle 192K/24-bit with 118dB SNR for playback, and 115dB SNR for recording. They have captures from the slide show that give you a lot of information on what this card will do.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 28, 2007 - 12:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In a large round up, Beyond3D tests the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX
and GTS 640MB
against the 7950 GX2, the 7900 GTX
and ATI's X1950 XTX. Once the resolution gets higher and AA and AF are enabled, the G80 family's claim to the crown really stands out. When the R600 hits the market, it will be quite the battle for dominance.
Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GamingHeaven has published a review of the finally finished S.T.A.L.K.E.R., which is no longer in the running for "Most Time Spent in Development". The aptly named current leader in that contest is still holding out on us.
While it has suffered graphically because of the long development time, it still manages to look good. It has been awaited for it's storyline and A.I., which the reviewers did find quite addictive, as well as the bullet model.
Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Police in Mexico City have started a new program that they hope will reduce certain areas reputation for violence. If you bring in a gun, the police will trade you for a new PC, as well as food or money. The idea seems like it could be attractive to hoodlums wanting to get their GTA fix; unless as The Inquirer points out, a bright one realizes that there is a different kind of trade that could be made.
Subject: Systems | March 27, 2007 - 05:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Zalman HD160XT bills itself as the Ultimate HTPC ... and with a 7" touchscreen it may have a case to base that on. Since it will happily fit a full ATX board the three 80mm and single 92mm fans will keep your system cool if you choose to put some serious heat producing hardware inside. Tweaknews fell in love with the screen, the remote and the case, so read on and see if you do too.
Subject: Systems | March 27, 2007 - 03:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP picked up a SFF gaming PC from Hypersonic, the Phantom GX. With it's $2500 dollar price tag, a GeForce 7900 seems a little light, and [H] found that the biggest customization in the box was the use of tape for wire management. Head over to read the review, and their interesting encounters when phoning HyperSonic's Tech Support.
Subject: Motherboards | March 27, 2007 - 01:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new motherboard chipset from nVidia, the 680i LT is not really a new chipset. It is even reported as a 680i SLI, no LT in CPU-Z. Trimmed off are the second onboard NIC, 2 USB ports, and the BIOS going to 1200MHz for EPP automatically, though it can certainly reach that manually. However, this trimming did allow them to reduce the price to around $200, significantly lower than the price of a Striker Extreme. Learn more about the capabilities of this board at The Tech Report.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 27, 2007 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Zalman ZM-600HP 600 Watt Modular Heatpipe Cooled PSU is under review at futurelooks. It has some nice features including 4 12V rails, modular cabling, and protection for just about any fluctuation in temperature or voltage. It is also fairly quiet, sitting at about 45dBA, thanks to it's 120mm fan and heatpipe cooling. Auto-sensing 115 or 240 V is also
Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2007 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Drop by hardCOREware for a look at the power consumption of a PS3 while it's running Folding@Home, and also get an idea how fast the Cell processor can fold. The PS3 makes up 65% of Folding@Home's current TFLOPS, but only 13% of active folders are PS3s. So go buy a PS3, skip out on the games and just use it to fold with PC Perspective's own Folding Fro
Subject: Storage | March 27, 2007 - 11:07 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CAâ€”March 26, 2007â€”OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide
leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability
memory, today released the most innovative Secure Digital™ memory
solution on the market, the new OCZ Trifecta SD card series. This
unique combination of microSD™, SD and a USB key in one unit creates a
new way of sharing files between your mobile phone, MP3 player, digital
camera, and PC.
Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2007 - 11:03 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BEIJING, March 26, 2007 — Intel Corporation today announced plans to build a 300-millimeter (mm) wafer fabrication facility (fab) in the coastal Northeast China city of Dalian in Liaoning Province. The $2.5 billion investment for the factory designated Fab 68 will become Intel's first wafer fab in Asia and adds significant investment to Intel's existing operations in China.
Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2007 - 11:02 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 22, 2007 — Intel Corporation today announced that Intel-powered classmate PCs are shipping in volume to emerging markets. These affordable yet fully functional PC based on the IntelÂ® CeleronÂ® M processor is the first education-oriented mobile computer to ship in volume to Brazil and Mexico.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 26, 2007 - 05:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware has posted a review of a case just perfect for LAN parties, the Thermaltake LANBOX. From the integrated handle to the ability to handle micro and miniATX motherboards. There is enough space to fit a RAID in, as well as some well thought out cooling, that make the case for this enclosure. The only drawback they found was that the front aluminium panel is attractive, but
Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2007 - 02:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 7000 gives you a nice way to control your HTPC without resorting to remotes better suited for TV viewing. Gamehelper reviews this totally flat keyboard and small rechargeable mouse that also holds batteries for back up. Both are wireless and easy to carry around, as well as hide when they aren't in use,
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 26, 2007 - 01:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The PowerColour Radeon X1950 Pro SCS3 is well named when referred to as the Silent Edition. The huge passive heatsink is larger than the actual card, and provides enough surface area to outperform the active cooling solution on an ASUS EAX1950 Pro. Elite Bastards tried it out on some of the newer games, including the newly available S.T.A.L.K.E.R., so you can get an idea how that game will perform on a system based around a X1950 Pro.
Subject: Shows and Expos | March 26, 2007 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Madshrimps has been running around CeBit, taking pictures of everything. From oddly egg shaped reservoir/pump combos and graphics cards that are watercooled by a pump/radiator that fits in a card slot, fully assembled systems and 3D displays. Head on over!
Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2007 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs chats with John Byrne of the AMD Graphics Product Group, as in the old ATI. They talk about being king of the mid-range graphics cards, and the difficulty they've had overcoming the new nVidia series. They also discuss the new GPU series soon to hit the market, DX10 and General Purpose GPUs. Drop by to get to know this new part of AMD a little better.
Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2007 - 06:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Some of our more perceptive members may have noticed avatars springing up in the forums beside the names of our mods, admin and staff. Every member is invited to join in the fun, just head to your User CP, double check that avatars are turned on under your options, and then go to edit avatar and either link to an online one, or upload one from your own computer. Keep
Subject: Motherboards | March 23, 2007 - 04:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MSI's P6N SLI Platinum incorporates some nice features into a fairly inexpensive board. With solid state capacitors, there is little chance of a leak, the supported 8GB of RAM helps this board run Vista, and it supports a FSB of up to 1333MHz, which gives it some future proofing. Gigabit NIC, 2 Firewire ports and a 7.1 HD onboard audio by Azalia round out those features. 4 3GB/s SATA channels, 2 IDE channels and an eSATA port on the back give you plenty of ch