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Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2007 - 02:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A member of our forums has reached an existential crisis, the problems he has had constructing PCs has lead him to wonder if a prebuilt PC is the answer. Help him out in this thread. In this year the old Intel vs.
Subject: Displays | March 16, 2007 - 01:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Samsung SyncMaster XL20 undergoes the scrutiny of The Tech Zone, as they find out how well LED technology works as a light source in an LCD monitor. With much better colour reproduction than is found in most monitors and good brightness, this is less an expensive gaming LCD and more a cheap way to get a professional quality monitor. It even comes with a hood to let you work w
Subject: Motherboards | March 16, 2007 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Processors | March 16, 2007 - 11:15 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer reports on a very interesting prototype coming out of Japan. By placing the core on a plastic substrate, they have created a chip that can be bent, albeit a very slow one. There are many applications that involve conditions a ceramic CPU can't survive for long in, and this may be a perfect solution.
Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2007 - 11:07 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Give yourself Wi-Fi ESP with this handy little project that MAKE:Blog has linked to. With a little work with a micro-controller and PIC you can have a small sensor that provides a heartbeat-like signal that gets faster the better the Wi-Fi signal.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 16, 2007 - 10:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
All this begins from the desire to control the temperature in our computers with minimum effort. You are probably familiar with the topic of PWM technology from Intel and AMD, of which the motherboard consists of 1 PWM header to auto-adjust CPU cooler fan speed according to CPU loading and temperature variation. However, the only one is not enough at all.
Subject: Mobile | March 15, 2007 - 02:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
XYZ Computing reviews the Toshiba Portege M400-S4032, a tiny tablet PC. At 11.6" x 9.80" x 1.53"
and weighing 4.5 lbs it won't stretch your arm out of the socket, and 1GB of DDR2-667 and a C3D T2400 1.83 puts a bit of power in that tiny shell. Read on if you are looking for a well built tablet that won't set you back much more than a laptop.
Subject: Memory | March 15, 2007 - 01:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legion Hardware sets out to solve a mystery in this article about low latency RAM. The cost difference between a lower latency DIMM and a higher can be enormous, so they test RAM at 5 different speeds and 4 different timings. Can a high frequency overcome a low latency?
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 15, 2007 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Corsair HX620 is the second PSU you undergo [H]ard|OCP's new testing method. At 620W, this PSU is tough, keeping it's efficiency over 80% under 120V loads, and functioning for 8 hours in a 45C room it isn' t likely to die in most systems. With 3 12V rails running at 18 amps, a combined amperage of 50, it is not likely to run out of power either.
"What happens when
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 15, 2007 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) defines new class of GPUs called Motherboard GPUs (mGPUs).
In 2006, NVIDIA became the only independent supplier of GPUs. With the launch of this new category, mGPUs, NVIDIA is transforming mainstream PC graphics performance. Requirements for the mGPU include:
- DX9.0 (ShaderModel 2.0) and above API support
- At least one digital connector (DVI/HDMI 1.2) with HDCP
- Multi-display support
- Dedicated video processing engine, (minimum HQV score of 80)
- Windows Experience Index 3.0 and above
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 15, 2007 - 11:17 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tweaktown has managed to sneak some info regarding the upcoming R600 series of cards from AMD. Perhaps the biggest news is the targeted sales date, which is about 2 weeks away, on March 30th. 4 cards in total are listed, 2 flavours of XTX due on the 30th and 2 flavours of XL, due sometime in April.
Subject: General Tech | March 15, 2007 - 11:05 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CeBit Hannover hasn't started yet, but that hasn't stopped a few sites from sneaking a quick peek at what is going to be happening. VR-Zone got a good look Abit, ASUS and a peek at Bearlake. They didn't stop there though, they also got a good look at what some major memory manufacturers are up to as well.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 14, 2007 - 03:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DigiTimes has a quick look at Intel's newly announced solid state drives. They come in 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB densities and read at 28MB/s and write speeds at 20 MB/s. Finally we are seeing some movement in larger sized SS drives.
"Intel has announced its entry into solid state drives with the Intel Z-U130 Value Solid-State Drive featuring NAND flash
memory with industry standard USB interfaces.
Subject: Storage | March 14, 2007 - 03:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
San Jose, California — February 14, 2007 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of DRAM memory modules and flash products, today announced a full range of Solid State Disk (SSD) drives with an industry standard Serial ATA interface.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 14, 2007 - 03:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thermo-Electric Cooling is becoming commonplace, as CPUs grow hotter. While some chips have been designed to utilize lower power settings, once an overclocker get's hold of it the heat shoots up again. OCIA reviews the ChillTec Thermo Electric CPU Cooler, a blend of heatpipes and a TEC. The hotter it gets, the better this cooler works.
Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2007 - 02:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to this story on The Inquirer, Xbox Live is being opened up to be reachable by PCs. Halo 2 will be the initial test of this, and if it works you will have a chance to pit yourself against console only gamers.
Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2007 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 13, 2007 — Innovation was the word of the day as Intel announced the winners of the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS). The top award, a $100,000 scholarship from the Intel Foundation, went to Mary Masterman, 17, who built an accurate spectrograph that identifies the specific characteristics — or "fingerprints" — of different kinds of molecules. Spectrographs have wide applications in research and industry and can cost as much as $100,000.
Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2007 - 01:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has been hard at ... err work ... at the Games Development Conference. Drop by to see what kind of impression a guy in slacks and a shirt makes with the gamers.
Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2007 - 12:00 AM | Ryan Shrout
Here are the specs of the unit: