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Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 24, 2007 - 02:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you aren't a fan of SFF PC's, then the recent release of AMD's DTX form factor probably doesn't excite you too much. For fans of larger systems, like Extended ATX, why not check out the Cooler Master Cosmos 1000. The Tech Report found this quiet giant (37lbs!) to have more than enough space to fit any system you could want to build and looks stylish at the same time.
Subject: Storage | October 24, 2007 - 01:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legion Hardware looks at OCZ's ruggedized flash drives, which could probably also be used to signal planes from the ground. I suppose that if you are taking your flash drive diving or offroading, then it is useful to be able to spot the things from a half mile away. They reviewed both the 4GB and 8GB models, but currently only the 4GB model shows up on Pricegrabber.
Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2007 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP rounds up the usual graphics subjects and pits them against the Megatextures and foliage smoothing in Quake Wars. As it turns out, even with the graphics settings maxed out, the 8800GTS 320MB card has little problems delivering a smooth experience, and it just gets better from there.
Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2007 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Now we finally know the name of what we are all waiting for, Toliman the 3 core processor. There aren't really much more details than that, but DigiTimes managed to at least let us know that.
You can also see how the new benchmarking suite from Futuremark works, and how well some of the newer hardware fares when tested in Ryan's review.
Subject: Shows and Expos | October 24, 2007 - 11:34 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AUSTIN, Texas - October 24, 2007 - AMD will present the morning keynote at the 4th International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI) Symposium emphasizing the need for a smarter, industry-wide approach to semiconductor development, production and delivery that better meets customer needs.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 23, 2007 - 05:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Following hot on the heels of the 7.10 driver that helped Windows users comes the 8.42 driver for Linux. Phoronix gave it a try and are more than happy with the results. Head over to check out just how much better you can expect to run things. It looks like AMD is on the ball when it comes to drivers, if not so much on the hardware side.
Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2007 - 02:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Going by it's name the Fanatec Headshot mouse and pad combo should be putting you straight to the top of the scoreboard in UT3. Not ones to let a claim like that going unchallenged, techPowerUp! put this combo to the test. Find out how well it did.
Subject: Displays | October 23, 2007 - 01:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs has gathered 12 19" monitors from 7 different makers, to see what kind of value they offer. With a spread of prices and features, as well as display technologies, there is a lot of information to go through. It will pay off if you are planning to pick up a monitor any time soon.
If you are looking for something a little bigger, Ryan has just finished reviewing Viewsonic's VA2226w 22" Widescreen LCD.
Subject: Mobile | October 23, 2007 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Keeping a smaller laptop cool is important, but it is the big 17" or 19"ers that someone has managed to shoehorn an SLI setup into that really need serious cooling. Dragon Steel Mods has posted a review of the Vizo Ninja II (Sumo Size) Laptop Cooler, for larger size notebooks. It is the better part of 3 pounds of aluminium, so the portability isn't wonderful, but your 17" notebook isn't made of feathers either. It was certainly capable of cooling o
Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2007 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When Vista pegs it as completely new hardware. Slashdot has a link to a story on how Vista's activation scheme can suddenly deactivate your PC and give you a nasty surprise. We are all aware that enough changes to your hardware will deactivate your Windows install, and that you will have to call Microsoft to get it reinitialized, but in this case an update to the Intel Matrix Storage Manager was registered as a hardware change. On the good side, Microsoft did help him track down the cause of his pro
Subject: Storage | October 22, 2007 - 04:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MektuMods wasn't overly impressed by the length of their SATA cables, and in the effort to clean up their case design, they took an axe to them. Figuring the pin out was the easy part, but if you want to shorten your SATA cables as well, get ready to break out the soldering iron and hot glue gun.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 22, 2007 - 02:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Antec's Neopower 650W Blue PSU offers you 3 19A 12V rails, as well as some nice modular cabling. It's price is well below $200, offering a great value for those who don't feel the need to get a kilowatt or more of power into their case. Hardware Canucks feel that the efficiency and ripple will satisfy anyone who can't
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 22, 2007 - 01:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Considering the overwhelming success that the BTX form factor has created, it seems odd that AMD would go about creating their own form factor, but that is exactly what they have done. The DTX comes in 2 sizes, the full 9.6" x 8" and mini-DTX boards that are 6.7" x 8". This is an attempt to standardize SFF cases, with the added bonus that these board will also line up with the mounting holes in ATX cases. If you have a SFF case that you love, you will still be able to use it with these new boards, although there will also be cases designed to hide behind LCD monitors. <
Subject: Motherboards | October 22, 2007 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new P29 through P31 BIOSes from EVGA allow the use of 1333MHz FSB CPUs, and so they are really quite popular with owners of the boards. On the other hand, they also make it impossible to use 3rd party RAID cards, although there was no problems doing so on the previous P28 BIOS. According to what The Inquirer noticed on the EVGA boards, this problem has been known for over a year, but neither nVIDIA or EVGA have stepped up to the plate and provided a solution.
Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2007 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica carries on in their look at the history of Amiga, this time focusing on the time surrounding the birth of the hugely popular Commodore 64. The story at that point was more than just the hardware, or even the debacle that was the Commodore Amiga Operating System. Some of the people that were involved in Commodore and the recently purchased Amiga team were rather interesting individuals.
Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2007 - 05:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This week saw the birth of a new forum, the Hardware Leaderboard forum. Strangely enough, it focuses on discussions about the components that Ryan puts into the 4 systems on the PCPerspective Hardware Leaderboard. You can make alternate suggestions, debate why certain pieces should be included or removed, or even make suggestions on purpose built rigs, like a web server or a super cruncher for BOINC projects to give the Uncle B's a run for
Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2007 - 02:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Overclocker's Club has reviewed a miniscule 1GB flash based MP3 player from Super Talent, the SmartClip. They made it very easy to load songs onto it, just drag n' drop in explorer, but it turned out to be much slower than the competition. If it is small that you want, then this is probably as small as you can find right now.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 19, 2007 - 01:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The first Apevia X-QPack was a good looking and solid box shaped case, perfect for LAN parties. The new X-QPack 2 incorporates more serious cooling solutions that are needed with dual and quad core systems, and the backplate has change to fit modern mATX board layouts. TechPowerUp!
Subject: Processors | October 19, 2007 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Kentsfeild is pretty much dead, with the 45nm Penryn coming soon, but there is one new model left to review. The 3GHz core clock frequency and 1333MHz front-side bus, plus an 8MB L2 cache will add to it's performance, but The Tech Report wants to see a serious increase to justify the chip's $1000 dollar premium over the Q6600.
Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2007 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Microsoft has been very quiet about Windows 7, but thanks to a speech to university students we know a little more about it's kernel. Head over to The Inquirer for a link to video of the presentation and a unique windows logo.