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Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 30, 2007 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Antec's 850 TruePower Quattro has four 18A 12V rails that can handle up to 768W, as well as a nice modular design that makes it very easy to spot the dedicated PCI Express plugs. Hi-Tech Reviews was worried that the single 80mm fan wouldn't be enough to keep this PSU cool, but it did the job admirably, and Antec offers a 3 year warranty in case anything goes wrong.
Subject: General Tech | August 30, 2007 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Users of AVG anti-virus were in for a nasty shock this morning; if they were planning on calling in sick today and tomorrow to start the Labour Day weekend early. Something, probably a patch from 2K, AVG or SecuROM, has changed. AVG now prevents BioShock from launching because it is tagged as a virus.
Do not attempt to heal the file, back up your save games and follow the instructions provided at Boot Daily to get yourself back up and running.
Subject: Storage | August 30, 2007 - 11:16 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 30, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced it has received a request for additional information from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in connection with the agency's regulatory review of the proposed transaction with STMicroelectronics and certain affiliates of Francisco Partners to form a private, independent semiconductor company that will design, develop and manufacture non-volatile memory products.
Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2007 - 05:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Logitech G9 gaming mouse does offer a lot of features, from adjustable weights, a dual mode scroll-wheel and on the fly DPI changes. The price is certainly a drawback, but TECHGAGE soldiered on with a full review, so you can find out if it is worth it, or not.
Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2007 - 05:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Since the introduction of the COSMOS PC Chassis from Cooler Master, people have begun to experience the refinement and performance of a truly revolutionary PC case. To celebrate its release, Cooler Master is pleased to open the MyCOSMOS Contest to Cooler Master fans worldwide. From September 3rd to 28th, COSMOS owners around the world can enter the MyCOSMOS contest simply by creating a written or video review of their COSMOS experiences and filing in the entry from on the MyCOSMOS contest site.
Subject: Motherboards | August 29, 2007 - 02:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We still don't know when AMD will announce their upcoming RD790 chipset, but TweakTown managed to get a sneak peak at it at the World Cyber Games. This is a big step for AMD, as this is the chipset that will run Phenom processors, and add support for PCI Express 2.0.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 29, 2007 - 01:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Zaward's Twin Towers have incorporated some nice flexibility into their design. They are fanless, which means they are a very large and not compatible with all motherboard/case combos, but more so than other huge coolers on the market now. techPowerUp's testing also proved that you can expect better cooling from this heatsink than the one shipped with retail C2Ds.
Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2007 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP continues the quest to find something useful about DX10, this time examining the performance and image quality of Call of Juarez. There is good news for AMD, the the 2900XT can keep up with the 8800 GTS for the first time in a series of benchmarks. There is also good news on the quality side, there are very striking differences between DX10 and DX9, for the first time you don't even have to give the game the benefit of the doubt, you can see the differences easily. It makes th
Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2007 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Gphone is coming, and we should know what it's all about in September. Running Linux and projected to be very cheap, it will be interesting to see what the phone is capable of, and if Google has plans to emulate Apple's locked service. According to what the Inquirer learned, Google seems to hope to make money from ads (Ad Words?) piped directly to the phone.
Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2007 - 05:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Transcend's T.Sonic 820 has some good points, and some bad points. While it is able to show photos and video on it's 1.5" colour OLED, it only has 2GB of storage. The good news is that it's price is well under $100. If you are looking to get a small cheap portable music and video player then check out Pro-Clockers review.
Subject: Storage | August 28, 2007 - 02:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Cirago Smart Mobile Storage System sports a Compact Flash, XD and SD card readers, as well as USB, and contains a standard 2.5" drive, making it very handy. OCC did notice 2 troubling problems with this otherwise perfect mobile storage device ... it only supports FAT 16/32, and the LCD is very hard to read.
Subject: Systems | August 28, 2007 - 01:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NMEDIAPC HTPC 288 SA offers a cheap way to get into HTPCs. With plenty of features, inputs and cooling, you can skip a lot of the planning that otherwise goes into building an HTPC, and overall X-bit Labs decided this is a great entry level case. Those who are old hands at building HTPCs will probably prefer other models, though.
Subject: Systems | August 28, 2007 - 12:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While not available on the entire lineup, the OptiPlex 740 and 745 can be customized to include the 2400Pro or XT, giving you an advantage over systems with an Intel IGP. If you are looking at picking up a cheap PC for friends or family, or even a new line of PCs to supply your company with, these new options are worth checking out.
Subject: Processors | August 28, 2007 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is essentially the end of the road for AMD's Athlon series, and the 'on' suffix, as we anxiously await the arrival of Phenom. Legit Reviews pulls out some of their old ceramic buddies for one last benchmarking session to see how the line changed over the years, with the 1800+ being the baseline. It looks like the Black Edition spells the end of the line for this venerable series.
Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2007 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It has been quite a while since Intel first introduced the idea of a Trusted Computing Platform, which was originally named Palladium. The new vPro platform is a less ambitious project, and one which will see the light of day. Ars Technica takes the time to explain exactly what this platform will do for you, in terms of security benefits and recovery and how TXT + VT-x and VT-d equals DRM, sort of.
"Today's launch of the latest version of Inte
Subject: Mobile | August 27, 2007 - 05:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are going to spend the money to get an Alienware laptop, what is the point in going with the basic model? AnandTech asked themselves that when they decided to review the Area-51 m9750, and then busied themselves adding the extras that make Alienware the envy of laptop gamers everywhere. Read on to see what they ended up adding to the machine, and how much it set them back to get blazing hot graphics on a laptop.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 27, 2007 - 03:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thermaltake's new case design bears the name Wing RS 100. Aimed at those that don't want to pay $100 or more for a case, but still want a 120mm fan and a nice look. HARDWARE LOGIC found it to be a good example of it's kind, a low budget case you won't be disappointed with.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 27, 2007 - 02:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
1600W!!! Seriously, think about that for a second. The 12v rail can run up to 117A, and 1404W! Originally Ultra had planned this model to be 2000W, but they couldn't get certification, and you would probably have needed to plug it into a 240W plug, and possible install 3-phase circuits. [H]ard|OCP struggled to get this PSU up to it's full load, but did finally manage.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 27, 2007 - 12:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BFGTech's GeForce 8600GTS OC2 increases the default speeds 720MHz GPU and 1110MHz RAM, which does give you a good jump over a non-overclocked 8600GTS. The problem is that a 320MB 8800GTS can be had for almost the same money, and Boot Daily's benchmarks show it takes two to compete with the faster card.
Subject: General Tech | August 27, 2007 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After the non-launch of Athlon 64 X2 Black Edition CPU, AMD held a quiet press event in Singapore. The speculation ran from Phenom information to Bobcat and Fusion. TechARP can tell you just how bizarre this conference ended up being.
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