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Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2007 - 05:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
June 2007 - Biostar has released a new T-Series model TF560 A2+ in expectation of the launch of new AMD socket AM2+ CPUs. AMD is going to announce AM2+ socket CPUs, the so-called real Quad Core architecture, later this year. Socket AM2+ CPUs will be backwards compatible. TF560 A2+ is designed for both CPU series, AM2 and AM2+.
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Subject: Graphics Cards | June 22, 2007 - 04:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech has throughly investigated factory overclocked cards in this eVGA review. They grabbed a default speed 8800 GTX card, a 8800 GTX they overclocked themselves, an 8800 Ultra at default speeds and one they overclocked, and finally a hard to find 8800 Ultra Superclocked, all from eVGA. Find
Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2007 - 04:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP noticed a video of a guy with a message to send to Apple. It seems they denied his warranty claim on a Macbook, so he vented his frustrations and recorded it for posterity.
Subject: Systems | June 21, 2007 - 09:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not too many sites have had much to say about Tesla, the newly announced GPGPU from nVIDIA. You can count PC Perspective in amongst the sites that have, as well as PenStar Systems. Heading over there will give you an idea of the hardware that makes this card tick, as well as the software it will be running; CUDA.
Subject: Storage | June 21, 2007 - 07:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The brand new Deskstar 7K1000 offers more than just a lot of space on multiple platters. Hitachi has incorporated perpendicular storage, which allows all of that storage space to fit on 4 disks. The 32MB memory buffer pushes the performance up to the level of a Raptor for some tests, but not when it comes to some transfers. Tech Spot is more than happy to tell you all about it here.
Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2007 - 06:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Amarok is a popular and useful media player for Linux, but it also has some secrets you may not know about. TECHGAGE takes you through some of these features, like streaming music and integrating the player with last.fm. If you use Linux, or are even just considering it, take a look at what you can do with this program.
Subject: Memory | June 21, 2007 - 04:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, Calif. - June 20, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the newest OCZ DDR3 product addition.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 21, 2007 - 03:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new style in heatsinks is to have the fan sitting vertically, not horizontally, and it seems to be paying off. Whether it is the increased surface area the fan can directly affect, or the push-pull configuration that some heatsinks allow, it tends to increase cooling performance. The newest is the 3RSystem iCEAGE, and AnandTech has tested it out. Read on to see one of the best retention systems they have seen in action.
Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2007 - 03:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In protest to the rise in both the minimum royalty payment, and the price per listener per hour, webcasters are planning a day of silence on Tuesday, June 26th. The royalties do not come into effect until July 15th, so the participants still have some time to attempt to get it changed. [H]ard|OCP can supply you with the tools you need to get the whole story.
Subject: Mobile | June 20, 2007 - 10:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
New with the Santa Rosa chipset is a feature called Intel Turbo Memory, which is flash-based memory designed to cache data, and allow the hard drive to spin down, thus saving energy and extending your battery life. AnandTech tries it out to see just what effect it has, if any. As well they contrast it with Vista's RedayBoost technology, which while similar focuses more on performance enhancement than battery extension.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 20, 2007 - 06:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SilverStone, better known for their cases, has joined the kilowatt crowd with their Olympia 1000W. While it lacks many features that are common in PSUs, like modular cabling and multiple 12V rails it is still a very solid PSU. In fact, the single 12V rail offers 80A, which is one of the most powerful on the market, and one of the most well regulated as well. [H]ard|OCP puts i
Subject: Processors | June 20, 2007 - 05:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Rather than letting the Pentium line die, Intel has repositioned it as low cost and low power. With the E2140 and E2160, they are positioned to take on AMD's new BE series of chips. Techgage puts these chips through their banchmarks, as well as managing overclocks worthy of the old Celeron series.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 20, 2007 - 04:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA - June 20, 2007 - Antec, Inc., the leading global brand of
high-performance computer components for the PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself
markets, today announced its latest power supply unit (PSU), TruePower
Quattro. Antec's most powerful PSU is designed for high efficiency while
providing the ultimate in green energy for system builders and support for
the latest generation of dual video cards.
TruePower Quattro is the most efficient power supply to date in Antec's
successful TruePower line due to Active Power Clamping technology.
Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2007 - 03:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fallout 3 is definitely more than just a few ink spots on a designers wall, although it will still be locked away in a vault for a year before we get our hands on it. The trailer was really just a tease, but The Tech Report has spotted a bit more info, and what looks like gameplay screens. Bethesda has been being very quiet about this game, but as details emerge it looks to be something special, as long as they didn't make a bloody mess, in which case they're dogmeat.
Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2007 - 03:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer has a link with a bit of interesting news about AMD. It would seem that they are looking for a partner to help them set up a new fab in Saratoga County, in upper NY State. Also in the article, although denied by the AMD rep, is a question about the future of one of the two AMD Dresden fabs.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2007 - 10:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Phoronix has a look at the new Linux driver for ATI, the xf86-video-avivo. They take you through the build process, and discuss the limitations that currently affect it. Take a look at what the replacement for the fglrx binary blob can do, and what still needs some ironing out.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 19, 2007 - 06:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Check out the NZXT Sentry Temperature Controller MFD up for review over at OCC. Along with the clock display and fan controllers you would expect, there are also 3 thermocouples. These allow you to take temperature readings from 3 separate areas in your system, your choice which ones. As well there are 3 separate programmable temperature alarms, so you can adjust for the components you are monitoring.
Subject: Memory | June 19, 2007 - 05:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CA - June 18, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the PC2-6400 Platinum Vista Performance Edition 4GB (2x2048MB) dual channel kit.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2007 - 05:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We are extending the retail line-up of our award-winning GeForce 8 Series by offering the NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS to consumers. NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS graphics processors offer the features of the GeForce 8 Series architecture for an incredible value. Superb for driving the Microsoft Windows Vista experience, the GeForce 8400 GS runs Vista features quickly and seamlessly, allowing you to play the latest Microsoft Direct X 9 and DirectX 10 games, and enjoy an outstanding HD DVD/Blu-ray movie experience.
Subject: Motherboards | June 19, 2007 - 05:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It seems easy to spot a P35 based motherboard from afar, just look for the board with the copper roller coaster on it. In the case of the ASUS P5K3 Deluxe, look for the heatpipes that embrace the LGA775 socket, which are low profile enough not to interfere with any of the monstrous heatsinks needed to cool the C2Quads or C2DExtreme chips. Join [H]ard|OCP as they put this motherboard thr