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Subject: Graphics Cards | August 13, 2007 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has reviewed two silent 8600's from Gigabyte, an 8600GT and an 8600GTS. The GT features Silent-Pipe II, which we have seen on other passively cooled graphics cards, but the Silent-Pipe III on the GTS model is a first, and much larger than it's predecessor, and both come with a copy of Supreme Commander.
Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2007 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the addition of the label Windows Live to all their online services, like Hotmail, Microsoft is offering several new services. TechReviewSource reviews the beta of Windows Live SkyDrive, 500MB of free online storage that will eventually be offered to all Windows Live members. Sneak a peek at it, and volunteer to try out the beta by following the link at the end of the review.
Subject: Shows and Expos | August 13, 2007 - 11:36 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
(Undisclosed Location) - August 10, 2007 - In February of 2006, a revolution was announced. It was a revolution that would bring gamers to the forefront, giving them a stage from which to display their skills to the world. The KODE5 Global Gaming Revolution brought gamers from 16 countries to one final battle that would take place in Beijing, China. On that faithful day in September, six gamers emerged victorious, besting their adversaries, and proving to the world their claim as the world’s best gamers.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 10, 2007 - 03:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS Vento 7700, Cooler Master's ITower 930, Gigabyte's 3DAurora 570 and Poseidon are all up for review at X-bit Labs. These cases are aimed at the mainstream, lacking some of the features the high end cases offer, but offering more style and extras than the plain cases many volu
Subject: Motherboards | August 10, 2007 - 01:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS Blitz Extreme is almost a clone of the Blitz Formula, the difference lying in the memory controller. The Blitz Extreme is the DDR3 version of the P35 based board, giving early adopters the ability to use the new type of memory. Find out if [H]ard|OCP found it to be a better choice than the Formula.
Subject: Processors | August 10, 2007 - 12:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The E6300 was released last year as the low end of the C2D processor scale, and it looks like it's on it's way out. The newly introduced E2160 runs at 1800MHz with a 200MHz FSB and a 1MB L2 cache, putting it in the same territory as the E6300. You can see what kind of an effect the lower FSB and smaller cache have on performance at Madshrimps, as well as a look at it's overclocking ability.
Subject: General Tech | August 10, 2007 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Beware of Vista drivers bearing a purple pill, says this story on [H]ard|OCP. AMD/ATI's drivers open up a vulnerability in Vista which could allow unsigned programs to be installed silently if they are piggybacked into the installation program. The creator of the tool that allows this posted it to his site for just over an hour, under the assumption that the vulnerability had been patched. When he discovered it wasn't, he pulled it.
"Apparently an unpatched flaw in an ATI driver al
Subject: Storage | August 9, 2007 - 06:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
How does femtosecond seek times on a hard drive sound? It may not actually hit those speeds anytime soon, but switching to using polarized light to flip bits on a hard drive is certainly going to increase HDD speeds by a lot. Read how they did what was previously thought impossible at Physics World.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 9, 2007 - 02:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Ultra X3 1000watt Modular Power Supply has a claims to deliver a full kilowatt of energy efficient power. PCApex hooked this PSU up to several systems to see how well Ultra could deliver on this promise, and the PSU held between 80-85%. While multiple 12V rails are missing, delivering 70A to the one rail it does offer will not leave your 8800 starving for power.
Subject: Mobile | August 9, 2007 - 01:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This may seem a little blasphemous, but Tech ARP has questioned the usefulness of PDAs! They tested a dedicated PDA against the old analog style personal organizer. Paper versus digital meet in a battle for supremacy. Before anyone points out that the paper organizer can't make phone calls it needs to be pointed out that the test is against a true PDA, not the multi-function PDA smart phones that have become available fairly recently.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 9, 2007 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Brand new in ATI's Catalyst 7.7 driver is a new type of Coverage Sample Anti-Aliasing, called Edge Sampling. Multi Sample Anti-Aliasing is starting to show it's age, as gamers are looking for better detail for their high resolution ~20" (or more) monitors. Elite Bastards gives you a look at the difference this new type of AA brings to games, and the performance hit your HD 2x00XT series card takes to use it.
Subject: General Tech | August 9, 2007 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It looks like the only big thing to come out of the upcoming DX10.1 release that will be available in Vista SP1, is the sound. As Ryan mentioned in last weeks podcast, DX10.1 should fix the problems created in Vista when Microsoft changed the way Direct Sound worked, which negatively effects any DSP or surround effects created via EAX.
Subject: General Tech | August 9, 2007 - 11:15 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - August 9, 2007 --Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:
AMD) today announced the pricing of $1.5 billion aggregate principal
amount of 5.75% Convertible Senior Notes due 2012 in a private placement
to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the
Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
Subject: Systems | August 9, 2007 - 11:12 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 8, 2007 - 05:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gigabyte's Triton 180 is a low priced case with high priced features, like 120mm fans, extra HDD space and a tool-less design. Unfortunately it is missing the one feature that many high end cases offer, and that you can easily get used to, a removable motherboard tray. Still, HotHardware found this case to be well constructed and definitely a good buy.
Subject: Memory | August 8, 2007 - 02:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After years of DDR2 domination, with a 1 or 2% increase in system performance was worth mentioning, DDR3 has emerged and seems to have a lot of room left for improvement as the technology matures. [H]ard|OCP has written their first RAM review in quite a long time, covering the new Corsair Dominator 2GHz @ 10-10-10-24. They find themselves quite interested in this new type of RAM, but not so much the price.
"We showcase the future of DDR3 using Corsair’s next generation DDR3 memory t
Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2007 - 01:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Samsung's K5 4GB MP3 player comes with a few surprises, something that is not easy to do when everyone and their company mascot has an MP3 player to sell you. A touchscreen and OLED display add expected functionality to this MP3 player, and the FM radio is a nice touch as well. What really caught BCCHardware's attention was the built in speaker.
Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2007 - 12:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
New StarCraft 2 screenshots are up at Think Gaming.
Seriously, what are you doing? Go look at them ... look at them again if you've seen them already.
Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2007 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has been testing out the controversial Killer NIC from Bigfoot Networks. Bearing a $250 price tag, this NIC sports a Freescale system-on-a-chip that runs at 400MHz, as well as an embedded version of Linux. One of the more interesting features on the card is the ability to write software for the card using Bigfoot's Flexible Network Architecture. This software can be used to interface with the onboard firewall and BitTorrent client, but theoretically the