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Subject: General Tech | September 27, 2007 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It turns out that the sneaky update to Windows Update that we heard a lot of news about two weeks ago is starting to cause a little havok.
Subject: Motherboards | September 26, 2007 - 06:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ontario, CA, Sept. 25, 2007 - XFX welcomes the most affordable and graphically intense triplets ever delivered. The XFX nForce 630i with GeForce 7150, nForce 630i with GeForce 7100, and nForce 610i with GeForce 7050 motherboards are genetically programmed to deliver a premium graphics experience on Windows Vista, including Flip 3D, translucent window panes and taskbar preview.
Designed for Intel-based PCs, these motherboards support a full range of Intel CPUs (from Core2 Quad to Celeron) and DDR2-800 memory.
Subject: Memory | September 26, 2007 - 05:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Phoronix tried out an ASUS Blitz Extreme with a pair of OCZ's 1GB DDR3-1333
at various clock speeds. They installed Fedora 7 with the Linux 184.108.40.206 kernel, GCC 4.1, and X server 1.3 and used RAMspeed 2.5.0 to see how the performance scaled at different speeds. The RAM still comes at a premium, but it does look like you can expect to see at least some benefit to using the new DDR standard.
Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2007 - 02:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
WIMAX WORLD, Chicago, Sept.
Subject: Mobile | September 26, 2007 - 02:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Panasonic Toughbook series is designed to take the abuse that most notebooks receive at some point in their lives, often just before they fail. XYZ Computers reviews the W5 model, which has a Core Duo U2400, and 1.5GB of DDR-533 and weighs in at about 2.9lbs. They have trimmed down on a few extras, like a wide screen backlit LCD, but the overall design feels nice and spacious and sturdy. Too bad that XYZ didn't try testing it to destructino though.
Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2007 - 01:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gigabyte continues to diversify their product lines, this time with 2.0 and 2.1 speakers. InsideHW tries these speakers out and finds that while it is a good first try, the established competition does a better job. Still it is good to see the company is still willing to try new products, and if they choose to produce a second generation they may get all the kinks out.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 26, 2007 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hiper tends to be known for PSUs, more so across the pond in Europe than in North America, but they still have a presence here. They have just released an ATX case, called the Anubis, in which they have incorporated heatsink style thermal dissipation directly into the cases structure. PC Apex found a lot to like about this case, which helped his air-cooled
Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2007 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You may have run into headlines or random forum posts this morning claiming that the "New Firefox gives all your browsing history to Google". Many seem to quickly say that it steals all your website information and sells for fun and profit ... but don't even get into what is really happening.
Subject: Storage | September 25, 2007 - 05:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new revision of Western Digital's Caviar 750GB HDD, the RE2 sports tweaked firmware and RAID optimizations. As it is an enterprise class HDD they also did more reliability testing, and extended the warranty, which the home user can also benefit from. The big news is the drop from on Write seek time; from 10.9ms to 9.6ms. From their testing The Tech Report found that while it is faster than the first revis
Subject: Processors | September 25, 2007 - 02:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Looking for an idea as to the relative differences between overclocked Quads and Duos? The testing at Hardware Logic may not produce the exact same results as your experiences, but it can give you a hint as to how these processors separate once they have been pushed beyond spec. You can even look at these scores as something to meet or to beat.
Subject: Displays | September 25, 2007 - 01:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of the biggest displays at the CEDIA expo would be the new 1080p digital projectors, and Digital Trends spent a good amount of time checking out the offerings. The extremely bright Panasonic PT-AE2000 for the home can produce a full 1500 lumens, which allows viewing without needing a blacked out room, and will display a 10' image from 11' away. For those with a bit more to spend, Sony introduced the $15,000 VPL-VW200 with Carl Ziess lenses and a BRAVIA signal processing engine which will allow up to a 35,000:1 contrast ratio. There is also a ~$3000 Sanyo LP-Z2000 which may provide some competition to those thinking of buying large LCD or plasma TV.
"With all of the high-def projectors cropping up at this year's CEDIA expo, it's easy for even the most die-hard home theater buffs to get blinded by the light. And with prices starting to plunge below $4,000 USD, 1080p projectors are starting to catch the attention of more mainstream buyers as well. If your home cinema is a little short on screen acreage, an HD projector is an ideal way to make the jump to the big time, but you'll need to familiarize yourself with all the new options first. Here are four new HD projectors that should be on your big-screen radar."
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- HP w2207 22-inch LCD Monitor @ I4U
- Toshiba Regza 42X3000P 42 inch 1080p HDTV @ I4U
- Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 Review @ Digital Trends
- Samsung 40" LCD HDTV @ BCCHardware
- LCD Roundup: Something for everyone @ InsideHW
- SOYO 24-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor MT-GW-DYLM24D6 @ Benchmark Reviews
Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2007 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Love the series or hate it, you will be seeing a lot of press about the final installment of the game that made the Xbox what it is today. Halo 3 is out, though you may have trouble finding it on the shelves, as Microsoft's hype machine worked perfectly again, and people lined up for hours to get the game at it's midnight release. Ars Technica can give you a look at what this new sequel offers to dedicated Halo fans, without giving away the plot or any secrets while they ar
Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2007 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It looks like the new Excel 2007 has some problems (apart from it's ribbon fetish). It looks like the number 65,535 causes some interesting behaviour, and it's maths skills take a turn for the bizarre. Excel has had a history of troubles around that spot, including it's belief that no spreadsheet should ever have more than 65,536 rows. Read more examples of this issue by following the link on Slashdot.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 25, 2007 - 11:12 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD is excited to announce the newest member of its flagship ATI Radeon HD 2900 series, the ATI Radeon HD 2900 PRO. The ATI Radeon HD 2900 PRO features the powerful next-generation unified shader architecture with 320 unified stream processors, comprehensive DirectX 10 support and built-in HDMI multimedia features for an immersive HD gaming experience.
The ATI Radeon HD 2900 PRO is available today on a limited basis subject to supply constraints.
Below is more detail on the three board variants of the ATI Radeon HD 2900 PRO:
Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2007 - 05:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The G15 from Logitech is a gaming keyboard with a lot of multipurpose buttons and even a display. Instead of trimming down the features like Ideazon and others, Logitech opted to add features to a full sized keyboard. From the blue LED, to disabling the Windows key while gaming, there is a lot of nice touches. The most powerful feature is it's ability to record macros on the fly and program the LCD screen to display a wide variety of information. Read on at motherboards.org to see this ke
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 24, 2007 - 03:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We have seen plenty of 3rd party coolers for your VGA, that sit atop your GPU and memory to keep the card cool and maybe let you get a bit more speed out of it. Hardware Canucks have published a review of a unique cooling add on, that should work with most cooling setups on several different cards. The Thermalright HR-11 Backside Cooler will keep the heat off of the SMDs on the back of the card, and any radiant heat that might be making it's way th
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 24, 2007 - 02:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ABS/Tagan ITZ1300 1300w power supply is up for review at [H]ard|OCP today, sporting six 20 amp 12V rails and a pair of 80mm fans for cooling. The build and looks of this PSU are quite nice, as are the numerous plugs, but [H] found something hiding inside that caused them some dissapointment
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 24, 2007 - 01:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Overclockers Club reviews the Arctic Cooling Freezer Pro 64, which offers some fairly impressive cooling for the $20 you need to spend to get one. Many enthusiasts overclock to save a bit of money, but you aren't going to get too far with a stock cooler. Switch to this heatsink and not only will you get more performance from your PC, you won't need to drop components from your system to afford it.
Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2007 - 01:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When first taking the plunge into Linux, the sheer amount of distros available can be overwhelming. Instead of backing off and postponing the leap again, check out PC Mechanic. The author picked a distro after trying out several, and you can learn from his steps ... if you are looking for the same things in Linux that he was.
Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2007 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Akella presents the DX10 tech demo-benchmark of the upcoming naval action sim PT Boats: Knights of the Sea.
The final game will support both DX10 and DX9, but this demo is a demonstration of what the final game will look like in DirectX 10. The demo features all the visual effects and some of the highly detailed models that will be available in the game.
The main DX10 graphics features of PT boats: Knights of the Sea tech demo-benchmark: