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Subject: General Tech | June 14, 2007 - 11:32 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PCIe 2.0 is coming to an AMD motherboard near you, sometime in the third quarter according to this story at The Inquirer. It will transport 150W of power directly over the bus, which will make cabling from the PSU a little easier, although it also places the more of the responsibility of power management on to the motherboard. These upcoming boards will also support quad Crossfire, which should provide some interesting performance.
Subject: Storage | June 13, 2007 - 05:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Vizo has updated the old hot swappable HDD rack with their Ares Internal SATA Mobile Rack. Support for SATA II makes this a very easy way to hot swap HDDs, or just to be able to carry it with you for use in multiple systems. It also has a small fan in the enclosure to keep your HDD comfortable during the summer. Drop by Pro-Clockers for a closer look at this handy little device.
Subject: Displays | June 13, 2007 - 04:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Lounge has posted a review of a well featured 27" monitor from Dell, the UltraSharp 2707WFP. Fairly expensive when compared to it's smaller brother, the 2407WP, it offers the same resolution and 20% more screen real estate. It's back is packed with all the input connections you would expect as well as a four USB 2.0 ports. The HD quality and response times make this mo
Subject: General Tech | June 13, 2007 - 01:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech has posted a review of Company of Heroes upgrade to DX10. If you have Vista and a DX10 class card (or two), then this is the patch you have been waiting for. They compare the performance of the 2 versions of this game at the same time they contrast the visual differences. Read on to see if all you get is extra rocks, shadows and a performance hit, or if it becomes a whole new game.
Subject: Mobile | June 13, 2007 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This may not be the year in which the UMPC catches on as a mainstream consumer product, but it is certainly a year that has seen these ultra mobile platforms make huge leaps forward. It was the main focus of this years VIA Tech Forum, which VIA Arena participated in. They have posted a video of the keynote speech, as well as embedding slides from other presentations, all about the new NanoBook. This will be VIA's reference design for all UMPCs in the next while and will influence most of their mobile prod
Subject: General Tech | June 13, 2007 - 11:38 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Elite Bastards takes you on a tour of the wild world of the internets, Apple style. There is a new public beta of Safari 3 and the PC version is being compared to IE and Firefox. If you still aren't particularly interested, then remember that the upcoming iPhone will use Safari, so maybe you should familiarize yourself with it after all.
Subject: Processors | June 12, 2007 - 05:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new, and relatively confusingly named Athlon X2 BE2350 is a very low power CPU, designed for use in systems that need to be quiet. It is also very cheap and a good value for those looking to build an HTPC or even a SFF PC to surf the web and deal with emails. The Tech Report has put together a comprehensive look at this processor, so give them a visit.
Subject: General Tech | June 12, 2007 - 05:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 12, 2007 - Intel Corporation and Google joined with Dell, EDS, the Environmental Protection Agency, HP, IBM, Lenovo, Microsoft, Pacific Gas and Electric, World Wildlife Fund, and more than a dozen additional organizations today announcing their intent to form the Climate Savers Computing Initiative (www.climatesaverscomputing.org).
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 12, 2007 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DangerDen and Swiftech offer updated VGA cooler designs to fit the new 8800 series, and MADSHRIMPS is on a a quest to see if using them is worth it. DangerDen offers an all new NV-88GTS-PC, while Swiftech choose to provide a mounting adapter for their MCW-60. While they do not foray into overclocking, you can clearly see the temperatures offered from these 2 coolers compared against air cooling solutions, which will give you an idea just how much further these cooler will allow you to go.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 12, 2007 - 01:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Danger Den has released something that was once found only in their test labs. Hardware Canucks have posted a review of Danger Den's Torture Rack, which is a fully acrylic case designed for fast access to components, much like a test bench. The large interior also allows you to fit just about any combo of heatsinks and video cards, which can be very handy as both are growing very quickly. Read on to see what other tricks this case will le
Subject: Shows and Expos | June 12, 2007 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Computex is over, the booths are down and the wrap up articles have been published. The Tech Report was there throughout the whole event and has a lot more pictures to show you. There were motherboards for quad Opteron setups, as well as HTPCs and X38 based value boards.
Subject: General Tech | June 12, 2007 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are getting tired of rooting through the snake nest that hides behind your PC, fishing for a dropped microphone or mouse, then drop by The Tech Lounge. They try several products from CableOrganizer, in the hopes of not only cleaning up their space, but preventing the possibility of stepping on any important cabling.
Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2007 - 05:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The introduction of Vista has not come without growing pains. One unforeseen problem effects flashing your BIOS with WinFlash. Don't despair if that is your preferred method, there are a few suggestions here that will get you on your way. You can also cheer on a member's first build in this thread, and maybe make give him some constructive criticism on the room in which it lives.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 8, 2007 - 03:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagan joins their high powered competition with their Silver Power SP-1000E. Not only does it offer 1000W of power at a claimed 85% efficiency, it has 6 12V rails. Bjorn3D has spent a week testing it out, and while the power efficiency is not good enough to get it an 80 PLUS rating, it wasn't a disappointment to them at all.
Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2007 - 01:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the new patch for Company of Heroes, we get to see DX10 in all of it's glory. Neither AMD nor nVIDIA have come out with claims about driver optimization or other programming cheats ... yet. So as it stands the benchmarks that Legit Reviews has for CoH represents the true performance of these companies cards. Take a look at the nice screen shot, and see just what the current 2900XT can do.
Subject: Shows and Expos | June 8, 2007 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In their travels at Computex, The Tech Report stopped by VIA's display, where they were showing off their Nanobook, as well as a new ITX board that is the size of a business card. Not to be out done Intel is also showing off Menlow mobile internet devices, with some rather impressive graphics. Corsair showed off their 2Ghz DDR3, and Gigabyte shows off some X38 and P35 E
Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2007 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you want to be on the cutting edge of web browsing, you can pick up the 5th public alpha of Firefox 3. You can check out all the new features, and new bugs, with your very own eyes. For those less adventurous souls, or those who just want to know what they will be getting into, you can read Ars Technica's review.
Subject: Mobile | June 8, 2007 - 11:14 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 05 June 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator
and developer of silicon chip technologies and device platform solutions,
will unveil the new VIA NanoBook UMD (Ultra Mobile Device) Reference Design
at VTF2007 on 6 June 2007 in Taipei.
Designed to meet the needs of today's Mobility 2.0 lifestyle, the VIA
NanoBook packs the performance, connectivity and functionality of a notebook
PC into a sleek and light ultra portable clamshell form factor that weighs
less than 850g.
Subject: Motherboards | June 7, 2007 - 05:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BIOS beep codes driving you nuts? Even worse, is your system speaker dead, and you don't even know what beep code is playing? OCIA has posted a review of Soyo's TechAID, a PCI card with LEDs that is supposed to display the error code associated with whatever is traumatizing your motherboard. Read on to find out if it does it's job well, or if it's just better to invest in a motherboard that has a display built into it.