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Subject: Storage | January 29, 2007 - 06:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS has picked up a new habit ... killing USB sticks. They are taking Corsair's ruggedized USB thumb drives and 'Testing them to Destruction. The claim from Corsair is that the rubberized drives they are water resistant, and shock resistant as well, and Hexus took that as a challenge. Even better it is the start of a series, so expect to see a lot of tortured flash drives.
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2007 - 06:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan. 29, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today detailed the
hardware and supporting software technologies to deliver the highest
levels of performance, stability and application compatibility for
Microsoft Windows Vista(tm) users.
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2007 - 03:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Digital Trends compares the LG Prada phone to the Apple iPhone. While both have touch screens and are 2.5G GSM GPRS EDGE phones, the LG will be out sooner, and does not tie you into a contract with Cingular. That may give it an edge in your mind, or not. They follow up with a look at Ruckus, which is going about online music subscriptions in a very different way than iTunes, and will work with the Prada, and just about anything else. They finish with some screen grabs, and a hypothesis that Apple may have been
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2007 - 03:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gamebryo Element is a game development program from Emergent that, like the Unreal Engine, supports not only PCs, but consoles as well. With Metrics Elements and Metrics Automation, it provides a way to create games with full support for vertex and pixel shaders, skeletal bases fro characters and more. If you have thought of making a game, and want it a little more polished than some of the free engines that are out there, take a look at this review from Beyond3D.
Subject: Processors | January 29, 2007 - 12:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sometime in the second half of 2007, we should begin to see the new 45nm Penryn Dual Cores appear in reviews, if not the marketplace. Sometime after that the Quads should start coming out. Thanks to a new high-k material, Intel has doubled transistor counts again. When talking about 'k', they are referring to a materials ability to hold charge, and [H]ard|OCP has a lot to say about it.
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2007 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica takes a quick, and humorous look at the Novel-Microsoft deal, with visual aids. From their initial infatuation, when it looked like Windows and Linux were going to be swapping code with each other, to the eventual souring of the relationship. It has now spiraled into a nasty domestic disturbance, with Linux's multiple personalities, SuSE, Red Hat and Ubuntu all making an appearance.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 29, 2007 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 27, 2007 In one of the biggest advancements in fundamental transistor design, Intel Corporation today revealed that it is using two dramatically new materials to build the insulating walls and switching gates of its 45 nanometer (nm) transistors. Hundreds of millions of these microscopic transistors or switches will be inside the next generation IntelÂ® Core™ 2 Duo, Intel Core 2 Quad and XeonÂ® families of multi-core processors.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 29, 2007 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL — (January 29, 2007) — BFG TechnologiesÂ®, Inc., the leading North American and European NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG NVIDIAÂ® GeForceÂ® 8800 GTX OC™ 768MB Water Cooled Edition PCI Express™ graphics card.
Subject: Processors | January 27, 2007 - 03:08 PM | Ryan Shrout
This tip just made it into my mail box... Newegg is selling an OEM Athlon X2 6000+ processor that runs at 3.0 GHz, the same speed as the top Athlon FX processors using the 1207-pin Socket F. It is still a 90nm processor, but should be damn fast.
Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2007 - 03:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS has quite a bit of information On LOTR Online: Shadows of Angma. There are some unique bonuses to getting in on a pre-order, or The Founder's Program as they refer to it. If you have any interest in Middle Earth, and love MMORPGs, head to the European or American pre-order sites before the release date of April 24th.
Subject: Displays | January 26, 2007 - 01:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Arguments about whether a progressive 720 or an interleaved 1080 is the better HD standard are kind of moot with the appearance of 1080p, but the argument about whether investing a lot of money in an HD system right now are still going strong. With this new display type, if you are really utilizing it, you have a resolution above 1920*1200 or higher, which translates to about 1MB per second if you are trying to stream it. TweakTown looks at what this tech can do
Subject: Motherboards | January 26, 2007 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP reviews a new 975X board from ASUS. The P5B-E is much like the Deluxe version that is out already, especially when it comes to overclocking. With 450MHz FSB within reach, this motherboard offers a lot for a small price. Even without a second PCI-E 16x slot, there are a lot of extras on this board, so give it a look. There were some oddities during the testing stage, keep an eye on this thread in their forums
Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2007 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Who could have imagined it? The Inquirer has located a computer store that stays open until midnight, and not just on nights when a new MMORPG expansion is released! Think of all those times you had to give up and go to bed because you destroyed a keyboard, and didn't have a back up. If this catches on, you'll never have to worry about that happening again!
Oh, and it has an iMac running Vista Ultimate Edition too.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 25, 2007 - 05:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For under $300 you can get the EVGA e-GeForce 7950 GT KO, a card with power, albeit not as powerful as the 8800s or the X1950 XTX. HotHardware has posted a review of this card, running by it's lonesome as well as in SLI, so head over and check it out. There is one warning though, this is not a DX10 card, so those planning to upgrade to Vista may want to skip out on the card.
Subject: Systems | January 25, 2007 - 03:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The first time [H]ard|OCP reviewed a Systemax system, the Hellcat, things didn't turn out so well. Systemax contacted them, and even dropped by their forums to address concerns that members had, and ended up promising to improve. Now, they have sent their TigerShark system to [H] for review. As is their wont, this is a full review, from purchasing through to tech support, by way of benchmarking, so drop by and see what Systemax managed to change.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 25, 2007 - 02:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Aerocool Zero Flexi Tower has some serious cooling built into it. A 250mm side panel fan is pretty much the biggest you will find on a non-modded case. The front panel has room for 2 120mm fans and the back can fit either 1 120mm or a pair of 80mm. There is a lot more that makes this case unique, so head to Pro-Clockers and take a look.
Subject: Processors | January 25, 2007 - 12:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new E4300 is essentially an E6300 without Intel's Virtualization Technology, and a slightly slower clock speed ... 1.8 GHz versus 1.86. However, with a reasonably efficient air cooler it can reach 3.47GHz, which is pretty reasonable for a $130 dollar processor. The bad news right now is that the only places you will find it for sale have it priced about $10 less than the E6300, so it isn't worth buying ...