TRIM those offsets

Subject: Storage | July 2, 2009 - 07:26 PM |

The Tech Report's previous review of SSDs, in which they found serious problems with the performance of the Indilinx Barefoot controlled Super Talent and OCZ SSD drives generated some feedback from listeners.  Their comments can be summed up as a complaint that if they had used Vista, instead of XP and its default 63-sector partition offset which is a problem for Indilinx controlled SSDs and updated the firmware of the drives, all the problems would go away.  Read on to see how the test results differed from their first

Starting off on the right foot

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 2, 2009 - 06:55 PM |

Apart from a questionable neon green motif, Maxcube's first offering is a rather impressive case.  Its pair of 120mm fans seem to be enough to keep the air moving inside the case and the depth of almost 8" means that fitting larger Core i7 coolers into this case is not going to offer a problem.  Tool-less installation, numerous eSATA and USB ports are easily accessible round out a well designed first case that Overclockers Club felt no worry about recommending.

If you build it, they will come?

Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2009 - 06:38 PM |

The rumours of Ion 2 are growing, and with the nature of the industry they will become fact sooner rather than later.  As Jon Peddie put it to The Inquirer, we all are trapped in the mantra of Moore's law
If you don't build faster and better chips, you get left behind.  Most rumours agree that nVIDIA will double the shaders to 32, while simultaneously shrinking the die to keep the TDP relatively unchanged.  Having that many shaders might help general graphics performa

Source: The Inquirer

It might not handle well with a full load

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 1, 2009 - 09:49 PM |

If you haven't been reading Lee's PSU reviews you have been missing out on some great power supplies like the SilverStone Element ST70EF
Since you can't catch him on the live podcast tonight on TWiT at 7pm EDT, his reviews are the
best way to hear what he has to say about current technology.  In this particular case, Silverstone did an excellent job on the PSU except for one weakness that he uncovered.

AMD Phenom II TWKR chips tested, but does it matter?

Subject: Processors | July 1, 2009 - 09:12 PM |

We first brought up the AMD TWKR processors last week but we are now starting to see some actual hands-on time with the processors at various places around the web.  The Inquirer posted an update about these CPUs today as well:

TSMC still having problems with 40nm production

Subject: Processors | July 1, 2009 - 09:10 PM |

EETimes is reporting that the 40nm process at TSMC, the same one responsible for the Radeon HD 4770 and both NVIDIA and AMD's latest mobility GPU offerings, is still having SIGNIFICANT yield problems.

Source: Email

An easy weekend project

Subject: Systems | July 1, 2009 - 08:43 PM |

Do you have an old laptop or desktop system hiding away somewhere; which you plan to do something with, at some time in the future?  Why not turn it into an HTPC system?  Sure, it is nice to go out, pickup an Atom + 9400M motherboard and a sweet Shuttle HTPC case and put together a brand new system, but you could always do that sometime in the future and give the ancient one away.  Watch as Digital Trends turns an old Dell laptop with a 2.66GHz P4, 512MB of RAM, and a GeF

Your reasonably priced HD gaming solution

Subject: Displays | July 1, 2009 - 08:21 PM |

The ViewSonic VX2433wm is a $220, 23" LCD whose native 1920x1080 happens to be the same resolution as 1080p.  This means that your HD content will not have any pixel manipulation in order to display.  It also sports a fast enough response rate to allow ghosting free gaming.  Big Bruin would like to give you a warning about the built in speakers though.

Source: Big Bruin

Busting ghosts, not GPUs

Subject: General Tech | July 1, 2009 - 07:44 PM |

Ghostbusters is a game with a message, and that message is that you don't need Quad-SLI to run a 30" LCD all of the time.  In a way that is really good, as Ghostbusters does not seem to support multiple GPUs very well; that may be because it just isn't demanding enough to need them very much.  [H]ard|OCP had a 1GB HD4870 and a GTX260 running the game @ 2560x1600, with every option on its highest setting and were still averaging 40fps.  That is not to imply that this is a bad

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD VP claims no price war, forgets it started it

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 1, 2009 - 07:19 PM |

This is kind of an odd little article over at The Inquirer: an AMD Senior Vice President, Rick Bergman, claims that they "WILL NOT engage Nvidia in a price slashing war."  Uhhh, maybe I am dreaming, but I think that war is already on and in fact it was AMD that started it.

"Are we interested in winning share by losing money on every GPU we ship? No," Bergman said. "We're not going to engage in that and we haven't had to."
Source: The Inquirer

Hulu pulps Joost

Subject: General Tech | July 1, 2009 - 07:10 PM |

Relative newcomer to the streaming content business Hulu has displaced Joost in the hearts of internet users as the favourite way to grab
online TV series and movies.  The original concept of Joost might have been a bit too broad, using bittorrent to distribute the content was certainly a great idea, but their concept of content was so broad they never managed to find a core group of users to depend upon to spread the good word.  Switching to a browser model put them in direct competition with Hulu, a content provider that does have a huge amount of users preaching the gospel of Hu

Source: Ars Technica

NVIDIA at risk of losing the Apple deal

Subject: Mobile | July 1, 2009 - 06:55 PM |

While this shouldn't really come as a big surprise to anyone that pays attention to these sorts of things, a post over at Semiaccurate is saying that in all likely hood NVIDIA is "being shown the door" when it comes to future Apple system designs. 

Source: General

Everything you'll need but for the 2TB of storage

Subject: Motherboards | June 30, 2009 - 09:21 PM |

is a little different than most motherboards, in that it comes with Atom N330 CPU attached along with an onboard 9400M GPU all on a Mini-ITX board that supports up to 4GB of DDR2-800.  Thanks to nVIDIA's 9400M it is capable of displaying Blu-Ray content up to 1920x1440 at 75MHz on an external HDMI display.  If you are looking for a great base to build an HTPC off of, you could do much worse that this bo

The best ways to beat the summer heat

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 30, 2009 - 06:51 PM |

FrostyTech has just finished updating their misleadingly named Top 5 cooler list.  There are not 5 coolers on the list, in total there are 40 representing the best of the air cooling solutions currently available.  As some heatsinks are not compatible with both AMD and Intel, the lists are split into two rankings.  As well there is a Top 10 list for both the best in controlling temperatures and a Top 10 list of the quietest coolers.  More than enough coolers to make your choices for cooling that system in

Source: Frosty Tech

Get buffed

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 30, 2009 - 06:01 PM |

AnandTech delves into the mysterious world of graphics buffering in this article.  Not anisotropic filtering as is commonly discussed; instead they are looking at the difference between double buffering plus vsync
versus triple buffering.  Using a clip of a horse running you can see the speed advantage that disabling vsync while using double buffering and the penalty you pay for that gain.  That same clip is used to illustrate how triple buffering can offer you the best of both worlds.  Head

Source: AnandTech

A very unique processor

Subject: Processors | June 30, 2009 - 05:02 PM |

The AMD Phenom II 42 TWKR Black Edition does not have a native frequency, simply a default of 2GHz if you pop it in without changing anything in the BIOS.  It is a limited edition run specifically designed to be overclocked, hence the tweaker portion of its name.  So far Legit Reviews has the top overclock, 6.58GHz on LN and a bus speed of 209MHz.  As an added bonus, the testing ended once something horrible happened to the motherboard, you can see a picture on the last page of the review.

I wonder what the PageRanks of these sites are

Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2009 - 04:26 PM |

Drop by Wired for a look at some interesting search sites that are neither Google nor that new one from Microsoft.  Some are simply a different twist, such as Good Search which donates money every time you search to ChaCha which is much faster than Google on a mobile device.  Others are more specific, like IceRocket, OneRiot, Scoopler
and Collecta all of which search Twitter, blog posts and news stories.  For the traveller there is Voyij and for the commuter will probably be a favourite. 

Source: Wired News

Blame the hardware; not the program

Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2009 - 09:57 PM |

Tom Clancy's HAWX seems to be showing up in a lot of bundles, from graphics cards to joysticks.  Perhaps they are hinting that with better hardware you will enjoy the game more.  Think Computers, not usually into flight sims, decided that that bundleware would be the perfect way to test out the Thrustmaster T.16000M joystick.  For the price of a usual game, you get a joystick with some serious stats as well as the game its self,

One size fits all?

Subject: Mobile | June 29, 2009 - 07:31 PM |

On paper, the Cooler Master SNA 95 Slim Notebook Adapter sounds like a brilliant idea.  A 95W power adaptor with 8 different plugs and a USB socket on the side that can provide a variety of Wattage and Amperage to charge all your USB and mobile devices, including phones.  Unfortunately, the model shipped to Tweaknews for testing had some incompatibilities, some that could be overcome and others that could not.  Along with the problems they had, they were also disappointed that there was no pricing information. 

Source: Tweaknews

The mysterious Samsung ION notebook

Subject: Mobile | June 29, 2009 - 06:53 PM |

We know very little about the Samsung ION notebook, apart from the fact that it could be a serious help to nVIDIA getting the ION platform recognition as a competitor to the Intel-made chipset for Atom, even with the sales incentives that Intel offers.

  • Model name - unknown

  • Specs - nVIDIA ION processor

  • Pricing - unknown

  • ETA - sometime soon

Source: NVIDIA