Faster than a speeding 6800GT

Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2009 - 12:11 PM |
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The Inquirer has been sniffing around Taiwan trying to track down more information on the upcoming AMD rs880 chipset.  While it is fairly certain that this will herald the arrival of the onboard DX10.1 HD 4200 graphics core, the actual performance numbers are up in the air.  If what they translated is correct, you can expect to see performance about the level of a 6800GT or an ATI X800XL.  On the flip side,

Source: The Inquirer

Get out and enjoy some controlled, highly energetic chemical reactions

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2009 - 05:57 PM |
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Meridian, one of our forum moderators is

When you are this good you don't need a fancy name

Subject: Motherboards | July 3, 2009 - 05:15 PM |
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Opting for a less extravagant name, Intel's new extreme motherboard for the Core i7 is called the DX58SO.  As well they went with no box art and a minimum of connectors and adaptors.  The extras are on the motherboard as well as the driver CD which comes with a long list of software.  One of the most noticeable features when you first look at this board are the DIMM slots, which are located at the top of the board.  Less obvious is the w

Source: X-Bit Labs

Pimp your mouse

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2009 - 04:46 PM |
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Although it is at its heart a Gigabyte GM-M7800, the Gigabyte Elegant Vogue Wireless Mouse
is much more than that.  18 karat gold highlights and Swarovski crystals
set off the two tone leather covering of this stylish mouse.  Make sure to grab yours quickly as there are only 10,000 being made and Hardware Zone has already grabbed one.

The exact opposite of vapourware

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 3, 2009 - 04:00 PM |
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When you buy a factory overclocked card with some sort of spiffy name or a long string of capital letters denoting exactly how cool the card is, it can be disappointing to discover a 10MHz overclock on the GPU.  Sapphire's Toxic HD 4890 Vapor-X
will not disappoint, it sports a 960MHz core clock speed which is 110MHz over reference and a 300MHz advantage in memory speed.  That translates into a noticeable bump in frame rates and to make the card even more attractive, The Guru of 3D got even

Source: Guru of 3D

$130 could also get you an HD4770

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2009 - 03:44 PM |
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Probably the biggest improvement of Bigfoot Networks since the release of the original Killer NIC is the drop in price of its new generation of network accelerators; the Killer Xeno Prois only $130.  It is based around a 400MHz PowerPC processor with 128MB of RAM and like the original it will bypass the Windows TCP/IP stack and handle networking by its self, thus freeing up your CPU to do other tasks. 

Source: AnandTech

PC Perspective Podcast #63 Video now ready!

Subject: Editorial | July 2, 2009 - 06:02 PM |
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For those of you that desperately wanted it, the PC Perspective Podcast #63 is now available in its video form!  You can see how the show looks as we record it live AND you can also find one of those *hidden* entry methods for the PC Perspective / This Week in Computer Hardware Smooth Creations system giveaway at the very end...  :)

How do they get the liquid into the centre?

Subject: Mobile | July 2, 2009 - 04:46 PM |
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Tech-Reviews has picked up a strange liquid based laptop cooler from Nexus called the TDD-9000.  While it may look like a mouse pad, it is instead a liquid filled base for you to place your laptop on which is intended to provide cooling.  It did feel like it was filled with gel, as opposed to a true liquid which could be very important if it was ever introduced to a sharp object.  Their testing did not go so well for the Nexus product; perhaps if you used it on a model with a fan on th

Source: Tech-Reviews

You wouldn't keep a stock heatsink

Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2009 - 03:35 PM |
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Ditch the bundled headphones that came with your iPhone in favour of the Radius Atomic Bass Earphones for iPhone; your ears will love you.  This in-ear headphones can be yours for under $40 and will provide a much better sound quality than the stock headphones though perhaps not as good as $400 sets.  One of the big differences between them would be the quality of the microphone, which Think Computers found

TRIM those offsets

Subject: Storage | July 2, 2009 - 03:26 PM |
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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 - 02:55 PM |
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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 - 02:38 PM |
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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 - 05:49 PM |
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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 - 05:12 PM |
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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 - 05:10 PM |
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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.

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An easy weekend project

Subject: Systems | July 1, 2009 - 04:43 PM |
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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 - 04:21 PM |
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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 - 03:44 PM |
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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 - 03:19 PM |
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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 - 03:10 PM |
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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