I dream of an HTPC with the long ASUS flair

Subject: Systems | September 18, 2009 - 05:31 PM |
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ASUS bills their M4A78-HTPC/RC HTPC motherboard as a basis for which to build a Dream HTPC.  It's a well laid out 780G based mATX board that comes with a remote plus a USB IR-receiver.  Four DDR2 slots with dual channel capability, 5 SATA channels, a single IDE as well as the ability to provide your sound card with a separate power supply to reduce noise.  Drop by Bjorn3D for a look at what features should not be left off of an HTPC motherboard.

Source: Bjorn3D

Teach an old Android new tricks

Subject: Mobile | September 18, 2009 - 02:33 PM |
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If you picked up a first generation Android phone and are looking to hack it into something more interesting then check out this article at Maximum PC.  Get root access to the Linux OS on the phone and you can do all sorts of new tricks, such as installing applications directly onto your SD card.  You will also be able to make your own boot image, grab beta updates or even install a full version of Linux.  Check out the walk through to see how.

Source: Maximum PC

Microsoft attempts to smite Google ... again

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2009 - 12:50 PM |
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This time it is their online office solution taking aim at Google Docs and TechReviewSource was one of the few who were gifted with access to the beta version.  As you'd expect, Word, Excel and PowerPoint are available,
along with OneNote all in a scaled down cloudy reflection of their Office Suite counterparts.  The ribbons may have been trimmed, but it is still obviously a beta as there were problems; the an inability to insert pictures into PowerPoint being an example.  Head over for the full

$1 buys you 6W

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 17, 2009 - 03:03 PM |
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The Topower Tiger 1200W PSU reviewed by R&B Mods was to be sold at $200,

Intel's take on the P55

Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2009 - 02:07 PM |
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We have seen a lot of different P55 boards from a lot of different companies, except for the makers themselves.  The Intel DP55KG Extreme Series is their $209 flagship motherboard, sporting quite a few features, though perhaps not as many as other competitors.  6 phase power and some electrolytic capacitors might scare off the hard core enthusiast, but the board is worth taking seriously. 

Zalman's coolers are investigating an alternative lifestyle

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 17, 2009 - 12:46 PM |
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There is a new face in the heatsink market, the so called Hybrid cooler.  A hybrid cooler is design to work on both CPUs and GPUs with a little help from a variety of retaining clips.  The Zalman VF2000 LED Hybrid Cooler
is one such cooler, with a long list of CPU and GPU compatibility that
X-bit Labs put to the test.  Read on to see if this low profile cooler can do both jobs well or poorly.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Can Larrabee's B0 make it to IDF?

Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2009 - 11:59 AM |
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Just like that old favourite song you grew sick of but haven't heard in a while, Larrabee has returned.  The timing is a little tight for IDF but we may get to see a new look to Larrabee as the B0 stepping is in the fabs right now.  If the bugs have been worked out there will be a lot of interesting demos to see, whether it takes a few days or a weeks for them to appear.  Drop by SemiAccurate for information.

Source: SemiAccurate

A mouse in a storm needs a maximum acceleration stat

Subject: General Tech | September 16, 2009 - 03:10 PM |
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Cooler Master loves the Storm theme for a lot of their products with the Cooler Master Storm Sentinel Advance Gaming Mouse
being the newest member.  It is so advanced that this mouse actually houses 64KB of memory to keep track of your profiles and has a locking mechanism to make it very difficult to steal.  Think Computers has heard it will be for sale very soon at ~$60 and seeing how much they loved it you should really check it out.

AMD is getting comfortable in their low cost niche

Subject: Processors | September 16, 2009 - 01:23 PM |
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AMD has taken over the lower end of the CPU spectrum with the release of the Athlon II X4 620 and 630.  In the $100 price range, the only chip Intel has to offer is the Q8200, and at around $27 more it and with lesser performance, it is overwhelmed by AMDs offerings.  The bad news is that Black Edition processors are limited to the Phenom II series, the Athlons will not have one.  On the plus side, that wonderful little BIOS feature called ACC may be able to unlock L3 cache that is disabled on the chip.  Josh has posted his fu

It's Darkest of Days, the half a game

Subject: General Tech | September 16, 2009 - 12:51 PM |
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At the start of the review that Bjorn3D wrote about Darkest of Days, a new time travelling FPS with some interesting twists, the game sounds like a lot of fun.  Bayonets are almost as fun as a chain saw, and when was the last time you waited as your character slowly works at his muzzle loading gun instead of just slapping in a new clip?  In most cases you will be using period weaponry, but the trailers does show an attack of Roman Legionnaires being repelled by machine gun fire.  Everything was fun and games until their Radeon powered test machine died at the Pompeii level.&nbsp

Source: Bjorn3D

Intel's mobile division is under ARMs

Subject: General Tech | September 16, 2009 - 12:23 PM |
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IDF is all about 32nm and according to Intel, 32nm is all about mobile usage.  Ars Technica delves into the minds of Intel's mobile division in an attempt to divine when we might see x86 based System on a Chip based smart phones.  Their belief is that we shall see two separate families of 32nm processors, a fast but electrically leaky version and a significantly slower version that will not leak.  It is not hard to determine which version will be

Source: Ars Technica

Super Talent's Two TeraByte PCIe RAIDDrive SSD to Begin Shipping Early October

Subject: Storage | September 16, 2009 - 11:19 AM |
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San Jose, California - September 16, 2009 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, will start shipping the first PCI Express RAIDDrive SSDs in early October.

RAIDDrive is designed to break the throughput bottleneck in the storage subsystem by removing the bandwidth limitation of the SATA bus. The PCIe Gen.

Three cheers for the inanimate carbon fibre rod

Subject: Storage | September 15, 2009 - 06:56 PM |
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Tweaktown tore themselves away from gazing at cars to put together a quick review of the Active Media Products Executive I 2-in-1 Carbon Fiber Pen.  Not only does it represent the latest in technology for the manual transference of ink onto paper it is also a 4GB flash drive.  Now you can be papered and paperless simultaneously. 
Interested in one of the geekiest pen you can get for under $20

Source: TweakTown

It is a notebook replacement

Subject: Systems | September 15, 2009 - 05:43 PM |
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MSI has broken away from the netbook market long enough to create an all in one desktop PC.  The MSI Wind Top AE2010 AIO looks to be a 19" 1600x900 TFT touchscreen LCD at first glance, but hidden inside is a full PC.  An AMD Athlon X2 Dual Core 3250e powers it, with 4GB DDRII @ 533MHz
on the board its self, no memory upgrades for this machine.  Graphics are handled by the AMD RS780G and SB710, the HD3200 gets 128MB of Side Port DDR3 to help it out.  Benchmark Reviews tried it against Atoms and Ions and even a Dell to see how its performance measured up,

MSI has a new card and a new tool

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 15, 2009 - 03:09 PM |
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MSI's Lightning series of overclocked graphics cards have garnered a large following thanks to the ease in which you can install a card that is already proven to run at higher than stock frequencies.  Their newest is a 275GTX Lightning with its GPU pushed up 67MHz and 1792MB of memory clocked 32MHz higher than stock.  In [H]ard|OCP's testing this equated to
some rather nice performance, the problem came with MSI's MRSP which is in the range of the superior 285GTX.  Still the card i

Source: [H]ard|OCP

“Beat Me If You Dare” competition offers a total cash purse of US$9000 and cutting-edge hardware

Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2009 - 01:44 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 11th September, 2009 - GIGABYTE, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announces the launch of a global Graphics Card overclocking competition, Beat Me If You Dare. This event coincides with the recent announcement of GIGABYTE’s latest family of Graphics Cards, the Super Overclock Series. Contestants around the world are invited to compete against the top scores set by GIGABYTE’s in-house overclocking team to win cash and prizes.

The champion of each round will receive USD1,500 cash.

A peek at the new Zune

Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2009 - 01:32 PM |
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Ars Technica just got their hands on the new Zune and posted a preview of its features.  Some things are nice to see, like the availability of apps for those who picked one up when they first went on sale, the obvious lack of support for third party apps is perhaps not so nice.  The 480 by 272 OLED screen
was a definite winner.   Drop by for the preview, they promise a full review soon.

Source: Ars Technica

Corsair Dominator Memory achieves Intel XMP Certification for Core i7-870 and 860

Subject: Memory | September 15, 2009 - 11:22 AM |
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FREMONT, Calif., Sept. 15, 2009 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer memory, power supplies and flash memory products, including solid-state drives, today announced that both 4GB and 8GB Dominator memory solutions have passed Intel's XMP-Ready certification for the newly-introduced Core i7-870 and Core i7-860 CPUs.

The 8GB Dominator GT 1600MHz CAS 8 (CMD8GX3M4A1600C8) is part of Corsair's award-winning Dominator memory solutions. It is qualified and guaranteed to run at a frequency of 1600MHz with tight timings of 8-8-8-24 at a voltage of 1.65V.

VIA EPIA-P720 Brings Fanless HD Video Playback to Pico-ITX

Subject: Systems | September 15, 2009 - 11:17 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, September 15, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA-P720 Pico-ITX board, which takes advantage of the latest VIA VX855 media system processor to deliver stunningly smooth playback of the latest HD video formats for next-generation digital interactive devices.

"VIA continually strives to offer customers compelling product designs that open up new worlds

A big case deserves a big cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 14, 2009 - 06:29 PM |
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The Tuniq Tower 120 series has been popular with i7 users looking to get some good temperatures, though the large size of the cooler makes picking a deep case an absolute must.  The new member of the family, the Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme
stands a hair under 6" tall and weighs in at almost 2lbs, so again case choice is something to pay close attention to if you are thinking about picking up this cooler.  In Think Computers tests the cooler came within a few degrees of the Corsair H50, an impress