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Subject: Graphics Cards | June 12, 2009 - 05:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech is taking a close look at the two new video transcoding techniques from AMD and nVIDIA, ATI Stream and CUDA. The software transcoder they will be using comes from Cyberlink, called MediaShow Espresso, a $40 product that supports both AMD and nVIDIA's technology. The transcodes that they will attempt are for the iPhone, MPEG2, Xbox and native H.264, and they use 3 movie trailers as the media. This GPU technology certainly beats CPU encoding; but which one is the fastest?
Subject: General Tech | June 12, 2009 - 04:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2009 - 09:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Back in the days when the mid range ruled, and digital was only for recording studios, the record was king of media. The scratch of a dull diamond coming through speakers that were birthed before Dolby made its appearance, and huge stacks of vinyl and decorated cardboard sleeves dominated the homes of every audiophile. Now those records are collecting dust, or are accumulating scratches through heavy use, but hopefully not sitting beside a furnace. If this sounds familiar, and you have a lot of old vinyl that you want to listen to, but don't want to hurt it nor buy a CD to re
Subject: Mobile | June 11, 2009 - 07:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Secrets has every right to be impressed by the new Alienware M17x, as it seems that Dell hasn't cramped their out of this world designs. According to their link the highest end laptop you can configure has
"two GeForce GTX 280M, Core 2
Extreme QX9300, 8 GB DDR3-1333, two 256 GB SSD's in RAID0, 1920x1200
17" display, Blu-Ray player, TV tuner, Windows Vista Ultimate) and the
price is obviously jaw-dropping: USD 5,600. OUCH!"
Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2009 - 05:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Anyone who has used a tablet for anything in the past, and quite a few who have never played with one, know the name Wacom. If you have used their Intuos3 tablet you will probably be excited about the new Intuos4 Professional Pen Tablet, available in several sizes. The price is still high and so is the quality, in this case the new version is all about more little extras. For instance the programmable LED shortcut keys to the side of the tablet n
Subject: Systems | June 11, 2009 - 05:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There seem to be two main types of HTPC creators, something that has probably grown from the old days of audio receivers.
The first, more common type simply wants to enjoy the final product and is unconcerned with matching colours, completely hidden wires or mixing brands of speakers. As long as it sounds great in the end, the aesthetics are an afterthought. They will nurse the HTPC into working order, but are far more likely to hide it from sight, either behind something large or by locating it in a different room.
Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2009 - 04:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not even a month after the first announcement of the official USB 3.0 standard, we will be seeing the release of the first USB 3.0 controller, coming from NEC. They will be releasing it fairly soon, along with Windows drivers, though we have yet to see a single USB 3.0 device. Not to be outdone, a devotee of the penguin has created a Linux driver, working with both Red Hat and Ubuntu.
Subject: Editorial | June 11, 2009 - 01:44 AM | Ryan Shrout
Last week I was in Taipei for Computex 2009, which you can read all of our coverage about here, but we still attempted to record our weekly shows, This Week in Computer Hardware and the PC Perspective Podcast. If you missed those shows (shame on you) I have them posted below in their live VIDEO versions below. Of course, if you haven't subscribed to our podcast feed, you definitely should do so RIGHT NOW!
Subject: Storage | June 10, 2009 - 10:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have never heard the term overburning before, at least in terms of how it applies to CDs and DVDs you are probably safer staying far away from it. On the other hand, if you have managed to physically damage an optical drive by overburning, this overview from OCMODSHOP will seem like familiar territory. Overburning takes advantage of the roughly 10% of the disk that remains unused in a normal burn. The reason that there is unused space is to prevent damage to burners as well as to help with compatibility.
Subject: Processors | June 10, 2009 - 09:49 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to a very brief report on Digitimes, the Intel Pine Trail platform could arrive as soon as October. You might remember our first look at the Pine Trail technology last month; Intel is essentially updating the Atom processor to including an on-die memory controller and graphics core.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 10, 2009 - 08:17 PM | Ryan Shrout
Charlie D., formerly of The Inq, has a new site and he wants you to know that all the codenames you heard for the upcoming 40nm DX11 parts from AMD are wrong. We first showed you the wafer shot and details of the 40nm DX11 parts last week during Computex - definitely check that out if you haven't already.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 10, 2009 - 07:55 PM | Ryan Shrout
There is a story over at The Inquirer that is speculating once again that EVGA will find its way into the arms of Intel when the Larrabee product is released late in 2009 or early in 2010.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 10, 2009 - 07:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At $420 the Ikonik Ra X10 Liquid case is a serious investment, but one which will not disappoint the hardcore overclocker. Built right into the case is an aluminium box which houses a pump and a reservoir, and there are two big radiators included as well. Everything you need to set up a cooling loop comes with the case, and there are quite a few fans as well to ensure everything stays nice and cool.&
Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2009 - 05:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Driverheaven got their mitts on the console version of the new Ghostbusters game and posted a quick review of the gameplay along with some trailers. If you can't wait for the PC version, the Playstation seems to be the better choice as it has content which is not included in the Xbox version. Along with the single player storyline comes multiplayer support with several different game types to try. Interestingly, one of the big features on the PC version seems to be missing from this conso
Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2009 - 04:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Even with the Atom powering netbooks all over the planet, Intel has lost a chunk of their market share and it seems to have gone directly to AMD. AMD's growth was spread out over all its various processors, which is a bit of good news in and of its self. The extra growth in the mobile sector is icing on the cake, as Intel's Atom was a big concern. Read more about AMDs low power, low heat and high payback move in the mobility market at The Inquirer.
Subject: Chipsets | June 10, 2009 - 03:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Every time one of the drivers that makes up the VIA Hyperion Pro package gets updated, you can be sure the full package will be updated soon after. The IDE Falcon Storage driver has been updated to version 2.80A so now the Hyperion Pro package has been updated as well - to version 5.24A.
Version 5.24A of the Hyperion Pro drivers includes the following components:
V-RAID V5.80F and RAID Tools v5.85
Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2009 - 03:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, June 10, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that the recently launched VIA Vinyl HD Audio codecs, the VIA Vinyl VT1818S and 1828S, are now supported by ArcSoft's universal multimedia player, ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre.
With the rising demand for a realistic cinema experience in the comfort of the home, along with the growth in adoption of the Blu-ray Disc video format, VIA and ArcSo
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 9, 2009 - 09:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Secrets stumbled upon the Akasa Paxpower 500 W
PSU, a company they had never heard of before offering a PSU who's statistics make it attractive to most users. The pair of 12V rails offering 18A each will power most graphics cards and the 500W peak power should keep the rest of the system content. First they dissected the PSU and checked each component for quality, then they proceeded to test the PSU in a system. They did run into an interesting snag when they fully loaded both 12V rails at 500W, the PSU would not switch on until they removed the load from one of th