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Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 5, 2009 - 06:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A PSU sitting in the megawatt range is no longer enough to raise eyebrows, they are becoming a common site in high end rigs. A PSU that breaks one megawatt at 50C is a little more impressive, especially when that power is coupled with the long list of features that the Enermax Revolution85+ 1050W PSU does. There is really nothing to add to Lee's review, he has done his usual stellar job of t
Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2009 - 03:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Mionix is a newcomer to the enthusiast market and they are leading with a gaming mouse and a mousing surface. The Saiph 3200 mouse has a nice black finish and a curved shape that will be familiar to anyone who has seen a gaming mouse. It also sports multiple buttons including the essential on-the-fly DPI changing and also ships with a set of small weights to allow you to reach the perfect weight for your mouse. The Alioth 400 is a mousepad that measures 400mm x 335mm, and sports a nice rubber backing to keep the pad in place.
Subject: Displays | March 5, 2009 - 02:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Check out the HIS Multi-View DVI, maybe the easiest way to set up multiple monitors for those who haven't switched to a 64bit OS. It supports up to 1600 x 1200 or 1680 x 1050 if you use widescreen monitors and you can send that signal to 6 different monitors if you are so inclined. Bjorn3D loved it for extending desktops and allowing huge amounts of space for windows and menus, it was not so impressive for gaming or for watching movies.&nbs
Subject: Systems | March 5, 2009 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Personal Video Recorders are not that expensive compared to a year ago and most cable companies support them and are more than happy to give you a layaway plan on your monthly bill to get you to pick one up. That has left the HTPC in a little bit of a bind, seeing as how there is a pre-assembled alternative that can do most of what the HTPC was for. ExtremeTech is looking for the remaining advantages the HTPC has over the PVR, including the obvious benefit of being able to pick your hard drive s
Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2009 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has posted a link to where you can get the new Vista/Server 2008 SP2 release candidate. The first and most important step to take is to remove the beta version of SP2 if you have installed it, skipping that step may well ruin your day. The stand alone package is about 300MB for x86 and 500MB for the x64 version. There are numerous compatibility issues fixed ranging from POP3 support for ZoneAlarm to support for VIA 64bit processors. If you do try it out, bookm
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2009 - 12:00 AM | Ryan Shrout
I just found out with the upcoming release of the Catalyst 9.3 driver (sometime in mid-March), ATI will officially stop supporting Radeon cards based on the R500 architecture and earlier with the monthly driver releases. Instead, those older GPUs will be supported on a quarterly driver release schedule. (Note: Catalyst 9.3 will support ALL Radeon GPUs - 9.4 and beyond will implement "legacy status" on the aforementioned cards.)
Subject: Storage | March 4, 2009 - 06:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is hard not to like the Cavalry Pelican 32GB SSD. Not only is it's MSRP sitting at about $100, it has both a SATA connector and a USB plug, making it perfect as an external drive as well as feeling right at home ensconced in a 3.5" bay. Maximum CPU's reviewer also found that it performed above spec on his machine, and did so as you would expect a SATA drive to; absolutel
Subject: Mobile | March 4, 2009 - 03:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Eurocom is a company that believes in overkill; their upcoming laptop, the Clevo D900F Phantom i7 can support a Core i7 965. It also handles triple channel DDR3, up to and including 12GB of DDR3-1333 if you feel so inclined. If that impressesyou, then how about the pair of GTX 280M in SLI it will also run? If you want a desktop replacement that sacrifices battery life in the name of sheer power, then save up for this release. Check out the pictures and the original press release at AnandTech
Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2009 - 02:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TIBURON, CA - March 4, 2009 - Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, today announced a new study that indicates the end of the market for the popular integrated graphics processor chipset, known as the IGP.
After fifteen years of stellar growth the IGP, will cease to exist, replaced by graphics embedded in the processor.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 4, 2009 - 02:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, March, 2009 - Today, CM Storm is celebrating the deployment of the Scout true gaming chassis, created in close cooperation with the world's leading professional gaming teams and eSports organizers, including Kode5, Team Fnatic and mousesports.
Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2009 - 01:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's free, there are crazy mutants in red robes that can make the car you are driving in go flying while it is smashing up zombies and there are no bloody impenetrable fences to stop you from seeing what is over the next hill. It is the originally conceived S.T.A.L.K.E.R., or Oblivion Lost as it was once known, and you can download the entire game in all it's glorious buggyness via Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN. Check out the movie recording of a flyover, t
Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2009 - 01:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In one corner looking good in green and black is a plucky graphics company that doesn't feel a need for friends and certainly doesn't care whose business they might impinge on. In the other corner is a 9.5 billion (GB)Pound leviathan in silver and blue that already has a bone to pick about the Ion platform and who is probably feeling more than a little irate at the contenders announced plans.
Subject: Processors | March 4, 2009 - 12:00 AM | Ryan Shrout
Subject: Systems | March 3, 2009 - 06:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It has been a little while since The Tech Report has placed an AMD processor in anything but their value machine, but the Phenom II X3 720 BE was just too irresistible a
bargain to leave out. It now has a place of honour in their Utility Player, a machine that will let you play all the new games without even breaking $1000. Another new feature is the kitchen PC, design to "let you look up recipes, run instant messaging softwar
Subject: Processors | March 3, 2009 - 02:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Out of the box the new Phenom II X4 940 runs a nice 3.0GHz, a nice speed for a $240ish investment. For many enthusiasts that is merely the beginning, there are higher frequencies so close that it is irresistible to
overclock at least a little. Seeing as how this is a new architecture, the added challenge of being the first to hit an enormous overclock or to discover a BIOS tweak that has significan
Subject: Shows and Expos | March 3, 2009 - 02:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS, a leader in innovative industrial design, today presented the new U and UX Series, a new range of notebooks that celebrate contemporary styling and effortless elegance. Each of them a masterpiece so immensely desirable, the U and UX Series takes modern day computing to the streets, bringing delight to the users' senses and allowing them to work or play in style.
Immaculate Design for the Discerning Individual
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 3, 2009 - 12:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Apart from the die shrink and a small increase in the memory size and default clocks, the newly announced NVIDIA GTS 250 is an 8800GTS that spent a short while as the 9800 GTX (sometimes with a +). Knowing that, it really comes as no surprise that the card performs almost identically to it's previous incarnations in Ryan's testing; there is really no benefit to be seen until you look at power consumption and heat. The GTS 250 does require noticeably less power at idle and full load thanks to the smaller die process and the PCB is e
Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2009 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Microsoft Research Techfest may be in for a troubled future, but for 2009 it is going strong. One of Bill Gates' favourite projects in the company he started was Microsoft Research, in which highly paid PhDs
were able to experiment and develop to their hearts content. Much good has come out of those projects, but in the current economic trend it is a little too expensive to gamble on spending a lot of money in an investment with a small chance at a big return; especially when you consider who is going to be able to buy a totally new product. With Bill gone, a lot of tho