Performing for under $100

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 16, 2009 - 06:28 PM |

The Sapphire HD 4670 has two things going for it that the stock model does not, it uses GDDR4 and a third party cooler.  It sports DVI and VGA ports, as well as an HDMI connector as one of the chief uses of this card would be to power a 1080p HTPC.  The extra power this card has compared to the base model does make it very viable for a gaming machine, just look at the benchmarks Modders-Inc saw in their review.

Source: Modders-Inc

Dual monitors isn't enough for the truly hardcore

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2009 - 03:16 PM |

If you really want to get the most out of your day, try using two separate computers with the help of the

Something to aim for

Subject: Processors | February 16, 2009 - 02:02 PM |

If you are wondering just how far a new Phenom II can be pushed, Legit Reviews has a good idea.  The 810 can be pushed from 2.6 GHz all the way to
4.95GHz, the 720 BE from 2.8GHz to 4.59Ghz, as long as you use the right cooling.  Along with getting an idea of where these processors top out, two other important lessons were learned.  The motherboards don't mind having ice form on them and the new Phenoms are quite happy running an operating temperature below -40 degrees.

DDR3 getting closer to syncing with the CPU

Subject: Memory | February 16, 2009 - 12:18 PM |

With Corsair's new Dominator GTs running at 2.0GHz, they are only 660MHz off of the default speed of a Core i7 720.  Though the multipliers are completely different; it is something to see the speed of RAM approaching the same speeds as modern processors.  These new Dominators will be be available only by ordering direct from Corsair, so hopefully these 2GHz @ 9-9-9-28 will have gone through even more rigorous
testing than retail DIMMs.  HEXUS's testing would verify that, they hit 2,100MHz @ 7-8-7-26 on

Source: Hexus

Data mining the gold farmers

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2009 - 11:42 AM |

While you probably never met a bespectacled man with a pipe who asked you to sit down on a couch and tell him about your mother while playing Everquest, you may well have been psychoanalyzed
at some point in your questing.  Four years of data for over 400,000 characters was passed on to researchers looking for various patterns in the demographics of the players and what they used the game for.  Probably the neatest trick was writing software to deal with over 60TB of data, the EQ2 servers capture absolutely everything that happens in the game, and that raw data is what had to be de

Source: Ars Technica

How does the extra work always time it's self to arrive late Friday afternoon

Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2009 - 07:04 PM |

Trying to get good audio out of a PC can be a little frustrating at times, not just because the audio drivers tend to move options and settings around with sadistic glee, but also because of the sheer amount of output choices.  If you really do want to send a 5.1 signal over a single cable and are having difficulties, try this thread out for some help.

For those who want to rock

Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2009 - 03:54 PM |

If you have an unused PCIe slot and a hankering for some great audio quality then check out the new Xonar Essence STX from ASUS.  The Guru of 3D have put together an 18 page review covering everything from the components and their quality to the ability to add EAX emulation to games.  In some ways any audio review is

Source: Guru of 3D

It's a gothic motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | February 13, 2009 - 01:53 PM |

Foxconn's Quantum Force X58 BloodRage has a rather interesting red, grey and black theme as well as some serious enthusiast level features.  The 4 PCIe slots can run in 2 x 16 lanes or 4 x 8 lanes and a single bank of triple channel DDR3 slots.  A force reset button works both as a reset button as well as a system tuner, though NinjaLane found the voltages that it chose to be a little high for their liking.  Read the full review to see just why this board deserves the name 'BloodRage'.

Source: NinjaLane

Scythe teaches proper positioning

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 13, 2009 - 12:03 PM |

The new Scythe Kama Angle looks a little like a large square cooler cut longways to make a hollow triangle or 'L' shape.  In this particular case the name Kama might refer to the flexibility that this shape gives the cooler, there are a lot of ways to fit it into a case with limited space.  Cooling is superior to a stock Intel heatsink and can handle some overclocking but it will not replace high end coolers that allow severe overclocking

Hot and cold running video

Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2009 - 11:40 AM |

There is a blog at AMD and on this blog are some rather interesting topics, including the one posted today.  The section of the blog that the link comes from is AMD at Home, where a Senior Developer Relations Engineer named Jay Taylor covers topics of interest to the HTPC enthusiast.  The long list of online providers of TV shows, both old and new will grab anyones attention.  As long as you can stream video, you can be watching Battlestar Galactica from the beginning.


Subject: Graphics Cards | February 13, 2009 - 11:20 AM |

Lake Forest, IL - (February 12, 2009) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies, and the Phobos High-Performance Gaming/Home Theater System, announced today the BFG GeForce GTX 295 H2O graphics card with ThermoIntelligence Water Cooling Solution.

BFG Technologies has taken their award-winning GeForce GTX 295 dual GPU graphics card and combined it with a highly efficient, thermally advanced copper water block co-developed with the experts at Danger Den to offer a totally silent cooling sol

The power of bamboo

Subject: Mobile | February 12, 2009 - 06:00 PM |

Perhaps bamboo might not seem a good material to make a laptop out of but the engineers at ASUS would disagree, as you can tell by the ASUS UV6 Bamboo laptop.  Measuring 15.2 x 9.6" with a 12.1 LCD and containing an Intel P8600 and 3GB of RAM as well as a DVD drive and 250GB HDD, the UV6 packs almost as much power as their Lambourghini model.  That slight lessening of processing power results in much longer battery life, a feature that t-break was very happy to see.

Source: t-break

S3 Graphics Chrome 540 GTX: The World's Most Connected Hi-Def Card

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2009 - 03:18 PM |

Fremont, California, February 12, 2009 - S3 Graphics today announced the latest addition to its power-efficient Chrome 500 Series graphics processor family, with the unveiling of an 850MHz clocked GDDR3 based Chrome 540 GTX.

Source: S3 Graphics

Four fives and an i7

Subject: Systems | February 12, 2009 - 03:11 PM |

For just about $5555 you can build the Core i7 dream system that AnandTech assembled in their recent Core i7 System guide, or for a mere $1400 you can pick up an entry level system that should handle anything you feel like running.  They also assembled a system designed for overclocking, which includes a very large cooler that is essentia

Source: AnandTech

Black Edition - the best friend of gamers

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2009 - 01:58 PM |

When you hear the words 'Black Edition', most immediately think of a multiplier unlocked AMD CPU, a very overclocker friendly
chip.  Now XFX has co-opted the moniker for their new GTX 285, a seriously overclocked card; the core is bumped 46MHz to 648MHz, the shader clock up 180MHz to 1.476GHz and the memory is now 270MHz faster at 2.484GHz.  The card is currently for sale for $0.01 cheaper than $40

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Try some of this green caviar

Subject: Storage | February 12, 2009 - 12:12 PM |

The latest hard drive from Western Digital is the 2TB GreenPower Caviar, sporting four 500GB platters a 32MB cache and a reported sustained data rate of 100MB/s.  The Tech Report tested out that stat and it seems that the high density platters help put this drive right in the middle of the pack as far as performance goes.  While it will not beat out a

Trade in your copy of Vista

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2009 - 11:48 AM |

Good news for owners of Vista Home Premium, Business and Ultimate Editions, if you purchased them within the Eligibility Period which is July 1, 2009 through January 31, 2010.  The plan is not to allow everyone to trade in their Vista disks for new Windows 7 disks, but to help OEMs sell PCs during the interim instead of waiting to purchase a new PC until after Win7 is released.  From the looks of the screenshots at TechARP, the upgrade process should be fairly painless.

Source: Tech ARP

Shallow and narrow, but still likeable

Subject: Displays | February 11, 2009 - 05:44 PM |

If you have been putting off upgrading to a 22" monitor because of price, the Samsung Syncmaster 2243BW might be right up your alley.

Source: PCStats

NVIDIA Quarterly Driver Update for Notebooks is Now Live

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 11, 2009 - 03:40 PM |

Today NVIDIA made it possible for notebook owners with GeForce 7 Series graphics processing units (GPUs) to upgrade their systems with the click of a button. When NVIDIA changed the way notebook GPU customers received driver upgrades by putting a driver on, we promised quarterly driver updates for GeForce owners. As promised, NVIDIA delivered the second notebook driver release on February 11, 2009.

The first notebook driver was wildly popular, with over 1 Million downloads to date.

Source: NVIDIA

First they came for the southbridge, now they're after the northbridge

Subject: Processors | February 11, 2009 - 02:18 PM |

With Intel finally spilling the beans on Westbridge, the successor to the Core i7, Ryan has put together the slides and his thoughts on the release into a quick article on our front page.  Just as the current chips have the uncore, and directly handle the memory interface, Westmere also adds even more functionality directly to the CPU, takig away a lot of the functions of the northbridge.  We won't see a complete dissapearance anytime soon but the integrated graphics controller certain speaks volumes about Intel's plans for the futur