Need to order some extra large platters?

Subject: Storage | November 25, 2009 - 03:20 PM |
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Seagate's new 2TB Barracuda XT hard drive is not quite as fast as the drive they demoed with AMD a while ago but sustained transfer rates of 138MB/s
at the outer edge of the platter is nothing to sneeze at.  This still doesn't come close to saturating the theoretical bandwidth that SATA 2.0 can offer; but is very respectable for a platter based drive.  The high amount of storage on this drive does make it a bit expensive compared to 1TB mod

Come to the Renaissance, meet interesting people and assassinate them

Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2009 - 02:37 PM |
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Ars Technica delves into the world of 15th Century Italy and reviews the sequel to Assassin's Creed, bearing a very similar name to the original, as they've simply added a 2.  It takes place about 300 years after the first game and is perfectly playable for those who missed the first game.  It is the Renaissance, so expect some interesting gadgets to appear during your travels to supplement your trusty blade. 

Source: Ars Technica

Cancel or allow?

Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2009 - 01:49 PM |
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ExtremeTech has taken Microsoft's claims that Windows 7 is the most secure ever as a challenge and put the new features under the microscope.  There are 5 different sections, detailing UAC, the firewall and networking as well as the new Filtering Platform, all of the new features and the new implementations of familiar features are all covered.  Check it out and see if Win7 passes the grade.

Source: Extremetech

Pushing 2 cores to the limit

Subject: Processors | November 24, 2009 - 06:49 PM |
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Thanks to the missing two cores, the Phenom II X2 BE CPU has only an 80W TDP, a big drop from its 45nm quad and triple core brothers.  That is not the only benefit to be had for the trimming that was done to this particular CPU, the 3.1GHz clock speed is faster than all but the X4 955 BE and can be had for a less than half the price of that X4.  The Black Edition also spells out opportunity for overclockers, that unlocked

Source: PCStats

Not another DX10

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 24, 2009 - 01:57 PM |
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Microsoft had a hope that DX10 would convince masses of gamers to migrate from WinXP to Vista.   Unfortunately, a better dynamic lighting range and slightly improved textures just wasn't enough to convince gamers to upgrade en mass.  Part of that was hardware support but mostly it was the poor implementation of features into games, there was not a huge difference.  DX11's arrival saw affordable hardware on the scene already and a list of games that will support it before launch.  Perhaps the biggest draw is the Heaven Benchmark, which if you have not yet seen,

Source: Extremetech

Atom plus ION in this HP netbook

Subject: Mobile | November 24, 2009 - 01:18 PM |
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The HP Mini 311
is an 11.6" Atom powered netbook an Integrated NVIDIA ION LE
chipset, aka a GeForce 9400M without DX10.  Along with the usual input and output ports there is also an HDMI port and HP offers an external USB Blu-ray/DVDR combo drive for only an extra $130 to take advantage of the video capabilities of the ION LE chipset.  If you pick up the new Flash 10.1.51.45, HD flash video plays without dropping frames.  Drop by AnandTech to see if this netbook measures up to the competition,

Source: AnandTech

Firming up your expectations for Fermi

Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2009 - 12:51 PM |
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The Tech Report has compiled all the information they have gathered about nVIDIA's upcoming new architecture that we have all been hearing so much about.  Not just a graphics solution and not quite a full GPGPU, the Fermi can be a little hard to wrap your head around.  They take you through all of the terminology you will need to understand the architectural changes to the G80 processor, the GF100 and then move onto the actual meat of how the processor will work.  Stick through to the end and you can see some e

For those that play e-Sports

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2009 - 06:32 PM |
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The unfortunately named Zowie Gear Hammer e-Sports Headset has a rather rugged, almost military feel to its design.  It looks like you could swing them around above your head by their cord and lay down the hammer on whichever ex-friend of yours just based camped your team, without the headset suffering any damage.  The headset that Overclockers Cafe reviewed used a pair of 3.5mm jacks as opposed to a

Its a RAM of a different colour

Subject: Memory | November 23, 2009 - 05:47 PM |
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Do you have a friend or family member that thinks they are a tweaker, when in fact all they are is a serial hardware murderer?  Someone who swears they've never touched the BIOS settings even when you are looking at a DIMM that was overvolted to the point it has almost soldered its self to the motherboard?  You could put a password and a case lock on, but you could also try the Elixir 6GB 1600MHz kit.  Elixir, or Nanya specifically, makes chips that conform to JEDEC standards.  No matter what you do to these DIMMs, there is a maximum speed you will hit a ceiling at and not

Source: techPowerUp!

GIGABYTE Launches Industry's First USB 3.0, SATA 6Gbps Solution on AMD Platfor

Subject: Motherboards | November 23, 2009 - 02:56 PM |
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City of Industry, November 24, 2009 – GIGABYTE Technology CO., LTD., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards today is pleased to introduce their latest 333 Onboard Acceleration technology featuring support for USB 3.0, Serial-ATA Revision 3.0 (6Gbps) and a 3x USB Power Boost, as well as 8+2 power phases, Ultra Durable 3 (UD3) and Easy Energy Saver (EES) on AMD 700 series chipset motherboards including the GA-790FXTA-UD5, GA-790XTA-UD4 and GA-770TA-UD3.

“By extending our 333 Onboard Acceleration technologies to the AMD platform, GIGABYTE is enabling more of our

A home for that unused LGA775 CPU

Subject: Motherboards | November 23, 2009 - 02:36 PM |
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The socket775 Intel G43 chipset doesn't get a lot of coverage, mostly because of the poor graphical performance associated with the Intel GMA X4500.  The ASRock G43Twins-FullHD
is available for under $80, a big difference in price from X48 based boards, which may garner the attention of anyone with a C2D or C2Q sitting in a box somewhere.  A quartet of D

Drobo 'Model S' and 'Elite' models hit the streets

Subject: Storage | November 23, 2009 - 12:30 PM |
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Today Data Robotics, Inc. added two products to their already excellent line of storage solutions:


All style, no substance

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 23, 2009 - 12:22 PM |
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When you first take a look at the Sunbeamtech Automaton ATX Case, you might be taken in by its sleek lines and shiny black finish.  It looks a bit like an Alienware product thanks to its lack of squared corners and you might wonder just how this case can look that good for under $100.  The answer lies in the building materials, this case is aluminium and thin plastic which adds to the looks while dropping the price and weight.  There are also no features inside the case, no cable management, motherboard tray or tool-less assembly. 

Source: Madshrimps

Play starts on the 40, fumble on 32 ... recovery on the 28?

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2009 - 11:55 AM |
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The difficulties at TSMC with their 40nm process are very familiar to anyone who watches the industry or has tried to by an HD5xxx series or 4770 graphics card.  The volume is tiny which has also had the effect of bringing prices up.  The same issues have occurred in their 32nm process, though with less song and dance as there are no retail cards with a 32nm process GPU.  According to SemiAccurate, TSMC has made the decision to stop work on their 32nm process and head s

Source: SemiAccurate

Happy Birthday SETI, you don't even look 25!

Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2009 - 07:34 PM |
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Building computers is, in a way a matter of knowing the rules and following them.  On a basic level it is plugging the right connector into the right plug, be it a ZIFF socket or a 12V power connector.  Beyond that come secondary rules, like not mixing RAM and ensuring that temperatures remain reasonable.  Others are more complex, like overclocking in small increments to find the perfect settings instead of instantly trying for your megahertz goal.  There are other unwritten rules to follow that are no less important, rules vary greatly from those stating that

Still not fast enough graphics!

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 20, 2009 - 02:34 PM |
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What could possibly be better than an HD5970?  An HD 5970 overclocked from 725 MHz to 935 MHz on the core and from 4000MHz to 5240 MHz
on the GDDR5, that's what!  Since AMD has taken down their overvolting tool it is up to MSI's Afterburner to bump the default 1.05V GPU core to 1.1625V, as you need more power to manage this overclock.  The Guru of 3D walks you through the perils and benefits of such a hefty overclock along with showing you all the steps you need in their article.

Source: Guru of 3D

Diverse diversification diversified

Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2009 - 01:40 PM |
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It has long been a mantra in the business world that you must always continue to grow your business or you will die.  Most have taken that to heart and began diversifying their businesses, getting into industries they never tried before and moving away from one strong product line into many varied product lines.  Now this is all well and good, many companies have found success in new lines of business and consumer have benefited.  This still does not explain the sudden surge in PC enclosure makers broaching the computer mouse market.  The latest entrant is Cooler Master and

Remember to eat your Chrom-eos

Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2009 - 12:51 PM |
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Thinking of Google's new Chrome OS as a competitor to Windows or Linux is not really getting the point of what Google is trying to do.  The OS has some very significant restrictions on how it runs, only flash can be used for storage, there will be a custom firmware layer which is non-optional, and a only Google-approved system and peripheral devices will be recognized by Chrome OS.  This is not designed for open box systems, think very proprietary on the hardware and software level.  The OS its self treats everything as a window in a browser, so no installation need ever occur,

Source: Ars Technica

More Details on MSI Big Bang Fuzion Lucid HYDRA platform

Subject: Motherboards | November 20, 2009 - 02:45 AM |
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Look, I think we have all had enough with the politics and sideshow that has revolved around the first motherboard to integrated the Lucid HYDRA vendor-agnostic multi-GPU technology, the MSI Big Bang Fuzion.  Regardless of WHY we don't have our product yet, we are still waiting for the final retail availability for the product and the ability to spend some quality time with it.  Here's a summary of what we have learned over the last months:

Source: General

OCZ Plans USB 3.0 based SSD for CES 2010

Subject: Storage | November 19, 2009 - 07:30 PM |
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I am a big proponent of USB 3.0 technology - I had an early test and experience with USB 3.0 hardware last month.  In that article I evaluated the performance of the ASUS P7P55D-E Premium motherboard that used the NEC 720200 USB 3.0 controller paired with a USB 3.0 HDD dock.  The results were pretty impressive: