Sorry for the inconvenience! (Intel X25-M G2 160GB for $414.99!)

Subject: Storage | November 18, 2009 - 02:46 PM |
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Right now at NewEgg you can pick up an Intel X25-M Mainstream 2.5" 160GB SATA II MLC Internal SSD(SSDSA2M160G2XXX) at an incredible price

The OEM
price is $639.99 but there is a $50.00 instant rebate that brings the price down to $589.99.

But wait, there's more!

We're going to need a new benchmark

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 18, 2009 - 02:31 PM |
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When a single graphics card beats 10,000 points on the Extreme 3DMark Vantage and refuses to dip below 100fps on every game Ryan tested, even at 2650 x 1600 with every single feature turned up to 11, you know you have unprecedented performance.  Even a triple SLI rig would have trouble keeping up, and if it did then there is no reason you can't toss a second HD5970 into your system, apart from the $599 entrance fee.  Join Ryan as he shatters benchmarks and sees games in a way never seen before.

New NVIDIA Tesla GPUs Reduce Cost Of Supercomputing By A Factor Of 10

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 18, 2009 - 02:24 PM |
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PORTLAND, Ore.— SC09—Nov. 16, 2009—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today unveiled the Tesla 20-series of parallel processors for the high performance computing (HPC) market, based on its new generation CUDA processor architecture, codenamed “Fermi”.

Designed from the ground-up for parallel computing, the NVIDIA Tesla 20-series GPUs slash the cost of computing by delivering the same performance of a traditional CPU-based cluster at one-tenth the cost and one-twentieth the power.

Source: NVIDIA

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD7 featuring 333 Onboard Acceleration, 3-Way SLI and CrossFireX

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 18, 2009 - 01:49 PM |
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City of Industry, CA, November 18, 2009 – GIGABYTE Technology CO., LTD., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is pleased to launch their latest flagship motherboard, the GA-X58A-UD7.

Will the gaming studios never learn

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 18, 2009 - 01:06 PM |
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There are many rules to Star Trek, such as only watch the even numbered movies or you cannot make a good Star Trek game, unless you were very very lucky and worked on the 1992 Star Trek: 25th Anniversary
game.  For the most part they ranged from the electronic equivalent of a root canal to slightly better than just quietly watching a turned off monitor.  Now thanks to Cryptic Studios, we will soon have a Star Trek MMORPG set in the J.J.

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Taking a hacksaw to a large Persian rug

Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2009 - 12:27 PM |
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You may remember back in the days when we were all eagerly awaiting an OS named Longhorn, mention of a project called MinWin.  The idea was to put the Windows kernel on a serious weight loss program after its original NT kernel bloated itself while transforming into Win2K and WinXP.  We had hoped to see the MinWin kernel, as well as a new file system with Vista but that just didn't happen.  The MinWin project its self is alive and well, focusing on minimizing and compartmentalizing server code along with possible applications in mobile devices. 

Source: Ars Technica

Intel pushing for X25-M G2 firmware re-release by November's end

Subject: Storage | November 18, 2009 - 02:01 AM |
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I've been tracking the release and subsequent recall of the new TRIM firmware for the Intel X25-M G2 SSD.  A recent update came from the Intel NAND solutions group to reflect an estimated release date set to ha

Enermax goes green, but keeps their colourful cables

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 17, 2009 - 04:53 PM |
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The Enermax ECO80+ 620W
PSU
can be yours for about $100 and with its 80+ rating it does indeed deserve to have ECO as part of its name.  [H]ard|OCP has become quite familiar with Enermax PSUs in this power range and compared it to a few of those previous models as well as testing it on its own.  The standard load testing results beat Liberty Eco 620W but on the Transient Load Testing it fared worse, DC Output Quality was the same.  You hav

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ATI Catalyst 9.11 is now available

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 17, 2009 - 03:04 PM |
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Catalyst 9.11 is here!

New Features

GPU Acceleration of H.264 video content using Adobe Flash Player 10.1
Beta

Source: AMD

MSI Releases N240GT - First Graphics Card to Over-voltage with Afterburner Software

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 17, 2009 - 02:07 PM |
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[City of Industry, CA] World renowned graphics card and mainboard manufacturer, MSI, formally releases the world's first graphics card to support over-voltage functionality with the N240GT series. Including the N240GT-MD512-OC/D5 and N240GT-MD1G, this series allows the user to adjust both the voltage and the overclocking configurations via the Afterburner overclocking software to increase GPU clock up to 30%!

Source: MSI

GIGABYTE Launches NVIDIA GeForce GT240 Series Graphics Cards with Premium Audio Experience

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 17, 2009 - 01:55 PM |
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GIGABYTE Technology Co. LTD., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today presents the latest GeForceTM GT240 Series graphics cards - “GV-N240D5-512I & GV-N240D3-1GI”. Thanks to advanced 40nm process, GV-N240D5-512I and GV-N240D3-1GI provide better performance while using less power. Even during hardcore overclocking the graphics cards can still run in low operating temperatures. Using GDDR5 memory, GV-N240D5-512I promises high speed gaming experience.

Make sure you go with the GDDR5 model

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 17, 2009 - 01:32 PM |
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Although it is very nice to see nVIDIA finally putting GDDR5 on their cards, they managed to tarnish the launch of the GT 240 by pulling a mean trick on buyers of low end cards.  There are two versions of nVIDIA's enw low end card, a DDR3 version which runs at 2000 MHz and offers 32.0 GB/s of bandwidth and a GDDR5 version which runs at 3400MHz with 54.4 GB/s of memory bandwidth.

Source: Guru of 3D

It's just going to die on you

Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2009 - 01:03 PM |
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Gizmodo has compiled information on the reliability of various laptop brands and as past users of HP products already knew, HP does not fare well.  ASUS and Toshiba both did well, both with less than a 16% failure rate over 3 years where as cheap netbooks reached 6% failure rates within the first year.  Fully 1/4 of HP laptops suffer failures within 3 years, followed closely by Acer, Lenovo and Gateway.  Check out the rest before you pick up your next netbook or not

Source: Gizmodo

Discover ECS New GPU Technology NVIDIA GeForce GT 240

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 17, 2009 - 12:07 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, November 17th, 2009 Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), the world's leading motherboard, graphics card, barebone system, and notebook manufacturer is pleased to announce latest GT240 series graphics card with GDDR5 solution.

Source: ECS

Harness the power of the RAID in the palm of your hand

Subject: Storage | November 16, 2009 - 05:49 PM |
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At 132 x 88 x 63 mm, or 5.2" x 3.4" x 2.5" for you imperialists the Thecus N0204 is tiny; a paperback book tends to be 110 mm x 178mm or 4.33" x 7.01" or if that doesn't put it into context, then the can of Bud Light at the end
of Legit Reviews article
will probably help.  It houses a pair of 2.5" drives, perfect for those SSDs, and can transfer data via Ethernet or USB 2.0 and even has a USB port to hook a printer up to.  The OXFord 810DSE processor that powers this miniature storage device really can't keep

Lets submerge a fan controller

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 16, 2009 - 03:03 PM |
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Thanks in part to self contained watercooling products like the Corsair H5O, watercooled PCs are becoming much more common.  While the all in one solutions are easy to use, they lack the customization possibilities of self built cooling loops and the choice of pumps and radiators available to those willing to make the leap.  The major problem with trying to utilize a self built watercooling system is the possibility of leaks; a prob

Source: Bjorn3D

Lose the wire but pick up some random signals

Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2009 - 01:34 PM |
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Logitech is trying something new with their ClearChat headset; they have gone against conventional wisdom and made it wireless.  It the advantages of most USB headsets, plugging in the USB transmitter is all that is required, there are no drivers to install, simply plug in and you are broadcasting at 2.4 GHz.  Without wires, the controls need to be moved, the mute notification LED now sits on the microphone boom its self and the volume and mute button

The Guru lets the joose loose

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 16, 2009 - 12:44 PM |
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The ASUS Radeon HD 5770 Voltage Tweak
Edition allows you more headroom on opening up the GPU and memory to its fast possible settings, though it still can't help with the fact that there is less memory bandwidth available than either the 4870 or the 5870.  Finding out the limits of the card is not as dangerous as you might think, ASUS will still provide RMA for any card that fails under their SmartDoctor overclocking/overvolting tool for

Source: Guru of 3D

A besmirched reputation

Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2009 - 12:15 PM |
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As you have heard from listening to the PCPer Podcast, no one is happy with the delay of the Lucid chip bearing MSI Big Bang motherboard that has been delayed.  Ryan has since managed to get his hands on a test bed, but we have yet to see any retail models.  Certain fingers have been pointed at a company who's colours are often equated with jealousy and who have had a bit of a questionable history of sharing nicely; not to imply that particular trait is uncommon in the electronics industry.  The Tech Report had a chance to speak with an MSI rep, who has disavowed the rumours of nvIDIA's involvement, instead placing the blame on the development of the software.  Perhaps it is best to wait until most of the bugs are ironed out, but that still doesn't make it easy.

"Recently, we've heard rumors that Nvidia might be involved in the delay of motherboards based on Lucid Hydra chip, which promise to usher in a brave new world of vendor-agnostic multi-GPU support. After a little prodding, Nvidia and MSI have both given us statements denying any shady reasons for the postponement. More importantly, Nvidia has vowed not to block Lucid's path with driver restrictions and the like."

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Kalashnikov's baby turns 62

Subject: General Tech | November 13, 2009 - 06:55 PM |
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Building PCs isn't all fun and games you know, some people do it for a living.  One of the hardest and perhaps most rewarding ways to do that is running your own boutique shop.  One forum member is looking for inspiration, reselling HP equipment isn't really the most exciting way to do business; do you have any suggestions on how to entice people into buying the good hardware, or hints on what pulls you away from the mass produced crap and into the cream of custom built systems.  While we're on the top