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Subject: Mobile | November 18, 2009 - 08:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
ASUS couldn't have picked a better time to release a netbook based on the NVIDIA ION chipset. With the release of the first public beta of Flash 10.1, which supports GPU accelerated Flash for the first time, the usage models for a netbook or nettop computer have shifted pretty dramatically. Prior to this release, the benefits of the ION chipset were somewhat muted - better gaming support (but who gamed on a 10" netbook anyway?), support for H.264 video file decode acceleration (cool but no Blu-ray drives on netbooks) and support for GPU-accelerated applications like Badaboom and vR
Subject: Motherboards | November 18, 2009 - 05:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel's chipsets are as famous as their processors, but finding an Intel branded board seems to be becoming rarer. The Intel DP55WG is out there however, and motherboards.org tested it out. It is a full ATX board with a P55 Express chipset and it uses a custom BIOS setup designed in house by Intel. The board its self is not a great overclocker, but it is worth pointing out that the using the Turbo button will work to get you to the upp
Subject: Mobile | November 18, 2009 - 03:36 PM | Ryan Shrout
Yesterday I got to spend some time with an interesting new notebook from ASUS - the G51J 3D. As the name implies, there is something special about the gaming notebook in that it supports NVIDIA 3D Vision technology. If 3D Vision is a new term for you, you should definitely check out my reviews of other 3D Vision offerings in the desktop world to get some background. The basic premise is that a user wears NVIDIA-built active shutter glasses in conjunction with a true 120 Hz LCD panel to produce real-time 3D effects that are in
Subject: Storage | November 18, 2009 - 02:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
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!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 18, 2009 - 02:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 18, 2009 - 02:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 18, 2009 - 01:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 18, 2009 - 01:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2009 - 12:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Storage | November 18, 2009 - 02:01 AM | Allyn Malventano
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
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 17, 2009 - 04:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 17, 2009 - 02:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[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%!
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 17, 2009 - 01:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 17, 2009 - 01:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2009 - 01:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 17, 2009 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Storage | November 16, 2009 - 05:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 16, 2009 - 03:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2009 - 01:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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