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

Slap an extra 133MHz on there

Subject: Memory | November 13, 2009 - 01:58 PM |
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The new target to aim for in the land of DDR3 is 2133MHz, thanks to Kingston's HyperX T1 4GB DDR3-2133 dual channel kit.  That's PC3-17066
for those of you keeping score.  At $464 is is a big investment for 4GB of RAM, but it is the fastest kit on the market right now.  Overclocking results saw 2250 MHz at 9-9-9-24 timings, though Pure Overclock admits it was a little unstable and 2200MHz was their highest stable overcl

ASUS TUF Sabertooth 55i hands-on: durability not overclockability

Subject: Motherboards | November 13, 2009 - 01:45 PM |
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During a recent trip to northern California, I stopped by the offices of ASUS and found this motherboard just sitting on the table in a conference room BEGGING to be poked and prodded.  What happens when a motherboard manufacturer tries to target a super reliable motherboard rather than a super tweakable motherboard?


Leadtech spurs on transcoding

Subject: Systems | November 13, 2009 - 01:01 PM |
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Leadtek has an interesting new product, the PxVC1100 MPEG-2/H.264 Transcoding card based around the Toshiba SpursEngine BXA32110
chipset.  It is designed specifically to provide Inter-transcoding between H.264 and MPEG-2 and up-convert SD/DVD video to HD like quality.  Legit Reviews testing showed

AMD's list of DX11 titles is getting some 'company'

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 13, 2009 - 12:40 PM |
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AMD has some cool things coming down the pipeline for their graphics card lineup this month (really, even MORE than you've seen in the last 2 months) but some news was worth posting right away.  As you know, the AMD Radeon HD 5000 series of GPUs is the only one that supports DirectX 11 and because of that AMD is hoping DX11 titles become a big selling point before NVIDIA's upcoming Fermi GPU can gain any ground on that feature.

Well good news for AMD, another major title has been announced with DX11 support due in early 2010 - Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

A web protocol the network guys have never heard of

Subject: General Tech | November 13, 2009 - 11:50 AM |
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It seems that in their spare time between reinventing the browser, mobile phone and book storage, the guys at Google are also looking at changing web protocols as well.  spdy:// is their proposed replacement to http://, a protocol designed to speed up transfers of large web pages with a lot of content.  They argue the current protocol generates a request of a kilobyte or more, slowing down connections while their usage of SSL encryption and gzip compression trims that down and gives up to a 50% speed increase.  The downside is the pressure put on the web server at the other end

Source: Ars Technica

A tablet at 20% of the price?

Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2009 - 06:59 PM |
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A basic Wacom tablet will set you back over $350, so can a $70 tablet actually be of any use to anyone?  That is exactly what OCMODSHOP decided to find out when they picked up the Adesso CyberTablet 6400.  You get a a scroll mouse and a 6" x 4" work space along with a wireless pen that boasts 512 different pressure levels and even sports two mouse buttons so you don't need to switch back and forth between peripherals.  The only real drawback they found throughout was the necessity of batteries, somethin

Source: OCMODSHOP

Acer's man in the middle

Subject: Mobile | November 12, 2009 - 05:39 PM |
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Acer's new Timeline 4810T notebook tries to bridge the gap between a low powered netbook and a full laptop.  It has a 14" screen with 1366x768 resolution a Core 2 Solo SU3500 @ 1.4GHz and 4GB of DDR3, giving it at least some power.  Many will be disappointed to hear the graphics are controlled by an integrated Intel 4500MHD
onboard graphics controller but it still manages HDMI out.  Drop by Tech Spot for a closer look at Acer's new Timeline.

Source: Tech Spot

Forget Vista, how does it measure up to XP

Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2009 - 04:01 PM |
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ExtremeTech recently published a performance comparison between Vista and Windows 7, comparing the advantages and disadvantages of switching to the new OS.  That made a number of users pipe up; there are many who took one look at Vista and turned their noses up, continuing to
happily stick with XP.  They've now complied with those users requests and have compared Windows 7 to that old OS stand by.  How do they stack up?  Read on and find out.

Source: Extremetech

AMD is steering towards a great 2010

Subject: Processors | November 12, 2009 - 02:42 PM |
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Anandtech managed to get their hands on AMD's processor roadmap for the near future and have posted it for your viewing pleasure.  Enthusiasts are not going to be as excited as the server and mobility crowd are, but there is still a lot of action.  On the mobile side we will be seeing Llano, the first Accelerated Processing Unit or APU, which promises great graphical performance coupled with enhanced battery life.  The server crowd gets an update on Magny Cours and the Maranello platform it i

Source: AnandTech

An end to the legal wrangling

Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2009 - 12:45 PM |
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The decision is in from the AMD versus Intel is in, the Delaware court did not get a chance to rule as AMD and Intel have worked out a settlement themselves worth $1.25 billion.  This agreement puts an end to every current legal dispute between the two processor companies across the globe.  The exact terms of the agreement were not disclosed, what we do know is that there will be a 5 year cross license agreement between the two companies.  This is perhaps

Thermaltake seems to be falling behind

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 11, 2009 - 05:31 PM |
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FrostyTech has just finished updating their Top 5 charts for heatsinks,  the top performers as well as the quietest, split into AMD and Intel.  Many new names appear like Prolimatech and 3Rsystem at the very top of the charts and some familiar names failed to make it on at all.  If you are looking for the short list of heatsinks to choose from for your next build, all you have to do is click.

Source: Frosty Tech

Not all the boards survived the subzero P55 Overclocking Shootout

Subject: Motherboards | November 11, 2009 - 05:01 PM |
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What could be more fun than seeing just how far you can push a group of four P55 motherboards with the help of a pair of compressors to bring the temperatures down below freezing?  That is exactly what AnandTech has just finished doing.  A pair of EVGA P55 boards along with a single ASUS and Gigabyte all underwent testing.  Those with the original Foxconn socket found their deaths thanks to socket burn syndrome.

Source: AnandTech