Corsair launches the Dominator GT family

Subject: Memory | February 5, 2009 - 02:08 PM |

Fremont, CA, February 5th, 2009 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced the launch of the new Dominator GT line of ultra high-performance DDR3 memory modules for Intel Core i7-based systems.

Sporting a new racing red color scheme and the next-generation of Corsair's patent-pending Dual-path Heat eXchange (DHX) technology, the new Dominator GT comes in 3-up 6GB kit, running at 2000MHz with latencies of 7-8-7.

Store your data in a cool place

Subject: Storage | February 5, 2009 - 01:57 PM |

If you are looking for a way to hot swap SATA drives and provide both a cooling fan and a security lock, you could consider the Icy Dock MB671SK Internal SATA HDD Enclosure.  For under $50 you can pick up this internal enclosure that will handle terabyte drives and
keep them nice and cool, with absolutely no read or write speed penalties.  If you are a swapper, or you would just like to be you should

Source: Tweaknews

Only a Couple of eXtra

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 5, 2009 - 12:09 PM |

New from BFG is the GeForce GTX 285 OCX, a factory overclocked GTX285
with a core of 648MHz, the shader is 1.476GHz and GDDR3 of 2.484GHz.  All the other specs remain the same, which may be why the only benefit [H]ard|OCP saw was a handfull of extra frames, but not much more.  It is up to you whether the small gains they

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The danger of Microsoft exposing it's self

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 5, 2009 - 11:44 AM |

A company called Danger was picked up by Microsoft last year, sparking talk of a Zune phone and other speculations as people tried to figure out why Microsoft would purchase the company that made the Sidekick.  Now it seems that not only is Microsoft working on the Sidekick 2.0, it will utilize NetBSD an open source OS.  This move seems contrary to the basic philosophy that Microsoft has had since the inception of the OSS movement, though it certainly doesn't preclude Microsoft from closing the phone once the code has been developed. 

Source: Microsoft

Three, sitting on the high voltage wire

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 4, 2009 - 05:32 PM |

Three popular PSU's were recently reviewed on circuitREMIX, the Antec Signature 850W, the Cooler Master UCP 900W and Thermaltake's Toughpower

Source: circuitREMIX

For those who prefer a a casual relationship with their laptops

Subject: Mobile | February 4, 2009 - 02:46 PM |

If you need a laptop that can handle media, but won't break your bank account, the Acer Extensa 5630G is worth a peek.  The C2D T5800 @ 2GHz is nowhere near top of the line now, but certainly offers enough power to do what you would need and the ATI Radeon HD3470 will help ensure your graphical experience is not distressing.  InsideHW did wish it had Bluetooth functionality, but

Source: InsideHW

A very flexible platform

Subject: Motherboards | February 4, 2009 - 01:41 PM |

Finally AMD fans are seeing some action, with the new chipset accompanying the release of the Phenom II.  Based around the 790GX, the GX indicating an integral graphics core, the

Source: CPU3D

Turn based combat isn't dead yet

Subject: General Tech | February 4, 2009 - 12:33 PM |

While Gamepyre may not remember the name Jagged Alliance, the game had enough impact to give a sense of deja vu when confronted with Hired Guns - The Jagged Edge.  For those that are familiar with that ageing series and the successful mods like Urban Chaos, Hired Guns offers an end to a very long wait for Strategy First to work on Jagged Alliance 3.  If you have no idea what these games are, you may not be a fan of turn based tactical squad combat and are probably happy to see Fallout turn into an FPS.  On the other hand, if you enjoy micromanaging a squad or sqauds into taking

Source: Gamepyre

Tecch a new dog old tricks

Subject: General Tech | February 4, 2009 - 12:07 PM |

There is a handy little trick that Windows 7 beta testers have been using fairly reliably that makes beta testing the new OS a lot more interesting.  If you are installing a driver for a system component and 7 presents you with compatibility errors, simply right click on the .exe file and choose "Troubleshoot Compatibility". 
That brings up a wizard that you can go through to tell 7 to install the driver in Vista compatibility mode
and you are ready to go.  You can see picture

Source: Tech Spot

Scaling the best graphics card on the planet

Subject: Processors | February 3, 2009 - 05:13 PM |

Legion Hardware wanted to see what effect the new processors have on the performance given by a GTX 295.  The list of processors tested is quite long, covering Core i7 and newer Core2 processors from Intel as well as a pair of Phenom II and original flavour Phenoms on AMD's side.  The newer processors can certainly feed data at a pace the GTX 295 can appreciate, but it would seem that there is a limit to what even that mighty GPU can handle.

Frag with a little style

Subject: General Tech | February 3, 2009 - 02:32 PM |

Sometimes it is important to show off a little, and a nice monitor and mouse only go so far if you are using a nasty off-white keyboard.  The Razer Lycosa Mirror will help solve that problem, it's shiny finish and backlighting will look at home paired with any gaming mouse and widescreen LCD.  If you are the type that likes things to look good as well as sport a few extras

Towering above the competition

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 3, 2009 - 01:49 PM |

Last week Lee wrapped up his review of SilverStone's newest full sized enclosure, the Fortress FT01.  A rather high end case and certainly targeted toward someone with a very hot system, as the pair of 180mm fans testify.  Separate cooling areas
also display a certain type of enthusiast, who is willing to pay more in order to get the best.   It picked up a Gold Award and you can see why in the full review.

It's the little guys you have to watch out for

Subject: Systems | February 3, 2009 - 12:17 PM |

nVIDIA's ION platform is here, or at least on Ryan's test bench.  Roughly the same size as a well made sandwich, it is capable of some impressive feats like, DX10 gaming support, HD video decode acceleration, 7.1 channel HD audio support, Vista Premium support, 2560x1600 resolution, CUDA and PhysX.  Read on to get the full ION experience, and see why Atom may be in deep trouble, especially for those enthusiasts willing to pay a little more for a lot more performance.

What to do after you've killed the NIC

Subject: General Tech | February 3, 2009 - 12:03 PM |

Bigfoot Networks was big news about a year ago with the release of their 2 Killer NIC cards, designed to provide superior online gaming by eliminating lag, as well as some other specific settings and options.  While there was at least some benefit to using the cards, it was hard to justify spending $150 or so to see a tiny improvement to the NIC built into your motherboard.  They have been busy, trying to get their cards into boutique system builds, like Alienware, but we haven't seen anything new from them.  Th

Windows 7 sooner than you thought

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 2, 2009 - 12:40 PM |

If you have been one of those people pleading for Microsoft to release Windows 7 sooner rather than later, you are in luck.  Microsoft has announced that there will only be a single beta period for Windows 7 - the current one we are already in!  After that we will get only a single release candidate and then it will be release to manufacturer. 

So to summarize briefly:

Source: General

ASUS Upgrades Eee PC 1000HE with Atom N280

Subject: Mobile | February 2, 2009 - 12:14 PM |

Sooo.....this is interesting news from ASUS with an interesting way of spreading it.  ASUS sent out a press release today that the 1000HE is going to be the first netbook to offer the Intel Atom N280 and promises up to 9.5 hours of battery life. 

What's more interesting to me?  Rather than providing a link to the page for more information and pre-order locations, instead they are pointing us all to a Facebook page:

Source: 3DCenter

Windows 7: Security in Question

Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2009 - 12:06 PM |

While I first saw this information posted on Leo Laporte's blog last week, Dailytech has a good write up on the issue and a response from Microsoft on a possible issue that leaves UAC in state that is less secure than some people would like.  The person who details the attack issue even claims that this should vindicate the security in Windows Vista.

Source: Daily Tech

NVIDIA CEO says Atom will hurt hardware/software industries

Subject: Processors | February 2, 2009 - 11:59 AM |

An interesting interview at, posted over at TGDaily, takes some quotes from NVIDIA's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang on how CPUs like Intel's Atom processor will affect the world of hardware and software industries.  He claims that a netbooks are only called netbooks by Intel marketing and in reality they are just under-powered PC, and also that a large install base of netbook PCs will eventually cause problems for the PC world when users actually try to use them with newer software.

Source: TG Daily

Intel Cancels Havendale CPU/GPU to wait for 32nm

Subject: Processors | February 2, 2009 - 11:51 AM |

According to this report, Intel has decided to pull the plug on the 45nm CPU/GPU combos that were due out in 2009 known as Auburndale and Havendale.  These were going to be two-chip parts: one that included a dual-core HyperThreaded CPU the other chip a GPU. 

Now instead Intel is going to wait for the 32nm process and move Arandale up 6 months or so into early 2010.

Source: General

Richard Skrenta and Elk Cloner, an anniversary we could do without

Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2009 - 04:31 PM |

Usually when you are looking for recommendations on security software like anti-virus, you ask those in the know to tell you their favourites.  You can also gain a lot by asking them which are the worst anti-virus programs, to build a list of software to avoid, just like in this thread27 years after the inception, the problem just keeps going like some sort of infected Energizer Bunny.