Stop hogging my side of the bandwidth

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2009 - 12:26 PM |
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Ars Technica links to an analyst's blog about the mythical status of the bandwidth hog.  Benoit Felten proposes that most ISPs simply measure the total amount of data downloaded per user and then list the top 5 percent as bandwidth hogs, not even checking if the traffic might not have been torrents or if the activity only took place during low usage times.  There seems no reason to be polite about your downloading, it is simply the sum total you download that

Source: Ars Technica

Thermaltake Level 10 Chassis finally available...for $849!!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 4, 2009 - 03:23 AM |
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You might remember the Thermaltake Level 10 case from my post back in June of this year - a collaboration between case giant and automobile designers at BMW. 
Well, good news: the case is finally available for those interested in picking one up!
Be prepared for the price though: Newegg is selling the case for $849!!!!

Focusing on a blurry subject

Subject: Displays | December 3, 2009 - 06:22 PM |
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Is response time actually involved in LCD picture blur?  Do those fancy new motion enhancement features actually degrade your image quality?  Is it actually important to your eyes that you can spot motion blur in still images?  These are the questions that ExtremeTech decided to answer when they investigate the issue of motion blur on LCD screens.  Their testing involved eight LCDs, two plasmas, one Sony Professional HD Trinitron Studio Monitor and a CRT
for reference.  Read on to

Source: Extremetech

It's a self contained input device

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2009 - 02:15 PM |
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The Roccat Kova mouse has a lot going for it on paper, it is ambidextrous, requires no software and all of the various effects and resolutions are managed by combinations of button pushes on the mouse, including LED breathing.  If you are wondering what that is, R&B Mods has a video showing the mouse in action.  They loved the mouse, so if you are looking for a mouse with no software that fits either hand perfectly you really should read the full review.

Buy your CPU a cool Christmas present

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 3, 2009 - 01:03 PM |
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If you are looking for something a little different to stick in your case, especially if you are using a stock cooling fan or an ugly third part cooler try the Titan Fenrir Christmas Edition Heatsink.  It sports a festive bright red finish and has adaptors to ensure it will fit on any modern AMD or Intel motherboard.  It is a little large at 124 x 107 x 156 mm, so make sure your case can fit this cooler before you buy.  You will be happy to know it isn't all about the looks,

Just a drop in the bucket

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2009 - 12:31 PM |
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Intel has stated that that $1.25 billion payout to AMD to bring an end to the legal battle between the two processor companies is not going to have an effect on their research budget.  Of course they also state that their business practices "have and will continue to be fair, lawful and pro-competitive", an assertion that seems a little odd considering the legal battles Intel has lost recently because of their so called lawful business practices.  The DigiTimes story also touches on the topic of conditional a

Source: Digitimes

Corsair launches Dominator GTX 2250MHz ultra-performance DDR3 memory

Subject: Memory | December 3, 2009 - 11:34 AM |
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FREMONT, California, December 3, 2009 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced the launch of its new Dominator GTX ultra-high performance DDR3 memory modules for Intel and AMD platforms, designed specifically for performance enthusiasts, gamers and extreme overclockers.

Corsair Dominator GTX modules are individually screened and tested on multiple high-performance Intel X58 and P55 chipset platforms to ensure that they operate at the incredible frequency of 2250MHz at lo

Source: 3DCenter

Coming soon to a lap near you; in life like 3D!

Subject: Mobile | December 2, 2009 - 06:27 PM |
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The lyrically named Acer Aspire 5738DG-6165
sports an interesting feature you might not twig on to from the name, 3D vision.  Not the active kind that involves funky active shutter glasses, but the laid back passive 3D night at the movies type glasses.  You don't need anything special apart from the glasses either, Acer purports that this will turn any DVD into a 3D version of its self.  Drop by I4U to see the rest of its specs.

Source: I4U News

Futuristic Intel Chip Could Reshape How Computers are Built

Subject: Processors | December 2, 2009 - 02:00 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 2, 2009 – Researchers from Intel Labs demonstrated an experimental, 48-core Intel processor, or "single-chip cloud computer," that rethinks many of the approaches used in today's designs for laptops, PCs and servers.

Seasonic's superb showing

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 2, 2009 - 01:29 PM |
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Any PSU that can grab the coveted Editor's Choice Award from Lee is at the top of its class, which makes the 750W Seasonic X Series PSU a serious contender to power your system .... assuming you can find it for sale (MRSP $199).  It sports modular cabling, with four 6+2 PCIe power connectors, an 80+ Gold efficiency rating and a unique way of handling the 3.3V and 5V lines that reduces the internal wiring and component count.  Don't miss this solid PSU that will power most gaming rigs very efficiently and reliably. 

One screenshot and the believers are back

Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2009 - 12:18 PM |
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You thought you had heard the last, at least until an open source mod is made, but you were wrong.  Duke Nukem has raised his aged head once more, this time on Facebook with a grand total of one screen shot.  Perhaps that is all you need to raise the hopes of Duke junkies, especially those whose main gaming system is an Xbox or PlayStation.  If you want to witness the continuing slow motion train wreck that this franchise has become, or if you are a true believer, then follow the link from HEXUS fo

Source: Hexus

I find your lack of faith disturbing

Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2009 - 11:49 AM |
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Perhaps the yields from TSMC's 40nm process have been very low and supplies of many of AMD's latest and greatest video cards are very low because of that and maybe GlobalFoundries is working on a 32nm process that AMD is not yet finished developing cards for; but that doesn't mean they are looking for a third supplier.  Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager of AMD's Graphics Products Group stated that they are not looking for a new partner when he was asked directly. 

Source: Digitimes

That's not the right colour of death

Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2009 - 11:37 AM |
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The brother of the Blue Screen of Death has been visiting hapless PC users for a long time, but it seems that it is becoming more common.  The Black Screen of Death leaves you with nothing but a black screen and possibly an Explorer window, your desktop, taskbar and those familiar icons disappear.  This particular run of BSODs has been triggered by a recent Windows Update, though not all systems have been affected, and the victims include every windows from NT on to Win7.

Source: The Register

Intel X25-M G2 TRIM firmware is out, really, we mean it this time, honest!

Subject: Storage | December 1, 2009 - 09:07 PM |
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Intel was pushing for a late November release of the final (bugfixed) version of their TRIM frimware for the X25-M G2.  It may be December 1st, but they came through.  The firmware can be downloaded HERE.

Don't let that GPU slack off

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 1, 2009 - 06:39 PM |
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As GPUs learn how to do more and more things it is almost a waste to let it idle now.  If you aren't gaming then you can get Folding@Home to use those spare cycles, but there is more that it can do.  The recent release of Flash 10 sees the introduction of a Flash player that can utilize the GPU as oppose to your overworked CPU.  Now Benchmark Reviews wants to ensure that your movie playback, either SD or HD, takes advantage of that expensive GPU in your system to ensure smooth playback. 

VIA Mobile-ITX Brings Further Miniaturization and Greater Flexibility to Embedded Devices

Subject: Systems | December 1, 2009 - 02:23 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, December 1, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced Mobile-ITX, the latest VIA-developed open form factor specification for the creation of ultra-compact and portable embedded devices.

Double the pleasure, double the fun

Subject: Storage | December 1, 2009 - 02:04 PM |
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Over a year ago we saw the introduction of the Thermaltake BlacX SATA Hard Drive USB Docking Station, a stylish and incredibly versatile and easy to use external HDD dock.  Now Thermaltake has made the BlacX twice as good with the release of the Thermaltake BlacX Duet.  It can now hold a pair of SATA drives with a maximum capacity of 2TB per slot.  That dual setup also applies to the connections, with two drives requiring either a pair of USB connections or a pair of eSATA connections. 

A-Data grabs the high speed RAM crown

Subject: Memory | December 1, 2009 - 12:24 PM |
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A-Data might not be the first company you think about when you purchase RAM, which is why you can be forgiven for not noticing they sell a dual channel DDR3 kit @ 2200 MHZ with timings of 8:8:8:24 1T at the recommended 1.65V.  The Guru of 3D even managed to hit 2350MHz by bumping the voltage to 1.7 and could see higher speeds by lowering the timings.

Source: Guru of 3D

DiRT 2 Offers Exhilarating DirectX 11 Gaming Experience - Only On ATI Radeon Graphics Cards

Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2009 - 11:56 AM |
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AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today that the Games for Windows Live Edition of DiRT 2 is now shipping and marks the first racing game developed from the ground up to take advantage of advanced graphics features available with Microsoft DirectX 11 and the incredible new ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology for the most engaging gaming experience yet.

Source: AMD