It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition ...

Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2009 - 06:45 PM |
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Our Processor Forum is currently full of quite a few confused, or at least overwhelmed enthusiasts trying to come to terms with the breadth of choice available for processors.  Some are just looking at an affordable upgrade while others are looking at the brand new CPUs available on the market.  The conversations about the new CPUs spill over into the Overclocking Forum as well.  Not only are there new techniques to try out w

AMDs collection of choices for the 785G

Subject: Motherboards | October 2, 2009 - 02:56 PM |
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Neoseeker has gathered a five 785G based AMD motherboards, all of which are priced under $100 to see which board shall rule.  For the IGP, it seems that it is the existence of DDR3 sideport memory
that makes all the difference in performance.  Power consumption and overclockability are manufacture based and with ASUS, Gigabyte, ECS and MSI boards to choose you have a choice of different blends.  It will take you a while to get through but if you plan on building an AMD system with integrated graphics,

Source: Neoseeker

Afterburners and Big Bangs, MSI is loud and proud

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 2, 2009 - 01:40 PM |
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MSI wants you to get the most out of your motherboard so they have stuck an afterburner on it.  You won't have to worry about your fuel-air mix as it is all software but you will have a new way to overclock your graphics card.  The hardware monitoring interface is rather attractive and having various overclocking profiles available at the touch of a key is rather handy.  Does it have a shot at unseating the king of GPU OC tools, RivaTuner?  Read on at the Guru of 3D and find out.

Source: Guru of 3D

Google, a productivity killer? Couldn't be.

Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2009 - 01:23 PM |
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The Google Wave has hit to a mixed reception in the tech community.  Hailed as the new communications medium it seems that it's blending of Twitter like comments and threads along with an email-ish layout turns out to be a lot like having email and Twitter, only more distracting.  Not too many of the folks at Slashdot have tried it, but if you follow the links in the body of the post you can hear from those who have.

Source: Slashdot

One of the many members of ASUS' mobility lineup

Subject: Mobile | October 1, 2009 - 06:24 PM |
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Even with years of past models to catch up on, ASUS is soldiering along attempting to produce a wider variety of notebooks than motherboards.  The latest review of one of the many ASUS mobility products comes from InsideHW, a member of the Versatile Performance series, the F50Sv.  It is a 16" model with a 1366x768 LCD, hiding an Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 on a SiS 671DX+968
chipset with an NVIDIA GeForce GT 210M
to power the graphics.   While that mix of components will not win it any pri

Source: InsideHW

Zalman isn't all about flowers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 1, 2009 - 02:28 PM |
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The enclosure business just keeps getting more and more crowded as companies that never had anything to do with chassis building jump into the market.  Up for review this time is a company that made its name with floral patterned CPU heatsinks,

Source: BCCHardware

Corsair goes to the movies

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2009 - 01:38 PM |
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Corsair has put together a two part video on putting a system together; specifically how to assemble a system using Corsair parts. Parts like the Corsair H50 all-in-one CPU water cooler
as well as memory and a PSU, placed into their Obsidian chassis. 

Just trim off a few nanometres and maybe a core or two

Subject: Processors | October 1, 2009 - 12:27 PM |
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If you still haven't had enough news about Intel's new 32nm processors after reading Ryan's article and listening to us gab about it on this week's PC Perspective Podcast, then head to X-bit Labs!  They get up close and personal with Clarkdale and its architecture in their new preview.  They talk about Intel's infamous Tick-Tock strategy that drives their current product roadmap and al

Source: X-Bit Labs

The unsung hero of IDF

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2009 - 11:58 AM |
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One technological innovation at the IDF this year hasn't received a lot of press having been overshadowed by so many other long awaited announcements and demos; an oversight that ExtremeTech has remedied with their article on Light Peak.  A new data transfer standard using fibre optics that currently allows transfers of up to 10Gb/s and should scale up to 100Gb/s as it matures.  USB 3.0 is certainly going to be available sooner than LightPeak but before you dismiss it you should recall one very i

Source: Extremetech

Another good day to love the GPU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 30, 2009 - 06:50 PM |
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Two big news items today, one of which has been kept secret and one that we knew was coming.  First from AMD we have the HD5890s little brother, the HD5850.  In many ways it is similar, 1GB of GDDR5 and support for EyeFinity are the most important features it has kept.  The differences come in the sheer power available which is less than the 5890 but still far ahead of the HD4890.  See for yourself in Ryan's full review.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Looks to NVIDIA "Fermi" Architecture For New Supercomputer

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2009 - 06:03 PM |
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Oak Ridge National Laboratory Looks to NVIDIA "Fermi" Architecture For New
Supercomputer

Oak Ridge Supercomputer Targets NVIDIA GPU Computing Technology to Achieve
Order of Magnitude Performance Over Today's Fastest Supercomputer

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -Sep. 30, 2009- Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
announced plans today for a new supercomputer that will use NVIDIA's next
generation CUDA(tm) GPU architecture, codenamed "Fermi".

Source: NVIDIA

Patriot's solid disk technology

Subject: Storage | September 30, 2009 - 05:57 PM |
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Patriot's Torqx 128GB MLC SSD uses the familiar Indilinx Bigfoot controller and comes in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB flavours.  The 128GB model is what is up for review at Legit Reviews, compared to all the other SSDs they have had a chance to test.  We know that this drive will support TRIM in Windows 7 but they did not have a chance to test that particular feature.  You can be guaranteed that all the other features are covered in their full review.

LIVE from the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 30, 2009 - 02:46 PM |
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PC Perspective is LIVE at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference in San Jose and we will be covering the opening keynote that starts at 1pm PT / 4pm ET.  Check back just before the show gets started!

Use the BatPhsyX

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2009 - 12:47 PM |
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DriverHeaven has taken a close look at the new Batman:Arkham Asylum game with an eye on nVIDIA's PhysX.  They've captured several key videos to show just how enabling PhsyX effects the game play as well as the frame rates.  They mix and match several systems and many different pairings of nVIDIA GPUs to see what the best way to experience the Batman is.  Drop by and see the results.

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Of Javascript, blips, waves and sandboxes

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2009 - 12:09 PM |
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Google is looking to replace the old standby for email, SMTP, with a high performance javascript program called Wave.  It would even seem that the much maligned Chrome Frame plug in for IE was specifically to allow use of Wave, as Microsoft disbelieves in providing a high speed javascript rendering engine for its browser.  Wave bears more resemblance to a threaded forum or Twitter, but it is server and client based, so can be used in large networks but at the same time it is decentralized and can be run independently of
Google. 

Source: Ars Technica

Galaxy announces 24/7 tech support services for United States and Canada

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2009 - 11:46 AM |
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Great news to all you insomniac gamers who set themselves up for an all night gaming session only to have your graphics card suddenly flake out on you.  Galaxy now offers 24 hour technical support for Canada and the US; so you can get back into your game, even if it is 2AM.

Please help us help others: Lynnfield gaming system raffle for charity

Subject: Editorial | September 29, 2009 - 07:41 PM |
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Hurry!! Only a few days left to enter!!!  Help us reach our goal!

Every once in a while a worthy cause comes along that really makes you sit up and realize how lucky you are and how much more you could be doing for others. Recently some very close friends of ours gave birth to their first child, Gabriel Thomas Lawrence, who was born with Down Syndrome and other various heart and breathing complications. He is proving to be a very tough little boy, fighting his problems in and out of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

Pull my other PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 29, 2009 - 06:38 PM |
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The Seasonic X-750 PSU has an interesting little tidbit hidden in their manual, describing it as a Pull PSU.  This means that it supplies only the power being pulled from it at anytime as opposed to providing its full power at all times.  That may have helped it reach the 80+ Gold rating that the PSU sports.  On top of that, it also has a very unique design on the interior that allows for much improved air flow.  Head to [H]ard|OCP to see why this PSU excited them

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Void your CPUs warranty for fun and profit

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 29, 2009 - 04:59 PM |
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Back in the days of the K6 some overclocking enthusiasts would lap the integrated heatspreader that covered the physical chip.  Now we can revisit those bygone days thanks to the new chips incorporating a heatspreader once again.  In case you weren't around for those days of yore, Bjorn3D has published a guide on the proper method to lap your CPU.  Check out the process to give you a few more degrees of headroom for overclocking.


"Lapping an IHS on a CPU is not as hard as most think. It does not require hours of work, and there is none of this, 'You have to do this way, and only this way for perfect results.' Contrary to popular belief lapping the IHS can be done in a matter of minutes and still get a seriously high polish out of it."

Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:

  CASES & COOLING

Source: Bjorn3D

CoolerMaster moves on to mice

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2009 - 03:40 PM |
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$69 seems like a reasonable price for a mouse with the highest DPI available on the market and that is the MSRP for the CoolerMaster Storm Sentinel Advance Gaming Mouse. 
Dual lasers, an OLED screen to inform you what your current settings are and an LED that can switch between 7 different colours to give your gaming hand some moonlighting.  Does it live up to your expectations?  Find out over at Overclockers Club.