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Subject: Motherboards | November 5, 2009 - 01:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sitting in the middle of ASUS' P55 line of boards is the $220 P7P55D Deluxe, still sporting most of the new features such as Express Gate, instant-on OS, BIOS OC profiles, and heat-pipe cooling for the hotter components on the board. You will also find 9 SATA 3Gbps ports, although ASUS decided to place 3 completely different controllers on the board to handle them. A VIA VT2020 10-channel high definition audio codec makes its first appearance but
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 5, 2009 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Switching to 40nm doesn't seem like the best of ideas right now, the supply problems are well known but it is a very important step for nVIDIA as they need to continue to evolve. Their new release takes a page from AMD's recent launch behaviour, they are leading with the low end first. The GeForce GT220 has a 720MHz GPU, 1GB of 1600MHz DDR3 and a 128bit memory bus and will set you back all of $80
Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2009 - 12:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD is all about the platform right now; the synergy created between utilizing an AMD CPU, GPU and chipset to allow graphical megatasking. The new VISION platform will come in four different flavours ranging from Basic up to Black offering more features as you move up from the Basic version. Most of the features have to do with HD video encoding and decoding as well as audio, but your gaming experience will also improve. Check out the pictures Ryan took of the laptops and business class desktops in Germany in his full article
Subject: Systems | November 4, 2009 - 03:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have yet to play with recording and playing TV via a TV tuner card on a PC, perhaps the Haupauge HVR-1800 TV Tuner Card might change your mind. For ~$90 you will get a TV Tuner card that can handle ATSC HD (the over the air HDTV standard in North America), clear braodcasted QAM digital TV channels if you are lucky enough to live in an area where they are broadcast and a 125 channel cable ready TV tuner built-
Subject: Processors | November 4, 2009 - 02:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a new X4 965 on the market, the Rev C, which brings some interesting advancements to the CPU. First off is the drop in TDP to 125W and the second is the implementation of new states which finally rid the CPU of the CnQ Performance Hit that many have seen. All this adds up to a much more power efficient processor that will throw off less heat and eat less power. All that is wonderful for HTPCs and server rooms, but the true enthusiast doesn't mind having to build a small nuclear powerplant (pebble reactor) next to their PC in order to get a great overclock. Does
Subject: General Tech | November 4, 2009 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Since the days of 3DMark03, many gamers who used the benchmark to compare their current tweaks to their own previous results as well as the results of others, there have been many who wished that some of these benchmarks were playable. Finally that wish can come true and in a rather interesting game concept, free fall. Shattered Horizons has been demoed and talked about for quite some time now but finally we are approaching the release date. If you are interested in multiplayer combat without the restriction of a gravity well,
Subject: General Tech | November 4, 2009 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It would seem that Intel chipsets will not be natively supporting USB 3.0 until sometime in 2011, according to a confirmed rumour you can read about on Engadget. nVIDIA has stepped out of the chipset business, only supporting their current platforms, so you can count them out as well. ALi, SiS and VIA have pretty much backed out of the enthusiast market; which leaves AMD to fill the needs of USB 3.0 fans that want native support. There are no licens
Subject: Storage | November 4, 2009 - 11:16 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
San Jose, California - November 4, 2009 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced the new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 RAIDDrive, which supports transfer speeds up to ten times faster than USB 2.0 drives.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 3, 2009 - 05:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Titan Skalli
is a little smaller than your average third party cooler; taking advantage of the lower heat generated by LGA1156 CPUs. A fairly quiet 100mm fan cools a 5" x 3.7" X 5.8" heatsink whose heatpipes touch the CPU directly.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 3, 2009 - 02:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The fact that ASUS makes motherboards, along with rebranded graphics cards, audio card and some other hardware is well known; the fact that they also make power supplies is not as well known. Hardware Secrets got a hold of a ASUS U-75HA 750W PSU, a fairly simple PSU with sleeved non-modular cabling but with enough connectors to power a system with a multiple GPUs. The voltage it provided was rock solid; even if it does lack in features it is a quality choice for a budget build.
Subject: Processors | November 3, 2009 - 12:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The $100 AMD Athlon II X4 620 has been
powering our Budget Hardware Leaderboard system for over a month now, offering the benefits of a quad core processor to the lower end of systems and if you are willing to overclock it you can also get 3GHz+ of speed. Josh reviewed this chip back in September but it is worth revisiting just
Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2009 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CES 2010 is just a hair over 2 months away and is the prime time for nVIDIA to show off Fermi and its processing capabilities
alone or in parallel. Fermi A2 silicon has taped out according to Charlie at SemiAccurate, raising hopes that at least some silicon, perhaps even working, will be shown off sometime between now and the end of CES. We know that TSMC has had yield difficulties with the 40nm process that have not aba
Subject: Processors | November 3, 2009 - 11:28 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 3 November 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today introduced its new VIA Nano 3000 Series processors, bringing enhanced digital media performance and lower power consumption to Windows 7 thin and light notebook and all-in-one desktop PC markets.
Based on the 64-bit superscalar 'Isaiah' architecture, VIA Nano 3000 Series processors deliver the most compelling thin and light notebook computi
Subject: Storage | November 3, 2009 - 08:00 AM | Allyn Malventano
Western Digital puts out some great hard drives, as well as the Velociraptor series of 10,000 RPM disks. What has always held them back from full adoption across the enterprise environments has been lack of support for Serial Attached SCSI (SAS). Today WD rectifies this with their first enterprise class SAS unit - the S25. From the specs and physical description it appears to be a reworked 300GB Velociraptor. We'll get you hard performance figures as soon as the huge demand from the OEM's subsides.
Subject: Storage | November 2, 2009 - 05:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has put their hands on a piece of storage hardware, the Kanguru's e-Flash eSATA/USB thumb drive. It looks like a normal flash drive, barring a slightly longer overall length, but it hides two heads. One is the usual USB 2.0 connection but the head on the other end is new and unique. It combines the speed of eSATA with USBs ability to deliver power in a hybrid connector. You won't find too many motherboard headers that already have this plug, but that is not a problem thanks to the PCI backplate with power and SATA cables.
Subject: Mobile | November 2, 2009 - 02:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lenovo laptops are ubiquitous in the workplace, many companies having opted for a contract with them to supply their mobile PC needs. These notebooks tend to the larger size with a matte black finish as opposed to the shiny and tiny look to most other laptops. Their new IdeaCentre Q100 breaks that mold, being the size of an external HDD (6.0" x 6.8" x 0.8") and having no fan to create noise. The drawback is the power, with a single core Atom and Intel 945GSE
providing only basic computing ability. At $
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 2, 2009 - 01:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan finally got his hands on the Left 4 Dead 2 demo and fired it up on a variety of cards, 4 AMD (plus one XFire setup) and 5 nVIDIA cards. His testing at 2560x1600
with 4xMSAA and 16xAF shows that even the HD5850 can supply enough power to make this game playable on a 30" monitor. He has yet to try out EyeFinity but the results here give great hope to those who don't wish to invest in a graphics card running in the neighbourhood of $400. It looks like you might be well off spending money on a midrange HD4xxx and picking up an
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 2, 2009 - 01:15 PM | Josh Walrath
When it is PhysX!
EVGA and NVIDIA have teamed up to release what looks to be a pretty unique product to the marketplace. The asymmetrical EVGA GTX 275 Co-op PhysX card features a GTX 275 paired with a GTS 250 GPU on one board. This allows the GTX 275 chip to render all graphics, while the GTS 250 handles all of the PhysX calculations. The board features a total of 1280 MB of memory between the two GPUs, and a total bandwidth of 179.8 GB/sec.
Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2009 - 12:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Chances are you have heard that Apple has redesigned their mouse again. It took over a decade to stick on a second button so it seems that their innovation for input devices is accelerating. The new Magic Mouse doesn't have a scroll wheel; instead about 75% of its surface will register finger scrolling and with the momentum feature turned on it will even recognize how fast your fingers are scrolling. For those used to large gaming mice, the look of the mouse is going to be a bit of a shock, it more closely resembles an iPhone than a traditional mouse.
Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2009 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DigiTimes provides a good look into the coming 6 to 12 months of AMDs plans for their CPUs. AMD has recently dropped prices on some of their Phenom II and Athlon II silicon and you may want to grab some soon as the release of the new members of the 900 series will see the previous Phenom II line reduced to the X4 955, X4 820, X3 740 and X2 550.
The first quarter of 2010 will be very busy, with no less than 5 processors due to be release; three Phenom IIs and a pair of Athlon IIs.