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Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 13, 2009 - 01:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SilverStone's new Element 700W hits an 80+ Silver rating, putting it above 85% efficiency, at least at normal room temperature. When [H]ard|OCP put it on the torture rack at 45C, the efficiency dropped below that mark. That wasn't the only disappointment for [H], externally they were less than impressed with the cables and inside was even worse. One lonely solid capacitor and a questionable power filtering method caused some frowns as well.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 13, 2009 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The MSI NGTX260 Lightning Black Edition 1792 MB DDR3 is an example of a company going all out trying to get a flagship card to the enthusiast. Using 10 phase power with 'military' spec capacitors they pushed the card's GPU and DDR3 up by 100MHz each, once InsideHW was done with
Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2009 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the fun and easy to understand changes to the UI of the Microsoft Office Suite in the 2008 version still fresh in the minds of students and office workers everywhere, the release of Office 2010 is being looked at with a bit of trepidation. Thanks to a bit of an early opening, you can catch screenshots and movies of the office at HEXUS. Over at The Inquirer is a brief summary of the changes to Office and to Microsoft's business model, as
Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2009 - 06:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The internet is great, bringing you a broad variety of information and entertainment, some of which you want to see and some of which you wish you could bleach out of your brain. Either way, when the tap runs dry or even just starts to falter a little, it can be a real brain teaser trying to track down the problem.
Subject: Motherboards | July 10, 2009 - 02:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASRock has released the P45X3 Deluxe, a $100 Intel P45 motherboard. It has four DDR3 DIMMs that can support up to 1600MHz in dual channel, the Intel ICH10
handle sound and there are two PCI-Express 2.0 16x slots and a host of PCI-E 1x and PCI slots as well. The performance met or beat other P45 boards; the onl
Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2009 - 02:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The AKAI AISS010 All-In-One Entertainment System claims to be able to handle any input, and the list of acceptable inputs is fairly impressive; MP3/iPod/CD/DVD/Up-sampled DVD/USB/SD Flash cards/FM radio/Karaoke along with a HDMI output for up-sampled DVDs. Tweaktown put those claims to the test as well as checking on the quality of the sounds. In the end it was hard for them to determine how well received this system will be, there are some who may find
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 10, 2009 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you look back upon the days when CPUs had heatspreaders built onto them, heatsinks weighed a couple of dozen grams and a single 20mm fan was more than enough cooling, it seems unlikely that within a scant few decades we would be cooling our processors with a chunk of aluminium weighing a full kilogram. With the advent of the Core 2 family, we now see stock coolers weighing in excess of 500g and heatsinks like the Source: PC Perspective
Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2009 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Corsair has been in the news recently for two issues, the first is the hold that has been put on Elpida Hyper-based Dominator GT modules. The
second is the relabelling of PSUs from 80+Gold to 80+Silver because not all units could reach the 87% efficiency under full load that is required in order to meet a Gold rating. HEXUS sits down with them to discuss the difference 2% can make as well as alternatives to Elpida to get the Dominator GT modules into production again.
Subject: Editorial | July 9, 2009 - 04:17 PM | Ryan Shrout
Subject: Systems | July 9, 2009 - 03:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sitting roughly 8"x7"x3", the ASRock Nettop ION 330 really couldn't be any smaller and still provide the features that it does. Sporting 5.1-channel analog audio, Gigabit Ethernet, six USB 2.0 ports, an analog VGA D-Sub port, HDMI 3.1 and TosLink, it can serve up your media in a variety of ways. The dual core 1.6GHz Intel Atom N330 is paired with an NVIDIA 9400m GPU which allowed a 1668%
advantage over the Asus Eee and Dell Inspiron in the Cinebench OpenGL test.
Subject: Mobile | July 9, 2009 - 01:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Netbooks are incredibly handy for those who are looking to get some work done while on the road and somewhat handy for the mobile movie watcher who doesn't mind decreased screen size and battery life. The polar opposite is the user who is looking for the power of an enthusiast level PC in a mobile platform, who expects to need a power outlet to use it as well as occasional visits to the chiropractor to decompress the damage to their spines from carrying around half their own body weight in laptops and accessories. Falcon Northwest caters to the latter and their FragboxDRX is target
Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2009 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While you are still not going to see a PC capable of an instant on, SSD RAID performance on Windows 7 in quite spectacular. In their testing of the instant on capability [H]ard|OCP discovered that you are much better off with a single drive to get the fastest boot times. The converse is true for those looking for the best performance once booted up, the more drives the better.
Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2009 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Vint Cerf, Ray Kurzweil and Ray Merkle all spoke at a recent NASA event dealing with the near future of technology and the way it changes how those who use it interact with the world. Vint Cerf touches on the future of the internet, social networks and how networks like Twitter, or whatever replaces it, will affect peoples lives. Ray Kurzweil talks about consciousness and the implications of not being able to define or measure consciousness in any concrete manner. Ray Merkle delved into the world of microbiological and nanotechnological self assembly, of which he is well acqu
Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2009 - 06:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Galaxy GTX 275 OC
that Ryan reviewed back in the beginning of June, the one with with a 650 MHz core (vs. 633 MHz stock), a 1475 MHz shader (vs. 1404 MHz) and 1200 MHz memory (vs.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 8, 2009 - 06:16 PM | Ryan Shrout
An interesting little article over at The Inq takes some time to analyze the opinions of research firm "GC Research" that has decided to comment on the growing trend of GPU computing. Let's look at some excerpts:
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 8, 2009 - 06:03 PM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like the rumors about future 40nm desktop GPUs from NVIDIA were sped up and you can actually find a couple of them on NVIDIA's website TODAY. Thanks goes to Tech Report for spotting this.
Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2009 - 04:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you want a fast, extremely sensitive gaming mouse, then you have to put up with a cord. That's been the rule, until Razer decided to introduce the Mamba Wireless gaming mouse. Even though it is wireless, this mouse provides 5,600 dpi of resolution, 1 ms latency and a 1,000 Hz polling rate. You can even use it while recharging it, as it will function as a wired mouse while connected. Could Hardware Secrets tell the differen
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 8, 2009 - 01:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hexus has gotten a hold of an very interesting card from Sapphire, the HD 4730 512MB. It is priced a little lower than the HD 4770 even though in some cases it is actually a faster card. Its memory clock is faster than the 4770, giving it a 6.4GB/s advantage over its more expensive brother. The saving comes in with the render and fill rate units which are halved when compared to the remainder of the current Radeon line up. Check out its performance here.
Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2009 - 12:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If someone was to talk to you about a game learning from the player, you might think back to games which claimed to adjust the difficulty on the fly depending on the players skills. You might also remember not noticing it having any effect on the game. In that case, the AI was working against the player, but in Galactic Arms Race, the AI is working with you. It is a neural net that monitors your usage of weapons and evolves them according to your actions. All the guns in the game are computer generated, as opposed to having stats coded into the game.