Happy Birthday SETI, you don't even look 25!

Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2009 - 07:34 PM |
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Building computers is, in a way a matter of knowing the rules and following them.  On a basic level it is plugging the right connector into the right plug, be it a ZIFF socket or a 12V power connector.  Beyond that come secondary rules, like not mixing RAM and ensuring that temperatures remain reasonable.  Others are more complex, like overclocking in small increments to find the perfect settings instead of instantly trying for your megahertz goal.  There are other unwritten rules to follow that are no less important, rules vary greatly from those stating that

Still not fast enough graphics!

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 20, 2009 - 02:34 PM |
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What could possibly be better than an HD5970?  An HD 5970 overclocked from 725 MHz to 935 MHz on the core and from 4000MHz to 5240 MHz
on the GDDR5, that's what!  Since AMD has taken down their overvolting tool it is up to MSI's Afterburner to bump the default 1.05V GPU core to 1.1625V, as you need more power to manage this overclock.  The Guru of 3D walks you through the perils and benefits of such a hefty overclock along with showing you all the steps you need in their article.

Source: Guru of 3D

Diverse diversification diversified

Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2009 - 01:40 PM |
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It has long been a mantra in the business world that you must always continue to grow your business or you will die.  Most have taken that to heart and began diversifying their businesses, getting into industries they never tried before and moving away from one strong product line into many varied product lines.  Now this is all well and good, many companies have found success in new lines of business and consumer have benefited.  This still does not explain the sudden surge in PC enclosure makers broaching the computer mouse market.  The latest entrant is Cooler Master and

Remember to eat your Chrom-eos

Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2009 - 12:51 PM |
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Thinking of Google's new Chrome OS as a competitor to Windows or Linux is not really getting the point of what Google is trying to do.  The OS has some very significant restrictions on how it runs, only flash can be used for storage, there will be a custom firmware layer which is non-optional, and a only Google-approved system and peripheral devices will be recognized by Chrome OS.  This is not designed for open box systems, think very proprietary on the hardware and software level.  The OS its self treats everything as a window in a browser, so no installation need ever occur,

Source: Ars Technica

More Details on MSI Big Bang Fuzion Lucid HYDRA platform

Subject: Motherboards | November 20, 2009 - 02:45 AM |
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Look, I think we have all had enough with the politics and sideshow that has revolved around the first motherboard to integrated the Lucid HYDRA vendor-agnostic multi-GPU technology, the MSI Big Bang Fuzion.  Regardless of WHY we don't have our product yet, we are still waiting for the final retail availability for the product and the ability to spend some quality time with it.  Here's a summary of what we have learned over the last months:

Source: General

OCZ Plans USB 3.0 based SSD for CES 2010

Subject: Storage | November 19, 2009 - 07:30 PM |
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I am a big proponent of USB 3.0 technology - I had an early test and experience with USB 3.0 hardware last month.  In that article I evaluated the performance of the ASUS P7P55D-E Premium motherboard that used the NEC 720200 USB 3.0 controller paired with a USB 3.0 HDD dock.  The results were pretty impressive:


Eee Box 1501 nettop brings ION to just about anywhere

Subject: Mobile | November 19, 2009 - 05:00 PM |
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The Eee Box line has become quite popular as the low-cost desktop versions of ASUS' popular line of netbook computers.  As the name kind of implies, the Eee Box machines aren't laptops but instead are small form factor computers that can be attached to a TV as a basic HTPC or even to a standard keyboard/monitor setup if this is all the power you need.

Don't look now, the Network Media Tank is a comin'

Subject: Systems | November 19, 2009 - 03:51 PM |
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The Popcorn Hour C200 bills its self as a Network Media Tan, theoretically able to manage anything you could accomplish by building your own HTPC, but without needing to set it up.  Once you strip off the marketing speak, what you are left with is a NAS optimized for local networked media sources as well as YouTube, Blip.tv, Revision 3
and the like.  The list of supported formats and sources on the second page of the Techware Labs review is impressive and you can catch a video of

How about a little SSD envy

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 19, 2009 - 01:47 PM |
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Skip the Intel X-25 Extreme, those in need of pure storage satisfaction should talk to ViON who have produced a 100TB DRAM SSD.  Think 100TB of storage that provides five million IOPS and speeds along with 60GB/sec of bandwidth. 
Not impressed yet?  It uses ECC DRAM, so no bits will be flipping on you and it is set up as a RAID so your data redunadncy is covered.  How much would that run you to pick up is a bit of a mystery as no price tag was included, but as The Register puts it "six figure

Source: The Register

Shame about the early death rate, though

Subject: Mobile | November 19, 2009 - 12:47 PM |
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All-In-One PCs like the HP TouchSmart 600
fall in between mobile and stationary systems, just like netbooks straddle the line between ultraportable PC and glorified calculators.  Powered by a C2Duo P8700 @ 2.53 GHz with 4GB of DDR3, an NVIDIA GeForce 9300 mGPU and even a 1TB HDD, the TouchSmart is fairly powerful but its all-in-one build keeps it fairly portable.  A TV in as well as audio are wonderful but with its built in Blu-ray drive and an HDMI port you can also stream content from the TouchSmart. 

Ninth time is the charm

Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2009 - 12:18 PM |
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When there were only a handful of browsers around, one proprietary to the competition and a text only browser or three,  the default winner was Internet Explorer.  Years later there are many browsers out there snatching market share from IE and even the coding standard are moving away from IE's interpretation and now favour the ones who stick to a generally accepted standard.  IE9 is looming on the horizon, which will support CSS 3, but it will also use the new Direct2D and DirectWrite found in Windows 7 only.  Of course, there will also be improvements to Javascript. 

Source: Ars Technica

Radeon HD 5970 cards - first day stock update

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 19, 2009 - 02:47 AM |
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So the first full day of supposed Radeon HD 5970 graphics card availability has come and gone - what do we have thus far?


OCZ Colossus officially released

Subject: Storage | November 19, 2009 - 02:31 AM |
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It's been a bumpy road for the OCZ Colossus.  We caught our first glimpse of it back in June, and posted up some exclusive early testing data and pricing back in July.  We've spent the past few months evaluating firmware performance, and have spent the past week torturing the prospective shipping firmware.  I'm finishing up my long-term performance evaluation and will have a full review up shortly for your viewing pleasure.

AMD 40th Anniversary Giveaway - 20 Xbox & Wiis

Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2009 - 10:08 PM |
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May 1, 2009, marked AMD’s 40th anniversary. Formed by Jerry Sanders and seven co-founders in 1969, AMD is a company with a rich and colorful history. AMD's 40th anniversary is a testimonial to our longevity, our employees, our customers and our unique business approach. AMD takes great pride in our role of igniting next-generation technology solutions, as well as our ability to see where customer and end-user needs are headed next and then collaborate with the industry accordingly.

Source: AMD

In case you missed it: Modern Warfare 2 working on AMD Eyefinity

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 18, 2009 - 09:55 PM |
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In case you haven't read through my entire article on the Radeon HD 5970 graphics beast from AMD (shame!), you might be interested in seeing a video that was embedded in our section on Eyefinity.  Curious to see that new PC gaming title (that only sold 4 point something million copies across all platforms in one day) on a set of THREE 30-in monitors?

ASUS EeePC 1201N Seashell Netbook sports NVIDIA ION chipset

Subject: Mobile | November 18, 2009 - 08:00 PM |
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ASUS couldn't have picked a better time to release a netbook based on the NVIDIA ION chipset.  With the release of the first public beta of Flash 10.1, which supports GPU accelerated Flash for the first time, the usage models for a netbook or nettop computer have shifted pretty dramatically.  Prior to this release, the benefits of the ION chipset were somewhat muted - better gaming support (but who gamed on a 10" netbook anyway?), support for H.264 video file decode acceleration (cool but no Blu-ray drives on netbooks) and support for GPU-accelerated applications like Badaboom and vR

A full helping of multimedia with a side of extreme

Subject: Motherboards | November 18, 2009 - 05:30 PM |
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Intel's chipsets are as famous as their processors, but finding an Intel branded board seems to be becoming rarer.  The Intel DP55WG is out there however, and motherboards.org tested it out.  It is a full ATX board with a P55 Express chipset and it uses a custom BIOS setup designed in house by Intel.  The board its self is not a great overclocker, but it is worth pointing out that the using the Turbo button will work to get you to the upp

ASUS and NVIDIA showcase new notebook with 3D Vision integration

Subject: Mobile | November 18, 2009 - 03:36 PM |
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Yesterday I got to spend some time with an interesting new notebook from ASUS - the G51J 3D.  As the name implies, there is something special about the gaming notebook in that it supports NVIDIA 3D Vision technology.  If 3D Vision is a new term for you, you should definitely check out my reviews of other 3D Vision offerings in the desktop world to get some background.  The basic premise is that a user wears NVIDIA-built active shutter glasses in conjunction with a true 120 Hz LCD panel to produce real-time 3D effects that are in

Sorry for the inconvenience! (Intel X25-M G2 160GB for $414.99!)

Subject: Storage | November 18, 2009 - 02:46 PM |
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Right now at NewEgg you can pick up an Intel X25-M Mainstream 2.5" 160GB SATA II MLC Internal SSD(SSDSA2M160G2XXX) at an incredible price

The OEM
price is $639.99 but there is a $50.00 instant rebate that brings the price down to $589.99.

But wait, there's more!

We're going to need a new benchmark

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 18, 2009 - 02:31 PM |
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When a single graphics card beats 10,000 points on the Extreme 3DMark Vantage and refuses to dip below 100fps on every game Ryan tested, even at 2650 x 1600 with every single feature turned up to 11, you know you have unprecedented performance.  Even a triple SLI rig would have trouble keeping up, and if it did then there is no reason you can't toss a second HD5970 into your system, apart from the $599 entrance fee.  Join Ryan as he shatters benchmarks and sees games in a way never seen before.