Afraid of steep requirements?

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2009 - 12:19 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has tested the new F.E.A.R. 2 release on a number of video cards ranging from an HD4850 to a GTX285 to an HD4870 X2.  Even with the slowest HD4850, they could turn all effects to maximum at 2560x1600 with AA and AF and still average about 40fps.  Users with faster cards can turn the antialaising up as high as it can possibly go and still stay above 60fps. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Stay away from the humorous spreadsheets

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2009 - 11:58 AM |
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If you get an email with an attachments that claims to be the world's funniest spreadsheet, give yourself a shake and reconsider just how funny an Excel file could possibly be.  Even if it looks legitimate, if you receive an Excel attachment from a stranger you should probably not open it.  According to this story on Slashdot there is an exploit out there that will affect any Excel from 2000 up to 2007 SP1.  Microsoft's next scheduled patch is due to come out March 9th, hopefully there will be a

Source: Slashdot

AMD Demos Upcoming Six-core "Istanbul" Server Processor

Subject: Processors | February 25, 2009 - 11:33 AM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. - Feb. 25, 2009 - Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) today announced it recently completed live public demonstrations of its upcoming six-core 45nm AMD Opteron processor, codenamed "Istanbul." Scheduled to launch in the second half of this year, "Istanbul" is expected to be the only x86 six-core processor available for two- and four-socket systems and higher.

The demonstration featured a live, seamless upgrade of a system based on 45nm Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors to "Istanbul" processors.

Source: AMD

The VIA AMOS-3000: The Strong, Silent Type of Industrial PC

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2009 - 11:28 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 25 February 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the launch of VIA's first embedded box computer; the VIA AMOS-3000.

A disturbance in the force

Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2009 - 05:28 PM |
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If you were to ask Paccus Interfaces what is missing in the world of PC gaming, they would tell you it is proper force feedback from joysticks.  To that end they have started development of a new joystick whose force feedback comes from hydraulics.  This new way of approaching haptics
will allow joysticks to have sensitivity matching gaming mice, somewhere in the neighbourhood of 2000DPI.  X-bit Labs has an interview as well as pictures of the prototype that ma

Source: Guru of 3D

The new big thing from ASUS

Subject: Displays | February 24, 2009 - 02:44 PM |
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ASUS may have been focusing on small things recently with the continuing development of the Eee lineup, but that doesn't preclude them from thinking big as well.  The new ASUS VW266H is a 25.5" TN LCD with a 1920x1200 resolution and a 2ms grey to grey response time.  Techgage couldn't resist trying it out and loved it while gaming as the high resolution and quick r

Source: TECHGAGE

X58 for under $300? *

Subject: Motherboards | February 24, 2009 - 01:48 PM |
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You can currently pick up ASRock's new X58 based SuperComputer motherboard on NewEgg for $294.99, making it the cheapest way to build a Core i7 system using the X58 chipset*.  On paper, the motherboard looks like any other X58 board, it can handle four PCIe cards in CrossfireX or HybridSLI, it has 7.1 audio outputs, handles DDR3 up to 2000 MHz, dual LAN ports with teaming and it can even support ECC RAM i

Source: TweakTown

Imported water cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 24, 2009 - 12:21 PM |
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Unless you are from across the pond, this will probably be the first time you have heard of the company called XSPC.  They have made a solid name for themselves in Europe and are now selling products, like the Delta V3 CPU waterblock, in North America.  Bjorn3D tried this newcomer against Swiftech's longstanding champion, the Apogee GTZ.  It would seem that XSPC deserves recognition from enthusiasts, though the company might want to consider adding some of the extras that it's competition provides here.

Source: Bjorn3D

Not the safest thing to try

Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2009 - 11:50 AM |
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Owners of a Phenom 2 X3 processor with a motherboards that supports Advanced Clock configuration might want to check this little tip at Fudzilla.  It has been confirmed by motherboard manufacturers according to VR-Zone; by using ACC to trick the processor, you can indeed 'unlock' that fourth core and turn your X3 into an X4, if it came from the 0

Source: Fudzilla

Heavy duty mobile storage

Subject: Storage | February 23, 2009 - 05:57 PM |
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If you are a digital packrat with several gigabytes worth of data that you absolutely have to drag around with you and currently use more than one flash drive to do it, or even worse, carry around a full size HDD, then check out the Patriot Xporter Magnum.  At 64Gb you will probably only need one to hold your dearest data; if you need more than that you may want to consider slimming down a bit.  With an average read speed of 33MB/s
you

Source: DV Hardware

A PSU with an attractive set of curves

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 23, 2009 - 03:23 PM |
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If you are looking for a high powered and high quality PSU; consider the Cooler Master UCP 900W, which Lee just finished reviewing.  While the lack of modular cabling may detract from the overall rating of the UCP 900W, it comes very close to deserving the ULTIMATE logo that it bears on it's side.  The high quality capacitors should last quite a while and provide good noise supression at the same time, if not, the 5 year warrany shou

Look very carefully at that last letter

Subject: Mobile | February 23, 2009 - 01:57 PM |
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HP has two notebook lines currently, both b & s, and

Source: InsideHW

Scaling the performance mountain

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 23, 2009 - 12:12 PM |
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Having plenty of time and multiple graphics cards on hand, AnandTech has assembled a long series of tests comparing systems with multiple GPUs.  This article deals with pairing, there will be others dealing with triple and quad setups for those looking for even more power.  The key to using multiple graphics cards is how much better the performance gets when the second card is added.  Buying a full price second card that nets you an increase of 15% might get you bragging rights on the 3DMark website, but as an investment it really isn't that sound. 

Source: AnandTech

Meet the new card, same as the old card

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2009 - 11:58 AM |
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It is not too often that a release catches review sites by surprise, in the nature of good publicity
resellers and manufacturers try to give the reviewers enough time to thoroughly test the new hardware so that the review is ready to go when the NDA expires.  The reviewers get to see the new kit early, but the trade is that they have to get all their testing done in a limited amount of time.  Sometimes, kit arrives late, Murphy shows up, an NDA gets moved (or any of a number of other reasons) and the reviews come out scattered over a few days as opposed to all appearing within hour

Source: The Inquirer

Thermaltake announce New Brand, "LUXA2", stepping into New Luxury industries

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 23, 2009 - 11:41 AM |
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Thermaltake, the leader in PC DIY market, has expended its illustrious trendsetting characteristic and industrial design expertise in the gaming and enthusiast market into the rapid growing luxury consumer market with the creation of LUXA2 (lu - sa - tu) division.

LUXA2, a Division of Thermaltake, was created in 2009, with characteristics of simplicity, luxury, and unique lifestyle.

Source: Thermaltake

PC Perspective on TWiT Live: Episode 14

Subject: Editorial | February 22, 2009 - 12:18 AM |
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If you aren't tuning into TWiT Live on Thursdays at 6pm ET to watch me and Leo Laporte talk about PC hardware, you are missing out.  I have uploaded our latest episode to my Viddler account for easy viewing here on the site.

Note: as you get into the episode there is a slight video/audio sync issue that pops up.  Just a heads up!

Spring is only a month away

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2009 - 06:26 PM |
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One of our members has turned his hobby of collecting older electronic equipment and is finding about 10% of the motherboards that he tested before sending them off arrive dead.  Do you have any ideas as to what might be killing the motherboards, or maybe you feel it's more likely user error? 

GIGABYTE at CeBIT 2009

Subject: Shows and Expos | February 20, 2009 - 04:08 PM |
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City of Industry, March 03, 2009 -

It lives!!!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 20, 2009 - 02:56 PM |
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Whether you think Steampunk is the greatest thing since wrap around mirror shades or just a bunch of hot air that will be gone soon, this case mod will grab your attention.  
SteamPunk Frankenstein stands 8' tall, has more brass fittings and pipes than any spider ever ridden in the wild west and even sports LEDs for a classic green glow.  Check it out through MAKE:Blog.

Source: MAKE: Blog

ATI Catalyst 9.2 is now available

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 20, 2009 - 02:38 PM |
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Highlights of the ATI Catalyst 9.2 Windows release include:

Performance improvements

  • Crysis DX10 - performance gains of up to 20%

  • Crysis Warhead DX10 - performance gains of up to 20%

  • World in Conflict DX10 - performance gains of up to 5%

  • Fear 2 CrossFireX support - Fear 2 now includes Multi-GPU performance enhancements

New Features

Source: AMD