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Subject: Graphics Cards | May 22, 2009 - 01:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The XFX Radeon HD 4890 XXX
is the overclocked version of the 4890, with a whole 50MHz bump on the GPU and nothing else. Mind you, when Elite Bastards tried to overclock the card they manage to squeak another 40MHz out of the core and bumped the memory by 35MHz. That
Subject: Storage | May 22, 2009 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If TWiCH and the video version of the PC Perspective Podcast on TWiT haven't scared you off, Ryan has a video enhanced version of the Thecus N200B NAS device. This little box can hold up to five 500GB drives, cooled by a loud 100mm fan that was Ryan's least favourite part. The remainder of the construction of the NAS was top notch and the software and setup reasonably simple and represents the t
Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2009 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sometime in Q3 2009 we will start to see 45nm parts rolling out for AMD desktop lineup to compliment the Phenom II server series. You don't have to wait until fall to get excited though, before the trees start to shed their leaves there will be the better part of 20 chips arriving. A good half of those are low power Phenom IIs and and Athlon, the remainder are spread between dual, triple and quad core Phenom IIs and a similar spread of Athlons. DigiTimes also mentions that three quad-core Lynnfield CP
Subject: Editorial | May 22, 2009 - 12:22 AM | Ryan Shrout
If you missed our live recordings of either This Week in Computer Hardware (TWiCH) with myself and Leo Laporte or the 57th PC Perspective podcast, you can now get watch the recordings below. ENJOY!
And if you want to watch the streaming of these two programs LIVE, tune in on Wednesdays at 6pm ET for TWiCH and 10pm ET for the podcast!
This Week in Computer Hardware #25
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 21, 2009 - 04:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Cooling roundups are a fairly common type of review, allowing the reviewer to demonstrate the performance differences of heatsinks on a system that remains exactly the same. Most of those round ups are for air cooling, but not many deal with more esoteric cooling like TECs or water cooling. That has changed as watercooling becomes more necessary and also more popular. Boutique built systems are now including watercooling as an option and case designers add inlet/outlets and space for reservoirs. MADSHRIMPS have taken this opportunity to compare seven popular watercoolin
Subject: Processors | May 21, 2009 - 02:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The easy way to upgrade a system is to throw as much money as you can manage into the system in the hopes of overcoming bottlenecks. This is not the most efficient way, but if all you are a power at any cost type of enthusiast it can certainly work. Others are more concerned about performance per dollar, and that is when scaling reviews like this one at [H]ard|OCP come in very handy. They've taken a Core i7 920, a QX9650, and AMD's Phenom II X4 810 & and X3 720 BE, ov
Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2009 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
RAM companies building PSUs, motherboard companies making coolers, CPU makers building graphics cards, storage companies making mice and now Gigabyte has thrown themselves into the keyboard market. They have quite a selection to their name; the one Bjorn3D chose to focus on was the GK-K6800 Luxury
Multimedia Keyboard. The glossy finish, stylish lines and extra media buttons are all present as you would expect on a high en
Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2009 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bigfoot Networks is back with the second incarnation of the Killer NIC, this time calling its self the Killer Xeno Pro and selling for ~$140. It's a PCIe card sporting a 400MHz processor and has 128MB of RAM, all improvements over the original; meanwhile its main competitor, the onboard NIC, hasn't changed that much and is still essentially free. ExtremeTech put it up against the onboard NIC on an ASUS Rampage
Subject: Memory | May 21, 2009 - 11:14 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Corsair Labs achieved an astounding speed of DDR3-2533MHz with the aggressive memory timings of 7-8-7-20 using a triple-channel 6GB memory kit. This new world record, verified and validated by CPU-Z, the industry-standard tool for verifying overclocking results, is the first time this frequency has been achieved on a Core i7 system with 6GB of memory using three modules; most world record attempts use only a single 1GB module.
Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2009 - 11:10 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, May 21, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that it will be showing examples of its customized security solution service at Computex 2009, helping customers to employ a comprehensive and effective security infrastructure in all segments.
VIA Nano, VIA C7 and VIA Eden processor platforms are the only processors that currently offer a built-in Advanced Cryptographic Engine.
Subject: Chipsets | May 20, 2009 - 04:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Long story short, old and busted USB 2.0 hits 480 Mbps in a perfect world, new and shiny USB 3.0 will hit 5Gps.
In contrast a SATA drive hopes for 3Gbs at peak, so that gives you an idea just how fast this new USB could be.
Subject: Systems | May 20, 2009 - 03:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech had a hard time choosing what system to review from the boutique Digital Storm. With systems ranging from a $1200 Phenom II and DDR2 system to above $6000, there was a lot of choice and AnandTech decided to go with the high end. The system they chose is watercooled with a Core i7-965 @ 4.00GHz on an EVGA X58 3X SLI, 6GB of triple channel Corsair DDR3-1600
and three GTX 285 1GB
cards all of which push the price up, along with some other interesting components.
Subject: Systems | May 20, 2009 - 02:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan; May 20, 2009 - ASUS, the world's leading producer and innovator of motherboards, today shed brilliant light on the dark art of overclocking with the introduction of the ROG (Republic of Gamers) OC Station. The OC Station is a pure hardware-based, bay-mounted device with a large 3-inch display that takes OCing to a whole new level of ease, accuracy and sophistication.
Subject: Processors | May 20, 2009 - 02:44 PM | Ryan Shrout
The VIA Nano processor is going where no ultra-low-power processor has gone before: the Dell server market. In what is probably one of the most interesting uses of all this "low power" technology we have seen take over the netbook market in the last couple of years, Dell's 'skunkwork'-like team has developed a solution to incredibly dense server environments they are calling "Fortuna" but what is officially now known as
Subject: Mobile | May 20, 2009 - 02:22 PM | Ryan Shrout
During Computex next month, AMD is apparently going to be showcasing the new Tigris mobile platform that features a host of new chips. The heart of the platform is the CPU codenamed Caspian, of which little is known. We know it will be built on a 45nm process and will likely still be a dual-core part but other than that, we are currently in the dark. The chipset it uses is the RS880M that is likely a 55nm chip that supports integrated graphics with DX10.1 technology.
Subject: Mobile | May 20, 2009 - 01:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In a world of mobile tech that is trending towards lighter and lighter devices, the ASUS W90 18.4" Notebook
almost seems to not fit in. There is a subset of mobile users who are quite willing to tote around 12lbs or more of laptop if it is powerful enough. The W90 certainly has that power, an HD4870 X2 powers the graphics and a C2Q 9000 along with 6GB of DDR2-667 power the rest of the notebook. Techgage took it gaming, and it had no problems with current generation
Subject: Processors | May 20, 2009 - 01:06 PM | Ryan Shrout
Apparently AMD isn't the only who thinks that Intel is playing dirty in the world of technology. Just a few days after Intel was hit with the largest fine in history from the EU For anti-competitive practices, NVIDIA's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is telling the world that Intel is pulling the same stunts with them.
Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2009 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you haven't spotted it yet, there is a 9 minute preview of BioShock 2 at IGN. Watching it confirms that you do indeed play a Big Daddy, the original prototype that could use plasmids. Your relationship with the Little Sisters has some similarity with the first game, but with a rather interesting twist apart from the basic binary decision. Splicers aren't quite the challenge they were in the first game, but don't worry; there is a Big Sister out there i
Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2009 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TweakTown had a peek at engineering samples of DFI's UT P55-T3eH8 and DK P55-T3eH6 boards, both running off of the Intel P55 Express chipset. These boards will support the soon to be released LGA-1156 Core i5 quad-core Lynnfield processors, as well as the Havendale family which will have an on-die GPU. Don't hold your breath for the Havendale processors, according to this article they will be delayed until the beginning of 2010 because Intel is shifting them to 32nm.