A tablet at 20% of the price?

Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2009 - 06:59 PM |

A basic Wacom tablet will set you back over $350, so can a $70 tablet actually be of any use to anyone?  That is exactly what OCMODSHOP decided to find out when they picked up the Adesso CyberTablet 6400.  You get a a scroll mouse and a 6" x 4" work space along with a wireless pen that boasts 512 different pressure levels and even sports two mouse buttons so you don't need to switch back and forth between peripherals.  The only real drawback they found throughout was the necessity of batteries, somethin


Acer's man in the middle

Subject: Mobile | November 12, 2009 - 05:39 PM |

Acer's new Timeline 4810T notebook tries to bridge the gap between a low powered netbook and a full laptop.  It has a 14" screen with 1366x768 resolution a Core 2 Solo SU3500 @ 1.4GHz and 4GB of DDR3, giving it at least some power.  Many will be disappointed to hear the graphics are controlled by an integrated Intel 4500MHD
onboard graphics controller but it still manages HDMI out.  Drop by Tech Spot for a closer look at Acer's new Timeline.

Source: Tech Spot

Forget Vista, how does it measure up to XP

Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2009 - 04:01 PM |

ExtremeTech recently published a performance comparison between Vista and Windows 7, comparing the advantages and disadvantages of switching to the new OS.  That made a number of users pipe up; there are many who took one look at Vista and turned their noses up, continuing to
happily stick with XP.  They've now complied with those users requests and have compared Windows 7 to that old OS stand by.  How do they stack up?  Read on and find out.

Source: Extremetech

AMD is steering towards a great 2010

Subject: Processors | November 12, 2009 - 02:42 PM |

Anandtech managed to get their hands on AMD's processor roadmap for the near future and have posted it for your viewing pleasure.  Enthusiasts are not going to be as excited as the server and mobility crowd are, but there is still a lot of action.  On the mobile side we will be seeing Llano, the first Accelerated Processing Unit or APU, which promises great graphical performance coupled with enhanced battery life.  The server crowd gets an update on Magny Cours and the Maranello platform it i

Source: AnandTech

An end to the legal wrangling

Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2009 - 12:45 PM |

The decision is in from the AMD versus Intel is in, the Delaware court did not get a chance to rule as AMD and Intel have worked out a settlement themselves worth $1.25 billion.  This agreement puts an end to every current legal dispute between the two processor companies across the globe.  The exact terms of the agreement were not disclosed, what we do know is that there will be a 5 year cross license agreement between the two companies.  This is perhaps

Thermaltake seems to be falling behind

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 11, 2009 - 05:31 PM |

FrostyTech has just finished updating their Top 5 charts for heatsinks,  the top performers as well as the quietest, split into AMD and Intel.  Many new names appear like Prolimatech and 3Rsystem at the very top of the charts and some familiar names failed to make it on at all.  If you are looking for the short list of heatsinks to choose from for your next build, all you have to do is click.

Source: Frosty Tech

Not all the boards survived the subzero P55 Overclocking Shootout

Subject: Motherboards | November 11, 2009 - 05:01 PM |

What could be more fun than seeing just how far you can push a group of four P55 motherboards with the help of a pair of compressors to bring the temperatures down below freezing?  That is exactly what AnandTech has just finished doing.  A pair of EVGA P55 boards along with a single ASUS and Gigabyte all underwent testing.  Those with the original Foxconn socket found their deaths thanks to socket burn syndrome.

Source: AnandTech

A crucial move for solid state storage

Subject: Storage | November 11, 2009 - 04:28 PM |

Crucial is jumping into the SSD market with their 256GB M225 SSD.  It uses the Indilinx Barefoot controller and a 64MB cache chip from Elpida along with a fairly unique dual PCB implementation to house the MLC flash chips.  The testing that Think Computers performed against a similar drive, the OCZ Agility showed both drives

Need for Speed patch races to [H]

Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2009 - 04:03 PM |

AMD GPU owners who happen to be fans of racing sims had a nasty surprise waiting for them with the arrival of Need for Speed SHIFT.  They took a big performance hit compared to similar nVIDIA GPUs, enough that the attention of both AMD and EA's attention.  Thus the pending release of the second patch, specifically designed to improve the performance of AMD cards along with a beta of Catalyst 9.12, tantalizingly labelled Hemlock, arrived on [H]ard|OCP's door.  Check ou

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Finally some numbers from Lucid

Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2009 - 03:52 PM |

There were many who felt quite disappointed by MSI's failure to deliver on their Oct.

Banning backlight

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 10, 2009 - 03:36 PM |

The backlight on an LED based display can be rather annoying, with light bleeding in at the edge of the screen and dark areas looking more grey thanks to light bleeding through.  In gaming it is less bothersome than when watching a horror movie but it is still there.  InsideHW has found the LG W2486L, which is the first display they've come across that has no backlight bleeding through to dark areas at all.  There are also other things to like about this monitor, so take a look at their full review

Source: InsideHW

King of the valley

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 10, 2009 - 03:09 PM |

While none of these cards will be shattering 3dMark records, every one is capable of at playing modern games and video at a reasonable rate and all of the cards are $80 or less.  While the more expensive cards dominate the enthusiast level, these inexpensive cards are going to show up in a lot of prebuilt systems.  Why not take advantage and slip one of these four cards into the next 'cheap as you can make it' PC you are asked to build.

A visit to the cleanest room in Dresden

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2009 - 02:50 PM |

If you have yet to click on the link at the top of the page then you are missing out on some serious geek pr0n and some information about the future of the industry.  Ryan flew to Germany for a visit with Global Foundries.  There are a few snaps of the automation system and the clean rooms in which AMD and others have their chips made.  He also got some information on how their lineup will change and when we will start to see the new processes start up.  It is a must see.

Corsair Announces New Flash Survivor GT Family of USB Flash Drives

Subject: Storage | November 10, 2009 - 02:23 PM |

FREMONT, Calif., November 10, 2009 — Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced two new Flash Survivor GT USB flash drives. The new drives are available in capacities of 32GB and 64GB, and feature the same ultra-durable metal housing found on all Flash Survivor models, along with the signature red GT highlights.

“The Flash Survivor GT is the ultimate flash drive for users requiring both high speed and extreme ruggedness,” said John Beekley, VP of Technical Marketing at Corsair.

Matrox announces world's first single-slot PCIe x16 Octal graphics card

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 10, 2009 - 02:09 PM |

Montreal, Canada, November 10, 2009/PRNewswire/—Matrox Graphics, the leading manufacturer of specialized graphics solutions, today announced the launch of the Matrox M9188 PCIe x16 Octal graphics card, capable of supporting eight DisplayPort or DVI Single-Link outputs from a single workstation.

Source: Matrox

Handy in those 'close enough to slap' LANParty situations

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2009 - 04:00 PM |

If you want to look unique at the next LANParty you hit, or maybe you are just THAT into Medal of Honor and want to add to the experience, pick up Gameskulls' GS-1 Tactical Gaming Helmet.  It is made to resemble the Army's PASGT Ground Troops helmet or the USMC Light Weight Helmet and hides inside a pair of earcups with 50mm drivers and a boom microphone.  USB, PS3 and XBox 360
connectors all come in the package, there is no installation software.  OCIA did find that ambient noise bounced aroun

Source: OCIA

Marvin would be proud of Kingwin's new 1000W PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 9, 2009 - 03:30 PM |

Just a bit under $200, the Kingwin LAZER 1000W doesn't come with an Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator, instead it sports a Universal Power Modulator.  Its modular cabling all bears the same mini-fit JR style connector
and the PSU decides what to provide based on which cable is plugged in.  Unfortunately they chose a very odd implementation of their 12V rail,

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Perhaps there is a reason to visit the Microsoft store

Subject: Systems | November 9, 2009 - 02:50 PM |

Apart from the obvious lack of Apple Genii, TechReviewSource has spotted a different reason to visit one of the two stores that opened in the USA.  Microsoft sells Signature Series computers that come with a minimum of preinstalled bloatware.  Bing is probably the most offensive thing on the computer, they don't even load it with trial MS Office software, according to the information on the link.  Microsoft might not be the first brand to come to your mind when buying a new system, but maybe they s

Crack open a heat pipe

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 9, 2009 - 02:24 PM |

FrostyTech apparently requests the sacrifice of the occasional heat pipe based CPU cooler in the interests of curiosity, a
benefit of which is that they have shared what they have learned.  It turns out there are a variety of wicks to be found inside; Metal Sintered Powder, Grooved and Metal Mesh (felt) with each wick type having its own benefits and drawbacks.  Some are cheaper to produce and work better in certain orientations, others are a little less discerning but cost more.  Check out t

Source: Frosty Tech

Defend yourself from the cloud

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2009 - 02:02 PM |

Cloud computing is either the new Web 2.0 or it is at least how that magical new Web will manage to perform all of the miracles that most CIOs dream of happening ... soon.  For the geeks in the trenches it is becoming a nightmare; which is really too bad.  The blame for this falls squarely on the shoulders of management so upper that it has it's head in the cloud already.

Source: Ars Technica