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Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2009 - 03:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are a burgeoning audiophile, or just shopping around for audio equipment for your stereo or PC, it is worth dropping by Tweaktown for their latest audio roundup. From headphones and headsets, both wired and wireless to sound cards and speaker systems, they've got it covered and you can see it right here.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 22, 2009 - 03:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
It is beginning to seem like forever ago now, but LucidLogix and its HYDRA platform are finally starting to get off the ground. My
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2009 - 02:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lee is at his test bed again, this time with a review of the OCZ Fatal1ty Champion Series 700WPSU. It sports a single 12V line, not that you will have problems with load as it can handle 56A and it claims 80+ certification
so it shouldn't add too much to your electrical bill. Find out how it picked up a PC Perspective Gold Award in the full review.
Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2009 - 01:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Shutting a server down can be enough of a chore as those you work with scream and bellow that they cannot access network resources, even after a week of constant reminders to them that there will be maintenance happening at a specific time. Upgrading or reinstalling an OS and putting data back can ruin an entire weekend. AMD is attempting to make it possible to do a simple upgrade, theoretically going from a Shanghai core CPU to a 6-core Instanbul should be a quick and easy upgrade. Just shut down your server, remove the cooling, swap CPUs and put the heatsink(s) back on and
Subject: General Tech | June 19, 2009 - 07:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you are looking for a deal, it is really hard to beat AMD's newest Black Edition chip, the X2 550, not only is it $102 to pick up, with some luck or a nearby store with a friendly return policy you will end up with 4 working cores, even if it won't
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2009 - 03:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMDs drive to produce a new graphics driver has resulted in some lackluster updates for users. In many cases it is not worth the reboot to install the new driver and in some cases it might actually hurt your performance in specific games or CrossfireX setups. June has brought the Catalyst 9.6 to the public and again those using Radeon cards are scratching their heads wondering if they should install it or not. X-bit Labs has your answer right here, as they examine the performance im
Subject: Motherboards | June 19, 2009 - 02:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Currently there is one motherboard available, the ASUS M4N82 Deluxe, which uses nVIDIA's 780a 980a chipset. That is it, there are no others for sale and it seems very unlikely as that board is an AM2+ board, not even an AM3 and we have heard in an interview with Jen-Hsun Huang that nVIDIA has abandoned the AMD platform completely. That may not affect you as a gamer directly, but it certainly af
Subject: Mobile | June 19, 2009 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At $199, the iPhone 3GS is twice as expensive as the basic 3G model and from AnandTech's testing it seems be about 50% faster. Part of that reason is because the ARM chip that they are using runs at 600MHz as opposed to 412MHz, but the speed bump is not the only reason. The ARM Cortex A8 sports twice the L1 cache and also has a 256KB L2 cache, something that is completely missing from the ARM11 chip that the 3G uses. It also manages to beat out the Pre.
Subject: General Tech | June 19, 2009 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For the sake of the argument, assume that adding an onboard NIC adds $5 to the cost of a motherboard. That is certainly high, but let that slide. For
only $129 you can pick up the EVGA Bigfoot Networks Killer Xeno Pro and see your ping times drop by a good 3 to 5ms, and you might even see a slight increase in average frames per second in multiplayer games. For a measly 2500% price increase you will see about a 10% increase in network speed. Check Hot Hardware's revi
Subject: Mobile | June 18, 2009 - 06:20 PM | Ryan Shrout
Earlier this week I posted a short preview of the newly announced NVIDIA GeForce 200M mobile GPUs. At the time (and in reality still today) we don't have a lot of information about the GPUs themselves, the technology on them, changes in architecture, etc. We have been able to gather some more information in the last few days though about the power consumption and performance these parts will offer and how appealing they may or may not before system builders.
Subject: Processors | June 18, 2009 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is well worth hunting down a new Core i7 975 EE as opposed to the older 965 for several reasons that might not be noticeable at first glance. The 975 clocks in at 3.33 GHz, which is only 130MHz faster than the 965 and they both use the same 1333MHz bus speed. The power tells a different story, the 975 uses 1.15V compared to 1.35V on the 965. That translates directly into less heat being produced, and tied in with the superior design
Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2009 - 05:14 PM | Ryan Shrout
Many people, including myself, scoffed when reading this article over at 1UP.com that hypothesized a new Xbox console would be coming along with the Project Natal motion sensing technology as soon as next year.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 18, 2009 - 03:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for a large case that can manage a watercooling system, but only want to spend around $100, consider the Enermax Phoenix Neo Aluminumcase. It has an eye catching 250mm fan on the side, which offers some serious air flow, and Enermax was nice enough to ship it without the LED hooked up. You can enable it quickly if you so desire. There was plenty of room for Techware Labs to fit a test system in, and at 216mm deep most c
Subject: Storage | June 18, 2009 - 02:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Allyn has a natural talent when it comes to exposing the weaknesses of the new solid state drives and exposing them to the world. He has also had great success working with the companies that produce them to bring the drives back from the dead, like he did with Intel. His current targets are the OCZ Vertex and Super Talent UltraDrive ME, both using the Indilinx
controller. Check out what happened when he ran them through the gauntlet at the top of the page.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 18, 2009 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It takes some serious chutzpa for a relative newcomer into the PSU market to price their PSUs up with the big names. This is exactly what In Win has done with their $210 Commander 850 850W Power Supply.
Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2009 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For a very recent spin-off company, Global Foundries is doing well. AMD's 40nm process guarantees them work today, while their 28nm looks after tomorrow. T-RAM, who are working on a new type of transistor called a thyristor are working with them, they are a member of the IBM Technology Alliance and now they are in talks with nVIDIA. TSMC has been supplying nVIDIA's 40nm chips and while they have had yield problems in the past, they now claim to have fixed them. Since AMD's plan is to skip 4
Subject: Processors | June 18, 2009 - 12:05 AM | Ryan Shrout
Earlier today Intel announced some non-news about officially revealing the branding of the Intel Core i5 and Core i3 processors - but with basically NO details on what was going to be what. Well our good buddy Anand has fixed all that by showing us how the breakdown will be made.
Subject: Mobile | June 17, 2009 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HP and AMD are working together to give people who want a mobile computer just a smidgen
larger than a netbook with their dv2 series. Three different Pavilion dv2s exist, all are powered by the Athlon Neo MV-40 processor,
the differences lie in the maximum amount of memory available, drive size, GPU and a few bundled features. The low end 1010ea model utilizes an onboard X1250 the two more expensive models sport a Mobility Radeon HD 3410 512MB
card. How do they fare against the Intel Atom N270
powered MSI Wind?
Subject: Storage | June 17, 2009 - 06:03 PM | Allyn Malventano
There have been various rumors flying about Western Digital bringing a SSD to market. I wanted to take a quick moment to clear the air on this before those rumors get out of hand.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 17, 2009 - 04:29 PM | Ryan Shrout
When the NVIDIA Quadro CX professional graphics card launched in December of last year, its shining feature was the inclusion of support for video encoding acceleration on the GPU via an included piece of third-party software. In the end, I was really impressed with the inclusion of GPU computing in such a popular and usable application: