Perhaps there is a reason to visit the Microsoft store

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

Maingear outs AMD's dual-GPU Hemlock in SHIFT

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 7, 2009 - 11:41 PM |
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Last week Maingear, one of the most impressive system builders for enthusiasts today, released a new computer called "The SHIFT."  Despite having cliched lines like it being a "personal everyday supercomputer" the system looks to be damn impressive.  The chassis is obviously based on the Silverstone Raven case (you can see the similarities in our recent review) that includes a component structure that is rotated 90 degrees. 

Source: Tech Spot

Deformed triangles are easy on the eyes

Subject: General Tech | November 6, 2009 - 12:02 PM |
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Tessellation is the killer app of DX11, making the jump from DX10 much more impressive than the jump from DX9 to DX10.  There is a bit of bad news for HD5xxx owners out there which is the performance hit that comes from the breaking up of large triangles into dozens of tiny ones.  In [H]ard|OCP's testing of the Unigine Heaven benchmark they saw a drop of about 40% when they enabled tessellation, but the visual impact is much greater.  Check out the screenshots and pay particular attention to how the wire frames change.  That huge increase in the amount of polygons is

Source: [H]ard|OCP

RAID on the move

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 5, 2009 - 05:21 PM |
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The AXUS FiT 500 RAID box can hold up to 5 drives and allow you to set up a variety of different RAID configurations depending on your needs.  It can be attached via either USB 2.0 or eSATA, choosing eSATA will help your transfer rates significantly, to the point where it almost equals an internal connection.  Whether you are considering an external RAID because of space concerns in your system or like the extra portability that the box offers, either way you should be quite happy with AXUS' RAID box.  You can s

Low power and high OC potential from the P55

Subject: Motherboards | November 5, 2009 - 01:47 PM |
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Sitting in the middle of ASUS' P55 line of boards is the $220 P7P55D Deluxe, still sporting most of the new features such as Express Gate, instant-on OS, BIOS OC profiles, and heat-pipe cooling for the hotter components on the board.  You will also find 9 SATA 3Gbps ports, although ASUS decided to place 3 completely different controllers on the board to handle them.  A VIA VT2020 10-channel high definition audio codec makes its first appearance but

Source: Tech Spot

PhysX for less

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 5, 2009 - 12:53 PM |
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Switching to 40nm doesn't seem like the best of ideas right now, the supply problems are well known but it is a very important step for nVIDIA as they need to continue to evolve.  Their new release takes a page from AMD's recent launch behaviour, they are leading with the low end first.  The GeForce GT220 has a 720MHz GPU, 1GB of 1600MHz DDR3 and a 128bit memory bus and will set you back all of $80

Source: Bjorn3D

Exit the Dragon?

Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2009 - 12:28 PM |
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AMD is all about the platform right now; the synergy created between utilizing an AMD CPU, GPU and chipset to allow graphical megatasking.  The new VISION platform will come in four different flavours ranging from Basic up to Black offering more features as you move up from the Basic version.  Most of the features have to do with HD video encoding and decoding as well as audio, but your gaming experience will also improve.  Check out the pictures Ryan took of the laptops and business class desktops in Germany in his full article

Time to toss out the cable box

Subject: Systems | November 4, 2009 - 03:37 PM |
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If you have yet to play with recording and playing TV via a TV tuner card on a PC, perhaps the Haupauge HVR-1800 TV Tuner Card might change your mind.  For ~$90 you will get a TV Tuner card that can handle ATSC HD (the over the air HDTV standard in North America), clear braodcasted QAM digital TV channels if you are lucky enough to live in an area where they are broadcast and a 125 channel cable ready TV tuner built-

Revising the Phenom II X4 965 BE

Subject: Processors | November 4, 2009 - 02:25 PM |
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There is a new X4 965 on the market, the Rev C, which brings some interesting advancements to the CPU.  First off is the drop in TDP to 125W and the second is the implementation of new states which finally rid the CPU of the CnQ Performance Hit that many have seen.  All this adds up to a much more power efficient processor that will throw off less heat and eat less power.  All that is wonderful for HTPCs and server rooms, but the true enthusiast doesn't mind having to build a small nuclear powerplant (pebble reactor) next to their PC in order to get a great overclock.  Does

Source: LOSTCIRCUITS

It's like a benchmark you can play

Subject: General Tech | November 4, 2009 - 12:21 PM |
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Since the days of 3DMark03, many gamers who used the benchmark to compare their current tweaks to their own previous results as well as the results of others, there have been many who wished that some of these benchmarks were playable.  Finally that wish can come true and in a rather interesting game concept, free fall.  Shattered Horizons has been demoed and talked about for quite some time now but finally we are approaching the release date.  If you are interested in multiplayer combat without the restriction of a gravity well,

Intel's Universal Serial Blindspot

Subject: General Tech | November 4, 2009 - 11:59 AM |
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It would seem that Intel chipsets will not be natively supporting USB 3.0 until sometime in 2011, according to a confirmed rumour you can read about on Engadget.  nVIDIA has stepped out of the chipset business, only supporting their current platforms, so you can count them out as well.  ALi, SiS and VIA have pretty much backed out of the enthusiast market; which leaves AMD to fill the needs of USB 3.0 fans that want native support.  There are no licens

Source: engadget

Super Talent Announces World's First USB 3.0 RAIDDrive

Subject: Storage | November 4, 2009 - 11:16 AM |
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San Jose, California - November 4, 2009 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced the new SuperSpeed USB 3.0 RAIDDrive, which supports transfer speeds up to ten times faster than USB 2.0 drives.

A tiny Titan

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 3, 2009 - 05:35 PM |
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The Titan Skalli
is a little smaller than your average third party cooler; taking advantage of the lower heat generated by LGA1156 CPUs.   A fairly quiet 100mm fan cools a 5" x 3.7" X 5.8" heatsink whose heatpipes touch the CPU directly.

An unexpected power supply

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 3, 2009 - 02:29 PM |
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The fact that ASUS makes motherboards, along with rebranded graphics cards, audio card and some other hardware is well known; the fact that they also make power supplies is not as well known.  Hardware Secrets got a hold of a ASUS U-75HA 750W PSU, a fairly simple PSU with sleeved non-modular cabling but with enough connectors to power a system with a multiple GPUs.  The voltage it provided was rock solid; even if it does lack in features it is a quality choice for a budget build.

A second chance to meet the Athlon II X4 620

Subject: Processors | November 3, 2009 - 12:35 PM |
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The $100 AMD Athlon II X4 620 has been
powering our Budget Hardware Leaderboard system for over a month now, offering the benefits of a quad core processor to the lower end of systems and if you are willing to overclock it you can also get 3GHz+ of speed.  Josh reviewed this chip back in September but it is worth revisiting just

Source: Bjorn3D

Fermi's not so firm deadline

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2009 - 12:18 PM |
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CES 2010 is just a hair over 2 months away and is the prime time for nVIDIA to show off Fermi and its processing capabilities
alone or in parallel.  Fermi A2 silicon has taped out according to Charlie at SemiAccurate, raising hopes that at least some silicon, perhaps even working, will be shown off sometime between now and the end of CES.  We know that TSMC has had yield difficulties with the 40nm process that have not aba

Source: SemiAccurate

VIA Introduces New VIA Nano 3000 Series Processors

Subject: Processors | November 3, 2009 - 11:28 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 3 November 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today introduced its new VIA Nano 3000 Series processors, bringing enhanced digital media performance and lower power consumption to Windows 7 thin and light notebook and all-in-one desktop PC markets.

Based on the 64-bit superscalar 'Isaiah' architecture, VIA Nano 3000 Series processors deliver the most compelling thin and light notebook computi

Western Digital rolls out SAS to the Enterprise

Subject: Storage | November 3, 2009 - 08:00 AM |
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Western Digital puts out some great hard drives, as well as the Velociraptor series of 10,000 RPM disks.  What has always held them back from full adoption across the enterprise environments has been lack of support for Serial Attached SCSI (SAS).  Today WD rectifies this with their first enterprise class SAS unit - the S25.  From the specs and physical description it appears to be a reworked 300GB Velociraptor.  We'll get you hard performance figures as soon as the huge demand from the OEM's subsides.