How does the extra work always time it's self to arrive late Friday afternoon

Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2009 - 07:04 PM |
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Trying to get good audio out of a PC can be a little frustrating at times, not just because the audio drivers tend to move options and settings around with sadistic glee, but also because of the sheer amount of output choices.  If you really do want to send a 5.1 signal over a single cable and are having difficulties, try this thread out for some help.

For those who want to rock

Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2009 - 03:54 PM |
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If you have an unused PCIe slot and a hankering for some great audio quality then check out the new Xonar Essence STX from ASUS.  The Guru of 3D have put together an 18 page review covering everything from the components and their quality to the ability to add EAX emulation to games.  In some ways any audio review is

Source: Guru of 3D

It's a gothic motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | February 13, 2009 - 01:53 PM |
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Foxconn's Quantum Force X58 BloodRage has a rather interesting red, grey and black theme as well as some serious enthusiast level features.  The 4 PCIe slots can run in 2 x 16 lanes or 4 x 8 lanes and a single bank of triple channel DDR3 slots.  A force reset button works both as a reset button as well as a system tuner, though NinjaLane found the voltages that it chose to be a little high for their liking.  Read the full review to see just why this board deserves the name 'BloodRage'.

Source: NinjaLane

Scythe teaches proper positioning

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 13, 2009 - 12:03 PM |
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The new Scythe Kama Angle looks a little like a large square cooler cut longways to make a hollow triangle or 'L' shape.  In this particular case the name Kama might refer to the flexibility that this shape gives the cooler, there are a lot of ways to fit it into a case with limited space.  Cooling is superior to a stock Intel heatsink and can handle some overclocking but it will not replace high end coolers that allow severe overclocking

Hot and cold running video

Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2009 - 11:40 AM |
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There is a blog at AMD and on this blog are some rather interesting topics, including the one posted today.  The section of the blog that the link comes from is AMD at Home, where a Senior Developer Relations Engineer named Jay Taylor covers topics of interest to the HTPC enthusiast.  The long list of online providers of TV shows, both old and new will grab anyones attention.  As long as you can stream video, you can be watching Battlestar Galactica from the beginning.

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF FIRST WATERCOOLED DUAL GPU GEFORCE GTX 295

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 13, 2009 - 11:20 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (February 12, 2009) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies, and the Phobos High-Performance Gaming/Home Theater System, announced today the BFG GeForce GTX 295 H2O graphics card with ThermoIntelligence Water Cooling Solution.

BFG Technologies has taken their award-winning GeForce GTX 295 dual GPU graphics card and combined it with a highly efficient, thermally advanced copper water block co-developed with the experts at Danger Den to offer a totally silent cooling sol

The power of bamboo

Subject: Mobile | February 12, 2009 - 06:00 PM |
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Perhaps bamboo might not seem a good material to make a laptop out of but the engineers at ASUS would disagree, as you can tell by the ASUS UV6 Bamboo laptop.  Measuring 15.2 x 9.6" with a 12.1 LCD and containing an Intel P8600 and 3GB of RAM as well as a DVD drive and 250GB HDD, the UV6 packs almost as much power as their Lambourghini model.  That slight lessening of processing power results in much longer battery life, a feature that t-break was very happy to see.

Source: t-break

S3 Graphics Chrome 540 GTX: The World's Most Connected Hi-Def Card

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2009 - 03:18 PM |
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Fremont, California, February 12, 2009 - S3 Graphics today announced the latest addition to its power-efficient Chrome 500 Series graphics processor family, with the unveiling of an 850MHz clocked GDDR3 based Chrome 540 GTX.

Source: S3 Graphics

Four fives and an i7

Subject: Systems | February 12, 2009 - 03:11 PM |
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For just about $5555 you can build the Core i7 dream system that AnandTech assembled in their recent Core i7 System guide, or for a mere $1400 you can pick up an entry level system that should handle anything you feel like running.  They also assembled a system designed for overclocking, which includes a very large cooler that is essentia

Source: AnandTech

Black Edition - the best friend of gamers

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2009 - 01:58 PM |
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When you hear the words 'Black Edition', most immediately think of a multiplier unlocked AMD CPU, a very overclocker friendly
chip.  Now XFX has co-opted the moniker for their new GTX 285, a seriously overclocked card; the core is bumped 46MHz to 648MHz, the shader clock up 180MHz to 1.476GHz and the memory is now 270MHz faster at 2.484GHz.  The card is currently for sale for $0.01 cheaper than $40

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Try some of this green caviar

Subject: Storage | February 12, 2009 - 12:12 PM |
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The latest hard drive from Western Digital is the 2TB GreenPower Caviar, sporting four 500GB platters a 32MB cache and a reported sustained data rate of 100MB/s.  The Tech Report tested out that stat and it seems that the high density platters help put this drive right in the middle of the pack as far as performance goes.  While it will not beat out a

Trade in your copy of Vista

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2009 - 11:48 AM |
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Good news for owners of Vista Home Premium, Business and Ultimate Editions, if you purchased them within the Eligibility Period which is July 1, 2009 through January 31, 2010.  The plan is not to allow everyone to trade in their Vista disks for new Windows 7 disks, but to help OEMs sell PCs during the interim instead of waiting to purchase a new PC until after Win7 is released.  From the looks of the screenshots at TechARP, the upgrade process should be fairly painless.

Source: Tech ARP

Shallow and narrow, but still likeable

Subject: Displays | February 11, 2009 - 05:44 PM |
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If you have been putting off upgrading to a 22" monitor because of price, the Samsung Syncmaster 2243BW might be right up your alley.

Source: PCStats

NVIDIA Quarterly Driver Update for Notebooks is Now Live

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 11, 2009 - 03:40 PM |
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Today NVIDIA made it possible for notebook owners with GeForce 7 Series graphics processing units (GPUs) to upgrade their systems with the click of a button. When NVIDIA changed the way notebook GPU customers received driver upgrades by putting a driver on NVIDIA.com, we promised quarterly driver updates for GeForce owners. As promised, NVIDIA delivered the second notebook driver release on February 11, 2009.

The first NVIDIA.com notebook driver was wildly popular, with over 1 Million downloads to date.

Source: NVIDIA

First they came for the southbridge, now they're after the northbridge

Subject: Processors | February 11, 2009 - 02:18 PM |
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With Intel finally spilling the beans on Westbridge, the successor to the Core i7, Ryan has put together the slides and his thoughts on the release into a quick article on our front page.  Just as the current chips have the uncore, and directly handle the memory interface, Westmere also adds even more functionality directly to the CPU, takig away a lot of the functions of the northbridge.  We won't see a complete dissapearance anytime soon but the integrated graphics controller certain speaks volumes about Intel's plans for the futur

NVIDIA SLI Technology NOW AVAILABLE for Intel Branded X58-Based MOTHERBOARDs

Subject: Motherboards | February 11, 2009 - 01:31 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 11, 2009 - NVIDIA Corporation today announced that Intel Corporation has licensed NVIDIA SLI technology for inclusion on the Intel DX58SO motherboard for the Intel Core i7 processor.

Source: NVIDIA

NVIDIA Collaborates with Microsoft on ION platform

Subject: Systems | February 11, 2009 - 01:22 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 11, 2009 - In an effort to deliver an outstanding computing experience on small, low power PCs, NVIDIA announced today that NVIDIA ION has been Certified for Windows Vista. With NVIDIA ION and premium versions of Microsoft Windows, small form factor notebook and desktop PCs will have rich media capabilities and full graphics support for the first time.

Microsoft Corp. has validated NVIDIA ION with certified Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) drivers for Windows Vista Home Premium.

Source: NVIDIA

Battlefield addicts rejoice

Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2009 - 12:11 PM |
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Slashdot has information on two upcoming Battlefield releases, Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 1943.  Bad Company will be on PS3, Xbox and PC and should follow the same free style combat and unique graphical styling as the original, but with more ...

Source: Slashdot

Fab fight

Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2009 - 11:42 AM |
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AMD's plans to strip down and go fab-less have run into a small snag in the form of a vote which fell short of a quorum.  Only 42% of shareholders showed up to vote yesterday, though 97% of those who voted did vote in favour of the fab spin off to the Foundry Co.  Currently the next vote is scheduled for next Wednesday, Feb.

Source: The Inquirer

Splitting the Atom

Subject: Processors | February 10, 2009 - 03:12 PM |
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The new 533 MHz FSB, 1.6 GHz Intel Atom 330 that Ryan tested is rather interesting due to the fact that it is a dual-core processor.  He tested the Atom's performance in an nVIDIA Ion motherboard, against the same Atom 330 with one core disabled as well as a VIA Nano L2100.  The scaling he saw in his testing was quite incredible, under certain tests that second core more than doubled the performance, with only one test suffering thanks to the storage subsystem.  Read on to see just how much power Intel can fit in the same size as a