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.

But whatever should we call the illegitimate offspring of eSATA and USB

Subject: Storage | November 2, 2009 - 05:59 PM |
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The Tech Report has put their hands on a piece of storage hardware, the Kanguru's e-Flash eSATA/USB thumb drive.  It looks like a normal flash drive, barring a slightly longer overall length, but it hides two heads.  One is the usual USB 2.0 connection but the head on the other end is new and unique.  It combines the speed of eSATA with USBs ability to deliver power in a hybrid connector.  You won't find too many motherboard headers that already have this plug, but that is not a problem thanks to the PCI backplate with power and SATA cables. 

Inconspicuous mobility

Subject: Mobile | November 2, 2009 - 02:42 PM |
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Lenovo laptops are ubiquitous in the workplace, many companies having opted for a contract with them to supply their mobile PC needs.  These notebooks tend to the larger size with a matte black finish as opposed to the shiny and tiny look to most other laptops.  Their new IdeaCentre Q100 breaks that mold, being the size of an external HDD (6.0" x 6.8" x 0.8") and having no fan to create noise.  The drawback is the power, with a single core Atom and Intel 945GSE
providing only basic computing ability.  At $

Setting the bar on zombie killing

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 2, 2009 - 01:45 PM |
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Ryan finally got his hands on the Left 4 Dead 2 demo and fired it up on a variety of cards, 4 AMD (plus one XFire setup) and 5 nVIDIA cards.  His testing at 2560x1600
with 4xMSAA and 16xAF shows that even the HD5850 can supply enough power to make this game playable on a 30" monitor.  He has yet to try out EyeFinity but the results here give great hope to those who don't wish to invest in a graphics card running in the neighbourhood of $400.  It looks like you might be well off spending money on a midrange HD4xxx and picking up an

When is SLI not SLI? EVGA Hybrid GTX 275/GTS 250 card

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 2, 2009 - 01:15 PM |
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When it is PhysX!

EVGA and NVIDIA have teamed up to release what looks to be a pretty unique product to the marketplace.  The asymmetrical EVGA GTX 275 Co-op PhysX card features a GTX 275 paired with a GTS 250 GPU on one board.  This allows the GTX 275 chip to render all graphics, while the GTS 250 handles all of the PhysX calculations.  The board features a total of 1280 MB of memory between the two GPUs, and a total bandwidth of 179.8 GB/sec.

Source: EVGA

A magical mouse with momentum

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2009 - 12:25 PM |
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Chances are you have heard that Apple has redesigned their mouse again.  It took over a decade to stick on a second button so it seems that their innovation for input devices is accelerating.  The new Magic Mouse doesn't have a scroll wheel; instead about 75% of its surface will register finger scrolling and with the momentum feature turned on it will even recognize how fast your fingers are scrolling.  For those used to large gaming mice, the look of the mouse is going to be a bit of a shock, it more closely resembles an iPhone than a traditional mouse. 

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Of AMD's price drops, EOLs and newbies

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2009 - 12:07 PM |
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DigiTimes provides a good look into the coming 6 to 12 months of AMDs plans for their CPUs.  AMD has recently dropped prices on some of their Phenom II and Athlon II silicon and you may want to grab some soon as the release of the new members of the 900 series will see the previous Phenom II line reduced to the X4 955, X4 820, X3 740 and X2 550. 
The first quarter of 2010 will be very busy, with no less than 5 processors due to be release; three Phenom IIs and a pair of Athlon IIs. 

Source: Digitimes

Futuremark P55 GIGABYTE OverclocKing Announces First Ever 10K 3DMark Challenge

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2009 - 11:41 AM |
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SARATOGA, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Futuremark Corporation today announced a new challenge for PC overclockers everywhere. Utilizing INTEL and GIGABYTE P55 hardware, contestants worldwide will compete in two segments for the overall "OverclocKing" title within multiple prize award categories.

"This is the second annual worldwide OverclocKing competition with over 16,000 entries last year. We’re delighted to be partnering with Futuremark to support GIGABYTE overclockers everywhere with this community building competition"

Source: FUTUREMARK

Highpoint announces SATA 6Gb/sec add-on host controllers

Subject: Storage | November 2, 2009 - 01:57 AM |
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Highpoint recently announced availability of their SATA3 / SATA 6Gb/s host adapters.  While their introductory price seems a bit high as compared to other offerings we've recently reviewed, it is still great to see new tech catching on at full speed.

Their official press release appears after the pic.

Watch out for bored ex-Multics admins up to mischief tonight

Subject: General Tech | October 30, 2009 - 06:32 PM |
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If you are reading the Friday Afternoon Forum Follies, chances are you are a regular at the PC Perspective Forums.  If that is the case, drop by Tech Talk where one of our members has a few invites to Google Wave for frequent posters.  It is a kind favour and there is a
limited amount of invites, so no getting upset if you don't get one!  Also popular in that forum is the Lynnfield system giveaway; it is only active until the en

ROG's Formula for success with AMD

Subject: Motherboards | October 30, 2009 - 02:28 PM |
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Not having quite as many features as the Extreme Series, the ASUS Crosshair III Formulamotherboard is still one of the better implementations of the 790FX chipset from AMD.  The biggest feature for most will be the dual PCIe 16x slots, giving you some serious potential for multi-GPU setups.  [H]ard|OCP does recommends using AMD's OverDrive utility as opposed to the TurboV from ASUS,

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Lynnfield's memory condition

Subject: Memory | October 30, 2009 - 12:51 PM |
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iXBT Labs explores the new world of Lynnfield's onboard memory controller and its abilities and disabilities.  For instance the controller can do more with single bank modules than with the more common dual bank DIMMs.  They examine just how increasing the frequency of the memory compares with increasing the amount of memory available to the processor.  Drop by for some interesting results; it seems the days of the 32bit operating system were just yesterday, but it seems that they ended a while

Source: iXBT Labs