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Subject: Motherboards | February 18, 2009 - 03:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sapphire's new 780G board is built to offer gamers a relatively inexpensive way to set up a gaming rig. A Socket AM2+
board with Hybrid CrossFireX support and an AMD SB700, a built in ATI Radeon HD 3200, support for up to 16GB of dual channel DDR2-1066 and a single PCIe 2.0 x16 slot
give you a good opportunity to populate this board with some serious hardware. Bjorn3D was quite impressed with the boards overclocking abilities, they hit a stable 245MHz bus speed, and figured a little more tweaking might have them all the way to 250.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 18, 2009 - 02:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new 800g Xigmatek Thor's Hammer is a designed as a dual fan heatsink with black nickel plating and should run about $70 when it becomes available, plus the cost of fans as it ships without any. The heat pipes are in direct contact with the CPU, which will add to the effectiveness of cooling in theory. In testing, Tweaktown did find it to be a reasonably effective cooler, though performance will vary significantly depending on which fans you choose to attach to the cooler.
Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2009 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the last half of March, users of XP and Vista will be able to try out the new Internet Explorer, with exciting new features like a "monetization ecosystem". While it is hard to know exactly what is meant by that phrase, Tech ARP makes a likely guess, it will have something to do with advertisements. The other focus of the update is searches, it sounds as though the web portal will be resurrected
once again. There are also some unspecified privacy and security improvements; we will see how wel
Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2009 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NVIDIA responded to a court filing in which Intel alleged that the four-year-old chipset license agreement the companies signed does not extend to Intel's future generation CPUs with "integrated" memory controllers, such as Nehalem. The filing does not impact NVIDIA chipsets that are currently being shipped. Intel is trying to delay the inevitable value shift from the CPU to the GPU.
NVIDIA believes that our bus license with Intel clearly enables us to build chipsets for Intel CPUs with integrated memory controllers.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 17, 2009 - 03:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Unless you are an electrician, or plan on setting up in the laundry room, you are going to need some one to come in and redo your wiring if you want to play with the Ultra 1600 Watt PSU. It only has one 12V rail, breaking the tradition of many PSUs supplying multiple rails. There is a very good reason for that single rail, it can provide up to 1404W and 117A, which should power any amount of graphics cards you might want to put in your sys
Subject: Mobile | February 17, 2009 - 01:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The MSI GX630 is a notebook aimed at gamers that costs under $1000. It has 4GB DDR2-667, a 9600M GT and a 15.4" TFT that can handle 1280x800, the big price break comes from the processor, an Athlon X2 QL-62 @ 2.0GHz. By using AMD's product, the premium you pay for a C2D and compatible chipset never enters into the price. The testing done by The Tech Report bears out witness to
Subject: Storage | February 17, 2009 - 12:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Our new reviewer and podcast star, Allyn Malventano, has finished some exhaustive testing of solid state drives in a high workload scenario. He and Ryan have been seeing plummeting performance from some of the SSDs they have used, and the Intel X-25M in particular. It turns out that while the data on an SSD can be considered to be fragmented, the absolute worst thing to do is run a defragmenting program on your drive, it will make the problem worse. Read the full reivew not only to see what causes the performance degradation
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 17, 2009 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If there weren't enough choices for the lower end gamer who is looking to spend around $100 for a next generation GPU, if what VR-Zone heard is on the ball. The 4750 will have 1GB GDDR3 and cost you roughly $99, the 4770 will sport 512MB of GDDR5 memory and run around $120. While it is possible AMD is headed for king of the bottom of the market, but they certainly may be leaps and bounds beyond nVIDIA in HTPCs. These new cards are 40nm proccess a
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 16, 2009 - 06:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Sapphire HD 4670 has two things going for it that the stock model does not, it uses GDDR4 and a third party cooler. It sports DVI and VGA ports, as well as an HDMI connector as one of the chief uses of this card would be to power a 1080p HTPC. The extra power this card has compared to the base model does make it very viable for a gaming machine, just look at the benchmarks Modders-Inc saw in their review.
Subject: Processors | February 16, 2009 - 02:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are wondering just how far a new Phenom II can be pushed, Legit Reviews has a good idea. The 810 can be pushed from 2.6 GHz all the way to
4.95GHz, the 720 BE from 2.8GHz to 4.59Ghz, as long as you use the right cooling. Along with getting an idea of where these processors top out, two other important lessons were learned. The motherboards don't mind having ice form on them and the new Phenoms are quite happy running an operating temperature below -40 degrees.
Subject: Memory | February 16, 2009 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With Corsair's new Dominator GTs running at 2.0GHz, they are only 660MHz off of the default speed of a Core i7 720. Though the multipliers are completely different; it is something to see the speed of RAM approaching the same speeds as modern processors. These new Dominators will be be available only by ordering direct from Corsair, so hopefully these 2GHz @ 9-9-9-28 will have gone through even more rigorous
testing than retail DIMMs. HEXUS's testing would verify that, they hit 2,100MHz @ 7-8-7-26 on
Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2009 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While you probably never met a bespectacled man with a pipe who asked you to sit down on a couch and tell him about your mother while playing Everquest, you may well have been psychoanalyzed
at some point in your questing. Four years of data for over 400,000 characters was passed on to researchers looking for various patterns in the demographics of the players and what they used the game for. Probably the neatest trick was writing software to deal with over 60TB of data, the EQ2 servers capture absolutely everything that happens in the game, and that raw data is what had to be de
Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2009 - 07:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2009 - 03:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Motherboards | February 13, 2009 - 01:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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'.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 13, 2009 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2009 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.