Don't hold it's IGP against it

Subject: Motherboards | February 18, 2009 - 03:16 PM |
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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. 

Source: Bjorn3D

Smash your heat problems

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 18, 2009 - 02:17 PM |
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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. 

Source: TweakTown

I'll have me the same again

Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2009 - 12:41 PM |
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If you loved F.E.A.R., or are just a huge fan of running down narrow corridors madly shooting everything, F.E.A.R.

Source: bit-tech

IE 8 almost ready for prime time

Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2009 - 12:03 PM |
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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

Source: Tech ARP

NVIDIA RESPONDS TO INTEL COURT FILING

Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2009 - 11:51 AM |
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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.

Source: NVIDIA

Sweet deals from Newegg and AMD

Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2009 - 05:53 PM |
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Phenom II 940 bundle with Foxconn A79A-S MB:

-$110 Combo Discount

-$34 Rebate

Phenom 9850 bundle with Foxconn A79A-S MB:

-$140 Combo Discount

-$34 Rebate

Source: AMD

Get your 220 on

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 17, 2009 - 03:27 PM |
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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

Get your mobile game on

Subject: Mobile | February 17, 2009 - 01:56 PM |
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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

Do SSDs get tired?

Subject: Storage | February 17, 2009 - 12:36 PM |
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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

AMD's swelling bottom

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 17, 2009 - 11:46 AM |
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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

Source: VR-Zone

Performing for under $100

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 16, 2009 - 06:28 PM |
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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.

Source: Modders-Inc

Dual monitors isn't enough for the truly hardcore

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2009 - 03:16 PM |
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If you really want to get the most out of your day, try using two separate computers with the help of the

Something to aim for

Subject: Processors | February 16, 2009 - 02:02 PM |
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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.

DDR3 getting closer to syncing with the CPU

Subject: Memory | February 16, 2009 - 12:18 PM |
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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

Source: Hexus

Data mining the gold farmers

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2009 - 11:42 AM |
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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

Source: Ars Technica

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.