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Subject: Storage | June 17, 2009 - 06:03 PM | Allyn Malventano
There have been various rumors flying about Western Digital bringing a SSD to market. I wanted to take a quick moment to clear the air on this before those rumors get out of hand.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 17, 2009 - 04:29 PM | Ryan Shrout
When the NVIDIA Quadro CX professional graphics card launched in December of last year, its shining feature was the inclusion of support for video encoding acceleration on the GPU via an included piece of third-party software. In the end, I was really impressed with the inclusion of GPU computing in such a popular and usable application:
Subject: Processors | June 17, 2009 - 03:58 PM | Ryan Shrout
AMD looks like it could be in a lot of hot water today, as news is beginning to filter out to all relevant parties that Iran is using Opteron processors in a new 216-core super computer cluster. Technology embargoes to Iran are in place for any company based in the US, so the real story is how Iran actually acquired these parts in the first place. In a world with overnight shipping and passenger aircraft circling the globe it's not hard to see how someone could buy
Subject: Memory | June 17, 2009 - 02:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The price is up in the air, as they have not yet appeared on NewEgg or Pricegrabber, but you can count on a PC3-17000triple channel 6GB kit to be very expensive. OCZ has grabbed the top 1% of their silicon and ramped the speed all the way up to 2133MHz on these new Blade DIMMs, or 2144MHz overclocked when AnandTech finished with them. Read on to see how they fare against very tightly timed and significantly cheaper DDR3-1600.
Subject: Processors | June 17, 2009 - 02:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The American overclockers: prepare to take arms. Internationally renowned computer hardware manufacturer MSI has released details for the American Qualifiers for the MSI MOA 2009 (Master Overclocking Arena). The MOA2009 aims to test overclockers' knowledge, skill, and perseverance in recording the highest benchmark scores from their overclocked computer hardware systems.
Overclockers from the mention below regions are invited to participate in this exciting tournament online and to determine the best overclocking team from their respective countries:
Subject: Chipsets | June 17, 2009 - 02:19 PM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like news about AMD's upcoming chipset plans for 2009 and 2010 have been unearthed by Digitimes this week. Though not a lot of details are revealed quite yet about the chipsets themselves, we did learn that AMD plans to have the RD890 chipset available in January of 2010 as a replacement for the 790FX (RD790) chipset that is currently the company's top offering for desktop users. The RD890 would likely be paired with the AM3-based processors that have support for DDR3 memory and will not have a
Subject: Displays | June 17, 2009 - 01:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At first glance, when you are shopping for an LCD it looks like you have a lot of choices beyond simply choosing a size. There are dozens of vendors with several models in at each display size, which adds up to a fairly long list when you are trying to decide. Look a little closer and you might notice that almost every single one of these displays uses a TN matrix.
Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2009 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Demigod is a multiplayer RTS with a few twists from the original recipe. Perhaps the most noticeable one is your complete lack of control over units, they manage to kill themselves off without any help from you. Resources are also changed, instead of hordes of workers farming resources, you need to capture specific points on the map in order to receive the various resources. This leaves you plenty of time to strategize how to best to remove your opponent's demigod from the game. This is one of the few recent games that bears AMD's logo instead of nVIDIA's during the spl
Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2009 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Feeling confident after the huge success of slipping nVIDIA graphics into Apple's mobility line, Jen-Hsun Huang is now setting his sights even more firmly on Intel. In an interview reported on by The Inquirer, he claims that nVIDIA will soon be an equal partner with Intel. The reasons include the longer running time of a Macbook Air with a GPU, the ARM-based Tegra processor which may make up half of nVIDIA's sales in the relatively near future and of course OpenCL. He does
Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2009 - 03:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Those with long memories might find EVGA's recent claim to be the undisputed leader in watercooling solutions when they describe the GTX 295 Hydro Copper.
BFG feels that their claim might be a little bit off, as they point out that they've been making watercooled cards since the 6800 Ultra. You can read [H]ard|OCP's review of that card from July 27th, 2004 here.
Subject: Mobile | June 16, 2009 - 03:04 PM | Ryan Shrout
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 16, 2009 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Before you dive into Benchmark Reviews latest thermal interface material roundup, you must realize that there are 80 different TIMs being tested. They run from popular cooling companies to tubes bundled with heatsinks to TIMs lifted from other applications; no Cheez Whiz though. To make the roundup a little easier to deal with, they've graded the results, running from 'D' which is poor for enthusiast applications to 'A' which is the best that you can get.&nb
Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2009 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you want to make sure that your mouse can keep up with you, as well as have a unique look then the Roccat Kone might be what you are seeking. It is a 3200 DPI gaming mouse, with adjustable weights, 10 buttons and a 4 way scroll wheel; it does also sport lights all along it's edges and logo. It also has a little extra trick in its driver, called Tracking Calibration Utility, which proved useful on less than perfect surfaces though had no effect on performance when using a mat.
Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2009 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Global Foundries has been showing off some nice wafers at the Symposium on VLSI Technology, displaying just how low they can go. Their work on high-k metal gate transistors seems to have paid off as they showed of some seriously tiny tech. The sizes they've reached have been seen before, Global Foundries trick is to overcome the leakage problem to keep these chips power requirements low. Drop by The Inquirer for a look.
Subject: Motherboards | June 16, 2009 - 11:18 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan; June 15, 2009- ASUS, the leading manufacturer of innovative motherboards, today achieved another industry first by enabling PC system builders to meet Energy Star 5.0 compliance with its energy-efficient motherboards.
Industry's First Energy Star 5.0 Compliance through Innovations in Motherboard Efficiency
ASUS enables PC system builders to comply with Energy Star 5.0 standards with its leading motherboard designs. ASUS motherboards optimize savings from energy-efficient operations and contribute to global energy conservation. Initiated in 1992 by the U.S.
Subject: Systems | June 15, 2009 - 05:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Leave it to ASUS to create an Eee PC that beats the iMac for looks. All you really see is the 15.6-Inch touchscreen LCD, the Atom N270, 1GB of DDR II and a 160GB
HDD are all nestled within the screen, invisible to the user. The touchscreen is you main interface, though ASUS also includes a mouse and a cut down keyboard with the numpad inexplicably missing. When you fire it up, you are greeted with a very odd sight, what looks like Linux is actually WinXP in 'EasyMode' sporting an Eee bar that bears a remarkable resemblance to a different OSes toolbar.
Subject: Motherboards | June 15, 2009 - 03:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The price of the ASUS M4A79 Deluxe might seem a little steep compared to some AM3 boards at around $180 when other boards sell for about 1/2 as much, which prompted motherboards.org to investigate. The build is solid, with four PCI-Express x16 slots, 8+2 phase power and the bundled tools are nothing to sneer at either.&n
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 15, 2009 - 02:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
- Company of Heores - performance gains of up to 25% for the ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series, and performance gains of up to 10% for the ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series.
- Crysis Warhead - performance gains of up to 11% for ATI CrossFireX configurations.
- Crysis - performance gains of up to 13% for ATI CrossFireX configurations.
Subject: Mobile | June 15, 2009 - 02:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If Microsoft wants to rename netbooks as "low cost small notebook PCs", then someone should rename the huge 18" bricks like the ASUS N90S Multimedia Notebook
that was recently reviewed at I4U. Something weighing over 10lbs and sporting an 1920 x 1080 18.4" LCD and a pair of 5400 rpm 500GB HDDs along with a Blu-ray drive and more really doesn't have mobility as it's primary purpose. You could carry it around all day, along with a cooler to place it on when it is in use and a small diesel generator to power it, but you really are not likely to.