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Subject: Graphics Cards | August 31, 2009 - 12:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new Sapphire HD4850 X2 has beaten the next generation of cards by a matter of months, at a time when many enthusiasts are keeping their wallet closed and their eyes open for previews. A pair of 1GB HD4850s sit on this single PCB card, with speeds of 1GHz for the GDDR3 and 650MHz for the two cores and it sports a Crossfire bridge so you can pick up a second card and have Quad-Crossfire. The performance is solidly above a singl
Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2009 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechARP has been testing Windows 7 since back in the days when it first put on its beta suit and went out to meet the world. They have seen it change into a second beta outfit and watched its holes and bugs get washed out and now it has finally been released into the public eye. They take a look at the new Aero Glass interface to see how attractive it is, as well as it's effect on the system. Has Microsoft managed to make an OS that looks pretty and doesn't demand you buy it new things? Read on
Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2009 - 06:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Right now you could say that we are in a golden age for GPUs. The performance available at the $100 will have you running any modern game at reasonable frame rates with a little tweaking. You can't turn on the bells and whistles, nor will you be able to set your resolution to 2560x1600, but you can run them. The days of requiring a serious investment of cash to upgrade your card to bare minimum have gone, though they will return some day. In the mean time if you are using an 8800 series card,
Subject: Storage | August 28, 2009 - 03:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have yet to enjoy the experience of a 500GB+ drive suddenly reducing its self to 32MB and refusing to be read, you are missing out. It is caused by a random corruption of the LBA48, HPA and DCO records
which reside in that part of the HDD you can not get at, that part of the drive which many people get very upset about. It was the cause of an attempted class action suit from users who decided not having access to the full capacity of the drive was some sort of false advertising and was also the reason that gibblebytes and other bizarre names were bandied around for a while
Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2009 - 02:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Killer gaming mice with multiple lasers or sensors, DPI resolution close to 10,000 and various weights to make your fragging perfect are great when you are at the PC. The second you step away for some reason, those same features make it difficult to use on random surfaces. The cord can also be a problem, say if your graphics card decides to only send to the TV in the other room and not to the monitor. The Logitech Performance Mouse MX is your answer to that, being cordless and designed to work on almost any system.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 28, 2009 - 01:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thermaltake's new series of cases all bear the Element name, with G, S and T models. Think Computers can tell you the difference between these cases in their newest review. Focusing on the Element G in this particular instance, a case which is designed with Gaming, Glittering, Gradational, Gigantic and Glaciated
features. If you want to
Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2009 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Wireless networking is really handy, no wires to drag or holes to drill and it is nice to be able to work where you want, as long as you are in range of your router. The problem is security. It has been over 2 years since the death of WEP as a useful tool to keep your packets safe. Now it would seem that WPA has taken a bit of a beating. The good news is that there are limits to this attack, you can gain the ability to read or change short packets, but you can neither read or chan
Subject: Memory | August 28, 2009 - 11:35 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 27, 2009 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer memory, power supplies and flash memory products, including solid-state drives, today announced a new set of high density products for Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors. These DIMMs are available in dual and triple channel configurations and are specifically tuned for Intel CPUs.
The 8GB and 12GB module kits feature Corsair's DHX+ cooling technology, and sport new American Racing Blue fins and highlights.
Subject: Mobile | August 27, 2009 - 06:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For some reason there exists a laptop manufacturer that goes by the name of Suzuki and they have a new product out called the Kuiper 1562 WKS. It is a 15.6" display with a native 1366 x 768 display a C2 Duo T6400 and 4GB DDR2 667MHz with a NVIDIA GeForce G 105M
providing the graphics power. Perhaps the most noticeable thing on this laptop is the pre-installed software; you will find a Vista 64-bit Home Basic installation and software for the embedded camera ...
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 27, 2009 - 04:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The battle for the best $100 video card is a tough one, and the champion is continually changing. The various makers of the graphics cards are trying to fit the most features and the highest clocks possible without heading into the next market. At $125+ you are essentially in a new market with yet other GPUs to war against. One of the newer cards is ASUS take on the 4770, in this case called the EAH4
Subject: Processors | August 27, 2009 - 02:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As Josh talked about last night on the PCPer Podcast, ACC is an AMD users best friend. The newest trick is unlocking the extra 6MB L3 cache on some Athlon II processors, essentially making them into Phenom II CPUs. Drop by ALIENBABEL tech to see the benchmarks of one such unlocked chip.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 27, 2009 - 12:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Enermax is not kidding around with their Galaxy EVO 1,250W PSU. Sporting 6 separate 30 amp 12V lines and 3 dual PCIe 8p plugs that are just dying to have multiple GPUs plugged in an overclocked. Lee found its efficiency to be quite good, though slightly inferior to the Revolution85+ 1,050W.
Subject: General Tech | August 27, 2009 - 12:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The holographic slideshow is a reality, unfortunately they were aiming for a moving picture. Current technology can render a nice holographic image by using all the processing power available, the problem being that there is nothing left to apply shading, or lighting and shadows. A prototype card called the HORN-6 looks to be a huge step forward in the quest to bring animated holography to the big and small screen. If you slap 4 of them in a system, you can get a nice holographic image that can be refreshed at a speed of 1 frame per second, sort of like Crysis on an IGP.
Subject: Storage | August 26, 2009 - 03:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In Win's new Ammo external HDD cage has a unique trick that the security conscious will be interested in. Encrypting and decrypting large files can be a time consuming process as you wait patiently by your top of the line PC with 8 threads and gobs of memory bandwidth for it to finish. In Win feels that might be a little inconvenient and includes 128-bit AES encryption handled by a dedicated ASIC chip built right into the enclosure.&nbs
Subject: Motherboards | August 26, 2009 - 02:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
P55 based motherboards have been teasing enthusiasts for over a week and from every possible direction. While you cannot yet buy them, and no site is supposed to publish actual performance benchmarks with numbers of the new P55 and i5 combo so we aren't quite sure how it will measure up to the x58 and i7 combo we are familiar with. A quick guess can tell you what it will be like; the programs that can use hyperthreading and take advantage of the extra memory bandwidth of triple channel RAM are next to zero. Almost directly next to zero. That leaves clock speed, and thos
Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2009 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are even peripherally aware of who BJ Blazkowicz
is or played the atrocity that was Enemy Territory then you have read at least one review of Wolfenstein. What you may not have seen is a guide to making your game look better, though you may be familiar with the impact the Veil has on your werewolf's victims frames per second. Tech Spot would like to fix that lack with a look into what kind of performance that you can expect from your GPU
Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2009 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If there is one particular BIOS option that AMD fans are all talking about, it would be Advanced Clock Configuration. ACC can turn single core Semprons into a dual core Athlon X2. Originally it was the Phenom II series, where 4 core parts were being having one or more core disabled and sold as lower priced chips having those cores unlocked via ACC. Now we are heari
Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2009 - 06:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Earbuds are handy when you are on the go or if you really don't like full earcups and the associated headgear, with in-ear being the most popular style currently. Of the in-ear buds, the Razer Moray In-Ear Headphones are near the top of most people's lists and they have just been improved upon. The Razer Moray+ Mobile Gaming Communicator
takes that design and adds an in-line microphone to the mix.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 25, 2009 - 05:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you aren't aware just what a Mobira Talkman
is or remember when mobile phones weighed 20lbs, this review will be an eye opener. If you are an old phone junkie, you might best take MektuMods warning and stay well away from this particular article. By eviscerating the Talkman's main unit and inserting a Commell LS-371
motherboard and an Intel T5500 Core 2 Duo, the brains of the HTPC come together. Wait until you see what he did with the handset.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 25, 2009 - 02:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for a gorgeous case with doodads, fiddly bits and lights then read no further. If you are looking for a functional case with understated looks and good cooling for under $40 then does Neoseeker have the review for you. Without a PSU, the Cooler Master Elite 310 will set you back $36, $45 with a PSU; though a $9 PSU may well be a POS. It is missing some nice features, like a removable motherboard tray an