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Subject: Systems | September 15, 2009 - 05:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MSI has broken away from the netbook market long enough to create an all in one desktop PC. The MSI Wind Top AE2010 AIO looks to be a 19" 1600x900 TFT touchscreen LCD at first glance, but hidden inside is a full PC. An AMD Athlon X2 Dual Core 3250e powers it, with 4GB DDRII @ 533MHz
on the board its self, no memory upgrades for this machine. Graphics are handled by the AMD RS780G and SB710, the HD3200 gets 128MB of Side Port DDR3 to help it out. Benchmark Reviews tried it against Atoms and Ions and even a Dell to see how its performance measured up,
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 15, 2009 - 03:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MSI's Lightning series of overclocked graphics cards have garnered a large following thanks to the ease in which you can install a card that is already proven to run at higher than stock frequencies. Their newest is a 275GTX Lightning with its GPU pushed up 67MHz and 1792MB of memory clocked 32MHz higher than stock. In [H]ard|OCP's testing this equated to
some rather nice performance, the problem came with MSI's MRSP which is in the range of the superior 285GTX. Still the card i
Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2009 - 01:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 11th September, 2009 - GIGABYTE, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announces the launch of a global Graphics Card overclocking competition, Beat Me If You Dare. This event coincides with the recent announcement of GIGABYTE’s latest family of Graphics Cards, the Super Overclock Series. Contestants around the world are invited to compete against the top scores set by GIGABYTE’s in-house overclocking team to win cash and prizes.
The champion of each round will receive USD1,500 cash.
Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2009 - 01:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica just got their hands on the new Zune and posted a preview of its features. Some things are nice to see, like the availability of apps for those who picked one up when they first went on sale, the obvious lack of support for third party apps is perhaps not so nice. The 480 by 272 OLED screen
was a definite winner. Drop by for the preview, they promise a full review soon.
Subject: Memory | September 15, 2009 - 11:22 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FREMONT, Calif., Sept. 15, 2009 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer memory, power supplies and flash memory products, including solid-state drives, today announced that both 4GB and 8GB Dominator memory solutions have passed Intel's XMP-Ready certification for the newly-introduced Core i7-870 and Core i7-860 CPUs.
The 8GB Dominator GT 1600MHz CAS 8 (CMD8GX3M4A1600C8) is part of Corsair's award-winning Dominator memory solutions. It is qualified and guaranteed to run at a frequency of 1600MHz with tight timings of 8-8-8-24 at a voltage of 1.65V.
Subject: Systems | September 15, 2009 - 11:17 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, September 15, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA-P720 Pico-ITX board, which takes advantage of the latest VIA VX855 media system processor to deliver stunningly smooth playback of the latest HD video formats for next-generation digital interactive devices.
"VIA continually strives to offer customers compelling product designs that open up new worlds
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 14, 2009 - 06:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tuniq Tower 120 series has been popular with i7 users looking to get some good temperatures, though the large size of the cooler makes picking a deep case an absolute must. The new member of the family, the Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme
stands a hair under 6" tall and weighs in at almost 2lbs, so again case choice is something to pay close attention to if you are thinking about picking up this cooler. In Think Computers tests the cooler came within a few degrees of the Corsair H50, an impress
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 14, 2009 - 05:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
On August 31st 2009, AMD reached a new software development milestone – the world's first Microsoft WHQL certificated graphics driver for DirectX 11 and DirectCompute 11.
AMD's DirectX 11 WHQL certified graphics driver delivers support for all of the key DirectX 11 level features required for new gaming experiences and acceleration of next generation high performance applications:
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 14, 2009 - 03:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In what seems like a rather strange move, BFG has released their EX-1000 PSU for sale in Best Buy, exclusively in the US. It would seem obvious that enthusiasts looking for a 1000W PSU would not even have Best Buy on their list of supliers to search for bargains, but there you will find it for a price of $200. If you do happen to want to pick up the PSU,
Subject: Motherboards | September 14, 2009 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Now that the NDA is lifted, [H]ard|OCP is revisiting the P7P55D Deluxe
motherboard for the new Lynnfield based chips. We already have a good idea of the features and abilities of the board but now it is time to get down to the actual results of benchmarks and overclocking. If you are a manual overclocker, then this board might be attractive, as the auto-overclocking did not work as well as MSI's implementation. The BIOS may not be as comprehensive as an ROG C58 boar
Subject: Mobile | September 14, 2009 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's new mobile platforms target mainstream and ultraportable users but never quite cross the line into netbook territory. The core of these platforms is the 65nm AMD Turion Neo X2 but the real star is the chipset. Netbook users are suffering with Intel's IGP as it struggles with HD video; whereas AMD's new RS780M is based on the DX10 compliant 780G chipset whose performance we are already familiar with. Check out the new face of AMD mobility in Josh's preview.
Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2009 - 12:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sept. 14 in San Francisco is the beginning of this years Intel Developer Conference and it is shaping up to be a great one. This will that be the introduction to Intel's 32nm processor family with Clarkdale on the desktop, and Arrandale for the mobile side, and we are expecting a lot. As well there will be information on new transistor technology and news on Intel's System on a Chip projects. Head to ExtremeTech for a preview of what is to come.
Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2009 - 11:23 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., September 14, 2009 - Intel announced a number of important organizational changes today and expansion of some key executive responsibilities.
The changes align the business around the core competencies of Intel Architecture and world class manufacturing, placing operating responsibility for them in three senior executives.
Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2009 - 07:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This week has been busy, mostly with the release of Lynnfield finally upon us. Ryan has done an outstanding job explaining how some Core i7s now fit LGA1156 motherboards while others are on the older LGA1366. We also delved into the repercussions of losing the third memory channel and
moving the PCIe controller directly onto the processor, along with many other tech topics in this weeks PC Perspective Podcast. There are still other CPU discussions of interest, f
Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2009 - 06:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Steel Series was showing off their new mouse, the Xai at the latest hot vacation spot for H1N1, the Penny Arcade eXpo. While it is a gaming mouse, with 8 buttons and a variable DPI it has two interesting features you might not expect. It can function without a driver, meaning that all its buttons will work; something that cannot be said of all mice though it is becoming much more common. The second is that it is an ambidextrous mouse, leftys and rightys
should both find this mouse comfortable and disease free.
Subject: Systems | September 11, 2009 - 05:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS O!Play HDP-R1 is a tiny little Linux based HD Media Player, with both eSATA and USB as well as a network connection available for you to provide the media by. Outputs include HDMI, composite AV and S/PDIF optical to give you a choice in how you connect the device into your AV setup. The list of supported codecs is impressively long; InsideHW could not find anything it would not play. Engadget found one for sale in Taiwan for $169, but is hard to guess what price we will see
Subject: Displays | September 11, 2009 - 04:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thanks to AMD's new Eyefinity, LCDs may start coming in six packs in order to give you a huge screen, but in the mean time you can pick them up singly. Take the Samsung 2233SW Black 21.5" Widescreen LCD, which ascribes to the new widescreen standard of 16x9 offering a perfect 1080p display. It is currently available as a refurbish for $132, so pick up a few! The 5ms response time might seem
Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2009 - 04:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In a move that is being ascribed to poor popularity, third party extensions to Skype, called Skype Extras are being phased out. They included services like emoticon enhancements, backup services, and music player plug-ins. No new addons will be certified and existing ones will be phased out
as their certificates expire. If you work with Skype Extras, take the advice of this Slashdot link; either stop developing your next killer Skype app or find a different source of i
Subject: Storage | September 10, 2009 - 05:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We have seen many ways of securing data, from software based cryptography tools to biometrics like face and fingerprint recognition. Vantec has chosen a rather physical way to secure any data kept on a HDD housed within its NexStar Vault. Along with some rather impressive transfer speeds, the integral keypad ensures that the secure partition stays secure. Without the proper 6-digit key you cannot get at the data, removing the drive from the Vault does not disable the encryption. Take
Subject: Memory | September 10, 2009 - 05:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the arrival of Lynnfield comes a new interest in dual channel DDR3. Many may opt for a pair of 3GB DIMMs, or four 2GB DIMMs there are quite a few that will settle for 4GBs of total system memory, especially if it is fast. Take Kingston's HyperX KHX1600C8D3K2
which is designed to run at 1600MHz, but was easily pushed to over 2000MHz by Overclockers Club. The latencies and voltages had to be changed so little that it seems the memory multiplier lock that stopped the