Video: Thermaltake Xpressar refrigerated cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 9, 2009 - 11:37 PM |
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Thermaltake is one of the few companies in the case/cooling/power industry for the PC that continues to try new things and innovate on a regular basis.  Even with a slightly smaller space at this year's CES show it had a lot of products being shown off; some we have seen before, others we have not.  For example, while we wrote about the Xpressar refridgeration system during Computex in June, Thermaltake also had a new version that was more flexible and fit inside four (yes 4!) 5.25-in drive bays to work with a larger selection of system configurations.  Another new low cost chas

Video: BFG shows off Phobos at CES 2009

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 9, 2009 - 11:34 PM |
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If you have been following our news page over the last couple of weeks you have likely seen news that one of favorite NVIDIA graphics card partners is moving into the system builder business with a new product called Phobos.

Great news from The Pond

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2009 - 06:33 PM |
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While the members of our BOINC team have been enjoying the holidays and relaxing, their PCs have been working overtime.  The team has been participating in the Formula BOINC Challenge, a friendly competition between the users of all the various BOINC projects to see who can get the most work done.  The hard work by Big Red and all the gang propelled the PC Perspective team into 6th place by the end, a very healthy showing.  Drop by the BOINC forum to congratulate them and maybe join in on a few projects

Vacuum tubes do not suck

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2009 - 03:04 PM |
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The Tecon Model "55" is a modernized tube amp, handling not only regular analog audio signals but also sporting a USB connection for use with your PC and a new DAC.  The open construction does mean this amp will require a little care when you are around it, though the flair that it adds is undisputable.  Madshrimps sounds off on a device that is sure to grace the desks of audiophiles everywhere.

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NZXT continues in their well established tradition

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 9, 2009 - 01:53 PM |
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For those looking for high end cases, with incredible amounts of extras and features, dropping several hundred dollars on a case is the standard.  Not everyone is looking for a case that resembles a tower in Dubai, some simply want a workhorse enclosure that does what it needs to, and perhaps a little more and costs somewhere in the neighbourhood of $100.  NZXT's lineup has offered exactly that, and their new Tempest continues that tradition, perhaps even bringing it to new heights.  5 fans and a nice windo

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Showing off high tech in a low economy

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 9, 2009 - 12:45 PM |
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One of the biggest headaches for tech innovation right now has to be the economic downturn.  Not just because their own jobs may be in danger but also because buying new luxury items really isn't at the top of most people lists.  The gang at CES 2009 is soldiering on regardless, bringing all the newest toys, gadgets and tools to show off.  Many displays are toned down compared to last year; but there is still a wide variety to see.  Check out AnandTech's highlights here.

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Now that's a robot!

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2009 - 12:32 PM |
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Sick of shovelling snow yet?  Wish someone else would do it for you for a change?  Check out Hack a Day and the iShovel.  Your very own robotic snow shovelling robot can be yours after they finish testing the prototype, or you could build one yourself ... with a bit more weight and bigger tires.

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Visually-Rich Experiences Take Center Stage During AMD's Industry Insider Series Keynote at CES

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2009 - 03:45 PM |
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LAS VEGAS (2009 International CES) - Jan. 8, 2009 - Today at CES, AMD (NYSE: AMD) President and Chief Executive Officer Dirk Meyer delivered an Industry Insider Series keynote demonstrating how AMD collaborates with leading industry innovators to help create unsurpassed visual computing experiences featuring richer content, greater interactivity and expanded accessibility using cloud computing.

"In today's economy, computer users increasingly want technology that goes beyond 'bigger' or 'faster' and delivers greater value, interactivity and access.

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Supercomputer To Deliver Next-Generation Games and Applications Entirely Through the Cloud

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2009 - 03:41 PM |
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LAS VEGAS (2009 International CES) - January 8, 2009 - Today at CES, AMD (NYSE: AMD) President and Chief Executive Officer Dirk Meyer and OTOY Chief Executive Officer Jules Urbach unveiled a plan to revolutionize the deployment, development and delivery of HD content through the "AMD Fusion Render Cloud", a massively-parallel supercomputer.

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Digital Experience, the appetizer before CES

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 8, 2009 - 03:39 PM |
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Think Computers had a chance to drop by the CES before CES, known as the Digital Experience.  It's a slimmed down version of CES, where the represented companies only show off the newest, as yet unseen products, leaving the already announced items for CES proper.  Head over for four pages of new kit you have never seen in the wild until now.

nVIDIA does it two!

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 8, 2009 - 02:07 PM |
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Look out HD4870 X2, you are no longer competing and sometimes beating nVIDIA's best card, the GTX260+ has been replaced by the GTX 295.  Sporting an ungodly 1792MB of GDDR3 and a pair of what are essentially GTX 280 cores, this card is unbeatable.  If you splurge and pick up a pair of them (assuming you can handle ~650W draw from the cards alone), you can expect to play Crysis on high quality at 1920x1200 and get average frame rates in the high 60's, an unprecedented score.  Check out Ryan's full review of the new ki

The spider has been squashed by a dragon

Subject: Processors | January 8, 2009 - 12:29 PM |
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Phenom II is here and it lays the smack down on the original Phenom.  Unfortunately it is not stomping Intel's Core i7 line, it's main competitor, nor does it beat out similarly clocked Core2 CPUs.  However, at an estimated price of $275, about $900 cheaper than the similarly clock Intel 965 and it will work happily in existing AM2 systems; no new RAM required.  It doesn't look like AMD will be taking the performance crown away from Intel, though it's ability to take higher voltages and the ease of upgrading will likely sell a lot of chips to AMD fans. 

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What's Zii to ya?

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2009 - 11:54 AM |
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Creative is branching out into the system on a chip market with their soon to be announced Zii.  The Zen is their current MP3 player, with support for video and even wireless on some models, not exactly a full system but certainly a good media player.  From what VR-Zone has figured out that you will be seeing this chip in an iPhone competitor and possibly a teraflop computer with the footprint of an piece of A4 paper.  Could this help Creative expand fr

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ASUS at CES 2009: a video run through

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 7, 2009 - 03:45 PM |
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ASUS definitely isn't sitting on its hands with this whole "Eee" branding thing.  While we have in the past poked fun at the company's desire to put the Eee moniker on just about ANYTHING they could paint white, at CES yesterday ASUS showed off quite a few interesting new products in various stages of development.  The most exciting was probably the Eee Keyboard PC - a fully functioning computer in a stylized keyboard that has an iPhone-sized touch pad on the right hand side where the number pad would usually be located.  The back of the unit has connections like Ethernet, DVI/V

A horse drawn PC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 7, 2009 - 03:12 PM |
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If you are looking for an inexpensive way to power a mid ranged system, the AeroCool Horsepower 650W is a possibility.  The modular cabling is a nice feature to add, as is the pair of 6+2 PCI-E connectors, which will allow a modest SLI/CrossFireX setup to run happily.  The 12V rail is split into 4, all sporting 18A which should keep most PCs running happily.  Dr

Hitachi's enterprising high density storage

Subject: Storage | January 7, 2009 - 01:30 PM |
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Hitachi's Deskstar E7K1000 is a terabyte drive with a full 32MB cache and three 334GB platters.  The large size of the platters should, in theory, offer quieter running as well as drawing less power, especially when partnered with the "Hitachi Voltage Efficiency Regulator Technology".  The Tech Report ran this HDD through their testing suites and proved that not only does this new Deskstar offer both of benefits mentioned, it also offers greater speed.  This update was certainly worth the wait.

Year of the Sequel Part 3 : Revenge of the bean counters

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2009 - 12:04 PM |
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bit-tech has posted a collection of the games to look out for in 2009 for both consoles and the PC.  On first glance, there is quite a bit to be excited about, with a totally reinvented Dawn of War II, Halo 3 ODST and FEAR 2 : Origins just to name a few.  If you look at it in a different way, most of the big franchises 'must have' games are sequels or add-ons to existing series, which can be disappointing to those looking for a new gaming experience.  For the accountants, it is excit

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What happens in Vegas ... gets posted to our front page

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 7, 2009 - 11:43 AM |
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CES 2009 is in full swing, but instead of heading to the tech displays, the first thing Legit Reviews did was try out the massage chairs.  Luckily, someone managed to pry them out of the chair and forced them to take some pictures.  Corsair is showing off 64GB thumb drives and some really impressive triple channel kits.  They played with the Novint Falcon , and recorded it so you can get an idea how exactly the new controller works.  AMD and LogiTech also had some interesting booths set up, so head ove

ASUS Chairman Unveils the Latest Innovation and Computing Concepts at CES 2009 in Las Vegas

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 7, 2009 - 11:11 AM |
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LAS VEGAS, NV (January 6th, 2009) - ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih unveils the company's latest innovations and introduces its futuristic computing concepts at a keynote speech two days before the official opening of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

In a 40-minute presentation, Shih talks about the speedy growth of ASUS' branded notebooks and the revolutionary Eee PC (Easy to Learn, Easy to Work and Easy to Play) line, which set the industry trend for netbooks.

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ASUS' Showcases Exciting New Technology, Innovations and Products in Las Vegas

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 7, 2009 - 11:09 AM |
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CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS, NV (January 6, 2009) - ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, will unveil its extensive lineup of products showcasing at CES 2009. Focusing on the main theme of "Access Life with ASUS", the rich assortment of products that will be exhibited at CES 2009 aim to simplify users' lives and help them realize their full potentials in the new digital era.

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