Christmas shopping for the gamer

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2009 - 02:27 PM |
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The coming holiday season is going to bring a lot of changes to the graphics market and DigiTimes was kind enough to gather all of the expected releases into one news story.  From nVIDIA we are finally going to see new silicon, the renaming game is over for a little while.  The GT210, GT220, GT240 and GT300 will hopefully overcome the production problems at TSMC and will be on the streets soon.  We have seen some of AMD's offerings and they will be topping up the low end with the HD5750 and HD5770 an

Source: Digitimes

Centrino 2; "Yours for under $2000"

Subject: Mobile | September 28, 2009 - 05:26 PM |
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These laptops embody the opposite side of the mobile scale to netbooks.  They are heavy, they are hot and they will eat a battery in under an hour; they are the Core i7 based Clarksfield series.  The Core i7 820QM and 720QM
will be showing up in notebooks soon and not just from extreme boutique builders like Falcon Northwest and Alienware, one is even speced at the $1400 mark.  Once Arrandale hits we might see them in a more portable form, but until then drop by ExtremeTech for a look at some Cl

Source: Extremetech

High Fidelity with lossless codecs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 28, 2009 - 03:36 PM |
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Missing Remote has published a comprehensive guide on getting your audio off of your PC an onto another audio player.  Specifically they explore your options in 'converting compressed lossless audio formats into LPCM (Linear Pulse Code Modulation) for output over the HDMI or analog connections to an AVR'.  That may sound technical and you would not be wrong in thinking so, however, they have put a lot of effort into making the process as clear as possible. 

It hertz so good

Subject: Displays | September 28, 2009 - 02:56 PM |
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60Hz displays will probably be the next thing to fall victim to obsolescence as we start to see 120Hz displays appearing on the market.  The 1680x1050 Samsung Syncmaster 2233RZ
is one example of the displays taking advantage of the new display technology and at $319 you don't pay too much of a premium for the privilege of
doubling your hertz.  You will need a dual link DVI cable capable of sending 120Hz to get the full effect, but after that you can see what has Tweaknews so excite

Source: Tweaknews

Can't get enough Eye-Finity

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 28, 2009 - 01:43 PM |
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If you are patiently awaiting the arrival of the HD5890 and its ability to provide 3D accelerated graphics on 3 LCDs screens and are passing the time by watching other people play then Guru3D is the place to be.  Of course they try flight simulators and racing games, but the FPS and strategy games also get a look in their review.  Head over and see of you can break their bandwidth streaming all the videos.

Source: 3DCenter

Can you spare $2 for some DDR2

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2009 - 12:27 PM |
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DDR2 has hit the price point where you will no longer see it appearing in pre-built systems, just as it has almost disappeared from enthusiast systems.  DigiTimes has seen that the average price of DDR2 has hit congruence with the average price of DDR3 as it continues to becomes more expensive to buy.  As less companies order DDR2 from factories it becomes a custom run to produce it, therefore costing as much per unit to make as DDR3. 

Source: Digitimes

Raffles and podcasts and prizes!

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2009 - 06:16 PM |
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CPU launches are coming fast and furious this year, with the possibility of more
before the year is out, making it a great time to be an enthusiast.  Mind you, even the best of us can have trouble keeping up with the latest features present on a CPU, how is someone just starting (or restarting) in the world of computer going to figure out which processor family

8 years is more than a lifetime in the PC world

Subject: Storage | September 25, 2009 - 03:28 PM |
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We have been using USB 2.0 for about 8 years now and until recently the 480Mbit/s has been fine; with the advent of multi gigabyte USB flash drives it is no longer quick enough for most users.  The USB 3.0 standard is finally appearing and it is Freecom that has managed to hit the streets first with an external USB 3.0 drive, while Seagate will release the first internal drive.  The new interface should increase the speed 10 fold, transferring a 5GB file in under 1 minute. 

Source: Slashdot

Spend some time on the Mere

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2009 - 01:53 PM |
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The cool unreleased but hopefully some day available tech that you see at the IDF certainly captures the attention, but the one constant that everyone pays attention to are the roadmap updates that chart the coming year.  This IDF it was Westmere that is just on the horizon, the die shrink to Nehalem.  Arrandale and Clarkdale
will be the first to arrive, some time before we roll over to 2010.  AnandTech has taken a close look at what we know for sure about Intel's next tock.

Source: AnandTech

A little style for not a lot of money

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 25, 2009 - 12:51 PM |
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At $50 you may well expect that the
NZXT M59 is just another value case
that might have reasonable cooling but will look just like all the other black value cases out there.  That is not exactly true, as NZXT has gone out of their way to give the front an top of this case a different look.  Some differences are less obvious, the filtered intake for the bottom mounted PSU for instance.  A mix of up to five 120/140mm provide you with air flow and while it doesn't have

Source: Bjorn3D

nVIDIA, meet Lucid and say good bye to PhsyX

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2009 - 12:15 PM |
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Protecting your investments is a good idea in business as well as in your personal life, which was what likely prompted nVIDIA to have their latest graphics card driver disable PhysX in a system with non-nVIDIA cards in it.  A sub-set of those gamers who do use PhsyX utilize an AMD card for their graphics with an nVIDIA card to handle the PhysX processing but apparently using the 186 driver version will disable GPU PhsyX processing.  PhysX has not had much success penetrating the market, those few games that utilize it do not really gain any benefits from PhsyX apart from a few visua

Source: NGOHQ

You know what they say about a gamer with small hands ...

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2009 - 04:21 PM |
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They need a small mouse.

So OCZ, makers of fine mice and occasionally RAM, has developed a mouse that is the Danny DeVito to the Behemoth's Ahnuld.  The Eclipse does not have quite the DPI resolution of its larger twin but that didn't detract from the quality of the mouse, Hardware Secrets still found it quite usable.   They did discover one or two problems mixed in with the good features so do check out their review before you buy one.

Intel Unveils 45nm System-on-Chip for Internet TV

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2009 - 04:07 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 24, 2009 – Intel Corporation today unveiled the Intel Atom processor CE4100, the newest System-on-Chip (SoC) in a family of media processors designed to bring Internet content and services to digital TVs, DVD players and advanced set-top boxes.

The CE4100 processor, formerly codenamed "Sodaville," is the first 45nm-manufactured consumer electronics (CE) SoC based on Intel architecture.

Time for the new Fall designs

Subject: Systems | September 24, 2009 - 02:09 PM |
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The Tech Report has revisited their line up of recommended system builds, thanks to the new season's processors.  AMD still rules their Econobox, with the highly overclockable
Phenom II X3 720 BE and the HD4850.  The Utility Player gets an update with a nice Lynnfield processor on a Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3R while the Sweeter Spots uses a Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4P and a faster Lynnfield CPU.  The Double Stuff system is of course the most impressive build, 12GB of DDR3-1600 along with a few other twinned components will

Thermaltake has good follow through

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 24, 2009 - 01:49 PM |
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The first time that [H]ard|OCP reviewed the 850W Thermaltake Toughpower XT they were not terribly impressed with the stability of the voltages it provided.  They noticed fluctuations that hit the very limit of the ATX 12v specs, A problem most other PSUs in that class do not have.  Thermaltake have since cleaned up their ripples and have released a new revision

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Don't you love the way silicon changes size in the fall

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2009 - 12:12 PM |
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AMD may have scooped Intel, both in terms of the single GPU performance crown but also successfully dragging attention away from the Intel Developers Forum.  If your attention did wander and you missed some of the news coming out of the IDF then The Hardware Zone has you covered.  They have pictures of Paul Otellini waving around a 22nm wafer showing off the future of Intel's chip production, which yo

MSI introduces the R5870 and R5850 series graphics cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 24, 2009 - 11:34 AM |
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[City of Industry, CA] As top computer gamers are demanding only the very best hardware, all manufacturers in the industry are constantly striving for the efficiency and performance to fulfill these needs. In order to adequately cater to these ever increasing performance demands, MSI - the leading graphics cards and mainboard manufacturer - has joined forces with the renowned graphics chip manufacturer AMD and today officially launched the next generation MSI R5800 series graphics cards.

Source: MSI

MSI and LucidLogix Form Technology Partnership to Develop Big Bang Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | September 23, 2009 - 05:54 PM |
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[City of Industry, CA] World-leading graphics card and mainboard manufacturer, MSI, has announced a technology partnership with LucidLogix at IDF to expand its high-end product line design to deliver a more advanced gaming experience for enthusiasts.

Through the formation of this technology partnership, MSI and LucidLogix demonstrate how inventive collaboration can extend capabilities and create product innovation. The all-new premium line is inspired by the “Big Bang” in astronomy, and is dedicated to unique innovation.

Source: MSI

All you need is one orbital drop

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2009 - 05:51 PM |
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Halo 3:ODST is here to the great rejoicing of casual gamers who know no better.  As Ars Technica is quick to point out, this $60 game was originally planned as an expansion pack and it seems that they delivered exactly that.  If wandering around the mostly empty streets of New Mombasa looking for clues and audio cues with occasional fighting is your idea of a great time then head out and buy it.  You won't have to invest much time as it will probably take

Source: Ars Technica

A Total Mobile Computing Experience

Subject: Mobile | September 23, 2009 - 03:38 PM |
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Taken straight from the horses mouth, Intel's plans to dominate the mobile computing market have taken a huge step forward at the IDF today.  Clarksfield has arrived and the three processors available offer the power of the Core i7 architecture in a mobile form.  Legit Reviews were gifted with a Clevo W870CU Whitebook powered by an Intel Core i7-920XM clocked between 2-3.2GHz depending on the current processing load.  The heatsinks inside are very impressive, not just to cool the CPU there is also a GeFor