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Subject: General Tech | May 12, 2009 - 03:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For the second half of 2009, Intel will be refreshing their mobile lineup from the top to the bottom. At the high end are the 14" to 18.4" Calpella notebooks, which will retail at about $1,200. They will also be introducing ultra thin CULVs, which will be 12" to 13"at retail between $699 to $1,10. There will also be two Atom based netbooks, an 8.9" N270 and 945GSE for about $256 and the 10" N270 with 945GSE chipset. If you don't want an Atom powered netbook, there will be a Pineview based CPU + Tiger Point chipset
for somewhere between $399 to $599.
Subject: Systems | May 12, 2009 - 01:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ZOTAC is pleased to announce the world's first NVIDIA ION-based mini-ITX platforms - the ZOTAC ION series.
The new ZOTAC ION platforms deliver superior power efficiency without any compromises. Powered by an NVIDIA ION
graphics processor and your choice of an Intel Atom N330 dual-core or N270 single-core processor, the ZOTAC ION
features Blu-ray high-definition video playback capabilities, compatibility with NVIDIA CUDA-enabled applications
and quick multi-tasking performance.
Subject: Storage | May 11, 2009 - 04:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA, May 11th, 2009 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced the launch of the Corsair Storage Solutions P256 high-performance 256GB solid-state drive (SSD).
The Corsair Storage Solutions P256 has been designed using cutting-edge technology to deliver the highest performance and compatibility, in a capacity that is big enough to replace conventional storage solutions in a high-performance PC.
Subject: Mobile | May 11, 2009 - 02:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you look at an ION platform from nVIDIA, you might mistake it for a router or maybe an external HDD cage, but hidden in that box is a full PC. The GeForce 9400 and Intel Atom beat the pants off of the Intel 945GC, but unless you want to replay Quake 4 at 800x600 with an average frame rate hovering around 20fps you may not want to use it at a LAN party. On the flip side, with HD content in H.264, VC-1 or MPEG-2, you can expect great performance, no dropped frames and a CPU utilization that stays well under 50%. If you do try some other formats, you might run into s
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 11, 2009 - 02:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Weighing in with a GPU of 575MHz, GDDR3 of 900MHz and a 256 bit wide memory bus, the HD 4830 has a hard time keeping up with the new HD 4770 even though they are almost exactly the same price, the HD 4850 is only a competitor if you want to spend almost $50 on an extra handful of
Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2009 - 01:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For gaming, the Sennheiser PC-350 is a great set of headphones, but for music it is not your best choice. They are designed to be mobile, folding up into a small enough size that they can be tossed in a laptop bag. DriverHeaven really liked the performance while being shelled in CoD 4 and found that the surround sound was good enough to determine enemy positions by audio cues. When listening to music, the poor bass performance stands out
Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2009 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
From the short video of game play, the long wait for Duke Nukem might have almost been worth it. Along with a rather impressive use of the Unreal Engine and lighting to create a very nice looking world is some heavy scripting. A lot of the eulogy contains both enemies and Duke performing some rather intricate scripted movements along with the game play shots. It is hard to say just how well the game would have worked with jumping pig men, but hopefully someone will get their hands on the code, however unlikely that is.
Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2009 - 06:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A while back Ryan experimented with a powerline ethernet adaptor from Linksys, and found it to be quite easy to use and effective, as long as you knew which circuits were which in your house. Since that time there really hasn't been any forum members who have picked up a kit to try for themselves, though some have expressed an interest. If anyone has tried this type of network, drop by this forum post to let us know how well it worked for you<
Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2009 - 03:56 PM | Ryan Shrout
This is definitely good news for the tech industry as a whole - both TSMC and UMC, Taiwan's most prominent fabrication facility for silicon wafers, are both seeing increases in monthly revenue month-to-month and better year-to-year re
Subject: Processors | May 8, 2009 - 03:48 PM | Ryan Shrout
Where once there was three, now there are two. At least that's what we are hearing when it comes to the Intel Core i7 Nehalem processors; the Core i7-965, i7-940 and i7-920 are the only three desktop-ready parts that sport the newest architecture from Intel's engineers but it seems one of them is already on the chopping block.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 8, 2009 - 03:39 PM | Ryan Shrout
Wouldn't it be great to lose about $201 million in the span of 3 months but still have a positive outlook on the future? That's just what NVIDIA is talking about this week as the quarterly earnings call results are spread across the media. What is most interesting to me is how varied the opinions are on what NVIDIA's CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, had to say. TG Daily got the distinct impression that NVIDIA's Quadro line of products would be the immediate saving grace for NVIDIA's bottom line whil
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 8, 2009 - 01:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the fourth week of ExtremeTech's case mod contest, a very hard to see HTPC case took the prize. Custom built from a large acrylic sheet, the casing is invisible and the insides are in full view, giving a very unique look to the HTPC. There is also a case with a pair of 22" monitors built in called the CinematographHD and other new cases as well as your favourites from previous weeks. Whether you are there to gawk or to get inspiration for your new case mod,
Subject: Editorial | May 8, 2009 - 01:07 PM | Ryan Shrout
Wait, what's that? You missed the LIVE recording of the 55th PC Perspective podcast that was streaming live on Wednesday at 10pm ET? Well have no worries my friends, we have the recorded version right here for you! Yes, you should still definitely include the PC Perspective Podcast in your regular download list, but isn't it fun to watch it on video as well?
Subject: Motherboards | May 8, 2009 - 12:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The MSI Eclipse SLI X58 LGA 1366 is the top of the line board from MSI, with a long list of features to make enthusiasts green with envy. Three PCI-E 16x slots for whatever SLI or Crossfire setup you could wish for, 6 DDR3 slots, a Creative SB X-Fi Xtreme H/W Audio Card, support for 10 SATA drives and a lot more.
Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2009 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at Hack a Day you will find the coolest thing you will see all day, unless you somehow manage to have an absolutely incredible day and top it. It is a hand portable coil gun which can fire 42g rounds with about 18 joules or 13.3 foot pounds worth of energy. An average 9mm round delivers just over 300 foot pounds or about 400 joules and weighs around 9g, so while the sheer energy is much lower, the weight is a good deal more. As for the lightbulb at the front, it works as a charging resisto
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 7, 2009 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Arctic Cooling are not the only ones guilty of the major sin of PSUs; slapping the maximum peak power in the name and not the actual wattage the PSU is rated for. Unfortunately their sins go further than that in the Arctic Cooling Fusion 550RF
PSU. They included 4 PCI-E power connectors, leading you to believe that a pair of high end graphics cards can be powered but used 20AWG wiring which caused the 12V rail to drop to 10.8V during testing. That drop, especially considering the complete lack of an EPS12V connector means that a pair of power hungry video cards are not goin
Subject: Systems | May 7, 2009 - 04:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have a PS3, or went out and invested in a Blu-ray player, finding the best software to run your movies can be a bit of a challenge. There are free players, which can in some cases bypass HDCP, but to play your movies without having to do so means you need to invest in a professional solution. ExtremeTech has grabbed three of the top solutions to see which offers you the best viewing experience, including a look at some of the upscaling features. Most of the programs offer a way to increase the resolution of the picture to meet HD standards, but not all are created equa