There has to be a catch

Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2009 - 11:39 AM |
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As it stands right now, the Windows 7 RC1 will be active into 2010 making it a viable OS for the next year.  Right now you need to be a TechNet or MSDN subscriber, but that will change on the 5th of May when it becomes available to everyone.  That Release Candidate will likely be one of the more expensive flavours of Windows 7, not some  emasculated Home-lite version, which may have you hooked on the equivalent of Ultimate Edition for when you do have to purchase it in June of 2010.  You can

Source: Slashdot

VIA Nano Processor Brings Higher Performance to Media Servers

Subject: Motherboards | April 30, 2009 - 11:12 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, April 30, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announces the VIA VB8002 Mini-ITX board targeted at media server markets.

You can't be a true addict without it

Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2009 - 05:43 PM |
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Just because you stood in line for a week for the release of Wrath of the Lich King, and gathered a lot of stares and comments about how waiting that long was completely unnecessary; someone with a WoW moded case, mouse and mousepad set is going to beat you when it comes to fanaticism.  Take heart from SteelSeries, for they will provide a factory made version so that you don't need to mod one all by yourself.  The SteelSeries WOW Mouse and Mat set will put you over the top of the rest if the fans at LAN parties, so

Source: Arm3D

Tiny notebook or high end netbook?

Subject: Mobile | April 29, 2009 - 03:06 PM |
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HP's new Pavilion dv2 straddles the line between netbook and notebook.  It's keyboard is 93% of the normal size, it weighs just under 4lbs and it's measurements never break the foot mark at 11.5" x 9.45" x 0.93-1.29.  It's size makes you think netbook, but it's internals are a little different than your normal Atom powered netbook.

Soyo on display

Subject: Displays | April 29, 2009 - 01:43 PM |
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For raw stats, the 24" Soyo Pearl TFT LCD sports a native 1920 x 1200 resolution with a 2ms response time and a 1000:1 contrast ratio; though as with all LCDs, the exact definitions and measurements may be other than you might expect.  R&B Mods spent a goodly amount of time taking pictures of the various display tests the

So you want to be a maquisard

Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2009 - 12:12 PM |
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HEXUS has some information to share about a WW2 shoot 'em up with a bit of a twist.  Instead of being a solo member of one of the large armies involved in the conflict, you work in occupied France with members of the French Resistance and Allied forces to sabotage the Nazis who occupy France.  It sounds like a mix of stealth and action, along with big explosions and vehicles to hijack for added mayhem.  Check the preview for some game information, but not the release date, which has yet to be annou

Source: Hexus

Traffic jam at the LN tank

Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2009 - 11:48 AM |
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The Gigabyte Open Overclocking Championship really hit it's stride in 2009, with a lot more press coverage at wider number of sites compared to previous years, including PC Perspective.  Our own Steve Grever headed to LA with camera in hand to capture stills and videos of the best overclockers strutting their stuff.  LN tended to be the cooler of choice, but there were a wide variety of rigging, extra fans and insulation, including one competitor who went with full mineral oil submersion.  Check out the

Deal of the Day: Radeon HD 4850 512MB for $89!

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 28, 2009 - 05:09 PM |
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Okay, I've never really done this before, but I couldn't pass up sharing this offer with you guys.  I know we just posted our review of the Radeon HD 4770 512MB card today and it sells for $99 after rebate - a great card at that price. 

PhysX from NVIDIA is coming soon to a game near you

Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2009 - 04:02 PM |
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Underwater Hunters in U-Wars Take Aim at NVIDIA PhysX Technology

Source: NVIDIA

These bugs really are a feature

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 28, 2009 - 03:34 PM |
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Having a colony of ants set up in your PC is generally considered a bad thing; unless you put them there on purpose like the featured case in week two of ExtremeTech's Case Mod Contest.  Thanks to a little ingenuity,
a lot of creativity and two panes of glass there is now an Ant Farm PC on this planet.  Check out pictures of the mod, as well as others, it is not to be missed.

Source: Extremetech

Intel and Nvidia come roaring back in Q1'09 According to Jon Peddie Research

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 28, 2009 - 03:08 PM |
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TIBURON, CA-April 28, 2009-Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, today announced estimated graphics shipments and supplier market share for the first calendar quarter of 2009.

Graphics chips (GPUs and IGPs) are the leading indicator of the PC market. The GPUs go into a system before it becomes a PC and gets into the hands of the customer.

Picking a $70 processor

Subject: Processors | April 28, 2009 - 02:07 PM |
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The AMD Athlon X2 7850 can be had at PriceGrabber for $75; the Intel Pentium E5300 for $80.  AMD's offering is a dual core 2.8GHz CPU with 64KB L1 data cache, 64KB L1 instruction cache, a 512KB L2 cache per core and 2MB of latency ridden L3 cache.

Source: AnandTech

Kuma's Last Gasp

Subject: Processors | April 28, 2009 - 12:55 PM |
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Today AMD has released what looks to be the last, new 65 nm Phenom based processor.  The Athlon X2 7850 is a 2.8 GHz dual core processor based on the 65 nm/B3 Phenom core.  It is rated at a hefty 95 watts, though it likely rarely hits that at even full load.  It is a Black Edition processor, which means it has its multiplier unlocked and users are allowe easy access to overclocking.  The 7850 is derived from a full quad core, but two of the cores are disabled for this particular model.  There has been some evidence that these extra cores can be unlocked by using ACC on

Source: AMD

8.8GFLOPS/$ or 12GLFOPS/W, either way it's a winner

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 28, 2009 - 12:48 PM |
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Really, there are only two things you need to know about AMD's new Radeon HD4770.  The first is it's price, which is currently $109.99 on Newegg.  From that price you may assume that it is a fairly low end part, maybe intended to replace the HD4850; and you can be forgiven for that.  What the card is in fact is an improvement, as Ryan puts it in his conclusion "the HD

Apple, AT&T and Verizon

Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2009 - 12:05 PM |
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If you have an iPhone that hasn't been sprung from jail, you have an AT&T contract as they have the exclusive rights to provide service.  It looks like they are going to have to share the bed with a new party, Verizon.  A rumoured smaller iPhone could possibly have Verizon as a service provider.  There is also a rumoured Kindle-like device that Apple might have in development which will be smaller overall, but with a larger touch screen.  Ars

Source: Ars Technica

PC Power & Cooling Introduces the Silencer 910 PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 28, 2009 - 11:35 AM |
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San Jose, Calif. - April 27, 2009 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and PC components, today unveiled the new Silencer 910 power supply from PC Power & Cooling.

Run for your lives, Mega-NAS is coming!!!

Subject: Storage | April 27, 2009 - 05:45 PM |
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How much trouble could assembling two quad-core Xeon processors, sixteen gigabytes of RAM, a Velociraptor 300GB system drive, an Adaptec's SAS/SATA RAID controller and twenty 1.5TB Seagate hard drives be?  Join the trials and tribulations of setting up a 20TB NAS at Tweaknews.  By the end you should be able to set up a server with a huge amount of storage and that can transcode and stream content to your PS3.

Source: Tweaknews

Some people enjoy a good headache

Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2009 - 02:39 PM |
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If you ever wished for a boot to the head when you are gaming, you have to spend the $40 it will cost to pick up the Audio2 FX2 Force Feedback Gaming Headset.  It uses old style dual RCA jacks as opposed to a USB connection, as well as batteries and a USB port to provide power.  OCMODSHOP was impressed with the sound quality, both playback and recording, and they did get a kick out of the force feedback.&nbs

Source: OCMODSHOP

Arctic Cooling's Payment Saving Unit

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 27, 2009 - 01:35 PM |
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At first glance the Arctic Cooling Fusion 550R is quite unique, it comes in a plastic clamshell and bears an ECO 80 very prominently instead of its specs.  Once it is opened, you can see it has a pair of 17A 12V rails that can handle a maximum of 408W combined, something far more normal than the fans built into the PSU.  BCCHardware's testing did find that the power this PSU provides is stable, check out their full review here.

Source: BCCHardware

PCPer Roadtrip

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 27, 2009 - 12:35 PM |
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Ryan has bundled Steve off to LA to check out the Gigabyte Open Overclocking Championship, to see what ban be spotted.  Along the way, Steve stopped in at Kingston to check on the RAM scene.  See pictures of what might be the most exciting job on the planet, checking multiple PCs running stability tests on
RAM before it is sold.  On th other hand, you might want to buy those testers a Christmas present, without them buying RAM would be much more frustrating.