Streaming without wires

Subject: General Tech | September 2, 2009 - 03:29 PM |
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Audio streaming from a PC to a stereo system is no longer an uncommon practise, especially if your system has HDMI out so that you can display HD video from your PC to your TV.  A side effect of that is the appearance of a PC in close proximity to your TV and/or a profusion of wires running between the two.  A company called Audioengine wants to solve your cable clutter with their AW1 Wireless Audio Sender/Receiver, a handy little USB based broadcaster and receiver.  Check out the various configurations available

Source: ModSynergy

ASUS has a new ION and a new slogan

Subject: Systems | September 2, 2009 - 01:56 PM |
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The ASUS AT3N7A-I is Inspiring Innovation, Persistent Perfection and will Perfectly suit your digital lifestyle.  It is also an Atom based system with 8 USB ports,1 PS2 port, HDMI and  VGA out, coax/optical out, eSATA, Ethernet and has six 1/8” jacks for analog audio out.  ASRock also has as new Ion machine out, a complete system with a mini-ITX case, power supply, 2GB of memory, DVD drive and a 320GB hard drive.  Find out how they compare to each other, as well as a Zotac unit over at AnandTe

Source: AnandTech

A puzzler with a split personality

Subject: General Tech | September 2, 2009 - 01:08 PM |
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Trine gives you a chance to play three characters at one, a fighter, a thief and a mage that are all trapped in one body.  You switch between them to progress through the game as each have different abilities.  The fighter comes with a large sword suitable for bashing through hostiles and physical objects.  The thief has a bow and arrow which can be used offensively or combined with a rope to give you access to otherwise impossible to reach areas.  The mage has the most interesting ability, he can move objects and summon blocks and bridges. 

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The final results of MSI's MOA

Subject: General Tech | September 2, 2009 - 12:34 PM |
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In what was the 2008 Olympic city
in Bejing the MSI sponsored 2009 Master Overclocking Arena took place.  Tweaktown has reduced the competition to a 32 minute
video of extreme overclocking.  The fastest parts on planet were combined with LN and the experience of the 20 teams that took place in the competition.  Drop by and see what the record overclock is now.

Source: TweakTown

It's not a nuclear wessel, but you should still head to Alameda

Subject: Shows and Expos | September 2, 2009 - 11:41 AM |
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Ryan will be attending the AMD Experience Event on Sept. 10th on the deck of the USS Hornet and would love some company.  If you are anywhere near the San Fransisco Bay area and think that a trip to an aircraft carrier to see unreleased hardware and games as well as hanging out with AMD engineers sounds like a great time then you should head to this thread to find out how to attend for free

The happy lappy

Subject: Mobile | September 1, 2009 - 01:46 PM |
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The new PROLiNK netbook has a very happy name, the Glee TA-009.  An Atom N270 is paired with the Intel 945GSE
chipset and 1GB of DDR2 in a 10.1" form.  When VR-Zone cranked up Battery Eater, the tiny 3-cell LiON battery managed 1hr 41min 37sec
of running time, which is not too bad for the size of the battery.  See what you think of it after reading the whole review.

Source: VR-Zone

Now you don't have to buy the whole package

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 1, 2009 - 12:29 PM |
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Fans of BFG's products are probably quite familiar with their Phobos line of pre-built PCs.  They are top of the line systems, with nice looks and full of great BFG components to get you great gaming performance.  There is a portion of the enthusiast community that cannot bring themselves to buy a pre-built system, if they can't assemble it themselves then they have no interest.  That desire is not usually limiting, but in the case of the Phobos system, there are 2 different models of PSUs that were not available for purch

It's going to be a busy fall

Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2009 - 11:58 AM |
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There seems to be a lot on the way in the second half of 2009, with most of the attention on AMD and nVIDIA.  AMD has just announced their 6 core Opteron EE is available and as it is a 40W processor it also counts as a low energy CPU.  6 cores without the power draw or temperature gain is good news for a lot of people, so DigiTimes' story will be music to a lot of ears.

Source: Digitimes

WD unleashes nested actuator and anti-disk tech with two new 7200RPM 2TB models

Subject: Storage | September 1, 2009 - 09:00 AM |
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Today Western Digital announced two new models to their product lines.  Both are 7200 RPM 2TB models.  First is the 2TB Caviar Black, and second is the 2TB RE4.  We previously reviewed the 2TB RE4-GP, a 5400 RPM model.  The RE4 will be the server class version of the consumer-grade Caviar Black, and will incorporate the same enterp

Maybe it is part Kermode bear?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 31, 2009 - 06:27 PM |
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Naming your heatsink as a Killer Whale
is certainly one way to try to stand out in a crowded market, but seems to make as much sense as Miga.  The motif is more reminiscent of a striking cobra with an oddly shaped fan attached to its head.

Source: Frosty Tech

A better buy in silicon?

Subject: Processors | August 31, 2009 - 03:33 PM |
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Now that the capabilities of the i7 920 have been fully explored, enthusiasts are trying to find another processor that can deliver the performance that they want, while staying somewhere in the neighbourhood of $300. 
One contender is AMD's Phenom II 965, priced at $240.  Four cores at 3.2GHz give it equal footing when trying to unseat t

The Charles Atlas program for tiny motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | August 31, 2009 - 03:08 PM |
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The subject of the newest review here at PC Perspective is a tiny little AMD 785G based board with some impressive features. 

Trying to sneak in a last card

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 31, 2009 - 12:37 PM |
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The new Sapphire HD4850 X2 has beaten the next generation of cards by a matter of months, at a time when many enthusiasts are keeping their wallet closed and their eyes open for previews.  A pair of 1GB HD4850s sit on this single PCB card, with speeds of 1GHz for the GDDR3 and 650MHz for the two cores and it sports a Crossfire bridge so you can pick up a second card and have Quad-Crossfire.  The performance is solidly above a singl

Sure it is young, but how good looking is it

Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2009 - 11:55 AM |
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TechARP has been testing Windows 7 since back in the days when it first put on its beta suit and went out to meet the world.  They have seen it change into a second beta outfit and watched its holes and bugs get washed out and now it has finally been released into the public eye.  They take a look at the new Aero Glass interface to see how attractive it is, as well as it's effect on the system.  Has Microsoft managed to make an OS that looks pretty and doesn't demand you buy it new things?  Read on

Source: Tech ARP

From every mountainside, let freedom ring

Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2009 - 06:28 PM |
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Right now you could say that we are in a golden age for GPUs.  The performance available at the $100 will have you running any modern game at reasonable frame rates with a little tweaking.  You can't turn on the bells and whistles, nor will you be able to set your resolution to 2560x1600, but you can run them.  The days of requiring a serious investment of cash to upgrade your card to bare minimum have gone, though they will return some day.  In the mean time if you are using an 8800 series card,

32MB is enough storage, right?

Subject: Storage | August 28, 2009 - 03:30 PM |
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If you have yet to enjoy the experience of a 500GB+ drive suddenly reducing its self to 32MB and refusing to be read, you are missing out.  It is caused by a random corruption of the LBA48, HPA and DCO records
which reside in that part of the HDD you can not get at, that part of the drive which many people get very upset about.  It was the cause of an attempted class action suit from users who decided not having access to the full capacity of the drive was some sort of false advertising and was also the reason that gibblebytes and other bizarre names were bandied around for a while

Source: PCStats

Make mousing easier

Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2009 - 02:07 PM |
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Killer gaming mice with multiple lasers or sensors, DPI resolution close to 10,000 and various weights to make your fragging perfect are great when you are at the PC.  The second you step away for some reason, those same features make it difficult to use on random surfaces.  The cord can also be a problem, say if your graphics card decides to only send to the TV in the other room and not to the monitor.  The Logitech Performance Mouse MX is your answer to that, being cordless and designed to work on almost any system. 

Source: I4U News

The Fifth Element

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 28, 2009 - 01:28 PM |
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Thermaltake's new series of cases all bear the Element name, with G, S and T models.  Think Computers can tell you the difference between these cases in their newest review.  Focusing on the Element G in this particular instance, a case which is designed with Gaming, Glittering, Gradational, Gigantic and Glaciated
features.  If you want to