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Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 22, 2009 - 02:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Seasonic S12D 850W Power Supply
isn't much to look at, a basic black box with a lot of permanent cabling dome out of one end. Looks are not how this PSU received such a high score from Think Computers, that came from the stability of the power provided. There is a fair amount, 70A on the 12V line in fact, and it will not cost too terribly much to run as it qualified for an 80+ Silver ranking. For $180, this PSU is certainly worth a look.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 22, 2009 - 12:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you want the most out of your memory subsystem, a shroud and three tiny fans aren't going to cut it, you need the Corsair Cooling Ice T30 TEC Memory Cooler. It claims to be able to offer you temperatures 20C below ambient and has enough intelligence to keep your memory above the dew point so you need not worry about shorts. Legit Reviews took it out for a try and reached hefty enough overclocks that the Xeon w3570
was having trouble keeping up.
Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2009 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator
enjoyed a brief spotlight and then mostly disappeared to the periphery, but not before inspiring the imaginations of
several modders. At Hack a Day you can see a project involving an Arduino and Uncle Milton's Force Trainer, which is a nifty little toy consisting of a brain wave monitoring headband and a base station that reacts to those measurements. You can also se
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 21, 2009 - 06:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Mixing and matching cards in Crossfire has been a risky venture in the past, but perhaps along with the new scaling that we see with the HD 58xx series that will be a thing of the past. Legit Reviews set out to determine what happens when you combine an HD5870 and an HD5850 on an ASUS P6T Deluxe V2. The results are actually a little confusing, but in a way that leaves hope for the future.
Subject: Mobile | October 21, 2009 - 05:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dell has been making laptops for quite a while now, building up a reputation for the choices they offer for configuration. The new x41 is no different, offering choices on everything from the screen resolution to the CPU. At 4.3lbs with a 6 cell battery this is not a huge laptop but with a Core 2 processor inside it is not a netbook. Ars Technica took one of the more powerful versions of the x41 out for a spin, drop by and see how it went.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 21, 2009 - 04:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With a plethora of coolers standing about 1' high and weighing in at about a kilogram, it is the day of the huge case. Small, slim cases just can't handle most of the high end coolers, but using the stock cooler is just embarrasing.
Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2009 - 12:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While you have most likely read a few reviews of Arkham Asylum, none have focused so directly on the impact of PhysX on performance in this game that the review posted at [H]ard|OCP. Even if you have no desire to stare at the back of the Batman for the entire duration of a game, it is worth reading through the article to learn about PhysX. The first lesson comes from a huge hit in performance in a certain outside area that was apparent past a certain resolution.
Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2009 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As The Inquirer gleefully points out, the chances that Realityserver is the product of 40 years of work for NVIDIA and mental images are fairly low but that doesn't stop the announcement from being interesting. Using the parallel computing ability of Telsa to manage Ray Tracing to handle any light or reflection mapping this new program will allow the sharing of 3d images via a server at very high rates. Instead of taking hours or more to render, they claim performance almost on par with gaming.
Subject: Motherboards | October 20, 2009 - 07:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASRock P55 Deluxe sports quite a few
features including the ability to use most LGA775 coolers thanks to some interesting thinking on the part of their engineers. There are enough high end features to make you question what ASRock is intending in the marketplace as they have tended towards the value end of the spectrum. Unfortunately, the glow only lasted until the first POST, after that X-bit Labs found the BIOS to be a rather difficult beast to deal with. In the end tha
Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2009 - 04:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You most likely know that Windows 7 is on its way, unless you are in the UK, and it is time for an upgrade. In order to familiarize yourself with what is known about the new OS, or just to help you remember Tech Spot has put together an overview of the new OS from Microsoft. From upgrade paths to the choice between 32bit and 64bit, anything you need answered will be addressed from their many links.
Subject: Displays | October 19, 2009 - 06:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMDs EyeFinity is getting a lot of press, much more so than nVIDIA's 3D Glasses; possibly this is because it is easy to post a video of EyeFinity in action. In order to show a review or video in 3D the viewer has to have already picked up the glasses as well as a 120Hz monitor, at which point they are obviously already hooked. Not to let such difficulties slow them down, X-bit Labs takes a look at ViewSonic's FuHzion VX2268wm 3D
LCD. Until now Samsung has had the corner on this market but not for long,
Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2009 - 04:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The original Zune met with a lot of resistance from the market, its one unique feature of being able to share your music with other Zune users was not terribly well received. The second incarnation has found a crowd of followers, the new HD version of the Zune provides great quality. As well the design has changed, slimming down what was a rather chunky MP3 player. If you haven't acquainted yourself with the new Zune, drop by ExtremeMhz to see it in action.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 19, 2009 - 03:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When a PSU includes a circuit diagram you can be fairly sure that the makers are proud of what they built so it is not surprising to see one included with the PC Power & Cooling Silencer 920W PSU. The bad news about this PSU is that silence is a relative term in a PSU approaching the kilowatt range, so don't expect a silent PSU. The good news is much more interesting, it is a 80+ Silver PSU, its single 12V output is capable of up to 74A
Subject: Shows and Expos | October 19, 2009 - 02:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Discover exciting new technologies from Microsoft and AMD for consumers and small to midsize businesses - and see what the buzz is all about! This full-day, energy-filled event will introduce you to new products, tools, and resources offered by both AMD and Microsoft.
Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2009 - 02:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Heat may finally prove useful in computing applications, a big turn around considering it has been the archenemy of designers and builders until this research came to light. A one way thermal diode takes waste heat on a one way trip away from the heat source, a great boon to heatsink makers everywhere. That is not the most impressive application, follow the link from Engadget and you will learn about the possible applications of this new technology, such as thermal
Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2009 - 06:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Upgrading your PC, especially when it is an entirely new system is wonderful experience. The assembly is certainly a big part of the fun but it has a hard time comparing to that feeling when everything is running perfectly. What happens though, when everything is running but it just lacks that fast new computer feeling? You head to our Overclocking Forum, that's what!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 16, 2009 - 06:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It can be hard for new cooler companies to break into the market without stellar performance and enough luck that they get noticed and talked about by the tech community. Zalman is fairly well known in some circles, Kingwin as well but the Thermal Transtech International Corporation
is definitely not. Drop by [H]ard|OCP to see how these coolers fit into the pack.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 16, 2009 - 04:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One HD5870 is impressive, but three are just incredible. The benchmarks are just incredible, even FarCry2 can't cripple that much graphical bandwidth but the total score is less important than the scaling. The big question is whether it is really worth investing in three cards or is a pair of HD5870s the sweet spot. All is revealed in his full review.
Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2009 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Google is launching its own ebook service called Google Editions in what can only be a shot at Amazon's market share. The ebook behemoth is already watching its back for signs that Walmart is heading their way and now they have a different competitor shouldering their way in. Google says that their books will be readable on 'smartphones, netbooks and personal computers and laptops', a big difference from Amazon's Kindle. Expect to see a lot of the same legal wrangling that accompanied the creation of Google Books,