Dynamic Hybrid Transformer Topology and Enermax

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 5, 2010 - 03:12 PM |
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The Enermax MODU87+ 700W sits in a sweet spot for PSUs, strong enough to handle any single GPU system as well as many dual GPU systems, but not in the 1kW or higher overkill class.  The look on the outside is rather interesting, a rather clean casing is marred with multicoloured cooling, the heatsinks are blue and the fan is gold.  Inside, the totally redesigned PSU is stellar, [H]ard|OCP saw no movement on the 12V rail and the others were also incredibly stable.&nbsp

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Adding SATA 6Gb/s to SSDs

Subject: Storage | March 5, 2010 - 02:21 PM |
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The Marvell 88SS9174-BJP2 controller brings SATA 6Gb/s to the Crucial RealSSD-C300.  Benchmark Reviews has paired that SSD with an Intel ICH10R to see just how well the SSD can do.  With peaks of 330 MBps on read and 225 MBps for writes, it would seem that one SSD still isn't able to saturate the new standard.  It is st

Different manufacturer, same 890GX chipset

Subject: Motherboards | March 5, 2010 - 12:41 PM |
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When Josh tested AMD's new 890GX chipset he used offerings from MSI and Gigabyte and while those were the only one sent to him to benchmark so far there are other manufacturers making 890GX boards.  PC Stats received an ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3
for testing.  It offers the usual pair of PCIe 16x slots, dual channel RAM support and six SATA 6Gb/s, a pa

Source: PCStats

Grab your own personal jetpack for only $75,000

Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2010 - 12:15 PM |
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The Mythbusters might not have been able to build their own working jetpack but Martin Aircraft will sell you one for under $100,000, though shipping from New Zealand might be expensive.  The jetpack won't require a pilots license right now, but if they start selling many of these the chances are quite good that some regulations will be put in place.  In the mean time you can hit heights of up to 2,400 metres and top speeds of 60mph according to Martin Aircraft.  You can see som

Source: MAKE: Blog

My keyboard is a leaf on the wind, watch it soar

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2010 - 05:44 PM |
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At Gizmodo you can see a keyless keyboard from Minebea called the Cool Leaf.  It is one of three products that they have recently rolled out, the other two being a calculator and a universal remote control.  All look like a translucent piece of plastic or glass but are in fact an electrostatic capacity type touch panel and a load sensor. 
Waterproof and dirt proof, though probably not smudge proof, they are both attractive and utilitarian and might be on many a de

Source: Gizmodo

The new coolers on the block hit the top of the pile

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 4, 2010 - 05:32 PM |
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FrostyTech has updated their best heatsinks lists, in both Intel and AMD flavours, subdivided into the best coolers and the quietest coolers.  The old favourites have been pushed off of their respective top spots in favour of new and improved models.  In all half of the categories the top three heatsinks are new to the lists and as the old kings were no slouches when it came to cooling you can expect even better from these new models.  Drop by and take a look, if this trend continues the new coolers won't be i

Source: Frosty Tech

Intel's new budget Core i3-530

Subject: Processors | March 4, 2010 - 03:15 PM |
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The new Core i3-530 is a 2.93GHz dual core processor that will set you back only $120 but you have to sacrifice support for Turbo mode if you do pick it.  Ryan proved you don't actually need that button as without tweaking voltage he hit 4.08 GHz and by bumping up the voltage to 1.35V that soared to almost 4.5GHz, take that Turbo button!  In many cases it out performs the Phenom II X4 965, espec

Forget GPU accelerated Flash, time for 3D enabled FireFox

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2010 - 12:13 PM |
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At PC Perspective we have talked a lot about Ray Tracing, the people working to make it a reality and and the benefits it would bring, but we never discussed it as a plug in for a browser.  That is exactly what the fellows at RT Fact are doing and you should be able to try out their custom version of Firefox relatively soon.  As the fellows of Slashdot mention, we can only hope this proves

Source: Slashdot

Radeon HD5870s for under $400! Yes you can.

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 4, 2010 - 11:45 AM |
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Josh spotted a great deal this morning on NewEgg for the HIS Radeon HD 5870
(H587F1GDG).  You can grab the fastest single GPU graphics card on the planet for under $400, whether you are in the U.S. or in Canada ... there doesn't seem to be a NewEgg.mx, so we can't claim the sale is North American wide.

Source: newegg

Corsair launches Force seres of SSDs using SandForce controller

Subject: Storage | March 4, 2010 - 02:41 AM |
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The hits just keep on coming as Corsair goes off like a company possessed releasing yet another line of solid state drives.  Looking back at the Nova and Reactor lines first shown just this past Friday, the new Force-series of SSDs make a total of three new lines in under a week!  Corsair is obviously intent on keeping or passing competitors like OCZ Technology that have a wide array of SSD options for different performance segments and price levels.

Patriot displays Project Artemis, a 10TB SSD based system with over 150,000 IOPS

Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2010 - 11:00 PM |
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Fremont, California, USA, March 3, 2010 - Patriot Memory, a global pioneer in high-performance memory, NAND flash and computer technology, today announced a 10TB SSD based Full ATX Workstation, code named Project Artemis, on display at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany.

Project Artemis is a blazing fast computer built using 40 256GB Patriot Torqx SSD drives offering a combined 10TB of storage and incredible speed.

The HD 5970 4GB is big

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 3, 2010 - 02:51 PM |
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The HD 5970 is a Radeon HD 5850 and HD 5870 sandwiched onto one board, topped with 4GB RAM all hidden beneath a very large cooler.  Expected load power draw is just shy of 300W and the large three fan cooler hopes to keep the GPUs below 90C.  Drop by HEXUS for some tantalizing shots
of this heavy hitter from AMD
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"A monster card in the works."

Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:

Source: Hexus

MAINGEAR Launching New 15" Multimedia Notebook

Subject: Mobile | March 3, 2010 - 02:30 PM |
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MAINGEAR Computers, the makers of custom desktop and notebook PCs, is announcing a new 15.6" notebook called the mX-L15. The mX-L15 features the latest Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, ATI Radeon Mobility 4570 with 512MB of RAM, and up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM.

Source: General

Met Western Digital's new SSD, now they swing both ways

Subject: Storage | March 3, 2010 - 01:15 PM |
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While the original body of Western Digital has been very busy improving platter based hard drives, the company that they recently bought out, Silicon Systems
has been developing an SSD for WD.  The WD SiliconEdge Blue 256GB has a new branded controller and Allyn spotted quite a few similarities to a Kingston/JMicron board, though the performance did not match.  The pricing did not match either, with MSRPs of $249 for 64GB, $529 for 128

Bad Company 2 picks up on destructible terrain

Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2010 - 12:00 PM |
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Ars Technica has a chance to take out Battlefield: Bad Company 2
and it left them with a fairly nice taste in their mouth, although they'd set the bar pretty low.  The big news for many is the inclusion of destructible terrain, something that is left out of a huge number of games, but adds so much to them.  In one case, the tester at Ars was pinned down in a building but with a the use of a grenade to create an expedient exit through the back wall of the house solved that easily. 

Source: Ars Technica

How much do you expect from a sub $100 netbook

Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2010 - 11:39 AM |
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At a price of $85, the Coby NBPC722 smartbook is a rather interesting product that hopefully doesn't go the way of the inexpensive OLPC smartbook.  Powered by an ARM based 624MHz Marvell PXA303, a processor also found in the Android phone, and using 2GB of flash memory for storage it won't be doing much more than surfing the net .  It ships with Windows CE but it shouldn't take too long after its arrival for someone to get Linux running on it.  Drop by Engadget and

Source: engadget

Western Digital makes SSD's?

Subject: Storage | March 3, 2010 - 08:00 AM |
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For a first in the industry, Western Digital has announced a line of Solid State Drives.  You may recall this time last year, when Western Digital acquired SiliconSystems.  We suspected that may eventually lead to a consumer grade SSD in their future, but we didn't quite expect them to turn one around in less than one years time!

An Extreme SSD that only Apple fans have heard of

Subject: Storage | March 2, 2010 - 05:58 PM |
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Other World Computing (OWC) apparently makes well known products in the world of Apple but their OWC Mercury Extreme SSD is purely PC.  Using the young upstart controller that everyone is drooling about, the SandForce, this SSD deserves the Extreme moniker as it kept up to the Vertex LE in AnandTech's testing.  Even more interesting for some is that this 50GB model retails at $229 and happens to be the only 50GB model on the market although the Intel X25-M G2 80GB
sits in the same price range. 

Source: AnandTech

Call it 'ION:The Next Generation'

Subject: Mobile | March 2, 2010 - 02:02 PM |
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No matter how oddly nVIDIA chose to name the ION 2, the important thing is that this is not one of their traditional rebadging of previous generation hardware, it is rebadging of current generation hardware.  The same 40-nm GT218 you've seen in the GeForce 210 and 310 are hidden inside ION 2's tiny little shell.  The addition of Optimus technology allowing on the fly enabling and disabling of the onboard GPU makes that even more attractive to those who want   The performance of the GT218 as a discreet solution left a little to be desired but as an embedded GPU there is hope.&nbs

BFG Tech Announces Customer Appreciation Sale on Phobos and Deimos High Performance Systems

Subject: Systems | March 2, 2010 - 01:35 PM |
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Libertyville, IL – March 1, 2009 – BFG Technologies, producer of Phobos, the innovative high performance gaming/home theater system, and Deimos, the powerhouse SLI desktop replacement notebook, is excited to announce that all purchasers of their custom-built systems will get 10% off the final invoice when ordered between March 1 and March 19, 2010.

The Deimos X-10 SLI Desktop Replacement Notebook delivers super fast frame rates similar to an SLI desktop rig, but offers gamers and multimedia enthusiasts the convenient