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Subject: Graphics Cards | January 30, 2009 - 06:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The last Catalyst release, 8.12, offered huge improvements to all Radeon owners excepting those with multiple HD4850s. The hotfix for the 8.12 even cheered those unfortunates up, as it fixed the degradation they were seeing. Just yesterday we saw the release of the first driver for this year, Catalyst 9.1, which adds support for OpenGL, but not much in the way of other features. X-bit Labs compares the 8.12 driver, both with and without the hotfix, against the new 9.1 driver. T
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 30, 2009 - 05:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Thermaltake MeOrb is perfect for those with space issues, either due to a small HTPC case, or simply a motherboard whose layout leaves little space around the CPU socket for a king sized heatsink. At only 106.8mm x 94.6mm x 47mm and a measly 258g
this cooler is dwarfed by the reset of Thermaltake's heatsink lineup, but it should not be underestimated. In the tests Legion Hardware ran, the MeOrb managed to beat a stock Intel cooler in heat and in noise.
Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2009 - 04:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD hasn't been holding up their end of the fight recently, and as they can't manage to pick up nVIDIA, Intel has decided to take on any comers. The recent battleground has been to make the smallest possible system, a special niche that was the exclusive territory of VIA. That hasn't stopped Intel's Atom smashing into the market and making the netbook popular. Now they are setting their sights on Microsoft and the Linux community by developing Moblin, their own mobile OS.
Subject: Memory | January 29, 2009 - 09:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Has playing with BIOS options got you scratching your head as to why manually setting your RAM's speed and timings causes eternal reboots, but setting the options to something called SPD fixes your posting problems? Icrontic would love to shed some light on your confusion, by explain just what Serial Presence Detect is, why the JEDEC is very important to tweakers and just why CPU-Z doesn't seem to report your RAM going the speed you though it should.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 29, 2009 - 07:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Highlights of the Linux ATI Catalyst 9.1 release include:
Full OpenGL 3.0 support
This release of ATI Catalyst provides full OpenGL 3.0 extension support. The following is a list of OpenGL 3.0 extensions added in Catalyst 9.1:
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 29, 2009 - 06:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Zune has picked up a pretty bad rep with almost no effort, perhaps as a result of that unique brown colour choice, perhaps not. However you look at it, most people have assumed it is inferior to the iPod without ever trying it. That is not to say that the Zune is able to compete with Apple's players, but for the sake of argument Ars Technica decided to try it out. The killer app behind the iPod is iTunes, as the Zune Marketplace is for Microsoft's Zune.
Subject: Motherboards | January 29, 2009 - 05:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Motherboard makers are in for a bit of a tough year, thanks to Intel and AMD moving the memory controller on die, and taking away the most individualistic
component of most chipsets. The plethora of models that most companies offered previously had varied controllers, or paths to the controllers; now it is solid state capacitors, 8-phase power and intricate cooling over the motherboard components that differentiate the various models. A perfect example is the
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2009 - 05:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
That popular new kid on the browser block, Google Chrome, has had a little of it's shine knocked off thanks to a clickjacking vulnerability recently discovered. Following the link [H]ard|OCP will bring you to the Bugtraq page and a proof of concept for the vulnerability. Unfortunately, the link does not lead to a solution or workaround, Google is still working on that.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 28, 2009 - 09:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The best way to judge a power supply before you plug it in is to tear it apart and look at all the naked components, exactly what was done by Hardware Secrets in the first part of their
Subject: Mobile | January 28, 2009 - 07:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As is their wont, Phoronix went out and picked up a Lenovo IdeaPad S10 and removed the installed WinXP SP3 and replaced it with Ubuntu 8.10. Thanks to the steady evolution of Linux, the laptop and all of it's accessories worked perfectly, much like the Samsung NC10. The Samsung was used as the comparative model in their benchmarking, and the IdeaPad fared fairly well. There was a feature included that impressed them, as well as a few qualities that they thought could be improved upon; which you can read abou
Subject: General Tech | January 28, 2009 - 05:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tryanid are already here! If you bought the Dawn of War: Soul Storm expansion you could have played yesterday, everyone else can pick up the multiplayer demo via Steam today. bit-tech did pick up the multiplayer demo early enough to test it, and give you some insights into the Humans, Orcs, Eldar and Tyranid. The learning curve is steep, as the designers have broken away from the major base building focus of most previous RTS games, as well as keeping the pseudo-RPG elemen
Subject: General Tech | January 28, 2009 - 04:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Virage has been a fair sized name in Intellectual Property in the semiconductor business, a gripping and exciting business for lawyers and accountants, but not really the target of much attention for enthusiasts. A deal between Virage and AMD may be worth more than a glimpse, as it could change the face of the market a bit by introducing a new player. Virage has a solid ability in R&D, but no physical product for sale and no experienced infrastructure get products into the channel. AMD has a large channel, but R&D can be slow, especially developing both CPUs and GPUs.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 27, 2009 - 08:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Owners of the HD4850 that have set up a CrossFireX system had a nasty surprise when upgrading to the new 8.12 Catalysts. The lucky ones only saw a drop in performance, the unlucky ones became plagued with BSODs. AMD has since released a hotfix for affected users, which Big Bruin has installed and tested. The performance gain is not awe inspiring for those who could still use the card; the total lack of BSODs will certainly cheer up others however.
Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2009 - 06:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong January 27, 2009 - Galaxy Microsystems Ltd a leading global manufacturer of graphics accelerators, today announced that it has shipped product to Best Buy. Galaxy graphic accelerators will be available in top-selling stores immediately.
"Galaxy has private labeled for years for many of the US graphics companies and now they are excited to offer their superior quality, great service, and aggressive prices under their own name.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 27, 2009 - 05:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's not that you should not run out and buy four 32Gb Intel X-25E SSDs and a high end RAID controller; however unless you are running a multi-user database, you might feel like you are wasting your money. The Tech Report can show you exactly why that is in their testing, both real-world and synthetic benchmarks. For sustained writes, these drives in a RAID 0 are untouchable.&nbs
Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2009 - 05:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The biggest problem about multi-core processors is the high amount of heat that can be produced in small areas, like the interconnects; as evidenced by the 2lb slabs of copper and model helicopter rotors we strap to them to keep them cool. Intel in cooperation with several other research groups have discovered a way to incorporate TECs inside the actual chip packaging. The idea is to target the hot spots on processors, as opposed to housing the entire chip on a TEC, which may keep costs down as well as energy consumption.
Subject: Storage | January 27, 2009 - 04:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Jan. 27, 2009 - WD (NYSE: WDC) today announced the first 2 terabyte (TB) hard drive - the world's highest capacity drive and the latest addition to WD's popular, environmentally friendly, cool and quiet, WD Caviar Green hard drive family.
Subject: Mobile | January 27, 2009 - 04:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA - January 26, 2009 - MSI Computer, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, is pleased to announce the newest addition to its Gaming Notebook Series - GT627. The new GT627 is the first in the MSI Gaming Notebook series to feature the NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS graphics processing unit (GPU).
Last year (or so...) I had been publishing a series of interviews. Questions are all the same, for Moderators, Members, etc. Well, I got too darn busy and fell off...but the interviews are back by popular demand. We'll start with some I had backlogged. Then we will move on to the newest ones.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 26, 2009 - 10:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not only is the Prolimatech Megahalems a mouthful to try to say, at 790g and 130mm x 74mm x 158.7mm
it is also a tight fit in a lot of cases. In [H]ard|OCP's testing they found that it's maximum fan speed of 1600rpm couldn't tumble the 120mm TRUE completely off of it's cooling throne but many would happily sacrifice a couple of degree of heat for 10dB less noise. The lower price may also attract more customers, assuming one can find it for sale.