Acer AspireRevo first to announce with NVIDIA ION platform

Subject: Systems | April 7, 2009 - 06:27 PM |
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Today NVIDIA and Acer partnered together to formally announce the first real ION-based hardware solution: the AspireRevo.  There really isn't much news here to report other than what we have

It's an overclocked YoYo

Subject: Systems | April 7, 2009 - 06:03 PM |
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The Yoyotech AMD Water Dragon 940 is the successor to their earlier AMD Dragon BE and sports quite a few improvement, above and beyond the next gen components.  For instance, the cooling is provided by Coolit's Domino ALC liquid cooling unit and there are some attractive cold cathodes throughout the casing.  The performance is quite good, although their Intel series is faster as one might expect.  If you are looking for a custom build, check out the review at CPU3D and

Source: CPU3D

Think big, not dense

Subject: Mobile | April 7, 2009 - 03:10 PM |
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4kg for a laptop seems heavy to those carting around a netbook, but there are no netbooks with a 18.4" screen that displays at 1900x1080.  Powering that display is a GeForce 9600M GT with 1GB of DDR2, the total system memory being 4GB of DDR2 and a 2GHz C2D T6400 runs it all.  Scoring 3977 in 3DMark06, it won't be a gaming powerhouse, but it should be able to push most games at it's native resolution without too much tweaking.  A preview of this laptop can be found at InsideHW.

Source: InsideHW

ASUS provides quality over quantity with their new Xonar

Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2009 - 02:41 PM |
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The ASUS Xonar Essence STX comes with a lot of features for a stereo sound card.  By stereo, they mean dolby 2, not 2.1, 5 or any other number, there are a total of 2 channels which is perfect for headphones.  You can buy headphones that emulate 5.1 sound, but the tend not to be up to the quality that an audiophile demands.  If you are the type that picks up headphones worth hundreds of dollars and are looking to plug them into a

Source: TECHGAGE

BFG Technologies' Phobos Performance Gaming/Home Theater System Now Available

Subject: Systems | April 7, 2009 - 01:21 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (April 7, 2009) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, and award-winning power supplies announced today that the Phobos Performance Edition Gaming/Home Theater System now comes standard with two BFG GeForce GTX 275 OC graphics cards running in SLI, and fast Intel solid-state drives as an new available upgrade option.

BFG Technologies recently updated the default configuration for the Phobos Performance Edition after tests showed that two BFG GeForce GTX 275 graphics cards running in NVID

Thinking ahead

Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2009 - 01:04 PM |
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Firefox 3.5 hasn't officially made it out the door, but 3.6 is already in the works.  Ars Technica delves into the features and improvements you can expect from the Firefox after next in this article.  If Ubiquity-based photo-editing, themes you can switch without restarting Firefox and a look at the new tab setup sounds interesting then head on over.

Source: Ars Technica

AMD Opteron Processor Upgrade Program Drives Faster Time to Benefit in the Data

Subject: Processors | April 7, 2009 - 11:24 AM |
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Switching from 65nm Barcelona chips to 45nm Shanghai and the upcoming Istanbul processor just got a little bit easier for businesses.   AMD is offering a 35% discount to their partners for buying upgrades.

Source: AMD

PC Power & Cooling introduces the Pro-Source UPS for Ultimate PC Power Protection

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 6, 2009 - 07:51 PM |
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PC Power and Cooling, part of OCZ Technologies, just sent official word of the announcement of their latest power-based product: the Pro-Source 1500 uninterruptible power supply.  For those unfamiliar with what a UPS is, it is essentially a battery backup for your computer (or any electronics) that will allow you to keep working during a power outage. 

No such thing as overkill

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 6, 2009 - 06:15 PM |
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If you are going to pick up a PSU, why not one that could power three or four mainstream computers?  You can even choose between a pair of manufacturers, the Xigmatek NRP-HC1501 or Thermaltake's Toughpower 1500A W0171, not that either are easily available.  In their testing, Think Computers feels that they have conclusively proved that 1500W is more than any current generation PC needs, but it certainly isn't a bad thing to have.  Both of these PSUs provided stable powe

UW PC Gamers Laramie Lanfest

Subject: Shows and Expos | April 6, 2009 - 04:53 PM |
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Wyoming is known for many things, but rarely for things like LAN parties.  This upcoming weekend the UW PC Gamers club is having a 3 day LAN extravaganza.  So those wishing to participate can show up at the Laramie Ice Arena, pay your $10, and have a place to game to your heart's content.

They have gathered a few sponsors, and will be giving away some prizes.  PCPer has donated a XFX NVIDIA based motherboard for the event, and the group has also picked up other sponsors such as Mushkin.

HighPoint RocketRaid 4320 and 4310 hits the street

Subject: Storage | April 6, 2009 - 03:52 PM |
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Not too long ago, HighPoint released their RocketRaid 4320 card.  It employs a rather speedy Intel IOP348 XOR engine running at 1.2Ghz.  What really caught my eye was the insanely low cost of this board when purchased through Newegg.  A few days ago, HighPoint released a 4-port version, the RocketRaid 4310, which

Upgrade as painlessly as possible

Subject: Motherboards | April 6, 2009 - 03:19 PM |
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Starting with the good news, the MSI X58 Platinum LGA 1366 motherboard can be had for $220 and you might even beat that if you find a combo deal.  The better news is that this is not a stripped down motherboard, all the features you expect from an X58 board are there, from 6 SATA ports to Crossfire support.  Steve did have some problems when he started overclocking, which has made him suggest that if you plan to overclock then this board may not be your best choice.&n

Ribbit

Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2009 - 02:17 PM |
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Looking for a way to bring cheer to those who use PCs on a regular basis and who really aren't impressed by your 3200 dpi dual laser gaming mouse?  Why not pick up a frog mouse for them, applicable for most ages and cute as a mouse could possibly be.  R&B Mods does not suggest using it for gaming, especially with the accompanying mat; but that's not really what it is for.

Our new spring silicon is in

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 6, 2009 - 12:24 PM |
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If you somehow missed out on the big launch last week, the new spring cards have arrived from both GPU makers, the nVIDIA GTX 275 and the AMD HD 4890.  The nVIDIA card is not intended to be the new top of the line card, nor is the 4890.  Instead they fill that middle range between their current single

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Promise never to let it near a basset hound

Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2009 - 12:02 PM |
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The new Ubuntu is out and about, this time as a Jaunty Jackelope (aka 9.04 beta).  As far as new features go, you can expect to see Gnome 2.26, X.Org Server 1.6, better boot performance, Ext4 support and the new 2.6.28 kernel.  ExtremeTech tried the beta out and came away with two significant realizations.  On the one hand, the boot performance in particular and the system in general really didn't show any huge improvements, on the other hand they had absolutely no problems or issues when ins

Source: Extremetech

ATI FirePro 3D Graphics Accelerators Offered On Top-To-Bottom Line of HP Workstations

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 6, 2009 - 11:16 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 6, 2009 - AMD today announced that its top-to-bottom line of industry-leading ATI FirePro graphics accelerators are now featured in the new HP Z Workstations.

Source: AMD

Martin Cooper calling for Dr. Engel

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2009 - 06:14 PM |
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Before heading off into the forums, give your self a bit of piece of mind and see if you managed to be one of the few who caught Conficker.  The test is very easy to interpret.
To keep up with all the other threats that are out there, this thread in the Networking Forum is your friend.  Of course, you need to build a PC befo

Price versus performance is quickly becoming a key benchmark

Subject: Processors | April 3, 2009 - 03:32 PM |
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Currently the AMD Phenom II X4 940 will run you less than $250 to pick up, just a little more affordable than a Core i7 processor.  The AM2+ motherboard that you will need to run this (no AM3 boards, remember the extra pins) is also a lot less than an X58 based motherboard, so you can still manage to put together a new system in today's economic client.  The performance does not beat Intel's offerings, but it does compare to them, signifying the suc

At least the puddle would be very small

Subject: Systems | April 3, 2009 - 03:16 PM |
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When you think of Shuttle, you tend to think of small cubic case for low powered systems and HTPCs, but the SP45H7 is a little different.  It's not just a stylishly small box, it's a box with watercooling hidden inside.  Shuttle managed to get both the reservoir and the pump inside the box and ExtremeTech crowded it even further with an HD4850 for their testing. 

Source: Extremetech

Nobody making what you want? Build it yourself

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2009 - 03:04 PM |
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K|ngp|n, foe to processors and king of overclocking contests decided that since his best performances tended to be from coolers the he built himself, that he would go into the design business.  The finished product is the Dragon F1 Extreme, a solid copper CPU cooler intended to be used with LN.  Sure, it will run you about $300 to buy it from the man himself, but you have to pay to get the absolute best.  See how it performs at Madshrimps.

Source: Madshrimps