A little room for improvements

Subject: Systems | January 23, 2009 - 07:55 PM |
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Building an HTPC can lead to frustration as you realize a mATX board might not offer all of the connections you desire, or when the video card you want to use is a 1/2" inch too long to fit inside the HTPC case you picked.  The nMEDIA HTPC 2000B can solve any spacial difficulties, it will fit a full ATX board in it's 17" x 6.3" x 15.4" casing, though you should still think small for your heatsink.  Think Computers like this casing a lot and recommend that anyone buyig the case should spend the extr

Intel Chairman Craig Barrett to Retire in May

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2009 - 06:40 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 23, 2009 - Intel Corporation today announced that Craig Barrett intends to retire from active management and his role as chairman and member of the board of directors in May at the company's annual stockholders' meeting.

Barrett joined Intel in 1974 and has served in many capacities including CEO from 1998 through 2005. In recent years, Barrett has been active in Intel's World Ahead Program bringing information technology to emerging economies and has been active in issues as far ranging as education, health care and U.S. competitiveness.

Free yourself from the leash

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2009 - 06:37 PM |
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Sleek-Audio has released a new W1 Wireless Kit, consisting of a pair of earbud headphones and a receiver at one end and a small transmitter to plug into a portable music device, like an MP3 player or music phone.  It is broadcast using proprietary technology, not Bluetooth and has a throughput of approximately 2.4 Mbps, enough to ensure no degradation in audio quality.  If that interests you at all, check out the full review at techPowerUp!

Source: techPowerUp!

An expert panel on LCDs

Subject: Displays | January 23, 2009 - 05:30 PM |
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Displaying off their expertise, X-bit Labs has created a brief overview of the current LCD market.  Having published numerous roundups of various sized monitors over the past year, they have several recommendations for sizes ranging from 17" to 30".  Having monitored the performance of more than a few dozen LCDs, with the ones in this article being their favourites.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Vista's last hope before 7

Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2009 - 04:57 PM |
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TechARP is all about Vista Service Pack 2; first by reporting on the likely release dates, and now on the features that SP2 will add.  You will see support for 64-bit CPUs from VIA, more Wi-Fi features, even improvements to DirectX.  If Windows 7 releases according to schedule, Vista is in for a very short run; hopefully SP2 will help people remember it in the future with a little less loathing.

Source: Tech ARP

Galaxy Expands Retail Business to Microcenter

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 23, 2009 - 07:12 AM |
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A quick little shout out to a sponsor of ours - it looks like the small-time player in the US market is playing catch up, and fast, with a new deal entering retail chain Microcenter. 

Galaxy Expands Retail Business with Partnership with Microcenter

AMD Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual Results

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2009 - 10:17 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan. 22, 2009 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today reported fourth quarter 2008 revenue from continuing operations of $1.162 billion. Fourth quarter 2008 revenue decreased 35 percent compared to the third quarter of 2008 and 33 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2007. Fourth quarter 2008 revenue was down 28 percent sequentially, excluding third quarter 2008 process technology license revenue of $191 million.

In the fourth quarter of 2008, AMD reported a net loss of $1.424 billion, or $2.34 per share.

Source: AMD

BFG is trying something new in their PSUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2009 - 08:33 PM |
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BFG has a pair of new PSUs, the MX Series which comes in 550W and 680W flavours.  Neither one is very expensive for a high end PSU, quite a bargain for a pair of PSUs that came away from [H]ard|OCP's torture testing with a Gold and Silver award respectively, with the Gold going to the 550W model.  They are unique in using Forepoint designs for

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Need to tame your i7?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2009 - 07:23 PM |
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Legit Reviews has just finished a round up of 6 LGA1366 heatsinks, the

If you've got the power ...

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 22, 2009 - 05:26 PM |
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As long as your wallet can handle a $500 hit, your PSU can handle a 450W drain, and your CPU or RAM isn't going to offer a bottleneck, you are probably thinking fondly of the GTX 295.  Bjorn 3D took a little time before releasing their review of the BFG GTX 295, comparing it against some of nVIDIA and AMD's finest, including SLI and a second GTX 295 to see how BFG's offering fares.  When able, they also enable PhysX on the card to see what impact t

Source: Bjorn3D

Not so pretty in pink

Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2009 - 04:51 PM |
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The bumpy ride downhill for the IT industry has picked up a little more speed today.  Slashdot has linked to three very similar stories of woe for three major tech players.  Microsoft is going to spend the next 18 months laying off up to 5,000 employees, with no specifics on where these jobs will be lost. 
As we saw yesterday afternoon, Intel is shutting down two elderly U.S.

Source: Slashdot

What have I got in my pocket?

Subject: Mobile | January 21, 2009 - 11:08 PM |
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At 635g and 279mm x 199.8mm x 23.6mm, the Sony VAIO Pocket is one of the smaller Atom based UMPCs available.   Don't let the small size fool you, it has 2GB DDR2 and a 60GB HDD or 64GB SSD for storage which will help it run Vista at an acceptable speed.  All in all, apart from the bill you will get from Sony for any repairs; this will give you a fair amount of mobile power without the hernia.  Hardware Zone's claims of it being a total chick magnet may be a bit exaggerated though.

Intel to Consolidate Manufacturing Operations; Company to Halt Production at Five Older Factories

Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2009 - 10:44 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 21, 2009 - Intel Corporation today disclosed plans to restructure some of its manufacturing operations and align its manufacturing capacity to current market conditions. The company will consolidate and streamline some older capacity without impacting the deployment of new, leading-edge 45-nanometer and 32-nanometer manufacturing capacity.

The company plans to close two existing assembly test facilities in Penang, Malaysia and one in Cavite, Philippines, and will halt production at Fab 20, an older 200mm wafer fabrication facility in Hillsboro, Ore.

Wacom's middle tablet

Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2009 - 06:34 PM |
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If you are a graphics professional, you have probably had your eyes on the Wacom Cintiq, and if you have just started in on the idea of tablets, you are more likely to be looking at the Graphire.  For those who have graduated from the Graphire, but aren't ready to invest in a Cintiq, there is the Intuos.  MaximumCPU tried out the tablet, pen and mouse, so drop by for a look.

Source: Maximum CPU

AMD drops quad-core Phenom processor pricing

Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2009 - 05:15 PM |
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AMD has reduced the price of its quad-core Phenom II X4 940 and 920 CPUs from US$275 and US$235 to US$225 and US$195 in thousand-unit tray quantities, respectively.

In addition to reducing the price of current CPUs, AMD also plans to launch the Phenom II X4 950 in the second quarter with a core frequency of 3.1GHz.

AMD commented that the price drop provides consumers products with a better price/performance ratio.

Source: Digitimes

A reluctant manifestation

Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2009 - 05:07 PM |
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There is an undead monster in the closet which is having some serious issues.  For quite a while now, the license to the Ghostbusters franchise has been possessed by a number of different companies, each sucking a little more life out of it, either doing nothing with it, or worse, by releasing pathetic games or.  Now unless Atari can trap the spirit of the game it may never be anything but a phantom release.  Ars Technica has details on the whole sordid story.

Source: Ars Technica

87 out of 88 ain't bad

Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2009 - 04:29 PM |
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Intel still isn't saying that they will be taking a loss, but they aren't suggesting it will be a positive quarter either.  The Register's coverage suggests that Intel employees are worried about job security at this point, and are advocating a solution like AMD has recently adopted; salary cuts for everyone. 

Source: The Inquirer

Form and function from your HTPC case

Subject: Systems | January 20, 2009 - 09:14 PM |
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For just over $200 you can get your hands on the Thermaltake DH-101 VF7001BNS, an HTPC case with the styling you would expect from Thermaltake.   Not only is it pretty on the outside, there was plenty of room inside to fit a HD 2900XT.  Motherboards.org takes you through their whole experience, from unboxing to final assembly in their review.

ThermalTake is thinking big

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 20, 2009 - 06:49 PM |
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The reason the Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro has a 14 in it's name is thanks to the 140mm fan providing the airflow on this enormous heatsink.  The sheer size, 140mmx140mmx30mm may prevent it from working in some cases and it's 800g weight will want a solid mount.  Join Overclockers Club in admiring the performance and the lack of noise from ThermalTa

There's a new flash drive in town

Subject: Storage | January 20, 2009 - 05:18 PM |
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The USB flash drive has a competitor with the release of OCZ's Throttle 32GB eSATA drive.  It may look like your every day thumb drive, but this one plugs into a powered eSATA port.  If you wonder how that might affect your day, consider that Legit Reviews tested the drive by copying 29.3GB worth of files onto the Throttle and an OCZ ATV usb drive and then copied them back.