The mouse has risen; celebrate 96 years of copyright extensions

Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2009 - 06:56 PM |
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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 feelingYou head to our Overclocking Forum, that's what!

Rounding up the cool kids

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 16, 2009 - 06:09 PM |
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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.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Prepare to be jealous of Ryan's three way

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 16, 2009 - 04:49 PM |
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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.

Kindle, Google Edition?

Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2009 - 12:08 PM |
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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,

Source: Slashdot

Defining the tricks of today's silicon

Subject: Processors | October 15, 2009 - 05:43 PM |
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iXBT Labs has been accumulating information on the new technologies we find in the present CPUs from AMD and Intel.  In this particular article they focus on Hyper Threading, what it means and more importantly what you can expect to see in the way of performance impacts in normal usage.  You can find links to the others in the series of articles on this page, including a portion on memory tweaking.

Source: iXBT Labs

Long Playing Hard Drive

Subject: Storage | October 15, 2009 - 05:30 PM |
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Nobody talks about Fight Mouse

Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2009 - 02:01 PM |
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Graphics companies making supercomputers, CPU companies focusing on graphics, it is a mad market and one of the more popular areas to branch into is input devices.  The latest company would be Revoltec as they bring you the FightMouse Pro.   3600 DPI, 1ms response time, six buttons, modifiable weight and enough memory to keep track of a few profiles help place it in the high end of gaming mice.  TestSeek Labs was also very happy with its flexibility

Does the Gamer Paladin cut the mustard?

Subject: Systems | October 15, 2009 - 12:03 PM |
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The colour scheme is a little off and it is unlikely to pick up a warhorse or any other type of mount in the near future, what the iBUYPOWER Gamer Paladin E870 i7 PC does do is hit 20,533 in 3dMark06.  Think Computers liked a lot of things about this prebuilt system but perhaps one of the best features was the extra software that came with the PC; there was almost no bloatware whatsoever.  Do keep in mind the price, while the basic rig is $1739, the one that Think Computers tested runs you $26

Your P55 may have some hot pin on pad action goin' on

Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2009 - 11:47 AM |
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Click over to AnandTech and take a very close look at the first picture in this article.  You might not notice the one pad on the first picture until you look at the second one where the damage is much more obvious.  Through extreme overclocking, headed towards the 5GHz mark and over, they have damaged several boards and processors.  You probably won't see this on air cooling as the power draw required for those kind of overclocks tends to involve liquids that are more usually gases.  It is worth

Source: AnandTech

Never mind the netbooks, here comes the power

Subject: Mobile | October 14, 2009 - 04:51 PM |
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AnandTech grabbed three of the most powerful laptops on the market, all powered by the new mobile Core i7 Clarksfield processors.  Two of the three offer a single GTX 280M
to provide graphical power; one offers you the chance to have an SLI laptop.  The benchmarks are impressive and the prices even more so, the only low numbers come from the battery lifespans.  If you need mobile gaming power, these are the laptops you should be looking at.

Source: AnandTech

The shallow end of the LAN Party

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 14, 2009 - 01:59 PM |
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DFI's LANParty series is more known for the high end features they sport, but there is a low cost end to the line as well, currently held by the BloodIron.  It is a G41 based board, which supports the ageing socket 775 and it sports onboard video supplied by the Intel X4500 Media Accelerator
and an ICH7 chip for onboard audio.  A retail socket 775 processor a hard drive and some DDR2 and you have a running system.  NinjaLane gave it 5 out of 5, not for its 3D performance but because it let

Source: NinjaLane

Just another face in the MMORPG crowd?

Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2009 - 12:23 PM |
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Aion The Tower of Infinity is a new MMORPG with a few interesting twists, the most noticeable is that just about everyone is a flying supermodel.  The graphics are impressive for an online game and Aion takes advantage of that when you create the face of your character.  They do not skimp on the scenery and atmosphere either, all of which are much more detailed and interesting than others in this genre.  The levelling system allows you to avoid grinding, crafting will also help you gain experience to help you reach level 25, when you sprout wings and can start PvP play. 

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nVIDIA's new friends will display in Tegra

Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2009 - 12:06 PM |
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Ryan spotted a bit of news yesterday which places Tegra in the upcoming Nintendo hand held, currently called Nintendo TS.  There is more good news for nVIDIA spotted by SemiAccurate, the new Mobinnova
3G Smartbook, named the Beam, will sport a Tegra 650 SoC and run Windows CE.  It will be interesting to see if the battery life is indeed as long as they claim; any system that can provide a full days work without a recharge is going to be very popular

Source: SemiAccurate

Silverstone's grand piano

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 13, 2009 - 07:04 PM |
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SilverStone is known for gorgeous cases, usually small and purpose built for HTPCs but almost always sporting a piano finish.  Their newest, the Grandia GD03 keeps the styling but is scaled up to handily fit a full AtX board inside.  That size increase has enabled them to rethink their front panel and the way the internals are installed.  Find out how well they pulled it off at Phoronix

Source: Phoronix

GIGABYTE Unleashes Next-Gen Performance GPU Powered by RadeonTM HD5700 Series Graphics Accelerators

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 13, 2009 - 04:31 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, October 13, 2009 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards today is pleased to announce the latest GV-R5700 series graphics cards. GIGABYTE’s GV-R577D5-1GD-B and GV-R575D5-1GD are built on the highly anticipated ATI RadeonTM HD 5700 Series GPUs ­­­­­­­─which utilizes the latest 826 million transistors on 40nm fabrication process and GDDR5 memory.

Corsair Announces Updated Flash Voyager GT Family

Subject: Storage | October 13, 2009 - 02:35 PM |
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FREMONT, Calif., Oct. 13, 2009 — Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced a revamped Flash Voyager GT product lineup.

NextWindow, Sony touch PC news

Subject: Mobile | October 13, 2009 - 02:30 PM |
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Pleasanton, CA – October 12, 2009 – NextWindow, the market and technology leader in optical touch screens for desktop PCs, monitors and large-format displays, today announced that a fourth leading PC maker has begun selling a desktop PC using NextWindow touch screens. Sony this week unveiled its new touch-enabled, multi-media machine- the VAIO L Touch HD PC/TV - which includes a 24" wide screen panel.

Source: Email

BFG Tech Announces Deimos X-10 - 18.4-inch SLI Gaming Notebook

Subject: Mobile | October 13, 2009 - 02:26 PM |
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Libertyville, IL - October 12, 2009 - BFG Technologies, manufacturer of the stunning high performance gaming/home theater system - Phobos, is excited to announce the new Deimos X-10 SLI Gaming Notebook. Deimos X-10 delivers super fast frame rates similar to an SLI desktop rig, but offers gamers the convenient portability of a notebook. Deimos X-10 can be configured with dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M 1GB (SLI) graphics cards, which pump out ultra-lifelike graphics on the gorgeous 18.4" full 16:9 HD (1920x1080) LCD screen.

NVIDIA Tegra rumored to be included in new Nintendo handheld

Subject: Mobile | October 13, 2009 - 02:02 PM |
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I have had a slight tip off on this for a while but didn't think the information was strong enough to report on yet, but enough people are verifying the rumors that I thought it was worth a post.  My first indication of this news was an insider pointing me to this article on Yahoo! Games website that claims executives were showing off an NVIDIA Tegra-powered Nintendo handheld at Gamescon:

Two GPU companies, 2 takes on new cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 13, 2009 - 02:00 PM |
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From AMd we have the new mid-ranged HD47xx series, the HD5780 and HD5750.