I'm locked in here tighter than a frog's butt in a watermelon seed fight.

Subject: General Tech | August 19, 2009 - 12:42 PM |
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If you haven't heard by now, you are probably burrowed and forgotten about because the net is flush with news about StarCraft 2.  The biggest news is that it is still coming and set for release next year, unlike some other StarCraft games who have become less that ghosts.  It is not going to be your average RTS base building game with a thin story for wrapping, from the looks of the video and previews around the web, it is going to have much more story and unique paths to reach the end of the single player campaign. 

Source: Ars Technica

The good, the bad and the smugly

Subject: General Tech | August 19, 2009 - 12:21 PM |
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There is news from three of the biggest tech companies up on DigiTimes, in a mix of good, bad and pretty much as expected.   To get the bad news out of the way; all those new Intel P55 motherboards that you have seen previewed will not have the fancy new Braidwood memory technology that the existence of the NVRAM slot implied.  It would have been nice, but it looks as though the P55, H57, Q57 and H55
will all be missing the new version of Turbo Memory 'due to to issues with the software side of Braidwo

Source: Digitimes

Opa! Time to toss out the platters.

Subject: Storage | August 18, 2009 - 07:07 PM |
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Apart from the form factor and the use of a much faster transfer bus, flash drives are becoming the defacto standard for data storage.  The 120GB+ tend to prefer a SATA or eSATA interface, while the smaller drives tend to use USB for transfer and lack sophisticated controllers.  The A-DATA 32GB XPG
is one of the smaller drives, both in storage capacity and in physical size and it is up for review at Legit Reviews.  Can it live up to its Xupreme name? Follow the link to find out.

Mobile mice should be cute

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2009 - 02:53 PM |
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Verbatim is a fairly well known name, but not for computer peripherals which is what is up for review at Overclockers HQ.  The Verbatim Nano Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse
is a tiny mouse, available in a multitude of colours, for taking with you in your laptop bag.  The receiver is barely bigger than the USB slot that it uses and the mouse should be good up to 4' away from the receiver.  If you are sick of the trackpad on your laptop and don't want

The fresh smell of ASUS

Subject: Mobile | August 18, 2009 - 01:49 PM |
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The ASUS N50Vn is a 15.4" notebook with a native 1280 x 800 resolution and comes with a "Air Ionizer" button.  Push the button and the notebook will purify the air around you, though it won't clean up what you choose to display on the screen.  Inside the model that InsideHW reviewed you will find a C2D T5850 @ 2.16GHz, 4GB of DDR2 and a nVIDIA GeForce 9650M GT, all

Source: InsideHW

'Little people' GPU wrestling

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 18, 2009 - 12:45 PM |
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In one corner you have AMD's fast card, the $200 Radeon HD 4890 1GB and in the other corner a pair of
HD 4770s that together add up to $220
.  The pair of cards have access to more shaders, while the single card has better memory bandwidth making the contest look inter

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Come see our travel slide show

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2009 - 12:04 PM |
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The pictures are up from PC Perspective at Quakecon and you can see them all here.  There are shots of just about everything you could imagine, starting with a quick look at the BYOC event and a new game from id that had a lot of people excited.  Two different breeds of modders showed up, one who excel at designing modifications to cases or simply creating their own from scratch.  The second group were much cooler, seeing as how they are carting around exotic cooling liquids as they search for the highest overclock.  The hu

A great addition to any HTPC

Subject: Systems | August 17, 2009 - 05:14 PM |
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The ASUS My Cinema EHD3-100 Dual Hybrid TV Card is a PCIe card, giving it that extra bandwidth necessary for HD video.  It can handle both digital and analog signals, in case you have elderly appliances that are not up to handling digital input.  Its dual nature comes from the ability to let you watch one program while recording another to your PC or a TiVO and other PVRs. 

Source: Gamepyre

The ASUS Superhighway

Subject: Motherboards | August 17, 2009 - 04:46 PM |
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The ASUS P6T7 WS SuperComputer motherboard sports an incredible seven PCIe 16x slots along with a $450 price tag, making it attractive to only a few of the most driven enthusiasts.  In order to manage that feat ASUS placed two NF200 chipsets
on the board to provide the extra PCIe lanes.  The gaming performance of those NF200s did not impress [H]ard|OCP overly, what

Source: [H]ard|OCP

It's not all about the frags, you have to have style too

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 17, 2009 - 04:04 PM |
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Legit Reviews offers a quick look at the case mods which appeared at QuakeCon's BYOC event.  15 different mods running from barbecues to Lego, there are some interesting sights to see.  There are inexpensive mods like the system in a milk crate design to the expensive Quad in One system which houses four complete systems in one oversized box.  Drop by for a look.

Micron's miniaturization

Subject: General Tech | August 17, 2009 - 03:37 PM |
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Micron will be undergoing a lot of product changes over the next year as they switch from their current 68nm process in favour of smaller technologies.  In 2010 you should expect to see both Micron's direct products as well as the chips from Inotera, their joint venture with Nanya, move to a 50nm process.  The year after that they will make the move to 40nm.  That move will help reduce their manufacturing costs as well as bringing down the heat produced. 
Hopefully they will avoid the problems we h.ave seen in other companies 40nm process. 

Source: Digitimes

Of Peace, Love, Rockets and the Gaylord

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2009 - 06:46 PM |
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The most interesting topic in the forums this weekend is, and will continue to be, Ryan, Josh and Steve representing PC Perspective at QuakeCon 2009.  Ryan already has some shots up from John Carmack's keynote speech and a look around of the first full day of QuakeCon.  Even more popular is Ryan's post in the forums about the PC Perspective Hardware Workshop, with a list of the prizes he his giving out.  The list is a little short,

ATI Catalyst™ 9.8 Driver - Everything you want to know and why you should care

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 14, 2009 - 05:58 PM |
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With five months of ATI Catalyst driver blogs under our belt, we are seeing a growing engagement from the community via this blog site. Please keep up the great comments and suggestions and we will endeavor to answer as many as we can. So, without further ado – let me introduce the ATI Catalyst 9.8 Driver Release!

Game Optimizations: ATI Catalyst™ 9.8 Driver

Source: AMD

AMD demos DX11 hardware at QuakeCon 2009

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 14, 2009 - 03:50 PM |
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UPDATE: We have embedded a video we showed at our workshop for a video preview of DX11 in action!!

UPDATE 2: I have also added the trailer for DiRT 2 shown at QuakeCon 2009, a game that will be utilizing DX11

Cause your own brown outs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 14, 2009 - 03:07 PM |
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At 1500W, the new SilverStone Strider is for the seriously power hungry machine and believe it or not, it has a 80 PLUS Silver certification.  It weighs in at 4.2kg (9.25lbs) and is 220mm (8.5") long, so make sure you are not going to put this beast in a microATX case.  Pure Overclock was disappointed with SilverStone in one particular area, this PSU comes with a 3 year warranty instead of the more common 5yr warranty.  Apart from that the build is solid and this is a PSU that could even cause jealousy.

Pretend you need it for school

Subject: Systems | August 14, 2009 - 02:09 PM |
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Having just updated the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard early this week with various components like MSI's new flagship X58 motherboard, a sub $200 HD4890 and some incredible deals on DDR3; it seems only appropriate to offer other choices.  PC Stats has finished updating their three system recommendations.  Their budget and mainstream PCs are both AMD machines, the X2 245 powering the $500 machine and the X4 920 inside of the $1000 build.  The $2000 machine is where

Source: PCStats

The most popular kid at the Prom

Subject: Storage | August 14, 2009 - 12:13 PM |
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Indilinx has gone from a company that only the most hardened of storage geeks used on a daily basis to one of the more common names dropped in tech discussions.  This is all thanks to the rise of the Solid State Drive and Indilinx's Barefoot controller.  A quick peek at Allyn's SSD Decoder Ring shows you just how popular a controller it is.  This implementation is paired with Elpida RAM and Samsung NAND in the

Source: BCCHardware

Drop us a hint, will ya?

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2009 - 11:51 AM |
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nVIDIA's chipset business may not be doing as badly as we thought.  They are still providing chipsets for Apple's products and it seems that Jobs' crew is quite happy with what nVIDIA has provided as they are going to be picking up two new ones.  Three MCPs are expected, a pair for Intel based systems including those Apples and a single solution for AMD systems.  The information is pretty sparse, DigiTimes has the parts of the story we know.

Source: Digitimes

LIVE at QuakeCon 2009 - opening presentation and John Carmack Keynote

Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2009 - 05:06 PM |
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UPDATE: The live event is over, of course, but you can see the saved videos on UStream.  There is a span

Cry Havok and let loose the PhysX war

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 13, 2009 - 02:58 PM |
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In one corner is the CPU calculated physics software called Havok and in the other corner is what used to be Ageia's and is now nVIDIA's proprietary GPU physics program, PhsyX.

Source: Tech ARP