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Subject: Mobile | May 11, 2009 - 02:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you look at an ION platform from nVIDIA, you might mistake it for a router or maybe an external HDD cage, but hidden in that box is a full PC. The GeForce 9400 and Intel Atom beat the pants off of the Intel 945GC, but unless you want to replay Quake 4 at 800x600 with an average frame rate hovering around 20fps you may not want to use it at a LAN party. On the flip side, with HD content in H.264, VC-1 or MPEG-2, you can expect great performance, no dropped frames and a CPU utilization that stays well under 50%. If you do try some other formats, you might run into s
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 11, 2009 - 02:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Weighing in with a GPU of 575MHz, GDDR3 of 900MHz and a 256 bit wide memory bus, the HD 4830 has a hard time keeping up with the new HD 4770 even though they are almost exactly the same price, the HD 4850 is only a competitor if you want to spend almost $50 on an extra handful of
Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2009 - 01:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For gaming, the Sennheiser PC-350 is a great set of headphones, but for music it is not your best choice. They are designed to be mobile, folding up into a small enough size that they can be tossed in a laptop bag. DriverHeaven really liked the performance while being shelled in CoD 4 and found that the surround sound was good enough to determine enemy positions by audio cues. When listening to music, the poor bass performance stands out
Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2009 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
From the short video of game play, the long wait for Duke Nukem might have almost been worth it. Along with a rather impressive use of the Unreal Engine and lighting to create a very nice looking world is some heavy scripting. A lot of the eulogy contains both enemies and Duke performing some rather intricate scripted movements along with the game play shots. It is hard to say just how well the game would have worked with jumping pig men, but hopefully someone will get their hands on the code, however unlikely that is.
Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2009 - 06:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A while back Ryan experimented with a powerline ethernet adaptor from Linksys, and found it to be quite easy to use and effective, as long as you knew which circuits were which in your house. Since that time there really hasn't been any forum members who have picked up a kit to try for themselves, though some have expressed an interest. If anyone has tried this type of network, drop by this forum post to let us know how well it worked for you<
Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2009 - 03:56 PM | Ryan Shrout
This is definitely good news for the tech industry as a whole - both TSMC and UMC, Taiwan's most prominent fabrication facility for silicon wafers, are both seeing increases in monthly revenue month-to-month and better year-to-year re
Subject: Processors | May 8, 2009 - 03:48 PM | Ryan Shrout
Where once there was three, now there are two. At least that's what we are hearing when it comes to the Intel Core i7 Nehalem processors; the Core i7-965, i7-940 and i7-920 are the only three desktop-ready parts that sport the newest architecture from Intel's engineers but it seems one of them is already on the chopping block.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 8, 2009 - 03:39 PM | Ryan Shrout
Wouldn't it be great to lose about $201 million in the span of 3 months but still have a positive outlook on the future? That's just what NVIDIA is talking about this week as the quarterly earnings call results are spread across the media. What is most interesting to me is how varied the opinions are on what NVIDIA's CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, had to say. TG Daily got the distinct impression that NVIDIA's Quadro line of products would be the immediate saving grace for NVIDIA's bottom line whil
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 8, 2009 - 01:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the fourth week of ExtremeTech's case mod contest, a very hard to see HTPC case took the prize. Custom built from a large acrylic sheet, the casing is invisible and the insides are in full view, giving a very unique look to the HTPC. There is also a case with a pair of 22" monitors built in called the CinematographHD and other new cases as well as your favourites from previous weeks. Whether you are there to gawk or to get inspiration for your new case mod,
Subject: Editorial | May 8, 2009 - 01:07 PM | Ryan Shrout
Wait, what's that? You missed the LIVE recording of the 55th PC Perspective podcast that was streaming live on Wednesday at 10pm ET? Well have no worries my friends, we have the recorded version right here for you! Yes, you should still definitely include the PC Perspective Podcast in your regular download list, but isn't it fun to watch it on video as well?
Subject: Motherboards | May 8, 2009 - 12:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The MSI Eclipse SLI X58 LGA 1366 is the top of the line board from MSI, with a long list of features to make enthusiasts green with envy. Three PCI-E 16x slots for whatever SLI or Crossfire setup you could wish for, 6 DDR3 slots, a Creative SB X-Fi Xtreme H/W Audio Card, support for 10 SATA drives and a lot more.
Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2009 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at Hack a Day you will find the coolest thing you will see all day, unless you somehow manage to have an absolutely incredible day and top it. It is a hand portable coil gun which can fire 42g rounds with about 18 joules or 13.3 foot pounds worth of energy. An average 9mm round delivers just over 300 foot pounds or about 400 joules and weighs around 9g, so while the sheer energy is much lower, the weight is a good deal more. As for the lightbulb at the front, it works as a charging resisto
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 7, 2009 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Arctic Cooling are not the only ones guilty of the major sin of PSUs; slapping the maximum peak power in the name and not the actual wattage the PSU is rated for. Unfortunately their sins go further than that in the Arctic Cooling Fusion 550RF
PSU. They included 4 PCI-E power connectors, leading you to believe that a pair of high end graphics cards can be powered but used 20AWG wiring which caused the 12V rail to drop to 10.8V during testing. That drop, especially considering the complete lack of an EPS12V connector means that a pair of power hungry video cards are not goin
Subject: Systems | May 7, 2009 - 04:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have a PS3, or went out and invested in a Blu-ray player, finding the best software to run your movies can be a bit of a challenge. There are free players, which can in some cases bypass HDCP, but to play your movies without having to do so means you need to invest in a professional solution. ExtremeTech has grabbed three of the top solutions to see which offers you the best viewing experience, including a look at some of the upscaling features. Most of the programs offer a way to increase the resolution of the picture to meet HD standards, but not all are created equa
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 7, 2009 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
XFX has been a solid nVIDA partner, but hasn't work with AMD's graphics division until now, and they chose to enter at the high end with their HD 4870 1GB XXX card. Overclocked to
775MHz core and 3.8GHz GDDR5 it does have an advantage over the vanilla card, but not as much as the XXX would imply. It's competitor is
Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2009 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
3D Realms have guaranteed themselves a place in the history books for having told a joke so long they died before they could get to the punchline. It all started just bit over a decade ago, on April 28, 1997, and along the way we have seen many false climaxes, which brought our hopes up that this time they really truly would tell the punchline, but each time we were disappointed. 3D Realms wasn't alone in this titanic effort, they had help from people like Take Two and GoD to give us confidence when our attention started to wane, but alas they were in on it from the beginning; they
Subject: Processors | May 6, 2009 - 09:52 PM | Josh Walrath
AMD just made developer's lives a little bit easier, and has saved consumers from more confusion when it comes to supporting technologies such as SSE4. AMD has been working on their own version of SSE5 for some time before Intel came out with a set of instructions called AVX (Advanced Vector Extensions- not to be confused with the Larrabee architecture's vector extensions). Apparently there was a lot of overlap between SSE5 and AVX, enough so that AMD thought it prudent just to go ahead and support the extra features in AVX that SSE5 did not encompass, as well as create definitions
Subject: Mobile | May 6, 2009 - 05:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you just picked up the Kindle 2, you are probably not a very happy person. Amazon just released the Kindle DX, roughly 2.5 times the size and only $130 more. It has a 9.7" 1200x824 screen @ 150 dpi, and 16 levels of grey, and 3.3GB of storage, all adding up to a much bigger device than it's little brother. You will need to wait until the summer to get your hands on it, but unless the tiny size of the Kindle 2 is a good thing for you, you are best off waiting for the DX.
Subject: Displays | May 6, 2009 - 03:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The reason that the ViewSonic VX2433wm 23.6-inch is called an HD LCD Monitor is because it's native resolution is 1920x1080 (16x9 not 16x10), meaning 1080i/p content can be played without any image manipulation. ViewSonic kept that theme with the inputs as well, having an HDMI in for playing with HD consoles or a Blu-ray player, as well as the more familiar DVI-D input.