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Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2009 - 06:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It certainly seems counterintuitive, but there is now such a thing as an entry level SLI machine. The ASRock N7AD-SLI Socket 775 nForce 740 SLI Motherboard can give you the base of the system, and a pair of 9800 or 8800 cards can give you some nice performance. On the other hand you may have a better experience with a single higher end card, but that wouldn't give you much in the way of bragging rights.
Subject: Memory | January 26, 2009 - 05:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legit Reviews shocked themselves with the results of their testing 12Gb of RAM set up in triple channel. Six 2GB memory modules at 1600MHz with 8-7-7-20 1T, and only 1.6V, pushing the kits harder resulted in 1700MHz with 8-8-8-24 1T. Check out their full review to see the incredible bandwidth benchmarks that these modules can handle.
Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2009 - 05:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech sacrificed the last week playing a through a long list of games on the Windows 7 beta. A lot of the features, like Game Explorer will be familiar to Vista users. One big difference is that just about every game they tested work perfectly, or with a minimum of problems. They even go fairly far back into the past, resurrecting games you may not have thought about in years, which you can still play on Windows 7.
Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2009 - 11:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It seems amazing that the memory of one bad occurrence
can stick in the memory and be pulled out years later to refute current fact. You still run into claims that VIA chipsets are horribly unstable and inefficient and that ATI drivers are bad. In the Processor forum, an old video of Tom's has reared it's head in a thread talking about how AMD chips have a higher failure rate than Intel. Thankfully, the fellows here on the forums set the record straight.
Subject: Systems | January 23, 2009 - 07:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2009 - 06:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2009 - 06:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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!
Subject: Displays | January 23, 2009 - 05:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2009 - 04:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 23, 2009 - 07:12 AM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2009 - 10:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2009 - 08:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 22, 2009 - 05:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2009 - 04:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Mobile | January 21, 2009 - 11:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2009 - 10:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2009 - 06:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2009 - 05:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2009 - 05:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.