Price versus performance is quickly becoming a key benchmark

Subject: Processors | April 3, 2009 - 03:32 PM |
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Currently the AMD Phenom II X4 940 will run you less than $250 to pick up, just a little more affordable than a Core i7 processor.  The AM2+ motherboard that you will need to run this (no AM3 boards, remember the extra pins) is also a lot less than an X58 based motherboard, so you can still manage to put together a new system in today's economic client.  The performance does not beat Intel's offerings, but it does compare to them, signifying the suc

At least the puddle would be very small

Subject: Systems | April 3, 2009 - 03:16 PM |
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When you think of Shuttle, you tend to think of small cubic case for low powered systems and HTPCs, but the SP45H7 is a little different.  It's not just a stylishly small box, it's a box with watercooling hidden inside.  Shuttle managed to get both the reservoir and the pump inside the box and ExtremeTech crowded it even further with an HD4850 for their testing. 

Source: Extremetech

Nobody making what you want? Build it yourself

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2009 - 03:04 PM |
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K|ngp|n, foe to processors and king of overclocking contests decided that since his best performances tended to be from coolers the he built himself, that he would go into the design business.  The finished product is the Dragon F1 Extreme, a solid copper CPU cooler intended to be used with LN.  Sure, it will run you about $300 to buy it from the man himself, but you have to pay to get the absolute best.  See how it performs at Madshrimps.

Source: Madshrimps

A new method to their madness

Subject: Storage | April 3, 2009 - 02:36 PM |
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Benchmark Reviews is changing the way that they test SSDs and the first one on the bench is OCZ with their OCZSSD2-1VTX 120G SSD.  They've snagged a pair of them and using the onboard RAID controller on a Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P X58 they set up the drives in RAID 0 and fired up their new test suite.&nb

VIA Hyperion Pro Drivers updated

Subject: Motherboards | April 3, 2009 - 02:10 PM |
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Version 5.23A of the Hyperion Pro drivers has just been released
. These are the drivers recommended for all VIA chipset based devices and PC. They include the following components:

INF V3.10A

AGP V4.60A

V-RAID V5.80F and RAID Tools v5.85

VIA IDE Falcon Storage Device driver v2.70A

Source: VIA Arena

Zotac doesn't believe in overcompensation

Subject: Motherboards | April 2, 2009 - 05:58 PM |
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The Xotac GeForce 9300-ITX WiFi might look like it is a board for the Nano processor, but don't let it's small size fool you, that is a full LGA775 socket.  Sure, the board is so small that the backplate runs the entire length, but that also implies a lot of extras included in a tiny package.  If you are curious to see how 16 1.2GHz CUDA processors with a 450MHz graphics core perform, drop by The Tech Report.

Reach the top by aiming lower

Subject: Memory | April 2, 2009 - 02:46 PM |
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Mushkin's new Ascent XP3-14400 CL8 2 GB kit hits 1800MHz at latencies of 8-8-7-20 though the voltage seems a little high for the Core i7 at 1.85-1.95V.  That didn't scare techPowerUp! in the least as they tested out how performance scaled with some voltage tweaks, along with total speed and timings.  If you are willing to take the limit to your maximum available memory, 7-7-7 @ 1800MHz is easily reachable, though they do warn that this memory did not work in all the boards they tested.

Source: techPowerUp!

Not (completely) a paper launch

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 2, 2009 - 12:44 PM |
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Perhaps the biggest question on peoples minds with the release of AMD's HD4890 and nVIDIA's GTX 275 is whether they can be purchased.  In AMD's case the answer is that yes you can, nVIDIA and partners however didn't quite manage to get any out the door.  That may be related to the development behind the cards, as they seem to be quite different in that respect.  AMD's is quite obviously a new card that will sit in the channel for a long while, at leas

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES VERSATILE GEFORCE GTX 275 OC

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 2, 2009 - 12:12 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (April 2, 2009) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies, and the Phobos High-Performance Gaming/Home Theater System, announced today the BFG GeForce GTX 275 OC graphics card that offers outstanding PC gaming performance and advanced processing power in other applications from which even non gamers can benefit.

The BFG GeForce GTX 275 OC with CUDA technology provides superior gaming performance as well as ad

Our new Android overlords

Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2009 - 12:04 PM |
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In an effort to make the new netbooks less expensive and to run a little tighter, HP and Asus both seem to be considering Google's Linux based Android OS as an alternative to Windows.  Not only would a successful implementation drive the price down, it could also make your netbook compatible with your cellphone at level we haven't seen before.  Digital Trends thinks this could lead to an OS war, though in this particular case it isn't a new OS trying to make a name f

AMD Unveils ATI Radeon HD 4890, the Most Powerful Graphics Processor in the World

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 2, 2009 - 11:25 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Apr. 2, 2009 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced the ATI Radeon HD 4890 graphics card, driven by the world's most powerful graphics processor. The newest addition to the award-winning ATI Radeon HD 4000 series boasts a whopping 1.36 TeraFLOPs of compute power, superior GDDR5 memory, and super-high engine clock speeds capable of nearly 1GHz.

Source: AMD

NVIDIA EXTENDS PERFORMANCE LEAD WITH NEW GEFORCE GTX 275 GPU; Releases Power Pack #3

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 2, 2009 - 11:21 AM |
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Based on the GT200 architecture, the GeForce GTX 275 GPU features 240
processor
cores operating at 1404 MHz, 80 texture processing units, a 448-bit memory
interface, and an 896 MB framebuffer. In price and performance, it sits
between
the GeForce GTX 260 and the GeForce GTX 285.

Product Highlights:

Source: NVIDIA

Super Talent Develops 2048 GB PCIe RAID SSD with 1.3 GB/sec Throughput

Subject: Storage | April 1, 2009 - 05:02 PM |
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San Jose, California - April 1, 2009 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced its patented RAIDDrive, which dramatically increases the performance and slot capacity of PCI Express-based storage solution.

The old gold standard

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 1, 2009 - 02:36 PM |
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Before every company under the sun started producing high quality PSUs, there were only a few companies in the market and the king was PC Power & Cooling.  Now the market has opened up a bit, but PCP&C has retained their high quality standards even after their purchase by OCZ.  The 610W Silencer PSU will run you about $100, and provide you with solid power and very little noise.  610W will handle most rigs, only multiple high end graphi

Source: CPU3D

Duran Duran not included

Subject: General Tech | April 1, 2009 - 01:35 PM |
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Whatever your musical tastes run toward, if you don't like being without your favourite melodies filling the air then streaming audio is probably familiar to you, as is the Logitech Squeezebox.  The newest model is the Boom,  aptly named as it bears a resemblance to an old style boom box.  Along with streaming your favourite audio wirelessly, you can also use the Boom as an alarm clock to start your day with music.  It will ha

Source: TECHGAGE

Make sure to pick up the high quality version

Subject: General Tech | April 1, 2009 - 12:41 PM |
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RPG fans have been waiting for Drakensang for quite a while now, with teasers making the wait seem even longer.  Now that it is available, the feedback has been quite good from those who have tried it.  The graphics may make it look more like an Elder Scrolls type game but it is much more like Baldurs Gate.  Along with the increase in graphics quality comes a rather intricate leveling system.  Get the details at Gamepyre.

Source: Gamepyre

Pick up a bunch in case the magic smoke gets out of one

Subject: General Tech | April 1, 2009 - 12:11 PM |
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The Inquirer feels that while the Nehalem processor is impressive, we haven't really seen what it is capable of.  We will need to see some new motherboards to handle the amount of bandwidth available from the processor, especially if you want to use more than one in your system.  Of course, those who have tried to set up dual processor systems in the past may have something to say about how feasible this is for a gaming rig, especially if you are planning on overclocking.

Source: The Inquirer

Corsair announces Voyager Port

Subject: Storage | April 1, 2009 - 11:28 AM |
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Fremont, CA, March 31st, 2009 - Corsair a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced the Voyager Port portable backup solution for USB flash drives.

The Voyager Port transforms any USB flash drive into a powerful data backup solution, complete with a simple, one-button file backup feature.

You used to have to pay someone to do this

Subject: Storage | March 31, 2009 - 06:01 PM |
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FTP hosting and basic secure file transfers used to be the domain of ISPs and hosting companies, but as the cost of storage and processing power has dropped remote hosting is becoming extinct.  Apart from near instant fail-over and distributed backups, any enthusiast could slap together a file server that can handle multiple users.  Now, with the advent of the Network Attached Storage device, setting up secure file transferring and sharing is almost plug and play.  Take a look at the

Source: Modders-Inc

Prefer your monitor to come with extras?

Subject: Displays | March 31, 2009 - 04:12 PM |
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If you are looking for a high quality monitor that comes with a load of extras, like audio, USB, and a webcam, take a look at Samsung's SyncMaster 2263UW.  If space is an issue, then having almost all your common peripherals built into your monitor is a real life saver.  Also worth mentioning is that the TFT display is of high quality, you will not end up with something that can do a lot of things poorly, this monitor excels at everythign it does.  Drop in to Tweaknews for more information

Source: Tweaknews