It's not just for gaming and databases

Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2008 - 06:30 PM |
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One of the biggest growth opportunities for PCs has been the recent surge of HTPCs and DVRs, which make TV and movies much more enjoyable thanks to time shifting and proper HD support.  Unfortunately, the extra features on these machines make them a little harder to control with a remote.  That's why products like the Vidabox Premium Wireless Keyboard are becoming a lot easier to get a hold of.  techPowerUp tried out this little wireless keyboard and it's trackball, so you don't have to buy it wi

Source: techPowerUp!

Just keep going and going ...

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 5, 2008 - 03:41 PM |
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The
Prestigio Power Bank 501 isn't a UPS and is a lot more flexible than most batteries.  It can pump out DC current in a variety of voltages ranging over 5, 6, 7.5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19 and a maximum of 3.5A.  It also comes with 8 adaptors, including USB, giving you a fair chance that whatever you need recharged will be compatible.  If you are sick of carrying around power bricks and wall warts plus various plugs and wires, you should check out the full review at InsideHW.

Source: InsideHW

Hydrobox, take 5

Subject: Systems | November 5, 2008 - 01:47 PM |
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Ever wish you could see more reviews of insanely powerful boxes that would break your bank account?  CPU3D, with the help of some sponsors has done just that.  Their Hydrobox V is a Gigabyte GA-EP45-Extreme, with an overclocked Q9650 @ 4.05GHz (9x450), 2Gb of Crucial Ballistix DDR3-2000 and two Gigabyte Radeon HD 4870X2s, plus some custom watercooling.  It falls just short of 40fps for Crysis at High Quality, x4 AA and x16 AF.

Source: CPU3D

Searching for a ship of the desert

Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2008 - 12:22 PM |
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The new Prince of Persia will differ significantly from the previous Dagger of Time.  Not only is there no Dagger of Time, the Prince has a very different cell shaded look to him, and he is searching for his donkey as opposed to a princess, father or other such standard plot conveniences.  At least the driving reason behind his search for Farah is that the donkey happens to be where he keeps all his loot.  Check out the preview at bit-tech.

Source: bit-tech

Quit your worrying already!

Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2008 - 12:05 PM |
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One of the favourite rumours for fear mongers to spread has been the discontinuation of either Win2K or XP.  That's made all the more easy to do thanks to Microsoft's continuing cycle of claiming to be discontinuing licensing and support, and then changing their mind and continuing to support the ageing OSes.  As The Inquirer reports, they have finally discontinued support a licensing for one of their legacy OSes ...

Source: The Inquirer

Willikers! Eets so big!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 4, 2008 - 05:31 PM |
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At about 4lbs (1900g) the Thermalright TRUE Copper is absolutely huge, there aren't any other retail heatsinks for PCs that you can pick up that are even close to it's size.  You would have to move to heatsinks for industrial use to find bigger, but how much more weight do you want on your fragile core anyways?  With a single 120mm fan, the TRUE copper topped the performance of the TRUE Black by 6 degrees.  Icrontic didn't try testing with a second fan, they were worried that the extra wei

Source: Icrontic

The many colours of EEE

Subject: Mobile | November 4, 2008 - 03:19 PM |
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The new EEE 901 comes in many colours, all of them with rather odd names like Infusion Sakura, Sweet Pea, Urban Metropolis, Peony White, Pearl White, Fine Ebony, Navy Blue and Chocolate Gold.  For those far more interested in what is inside, you can get either XP Home or GNU Linux.  Depending on which OS you choose the hardware varies slightly but you can always expect an SSD for storage, a 8.9" display, 1GB of DDR2 and an Atom N270.  R & B Mods liked the weight and battery life, but did find the

No more partial HD for you

Subject: Displays | November 4, 2008 - 02:44 PM |
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Two 1080p displays from BenQ the 22" E2200HD and the 24" E2400HD are both up for review at AnandTech.  Both models have DVI with HDCP support inputs along with HDMI and analog VGA.  Either will give you a nice crisp display at

Source: AnandTech

AMD finally delivers it's second twin

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 4, 2008 - 12:12 PM |
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At an MSRP of $400, the new HD4850 X2 sits right between the HD4870 and HD4870 X2 in price, and in performance as well.  The extra GPU really adds to the power of the HD4850 taking it past the it's bigger brother, though still not coming close to the HD4870 X2.  It is also possesses a rather interesting back plate; most might have expected a rear venting setup like most modern cards sport, the HD4850 X2 has four dual-link DVI connectors as well as a TV out.  Check out HEXUS' review here.

Source: Hexus

AMD's unofficial return shot

Subject: General Tech | November 4, 2008 - 11:45 AM |
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The day after Nehalem was set free from reviewers benches, a leak of information on Shanghai somehow made it into the hands of a Polish website and then onto the net where everyone could see it.  Of course, AMD is refraining from commenting on this leak and the products it talks about.  The timing seems a little suspicious, not that it matters to the enthusiast who is anxiously awaiting news of AMD's new parts.  The model numbers are higher, the feature list is long, so head to DigiTimes and dig in.

Source: Ars Technica

The chips are only as good as the board they're served on

Subject: Motherboards | November 3, 2008 - 06:49 PM |
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One big factor that will differentiate Core i7 systems are the motherboard that it is run on.  Quite a few previews have been shown, but the NDA on the i7 it's self guaranteed that you didn't get to see any benchmarking data.  Now that they are allowed to share, The Tech Report has a pair of motherboards to show you, the Asus P6T Deluxe and Intel's own DX58SO.  Both offer BIOS' you've never played with, that differ from each other, much like the card and memory layout.  See which can gain the upper hand.

Warp 2.0

Subject: Storage | November 3, 2008 - 03:46 PM |
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The Patriot Warp V2 128GB SSD is the newest version of Patriot's MLC SSDs.  TweakTown didn't have the first version handy, so it was difficult to see how the performance has changed.  They did have a few other SSDs and platter based drives hanging around, and the Warp outpaced them all almost straight across the board<

Source: TweakTown

Give your passive speakers some energy

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2008 - 02:12 PM |
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Scythe's new Kama Bay amplifier is not for every system, but not everyone is going to drop hundreds of dollars on a sound system for their PC.  The Kama Bay will give unpowered, or even lower end powered speakers an ni

Source: techPowerUp!

i7 reviews, gotta read 'em all!

Subject: Processors | November 3, 2008 - 01:07 PM |
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Nehalem is here and it arrived in a huge way, with well over two dozen reviews for you to dig through and have your questions answered.  Does the triple channel memory actually improve performance ... yes.  Does the new architecture handle multiple cores better than Core2 ... Yes, and in ways you have never seen before.  Does it overclock ... oh ya! 

What will it cost ... Core i7-965 EE @ 3.20 GHz - $999, Core i7-940 @ 2.93 GHz - $562, Core i7-920 @ 2.66 GHz - $284. 

Can you buy them yet ... no.

Need to look even more geeky when gaming?

Subject: General Tech | November 3, 2008 - 12:01 PM |
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The innovators at Gunnar Optiks have designed the Shedder, a pair of glasses that you wear while using the computer.  In their defence, I4U did find that they noticed a difference in eyestrain after extended use of their PC, and there doesn't seem to be a wide neckstrap attached to the basic model.   On the other hand, having special glasses you wear at a LAN party may cause other strains in your life.

Source: I4U News

Get your bonfires built, it's Samhain tomorrow

Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2008 - 06:27 PM |
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Does your home resemble an Italian kitchen?  Are there spaghetti-like wires travelling everywhere you use your computer?  Is the reason that you haven't gone wireless based on a feeling of insecurity?  Fear not, a lot of what you may be worrying about may be unfounded, though not all.  The wireless connectivity may come in very handy if you find yourself needing to build a clandestine Folding@Home machine!

Cooler Master isn't slacking off

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 31, 2008 - 03:36 PM |
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The Cooler Master ATCS 840 does have a lot to recommend it's self; a pair of 230mm fans on the top and one on the front as well as a 120mm exhaust in the back.  The fans need to be that large as there is a huge amount of space inside the case, so to get the air moving requires either fast and noisy fans or large and not quite as loud fans, which seems the better choice.  Find out how the ATCS stacks up against other Cooler Master models when tested by bit-tech.

Source: bit-tech

The new All In Wonder

Subject: Systems | October 31, 2008 - 01:46 PM |
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The All In Wonder is back for the HD revolution.  It supports NTSC, SECAM and PAL, up to 125 channels on a TV tuner with stereo audio and has plenty of connectors like DVI, HDMI connectors and a Coax input for cable or antenna.  Legit Reviews was also glad to see the power of an HD 3650 for those who might want to do a little gaming as well.  Get one, your HTPC will love you for it.

Super-size it

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 31, 2008 - 12:07 PM |
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The new 1GB HD4870s that have arrived also heralded the
arrival of HD4870s with 2GB or VRAM, which is exactly what the Guru of 3D has up for review.   That extra RAM will come in very handy with your 30" monitor, playing at 2560x1600 and the raw power of the card will let you set most, if not all options to their highest settings.  If you are playing with a monitor in the 20" range, you really won't see much difference between the original HD4870 and this new version.

Source: Guru of 3D

Pumpkin procrastination

Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2008 - 11:38 AM |
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Stuck staring at an orange spherical gourd without a clue as to where to stick the knife?  Drop by Wired for some inspirational works, ranging from extremely geeky and easy to much more l33t 'kin carving.  In fact, you could completely dump the knife all together and go with power tools.  Much quicker to do and far more fun, if you can find one, is

Source: Wired News