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Subject: Displays | March 31, 2009 - 04:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Mobile | March 31, 2009 - 01:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Based around a 1.6GHz T9550, 4GB of DDR2-400 and a Mobility Radeon 4650 the ASUS N81Vp gaming laptop is still relatively portable thanks to the 14.1" display and 6 cell battery. Don't underestimate that small screen, with a 1366x768 resolution you will be quite happy with the image quality and don't overestimate the battery, you have a bit over an hour on battery with the power savings turned off.
Subject: Processors | March 31, 2009 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Core 2 Duo played havoc with
AMD's desktop CPUs, now the new Nehalem based Xeon's are making the Opteron line feel even more inadequate. The new Xeon W5580 will not be a popular CPU to build a gaming PC on, that has never been it's intention. It will find a home in servers working on hard computation like graphics rendering and detailed data analysis. The numbers that The Tech Report's benchmarks returned are incredible, especially with 12 or 16 threads being run on the fluid dynamics test. You shoul
Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2009 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to DigiTimes, the low price of the Phenom II processor has made the company a lot more popular. So popular that motherboard manufacturers are expecting a big jump in market share, their prediction is 30%. Computex will also bring about some more interest in AMD, with the rumoured release of the 780G+ chipset. They will pair that with the new Athlon II processors in a platform named Pisces, which undoubtedly will be cheaper than a Dragon platform.
Subject: Processors | March 30, 2009 - 05:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 30, 2009 - Intel Corporation introduced 17 enterprise-class processors today, led by the Intel Xeon processor 5500 series. They are Intel's most revolutionary server processors since addressing the market with the Intel Pentium Pro processor almost 15 years ago.
The new enterprise-class chips can automatically adjust to specified energy usage levels, and speed data center transactions and customer database queries.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 30, 2009 - 05:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CA-MARCH 30, 2009 - NVIDIA, the inventor of the GPU, today introduced NVIDIA SLI Multi-OS, a ground-breaking technology that allows users and visualization applications, for the first time, to take full advantage of multiple NVIDIA Quadro GPUs from a single graphics workstation in a virtualized environment.
This new technology delivers a faster, more efficient workflow to maximize productivity and lower the total cost of ownership for professionals in markets such as: digital content creatio
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2009 - 03:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The OCZ Behemoth Large Gaming Mouse is, as the name implies, a rather large mouse you would use for gaming. The size isn't a complete gimmick, the mouse sports two lasers allowing 3200 dpi accuracy and it sports a weight compartment as well; both features require a bit of extra space. Even more attractive is the price of this mouse, at $30, it is one of the least expensive gaming mice around.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 30, 2009 - 12:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Join Steve Grever's return to PC Perspective with his review of the Thermaltake Element S mid-tower. This stylish case may draw inspiration from the 2009 Harley-Davidson VRSC Night Rod Special, as they both bear a highly polished black finish and red trim. Unfortunately it may also take a cue from older Harley models, there is a certain amount of noise and vibration cause in the case due to the lack of rubberized mounting. If that
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2009 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel is piecing out the portions of information on Larrabee in tiny little tastes, trying to whet the appetite of an already well fed crowd. The Corei7 launch is barely in the past, the Core2 launch is also still fresh in peoples memories and the Phenom II is offering fair competition in certain scenarios on AMD's side. That rich feast of new architecture lies heavy on the belly so Intel has a bit of work ahead of them to get users hungry for more. If you feel you have the space, you can see the newest information on the structu
Subject: Storage | March 30, 2009 - 11:17 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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Subject: Editorial | March 28, 2009 - 11:58 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you missed my weekly show on TWiT Live (http://live.twit.tv/)
with Leo Laporte yesterday, we have the entirety of the show now
available for you here. In this episode we discussed Windows 7 gaming performance, the Caustic Graphics ray tracing accelerator, AMD and Havok showing off OpenGL physics, Bigfoot Networks Xeno card and the Fusion Render Cloud server-based gaming systems. Guest starring Paul Thurrott!
Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2009 - 06:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of the most popular threads in the Cases'n'Cooling forum is the making of an incredible case mod, both in video form and still pictures. The case its self is jaw droppingly amazing for anyone who doesn't feel an instinctual revulsion to anything designed by H.R. Geiger, and the details in the making of may lead you toward some modding ideas of your own. You will also spot some nice finds for those looking for a unique case, without the metal and Styrofoam work.
Subject: Motherboards | March 27, 2009 - 01:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Pulling out and replacing motherboards stands near the top of the list of time consuming and fiddly tasks upgrading or repairing PCs will give you, right up there with swapping heatsinks. ExtremeTech want's to share the benefit of their long experience of playing with motherboards by offering up 30 tips to keep in mind while working with your motherboard. Having a container handy to put the screws in may not sound like a huge revealation, but it can really help.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 27, 2009 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BFGTech is going big with their new PSU, the 1200W EX. For $250 you can have enough power to run any PC you might have a mind to build, and you won't have to worry about heat, noise or size. Guru of 3D didn't actually have a stress tester powerful enough to load this beast to 100%, but in the testing they did do, the PSU remained cool and quiet. Also worth mention
Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2009 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is a good time to be an IP lawyer in the semiconductor industry; there is a legal free for all going on. The newest case is Intel versus nVIDIA and nVIDIA versus Intel, as they are both suing
each other over the cross licensing agreement that may or may not be changed. As it stands, Intel is planning on denying nVIDIA access to the necessary licenses to produce chipsets for the Nehalem processor, while nVIDIA feels that Intel's current IGP as well as Larrabee both
utilize nVIDIA patents. Follow
Thin, Fanless & Strong, VIA Demos First Em-ITX Board with VIA Nano Processor at ESC Silicon Vall
Subject: Systems | March 27, 2009 - 11:14 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, March 27, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms will showcase the VIA EITX-3000 Em-ITX board at ESC Silicon Valley 2009.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 26, 2009 - 06:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - March 26, 2009 - AMD, Inc. and Havok, the premier provider of interactive software for physics simulation and content development, are presenting new, optimized executions of Havok's physics middleware on AMD platforms at the 2009 Game Developers Conference. The demonstrations include the first OpenCL supported execution of Havok Cloth.