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Subject: Graphics Cards | July 31, 2009 - 03:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Armed with only a hacksaw, the intrepid gamers at Bjorn3D have completed a successful heatsink transplant, the patient, one GTX275 that had a severe fever is now doing much better thanks to the Thermalright HR-03 GTX.
As the cure only required an investment of $50 and could be done in home, the procedure went ahead without delay and they are pleased to announce that what was a life threatening temperature of 86C has been reduced to a
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 31, 2009 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you think that the AMA Orc bears an odd name, you should see the actual heatsink its self. The usual heatpipe assembly is there, but the black spikes and red claws are certainly unique. As a Core i7 cooler it seems to prefer the heat, as it has the highest idling temperature but performs fairly well under a full load. It will certainly leave a lasting impression on anybody who sees it displayed in your system. Overclockers Club will be handing out experience points after you finish examini
Subject: Mobile | July 31, 2009 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Could it be a funky netbook? A monstrous iTouch? A Kindle killer? A glorified resurrection
of an old, much beloved childhood toy? It is hard to say what goes through the mind of Steve Jobs at the best of times and predicting what a product that as been talked about and opined on as this little device which may or may not have a possibly upcoming release date sometime in the near future is almost impossible. Cyril at The Tech
Subject: General Tech | July 31, 2009 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Skype has over 480 million accounts and carries roughly 8% of all international communications, but is not a money maker and now has an uncertain future. eBay paid $2.6 billion back in 1995 for most of Skype's technology and has put it down on their books as being worth $1.7 billion, still a hefty sum but also about a $1 billion loss. That is not the worst however, the key lies in their purchase of almost all of the technology that Skype uses, they did not get it all and have been paying a licensing fee to the Skype creators for the usage of that critical piece of technology.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 31, 2009 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
San Jose, Calif.-July 30, 2009-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and PC components, today announced the immediate availability of the Z-Series power supplies, the latest high-end enthusiast offering excelling in both performance and ultimate efficiency. Featuring industry-leading 80+ Gold Certifications, the Z850 and Z1000 PSUs offer the highest efficiency on the market combined with a power output to meet exceptional system demands.
Subject: Storage | July 30, 2009 - 03:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PhotoFast may not sound like a big name in storage, but believe it or not, their G-Monster V5 256GB is one of the fastest SSDs on the planet, though also one of the most expensive, at $1000. Tweaktown tested it out on an 8 core Opteron system and found that the system its self was a bottleneck for the drives performance. Even so, the G-Monster V5 has hitting almost 250 MB/s read speeds and 210MB/s write speeds.
Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2009 - 02:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The little MSI AMD 785GM-E65 is a micro-ATX board with some nice features and a predicted MSRP of well under $100. There were a few corners cut to make the board truly affordable as a basis for an HTPC, such as only a 4+1 phase array instead of MSI's Dr.MOS technology and the use of an SB710 southbridge which does not support RAID5. If you are planning on building an HTPC using RAID5, you are doing it wrong. Check out Josh's preview to see the old school overclocking dipstick that can be found on a motherboard for the first t
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 30, 2009 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Cooler Master's new 900W PSU bears the acronym UCP, which stands for Ultimate Circuit Protection. It is compliant with ATX 12V V2.3 and EPS 12V V2.92
and it is rated 80+ Silver for efficiency. Driver Heaven had a real problem finding a negative about this PSU as it handled everything they threw at it and it only costs $160, a great deal for a high end 900W PSU.
Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2009 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As mentioned earlier this month, the encryption scheme used on the iPhone is about as useful as fishnets for hiding your assets. That pales in comparison to what is going to be released as a proof of concept attack on Thursday. Those pesky security researchers have discovered a way to gain complete control over your iPhone, with just a simple series of 256 SMS messages. Now, when they say complete control, what they mean is that the remote attacker will be able to dial the phone, visit Web sites, turn on the device's camera
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 29, 2009 - 06:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A new type of product is starting to become a common sight amongst enthusiasts, the self contained water cooling device. Previously it was Corsair's Hydro H50 water cooler, with its compact size it could fit in a system the size of a shoebox. New is the CoolIT Domino ALC water cooler, 14.0 x 12.5 x 15.5 mm
of high quality cooling. It is dead silent and powerful enough to take heat almost completely out of the equation when you are overclocking Core i7s and Phenoms. Con
Subject: Mobile | July 29, 2009 - 06:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Inexpensive netbooks have really put a dent in the sales volume of the lower cost small laptops. The Atom might not have the power of a mobile dual core processor, but add in a decent onboard graphics solution and that Atom has no trouble playing back BluRay quality video. Laptop makers are left with a choice of focusing on netbooks as a replacement for their smaller laptops and not producing any laptops under 17" or they could slash costs on their smaller laptops. AnandTech has taken a peek at those laptops which have been reduced to under $500, from vendors like WalMart and
Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2009 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At $50, when you can locate it, the Eagle Arion ET-AR504LR-BK 2.1 Soundstage
is a rather sweet deal. You get a pair of satellites each with dual 3" midrange and 1" tweeters and a 5.25" subwoofer with a peak power of 70W.
These speakers are not going to tax a high end 7.1 sound card, but they are also an order of magnitude cheaper. Overclockers Club gave them a try and strangely rated it lower than the 5.1 receiver and speakers that they usually used, which were most certainly not $50.
Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2009 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BALDWIN PARK, CA (July 24, 2009) - CyberPower, Inc. www.cyberpowerpc.com is celebrating the PC-platform release of the highly anticipated fighting game, Street Fighter IV, with a knock out gaming bundle. CyberPower will throw in a free copy of Street Fighter IV for customers purchasing a CyberPower gaming system with Nvidia 200 series graphics cards.
The most storied franchise among arcade fighting games is finally available on PC. Street Fighter IV combines some of the classic elements from previous Street Fighters with realistic 3D backgrounds for a stunning visual experience.
Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2009 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Microsoft and Yahoo have finally stopped anxiously batting eyelashes and brushing against each other when they pass each other in the halls. Unfortunately for the paparazzi, the relationship has not started with a bang, but rather a Bing. Yahoo will now use Bing to provide its search results, but in order to preserve its unsullied status has refused payment from Microsoft for any services rendered. Instead they would like to simply split the bills and write nasty letters to that noisy neighbour upstairs, Google.
Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2009 - 04:00 AM | Josh Walrath
While the current (and only) client of GLOBALFOUNDRIES is AMD, they have finally officially announced their first 3rd party partner for production. STMicroelectronics is choosing GF to be a partner for 40 nm low power devices, which can possibly power future cell phones. This is an exciting development for GF, as many around the industry were not entirely certain they could pull off being a successful foundry. Well, certainly one new client will not bring in billions of dollars of revenue, but it is a beginning. And an important one, considering that GF is still nowhere
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 28, 2009 - 05:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP actually managed to get a hold of a retail box XFX HD4770 dual-slot card, the YDFC model
as the YDLC is a single slot card. It is still a 40nm process GPU with 640 stream processors and 512MB of GDDR5, what is special about the card is that XFX has always been nVIDIA only, this is the first AMD silicon they have released. Their 'double lifetime' warranty still applies, they are not taking anything away that you'd expect to see on their nVIDIA offerings. Check out what thi
Subject: Memory | July 28, 2009 - 02:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GeIL has two new DDR3 kits on the market, consisting of six 2GB 1600MHz DIMMs, one with CL 7-7-7-24 timings and one with 8-8-8-28. How does 12GB of affect performance? You will have to drop by Techware Labs to see the actual results. First the 6GB tests to gain both a benchmark of performance for the GeIL chips, but also to benchmark against a Corsair 6GB kit. Then onto the 12GB testing to compare it to the previous results in the hope that the outstanding 6GB scores sc
Subject: Systems | July 28, 2009 - 02:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Giving people the information need to build better gaming machines is the main focus of tech review sites, with better file servers and other, perhaps more profitable, PC purposes running a distant second. iXBT has decided to break the mold by putting together an article on how to build a better office PC. Over a dozen CPUS, ranging from a $31 Sempron to a $220 C2 Quad, 7 different motherboards and even 3 discreet AMD graphics cards along with 1GB of both DDR2-1066 and DDR2-800. Drop by for a look a
Subject: Storage | July 28, 2009 - 12:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As Allyn has proved, the new technology used in the second generation has almost completely removed the fragmentation over time problem. You can see that confirmed by The Tech Report's review of the drive, where they tested the response times of drives before and after heavy testing. They still anxiously await Win7 and the TRIM commands that will help Indilinx and Samsung controlled drives performance; the question is can it help them cl
Subject: General Tech | July 28, 2009 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Asustek and Acer are focusing their attentions on the thin end of the mobile market, choosing to not launch any netbooks, instead it is ultra-thin notebooks or CULVs whatever label you wish to give them. The Eee line will expand with 12", 13.3" and 15" models along with 12" and 14" variants that will not have an optical drive. Acer already has 13.3", 14.1" and 15.6" models, it will work on including discreet graphics cards and optical drives in those models and are abandoning the dual boot Windows XP/Android
netbook for the foreseeable future.