Big sound from a small card

Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2009 - 03:56 PM |

It might be stretching the point a bit to say that the Auzentech X-Fi Forte Low Profile
sound card
is the first designed for music, HTPCs and gaming, but it certainly has a talent with small form factor systems.  At barely 2" wide and 6" long, as well as lacking EMI shielding
the card looks minuscule
next to its bigger X-Fi brothers, a good sign for HTPC builders. 

Source: Overclock3D

Standing tall and cool

Subject: Memory | July 7, 2009 - 03:13 PM |

If you are running your RAM just a little over volt, feeling that temperature is holding your overclock back or just want to try to keep it alive a little longer then Kingston has a HyperX product for you; the Kingston HyperX KHX-FAN fanAs you can see in Tweaktown's review, the cooler stands quite a

Source: TweakTown

You'd better look twice

Subject: Motherboards | July 7, 2009 - 01:50 PM |

The last motherboard we saw for review by Steve and Josh was a huge hit with both of them and now Steve returns to look at Gigabyte's AM3 MA770T-UD3P AMD 77.

For those still using ActiveX

Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2009 - 12:14 PM |

Another ActiveX vulnerability has reared its ugly head on the net, this time a specific exploit targeting Microsoft Video ActiveX Control
which can give the attacker the same rights as the current user of the target PC.   If you are running Windows 7, Vista or Server 2008, you are perfectly safe as both immune as they do not pass data via this particular ActiveX control is protected, users of previous OSes might want to take a look at the workaround.  More information is available t

Source: The Register

A solid upgrade

Subject: Storage | July 6, 2009 - 06:06 PM |

The Tech Report takes a quick peek at an upgrade kit designed to get you up and running with the Intel X-25M SSD.  The kit includes adaptors for a home system, which you would not need in a mobile system.  They ran some quick tests, avoiding the amount of benchmarking that Allyn has done; much to the dismay of those trying to sell SSD drives.  The mobile performance increase is noticeable at a glance, while we are all familiar with the performance on a desktop.

Free to be green

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 6, 2009 - 03:09 PM |

Looking for a relatively powerful PSU that has a high efficiency and a green theme?  You might want to try something other than the Enermax Liberty Eco 620W
because in [H]ard|OCP's testing, the Enermax MODU82+ 625 simply does better.  On the other hand, if you are looking for seriously solid 12V power and a price that sits a few dollars above $100, then

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A different way to look at X58

Subject: Systems | July 6, 2009 - 02:32 PM |

When you are building a system around a Core i7 and an X58 motherboard, you tend to think big when it comes to the case.  The heatsinks used on Core i7's often hit 6", which can severely limit your choices of case.  Hardware Zone is thinking the exact opposite as they review the Shuttle SX587H. 
Shuttle has designed this case as they do all their others, so it sits in about the same size range as a toaster oven, and could possibly function as one.  Drop by for a look at the specs and

A good match for the TWKR?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 6, 2009 - 12:30 PM |

Koolance has designed a machined metal tube and screws which might excite certain overclocking fans; the CPU-LN2 Liquid Nitrogen Evaporator makes it a little easier to get your hands on a pot for LN and dry ice overclocking.  Legit Reviews tried it out against a K|ngp|n F1EE
pot with both dry ice and LN, using both a PhenomII and a Core i7 processor.  Things went great in the dry ice testing, but the liquid nitrogen proved troublesome for the Koolance product.  Check out what went wrong in their full article

Faster than a speeding 6800GT

Subject: General Tech | July 6, 2009 - 12:11 PM |

The Inquirer has been sniffing around Taiwan trying to track down more information on the upcoming AMD rs880 chipset.  While it is fairly certain that this will herald the arrival of the onboard DX10.1 HD 4200 graphics core, the actual performance numbers are up in the air.  If what they translated is correct, you can expect to see performance about the level of a 6800GT or an ATI X800XL.  On the flip side,

Source: The Inquirer

Get out and enjoy some controlled, highly energetic chemical reactions

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2009 - 05:57 PM |

Meridian, one of our forum moderators is

When you are this good you don't need a fancy name

Subject: Motherboards | July 3, 2009 - 05:15 PM |

Opting for a less extravagant name, Intel's new extreme motherboard for the Core i7 is called the DX58SO.  As well they went with no box art and a minimum of connectors and adaptors.  The extras are on the motherboard as well as the driver CD which comes with a long list of software.  One of the most noticeable features when you first look at this board are the DIMM slots, which are located at the top of the board.  Less obvious is the w

Source: X-Bit Labs

Pimp your mouse

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2009 - 04:46 PM |

Although it is at its heart a Gigabyte GM-M7800, the Gigabyte Elegant Vogue Wireless Mouse
is much more than that.  18 karat gold highlights and Swarovski crystals
set off the two tone leather covering of this stylish mouse.  Make sure to grab yours quickly as there are only 10,000 being made and Hardware Zone has already grabbed one.

The exact opposite of vapourware

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 3, 2009 - 04:00 PM |

When you buy a factory overclocked card with some sort of spiffy name or a long string of capital letters denoting exactly how cool the card is, it can be disappointing to discover a 10MHz overclock on the GPU.  Sapphire's Toxic HD 4890 Vapor-X
will not disappoint, it sports a 960MHz core clock speed which is 110MHz over reference and a 300MHz advantage in memory speed.  That translates into a noticeable bump in frame rates and to make the card even more attractive, The Guru of 3D got even

Source: Guru of 3D

$130 could also get you an HD4770

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2009 - 03:44 PM |

Probably the biggest improvement of Bigfoot Networks since the release of the original Killer NIC is the drop in price of its new generation of network accelerators; the Killer Xeno Prois only $130.  It is based around a 400MHz PowerPC processor with 128MB of RAM and like the original it will bypass the Windows TCP/IP stack and handle networking by its self, thus freeing up your CPU to do other tasks. 

Source: AnandTech

PC Perspective Podcast #63 Video now ready!

Subject: Editorial | July 2, 2009 - 06:02 PM |

For those of you that desperately wanted it, the PC Perspective Podcast #63 is now available in its video form!  You can see how the show looks as we record it live AND you can also find one of those *hidden* entry methods for the PC Perspective / This Week in Computer Hardware Smooth Creations system giveaway at the very end...  :)

How do they get the liquid into the centre?

Subject: Mobile | July 2, 2009 - 04:46 PM |

Tech-Reviews has picked up a strange liquid based laptop cooler from Nexus called the TDD-9000.  While it may look like a mouse pad, it is instead a liquid filled base for you to place your laptop on which is intended to provide cooling.  It did feel like it was filled with gel, as opposed to a true liquid which could be very important if it was ever introduced to a sharp object.  Their testing did not go so well for the Nexus product; perhaps if you used it on a model with a fan on th

Source: Tech-Reviews

You wouldn't keep a stock heatsink

Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2009 - 03:35 PM |

Ditch the bundled headphones that came with your iPhone in favour of the Radius Atomic Bass Earphones for iPhone; your ears will love you.  This in-ear headphones can be yours for under $40 and will provide a much better sound quality than the stock headphones though perhaps not as good as $400 sets.  One of the big differences between them would be the quality of the microphone, which Think Computers found

TRIM those offsets

Subject: Storage | July 2, 2009 - 03:26 PM |

The Tech Report's previous review of SSDs, in which they found serious problems with the performance of the Indilinx Barefoot controlled Super Talent and OCZ SSD drives generated some feedback from listeners.  Their comments can be summed up as a complaint that if they had used Vista, instead of XP and its default 63-sector partition offset which is a problem for Indilinx controlled SSDs and updated the firmware of the drives, all the problems would go away.  Read on to see how the test results differed from their first

Starting off on the right foot

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 2, 2009 - 02:55 PM |

Apart from a questionable neon green motif, Maxcube's first offering is a rather impressive case.  Its pair of 120mm fans seem to be enough to keep the air moving inside the case and the depth of almost 8" means that fitting larger Core i7 coolers into this case is not going to offer a problem.  Tool-less installation, numerous eSATA and USB ports are easily accessible round out a well designed first case that Overclockers Club felt no worry about recommending.

If you build it, they will come?

Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2009 - 02:38 PM |

The rumours of Ion 2 are growing, and with the nature of the industry they will become fact sooner rather than later.  As Jon Peddie put it to The Inquirer, we all are trapped in the mantra of Moore's law
If you don't build faster and better chips, you get left behind.  Most rumours agree that nVIDIA will double the shaders to 32, while simultaneously shrinking the die to keep the TDP relatively unchanged.  Having that many shaders might help general graphics performa

Source: The Inquirer