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Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2009 - 05:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A new monitor can make a huge difference in your PC experience, in some cases bigger that a jump in processor generation or a new graphics card. Of course the decision can't be easy, once you decide on a size, there are still many variables, including technology that is used to form the LCD matrix. If you listened to our latest podcast, we gave you a tool to use that should help determine what specs are real and which are simply PR speak. Give our 49th
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 20, 2009 - 03:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Apparently one of the features of the In Win X-Fighter Case is it's 'Star Wars Design'. Now it is obvious to most fans that an X-Fighter is not something found in the Star Wars universe, unless perhaps it is the result of a very unique and powerful collision. It's 'Dancing LEDs' are a nice feature, but are more reminiscent of a certain indestructible Trans Am, the visor of the not quite so attractive Cylons or the bridge of a famous ship that bore 'No bloody A, B, C, or D'.
Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2009 - 02:16 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 the ASUS VW266H monitor, the Intel/AMD x86 legal battle, Windows 7 drivers, HD 4890 leaks, a couple of Super Talent USB drives and more!
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 20, 2009 - 01:58 PM | Ryan Shrout
There has been a LOT of news coming out of NVIDIA about its PhysX engine finding its way into the Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii and now, a couple of iPhone games. In just the last week we heard that NVIDIA had gotten the PhysX engine into the Playstation 3 development platform and also on the Ninte
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 20, 2009 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs took the new 9.3 drivers from AMD on a quick spin to see how they compare to the previous 9.2 version. The two big pieces of news from this new release are support for Windows 7 and improvements to video playback on Vista. Of course, gamers are more interested in frame rate improvement, and that was what X-bit Labs focused on. From their testing it seems that while there is no reason not to install the new driver, unless you are playing Lost Planet you won't have much to
Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2009 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Any feelings of panic or urge to spread messages of doom prompted by the CPU level exploit vulnerability that Intel's chips are vulnerable to may be a little premature. The exploit is real and does happen at a level which makes it almost immune to detection but it is about as hard to set up as cooling RAM down so it's data can be read even though it is powered down. In this case you would need to know exact hardware to be able to exploit the weakness, this may appear in rare targeted attacks, but lacks the flexibility to survive as a popular hacking tool.
Subject: Storage | March 20, 2009 - 12:07 AM | Ryan Shrout
Depending how you view the terms of "delay" and "soon", you can either take NVIDIA at their word that the NVISION show for 2009 is just going to be a bit behind schedule or you can take the logical step to think that with the economy (and NVIDIA's stock) in the position it is now, the event just won't happen. Here's the quote from the above article:
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 19, 2009 - 11:13 PM | Ryan Shrout
If the news over at Fudzilla is true, and we believe that it is, then if you have any interest in the Radeon HD 4830 graphics cards, you better get them while they are still available. The Radeon HD 4830 was original
Subject: Mobile | March 19, 2009 - 05:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Intel Convertible Classmate PC doesn't really sound all that interesting, but it is definitely worth a look. It's an Atom powered netbook, with a display that not only swivels but can be reversed and flipped down to make this into a tablet PC. The carrying handle doesn't do much for the aesthetics, but this is no Macbook Air as the colour scheme should give away. It is more of a Fisher Price theme, designed to work well and put up with the abuse a young child dishes out everyday. Drop by The Tech Repor
Subject: Systems | March 19, 2009 - 01:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS Eee Top is a full PC hidden in a touch screen monitor, weighing in at less than 10lbs and with a carrying handle for easy portability. There is a drawback that Legit Reviews pointed out which becomes evident for anyone planning on treating the display as a notebook, the lack of a battery means you need to shut down the system if you want to move it to a new room. If that do
Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2009 - 12:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 19, 2009 - Intel Corporation today announced that John J. Donahoe, president and CEO of eBay Inc., and Frank D. Yeary, vice chancellor of the University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley), have been elected to serve on Intel's board of directors. The company also announced that Carol A. Bartz, CEO of Yahoo!
Subject: Storage | March 19, 2009 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Platter based storage may be on the way out, but that doesn't mean you should be avoiding them as they have never been bigger nor less expensive. To show off the latest 1TB drives, X-bit Labs has assembled fourteen drives from four different companies. Some of the drives may seem familiar, but you might be surprised at what an increase in the revision number can do for the performance of a drive you thought you knew. At the end, there was a clear winner in speed, read on to see w
Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2009 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While AMD's new driver may support Windows 7 except for a few small problems, the about to be released Internet Explorer 8 will not work. Vista and XP should have no problems with it, and may even see some improvements. The main drive of this release is security and from the testing we have seen it is likely that Microsoft has succeeded, unfortunately the
majority of added features have existed in the alternative browsers for a while now. You can get more information v
Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2009 - 11:17 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, March 19, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today released the VIA IVP-7500 board, the first in a series of dedicated x86 in-vehicle platforms for developers of car PCs and intelligent transportation devices.
The continued evolution of the PC as a multimedia playback device for audio and video entertainment means that car owners are now demanding access to their digital media library whilst on the ro
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 18, 2009 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NZXT has a talent for making quiet cases with plenty of room, starting with the smaller Hush and now with the larger Whisper. A full sized ATX case, with four fans, rubber grommets and noise reducing foam keep your components cool without becoming noticeably loud. You can find out more, including details on exactly how much noise you can expect by
Subject: Motherboards | March 18, 2009 - 02:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The plain old ASUS P6T is a solid board and a great example of why not everyone needs the deluxe motherboard models. 8+2 phase power, solid state capacitors and a well thought out layout are all present on this board, ASUS didn't sacrifice quality on their lower end X58 motherboard. If you are just planing on a hefty overclock, say pushing a Corei7 920 to 4GHz and not trying to break overclocking records then there really isn't anything you
Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2009 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The newest Total War is also the most modern, with the game taking place in the 18th century and it includes the Americas as something significantly more than an optional discovery. Along with this more modern era comes gunpowder troops a little more reliable than arquebusiers
and cannons that have improved from bombards. There is also greatly expanded naval control, you will be able to fight naval battles just like land battles instead of relying on the auto resolve. Perhaps the most interesting development is the possibility of multiplayer campaigns, which we may see suppo
Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2009 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the beginning was the iPhone, but it's connectivity was not good. Then the iPhone 3G arrived and there was joy ... for a while. Now the shine has worn off, the screen is a little scratched and the people are crying for more. Ready yourself for the next incarnation, the iPhone is getting a new OS and both programmers and users are excited about the new features and abilities. See what the buzz is about at Slashdot.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 18, 2009 - 11:22 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 18, 2009 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today released Windows 7 driver support as part of the latest ATI Catalyst 9.3 unified graphics driver. ATI Catalyst 9.3 represents the industry's first unified driver installation package to incorporate Windows 7 support, including Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 1.1 compliance, bringing with it a host of benefits for developers currently testing and updating applications using the widely available Windows 7 beta release.