RAID 5 is dead? Oh noes!!!

Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2008 - 12:14 PM |
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If you are some insane masochistic systems admin who loves rebuilding RAID 5 arrays from the ground up every time HDD sizes increase, pay attention; by 2009 you could have a 7 disk RAID5 array built of 2TB drives.  If you connect that 12TB to plain old SATA connections on a discount RAID card and never back-up the drives to any other medium, when one disk on the RAID fails there is a very good chance that a disk read error will travel up the chain of drives and take the whole RAID out.

Source: Slashdot

Thinking big with Seagate

Subject: Storage | October 21, 2008 - 05:33 PM |
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Seagate's Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB runs about $190, or roughly 13 cents per gigabyte.  It has four 375GB platters and a 32MB cache which offers some strange results.  The 7200.11 series have never been the fastest drives, especially writing, and the extra size of the platters has slowed the seek times down.  It is the cheapest way to get a huge amount of storage in a standard drive, which will mean a lot to some who are far more concerned by size than speed

What's up Mac?

Subject: Mobile | October 21, 2008 - 02:15 PM |
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Ars Technica has put together a large, as in two parts, review of the new Apple MacBook Pro.  The first part deals with the aesthetics, the packaging and the extras that come with it.  The second part delves into it's capabilities, general benchmarks as well as Windows gaming performance.  See how well it stacks up to the hype.

Source: Ars Technica

Corsair Launches Triple Pack Memory modules for Intel Core i7 processors

Subject: Memory | October 21, 2008 - 02:01 PM |
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Fremont, CA, October 21st, 2008 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, announced today that it is launching a full line of DDR3 performance memory products designed for Intel Core i7 processor.

Designed to take advantage of the Core i7 processor's triple-channel memory controller, Corsair will offer memory solutions supporting three different DDR3 memory speeds in triple memory packs: 1333MHz, 1600MHz and 1866MHz. The 1866MHz Corsair DDR3 modules will be the world's fastest Intel Core i7 solution.

Is Microsoft on track?

Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2008 - 12:48 PM |
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BlueTrack is the new tracking technology on their
Explorer Mouse and Explorer Mini Mouse; not to be confused with their IntelliMouse Explorer line.  The new way to track movement should be able to handle wood, marble, granite, carpet and other such surfaces that tend to cause problems for mice.  ExtremeTech tested it out on a variety of surfaces, and while it doesn't have the precision of high DPI gaming mice on normal mousing surfaces, it completely shames those gaming mice on the non-standard surfaces. 

Source: Extremetech

NIT picking

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 21, 2008 - 12:10 PM |
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Mozilla seems to be in a snit with Google for some reason, possibly Chrome, possibly not.  Whatever the reason, Mozilla isn't working on getting Firefox to work on the Android phone anymore.  Since The Jobs considers any attempt to get Firefox working on the iPhone a breach of it's SDK, that leaves Linux for the upcoming Nokia Internet Tablet.  The Inquirer doesn't leave much hope for fans of the open source browser who want it on their mobile devices.

Source: The Inquirer

Toshiba Turns to NVIDIA to take Gaming Notebooks to New Heights

Subject: Mobile | October 21, 2008 - 11:47 AM |
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IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today released the Qosmio X305-Q708 gaming laptop, the latest iteration from its flagship gaming line.

Source: Toshiba

Humor in tech: Mac gets all excited about H.264 decoding

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 20, 2008 - 07:12 PM |
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Want to see one of the many reasons PC nerds and Mac nerds don't get along?  Check out this story that discusses the supposedly "newly added" H.264 decode acceleration on the MacOS X platform that is "mysterious".  The author questions whether support for the technology will be added to previous Mac computers rather than be a secret feature on current MacBooks

Source: Ars Technica

The Earth is falling on NVIDIA

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 20, 2008 - 07:05 PM |
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We have been seeing these rumors for some time, and now information is supposedly posted on Fudzilla that only six of NVIDIA's current partners are going to survive "the culling".  The apparent reason for the removal of some partners is to keep competition from over flooding the market. 

Source: General

Own the galaxy, for free!

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2008 - 06:25 PM |
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That's right you can own the entire Galaxy9600GT for the cost of a single post.  Just head to this thread and post something out of this world* and you can call yourself the ruler of the Galaxy9600GT

As PC Perspective is absolutely enormous, we can afford to give away three entire galaxies, this being the second contest in the series.  Head over and post or you may find someone else in possession of the galaxy you had your eyes on.

Integrated capablities continue to grow

Subject: Motherboards | October 20, 2008 - 03:08 PM |
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The newest Intel mATX board is the DG45ID, built for s775 processors and sporting a single x16 PCI-E slot; the big feature is the x4500HD graphics featuring HDMI and DVI-I output ports. 
As far as CPU usage goes, you are far better off with NVIDIA's PureVideo HD or AMD's ATI Avivo HD.  If you aren't too concerned about CPU usage, for instance if you are building a dedicated Blu-ray player that will never do anything else, then the G45 is a good choice, especially when you discover it is capable of sending a 1920x1080 analog signal to CRTs and LCDs that are not technically HD display

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Low profile, high performance

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2008 - 01:33 PM |
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Thermalright's new T-Rad2 is a really nice step in the right direction for users looking to use 3rd party cooling and have a dual card setup.  It is thin enough that even with a fan attached Crossfire or SLI is still easily possible, whether you choose a pair of 92mm fans or a single 120mm fan.  When Hardware Canucks attached this cooler to an HD4870, the temps dropped by a mere 30C under full load and by a smidgen more when it was overclocked. 

That's not a TV, this is a TV

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 20, 2008 - 12:27 PM |
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Check out what The Tech Lounge got to review, the 65" Mitsubishi LaserVue DLP 1080p TV, with Plush1080p for upconverting weaker signals ...

Preventative pound packing procedure

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2008 - 12:10 PM |
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In a desperate bid to make SanDisk too big to pick up, Toshiba is buying 30% of SanDisk's current equipment.  They hope this will make SanDisk too expensive for Samsung to take over; either willingly or as a hostile bid. 
Toshiba isn't looking to good right now either, they are being pinched by the same price drop in memory, which is probably why they are ensuring SanDisk will purchase at least some of that equipment back from Toshiba.  Read more about their financial

Source: The Inquirer

NEW NVIDIA MOTHERBOARD GPUS PACK BIG PUNCH IN A SMALL PACKAGE

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2008 - 11:30 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 20, 2008 - NVIDIA's engineering team was given a challenge: deliver a desktop GPU which integrates full system I/O and discrete-level performance in half the size of previous integrated graphics solutions.

Source: NVIDIA

Intel Demonstrates World's First Working 'Moorestown' Platform

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2008 - 11:20 AM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Taipei, Taiwan, Oct.

77 years ago Eliot Ness would have been your hero

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 17, 2008 - 06:04 PM |
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One of our forum members is less interested in the merging of the CPU and GPU as they are in the merging of SSD hard drives and RAM.  Do you think it's possible we will soon see HDD with the speed of RAM, and RAM that keeps it's data when the power goes off, similar to how MRAM does currently?  Others are torn between being doing a good job and not really wanting to monitor their fellow employee's internet usage; not to mention how mu

Source: 3DCenter

NVIDIA MCP82 chipset details leak

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 17, 2008 - 05:30 PM |
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While we aren't sure of the validity of these specs yet, they sure do look interesting and put into question the idea that NVIDIA would be leaving the chipset business.

It's sizing up to be a big battle

Subject: Storage | October 17, 2008 - 03:21 PM |
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The Western Digital RE3 and Hitachi's E7K1000 are the best terabyte HDDs that either company has to offer.  Their stats are very similar as far as seek times, number of platters and cache and the differences in performance are just as close.  ExtremeTech has their work cut out for them in picking a winner.

Source: Extremetech

S3 Graphics Showcases GPGPU Functionality with S3FotoPro Image Enhancement Application

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 17, 2008 - 02:50 PM |
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Fremont, California, October 17, 2008 - S3 Graphics, a leading provider of graphics and HD Multimedia technologies, today announced the availability of S3FotoPro, a GPGPU application using the latest programmable architecture powered by the Chrome 400 Series GPUs.

Source: S3 Graphics