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

Small time gaming

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 17, 2008 - 01:34 PM |
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If your main gaming machine spends a lot of time on the road, SFF cases and mATX motherboards are probably something you are quite familiar with.  The NZXT Rouge series has been a solution for LAN party fans and gamers that cart their systems around and the new Rouge Crafted Series will not dissapoint.  It's bigger and heavier than it's competition, though that does allow the use of the oversized graphics cards and CPU coolers tha

You want form, or function?

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2008 - 12:12 PM |
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The Altec Lansing Soundbar is a little box with two active speakers and a passive one in the middle to sort of act as a subwoofer.  The idea behind the Soundbar is to offer a way for even the most crowded desk to cram a sound system in.  It's price is in line with a midranged 2.1 system, and Think Computers thought the sound was certainly on par as well.  The passive driver does manage to provide enough bass that the overall sound is not too anaemic.  Check them out if you are low on spac

Source: t-break

Coffee and obfuscation for your morning

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2008 - 11:53 AM |
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The Tech Report has had a long conversation with nVIDIA about those small little problems that were popping up in certain Dell laptops.  It would be naive to expect nVIDIA to come completely clean with the public about the exact nature of the problems as well as their cause(s).  On the one hand it can honestly be difficult to pin down the root of the failures and on the other ...

OCZ Technology Announces Availability of the World's First Triple Channel Memory Kits

Subject: Memory | October 16, 2008 - 06:38 PM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. - October 16, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a
worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high
reliability memory, today unveiled the industry's first triple channel
memory kit designed specifically for the impending Intel Core i7
processor/Intel X58 Express Chipset. Optimized for the Core i7's
triple channel mode, these new 3GB and 6GB kits ensure optimal
performance via an ideal combination of low voltage requirements,
speed, and latency.

 

The power of Corsair

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 16, 2008 - 05:09 PM |
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X-bit Labs has just finished an indepth look at four of Corsair's PSUs; 450W, 550W, 650W and the 1kW.  The pair of lower end modules are the VX series, the higher end is the TX, model numbers which denote the size and features of the PSU as well as the overall power supplied.  There are more differences between the various PSUs than the amount of power delivered, components and
features change significantly as well
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Source: X-Bit Labs

Side effects may include ...

Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2008 - 02:18 PM |
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A Das Keyboard Ultimate is a letterless keyboard that offered some serious geek credit if you could actually type that way, but it also had a rather high price.  The price hasn't changed for the Das Keyboard Professional, but at least the keys are actually lablelled.  It retains the basic shape of the classic IBM keyboard, with some changes that make it much more unique and solid, the keyboard weighs almost 3lbs.  There does seem to be some changes that occur in users of this keyboard, of which you can see an example

NVIDIA Introduces Quadro CX - The Accelerator for Adobe Creative Suite 4

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 16, 2008 - 01:26 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA-OCTOBER 16, 2008 - Today NVIDIA introduced its new accelerator for Adobe Creative Suite 4 software, the NVIDIA Quadro CX. This new GPU provides creative professionals with a faster, better, more reliable way to maximize their creativity. Quadro CX was architected to deliver the best performance for the new GPU-optimized features of Adobe Creative Suite 4.

"Adobe is at the forefront of the Visual Computing Revolution," said Dan Vivoli, executive vice president of marketing at NVDIA.

Source: NVIDIA

Lenovo's take on the ultra portable laptop

Subject: Mobile | October 16, 2008 - 12:39 PM |
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At about 3lbs and 1" thick, the Lenovo X300 13.3" ultraportable laptop designed along the same lines as the Macbook Air.  The inclusion of a DVD burner is going to make a lot of people prefer Lenovo's model to the Air, the Intel Core 2 Duo SL7100 and 64GB SSD just make the deal sweeter.  Think Computers was very happy to see that the keyboard remains the same as on other larger Lenovo laptops, preferable to the shrunken, flexible keyboard some ultraportables possess.

Self help you can really get into

Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2008 - 12:08 PM |
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Using the web, or more specifically searching the web, gives your brain a good workout according to some research that Slashdot dug up.  More importantly, the biggest benefits were seen among the so-called 'internet-savvy' group, who used the web regularly and were at least somewhat familiar with successful searching techniques.  So the next time you are caught idly Googling, make sure to let them know that you are exercising your brain and that you have to do it regularly or you will lose the b

Source: Slashdot