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Subject: Editorial | April 17, 2009 - 07:25 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you missed my weekly show on TWiT Live (http://live.twit.tv/)
Laporte yesterday, we have the entirety of the show now
available for you here. In this episode we discussed the first pictures of a Larrabee wafer, Nero getting a CUDA-enhancement, Intel profits drop but they think they have hit bottom, the updated X25-M firmware and we are giving away a water-cooled BFG graphics card!!
Subject: Mobile | April 17, 2009 - 03:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCZ has been selling DIY laptops for a while now, you buy a shell lacking a processor, hard drive, memory, or an operating system. You then get to pick which components you put into the machine, ending up with a laptop built to your specs and for less than buying it full assembled from a retailer. They've now moved onto netbooks, offering up a little kit about twice the size of a game case, with a 10" screen and an Atom N270 1.60GHz, the HDD and DDR2 choices are left to you. Drop by The Tech Report for a look at
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 17, 2009 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
XFX has taken their love of factory overclocked cards and applied it to their HD4890 XXX and priced it only $20 above their reference model. The overclock is not huge, a mere 50MHz which pushed the core clock from 850 to 900, which gives a small but noticeable bump to it's speed.
Along with that bump comes a copy of HAWX and assorted connectors for the graphics card.&n
Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2009 - 02:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Josh has been spending a lot of time thinking about the Core i5 and the choice needed to be made by Intel about Penryn and Nehalem. You can pick up a lot of good info on Nehalem, like how the 16 PCI Express lanes that are integrated into the chip and the proper usage of dual channel memory. The bad news from his prediction is that we won't be seeing these new parts for longer than was originally thought, in part because the Penryn is just too successful. Read on at the top of the page to see the rest of his arguments.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 16, 2009 - 06:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Now that everyone and their brother is producing PSUs, the market has changed and features are king. Those companies that continue to use lower quality components are eschewed, quality is something that is necessary to get to the qualifying round, after that it is all up to the extras. Corsair's new TX850 has the solid quality you expect from your PSUs and it does stand out thanks to the bright yellow finish on the casing. That is all well and good, but does it have the extra features that turn an acceptable PSU into one that stands out?
Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2009 - 02:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sure they cost $300 before tax, but if you are looking to be able to completely ignore the world around you as well as listening to your favourite sounds then the Phiaton PS 300 Noise Cancelling headphones are what you need. Sure the economy might be suffering from a horrible disease, it won't matter so much if you can't hear the constant bad news. Head on over to ExtremeTech to see how these headphones became their favourites.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 16, 2009 - 01:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 16, 2009 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With a name like the Cobra Cooler, it seems obvious what the favourite toy of one of the engineers at Xigmatek was. It's odd design doesn't mean that the cooler performs poorly, indeed it is a significant improvement on the stock cooler. It will work in smaller machines thanks to a fairly compact design and the 92mm fan it uses. Drop by DriverHeaven to see this cooler.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 16, 2009 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS has picked up on two interesting bits of information from our two favourite chip designers. Intel's Paul Otellini has been talking about Westmere and what it will be. As of now, it seems that we should expect a die shrunk Nehalem with some architectural upgrades, but nothing earth shattering like Larrabee. Don't take that as bad news, Intel is also pushing up the release date and we should be seeing silicon before the snow starts flying.
Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2009 - 11:12 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
EAST FISHKILL, NY - 16 April 2009: In a move that signals a firm and ongoing commitment to advanced semiconductor technology leadership, IBM, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd., GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Infineon Technologies, Samsung Electronics, Co. Ltd., and STMicroelectronics have defined and are jointly developing a 28-nanometer (nm), high-k metal gate (HKMG), low-power bulk complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) process technology.
Subject: Shows and Expos | April 15, 2009 - 06:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
City of Industry, Calif., April 15, 2009 - GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards is pleased to announce today its North America Regional Finalists for the GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship 2009 (GO OC 2009), the largest and the most prestigious overclocking competition in enthusiast communities across 26 countries.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 15, 2009 - 05:30 PM | Ryan Shrout
Today we had a chance to talk with Nero about an upcoming update to their Nero Move It software that will enable quite a few new features as well as support for accelerated transcoding using NVIDIA GPUs.
The Nero Move It software is an application set that allows a user to collect, organize, publish and transcode multimedia files to and from various devices. It works with your desktop as well as numerous portable devices like the PSP, Blackberry and iPhone. The update for the software, free to existing owners, will introduce CUDA support.
Subject: Memory | April 15, 2009 - 05:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When Think Computers tried testing Kingston's HyperX DDR3-2000 3GB Triple Channel kit they ran into a small problem, the sample Core i7 chip, as well as the three motherboards they tried could simply not run the memory at full speed. This time around, the board and chip had no problems supporting DDR3-2000 @ 9-9-9-27.
Subject: Systems | April 15, 2009 - 02:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has been keeping a close eye on the falling prices in the electronics industry and has capitalized on those savings by updating their system recommendations. Sure, their Double Stuff system is $2,628.90 in total, but you get a pair of GTX275's and an X-25 M SDD among others. The Sweet Spot sits at about half that price, but their Econobox runs a hair over $500. Check out their specs here.
Subject: General Tech | April 15, 2009 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for a little ghost busting action you have only a few more months to wait. DriverHeaven tried the current version of the game, which has most of the code finished and it looks like it is on track for a June release. The original actors and writers were involved in the long, drawn out and sluggish production of this game, which rivals Duke Nukem for development length and convoluted history. Fans of the movies will love the nostalgia from the franchise while newcomers wi
Subject: General Tech | April 15, 2009 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel's profits have plummeted by about 1/2 in value, but did manage to beat market expectations by a wide margin. Experts predicted a $0.03 per share in earnings, Intel managed to hit $0.11 per share. That number might be awful in a normal year, but at this particular time it places them very highly in the market. The Atom processor that was heralded as the savour of Intel had sales drop by about 1/4, so it seems that it may not be enough to pull Intel through the downturn unscathed.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2009 - 06:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you can find it for sale, the SilenX IXG-80HA2 VGA cooler with the optional fan kit can give you a significant boost in performance or a reduction in noise. Made to fit almost any of the new cards from AMD and nVIDIA, in Think Computers testing it at full speed allowed them to increase clock speeds by over 30% and still kept the temperatures below the stock cooler at factory speeds. For those who are simply sick of hearing the noise generated by their HD4870 or other card, the low and medium settings on this cooler enables silent running, while still keeping the temperatures bel
Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2009 - 01:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For just $60 you can get your hands on Tom Clancy's new HAWX as well as a Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas X. Flight sims are on the decline, so the joystick market has changed a bit. What was once a diverse market with a huge amount of choice and price ranges has evolved into a market with really nasty low end joysticks or expensive metallic works of art that can run you hundreds of dollars. The middle ground is very sparse.
Subject: Storage | April 14, 2009 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Back in February, Allyn was writing his first review for PC Perspective, a review of the new Intel X-25 M SSDs. As he tested their various speeds, he began noticing some odd behaviour from the shiny new SSDs. At the start of the testing the drives were incredibly fast, but over time the performance degraded significantly.