Remember the days before PSUs were cool?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 16, 2009 - 06:23 PM |
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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? 

Phiaton, take me away

Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2009 - 02:02 PM |
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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.

Source: Extremetech

BFG LS-450 power supply is only $49.99 with FREE GROUND SHIPPING

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 16, 2009 - 01:11 PM |
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Is $49.99 with free shipping a good deal? We think so!

Use coupon code, "LS450SAVE" during checkout.

BFG LS-450 Power Supply

  • 80 Plus Certified
  • Quiet 120MM Fan
  • Rated at continuous output at 40C

The more you know

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 16, 2009 - 12:22 PM |
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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.

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The difference between a leak and an announcement ...

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 16, 2009 - 11:58 AM |
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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

Source: Hexus

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Officially Discloses Plans for 28nm Technology

Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2009 - 11:12 AM |
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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.

Go Hardcore, Go Extreme with The World's Most Prestigious Overclocking Competition: GO OC 2009

Subject: Shows and Expos | April 15, 2009 - 06:48 PM |
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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.

Nero Move It brings GPU acceleration with CUDA

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 15, 2009 - 05:30 PM |
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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. 

 

The X58 catches up with DDR3

Subject: Memory | April 15, 2009 - 05:19 PM |
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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. 

Bargain shopping

Subject: Systems | April 15, 2009 - 02:50 PM |
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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.

It would be a Twinkie thirty-five feet long, weighing approximately six hundred pounds

Subject: General Tech | April 15, 2009 - 12:15 PM |
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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

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Tick, tock, thunk

Subject: General Tech | April 15, 2009 - 11:44 AM |
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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. 

Source: Ars Technica

Get a serious upgrade for low money

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2009 - 06:15 PM |
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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

A little bundle of joy

Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2009 - 01:51 PM |
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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. 

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Stop me if you've heard this one

Subject: Storage | April 14, 2009 - 12:07 PM |
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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.

Talking with the asset part of 'Asset Smart'

Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2009 - 11:39 AM |
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X-bit Labs had a chance to sit down and talk with Tom Sonderman, Vice President, Manufacturing Systems and Technology at Globalfoundries.  As comes naturally to a VP at a relatively new company, there is a bit of market speak and spiel in the interview, but it also touches on the 32nm process that the Fab in Dresden is currently producing.  Read what else they touched on in the full interview.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Four ways to an AM3

Subject: Motherboards | April 13, 2009 - 05:12 PM |
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The Asus M4A78T-E, Gigabyte's GA-MA790FXT-UD5P, a Jetway HA08 and MSI's 790FX-GD70 are all compared in a big motherboar

You can teach an old notebook new tricks

Subject: Mobile | April 13, 2009 - 04:37 PM |
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I4U decided that an aging Thinkpad X40 could use an upgrade to an SSD for both the performance enhancements and the noise reduction it would bring.  Specifically, they picked a KingSpec SSD which will supposedly just drop in and work.  It's a 1.8" MLC SSD that claims average access times of

0.2ms, sustained read

of 65MB/S

and write

at 47MB/S.  While i4U didn't get around to benchmarking the drive, they did prove just how easy it is to get a lot more from your X40, X41 or X41T.

Source: I4U News

A chill way to use phase change cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 13, 2009 - 04:03 PM |
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When you think of setting up an active phase change cooling system, you tend to be planning to get a big overclock on an high end gaming system.  [H]ard||OCP is going at it in a different way, using a Thermaltake Xaser VI case in conjunction with a Xpressar Refrigeration System to create a very quiet running system with a mild overclock.  As it turns out, while that is certainly a possibility, the Xpressar is powerful enough to handle a big overclock by

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Peeking at the new Lenovo mobile products

Subject: General Tech | April 13, 2009 - 03:43 PM |
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Hardware Zone got a peek at Intel's new notebooks and desktop system at CES.  The two Ideapads will use C2D processors and DDR3, with the larger Y650 using the Intel GMA X4500MHD GPU to power its 16" screen, the smaller 14" Y450 uses both a GeForce GT series GPU and an integrated Intel GMA X4500 GPU.  Also on display was the IdeaCentre A600 All-In-One Desktop PC, which will house a C2D T6600 and up to 4GB of DDR3 in a 21.5-inch "frameless" screen/casing.  It will also sport a BluRay pl