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Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2010 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech takes a deep look into dynamic power management, what it means and how it is managed with current generation CPUs and systems. Processing power per watt has been a phrase used for a long time in the server room, where it can be hard to hear over the roar of fans and platter based drives. It is now a common topic of conversation among all computer enthusiasts and many motherboards and CPUs are sold with features that enable dynamic performance, which in turn allows the power drain to change as the
Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2010 - 06:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
To start off the second week of 2010 at the PC Perspective forums is some rather good news. One of our members, Tim Shadler pulled of second place in the ASUS Xtreme Design Contest with his Eight-Tuner-Ruiner custom build. His thread now has a demonstration video along with some rather creative unboxing videos of the various components that went into his build. Please drop by his build thread to offer your congratulations and
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 15, 2010 - 02:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Instead of focusing solely on the kilowatt level of PSUs, it is worth keeping an eye on the 500W neighbourhood. Seriously, unless you are planning on at least 2 graphics cards and a 10 disk RAID you do not need that cool 1250W PSU. By pegging the proper PSU, your system will produce less heat and noise and your power bill will drop. Just make sure that you don't underpower your system. A perfect example is the Thermaltake Lite
Subject: Processors | January 15, 2010 - 12:37 PM | Jonathan Hung
Intel has made a mountain of money in the fourth quarter of last year. In their just released earnings report, the chipmaker has posted an astounding $2.3 billion net-income (up $2 billion year-over-year). You can read the whole report here.
Subject: Motherboards | January 15, 2010 - 12:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The tiny ASUS AT3N7A-I motherboard is home to an Intel Atom 330 with an active cooling system, not that you are going to get to overclock the Atom; but iXBT Labs warns that you may want to modify it as it is quite noisy. As well you will find Bluetooth, HDMI, eSATA, 3 x SATA-II (300 MB/s), 10 x USB, a legacy PCI slot and a pair of DIMM slots. If you ar
Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2010 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The name is still a mystery, but the pictures at Elite Bastards tell a story of ASUS' new board. The AM3 socket is obvious and the connectors include HDMI, DVI and VGA connectors so you can also be confident that there is onboard graphics, though it is hard to say that it will be a 785G board. The big news that ASUS gave out along with the pictures is that the board will support SATA6 and USB 3.0, features that are very rare right now.
Subject: Mobile | January 15, 2010 - 11:10 AM | Jonathan Hung
Over the past few weeks, the buzz about NVIDIA's ION 2 and it's coexistence with Intel's Pinetrail CPUs has been the subject of much speculation. As we near the 1/2 way of the first quarter of 2010, more details of NVIDIA's discrete graphics chip are being revealed.
Subject: Processors | January 14, 2010 - 05:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of the many pieces of big news around the web this week is the Clarkdale IGP, which has moved from the motherboard directly onto the CPU. Intel has hopes that this will turn around their current reputation of producing IGPs that should be avoided at all costs. The current favourite does still sit on the motherboard, as part of AMD's 785G chipset. MADSHRIMPS compares these two low cost graphics solutions to see how they perform as well as comparing the relative benefits of the two sol
Subject: Storage | January 14, 2010 - 03:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, January 6, 2010 - VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today launched the VIA VL700 USB 3.0-SATA Controller, a highly integrated single chip solution that allows users to connect SATA hard disk drive (HDD), solid state drive (SSD), and optical disc drive (ODD) devices to their PC via new USB 3.0 specification ports.
With data transfer rates of up to 5Gbps, USB 3.0 (also known as SuperSpeed USB) offers t
Subject: General Tech | January 14, 2010 - 02:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's been a hot season for PC gamers, with the recent releases of games
like DiRT 2, Modern Warfare 2, and Dragon Age: Origins. To get the most
out of these games - to play at the best frame rates, at higher
resolutions, and with the most eye candy turned on - a graphics upgrade
might be in order, and, for some of your readers, that prospect may be a
Subject: Storage | January 14, 2010 - 02:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The biggest news in storage this week is not a review and it is possible that many never heard of it because of how quietly the launch took place. The news is that Intel now has a 40GB SSD and it is for sale, at a price of $129!
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 14, 2010 - 02:02 PM | Ryan Shrout
I have a started an informal poll of users with the Radeon HD 5000 series graphics card installed on their system here in our forums to help me diagnose a potential issue. The area we are focusing on is monitor/display noise in both 3D and Windows mode of the graphics card with varying monitors, etc.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 14, 2010 - 12:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
To get the bad news out of the way first, the new HD 5670 from AMD is not yet available anywhere but is targeted for around a $100 price point. Sometime in the next few days to a week we should start seeing the cards, but AMD has to be very careful as to the pricing.
Subject: General Tech | January 14, 2010 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It has been a long time since the days when AMD and Intel had cage matches with sideshows involving Motorola, Texas Instruments and Cyrix. The surviving competitors are aged and a bit tired, now content for occasional one-upmanship as opposed to major battles. Now the only real conflict is between their lawyers on the courtroom floor; there is nothing along the lines of the race for 1GHz or the bizarre non-sequiturs like the 686 processor.
Subject: Processors | January 13, 2010 - 08:55 PM | Josh Walrath
Today GF (GLOBALFOUNDRIES) has announced that it has finished integrating with Chartered Semiconductor, and is now the 2nd largest foundry company in the world. Since the agreement with Intel that also netted AMD $1.25 billion, GF was able to be fully divested from AMD. This allowed ATIC (GF’s parent company and primary financier) to acquire Chartered Semiconductor with the purpose of combining its two foundry entities into one global company.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 13, 2010 - 06:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The 3R System iCEAGE Prima Boss CPU cooler may be fairly new to the market but that hasn't stopped their development. The new iCEAGE Prima Boss II hasn't hit the North American market quite yet, but when it does you should pay attention to it. Hardware Secrets was impressed with the performance of the original, so they were even more impressed when they saw that the second iteration did better at lowering temperatures by 4C. It turns out that the secondary heatsink on the base is for more that just aes
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 13, 2010 - 03:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMDs next graphics card will be the HD5830, with performance in between the HD5770 and HD5850 and a price to match. eTechnix speculates that it will be a downclocked HD5850 with a 128-bit memory bus using GDDR3 instead of GDDR5.
Hopefully it will sit right around a $200 price point, making it easier to upgrade your card or to slap in a second card for a Crossfire rig.
Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2010 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MechWarrior: Living Legends is a total conversion mod for Crysis which turns the game into a multiplayer BattleTech Arena battleground. It is in open beta right now, letting you try out the almost completely finished game for your own. The game rewards you for kills so that you can build credits to buy heavier mechs, as you first start you can only afford light mechs, ground vehicles
and aerospace fighters; similar to CounterStrike but with vehicles not weapons. Currently
Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2010 - 02:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are waiting for Win7 SP1, then Slashdot has some good news for you as they have some information on what it will be, if not when. The Service Pack for Windows 7 has not been demanded with the same fervour as the Service Pack for Vista, partially due to the fact that a strong argument exists that Win7's identity was changed from being a complete change to Windows, with the MinWin kernel and a new file system into being a quick and dirty replacement for Vista. Whether
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 12, 2010 - 05:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thermaltake's new line up of power supplies are all called TR2 RX and are available in a wide spread of wattages. At Pro-clockers they have taken a look at the 750W model, showing off the clean design and some of the key features that this design encompasses. They also take a look at the voltages provided at idle and at load, which you can see right here.