Get your geek on with 137 years of Popular Science

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2010 - 03:34 PM |

If you were born after the death of printed magazines then you can be forgiven for the confusion you might feel about what PopSci is.  For those who have been geeks for a long while, you probably have fond memories of the magazine Popular Science.  Now you can revisit that feeling as Google and PopSci have teamed up together to put the entire 137 years of PopSci online, searchable and readable for free.  Keep up with the newer publications or delve back into the past years to see what they thought the future we are cur

A new way to interface with your HTPC

Subject: Systems | March 8, 2010 - 03:20 PM |

Almost all TV Tuner cards come with a remote control to add to the pile that likely lives on your coffee table, though some abandon that in favour of a wireless mouse and keyboard.  techPowerUp!

Source: techPowerUp!

Unchain your speakers

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2010 - 01:57 PM |

For some bizarre reason there are people who do not like having large amounts of room being taken up by large speakers in a 7.1 configuration.  Perhaps they have limited space or just do not appreciate the wonder that is a proper wall of sound.  For those who choose to go that way, Techware Labs has reviewed a kit that offers wireless 2.1 sound.  The EOS system consists of a receiver/broadcaster, wireless signal receivers and speakers, so drop by if that is your cup of tea.

The ASUS G73J; how long can an 8-cell battery power an HD5870?

Subject: Mobile | March 8, 2010 - 12:29 PM |

It is not quite available yet but when the ASUS G73J hits the shelves it will be among the best gaming notebooks on the planet.  Inside will be a Intel Core i7-720QM @ 1.6 GHz on an Intel HM55 board, with 8GB of DDR3 and a mobile HD5870 with 1GB of RAM.  Add in a 17.3" monitor @ 1920x1080 and you have a notebook that outclasses most desktop systems.  Of course the MSRP is going to top $2000, so it will also be more expensive than most desktops.  Drop by InsideHW f

Source: InsideHW

Acer's new frameless notebooks might find themselves re-purposed

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2010 - 12:08 PM |

Acer is planning on a new ultra thin line of notebooks with no frame and a keyless touch keyboard, according to DigiTimes.  Combining those two features does offer a way to make the MacBook Air look like it has a beer gut, but that is not the most interesting fact about these notebooks.  If reinforced glass is strong enough to be the back shell of a notebook, obviously it could also be used in a standard desktop monitor.  An all glass monitor would have absolutely no bezel on the sides; can anyone sa

Source: Digitimes

PC Perspective: Weekend Gaming Edition

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2010 - 04:13 PM |

It's the weekend and time to kick back with some good old PC gaming. There are some worthy PC gaming news this week so let's get down to it.

Metro 2033 Goes Gold and launches a new trailer. What could be a surprise hit this season, Metro 2033 has gone gold and celebrates with a new trailer. I'm really interested in this game and the early previews made it sound promising.

Source: General

Last but not least: PC Perspective sees Eyefinity 6-panel in action

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2010 - 11:12 PM |

You have likely seen other hardware and news sites posting pictures and video of some preliminary testing with a 6-panel Eyefinity gaming configuration, but I thought I would share this picture taken by our own A/V editor Ken A. 

NVIDIA teases with GPU performance that doesn't really matter

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2010 - 10:55 PM |

A little more news from NVIDIA today, but unlike the news post below, this isn't negative.  NVIDIA is still waiting to release a next-generation card to compete with AMD's 5000-series that has been available since late September and while we know that something is coming on March 26th, they are teasing consumers once again with some early performance numbers.

NVIDIA 196.75 driver might be a GPU killer

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2010 - 10:33 PM |

Were you thinking of stopping by to get the latest 196.75 drivers released this week?  Well don't.  Did you already download those drivers and have them running on your system right now?  Uninstall them and revert back to an older version!  Why all the commotion?  There are confirmed reports now of the 196.75 driver killing perfectly good NVIDIA-based graphics cards by turning off the fan at the wrong time.  Which is pretty much ANY time I think.

Osborne, Felsenstein, Jobs and Woz's old club met for the first time, 35 years ago today

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 5, 2010 - 06:45 PM |

If you are looking at all the new hardware that has come out over the past few months and are trying to figure out just how long you will need to live on Ramen noodles in order to afford an upgrade, there is an easier way.  Why not overclock your machine
as far as it will go?  Our Overclocking Forum is the perfect place to find out just how to do that as well as comparing your overclock to similar systems.  Whether you are fairly experience and looking for a way to squeeze a little bit more out of your me

Source: 3DCenter

Dynamic Hybrid Transformer Topology and Enermax

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 5, 2010 - 03:12 PM |

The Enermax MODU87+ 700W sits in a sweet spot for PSUs, strong enough to handle any single GPU system as well as many dual GPU systems, but not in the 1kW or higher overkill class.  The look on the outside is rather interesting, a rather clean casing is marred with multicoloured cooling, the heatsinks are blue and the fan is gold.  Inside, the totally redesigned PSU is stellar, [H]ard|OCP saw no movement on the 12V rail and the others were also incredibly stable.&nbsp

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Adding SATA 6Gb/s to SSDs

Subject: Storage | March 5, 2010 - 02:21 PM |

The Marvell 88SS9174-BJP2 controller brings SATA 6Gb/s to the Crucial RealSSD-C300.  Benchmark Reviews has paired that SSD with an Intel ICH10R to see just how well the SSD can do.  With peaks of 330 MBps on read and 225 MBps for writes, it would seem that one SSD still isn't able to saturate the new standard.  It is st

Different manufacturer, same 890GX chipset

Subject: Motherboards | March 5, 2010 - 12:41 PM |

When Josh tested AMD's new 890GX chipset he used offerings from MSI and Gigabyte and while those were the only one sent to him to benchmark so far there are other manufacturers making 890GX boards.  PC Stats received an ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3
for testing.  It offers the usual pair of PCIe 16x slots, dual channel RAM support and six SATA 6Gb/s, a pa

Source: PCStats

Grab your own personal jetpack for only $75,000

Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2010 - 12:15 PM |

The Mythbusters might not have been able to build their own working jetpack but Martin Aircraft will sell you one for under $100,000, though shipping from New Zealand might be expensive.  The jetpack won't require a pilots license right now, but if they start selling many of these the chances are quite good that some regulations will be put in place.  In the mean time you can hit heights of up to 2,400 metres and top speeds of 60mph according to Martin Aircraft.  You can see som

Source: MAKE: Blog

My keyboard is a leaf on the wind, watch it soar

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2010 - 05:44 PM |

At Gizmodo you can see a keyless keyboard from Minebea called the Cool Leaf.  It is one of three products that they have recently rolled out, the other two being a calculator and a universal remote control.  All look like a translucent piece of plastic or glass but are in fact an electrostatic capacity type touch panel and a load sensor. 
Waterproof and dirt proof, though probably not smudge proof, they are both attractive and utilitarian and might be on many a de

Source: Gizmodo

The new coolers on the block hit the top of the pile

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 4, 2010 - 05:32 PM |

FrostyTech has updated their best heatsinks lists, in both Intel and AMD flavours, subdivided into the best coolers and the quietest coolers.  The old favourites have been pushed off of their respective top spots in favour of new and improved models.  In all half of the categories the top three heatsinks are new to the lists and as the old kings were no slouches when it came to cooling you can expect even better from these new models.  Drop by and take a look, if this trend continues the new coolers won't be i

Source: Frosty Tech

Intel's new budget Core i3-530

Subject: Processors | March 4, 2010 - 03:15 PM |

The new Core i3-530 is a 2.93GHz dual core processor that will set you back only $120 but you have to sacrifice support for Turbo mode if you do pick it.  Ryan proved you don't actually need that button as without tweaking voltage he hit 4.08 GHz and by bumping up the voltage to 1.35V that soared to almost 4.5GHz, take that Turbo button!  In many cases it out performs the Phenom II X4 965, espec

Forget GPU accelerated Flash, time for 3D enabled FireFox

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2010 - 12:13 PM |

At PC Perspective we have talked a lot about Ray Tracing, the people working to make it a reality and and the benefits it would bring, but we never discussed it as a plug in for a browser.  That is exactly what the fellows at RT Fact are doing and you should be able to try out their custom version of Firefox relatively soon.  As the fellows of Slashdot mention, we can only hope this proves

Source: Slashdot

Radeon HD5870s for under $400! Yes you can.

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 4, 2010 - 11:45 AM |

Josh spotted a great deal this morning on NewEgg for the HIS Radeon HD 5870
(H587F1GDG).  You can grab the fastest single GPU graphics card on the planet for under $400, whether you are in the U.S. or in Canada ... there doesn't seem to be a, so we can't claim the sale is North American wide.

Source: newegg

Corsair launches Force seres of SSDs using SandForce controller

Subject: Storage | March 4, 2010 - 02:41 AM |

The hits just keep on coming as Corsair goes off like a company possessed releasing yet another line of solid state drives.  Looking back at the Nova and Reactor lines first shown just this past Friday, the new Force-series of SSDs make a total of three new lines in under a week!  Corsair is obviously intent on keeping or passing competitors like OCZ Technology that have a wide array of SSD options for different performance segments and price levels.