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Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 9, 2008 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The latest PSU to come across Lee's desk is the 450W fan-less SilverStone Nightjar.
With a pair of PCI-e power connectors, you can build yourself a silent PC with a higher end graphics card, assuming that everything is passively cooled and you picked up an SSD for your storage. You do need to keep the ambient temps fairly low for this to work however, and find a 240V plug to get this PSU up to it's full 450W. Read the full review at the top of the page.
Subject: General Tech | September 9, 2008 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The next step in Google's benevolent
attempt to take over the world comes in the form of semi-autonomous floating data centres. Stick some of their 'data centres in a shipping container' on a boat and float it out on the ocean somewhere, presumably in international waters. Add a Pelamis machine, which converts the energy in the ocean's waves into electricity and don't worry about heat, it is floating on the largest reservoir ever to be included in a watercooling rig. Drop by The R
Subject: General Tech | September 8, 2008 - 05:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Yes, the Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty and ALchemy worked perfectly when PureOverclock recently tried them. No longer can you malign Vista for not supporting the most popular addon cards for audio. This card will get you a few more FPS in a game than an onboard chip and it will give you something to do with that empty PCI-e 1x slot. Testing audio devices really does boi
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 8, 2008 - 03:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is very unlikely thay you've heard of Titan Cool; they are a company in Germany that produces heatsinks and their newest, the Idol TTC-NK75TZ(RB) CPU Cooler blew Think Computers minds. It handily beat out Thermaltake and SilentX, giving some of the best cooling performance they have seen. They did notice one odd thing about the model they were sent; though it worked perfectly well, the cooler was not lined up with the motherboard.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 8, 2008 - 01:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
XFX brands their overclocked graphics cards as XXX; but if EVGA can use FTW, then I guess it isn't too inappropriate. Both the 260 and the 280 models are available, and [H]ard|OCP benchmarked them on a system with a QX9770 overclocked to 3.6GHz. They even managed to get a bit of an overclock out of these factory overclocked cards, which may put a sparkle in the eyes of some enthusiasts. Drop by to see how they stack up against the HD4870 and HD4780 X2.
Subject: Storage | September 8, 2008 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As it turns out, Intel's newly developed SSD speed superiority complex was based on solid facts; they've pulled off a C2D like coup in the storage market with their new X25-M 80GB SSD. Looking at Ryan's testing, you can see that this drive pulls off a win in almost every test except the sustained write tests, which have always been the Achillies heel of SSD drives. With the 0.1ms random access time, that problem is forgivable, and as the main storage of a web server it would be in a class all it's own. Too ba
Subject: General Tech | September 8, 2008 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Since IBM changed the focus of their business toward providing 'solutions' rather than hardware, they have slipped into a quiet role providing data centres with their expertise, while the regular user hears nothing about them. While that will most likely remain the case, you will probably be seeing a lot more advertising from IBM in the near future. You can read this article on The Inquirer to learn a bit more about "the Internet of things", silos and the New Enterprise
Subject: Storage | September 8, 2008 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 8, 2008 - Intel Corporation announced today it has begun shipping Intel X18-M and X25-M Mainstream SATA Solid-State Drives (SSDs) based on multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash technology for laptop and desktop computers.
Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2008 - 06:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When it is your brain that has trouble starting up in the morning it is usually fairly easy to fix, with a massive influx of caffeine. When it is the PC that has trouble starting up, things can be a little more complicated, but is usually fixable with a little help from your friends. While you are fiddling around with your BIOS, and happen to hav
Subject: Storage | September 5, 2008 - 04:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As you might expect, the Western Digital VelociRapter 300 GB HDD is focused on speed, though you might not expect it to out pace the 150GB model. That is exactly what happened in Techware Lab's testing however, with this being pretty much the fastest platter drive you can get your hands on. Sure, it will set you back at it's current pricing of a dollar per gigabyte, but
Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2008 - 01:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Computer mice are getting population density that would make one think there was silo full of grain in every PC store. It seems that every company even slightly related to PCs have to release a mouse, keyboard or high quality mat. The newest is NZXT with their NZXT Avatar Crafted Series Gaming Mouse. The stats certain match up with other gaming mice, 6469 FPS, 650-2600 DPI, 5.8 Megapixels/second and up to 1000 USB reports/second, as well as claiming to be ambidextrous. Check out the rev
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 5, 2008 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
During the recent PC Perspective Podcast, you may have heard us mention the evolution of C-states in the CPU while we were discussing the Nehalem's ability to shut off power to certain cores while cranking up the speed of those remaining powered. If you were scratching your head about how that applied, or just need some reminding about what what each of states represents, drop by Hardware Secrets for a refresher.
Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2008 - 11:32 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Google's release of the Chrome browser has sparked a huge amount of prognostication from the tech community, much like Android when it was first announced. Tie that in with their win in the broadcast spectrum wars, ensuring that they, and other ISPs, have access to the C-block portion of the spectrum. Things are happening for Larry and Sergei, there is no doubt about that, but what the plan looks like in it's entirety is. The Tech Lounge has one plausible theory you can re
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 4, 2008 - 06:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP held off on their review of the HD4870 X2 until it's driver and BIOS had time to mature. They also pitted it against a pair of GeForce GTX 260 in SLI, just to make it fair for nVIDIA. How did it fare? If you are 2560x1600 widescreen gamer, you will want to see the benchmarks.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 4, 2008 - 04:46 PM | Ryan Shrout
A couple of weeks ago a rather large package arrived at our door with the tagline of "graphics card" attached. Hmm, usually they aren't THIS big I thought...
Subject: Mobile | September 4, 2008 - 03:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you don't have an Altoids tin handy to make a MintyBoost, or just aren't that into creating your own homebrew projects, you may find you really like a company called Ecosol. Their Powerstick, a USB powered portable charger with a big pile of connectors that will let you hook up to and recharge just about anything. Check it out at AnandTech.
Subject: Memory | September 4, 2008 - 02:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you pick up Corsair's DDR3-2133 kit, you had better make sure you have some experience overclocking, as you won't be able to find a motherboard that supports that speed straight out of the box. AnandTech did make it happen, using a DFI X48 board. Take a look at what they had to go through to get a stable system running these modules.
Subject: General Tech | September 4, 2008 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thanks to CHW's sharp eye, or stealthy skills, we have an idea what AMDs processor roadmap for the end of this year looks like. There aren't any huge surprises but it is nice to have the timings confirmed. Let's hope the end of this year has them narrowing the performance gap between Intel's and AMD's chips.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 3, 2008 - 05:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The first ever Xigmatek power supply to hit [H]ard|OCP's test bench is the NRP-HC1001' a 1000W PSU with 4 12V rails. Unfortunately, it seems that Xigmatek spent more time and effort on the promotional material than they did on the PSU it's self. It did pass all of the tests that were thrown at it, but came in at the bottom when compared to