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Subject: General Tech | December 16, 2008 - 08:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are now two choices for those who want to transcode video, be it for back up purposes or so that you can watch a favourite DVD on your iPod. nVIDIA's Badaboom can be purchased for $29.99 and with the help of a Geforce graphics card you can encode to your heart's delight. AMD's Stream comes for free with the new 8.12 Catalyst. Once you begin to compare the quality of the two encoding processes, the obvious choice by price proves not to be the obvious choice for watchability. Take a look at
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 16, 2008 - 04:23 AM | Ryan Shrout
The rumors were true! XFX has officially announced that they are going green - the other kind of green, with a bit or red in it. Gross.
Anyway, XFX, well known for their line of NVIDIA-based graphics cards, has on their website news to expect AMD-based parts in early 2009, which is only a couple of short weeks away.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 15, 2008 - 08:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The CNPS9300 AT is the little brother of the CNPS9700, allowing it's use in systems where larger coolers simply cannot fit. It won't win any prizes as the best cooler in it's class, but you won't be disappointed by it's performance when you consider how much surface area has been lost. BCCHardware is quite confident of recommendi
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 15, 2008 - 08:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has tested 4 Enermax PSUs, the most recent being the Enermax Revolution 85+ 1050W, and every single one has come off of their test bench with a Gold Award. This model is for the extremely power hungry, retaining an 85% or greater efficiency at full load even with a less than optimal power source. If you have a need for a kilowatt or more of power, the Revolution is a good choice.
Subject: Processors | December 15, 2008 - 08:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD isn't the only one sharing silicon today, the new Core i5 Lynnfield series is making headlines as well. There are no direct comparisons
as of yet, but the pictures at Expreview show some interesting hints at the performance of the new chip. It uses a different socket, LGA 1160, and will be priced below $200, so do not imagine a direct competitor to the Core i7 especially if Intel does wait until Q3 2009 to start selling these chips.
Subject: Processors | December 15, 2008 - 08:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's new 'Kuma' core is here, in the form of the 2.7GHz X2 7750 and the 2.5GHz X2 7550. The biggest changes to these processors are the inclusion of features normally found in the X3 series, like the L3 cache and HyperThreading 3. bit-tech benchmarked them through their usual series of applications and games and saw it beat out similarly priced Intel offerings.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 15, 2008 - 07:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fudzilla has confirmed a story that has popped up very recently; that XFX will start manufacturing Radeon graphics cards. They will continue to be an nVIDIA partner and sell Geforce cards, but the relationship won't be exclusive anymore. We haven't heard which models they will be offering and will be keeping a close eye on this story as it develops. It will be nice to see the great offers that XFX gives it's customers, like it's upgrade plan, extended to
Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2008 - 11:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you've ever wondered why it is a bad idea to forward a email claiming to be for good Samaritan purposes or to disclose some dire health threat that nobody knows about,
Subject: Storage | December 12, 2008 - 08:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Blu-ray hasn't quiet surpassed the DVD as the premiere choice for watching movies in your home but it is making a lot of headway, especially for HD aficionados.
The market is opening up a bit and you can find an affordable drive without haveing to pick up a PS3. This also means there is a choice in which manufacturer you will buy your Blu-ray player from, and choosing the right one can make your experience a lot more satisfying. Digital Trends offers some advice on that exact topic<
Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2008 - 07:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Christmas time is time away from work and school, and possibly family, depending on just how dedicated a gamer you are. There is a huge list of recently released games for the PC, as well as brand new hardware to run them on. If you have a specific game you can't stop playing, but would perhaps like to see in a higher resolution or with more details you may want to hunt for a specific graphics card. Ryan has published an article covering several of the popular games that are absorbing immense amounts of time and how the
Subject: Motherboards | December 12, 2008 - 05:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Foxconn has taught the P25 chipset a new trick by adding an additional IDT controller for the PCI Express bus. That gives you full x16 on a single card and full x8 for setups with 2 or 3 graphics cards. They've also moved the northbridge and rotated the CPU socket by 90 degrees. Read on at X-bit Labs to see why their positive impressions dissipated the second they stopped looking at the board and tried using it.
Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2008 - 04:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Unless you are an insect living in a hive, diversification is preferable to specialization, as long as you don't completely botch projects outside of your original focus. This is most likely the driving reason behind the ex-chief of Intel, Andy Grove, is recommending that Intel starts widening their focus. Batteries for electric cars does seem to be a little far fetched, but according to The Inquirer's article, Intel is already investing in battery comp
Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2008 - 08:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are a pair of cards appearing on the internets representing nVIDIA's next enthusiast level offerings, following the GTX280. They will be the new top end of their lineup, directly aimed at the 1GB HD4870 and the 4870X2 as opposed to being the first cards we see from a completely new line.
Subject: Systems | December 11, 2008 - 07:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for a quiet PC, Canadian retailer Anitec has a system for sale that is certified by SPCR as conforming to their acoustic requirements. At it's heart is a Core 2 Duo E7300 and 2GB of Kingson DDR2 800MHz, along with a 9400GT 512MB, so it isn't a gaming powerhouse. It is a quiet and cool running PC perfect for environments where those are the major requirements. If you aren't in Vancouver and cannot visit their brick and mortar store, you can easily find them on the web for delivery.
Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2008 - 06:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GIGABYTE has a new mouse, the GM-M8000 GHOST with all the features you would expect from a high end gaming mouse. It has removable weights, a 4000DPI sensor and on the fly sensitivity changes with an accompanying LED to indicate which setting you are on as well as a colour changing logo that lets you know which of your saved profiles is active. It even comes with a mouse pad. Read the review and see if you agree with Tweaktown.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 11, 2008 - 05:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are many large differences between home system builders, one of the biggest being the aesthetics of the PC being built. Some will spend hours and hours agonizing over the perfect enclosure to show off all of their components and the pretty cleavage on their video card's cover, others will custom build an incredible work of art in which to house their creation.
Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2008 - 04:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
WordPad and Internet Explorer are both going to see an increase as vectors for attack. A new exploit, that requires you to have XP SP2 or earlier and to open an attachment should be coming your way soon. Make sure to avoid any files with a .wri extension, as that is a way being used to circumvent Word from opening the file. The exploit is only in a specific function of WordPad.
Subject: Mobile | December 10, 2008 - 11:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
What do you get when you cross an Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz
with a GeForce 9300M GS 256MB DDR2? The ASUS N10Jc-A1, which seeks to become a gaming netbook, and succeeds as long as you stick with UT2K4 or FarCry, newer titles tend to be stutterific. The Tech Report was able to use the HDMI out to play 1080p movies without a problem though it did monopolize the CPU to the point where you can't expect to be able to run anything apart from the movie.
Subject: Processors | December 10, 2008 - 08:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A new processor family means that a whole new bag of tricks needs to be invented to push the CPUs as far as they can go without toasting them. Legit Reviews is focusing on the memory, specifically trying to figure out the best speed combinations to get the new Triple Channel memory running at peak bandwidth. See what they discovered in their full review.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 10, 2008 - 07:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ATI Stream support:
With the release of ATI Catalyst 8.12 users can unlock the potential of accelerated applications enabling ATI Stream technology for millions of ATI Radeon graphics processors worldwide
- ATI Stream harnesses the tremendous processing power of the graphics processing unit (GPU) for high-performance, data-intensive computations over a wide range of scientific, business and consumer applications.