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Subject: Graphics Cards | January 8, 2009 - 02:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Look out HD4870 X2, you are no longer competing and sometimes beating nVIDIA's best card, the GTX260+ has been replaced by the GTX 295. Sporting an ungodly 1792MB of GDDR3 and a pair of what are essentially GTX 280 cores, this card is unbeatable. If you splurge and pick up a pair of them (assuming you can handle ~650W draw from the cards alone), you can expect to play Crysis on high quality at 1920x1200 and get average frame rates in the high 60's, an unprecedented score. Check out Ryan's full review of the new ki
Subject: Processors | January 8, 2009 - 12:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Phenom II is here and it lays the smack down on the original Phenom. Unfortunately it is not stomping Intel's Core i7 line, it's main competitor, nor does it beat out similarly clocked Core2 CPUs. However, at an estimated price of $275, about $900 cheaper than the similarly clock Intel 965 and it will work happily in existing AM2 systems; no new RAM required. It doesn't look like AMD will be taking the performance crown away from Intel, though it's ability to take higher voltages and the ease of upgrading will likely sell a lot of chips to AMD fans.
Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2009 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Creative is branching out into the system on a chip market with their soon to be announced Zii. The Zen is their current MP3 player, with support for video and even wireless on some models, not exactly a full system but certainly a good media player. From what VR-Zone has figured out that you will be seeing this chip in an iPhone competitor and possibly a teraflop computer with the footprint of an piece of A4 paper. Could this help Creative expand fr
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 7, 2009 - 03:45 PM | Ryan Shrout
ASUS definitely isn't sitting on its hands with this whole "Eee" branding thing. While we have in the past poked fun at the company's desire to put the Eee moniker on just about ANYTHING they could paint white, at CES yesterday ASUS showed off quite a few interesting new products in various stages of development. The most exciting was probably the Eee Keyboard PC - a fully functioning computer in a stylized keyboard that has an iPhone-sized touch pad on the right hand side where the number pad would usually be located. The back of the unit has connections like Ethernet, DVI/V
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 7, 2009 - 03:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for an inexpensive way to power a mid ranged system, the AeroCool Horsepower 650W is a possibility. The modular cabling is a nice feature to add, as is the pair of 6+2 PCI-E connectors, which will allow a modest SLI/CrossFireX setup to run happily. The 12V rail is split into 4, all sporting 18A which should keep most PCs running happily. Dr
Subject: Storage | January 7, 2009 - 01:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hitachi's Deskstar E7K1000 is a terabyte drive with a full 32MB cache and three 334GB platters. The large size of the platters should, in theory, offer quieter running as well as drawing less power, especially when partnered with the "Hitachi Voltage Efficiency Regulator Technology". The Tech Report ran this HDD through their testing suites and proved that not only does this new Deskstar offer both of benefits mentioned, it also offers greater speed. This update was certainly worth the wait.
Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2009 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
bit-tech has posted a collection of the games to look out for in 2009 for both consoles and the PC. On first glance, there is quite a bit to be excited about, with a totally reinvented Dawn of War II, Halo 3 ODST and FEAR 2 : Origins just to name a few. If you look at it in a different way, most of the big franchises 'must have' games are sequels or add-ons to existing series, which can be disappointing to those looking for a new gaming experience. For the accountants, it is excit
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 7, 2009 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CES 2009 is in full swing, but instead of heading to the tech displays, the first thing Legit Reviews did was try out the massage chairs. Luckily, someone managed to pry them out of the chair and forced them to take some pictures. Corsair is showing off 64GB thumb drives and some really impressive triple channel kits. They played with the Novint Falcon , and recorded it so you can get an idea how exactly the new controller works. AMD and LogiTech also had some interesting booths set up, so head ove
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 7, 2009 - 11:11 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
LAS VEGAS, NV (January 6th, 2009) - ASUS Chairman Jonney Shih unveils the company's latest innovations and introduces its futuristic computing concepts at a keynote speech two days before the official opening of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
In a 40-minute presentation, Shih talks about the speedy growth of ASUS' branded notebooks and the revolutionary Eee PC (Easy to Learn, Easy to Work and Easy to Play) line, which set the industry trend for netbooks.
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 7, 2009 - 11:09 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS, NV (January 6, 2009) - ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, will unveil its extensive lineup of products showcasing at CES 2009. Focusing on the main theme of "Access Life with ASUS", the rich assortment of products that will be exhibited at CES 2009 aim to simplify users' lives and help them realize their full potentials in the new digital era.
Subject: Motherboards | January 6, 2009 - 05:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The EVGA X58 3X SLI motherboard takes a while to say but it does tell you exactly what to expect; an X58 chipset capable of handling 3 video cards in SLI/CrossfireX. They do not use the nFORCE 200 MCP, which didn't seem to have had any appreciable effect on the performance during [H]ard|OCP's testing. Perhaps more interesting were two new featur
Subject: Systems | January 6, 2009 - 03:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL - January 5, 2009 - BFG Technologies, known as a leading supplier of premium power supplies and 3D graphics cards, is excited to announce its first line of complete gaming and multimedia PCs, called Phobos. These sleek hand-built, high performance machines were designed with the "Graduated Gamer" in mind. This audience is looking for all the performance associated with a high-end gaming system, but none of the hassle related to building and servicing such a system.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 6, 2009 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The HIS Radeon 4870 ICEQ4+ TURBO is a full 1GB model sporting a fancy third party cooler that drops the temperatures as well as the noise at full. As the running temperatures and fan noise were the two biggest faults of the original 4870, this really is a great step forward. Add into that equation the coming price drop as well as the ~10% o
Subject: Mobile | January 6, 2009 - 02:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Samsung has placed a Intel Atom N270, 1GB of DDR2-800 and a 160GB 5400RPM HDD into a shell with a 10.2" WSVGA 1024 x 600 display and called it the NC10 Netbook. Even with it's diminutive size, Samsung has managed to fit an almost full sized keyboard, as well as a 6 cell battery that will keep you going for a long while. Phoronix being who they are, quickly installed Linux to see how compatible the netbook was. See the results here.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 6, 2009 - 01:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If there is one place on this planet that absolutely screams wealth, it is Dubai and it's architecture. Why not show off your own style with the Lian Li PC-888 which looks almost exactly like one of the most famous hotels in Dubai. It will even hold a full sized system and cool it as well. You can see the pictures of this case at bit-tech.
Subject: General Tech | January 6, 2009 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD isn't interested in competing directly with the Atom, instead they seem to want to marginalize it. Atom has taken a bit of a beating due to it's lack of support for high quality video, though on tiny screens it could be argued that high definition is not a real possibility. Their new low power processor will be the Neo and according to the specs you can see on The Inquirer, an HDMI output handling 1080p is within the Neo's power. It should also be significantly faster
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 5, 2009 - 03:51 PM | Ryan Shrout
A post over at Expreview is indicating they have source spilling some proverbial beans about the upcoming NVIDIA GT212 GPU update due in mid-2009. Here's the table of interest:
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 5, 2009 - 03:40 PM | Ryan Shrout
XFX sent out a PR email blast letting the whole world know that the XFX Radeon HD 4000 series of graphics are official and should be available any day now. The company has its Radeon products website up and running at has quite a few new cards on the table including:
Subject: Storage | January 4, 2009 - 01:58 PM | Ryan Shrout
I have always been a fan of options, especially when it comes to computers and computing in general. We were big fans of the X58 chipset because it now allows us to CHOOSE between SLI and CrossFire on the same motherboard. I really liked some OCZ SSD hard drives as they had both SATA connections and USB connections allowing you to use them internally or as external drives. This new Verbatim hard drive takes it another step further by offering FOUR connectio
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 4, 2009 - 01:50 PM | Ryan Shrout
AudioFreak39 points out in a thread in our forums that the pending GeForce 9-series rebranding process has now been unearthed as the GeForce Gx00 series:
GeForce G110 (rebranded 9400GT):
GeForce G120 (rebranded 9500GT):