Sneaking a peek at an i5 motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | July 14, 2009 - 01:42 PM |

It is really a bit of a tease, but a preview of an upcoming Gigabyte board that will power Core i5 processors is still worth looking at.  We know some of the stats, like the 24 power phases feeding the CPU, SATA 6Gbs and the mega back plate, but for now you can't see any benchmarks.  There are plenty of pretty pictures at The Tech Report to feast your eyes on.

Who you calling four eyes!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 14, 2009 - 12:16 PM |

At under $100, the NZXT Zero 2 is a rather decent bargain.  A fairly flashy front panel door in a mirror finished black, with LEDs to highlight it for those who prefer a lit case on one hand.  Four side panel 120mm fans, a pair of 120mm fans on the back panel, a top blowhole and one up in the front offer serious air movement.  It is 8" deep, so even with those side panel fans you should still be able to fit

I wasn't in my right mind

Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2009 - 11:52 AM |

Pick up your tinfoil hats and keep a careful eye on anyone carrying around this book, because humans are getting much better at hacking the mind.  Simple things, like the defacing of the epilepsy support websites with flashing colours to trigger epileptic fits is nothing new; a chemical that seems to be able to produce permanent memory loss in rats is not.  Neural engineers have developed wireless interfaces allowing usage of computer and wheelchairs via direct brain control, though those devices are not conduciv

Source: Slashdot

Look what just washed up

Subject: Mobile | July 13, 2009 - 06:26 PM |

ASUS has spent a large amount of time and money on their Seashell line of netbooks, of which the EeePC 1005HA-PU1X
is a great example.  Long battery life is the goal, while still making this portable device usable for the worker, gamer or entertainment
fan on the go.  An Intel Atom N280 and a single DDR2 DIMM will keep the power requirements down; but will it offer enough power to do what you need?  Find out at Legit Reviews.

You've come a long way ...

Subject: Storage | July 13, 2009 - 03:43 PM |

The Tech Report has put together a massive conglomeration of drives both SSD and platter based, run singly and in RAID to see the recent evolution of storage.  From the fastest SSDs through RAM based storage to old 5400RPM platter drives, there is a lot of numbers to go through.  Take a look at which drives excel at which tasks in addition to technology differences and RAID setups.

Not perfect. but still useful

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 13, 2009 - 01:26 PM |

SilverStone's new Element 700W hits an 80+ Silver rating, putting it above 85% efficiency, at least at normal room temperature.  When [H]ard|OCP put it on the torture rack at 45C, the efficiency dropped below that mark.  That wasn't the only disappointment for [H], externally they were less than impressed with the cables and inside was even worse.  One lonely solid capacitor and a questionable power filtering method caused some frowns as well.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Worthy of its name

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 13, 2009 - 12:00 PM |

The MSI NGTX260 Lightning Black Edition 1792 MB DDR3 is an example of a company going all out trying to get a flagship card to the enthusiast.  Using 10 phase power with 'military' spec capacitors they pushed the card's GPU and DDR3 up by 100MHz each, once InsideHW was done with

Source: InsideHW

It's ribbons all the way down

Subject: General Tech | July 13, 2009 - 11:43 AM |

With the fun and easy to understand changes to the UI of the Microsoft Office Suite in the 2008 version still fresh in the minds of students and office workers everywhere, the release of Office 2010 is being looked at with a bit of trepidation.  Thanks to a bit of an early opening, you can catch screenshots and movies of the office at HEXUS.  Over at The Inquirer is a brief summary of the changes to Office and to Microsoft's business model, as

Source: The Inquirer

Have you hugged your Tesla coil lately?

Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2009 - 06:14 PM |

The internet is great, bringing you a broad variety of information and entertainment, some of which you want to see and some of which you wish you could bleach out of your brain.  Either way, when the tap runs dry or even just starts to falter a little, it can be a real brain teaser trying to track down the problem

The P45 is not dead yet

Subject: Motherboards | July 10, 2009 - 02:39 PM |

ASRock has released the P45X3 Deluxe, a $100 Intel P45 motherboard.  It has four DDR3 DIMMs that can support up to 1600MHz in dual channel, the Intel ICH10
handle sound and there are two PCI-Express 2.0 16x slots and a host of PCI-E 1x and PCI slots as well.  The performance met or beat other P45 boards; the onl

All in one, or all in none?

Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2009 - 02:16 PM |

The AKAI AISS010 All-In-One Entertainment System claims to be able to handle any input, and the list of acceptable inputs is fairly impressive; MP3/iPod/CD/DVD/Up-sampled DVD/USB/SD Flash cards/FM radio/Karaoke along with a HDMI output for up-sampled DVDs.  Tweaktown put those claims to the test as well as checking on the quality of the sounds.  In the end it was hard for them to determine how well received this system will be, there are some who may find

Source: TweakTown

Both big and flexible

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 10, 2009 - 12:23 PM |

When you look back upon the days when CPUs had heatspreaders built onto them, heatsinks weighed a couple of dozen grams and a single 20mm fan was more than enough cooling, it seems unlikely that within a scant few decades we would be cooling our processors with a chunk of aluminium weighing a full kilogram.  With the advent of the Core 2 family, we now see stock coolers weighing in excess of 500g and heatsinks like the Source: PC Perspective

A Corsair is only as good as his word

Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2009 - 11:37 AM |

Corsair has been in the news recently for two issues, the first is the hold that has been put on Elpida Hyper-based Dominator GT modules.  The
second is the relabelling of PSUs from 80+Gold to 80+Silver because not all units could reach the 87% efficiency under full load that is required in order to meet a Gold rating.  HEXUS sits down with them to discuss the difference 2% can make as well as alternatives to Elpida to get the Dominator GT modules into production again.

Source: Hexus

PC Perspective Podcast #64 and TWiCH #31 Video versions now live!

Subject: Editorial | July 9, 2009 - 04:17 PM |

The video versions of both the PC Perspective Podcast (episode #64) and This Week in Computer Hardware (episode #31) are now available!  If you haven't subscribed to our audio version of the podcast in your favorite RSS reader or iTunes, you should do that! 

ION Rocks

Subject: Systems | July 9, 2009 - 03:00 PM |

Sitting roughly 8"x7"x3", the ASRock Nettop ION 330 really couldn't be any smaller and still provide the features that it does.  Sporting 5.1-channel analog audio, Gigabit Ethernet, six USB 2.0 ports, an analog VGA D-Sub port, HDMI 3.1 and TosLink, it can serve up your media in a variety of ways.   The dual core 1.6GHz Intel Atom N330 is paired with an NVIDIA 9400m GPU which allowed a 1668%
advantage over the Asus Eee and Dell Inspiron in the Cinebench OpenGL test. 

This thing eats netbooks for breakfast

Subject: Mobile | July 9, 2009 - 01:31 PM |

Netbooks are incredibly handy for those who are looking to get some work done while on the road and somewhat handy for the mobile movie watcher who doesn't mind decreased screen size and battery life.  The polar opposite is the user who is looking for the power of an enthusiast level PC in a mobile platform, who expects to need a power outlet to use it as well as occasional visits to the chiropractor to decompress the damage to their spines from carrying around half their own body weight in laptops and accessories.  Falcon Northwest caters to the latter and their FragboxDRX is target

Source: Extremetech

7 + 4 = FAST!

Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2009 - 12:21 PM |

While you are still not going to see a PC capable of an instant on, SSD RAID performance on Windows 7 in quite spectacular.  In their testing of the instant on capability [H]ard|OCP discovered that you are much better off with a single drive to get the fastest boot times.  The converse is true for those looking for the best performance once booted up, the more drives the better.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Deep thoughts, by Vint Cerf

Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2009 - 12:00 PM |

Vint Cerf, Ray Kurzweil and Ray Merkle all spoke at a recent NASA event dealing with the near future of technology and the way it changes how those who use it interact with the world.  Vint Cerf touches on the future of the internet, social networks and how networks like Twitter, or whatever replaces it, will affect peoples lives.  Ray Kurzweil talks about consciousness and the implications of not being able to define or measure consciousness in any concrete manner.  Ray Merkle delved into the world of microbiological and nanotechnological self assembly, of which he is well acqu

Source: Slashdot

Are you a fan of overclocked video cards?

Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2009 - 06:59 PM |

The Galaxy GTX 275 OC
that Ryan reviewed back in the beginning of June
, the one with with a 650 MHz core (vs. 633 MHz stock), a 1475 MHz shader (vs. 1404 MHz) and 1200 MHz memory (vs.