Watch out for the Quantum Force

Subject: Motherboards | June 8, 2009 - 02:29 PM |
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There are two members to Foxconn's Quantum Force so far, their equivalent to series like ASUS' RoG.  The first is the BloodRage and the second is called the FlamingBlade.  The FlamingBlade is slightly cheaper and is missing some features, like support for triple SLI/CrossfireX, though it will hand

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Onboard isn't always enough

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2009 - 01:21 PM |
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If you have a good ear, the difference between onboard audio and audio from a high def source over a high end sound card stands out enough that the entrance price is worth it.  Others might not hear much of a difference, but that may also be because they've never heard high def audio.  A Blu-ray disk is capable of providing incredible audio quality, assuming the sound card is Advanced Access Content System compliant, otherwise it downgrades the signal to quality even onboard sound can handle. 

E3 for the PC

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 8, 2009 - 12:14 PM |
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The four PC gaming stars of E3 in Futurelooks opinon are a pair of sequels and a pair of new games.  The sequels are to Modern Warfare and Bioshock, both games were very well received by fans of their respective genres, Bioshock more for the story and interesting use of Plasmids, CoD: Modern Warfare for its more realistic take on combat.  The two new games are very different, one covers the exploits of a famous Navy SEAL; the other is a designed as a multipl

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The near future for Global Foundries

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2009 - 11:52 AM |
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The ground breaking for Fab 2 is scheduled for next month and once it is completed in 2011 it will be the lead on 28nm process and smaller.  This leaves Fab 1 to handle current 45nm and 32nm process based chips, with it's main focus being on ramping up production.  If Fab 1 can get a solid amount of production coming out to finance their R&D, then Tom Sonderman's plan to beat Intel into sub 45nm processes may become reality. You can see some of the planned timetable at DigiTimes.

Source: Digitimes

Intel Capital Invests $43 Million in UQ Communications

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2009 - 11:21 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 7, 2009 - Intel Capital, Intel Corporation's global investment organization, invested $43 million (JP4.15 billion) in Japan-based UQ Communications, a provider of WiMAX mobile services.

Computex 2009: Silverstone shows mini-ITX and not-so-small cases

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 8, 2009 - 01:26 AM |
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Silverstone was at Computex last week as well showing off a host of cases and power supplies, but we'll focus on a couple that stood out. 


Computex 2009: Enermax shows 80+ Gold power supplies

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 8, 2009 - 01:06 AM |
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According to some of more intelligent people we know in the power supply business, making efficient power supplies is more difficult at lower wattage levels.  And while most power supply vendors were showing 80+ Gold rated PSUs for the first time (rated at 90% efficiency at 50% wattage level), Enermax was showing off a set of 450w, 550w and 650w models that will be available in Q3 of this year.

Computex 2009: Super Talent PCIe SSD and more

Subject: Storage | June 8, 2009 - 12:34 AM |
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Our stop by the Super Talent booth resulted in some interesting new products including a 128GB USB drive:

With some help from double stacked memory modules ST was able cram an IMPRESSIVE amount of storage in a small form factor.

Spotted at Computex: We're all screwed

Subject: Editorial | June 8, 2009 - 12:17 AM |
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Gulp.

Be prepared.

Apple has been keeping the sun away for 22 years now

Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2009 - 05:48 PM |
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One thing that is often missed when overclocking is the actual effect on system performance.  The raw numbers are always bigger, for instance a Q9450 bumped up to 3.2GHz is faster than stock, but what happened to the system.  It might feel more zippy, or maybe you have just fooled yourself because of the time you spent watching it hang during unsuccessful settings.  Here at PC Perspective our reviews give hard numbers as opposed to subjective feelings, and you can do the same at home.  That is not to say simply run 3DMark over and over, but instead to pick a game and benchm

"B.J." Blazkowicz would be proud

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 5, 2009 - 02:22 PM |
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Over at motherboards.org comes a new case mod, this time dedicated to the Wolfenstein series.  Not only do you get a great overview of the tools needed to do mods like this and a look at a beautiful modding job, there is a bonus.  The case being modded is the yet to be released NZXT Panzerbox, a name very apropos to the mods theme.  Either as a voyeur, as someone planning on getting into modding at some point or

What's the best way to stress out a GTX 275

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 5, 2009 - 01:30 PM |
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Knowing that an nVIDIA GTX 275 can hit a Core of 702MHz from the 633MHz stock speed, that it's GDDR3 can reach 1296MHz from a 1134MHz stock and that the Shader clock goes all the way to 1656MHz from 1404MHz is good, but it doesn't tell the full story.  Overclocking everything as far as it can go can be an effective method, but it lacks finesse.  Doing so makes it hard to judge which part has the most impact on performance or if overclocking that part has done nothing whatsoever.   AnandTec

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The main theme was what Microsoft no longer calls a netbook

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 5, 2009 - 12:29 PM |
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DigiTimes saw a lot of vendors as they toured Computex this year, but the main thing they noticed was the focus on portability.  Most of the first part of their look at this trade show is taken up
by mobility products along with some interesting entertainment devices from MSI.  The second part features the huge V10 cooler from CoolerMaster and even more mobility products.  The digital picture frame with built in scanner is

Source: Digitimes

Steve is going to be peeved

Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2009 - 12:05 PM |
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The Palm Pre has been heralded as the second coming of the iPhone and has had gadget freaks squealing in anticipation of its arrival.  It has arrived and already rumours are flying, shells are being stripped off and all of the wonderful engineering inside is exposed to the world.  It was thought that hiding in the code somewhere was a little something special and Hack A Day has confirmed it.  The Pre can pretend to be an Apple iPod and connect to iTunes.

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Pure clicking satisfaction

Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2009 - 05:34 PM |
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If you have fond memories of the sound and feel of the IBM Model M keyboard, R&B Mods has a treat for you; the rest of you membrane fans can pretty much skip their review of the i-Rocks Cherry MX Mechanical Keyboard.  This 97 button keyboard uses mechanical switches for key depression, but not a buckling-spring keyswitch, so it isn't quite the same but still offers feedback.  It is a shiny black USB board however, and it sports a pair of USB plugs and blue LEDs under the three lock keys, which does make it a lot more modern looking.  Take a look and

Petrified Computer

Subject: Systems | June 4, 2009 - 04:10 PM |
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SPCR has turned silent computing into an art form and their newest build really shows off their talent.  There is one single moving part on this PC, a 120mm exhaust fan ducted to the CPU heatsink.  An 80W AC/DC power adapterand a Mini-Box PW-200-M DC-DC power supply
to avoid a PSU fan, the storage is an Intel X25-M 80GB SSD.  The inclusion of DVD burner does technically bring in a second moving part, but it can be pulled out after the OS is installed.  Drop by for a look at t

More details on the JMicron 612 SSD controller

Subject: Storage | June 4, 2009 - 01:23 PM |
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Those of you who watched us record our podcast over at TWIT.tv last night got an early peek at this:


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It's a RAID race

Subject: Storage | June 4, 2009 - 01:18 PM |
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X-bit Labs has had RAIDs on the brain as well as a lot of 500GB drives lying around, so testing these drives in RAID just makes sense.  With 4 Seagate models, single Hitachi and Samsung models a pair of Western Digital drives and an Areca ARC1220 to handle the RAID arrays.  They chose to test RAID 0, 5 and 10 and since the only part changing is the drive it is easy to see what effect the different drives have on system performance.  Check out the full review.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Taipei is your tech target

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 4, 2009 - 12:29 PM |
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Ryan isn't the only one running back and forth between Nangang and the Taipei 101 tower, though he did post two new videos for you to check out.

Somebody is going to be awfully upset

Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2009 - 12:05 PM |
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Back in March, former AOL head Jon Miller was appointed Chief Digital Officer of Hulu and has he got an announcement for you!  He "envisions a future where at least some of the TV shows and movies on Hulu ... are available only to subscribers.".

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