Squat can be cool

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 21, 2009 - 01:11 PM |

Cooling off high end processors with air can be a major chore and usually requires you to choose a case carefully as it will have to contain a very tall heatsink that will produce significant noise.  Scythe has tried to fix these problems with their Zipang 2 cooler for both AMD and Intel processors.  At a height of only 105mm it should fit in almost any case and its unique fan is designed to give reasonable cooling without a deafening roar.  Pop by Frostytech to see if they sacrificed too much

Source: Frosty Tech

Would you like that sequentially or in parallel?

Subject: Storage | August 21, 2009 - 12:13 PM |

Allyn took his tall stack of SSDs on a series of benchmarks to see what effect the size of the drive has on performance.  With various sizes of this new storage available, it is worth finding out if size can change the performance you see from your shiny new drive.  Of course, that is not all that he tested.  There are different controllers, flash memory types and a new feature we will see from Windows 7 called TRIM, which is to help repair the damage done to drives through heavy usage.  Some SSD makers were content to use TRIM, others went and designed their own repair met

Ah ... backwards compatibility, my old nemesis

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2009 - 11:49 AM |

From the information in this Slashdot article, it is now a sure bet that the new graphics cards coming from AMD and nVIDIA will not be PCIe 3.0 cards.  The planned upgrade of the PCIe bus specifications and the associated hardware was due before years end and is now scheduled to appear sometime in Spring of 2010.  Once the new hardware arrives, the bandwidth available to the bus should jump from 5 gigatransfers per second to 8GT/s and because of a change in the encoding,

Source: Slashdot

ASUS Maximum III Gene mATX P55 Motherboard shots

Subject: Motherboards | August 20, 2009 - 09:37 PM |

Though this motherboard was shown for the first time in public at the PC Perspective Hardware Workshop at QuakeCon last week, we thought we post up a couple of photos of it since they were handed our way.  The ASUS Maximum III Gene motherboard is a mATX board based on the P55 chipset, ready for the upcoming Lynnfield processor launch.  For a mATX motherboard, this offereing DEFINITELY has a lot of unique and high-end features.

AMD Juniper DX11 card shown in picture form

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 20, 2009 - 05:10 PM |

These pictures were passed to us, obviously originally posted over at ChipHell, of the upcoming AMD DX11 graphics card, codenamed Juniper.  This is the mainstream offering while the Cyprus part will supposedly be the high end GPU of the Evergreen line.

Source: CHW

MSI gets cute with their motherboard line up

Subject: Motherboards | August 20, 2009 - 03:55 PM |

Sticking the Intel X58 chipset on a mATX board seems to be rather popular, both for motherboard manufacturers as well as the enthusiast crowd.  The Asus Rampage II GENE
was first, but MSI has followed up with their new $169 X58M microATX motherboard.  Even with its small size, it can still

Source: Neoseeker

Finding the sweet spot for mobile

Subject: Mobile | August 20, 2009 - 02:20 PM |

Netbooks are grand, inexpensive, flexible, light and with long battery life; seemingly the perfect mobile form factor.  There are drawbacks to having an 11.1" or smaller form factor, for instance a normal sized keyboard is well over 1' long and who really wants to watch a movie or TV show on a screen that size.   16" and up and you start running into weight problems and that larger LCD looks nice but it also shortens the battery's run time.  The Tech Report investigates an Acer Aspire Timeline that sits ri

Seasonic S12D Series - The energy-efficient and advanced solution for gamers and PC enthusiasts

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 20, 2009 - 01:32 PM |

To offer computer users a more stable and efficient solution to cope with the latest quad core CPU system and power-consuming and high-end computer components, Seasonic now launches the S12D Series that complies with the latest Intel ATX12V and EPS12V specification and available in 750W and 850W.

The S12D Series represents the 'Green PC technology' that helps computer users save on electricity bills all around. It achieves the 80PLUS Silver standard that guarantees an above 85% efficiency rating across 20%, 50% and 100% loadings along with a true power factor of >0.9.

Source: Seasonic

140W TDP too much for you?

Subject: Processors | August 20, 2009 - 12:51 PM |

The new Phenom X4 965s are impressive processors but they throw off a lot of heat so not all AM3 motherboards will take them, as well there are certain setups where a CPU tossing off that much heat and consuming that much power just isn't feasible.  Thus we have the 65W TDP 2.5 GHz X3 705e and the 2.5GHz Phenom II X4 905e low power CPUs.&nbsp

All's well that Haswell

Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2009 - 12:07 PM |

We have a name for the processor that Larrabee will first make its home on, in about three years we will see Haswell.  By 2012 Intel is hoping to have settled down in the 22nm process and hopefully gotten over their GenX chipsets and replaced it with something newer as it will be ready for retirement by then. 

Source: SemiAccurate

Video from PC Perspective Hardware Workshop is LIVE

Subject: Editorial | August 20, 2009 - 01:38 AM |

I have had quite a few people asking for it, but it just FINALLY got finished uploading and converting - so here is the full video from the PC Perspective Hardware Workshop 2009 that we hosted at QuakeCon 2009!!  Enjoy!

The sound of dollars and sense

Subject: General Tech | August 19, 2009 - 04:34 PM |

If you are looking for over the top quality, you should introduce yourself to Naim as they have a certain $20,000 CD player you might covet.  That particular CD player shares components with the piece of equipment that Hardware Zone reviewed, but it is not what is being reviewed.  Instead it is the $5000 NaimUniti, a small little device that can handle input from a CD, USB flash drive, Internet radio stations, or streamed music broadcasted
over WiFi and output it to a pair of speakers.&nb

DirectX 11 previewed in DiRT 2 trailer

Subject: General Tech | August 19, 2009 - 03:50 PM |

While we were spending some time at QuakeCon 2009 we got a chance to watch this new trailer for DiRT 2 coming out soon.  Why did we care about this particular trailer?  Well, the game is being built with DirectX 11 technology so obviously AMD is proud to show it off since they will have the first DX11 hardware available this year
Keep in mind that all the footage you are seeing in this trailer is IN-GAME!

Quake Live will add subscription options, still free to play

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 19, 2009 - 03:12 PM |

While we didn't get a chance to get the news up during the show, there were a couple of interesting news bits to come out of QuakeCon 2009 - not the least of which was word that the advertising-based business model for Quake Live was not panning out as well as hoped.  John Carmack, in his opening day keynote, stated as much:

Zune HD and Tegra come out of the closet

Subject: Mobile | August 19, 2009 - 03:04 PM |

Sure, we told you about the news of the Tegra being the powerhouse behind the upcoming Zune HD from Microsoft, but apparently NVIDIA wanted to make a press release about it anyway.  We also have known about the various technologies and processors in the tiny chip since June of 2008 - we posted an overview of the SoC that you should definitely be checking out.

nForce chipsets could return with Intel Lynnfield processors

Subject: Chipsets | August 19, 2009 - 02:56 PM |

You will likely recall that a large portion of the tech world in 2008 called for the demise of NVIDIA's chipset division with the approach of the Intel Core i7 processor that FINALLY moved the memory controller from the chipset to the CPU.  At the time Intel had decided to NOT allow NVIDIA to get a license for QPI (the new interface for Core i7 Nehalem processors) and NVIDIA also started to drift away from AMD-platform chipsets, so the composition of those two factors pushed many to theorize the end of nForce.

Source: techPowerUp!

Remember this?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 19, 2009 - 02:22 PM |

Empty it weighs in over 10kg or 22lbs and it stands 2" tall or 609mm for those dedicated metric types, sports 7 fans of which the smallest is 120mm and fit ungodly amounts of storage and expansion cards.  It is Corsair's first case and the Obsidian Series 800D is poised to make a huge splash in the market, entering at the $280 mark.  What can this monumental case manage? 

Source: Hexus

I'm locked in here tighter than a frog's butt in a watermelon seed fight.

Subject: General Tech | August 19, 2009 - 12:42 PM |

If you haven't heard by now, you are probably burrowed and forgotten about because the net is flush with news about StarCraft 2.  The biggest news is that it is still coming and set for release next year, unlike some other StarCraft games who have become less that ghosts.  It is not going to be your average RTS base building game with a thin story for wrapping, from the looks of the video and previews around the web, it is going to have much more story and unique paths to reach the end of the single player campaign. 

Source: Ars Technica

The good, the bad and the smugly

Subject: General Tech | August 19, 2009 - 12:21 PM |

There is news from three of the biggest tech companies up on DigiTimes, in a mix of good, bad and pretty much as expected.   To get the bad news out of the way; all those new Intel P55 motherboards that you have seen previewed will not have the fancy new Braidwood memory technology that the existence of the NVRAM slot implied.  It would have been nice, but it looks as though the P55, H57, Q57 and H55
will all be missing the new version of Turbo Memory 'due to to issues with the software side of Braidwo

Source: Digitimes

Opa! Time to toss out the platters.

Subject: Storage | August 18, 2009 - 07:07 PM |

Apart from the form factor and the use of a much faster transfer bus, flash drives are becoming the defacto standard for data storage.  The 120GB+ tend to prefer a SATA or eSATA interface, while the smaller drives tend to use USB for transfer and lack sophisticated controllers.  The A-DATA 32GB XPG
is one of the smaller drives, both in storage capacity and in physical size and it is up for review at Legit Reviews.  Can it live up to its Xupreme name? Follow the link to find out.