Now it makes more sense

Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2008 - 11:31 AM |

This story at The Inquirer sheds some light on the strangely high sales of Vista that Microsoft has reported.  HP has said that any of the PCs and laptops they have sold recently with XP installed had a Vista license attached to them, even though they did not run Vista.  Any and all sales of these XP machines have been counted as a Vista sale, and will continue to be reported as such until Microsoft finally pulls the plug on XP, which they have been threatening to do for

Source: The Inquirer

Is the head crash going exinct

Subject: Storage | July 28, 2008 - 06:12 PM |

The OCZ Core SATA 64GB SSD demonstrates what we expected when we first heard of solid state drives.  It's just $259, a drop of almost $1000 in about a year, the performance is almost obnoxiously impressive and the lack of moving parts is still a huge advantage.  The Guru of 3D predicts the pricing of WD Raptor drives will have to start dropping in price to compete with these drives.  In a few years, some techies may not even know what incredible noises a dying platter based H

Source: Guru of 3D

Aspect rational

Subject: Displays | July 28, 2008 - 02:54 PM |

Does keeping up with the recommended refresh in ms on a TFT LCD give you OCD?  Take a quick drop by Hardware Secrets for an overview of the LCD market.  Without delving too deep into the technical aspects, you can get a good idea of what aspect ratios are available as well as other features that are a must for the gamer or movie fan.

I want to paint it black

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 28, 2008 - 01:33 PM |

Thermalright has added a little style to their Ultra 120 with a nice black nickel finish and an extra fan bracket.  Even better is the cooling performance of the True Black 120, which is totally unaffected by the new finish.  If you need performance and a little style, and have a few unused 120mm fans, then Lee's latest review will be right up your alley.

Gold, Silver and Bronze

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 28, 2008 - 12:21 PM |

BFGTech pumped up the clocks on the GeForce GTX 280 OCX to 665MHz and 1458MHz, from the stock 602MHz and 1296MHz, so [H]ard|OCP pitted it against a stock GTX 280 as well as the HD4870.  For those who can afford the best, then the OCX is your card.  There is nothing faster than it right now, and the next card to beat it will likely be the 4870 X2

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Didn't see that coming

Subject: General Tech | July 28, 2008 - 12:01 PM |

It turns out that nVIDIA's odd stance that only certain models of HP laptops would suffer from the G48 and 86 problems is about as believable as most words that come out of a salesman's mouth.  The magical ability to heal the wounded chips ascribed to all manufacturers but HP doesn't seem to be working very well at Dell either, with ten models getting a BIOS update.  The Inquirer still feels that the true story is that all the chips are bad, and while that may or may not

Source: The Inquirer

Auzentech, Asus, and C-Media: As the CMI-8788 Turns

Subject: Editorial | July 25, 2008 - 07:58 PM |

In Q1 of 2007 Auzentech announced the upcoming availability of the eagerly anticipated X-Meridian.  This was a top end sound card with tremendous features, unique engineering, and sound quality that was promised to be the best in the world.  A few months later Auzentech released the card to a host of excellent reviews.  While the card was not exactly perfect (the analog outputs were a wee bit hot and caused distortion if levels were not adjusted) it was a step up from nearly everything else in the market, including the mighty X-Fi.  While other manufacturers like B-Gears, T

Can't we all just get along

Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2008 - 06:04 PM |

Some days it can be downright frustrating to work with PCs, from external

Waterproof sure, but would it survive swallowing?

Subject: Storage | July 25, 2008 - 03:05 PM |

For all those paranoid travellers out there, Kingston has the perfect USB drive for you.  Their DataTraveler BlackBox 2Gb flash drive costs almost $100, but it does come certified under the US Government's Federal Information Processing Standard as secure, which can be good for anyone carrying sensitive data. 

They grow so quickly nowadays

Subject: Mobile | July 25, 2008 - 01:58 PM |

The Eee is growing up with the release of the 901 and 1000 models.  t-break tried out the 8.9" Eee PC 901, which has a larger SSD along with the larger screen and a battery that is rated to last 5 hours.  Probably the nicest change, apart from the 1024*600 resolution; is the processor which is now an Atom running at 1.6GHz.  Read the full review to see what else the new Eee has in store for you.

Source: t-break

ASUS takes it's P45 boards seriously

Subject: Motherboards | July 25, 2008 - 12:09 PM |

ASUS has expanded their Republic of Gamers line with the P45 based Maximus II Formula; which is sporting an incredibly large and complex cooling system  including a clip on fan.  The pair of 16x PCIe 2.0 slots will support CrossfireX, DDR2 and it can handle any LGA775 processor out there.  Check out it's other features, including the impressive overclock

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The rumour mill strikes again!

Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2008 - 11:36 AM |

nVIDIA is really having a lousy month, with anti-trust suits going badly and the ever persistent rumour that something is horribly wrong with their G84 and G86's.  nVIDIA's position is that the problem can only occur in specific laptop configurations, but really haven't clarified the exact nature of the problem and why it will not apply to graphics cards.  DigiTimes has heard that as a result, many vendors are demanding a recall of all theoretically affected graphics cards.

Source: Digitimes

Get more from your MP3 player

Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2008 - 06:07 PM |

Higher quality MP3 players, like the recently release X-Fi Xen can't really show off the quality they are capable of with a pair of $10 earphones.  The best quality comes from cans, but not everyone wants to wear something that big, or try to transport them around.  Phillips has introduced two new audiophile quality earbud style headphones, which you can see at Hardware Zone.  The display it's self is rather impressive as well.

NZXT gets a high class case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 24, 2008 - 02:42 PM |

The NZXT Khaos is a $400 case, sporting oodles of fans, wheels, mesh on the side panels and bottom, a hinged motherboard tray and many other features.  All that does make the case worth quite a bit, if all those extras are what you are looking for in a case.  You can drop by Hardware Secrets for a look, and see if you'd prefer to buy a fancy case, as opposed to a high end graphics card.

Corsair Launches World's Fastest Production DDR3 Solution

Subject: Memory | July 24, 2008 - 01:55 PM |

The TW3X2G2133C9DF DOMINATOR modules represent the very best of Corsair's cutting edge technology in DDR3 overclocking and gaming memory. Ultra fast, selected DRAM chips are housed in Corsair's proprietary Dual-Path Heat Xchange Cooling Technology (DHX) - used in Dell, HP and Alienware gaming systems- for striking speed and performance. The new DOMINATOR TW3X2G2133C9DF memory kit unleashes the high performance potential of NVIDIA 790i-based platforms.

The best and the worst of Core2Duo

Subject: Processors | July 24, 2008 - 01:43 PM |

Drop by Digit Life for a comparison of Wolfdale and Conroe CPU's, both the top models, the E6800 versus the E8500 and the lowest, the E6500 and E8200.  The clocks are faster on the Wolfdale chips, but not by so much that the difference is hard to spot, Wolfdale does more per clock; and not just a little bit.

Source: Digit Life

Intel Outlines Plans for New Category of Smarter, Purpose-Built 'System on Chip' Designs, Products

Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2008 - 01:00 PM |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 24, 2008 - As Internet access continues to be added to all kinds of computers and devices, Intel executives outlined a plan to use its chip design expertise, factory capacity, advanced manufacturing techniques and the economics of Moore's Law to usher in a new category of highly integrated, purpose-built and Web-savvy System on Chip (SoC) designs and products.

The densely populated graphics market

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 24, 2008 - 11:54 AM |

Taking a glance at the nVIDIA 9600 GSO 384MB card, you would think it utterly useless next to the 9600 GT.  The GT is on a more familiar 512MB bus, and has a full 512MB of memory, the clock is 650MHz and 1800MHz as opposed to the GSO's 550MHz and 1600MHz.  They seem so close together that there is no reason to even consider the GSO.

Source: TweakTown

Launch acceleration

Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2008 - 11:26 AM |

Strap yourself in, the accelerated releases we have been seeing in 2008 are not slowing down anytime soon.  Next is Nehalem and the new X58 chipset, both of whom we will be seeing in September and not just before Christmas according to DigiTimes.  The socket is changing, so don't worry about investing in a top of the line LGA775 board, though AMD fans will be safe with the AM3, whenever it arrives.  Let us all hope that these truncated development times reflect the opinions of the engineers more tha

Source: Digitimes

Old school storage

Subject: Storage | July 23, 2008 - 05:44 PM |

Before RAID became the main solution for large storage arrays, JBOD ruled the streets.  Just stick in a few drives, doesn't matter what size, and suddenly they are registered as one large disk.  Tagan kept that simplicity, there are no drivers to install, nor is there any fighting between the drives.  Try the Tagan Icy Box IB-3218 a USB connected external JBOD box.  Bjorn3D tried it out and found that while they did love the box it's self, they thought the included PCCLONE EX LITE software needed some im

Source: Bjorn3D