BFG TECHNOLOGIES ADDS NEW POWER SUPPLY TRADE UP PROGRAM

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2009 - 11:24 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (June 1, 2009) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies, and the Phobos High-Performance Gaming/Home Theater System, announced today the BFG 100 Day Power Supply Trade Up Program. The program is designed to give BFG customers a one time opportunity to exchange their current BFG power supply within 100 days of the original date of purchase for an upgraded model and only pay the difference in price, plus applicable shipping and taxes.

Computex 2009: OCZ Z-series power supplies offer 80 Plus Gold certification

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 1, 2009 - 11:23 AM |
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OCZ will apparently be the first to market with approved 80 Plus Gold power supplies - available in the month of June.  The new OCZ Z-series of PSUs offers 90% efficiency (the requirement for Gold status) with power ratings of 850 watts and 1000 watts. 


Computex 2009: OCZ Introduces Colossus 3.5-in SSD in 500GB and 1TB capacities

Subject: Storage | June 1, 2009 - 11:16 AM |
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The news is coming swiftly already at Computex with a stop by the OCZ booth a bit before the show starts.  We found a lot of goodies hidden inside, not the least of which is a brand-spanking-new solid state drive called the "Colossus" for some obvious reasons. 

First, it's size: the drive fits into the standard 3.5-in hard drive form factor we have been used to for years.  Secondly, it's capacity: the drive will be available in 500GB and 1TB capacities in about 8 weeks.

Computex 2009: NVIDIA demos DX Compute and Terminator Salvation PhysX

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 1, 2009 - 10:28 AM |
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At the first of two NVIDIA press conferences at Computex 2009, NVIDIA was showcasing GPU computing and the power of the CPU + GPU platform for both high-end desktop solutions and low-end ION systems.

More on JMicron's new SSD controller

Subject: Storage | June 1, 2009 - 01:36 AM |
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If you listen to our Wednesday fun on Leo Laporte's TWIT network or to our weekly podcast, you might have caught some initial tidbits about a new SSD controller in the works over at JMicron.  I did a bit more digging to bring you a scoop worthy of sufficient detail.


Computex 2009: GlobalFoundries shows 45nm Istanbul, 32nm SOI, 28nm bulk

Subject: Processors | May 31, 2009 - 11:40 PM |
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The first official meeting we took part in at Computex 2009 was with the GlobalFoundries - the recently created independent silicon manufacturer that was previously simply a part of AMD.  The company officially launched in March of this year and just last month we spent some time with company executives and the site of their upcoming New York fabrication facility to talk about the future of their process and customer base

Hillary just can't get any higher

Subject: General Tech | May 29, 2009 - 06:31 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP may have started this particular trend but it takes a PC Perspective Forum member to test CPUs to destruction to determine what other common household items work best. 

Complimentary timing

Subject: Processors | May 29, 2009 - 02:29 PM |
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iXBT has put three Intel Core 2 processors through some serious testing.

Source: iXBT Labs

GIGABYTE to Announce New Motherboard Technologies at Computex 2009

Subject: Shows and Expos | May 29, 2009 - 01:14 PM |
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City of Industry, May 29, 2009 - GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co., Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards and other computing hardware solutions will showcase their latest range of innovative motherboards featuring GIGABYTE's 24-phase power VRM design and Smart 6 technologies at Computex 2009.

That new kid's pretty good

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 29, 2009 - 01:04 PM |
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From the over sized 1200g, $120 CoolerMaster V10 to the 550g, $36 Spire TherMax II, Legit Reviews has gathered a bakers dozen of LGA1366 coolers to see which can deal with Nehalem's heat the best.  With honoured names like Thermaltake, Thermalright and Spire you might expect the big guys to take the prize, after all they have been making heatsinks since the days when 100g of aluminium and a 40mm fan were enough.  Surprisingly it is a relative newcomer, the Titan Fenrir that takes the top prize.

How can you resist it?

Subject: General Tech | May 29, 2009 - 12:08 PM |
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Available in yellow, red or white gold with white or black trim and with 59 diamonds in either a flower pattern or a scattered pattern, this Swiss made mouse is really something else.  So what if it only has an 800dpi resolution and a total of three buttons, at over $20,000 it's the most expensive mouse on the planet!

Follow the link over at TechFragments to order yours now.

More cables to sort through

Subject: General Tech | May 29, 2009 - 11:42 AM |
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HDMI cables are getting even more fun to identify with the advent of the 1.4 revision.  Five different types will now exist for various applications, for instance the High Speed version will support up to 3840x2160 @ 24Hz/25Hz/30Hz or 4096x2160 @ 24Hz and will support 3D applications.  Another interesting version has the ability to pass data over a network connection at up to 100MB making transfers of data or browsing much easier.  For more information head straight to the source, HDMI.org.

Source: HDMI.org

What do you mean my drive has gone senile!

Subject: Storage | May 28, 2009 - 02:55 PM |
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If you haven't heard or seen this weeks podcast yet, we offer a bit of background to take into our discussion of the state of SATA drives.  The Tech Report fired up some heavily used SSDs from Corsair, OCZ and Intel to see just how the performance has degraded, if at all.  It is also a study of the controllers, from Indilinx, Samsung and Intel as the controller is one of the major influences on the change of speed of an SSD over time.  Head on over to get a firm gr

The product is the plug

Subject: Systems | May 28, 2009 - 02:08 PM |
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The Axentra HipServ Plug is a tiny little box (110mm x 69.5mm x 48.5 mm) powered by a 1.2GHz Marvell Sheeva CPU with 512MB of NAND storage memory and 512MB of DDR2.  To interface with it you have a USB 2.0 slot and a gigabit NIC, and to power it up, you simply plug it into a mains power wall wart.  All the interface is web based, as you might assume from it's size, shape and lack of video output.  Legit Reviews does feel it is a work in progress, they used an 8GB USB key that was pre-formatted and it worked fine but when they connected a 1TB USB hard drive, things did not go so

NEW NVIDIA-POWERED DELL LAPTOP FEATURES KILLER HD VIDEO AND GAMING TO GO

Subject: Mobile | May 28, 2009 - 01:47 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA-MAY 28, 2009-Todays students and young professionals need a versatile notebook that can serve as their workhorse by day and entertainment center at night.

Source: NVIDIA

Sounds like a gateway drug

Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2009 - 12:05 PM |
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We have all heard great things about in ear headphones, and how the sound quality and noise isolation are worth every penny it costs you to get a hold of them.  Of course, they work better if the rubber nub that heads into your ear canal is custom fitted, and being able to pick your own colours and styles is nice as well.  The drawback is that it will cost you several hundred dollars to try them out.  techPowerUp has a review of some less expensive in-ear headphones which might make trying out t

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My buffer crack was fully healed

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 28, 2009 - 11:43 AM |
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Windows 7's kernel is zipped up tightly against buffer overflow attacks, or at least more so than previous OSes.  Microsoft has added safe unlinking to the already in use protections known as Data Execution Prevention and Address Space Layout Randomization which help prevent against overflow attacks.  The basic idea in this new preventative
measure is to check each memory block before it is deallocated, and returning a fatal error if that blocks integrity has been compromised.  Dro

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Recording LIVE NOW!! PC Perspective Podcast #58

Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2009 - 10:06 PM |
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Update: Thanks to all who tuned in for the (longer than normal) show!!

Thursdays at 10pm ET you get to us record the PC Perspective Podcast LIVE!!

AVADirect First USA Company to Offer Core i7 Notebook

Subject: Mobile | May 27, 2009 - 01:51 PM |
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Twinsburg, OH (MMD Newswire) May 27, 2009 -- AVADirect, a leading customer computer integrator, has begun offering a Core i7 notebook for sale on its website. AVADirect will be the first official consumer and business retail outlet for this new notebook. AVADirect has already begun taking pre-orders as of last week and plans to ship out the notebooks to expecting customers first week in July.

This new notebook being offered is a big step toward a truly workstation replacement.

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