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Subject: Storage | May 28, 2009 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Systems | May 28, 2009 - 02:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Mobile | May 28, 2009 - 01:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2009 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 28, 2009 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 28, 2009 - 11:27 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Mobile | May 27, 2009 - 01:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2009 - 01:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The brilliant white finish on this Sparkle GTX260 isn't the most unique thing on this card, it is the 216 shader processors, 24 more than a standard GTX260 that stands out. The heat management isn't anything to laugh at, PC Stats hit a rather impressive overclock, reaching 682MHz core and 1221MHz memory. It doesn't qui
Subject: Memory | May 27, 2009 - 12:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fountain Valley, CA - May 27, 2009 - Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is first to market with DDR3 1600MHz 12GB triple-channel memory kits. The HyperX kit of three 4GB modules allows enthusiasts to get the most out of their Intel Core i7 and X58 platforms.
"Kingston was first to release 2GHz kits and has continued to lead the memory charge with more DDR3 offerings since Intel created the triple-channel architecture," said Mark Tekunoff, senior technology manager, Kingston.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 27, 2009 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Steam is hosting another free weekend, this time featuring Unreal Tournament 3 Black Edition. Don't get too excited about the Black label as that simply indicates you have downloaded and installed the free Titan Pack. If, like some who have purchased UT3 when it first came out and haven't touched it in months, you can install and activate the full Black Edition over Steam by providing your CD Key. Who knows, maybe enough people will see the game on Steam or in HEXUS' quick article here that ther
Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2009 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Users of some versions of Windows Vista and Server 2008 can grab Service Pack 2 from TechNet or Windows update if they are so inclined. It is not an automatic update, so you won't have to worry about it sneaking onto your system if you would like to wait to see how stable the update is, but expect to see it there on June 30th. About 800 fixes are rolled up into this service pack, from virtualization
improvements, to networking changes to native Blu-Ray recording, there is a lot to look forward to.
Subject: Systems | May 27, 2009 - 11:07 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, May 27, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the adoption of its VIA Nano processor by Shuttle Inc. in its latest ultra small form factor PC, the fanless Shuttle XS29F.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 26, 2009 - 03:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are building a new greener machine, one of the key areas to focus on is the PSU. If it has lousy efficiency it doesn't matter that it is not a 1000W PSU, it will drain a lot more energy than is needed. Stepping up to the challenge is the
Subject: Motherboards | May 26, 2009 - 01:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) announces the latest Intel P55 chipset based Black Series motherboard in Computex 2009 held in Taipei, Taiwan June 2-6. The brand new Intel P55 chipset based Black Series motherboard, ECS P55H-A, is designed to deliver Intel's first mainstream performance platform supporting the revolutionary Nehalem architecture.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 26, 2009 - 01:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Assuming Intel does eventually manage to release the Core I5 and other LGA1156 socket chips, Cooler Master will be ready. Their new Hyper 212 Plus will work with LGA 775, 1156 and 1366
as well as s939, AM2 and AM3 though a case may be a problem at it's overall size is 116x51x159mm. As a large sized cooler, fitting a 120mm fan is easy which will lower both noise and temperatures, in theory. The Guru of 3D's testing proved that this new improved Hyper 212 sits on the good si
Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2009 - 12:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
JMicron might just become the most beloved storage controller company on the planet if Daily Tech is right. This may seem a little odd as the rushed out JMF602 and JMF602B have been destroying the random write performance of cheaper SSDs. Some companies figured out a fix, SSDs like OCZ's Apex and G.Skill's Titan
depend on two controllers and a RAID chip to deal with the performance problems without raising prices into the land of the Intel X25-M. The next generation of SSD will use a new type o
Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2009 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA's Tesla card hasn't been in the news lately, once the initial buzz from its release wore off it faded into the background. Transtec may reverse that with their CUDA supercomputers, built off of the Tesla cards. One model offers 4 teraflops of computing power for all your mainframe level needs. This is a big score for nVIDIA, as up until now there have been few companies willing to build using the new GPU based machines and the power that nVIDIA bragged about was only being used for their own PR.
Subject: Processors | May 26, 2009 - 03:46 AM | Ryan Shrout
Sure, the show won't even start until next week, but why can't they give out the awards BEFORE hand?
VIA Nano Processor Platform Receives Coveted
'Best of Computex' Award
High performance, low power VIA Nano processor, together with the new VIA VX855 Media System Processor, is recognized for excellence
in mobile platforms
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 26, 2009 - 03:36 AM | Ryan Shrout
NVIDIA might have thought it was all going to be rosy news over the weekend, what with the announcement of the Lenovo S12 notebook integrating the NVIDIA ION chipset, but not if this story pans out. Apparently Dell is on the edge of removing NVIDIA from its entire lineup of desktop and notebook PCs. If true, this could be very bad news for NVIDIA. The Inquirer believes that NVIDIA's probl