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Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2009 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are two very obvious facts that have been realized about the HD4770; it is an incredible value, and it is incredibly hard to find. HEXUS has been doing some digging trying to find even a single card for sale, let alone the pair you need for CrossfireX which can really make this card shine and as it turns out they are sold out across Europe and North America. It seems the problem lies with TSMC's volume of 40nm chips, which hasn't been able to keep up with unexpected demand. We did hear that t
Subject: Processors | June 15, 2009 - 01:11 AM | Ryan Shrout
Reports are coming in from Digitimes that Intel has laid plans for its processor updates pending for Q4 of this year and they include changes not only to the low-power Atom lineup but Celeron and even Core i7 CPUs.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 12, 2009 - 06:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Of the many joys that our PCs offer, from shotgun troubleshooting to BSODs claiming your IRQ is some sort of lesser being, there is one process guaranteed to put a chill down your spine ...
Subject: Processors | June 12, 2009 - 04:48 PM | Ryan Shrout
If this story turns out to be correct, it looks like AMD isn't the only one planning a 6-core processor for this fall. According to Bit-tech's sources, Intel not only has plans to release a 6-core derivative of their Nehalem architecture (codenamed Westmere) in a few months but that it will be aimed at the desktop market and will work in existing LGA1366 X58 motherboards with a simple BIOS update.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 12, 2009 - 03:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Thermaltake Toughpower XT 850W
sits right at the bottom end of over the top systems requirements; powerful enough to handle multiple graphics cards and a large number of HDD without heading up into the 1kW range. At a shade over $200 it does seem a little pricey compared to other PSUs in that wattage range. [H]ard|OCP decided to see just why this PSU costs twice as much as the competition by hooking it up to their PSU to
Subject: Motherboards | June 12, 2009 - 03:29 PM | Ryan Shrout
Earlier this week I received some interesting spy shots of an upcoming MSI P55 motherboard that was NOT on display anywhere at Computex last week. The MSI P55-GD65 looks like it could be a very compelling option for users upgrading to a new Intel Lynnfield system this fall.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 12, 2009 - 02:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At first glance, The Tech Report is being very unfair in testing air cooling versus water cooling as we all know that water is more efficient at moving heat around. The custom built rigs with more than one radiator, wide tubing and powerful pumps tend to beat anything but LN cooling. However there is a point to the exercise as those custom cooling designs will run you hundreds of dollars. What if the tests were only done with self contained coolers costing less than $100? Suddenly when you bring value into the equation, the playing field levels out a bit.
Subject: Motherboards | June 12, 2009 - 02:50 PM | Ryan Shrout
MSI is gearing up for a summer overclocking contest known as the MOA - Master Overclocking Arena! While the gears are still in motion for the official debut of the rules and regional sites, it looks like it is shaping up to be a very interesting event.
Here's how the event will break down for time lines:
Subject: Editorial | June 12, 2009 - 01:24 PM | Ryan Shrout
In a move we are hoping to make a regular feature for the podcast, we now have a more "polished" version of the podcast recording on VIDEO for you to view/listen to. Just a warning: we aren't pretty and the content is unedited so there MIGHT be the occasional flub up! We'll start posting the video along side the audio at our new URL: http://pcper.com/podcast
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 12, 2009 - 01:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech is taking a close look at the two new video transcoding techniques from AMD and nVIDIA, ATI Stream and CUDA. The software transcoder they will be using comes from Cyberlink, called MediaShow Espresso, a $40 product that supports both AMD and nVIDIA's technology. The transcodes that they will attempt are for the iPhone, MPEG2, Xbox and native H.264, and they use 3 movie trailers as the media. This GPU technology certainly beats CPU encoding; but which one is the fastest?
Subject: General Tech | June 12, 2009 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2009 - 05:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Back in the days when the mid range ruled, and digital was only for recording studios, the record was king of media. The scratch of a dull diamond coming through speakers that were birthed before Dolby made its appearance, and huge stacks of vinyl and decorated cardboard sleeves dominated the homes of every audiophile. Now those records are collecting dust, or are accumulating scratches through heavy use, but hopefully not sitting beside a furnace. If this sounds familiar, and you have a lot of old vinyl that you want to listen to, but don't want to hurt it nor buy a CD to re
Subject: Mobile | June 11, 2009 - 03:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Secrets has every right to be impressed by the new Alienware M17x, as it seems that Dell hasn't cramped their out of this world designs. According to their link the highest end laptop you can configure has
"two GeForce GTX 280M, Core 2
Extreme QX9300, 8 GB DDR3-1333, two 256 GB SSD's in RAID0, 1920x1200
17" display, Blu-Ray player, TV tuner, Windows Vista Ultimate) and the
price is obviously jaw-dropping: USD 5,600. OUCH!"
Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2009 - 01:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Anyone who has used a tablet for anything in the past, and quite a few who have never played with one, know the name Wacom. If you have used their Intuos3 tablet you will probably be excited about the new Intuos4 Professional Pen Tablet, available in several sizes. The price is still high and so is the quality, in this case the new version is all about more little extras. For instance the programmable LED shortcut keys to the side of the tablet n
Subject: Systems | June 11, 2009 - 01:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There seem to be two main types of HTPC creators, something that has probably grown from the old days of audio receivers.
The first, more common type simply wants to enjoy the final product and is unconcerned with matching colours, completely hidden wires or mixing brands of speakers. As long as it sounds great in the end, the aesthetics are an afterthought. They will nurse the HTPC into working order, but are far more likely to hide it from sight, either behind something large or by locating it in a different room.
Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2009 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not even a month after the first announcement of the official USB 3.0 standard, we will be seeing the release of the first USB 3.0 controller, coming from NEC. They will be releasing it fairly soon, along with Windows drivers, though we have yet to see a single USB 3.0 device. Not to be outdone, a devotee of the penguin has created a Linux driver, working with both Red Hat and Ubuntu.
Subject: Editorial | June 10, 2009 - 09:44 PM | Ryan Shrout
Last week I was in Taipei for Computex 2009, which you can read all of our coverage about here, but we still attempted to record our weekly shows, This Week in Computer Hardware and the PC Perspective Podcast. If you missed those shows (shame on you) I have them posted below in their live VIDEO versions below. Of course, if you haven't subscribed to our podcast feed, you definitely should do so RIGHT NOW!
Subject: Storage | June 10, 2009 - 06:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have never heard the term overburning before, at least in terms of how it applies to CDs and DVDs you are probably safer staying far away from it. On the other hand, if you have managed to physically damage an optical drive by overburning, this overview from OCMODSHOP will seem like familiar territory. Overburning takes advantage of the roughly 10% of the disk that remains unused in a normal burn. The reason that there is unused space is to prevent damage to burners as well as to help with compatibility.
Subject: Processors | June 10, 2009 - 05:49 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to a very brief report on Digitimes, the Intel Pine Trail platform could arrive as soon as October. You might remember our first look at the Pine Trail technology last month; Intel is essentially updating the Atom processor to including an on-die memory controller and graphics core.