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Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2008 - 06:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the Tech Talk forum are two related threads that are seeing a fair amount of action. The first asks what sort of mistakes you have seen new users make, which is good for a few chuckles, but is also a great way to help you understand the hurdles that those new to the hardware scene will encounter. The second thread takes a little more courage to post to, as it asks what your own worst mistake(s) were. Together, these two
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 5, 2008 - 03:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tech Connect Magazine tries out 3 of nVIDIA's newest drivers to see just how well they are improving. Driver revisions don't tend to have huge impacts on performance overall, though the bug fixes can certainly help. Once the testing was done, it turns out that the WHQL certified 180.48 is your best choice ... at least until the 181 series appears.
Subject: Mobile | December 5, 2008 - 01:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you buy a high end laptop, you expect extras. I'm not convinced that anyone expects a story book, a leather interior and engine noises to be included in those extras, but they are there in the ASUS Lamborghini VX3. Not included is a top of the line mobile GPU or an SSD, which seems odd in a $3000 laptop. It still does have some serious power, and will floor any Lamborghini fanatics out there. Check out t-break to see why.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 5, 2008 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Danamics have just entered the cooling market with their LM10, a liquid metal cooler with an electromagnet. Using a solution of sodium and potassium, both of which have an interesting reaction to water and almost guarantee a nice light show if the cooler ever leaks. The metals are magnetic, which is why the LM10 moves the NaK with an electromagnet, perhaps not the best choice inside a PC. NordicHardware pitted it against the Thermalright Ultra 120-Extreme, which soundly beat this new type of c
Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2008 - 11:35 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In case you haven't seen the story yet, there is a new trojan wandering the web looking for unsuspecting Firefox users. Once it gets onto your system, either disguising it's self as a valid extension install file or through a vulnerability that will allow it to sneak an install by you, it starts tyring to harvest your usernames and password for a long list of financial institutions. The Inquirer has heard no news of a fix, but if you never installed Greasemonkey and sudden
Subject: Systems | December 4, 2008 - 02:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Setting up the perfect HTPC can be easier that figuring out exactly how to use it. Sure there are fancy universal remotes, or full sized wireless keyboards but they are about as elegant a solution as getting up and walking over to it to control it. ExtremeMhz has found a solution they like, the 262x112x23mm (10x4.5x1") Brando Wireless Tiny Multimedia Keyboard. Read on to find out what impressed them so much.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 4, 2008 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you need enormous amounts of power for your PC, Tagan's BZ 1300W can deliver it. With the ability to deliver 92A and 1104W over it's five 12V rails, you can pack as many video cards as you want and still have enough power, as long as you don't try to hit 1300W. [H]ard|OCP has been dissapointed in Tagan's high wattage PSUs in the past, and
Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2008 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica is already feeling nostalgic for 2008, so they have started the awards season off early with their 2008 Ovatio awards. (That's a parade for a victorious general, by the way) The best and worst of 2008 are polished up and presented for you, covering the technologies, personalities and decisions that defined 2008 for the tech world. Check it out and see if you agree and be reminded of things you have purposefully forgotten.
Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2008 - 11:22 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Dec. 04, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it expects revenue from continuing operations for the fourth quarter ended December 27, 2008 to be approximately 25 percent lower than third quarter 2008 revenue of $1.585 billion, not including process technology license revenue. The decrease is due to weaker than expected demand across all geographies and businesses, particularly in the consumer market.
AMD will report fourth quarter 2008 results after market close on January 22, 2009.
Subject: Systems | December 3, 2008 - 06:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Head to the Guru of 3D to see their picks for the perfect Christmas system.
Three tiers are covered, from the budget gamer to the powerhouse, and the prices you will pay for the systems vary accordingly. As a handy bonus, each build has a target resolution to play games at, so you can also match your monitor to your system. No point in building a system that plays best at 2560x1600 if your monitor can only manage 1680x1050!
Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2008 - 03:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PC Perspective's new sponsor, Galaxy Tech, has gone all out in providing us with some gifts for you, our members. We've already given out a GeForce 9500 GT and a GeForce 9600 GT. We're wrapping up the contest with the biggest prize, a 9800 GT, the winner of which will be announced Monday Dec 8th. You don't have much time left so stop procrastinating!
Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2008 - 03:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Certainly there have been quite a few SSD reviews over the past few months, but as the technology is quickly maturing, it is worth keeping a very close eye on. As they improve, the read and write speeds keep climbing, leaving platter based storage in the dust. For another look at just how far ahead these drives are, check out the review of the top three models at X-bit Labs.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 3, 2008 - 01:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's is utterly dominating the lower end, with the HD4650 nicely under $100, the HD4670 at about $100 and now the HD4830 at just a bit over $100, no matter how tight your budget you can get a card that supports HD playback and will give you
Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2008 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GTA IV has arrived for the PC, allowing all those PC users who haven't picked up a console to see what all the fuss is about. Eurogamer really enjoyed several features such as the music but what really impressed them was the 32 person multiplayer support. Doubling the maximum amount of participants can totally change the multiplayer experience and a lot of console fans may pick the PC version up for that reason. Read the other features that put a smile on their faces here.
Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2008 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's official, there will be a Windows 7 Beta disk for those attending the MSDN. Follow the links from [H]ard|OCP to read the official story, as the DVD won't actually be in the bag. According to one source, the DVD won't quite be ready in time, but Microsoft promises to ship to attendees it as soon as it is ready.
Subject: Mobile | December 2, 2008 - 05:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new HP Compaq 6735s runs an AMD Athlon X2 QL-60 @ 1,9 GHz on a 790G mobile chipset, sporting a Radeon HD3200 and it has 2GB DDR2. With 250Gb of storage and a DVD-R drive, being able to take a lot on the road with you is quite easy. Check out the laptop that InsideHW calls a workhorse here.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 2, 2008 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The SilverStone Fortress FT01 Mid-Tower Case is a Temjin on a serious reducing diet. No longer supporting eATX boards, suddenly the wide open spaces that the TJ series has in most builds are gone, with just the right amount of space for even a high end system. It does have a lot of air cooling, with 180mm fans being used and can support external water cooling setups thanks to the rubber grommets at the back of the case. Read the fu