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Subject: Motherboards | May 8, 2009 - 12:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The MSI Eclipse SLI X58 LGA 1366 is the top of the line board from MSI, with a long list of features to make enthusiasts green with envy. Three PCI-E 16x slots for whatever SLI or Crossfire setup you could wish for, 6 DDR3 slots, a Creative SB X-Fi Xtreme H/W Audio Card, support for 10 SATA drives and a lot more.
Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2009 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at Hack a Day you will find the coolest thing you will see all day, unless you somehow manage to have an absolutely incredible day and top it. It is a hand portable coil gun which can fire 42g rounds with about 18 joules or 13.3 foot pounds worth of energy. An average 9mm round delivers just over 300 foot pounds or about 400 joules and weighs around 9g, so while the sheer energy is much lower, the weight is a good deal more. As for the lightbulb at the front, it works as a charging resisto
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 7, 2009 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Arctic Cooling are not the only ones guilty of the major sin of PSUs; slapping the maximum peak power in the name and not the actual wattage the PSU is rated for. Unfortunately their sins go further than that in the Arctic Cooling Fusion 550RF
PSU. They included 4 PCI-E power connectors, leading you to believe that a pair of high end graphics cards can be powered but used 20AWG wiring which caused the 12V rail to drop to 10.8V during testing. That drop, especially considering the complete lack of an EPS12V connector means that a pair of power hungry video cards are not goin
Subject: Systems | May 7, 2009 - 04:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have a PS3, or went out and invested in a Blu-ray player, finding the best software to run your movies can be a bit of a challenge. There are free players, which can in some cases bypass HDCP, but to play your movies without having to do so means you need to invest in a professional solution. ExtremeTech has grabbed three of the top solutions to see which offers you the best viewing experience, including a look at some of the upscaling features. Most of the programs offer a way to increase the resolution of the picture to meet HD standards, but not all are created equa
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 7, 2009 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
XFX has been a solid nVIDA partner, but hasn't work with AMD's graphics division until now, and they chose to enter at the high end with their HD 4870 1GB XXX card. Overclocked to
775MHz core and 3.8GHz GDDR5 it does have an advantage over the vanilla card, but not as much as the XXX would imply. It's competitor is
Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2009 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
3D Realms have guaranteed themselves a place in the history books for having told a joke so long they died before they could get to the punchline. It all started just bit over a decade ago, on April 28, 1997, and along the way we have seen many false climaxes, which brought our hopes up that this time they really truly would tell the punchline, but each time we were disappointed. 3D Realms wasn't alone in this titanic effort, they had help from people like Take Two and GoD to give us confidence when our attention started to wane, but alas they were in on it from the beginning; they
Subject: Processors | May 6, 2009 - 09:52 PM | Josh Walrath
AMD just made developer's lives a little bit easier, and has saved consumers from more confusion when it comes to supporting technologies such as SSE4. AMD has been working on their own version of SSE5 for some time before Intel came out with a set of instructions called AVX (Advanced Vector Extensions- not to be confused with the Larrabee architecture's vector extensions). Apparently there was a lot of overlap between SSE5 and AVX, enough so that AMD thought it prudent just to go ahead and support the extra features in AVX that SSE5 did not encompass, as well as create definitions
Subject: Mobile | May 6, 2009 - 05:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you just picked up the Kindle 2, you are probably not a very happy person. Amazon just released the Kindle DX, roughly 2.5 times the size and only $130 more. It has a 9.7" 1200x824 screen @ 150 dpi, and 16 levels of grey, and 3.3GB of storage, all adding up to a much bigger device than it's little brother. You will need to wait until the summer to get your hands on it, but unless the tiny size of the Kindle 2 is a good thing for you, you are best off waiting for the DX.
Subject: Displays | May 6, 2009 - 03:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The reason that the ViewSonic VX2433wm 23.6-inch is called an HD LCD Monitor is because it's native resolution is 1920x1080 (16x9 not 16x10), meaning 1080i/p content can be played without any image manipulation. ViewSonic kept that theme with the inputs as well, having an HDMI in for playing with HD consoles or a Blu-ray player, as well as the more familiar DVI-D input.
Subject: Memory | May 6, 2009 - 02:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DDR3 memory prices have been sliding down for a while now, to the point where 6GB kits can be had for less that $100. A perfect example is A-Data's 6GB Triple Channel PC3-12800which could be matched with an AM3 processor and board for an incredibly cheap gaming machine. The timings of 8-8-8-24 are not the tightest on the market; the CAS7 kits come at a high premium, but there is not
Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2009 - 12:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
About 20 years ago, the big hit for the year was Activision's Death Track, featuring three cars and a lot of explosions. There was the fast Hellcat, an armed Crusher and heavily armoured Pitbull to start the game with and a ton of upgrades for engines, armour, brakes and most importantly heavy ordinance. Many many hours were spent circling a track and destroying all competition. For those of us with fond memories of those hours, the hope of a sequel or remake has dwindled over the years, but s
Subject: Memory | May 6, 2009 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, California, May 6th, 2009 -- Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced it was honored with one of RetailVision's coveted Best Selling Product Awards in the e-tail PC RAM Best-Seller category.
RetailVision Spring 2009, produced by Everything Channel, took place April 27-30 at the Boca Raton Resort in Boca Raton, FL. The award program was supported by research from The NPD Group, the leading global provider of consumer and retail market research information.
Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2009 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tom Sonderman, Global Foundries new VP of Manufacturing Systems and Technology talks about Automated Precision Manufacturing over at The Inquirer. This is the tool that they feel will give Global Foundries an advantage over TSMC and Intel, as TSMC does not have the technology and he feels that Intel makes much less use of it than GF will. The basic idea behind APM is that it allows the manufacturer to monitor the wafers as they are produced and make tiny changes to allow for b
Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2009 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for a mouse or keyboard, the amount of choice you have shares a lot with the cereal aisle in teh supermarket, with your average gamer being a sugar addicted 8 year old. Consider a new board on the market, the
Razer Arctosa Gaming Keyboard. It keeps the standard keyboard layout, something that many other gaming keyboards like to play with, instead focusing on design and macro programming.
Subject: Motherboards | May 5, 2009 - 04:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Choosing to name a motherboard after a large SUV seems odd, but that is exactly what Jetway did with their Hummer HA08 LF 790GX motherboard. It is a board that supports DDR3 which limits you to AM3 chips, no AM2 or AM2+ chips allowed, they lack the DDR3 memory controller. In addition to the support for new memory is HDMI, DVI, VGA, 8-channel sound, Gigabit Ethernet, dual PCIe graphics ports for Crossfire, seven SATA ports, debug diagnostic LED and many more which the Guru of 3D covers in their review.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 5, 2009 - 03:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Brand new from Lee is a review of the rugged looking Thermaltake Spedo Advance, which sports some serious features. Cable management is a breeze to handle and the three separate thermal
chambers should help control the spread of heat to other parts of the system and instead vent that hot air out. It is big, and it is noisy, which is a drawback in some uses but a strong draw for the high end gaming crowd. Here's t
Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2009 - 02:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bandwidth caps are a big issue for anyone spending a goodly amount of time on the Internet, especially if they are a fan of streaming media or open source projects. ISPs have long maintained that it is necessary in order to provide good service to all customers and that it is just plain expensive to provide; not that this has stopped a slow increase in caps as the ISPs try to attract customers from other providers. Ars Technica looked into the profit marg
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 4, 2009 - 05:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At first glance, the unpainted exterior and unsleeved cables on the ThermalTake Litepower 450W PSU might lead you to believe that the quality of the build also lacked finish and the $70 price tag could reinforce it. As it turns out, the reality is very different, Overclockers Club tested the PSU thoroughly and found that not only does it's efficiency remain about 80%, the DC quality is very high. If you are building a rig that does
Subject: Mobile | May 4, 2009 - 02:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BCC Hardware recently picked up a $2534CDN Alienware M17 CrossfireX gaming laptop, and almost injured themselves as it weighs the better part of 15lbs. As the weight implies, this laptop is not intended to be carted around everywhere and the components guarantee you will want to be near a power outlet when you fire up this beast. Their particular configuration has C2D P8400 @ 2.26GHz, 3GB of DDR3-1066 memory and a pair of mobility Radeon HD 3870 cards, they