AMD's new sandwich

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2008 - 03:51 PM |

After maligning Intel for not creating a true quad core processor, but simply mashing two dual cores in some unholy Reese's Peanut Butter Cup like process, AMD has decided it's not such a bad idea after all.  According to The Inquirer the upcoming Sao Paolo processor sounds a lot like a pair of quad cores who have undergone a reverse Siamese twin separation operation and are now joined at the hip.  Unfortunately, it will be a while before we start to see the results of this e

Affordable DDR3?

Subject: Memory | July 16, 2008 - 09:33 PM |

If you are looking for DDR3, but do not want to pay the price that the top of the line DIMMs demand, you could try Kingston's HyperX 2GB PC3-12800.   At 1.9V it will give you a full 1600MHz, but at 2T 9-9-9-27 timings and with a bit of work you can pump it up to 1800MHz, though don't expect the timings to tighten up very much.  Drop by ASE Labs for a look at this kit

Source: Aselabs

BFG is making a big splash with their H2OC

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 16, 2008 - 07:02 PM |

BFG took a GeForce 9800 GTX, overclocked it, added a waterblock to it and called it the H2OC
The reference speeds are GPU core of 675MHz, shaders at 1675MHz and the memory at 2.2GHz, the H2OC runs at 783MHz, 1944MHz and 2.32GHz, but the Guru of 3D managed to push it all the way to 790MHz, 2067MHz and 2.49GHz.  If you have a

Source: Guru of 3D

Mega mobile drive roundup

Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2008 - 06:22 PM |

Gifted with an overabundance of energy, The Tech Report rounded up 7 mobile drives.   There are three SSDs; OCZ's 64GB SATA II, the Samsung FlashSSD 64GB and Super Talent's MasterDrive MX 60GB, plus four platter based drives, the 250GB Seagate Momentus 5400.4 and 320GB versions of the Seagate Momentus 7200.3 and Western Digital's Scorpio Blue and Caviar Scorpio Black 320GB.  See which drives will give you the best mobile experience in their full review.

On the trail of Fallout 3

Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2008 - 04:22 PM |

The official E3 trailer for Fallout 3 is available for your viewing pleasure, boingboing was nice enough to embed it here.  Watching it doesn't really explain the mutant blend of turn based and real time that Bethesda claims will be it's main mode of play, but it does give you a very quick glance at the action.  It also looks like Bloody Mess will be a very popular trait.

Source: boingboing

Tough day to be nVIDIA

Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2008 - 03:47 PM |

Ars Technica spoke with nVIDIA about the rumours surrounding the problems with their next generation of G84 and G86's.  nVIDIA believes that the increased rate of failure is limited to notebooks only, and a limited number of those.  Not only is the problem very limited, but it will only occur in specific configurations and they have already released a software update that will increase the speed of the fans that cool the effected chips; problem solved.  On t

Source: Ars Technica

The best Crossfire money can buy

Subject: Motherboards | July 15, 2008 - 09:26 PM |

If you want to set up a great Crossfire system, choosing the graphics cards to put in it is only half the battle.  You also have to choose between four different chipsets; the P35, X38, P45 and X48 all support Crossfire.  Legion Hardware set out to determine which is the best to use to build your PC on, a task made more difficult because some use PCI Express 1.0 and others the new 2.0. 

Great news for some GTX 280/260 buyers: cash back!

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 15, 2008 - 08:01 PM |

Did you buy one of the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 or GTX 260 cards when they initially launched?  Did you pay $649 for the GTX 280?  $499 for the GTX 260?  Were you pissed when you found the prices drop to $499 this week?  Well if you bought GTX 200 series cards from XFX, today is really going to be a stellar day for you: XFX is going to help you by giving you free money.

Creative takes the X-Fi on the road

Subject: General Tech | July 15, 2008 - 07:10 PM |

Creative has expanded their Zen MP3 player line to include the X-Fi series which offers some of the same digital audio enhancement that the X-Fi audio cards possess.  Add to that support for Wi-Fi on the 16GB and 32GB models, and you have one serious MP3 player.  Hardware Zone can give you the specifications here.

Multi-tiered enclosure

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 15, 2008 - 05:57 PM |

Hardware Secrets managed to get a hold of Lian-Li's soon to be released Tyr PC-X500 case, slightly shorter than a traditional full tower case with a ~$350 price tag.  Able to hold up to four 120mm fans, sporting washable dust filters and an uniquely placed PSU bracket, this case will stand out; as you might expect from Lian Li.  The review wasn't all positive though, see what Lian-Li neglected.

Thinking like Rommel

Subject: Mobile | July 15, 2008 - 04:07 PM |

Intel's been talking up their Centrino 2 for so long that not a lot of what we are hearing today is news; most are things we;ve known about for quite a while.  The focus is apparently on "performance, battery life, form factor, wireless and security", extending some, but attempting to shrink the form factor.   Get the full story in Ryan's article, with slides from Intel as well as his perspective on Intel's second go at dominating the mobile world.

Sounding the retreat

Subject: General Tech | July 15, 2008 - 03:51 PM |

You won't be seeing that little blue square with the white arrow very often anymore, SoundMax is being discontinued by Analog Devices, leaving Realtek as the only major dedicated onboard audio chip provider.  Intel and AMD have the ability to create serious onboard audio solutions, but have preferred to use third party chips and codecs in the past, but now they have only one to choose from.  The Tech Report can tell you more about this move.

OCZ Technology Group Unveils Intel Centrino 2 whitebook

Subject: Mobile | July 15, 2008 - 03:27 PM |

Sunnyvale, Calif. - July 14, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, components, and systems, today introduced a new whitebook solution powered by the long awaited Intel Centrino 2 ("Montevina") platform. This state-of-the-art platform technology provides a breakthrough in mobile computing for higher performance, advanced connectivity, and longer battery life.

New Intel-Based Laptops Advance All Facets of Notebook PCs

Subject: Mobile | July 15, 2008 - 03:24 PM |

SAN FRANCISCO, July 15, 2008 - Intel Corporation unveiled its Intel Centrino 2 Processor Technology products for laptops today, powered by five new Intel Core2 Duo processors. Close to 250 innovative consumer and business notebook PC designs are on the way, including those equipped with the right combination of powerful processors, graphics and battery life to enjoy viewing stunning high definition videos and myriad other computer and Internet activities.

Coolermaster takes the silver

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 14, 2008 - 09:13 PM |

The Cooler Master Ultimate Circuit Protection 900W PSU managed an 88% efficiency rating at, a rare level of efficiency for a PSU.  TechPowerUp's testing didn't quite see the same impressive results, but they were certainly well above average.  The cabling was a good news, bad news situtation though; while the interior cables are longer than most, the non-standard power plug was a definate negative.  Check out their full reivew for more.

Source: techPowerUp!

Calling all pilots

Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2008 - 06:58 PM |

If you are looking to beat the rest of the gang when piloting a helicopter, jet or any other flying vehicle, you need to get a joystick.  Saitek has been making joysticks for quite a while now, and they have come out with the new Aviator (AV8R) Flight Stick.  Just like mice and keyboards have evolved some rather interesting new tricks, this joystick also has some features you might not have seen before. 


NVIDIA Brings SLI Technology to Intel Bloomfield CPU Platforms

Subject: Motherboards | July 14, 2008 - 06:38 PM |

SANTA CLARA, CA - JULY 14, 2008 - PC enthusiasts, manufacturers, and developers around the world have a lot to be excited about today with NVIDIA Corporation's announcement that it will be bringing the power and performance of its SLI multi-GPU technology to Intel's upcoming line of Bloomfield CPUs.

Source: NVIDIA

iPhone 3G on the exam table

Subject: Mobile | July 14, 2008 - 05:24 PM |

The iPhone 3G has been touted by Apple as the solution to all your mobile communications needs.  Ars Technica decided to test that out, comparing it to other smart phones and the original iPhone, as well as looking at it as a business tool like the Blackberry.  You might not like some of the things that they found.

Source: Ars Technica

It sure sounds nice, but when can we get them?

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 14, 2008 - 04:02 PM |

The previews of the HD 4870 X2 are certainly impressive, Ryan was seeing an average frame rate of 40fps in Crysis at 1920x1200 and 8xAF.  It does feel like AMD is taunting their fans thanks to the way this card was released.  We have no firm date (Q3 sometime-ish), no idea what the availablilty will be like, and absolutely no idea what the price will be.  Still, it is nice to see positive results from AMD's graphics cards.

Letting you in on a little secret

Subject: General Tech | July 14, 2008 - 03:48 PM |

Have you ever been baffled as to how some forum members can tell you, at a glimpse, which processes are unnecessary
and just sucking up resources.  One tool that you may have used is HijackThis, which when paired with their online analyzer can pinpoint nasty processes, but not the innocuous but greed programs.  If you want to understand more about what is running on your system, you will need to spend some time with Process Explorer which can give you a lot more information on what is running on your system than Task Manager can.