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Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 8, 2008 - 06:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The EKL Alphenfohn GroB Clock'ner Blue Edition is quite the mouthful to try to order if you can find it for sale. It's claim to fame is the inclusion of a Coollaboratory Liquid MetalPad to use instead of thermal paste or a TIM pad. FrostyTech's testing shows it to be a midrange cooler with a quieter fan than most of the competition. It won't find a home in a dedicated overclockers system, but many others could certainly consider it for all but a Socket 1366 based PC.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 8, 2008 - 05:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Why would you want to invest in a 9800 GT at this point? A few reasons come to mind, like running Folding@Home on it or using it as a PhysX accelerator instead of using it as your main graphics processor. Take the Inno3D GeForce 9800 GT Twin Turbo that Guru of 3D reviewed. For $150 you get a pre-overclocked card with an impressive Accelero cooling system that will let you push the card even further than Inno3D did. How does bumping the shader clock from 1512MHz to nearly 19
Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2008 - 04:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you remember the original Deus Ex you were probably utterly disgusted with it's sequel. The third instalment won't be any better from what Slashdot has found out. The original game was skill based, with four levels to each of the various skills, and you never got enough points to max out your character, you had to chose which skills you focused on. If you didn't spend points in sniping, your aiming reticle moved significantly when you tried to zoom in and hitting things was incredibly d
Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2008 - 03:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Baltimore - Oct. 8, 2008 - Catalysts of a new 4G wireless broadband era gathered today in Baltimore as Sprint (NYSE: S), Intel and their WiMAX ecosystem partners celebrated the recent launch of XOHM mobile 4G service, and announced new access devices and retail strategies at an Inner Harbor event. The occasion marked a business model transformation for the wireless industry and innovation in the way mobile services are accessed and enjoyed.
Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2008 - 03:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech was able to get their hands on a beta utility that represents the first incarnation of AMD's Fusion. It's not the finally version of what is supposed to be a marriage of CPU and GPU, it is a software utility that helps make your gaming experience better. One of it's tricks is to hold profiles for overclocking, so you can use Overdrive and and AutoTune to automatically find your PC's sweet spot and save the speeds. It can also disable certain Windows services while you are gamin
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 7, 2008 - 08:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CHATSWORTH, CA - September 30, 2008 - Diamond Multimedia (www.diamondmm.com), a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications products, launched today the ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics card. The 4600 series of cards boast up to 3 times the performance of the previous generation of GPUs.
The HD 4670 is a single slot card, PCIE 2.0, with 1024MB of DDR3 memory and a clock speed of 750 MHz. The memory speed is 900 MHz, designed with 320 stream processors.
Subject: Storage | October 7, 2008 - 08:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
San Jose, California - October 7, 2008 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced a new line of mini PCI-Express SSDs, available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities, that were designed explicitly for the Asus Eee PC.
Standard Eee PCs have maximum 20GB of storage. These cost-effective upgrade cards offer up to 64GB of solid state storage.
Subject: Motherboards | October 7, 2008 - 06:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Josh's look at the 790GX chipset covered it's performance in Windows, concentrating on it's gaming performance as well as it's abilities to power an HTPC. Most PCPer readers are Windows users on their main rig, or their gaming rig at the very least; our HTPC users and general Linux fans are not. That's the perfect cue for Phoronix to step in and see just how well the 790GX chipset works, specifically on Ubuntu 8.04 with the Catalyst 8.9 driver, Linux 2.6.24 kernel, and X Server 22.214.171.124.
Subject: Mobile | October 7, 2008 - 06:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The LapLogic G800 Aerogel Extreme is a pad to place between your laptop and your lap to prevent your legs from being slow cooked while you are working. It's outer shell is ballistic nylon and it's interior is two layers, one of Aerogel and one made from LapLogic's own special heat resistant material. Those layers protect you and do a great job of removing heat from your laptop as well.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 7, 2008 - 04:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TopPower has a pair of new PSUs out, under the name PowerBird. Available in 900W and 1100W varieties, both sporting high efficiency ratings and 120mm fans to keep the temperature and noise levels down. Both PSUs did manage to pas [H]ard|OCP's torture tests, though there was a little bit more action on the 12V rails during the full power tests. See if that is enough to turn you off this brand by reading the full review.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 7, 2008 - 03:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD has finally gone with their long discussed 'Asset Light' program, now in new improved 'Asset Smart' flavour, in partnership with a Saudi Arabian company based in Abu Dahbi, called ATIC. Ryan has already weighed in on this topic, and you can read the official press release from AMD as well. If you are still starved for more information, or confused and trying to get as much information as you can before buying as much AMD stock as possible, or using it as napkins,
AMD and Advanced Technology Investment Company of Abu Dhabi to Create New Leading-Edge Semiconductor
Subject: General Tech | October 7, 2008 - 03:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NEW YORK - October 7, 2008 - AMD and the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) of Abu Dhabi today announced the creation of a U.S.-headquartered, leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing company to address growing demand for independent, leading-edge foundry production capabilities.
Subject: Processors | October 7, 2008 - 04:37 AM | Ryan Shrout
So, if you make an announcement the night before you make an announcement about making an announcement, doesn't that just beg the press to find out what that same announcement is early? That is what happened to the fine folks at AMD tonight when they sent out a press release about a "significant corporate announcement" tomorrow.
Subject: Systems | October 6, 2008 - 09:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
An HTPC can really add a lot of functionality to your current TV and stereo system, but the cases aren't always the perfect shape for your current home theatre stand. If you have a snazzy HTPC that doesn't fit, or are not particularly interested in picking up a purpose built HTPC case, consider the SageTV HD Media Extender. I4U took a look at this device which supports inputs including MPEG1, 2, 4, H.264 up to 1080p, and many more. It outputs via HDMI, component, composite and S-Video and it's audio include
Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2008 - 06:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Keylogging is bad ... unless you are doing it to your own PC to find out exactly how your screen gets flipped and random icons are deleted from your desktop by a mysterious someone. It is the perfect way to find out just who is doing what to your PC if it is in an area where a roommate, pet or child can get at. Unfortunately, from what happened during R&B Mod's testing, you might not be the only one with access to the keystroke record. Be warned.
Subject: Storage | October 6, 2008 - 05:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Having an external HDD enclosure can be very handy, especially if it can hot-swap drives. It does add to the clutter of cables running around your PC, with data and power cables not looking particularly good even if the enclosure does. ICY DOCK's MB672SKGF-B is an internal HDD enclosure that supports hot-swapping and helps keep your area clean; all the cabling is inside the case. As an added bonus you also get an LCD screen on
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 6, 2008 - 04:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you haven't checked out the reviews of the HD4670 yet, you probably don't realize just how great a value this card is. For under $100 you can actually play Crysis @ 1024x768 on high with 8xAF and stay well over 30fps. As an HTPC card it is even more powerful, it supports all of AMD's recent additions to their HD processing, so BluRay playback will be smooth and the card can stream 7.1 ACM audio out the HDMI connection for single cable HTPC ou
Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2008 - 03:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The current scourge of humanity, if the RIAA, MPAA, MicroSoft and others are to be believed is counterfeiting and piracy. Every copied movie or Windows disk is a threat to the very existence of the free world and it's economy. That may well be true on some level, but there are far worse examples to prosecute, like the fake mil-spec chips that are becoming very common purchases for a cash strapped US Armed Forces. Imaging how upset you would be if a CPU you purcahsed for your home PC turned out not to be what it claimed to be. Now imagine that the fake chip is powering a
Subject: Processors | October 6, 2008 - 05:41 AM | Ryan Shrout
We have been hearing rumors about a potential connection between the CPU voltage of the upcoming Intel Nehalem processor and the system memory for a few weeks but now we have some much more concrete evidence. Images at this site of the ASUS P6T X58 motherboard reveal a sticker on the DIMM slots that says the following:
"...DIMMs with voltage setting over 1.65v may damage the CPU..."
Will BIOS work arounds be the answer for this?
Subject: Motherboards | October 6, 2008 - 05:37 AM | Ryan Shrout
I saw this post in our forums over the weekend and thought it deserved a little front page love: AudioFreak39 posted up some pictures of a test bed configuration running one of the upcoming Nehalem Core i7 965 processors, Intel X58 Smackover motherboard with lots of images of the BIOS on the board as well!