Is an X really better than a P?

Subject: Motherboards | June 9, 2008 - 05:32 PM |

The ASUS P5Q3 Deluxe uses the P45 chipset, aimed at a less demanding crowd than the X series from Intel.  ASUS has still packed a lot of features and extras into the board which has had two major effects.  The good is that it is almost as flexible as the enthusiast versions, but the bad is the price, which reflects those extras. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Tuniq's ever expanding line up

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 9, 2008 - 03:34 PM |

The Tuniq Miniplant 950W is a bit more power than most systems will want, but slowly there are certain high end systems which require that kind of power.  If you think you need that kind of power, and really aren't into paying for modular cables, take a peek over at Overclockers Club.

Solid state at a solid price

Subject: Storage | June 9, 2008 - 02:24 PM |

SuperTalent's moderately priced SSD has arrived; the 60Gb MasterDrive MX is available for around $400, beating the competitions price by a good margin.  Legit Reviews' testing shows that there isn't a large gap in performance compared to other SSDs.  Drop by for a look at an SSD you might actually be able to afford.

The lost links of Computex

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 9, 2008 - 11:52 AM |

The Guru of 3D has been holding out.  They have not been keeping an updated log of what they saw at Computex, instead opting for a single, giant release.  With 45 pages of pictures and previews, it

Source: Guru of 3D

How fast is your favourite flavour

Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2008 - 11:40 AM |

Phoronix is trying out their brand new test suite on three different Linux distros.  Mandriva, a bit of a different OS, was only tested for nine of the benchmarks, while Ubuntu and Fedora both went through the full battery of 24 tests.  See which tests most closely match your needs, and pick your Linux distro accordingly.

Source: Phoronix

The Geeks of Honour

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2008 - 05:56 PM |

With the new Phenoms drawing 125W, making sure your motherboard can support one is a bit more than a BIOS flash.  Multiphase power is becoming necessary, not optional, on many AMD boards and some have experience problems because of that. 


It's not all fun and games

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 6, 2008 - 02:41 PM |

When talking about graphics cards, the focus tends to be on gaming and fps stats.  That isn't the only type of use out there though, there are many professional level cards like the Quadro FX and FireGL series.  These professional level cards are the focus of X-bit Labs review, which does happen to include a bit of gaming as well.  The race between nVIDIA and AMD is much closer in this field.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Intel Statement on U.S. Federal Trade Commission

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2008 - 01:33 PM |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 6, 2008 - Intel Corporation today issued the following statement in response to the issuance of a subpoena from the United States Federal Trade Commission (U.S. FTC):

Modding motherboards for faster memory

Subject: Memory | June 6, 2008 - 01:29 PM |

AnandTech has been doing some rather difficult testing of DDR3; by modding an ASUS P5E3 Premium X48-based motherboard.  They were specifically changing the clock signaling and frequency of the crystal oscillators.  This isn't quite as easy as upping the voltage and reducing the timings without changing MCH clock skew settings, this is some serious overclocking.  The results are very promising as well.

Source: AnandTech

A Computex news deluge

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2008 - 11:58 AM |

Albatron felt brave enough to show off a monitor and driver that isn't quite ready for prime time, but will be great when it is.  Windows 7 will introduce multi-touch input, a la iTouch and iPhone, allowing much better control over what you are doing on a touch screen.  Albatron's R&D team didn't feel like waiting, so they created a driver that will allow their 22", 1650 x 1080 display to accept multi-touch on Vista.  TweakTown was there with a camera, check

Source: TweakTown

Did you see the pig that just flew past the window?

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2008 - 11:43 AM |

The end is nigh!

"Believe it or not, there seems to be some Duke Nukem Forever gameplay video available on the Web.

Jace Hall hosts his own show at, and as a former chief executive at Monolith Studios (No One Lives Forever, F.E.A.R)

it's fair to say that he should at least know what he's doing in the games space.

Source: Extremetech

Free CALL OF DUTY 4 Map Pack on nZone

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2008 - 11:13 AM |

Santa Monica, CA - June 5, 2008 - New battle zones are emerging on the Windows PC front and Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) is putting out the call for new recruits starting today as Infinity Ward's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Variety Map Pack for Windows PC is now available online. Sponsored by NVIDIA, the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Variety Map Pack is available for download, free of charge.

Source: Email


Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 5, 2008 - 03:21 PM |

HP's 2133 Mini-Note subnotebook has an almost full sized keyboard and a 8.9" display at 1280x800.  At 2.8lbs and 10" wide, 6.5" deep, and 1.3(ish)" thick (255 mm x 165 mm x 27 mm) it is slightly larger than the Eee.  It also has a fair amount of power, a VIA C7 processor and Chrome 9 integrated graphics and support for up to 2GB of DDR2-667, explaining why The Tech Report thinks it is the first real competition for the Eee.

The path of least resistance to watercooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 5, 2008 - 01:50 PM |

The Thermaltake Bigwater 760i 2U Drive Bay Liquid Cooling System gives you a rather handy way to incorporate watercooling into your life.  You may not have quite as much fun as Think Computers did when they installed this kit, but you will like the temperatures and the simplicity of the design and installation.

Another busy day in Taipei

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 5, 2008 - 12:22 PM |

HEXUS found a few more things worth noting today as they traveled the floor of Computex.  Gigabyte was showing off sneak peeks of the unreleased HD4850 and nVIDIA and VIA were getting quite friendly at another booth.  Acer was showing off their Aspire One, designed to take on the Eee from ASUS, and not doing to shabby a job either.  There was als

Source: Hexus

Cooling the next generation of chips

Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2008 - 11:59 AM |

The research being done at IBM into cooling stacked or 3-D chips is focusing on water.  They have managed to pipe water into cooling structures as thin as a human hair (50 microns) between the individual chip layers.  They are getting some impressive results, which you can read about over at [H]ard|OCP.


Source: [H]ard|OCP

VIA Unveils Mini-ITX 2.0: The Mini PC Platform of the Future

Subject: Systems | June 5, 2008 - 11:30 AM |

Computex, Taipei, Taiwan, 5 June 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced a new standard for Mini-ITX boards to ensure an optimized multimedia and computing experience in small form factor desktop PCs.

MSI Unveils The P45 Series Mainboards

Subject: Motherboards | June 5, 2008 - 11:27 AM |

City of Industry, CA - MSI, a leading manufacturer of mainboard products, proudly unveils its latest high-end P45 series mainboard which is powered by Intel P45 Express chipsets. MSI has recently developed the mainboard with a server-class 'DrMOS" which delivers highest efficiency, zero noise, and best performance into the P45 series. The MSI P45 series mainboards come with several unique technologies, including Circu-Pipe Liquid and Circu-Pipe 2 cooling solutions. It offers a perfect combination of ECO-friendly features and overclocking performance.

Source: MSI

The brand new XFX GeForce 8200 socket AM2 board

Subject: Motherboards | June 5, 2008 - 11:19 AM |

XFX's new GeForce 8200 motherboard introduces a new feature on motherboards HybridSLI with GeForce Boost Technology.  XFX claims that it will increase graphics performance by 45%, hopefully that will show up in reviewers benchmarking.

Source: XFX

Computex 2008: ASUS Demos notebook with built-in projector

Subject: Mobile | June 5, 2008 - 12:10 AM |

While touring the ASUS booth this morning I noticed a notebook on display that didn't have a name attached to it or a PR person assigned to guard it.  It was big, it looked new and at first glace had no outstanding features.  But there was one VERY interesting little addition seen upon further review...