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Subject: General Tech | September 19, 2008 - 03:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Google's new Android phone will be competing directly with the 8GB iPhone 3G, they are the exact same price. The iPhone requires a two year contract with AT&T to get that price; we don't yet know what kind of contract T-Mobile will require for the Android, we should now before the end of the year, but the details are still sparse right now. Read on at The Tech Report.
Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2008 - 08:53 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to this news post over at bit-tech, it looks like NVIDIA will be cutting as much as 6.5%, or 360 employees, from their work force in the coming months before the end of their 3rd fiscal quarter. With new pressure coming from Intel on the discrete graphics front, problems with manufacturering of their current generations of mobile GPUs and the revived AMD graphics department, this move isn't much of a surprise.
Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2008 - 08:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At a loss when it comes to lossless codecs and 8 channel sound and how they relate to HDMI and HDCP? You are not alone, especially when you get into the protection on HD movies and their sound, or trying to figure out if it is your video card or your soundcard that has the most impact on your experience. AnandTech will take you on a quick journey through the ins and outs of high definition, multi channel audio.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 18, 2008 - 05:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Arctic-Cooling Accelero Twin Turbo VGA cooler will help you push your newer graphics cards even harder, but it won't help GTX260/280 or 4870 X2 owners. Almost anyone else can benefit from this oversized cooler, especially if you are willing to put up with the noise generated when you make use of the 12V adaptor. Legion Hardware can show you what to expect in their full review.
Subject: Systems | September 18, 2008 - 03:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Hardware Leaderboard has undergone an update, especially the dream machine. It is now worth about $3761, which gets you a Core 2 Extreme QX9650 and the ability to run a pair of Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB cards, though the official system only has one. You could also upgrade to a QX9770 if you so wished. Check out the other components in the dream machine and the other four systems here.
Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2008 - 03:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the first and second quarter of 2009 Intel will discontinue twenty processors, ranging from Core 2 Extremes to Celerons. You can also expect a price drop in October on five different CPUs as well as the release of new models during the next few months and into January. As usual, Intel has no comments on this news, but DigiTimes track record for this kind of news is very good. Look forward to Core i7 CPUs and X58 chipsets in November, in addition to the new Duos and Quads.
Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2008 - 03:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 17, 2008 - 10:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The most telling part of MektuMods review of the MSI GS-501 gaming mouse is the picture on the last page with the Dominatrix and Stinger. It would seem that the differences are only skin deep. The only other possible difference is the software, which in MSI's case is truly not that impressive. Perhaps downloading Cyber Snipa's or OCZ's drivers would work?
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 17, 2008 - 08:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Catalyst Control Center: New Display mode support
This release of Catalyst™ introduces 1080p @ 50Hz custom mode support for HDTVs for the ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series, ATI Radeon HD 3000 Series, ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series, and ATI Radeon X1000 Series of products. Users can configure their own custom 1080p @ 50Hz modes to best fit their display.
Overdrive support for QUAD CrossFireX configurations
Subject: Motherboards | September 17, 2008 - 06:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Phoronix has done an incredibly comprehensive review of the Asus M3A78-T, a 790GX based motherboard. Everything from overclockability to Crossfire performance is covered in their 28 page review. If you are looking at building a Phenom based system that won't cost too much and gives you a good experience out of the box, this review is for you. Even more attractive is how this platform can be improved to give performance that is better than you might expect.
Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2008 - 04:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There seems to be a swarm of bugs occluding the newly arrived prequel to STALKER, which ruined the day of a bit-tech member who pre-ordered it quite a while ago. The new engine may improve the lighting and shadows, but it also seems to have brought a swarm of small (and not so small) issues with it. The news is not all bad, weapon customization and join-able factions will add to your experience and may help the games replay-ablility. The only question is whether you will wait for the patch,
Subject: Processors | September 17, 2008 - 03:21 PM | Ryan Shrout
We have been hearing about Dunnington for a while, and last week I posted a quick news post about the coming release of the product this week. Well, the news is official and the Intel Xeon 7400 series is the name assigned to these uber-fast and uber-expensive CPUs.
Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2008 - 03:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
We love us some rumors - and no one stirs them up better than Charlie at the Inquirer. Today's big story: Google buying Valve. At first glance that might sound pretty odd, until you consider that Valve's Steam product is the most successful and profitable digital gaming distribution system in the world. Google would LOVE to be able to control the future of gaming, put some AdWords on those many pages you see before your game launches and control just ONE MORE aspect of your compu
Subject: Storage | September 16, 2008 - 09:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Thermaltake Vi-on will attract a lot of fans thanks to it's ability to transfer via USB and e-SATA, especially when you see the benchmarked speeds. It can handle any drive up to 1TB, and has an exhaust fan to keep your drive cool. Overclockers Club has the full rundown on this handy place to keep your backed up data.
Subject: Displays | September 16, 2008 - 07:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are setting up a killer gaming rig, with multiple graphics cards and a gig or more of video memory then you won't be getting your moneys worth unless you play at very high resolutions. If you stay with 1680x1050 you won't be much better off than with a single card. If you go big, like 2560 x 1600, then you will be using the graphics power to it's utmost. To be able to run those resolutions you will need a 30" monitor, like the
Subject: Storage | September 16, 2008 - 06:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
San Jose, California - September 16, 2008 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today added two new series of SSD products in their MasterDrive family that deliver substantially faster performance than existing SSDs.
These new SSDs are based on a sophisticated new multi-channel SATA-II (3.0 Gbits per sec) controller. The MasterDrive OX uses MLC NAND Flash to transfer data at speeds up to 150 MB/sec (sequential read) and 100 MB/sec (sequential write).
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 16, 2008 - 05:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS tried out four different coolers for LGA775 processors. The coolers run from fancily named expensive coolers with funky features like heatpipe direct touch, to an inexpensive and very simple heatsink. The supposedly higher end heatsinks prove that money spent on advertising really isn't a good investment when a competitor can beat your best at a much lower price.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 16, 2008 - 04:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Unlike the ASUS Trinity, you will be able to buy the BFG MAXCORE cards very soon. The MSRPs are $300 for the OC model, the OC2 at $320 and the OCX model at $330 MSRP; the original GTX 260 can be had for almost $100 less. In [H]ard|OCP's testing, a pair of conclusions seemed clear; the first is that the new GTX260 outclasses the HD4870. Secondly, while it does beat the old GTX260, the price is going to have to come down because it doesn't beat it by that much.