Revisiting maximum memory

Subject: Memory | July 11, 2008 - 02:41 PM |
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With ever rising resolutions and multiple core CPUs, systems are able to utilize more and more memory effectively.  bit-tech decided to see if the sweet spot for RAM has moved, testing with 2, 4 and 8GBs of system RAM.  Head over and see what they found out when gaming, task switching and being productive.

Source: bit-tech

Saving money, saving the planet and stopping the whining

Subject: Motherboards | July 11, 2008 - 01:34 PM |
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Legit Reviews has decided to find out for themselves whether ASUS or Gigabyte produces the most power efficient motherboards.  They have copies of the FUD filled slides produced be Gigabyte which started this whole fiasco, so if you didn't see them before, you can now.  Read the full review to see why Gigabyte decided to apologize.

First Glimpse of AMD's 45nm Phenom

Subject: Processors | July 11, 2008 - 12:15 PM |
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A little while back in one of the latest podcasts we had talked about how we have not seen all that many working 45nm Phenom samples floating around.  In fact, at that point we really had not seen a one or have had any concrete information about these products (which is scary considering the product is supposed to be out by late Q3 this year).  Now we have seen one of the first samples benchmarked and overclocked, and the results are pretty impressive.

Heavyweight storage round up

Subject: Storage | July 11, 2008 - 12:08 PM |
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Source: X-Bit Labs

Ooops!

Subject: General Tech | July 11, 2008 - 11:53 AM |
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In a move very similar to the release of Firefox 3, the Apple activation servers have gone down.  After waiting in line with all the other iPhone fans, it looks like you will be sent home with an unactivated iPhone and can try to activate it later through iTunes.  Keep an eye on Engadget for updates.

Source: engadget

Summer's recommended systems

Subject: Systems | July 10, 2008 - 06:26 PM |
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The Tech Report has made some major revisions to their recommended systems for this summer, thanks to the effort being made by manufacturers to speed up their releases this year.  With four recommended builds to choose from, there is something interesting, no matter what you plan to do with your PC.

HD so real you can touch it

Subject: Displays | July 10, 2008 - 02:47 PM |
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OrigenAE has come up with a very interesting idea, the T12 Touch Screen.  It is a 12" widescreen display capable of 1920x1080 and as the name implies, it is a touch screen.  TechPowerUp loved everything about the monitor but the price, though inexpensive touchscreens are few and far between.  Take a look at the review, it may give you a lot of ideas as to how this display could be used.

Source: techPowerUp!

High low tech

Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2008 - 01:43 PM |
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The Symphonic Designs Tube Amplifier has a classic steampunk look to it, with the sound quality that anyone who has heard tube amps before would expect.  Combine that with Bluetooth and an iPod dock in addition to RCA and banana plugs have you have nice meld of old and new.  The sound won't be terribly loud; it is rated at 18W, but that amount of power satisfied Techware Labs.

The power of the water sword

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 10, 2008 - 12:14 PM |
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In Lee's first review of the Thermaltake Sword he focused many of the features, such as the LCD panel as well as it's air cooling abilities.  In his second look he sets it up for watercooling, as Thermaltake claims to have designed the case with alternate cooling methods in mind, in fact most of the elements come pre-installed.  See how easy it was for him to set up in the full review.

Peeling an Apple

Subject: General Tech | July 10, 2008 - 11:50 AM |
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Surprisingly, the first site to have stripped a 3G iPhone to it's bare circuits seems to be having a little traffic trouble.  The direct link doesn't always connect before timing out, but there is a prominent link on iFixit's front page as well.  Drop by for a look at some nekkid fruit.

"It's July 11th somewhere in the world, that means ... iPhone 3G teardown."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Source: iFixit

Make sure you want the extras

Subject: Mobile | July 9, 2008 - 05:35 PM |
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The Alienware m15x gaming laptop sports all the specs you would expect; a 2.8Ghz X9000 C2D Extreme, a 512MB 8800M GTX and 4Gb of 667Mhz DDR2 memory.  It also has the brand new Ripley design for it's overall looks and programmable LEDs behind just about every surface.  If you can find a laptop that has those components, without those extras; you might be able to match the performance that Think Computers saw in their review for less than the $3,674 that particular m1

DirectX 11 to be discussed in just weeks!

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 9, 2008 - 04:45 PM |
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Sure, DX10 and DX10.1 are getting all the attention now, but rumors are circulating that NVIDIA will skipping DX10.1 support (which did not even show up in GT200) going straight to DX11.  While a release date for the new graphics API is probably not going to be discussed, apparently Microsoft will be talking about the new features, such as tessellation and multi-threaded rendering, at the upcoming XNA GameFest in Seattle. 

Source: General

NVIDIA pushing 55nm products out sooner

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 9, 2008 - 04:40 PM |
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When we initially saw the die size that GT200 was released at last month, we knew that NVIDIA would be trying to get it moved from a 65nm process technology to 55nm very soon - money talks as the saying goes.  It looks like the green GPU giant is going to get 55nm running by the end of the quarter and could even have 40nm tape outs by the end of the year!

Source: Digitimes

Sparse info, but promising

Subject: Motherboards | July 9, 2008 - 02:20 PM |
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There isn't all that much to go on, just a pair of slides from an AMD presentation, but if the tests were not too terribly biased AMD's 790GX chipset is going to be quite impressive.  Just scroll down from the top of the page on CHW to see the slides.

Source: CHW

A (Thermo)Intelligent decision

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 9, 2008 - 01:30 PM |
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The sub $200 market is getting incredibly crowded, and most of those cards will bring you more performance than you might expect.  The newest cards are from BFG, the GeForce 8800 GT and 9600 GT OCX ThermoIntelligence.  The ThermoIntelligence label denotes some serious cooling and a complete disregard for specified clock speeds.  Read Ryan's reivew in full here.

There's gold in them thar hills

Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2008 - 12:05 PM |
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Battlefield: Bad Company is an attempt to bring the Battlefield series to the console as a single player experience.  Gamepyre did have some fun playing through it and discovering rare collectible weapons, but they also felt very disappointed by the multiplayer experience. 
There is only one multiplayer mode, and it is not Conquest, not is there any way to play the single player campaign co-operatively.

Source: Gamepyre

AMD's busy product line

Subject: Processors | July 8, 2008 - 06:02 PM |
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Not only is AMD pushing out a brand new line of graphics cards, it also launched several CPUs in the recent past.  LostCircuits focuses on a pair of these processors, the 2Ghz X4 9350e and the 2.6Ghz X4 9950.  Drop by to see how well they compete with other systems, including Spider versus SkullTrail.

Source: LOSTCIRCUITS

There's something fishy about this shark

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 8, 2008 - 03:06 PM |
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On the one hand the Sigma Shark SP-635 did pass every test that [H]ard|OCP put it through, including the torture test.  On the other hand, it displayed some very active rails, and emitted a very high pitched scream once it hit it's peak temperature of 76C.  It also has a fairly low efficiency compared to some other popular models, and a weak 12V rail, so don't expect it to so well in an SLI/Crossfire configuration.  It should be fairly stable for other applications, and the

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Erecting a Dispenser!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 8, 2008 - 02:22 PM |
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Over at bit-tech you can see the build process and the final product of one serious case mod.  A dedicated Blue engineer has gathered enough supplies to erect a dispenser powerful enough to run Team Fortress 2.  Even if you aren't a fan of the game, thequality of this build makes it worth checking out!

Source: bit-tech