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Subject: Motherboards | April 6, 2009 - 03:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Starting with the good news, the MSI X58 Platinum LGA 1366 motherboard can be had for $220 and you might even beat that if you find a combo deal. The better news is that this is not a stripped down motherboard, all the features you expect from an X58 board are there, from 6 SATA ports to Crossfire support. Steve did have some problems when he started overclocking, which has made him suggest that if you plan to overclock then this board may not be your best choice.&n
Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2009 - 02:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Looking for a way to bring cheer to those who use PCs on a regular basis and who really aren't impressed by your 3200 dpi dual laser gaming mouse? Why not pick up a frog mouse for them, applicable for most ages and cute as a mouse could possibly be. R&B Mods does not suggest using it for gaming, especially with the accompanying mat; but that's not really what it is for.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 6, 2009 - 12:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you somehow missed out on the big launch last week, the new spring cards have arrived from both GPU makers, the nVIDIA GTX 275 and the AMD HD 4890. The nVIDIA card is not intended to be the new top of the line card, nor is the 4890. Instead they fill that middle range between their current single
Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2009 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new Ubuntu is out and about, this time as a Jaunty Jackelope (aka 9.04 beta). As far as new features go, you can expect to see Gnome 2.26, X.Org Server 1.6, better boot performance, Ext4 support and the new 2.6.28 kernel. ExtremeTech tried the beta out and came away with two significant realizations. On the one hand, the boot performance in particular and the system in general really didn't show any huge improvements, on the other hand they had absolutely no problems or issues when ins
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 6, 2009 - 11:16 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 6, 2009 - AMD today announced that its top-to-bottom line of industry-leading ATI FirePro graphics accelerators are now featured in the new HP Z Workstations.
Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2009 - 06:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Before heading off into the forums, give your self a bit of piece of mind and see if you managed to be one of the few who caught Conficker. The test is very easy to interpret.
To keep up with all the other threats that are out there, this thread in the Networking Forum is your friend. Of course, you need to build a PC befo
Subject: Processors | April 3, 2009 - 03:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Currently the AMD Phenom II X4 940 will run you less than $250 to pick up, just a little more affordable than a Core i7 processor. The AM2+ motherboard that you will need to run this (no AM3 boards, remember the extra pins) is also a lot less than an X58 based motherboard, so you can still manage to put together a new system in today's economic client. The performance does not beat Intel's offerings, but it does compare to them, signifying the suc
Subject: Systems | April 3, 2009 - 03:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you think of Shuttle, you tend to think of small cubic case for low powered systems and HTPCs, but the SP45H7 is a little different. It's not just a stylishly small box, it's a box with watercooling hidden inside. Shuttle managed to get both the reservoir and the pump inside the box and ExtremeTech crowded it even further with an HD4850 for their testing.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2009 - 03:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
K|ngp|n, foe to processors and king of overclocking contests decided that since his best performances tended to be from coolers the he built himself, that he would go into the design business. The finished product is the Dragon F1 Extreme, a solid copper CPU cooler intended to be used with LN. Sure, it will run you about $300 to buy it from the man himself, but you have to pay to get the absolute best. See how it performs at Madshrimps.
Subject: Storage | April 3, 2009 - 02:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Benchmark Reviews is changing the way that they test SSDs and the first one on the bench is OCZ with their OCZSSD2-1VTX 120G SSD. They've snagged a pair of them and using the onboard RAID controller on a Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P X58 they set up the drives in RAID 0 and fired up their new test suite.&nb
Subject: Motherboards | April 3, 2009 - 02:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Version 5.23A of the Hyperion Pro drivers has just been released. These are the drivers recommended for all VIA chipset based devices and PC. They include the following components:
V-RAID V5.80F and RAID Tools v5.85
VIA IDE Falcon Storage Device driver v2.70A
Subject: Motherboards | April 2, 2009 - 05:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Xotac GeForce 9300-ITX WiFi might look like it is a board for the Nano processor, but don't let it's small size fool you, that is a full LGA775 socket. Sure, the board is so small that the backplate runs the entire length, but that also implies a lot of extras included in a tiny package. If you are curious to see how 16 1.2GHz CUDA processors with a 450MHz graphics core perform, drop by The Tech Report.
Subject: Memory | April 2, 2009 - 02:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Mushkin's new Ascent XP3-14400 CL8 2 GB kit hits 1800MHz at latencies of 8-8-7-20 though the voltage seems a little high for the Core i7 at 1.85-1.95V. That didn't scare techPowerUp! in the least as they tested out how performance scaled with some voltage tweaks, along with total speed and timings. If you are willing to take the limit to your maximum available memory, 7-7-7 @ 1800MHz is easily reachable, though they do warn that this memory did not work in all the boards they tested.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 2, 2009 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Perhaps the biggest question on peoples minds with the release of AMD's HD4890 and nVIDIA's GTX 275 is whether they can be purchased. In AMD's case the answer is that yes you can, nVIDIA and partners however didn't quite manage to get any out the door. That may be related to the development behind the cards, as they seem to be quite different in that respect. AMD's is quite obviously a new card that will sit in the channel for a long while, at leas
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 2, 2009 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL - (April 2, 2009) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies, and the Phobos High-Performance Gaming/Home Theater System, announced today the BFG GeForce GTX 275 OC graphics card that offers outstanding PC gaming performance and advanced processing power in other applications from which even non gamers can benefit.
The BFG GeForce GTX 275 OC with CUDA technology provides superior gaming performance as well as ad
Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2009 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In an effort to make the new netbooks less expensive and to run a little tighter, HP and Asus both seem to be considering Google's Linux based Android OS as an alternative to Windows. Not only would a successful implementation drive the price down, it could also make your netbook compatible with your cellphone at level we haven't seen before. Digital Trends thinks this could lead to an OS war, though in this particular case it isn't a new OS trying to make a name f
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 2, 2009 - 11:25 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Apr. 2, 2009 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced the ATI Radeon HD 4890 graphics card, driven by the world's most powerful graphics processor. The newest addition to the award-winning ATI Radeon HD 4000 series boasts a whopping 1.36 TeraFLOPs of compute power, superior GDDR5 memory, and super-high engine clock speeds capable of nearly 1GHz.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 2, 2009 - 11:21 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Based on the GT200 architecture, the GeForce GTX 275 GPU features 240
cores operating at 1404 MHz, 80 texture processing units, a 448-bit memory
interface, and an 896 MB framebuffer. In price and performance, it sits
the GeForce GTX 260 and the GeForce GTX 285.
Subject: Storage | April 1, 2009 - 05:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
San Jose, California - April 1, 2009 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced its patented RAIDDrive, which dramatically increases the performance and slot capacity of PCI Express-based storage solution.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 1, 2009 - 02:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Before every company under the sun started producing high quality PSUs, there were only a few companies in the market and the king was PC Power & Cooling. Now the market has opened up a bit, but PCP&C has retained their high quality standards even after their purchase by OCZ. The 610W Silencer PSU will run you about $100, and provide you with solid power and very little noise. 610W will handle most rigs, only multiple high end graphi