Stayin' alive

Subject: Memory | July 7, 2008 - 05:02 PM |
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Aeneon is another of the companies trying to keep DDR2 competitive, having just introduced the XTune DDR2-1142 2GB kit.  With timings of 5-5-5-12 and that extra bit of speed, these modules can compete with some of the other top name brands.  Unfortunately, they are not for sale yet but you can see how they perform at Tweaktown.

Source: TweakTown

Designing a good UMPC is a breeze for MSI

Subject: Mobile | July 7, 2008 - 02:58 PM |
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The MSI Wind is the newest model in that strange new world of subnotebooks/UMPCs that has become a very competitive market.  It is running an Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz on a Intel 945GSE and ICH7M chipset and supports 1024x600 on it's 10" LCD, so you don't have to squint to badly to see text.  HEXUS' favourite
feature has to be the keyboard, it's not full size but it is certainly bigger than the Eee's!  Read on to see how well it fares.

Source: Hexus

nVIDIA leaps onboard, knocks AMD off

Subject: Motherboards | July 7, 2008 - 02:07 PM |
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nVIDIA does have one market in which it holds an advantage over AMD, assuming that it's hardware problems are under control with the 8300.  In The Tech Report's testing of the Zotac built mATX-sized board with the new GeForce 8300, the nVIDIA offering beats the AMD 780G in almost all tests, including HD playback.  There are some heat and CPU utilization differences beween the two onboard graphics solutions, but if all you are concerned about is great HD from onboard, check this review out.

AMD's design on the future of graphics

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 7, 2008 - 12:14 PM |
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InsideHW takes a step back before reviewing AMD's new 48xx graphics cards.  Instead of putting up benchmarks and maximum playable resolutions, they focus on some of the technology that allows the cards to perform well and produce the quality of graphics we have seen.  Read through their full article for a deeper look into the architecture that has helped AMD so much with this generation of graphics cards.

Source: InsideHW

Power assisted packing

Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2008 - 11:42 AM |
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If you have a spare $1400, why not splurge on some powered luggage.  The LiveLuggage PA is a hard shelled suitcase with the ability to help push it's self along when it is pulled by it's handle, therefore destroying the most attractive feature for many, you can't ride it and you can send it chasing after people.  With only 2 hours of power it won't help you on a road trip, but if you like carting around 70lbs of gadgets whenever you travel, you take a look at it on Digital Tr

Das CLICKY CLICKY

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2008 - 05:57 PM |
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If you miss the old IBM Model Ms, that gave you a nice juicy click every time you pressed a key and every time you release the key, then try the Das Keyboard Professional.  Not only does it have the right feel to it, it is sturdy enough to defend your cubicle when co-workers come over to try to take it, and it's sound effects away.  If you have any idea what I mean, drop by ExtremeTech, otherwise invest in some earplugs.

Source: Extremetech

Return of TV Wonder

Subject: Systems | July 3, 2008 - 02:57 PM |
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techPowerUp has snagged one of the new AMD PCIe TV Wonder 600s, which along with its' 650 brother are the first AIW products we have seen in quite some time.  The is the less expensive model, so it is missing some of the features of the higher end model such as a slim profile and HD support.  It does handle digital cable, so you don't have to worry about the death of analog TV. 

Source: techPowerUp!

Give your RAM a summer outfit

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 3, 2008 - 01:02 PM |
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Drop by Tweaktown for a walkthrough of removing stock heatspreaders from RAM and replacing them with 3rd party coolers.  Their article specifically pertains to Kingston DDR2 and a Nexus heatpipe cooler, but the theory does carry over to other models.  Especially seeing as how they cover 3 different methods of removing the stock coolers, which is really the hardest part.

Source: TweakTown

Take your time and do it right

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 3, 2008 - 11:56 AM |
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Lee has just finished up a review of the Corsair HX1000W PSU, a very well made PSU with nothing not to recommend it.  The price is in line with the quality and the power provided, but if a PSU can impress Lee this much, you know every penny is well spent.  Besides, how can you complain about the price of your PSU after sticking 3 graphics cards in your system, which is what the HX1000 is designed for.

Now that's timing

Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2008 - 11:44 AM |
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nVIDIA is really having a lousy summer.  Their attempt to distract from AMD's launch pf the HD4800 series with the 9800GTX+ was all but ignored by reviewers; those few who did review it tended to lean towards AMD's cheaper offerings.  Now it comes out that their notebook chipsets and graphics have serious problems, problems that may extend to their add-on cards as well.  AMD now has an opportunity to lay the boots in, as their dual GPU HD4870 X2 should be out in a month. 

Source: The Inquirer

Better benchmarks can be yours

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 2, 2008 - 05:44 PM |
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But that is about all the benefit you will see from nVIDIA's PhysX capable GPUs,
unless you are one of the few still playing UT3 (like me).  Those benefits that you saw in 3DMark, and heard arguing about, are really the only benefit.  UT3 is better with the stand alone card and as it stands currently, GRAW is not compatible with the GPU PhysX; which may change in the near future.  Drop by Techgage for some hard numbers on the benefits of nVIDIA's newest feature.

Source: TECHGAGE

Alone with your iPhone

Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2008 - 02:47 PM |
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iMetal's iP-HS2 Isolation Headset will work on anything that can use headphones, though it is branded as an iPhone accessory.  You feel a little odd having a microphone attached your MP3 player, but the advanatages of isolating in-the-ear headsets may make you want it anyways. Drop by I4U and get a look at these neodymium driven ear buds.

Source: I4U News

Goodbye 65nm

Subject: Processors | July 2, 2008 - 01:06 PM |
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AMD is thinking conservatively with it's Phenom line which will hopefully pay off in the business and server markets, for they are not impressing the enthusiast with their three new chips.  The chips are faster than previous offerings and retain the low pricing, gaining a reduced TDP and unlocked multipliers.   Drop by Ars Technica for an overview of the 2Ghz Phenom 9350e compared against an underclocked 9850.

Source: Ars Technica

Diablo turns 11, makes gamers feel old

Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2008 - 12:27 PM |
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Blizzard is one company that gets a big break from gamers.  StarCraft came out a long time ago, but there are no running gags about StarCraft 2's release, even after a year of screenshots and teasers.  The same goes for Diablo, which has been close to a decade since it's last update and is finally getting updated.  Ars Technica can tell you more about Blizzard's announcement of Diablo 3, as well as links to the official site and several of the ne

Source: Ars Technica

Come back zinc, Come Back!!

Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2008 - 12:07 PM |
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The dire warning we heard on The Simpsons may soon come true, if the story on Slashdot is correct.  For some strange reasons the rare earth elements used in many processes today are in short supply.  You may not have heard much about hafnium, gallium or indium but they are present in trace amounts in almost all of your electronics, and they are necessary for current technology.  If there are no replacements, substitutes or large undiscovered deposits that can be reached, peak oil may be the le

Source: Slashdot

N5200PRO, the Energy Saving Device at Home or Office

Subject: Storage | July 2, 2008 - 11:42 AM |
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Thecus N5200PRO is extremely well-received by users and IT media worldwide. It is regard as the best of its category. Huge storage capacity under high level of data protection, outstanding performance and numerous functions are the reasons why it is recognized as one of the most desirable digital storage solution for offices and homes to store valuable data.

Since N5200PRO usually operates at long period of time, power consumption is a major concern for users. With its energy saving design, N5200PRO requires limited power to execute tasks.

Source: Thecus

AMD Phenom 9350e: A Tale of Woe and Despair

Subject: Processors | July 1, 2008 - 09:44 PM |
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Today is the launch of the 9150e and 9350e Phenom processors, as well as the new Black Edition 9950.  The "e" series of chips are rated at a nice 65 watts, and are aimed at productivity boxes as well as HTPCs.  The high end 9950 chip is unlocked and ready for some overclocking action.  It also sets a new record for power at 140 watts TDP.  The 9150e is clocked at 1.8 GHz, the 9350e is at 2 GHz, and the 9950 is sitting pretty at 2.6 GHz (a full 9 months after the infamous Tahoe launch event).

Source: AMD

I'm just mad about SATA

Subject: Storage | June 30, 2008 - 05:11 PM |
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Hardware Secrets can tell you all you want to know about Serial ATA, it's different flavours and speeds.  It's more that just a quick picture of a SATA cable and a PATA cable, they delve into NCQ, port multipliers and even pinout diagrams.  Drop by for a look into the newest way to cut cable clutter and speed up your data transfers.

BFG FACTORY OVERCLOCKED GEFORCE GTX 260 OC2 AND OCX GRAPHICS CARDS

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 30, 2008 - 04:48 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (June 30, 2008) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG GeForce GTX 260 OC2 and the BFG GeForce GTX 260 OCX factory overclocked graphics cards.

Backed with 24/7/365 free technical support and a lifetime warranty, the BFG GeForce GTX 260 OC2 and OCX versions are factory overclocked graphics cards that go through extensive testing to find the right mix of speeds for the core, memory, and shader clocks that will produce

Two fans are better than one

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 30, 2008 - 03:41 PM |
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SilenX's IXTREMA Pro IXC-120HA2 features exposed heatpipes and the ability to support a pair of 120mm fans for some extra cooling power on those systems which require it.  Bjorn3D was quite impressed with the cooling it could provide as well as it's relatively quiet operation.  They did feel the inclusion of a fan controller would have been a good idea though.

Source: Bjorn3D