Montevina gets a little more expensive

Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2008 - 11:34 AM |

According to DigiTimes, Intel is going to include solid state drives in it's next Centrino platform, giving users a chance to use the new technology without having to install it in a notebook themselves.  It will mean lighter laptops, with longer battery life and may even increase the speed at which the new Centrinos will operate.  Even more interesting is the 1.8" drive that they are planning to introduce; it will be interesting to see if the new drive size catches on.

Source: Digitimes

Folding@Home NVIDIA GPU Client Confirmed

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 22, 2008 - 06:00 PM |

New VIA EPIA M700 Mini-ITX Enables

Subject: Systems | May 22, 2008 - 05:51 PM |

Taipei, Taiwan, May 22 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA M700 Mini-ITX board, the first to feature the VIA VX800 chipset, for sophisticated digital signage and retail display systems.


Now that's cool

Subject: Processors | May 22, 2008 - 05:23 PM |

With a E8500 and a Custom 2stage Cascade (-100 C!) cooler, MADSHRIMPS set out to see just how far they could push the speed.  As it turns out, while they did get a big bump in speed, exotic cooling isn't really necessary for this processor, air-cooling can get you almost to 5GHz.  You can pick up some good tips on a motherboard to pair it with if you are going to try.

Source: Madshrimps

Who is the culprit here?

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 22, 2008 - 03:05 PM |

t-break stuck three 9800GTXs in two different systems, an Intel system with a QX9770 CPU on an ASUS Striker II Extreme with OCZ DDR3-1600MHz memory, and a Phenom system with an X4 9850 on an MSI 780 chipset based board with Corsair DDR2-1066MHz memory.  Although both systems use nVIDIA chipsets, the AMD processor is clocked 800MHz slower and the RAM is slower as well.  Read on to see just how much that will affect your gaming.

Source: t-break

You have got to be kidding!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 22, 2008 - 02:22 PM |

Sigma has a new case, which for some reason they decided to call the Unicorn.  The case itself has a some good design ideas in it, and OCC has no trouble recommending it
based on it's qualities
.  If you do pick it up, you will have a case that has Unicorn printed on the front panel, so be warned. 

SSD is here to stay

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 22, 2008 - 12:10 PM |

As was mentioned in the recent PC Perspective Podcast, Ryan recently finished a review of an OCZ SSD drive, which offers great performance and a huge price tag.  BCC Hardware has also finished looking at one of these drives, the Crucial 32GB 2.5in Solid State Drive.  It is half the size of the OCZ model, and only a little cheaper, but the performance is top notch.  Even the review

Source: BCCHardware

Hardware torture

Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2008 - 11:58 AM |

Watching hardware in distress is always great fun; when it's someone else's. 
Feed your voyeuristic tendencies with this live stream at VIA Arena, where you can see a VIA EPIA board running full out, while naked.  That's right, the poor thing has had it's heatsink stripped off, and it is still running.  Not only is there a live stream of the system, there is a contest to guess when it will die, and VIA Arena has vowed that it will die.

Source: VIA Arena

The joose that's loose in tha [H]oose

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 21, 2008 - 05:48 PM |

Super Talents new PSU, the Atomic Juice PS-700 just asks for a bit of ridicule with a name like that, especially as it is the first PSU from Super Talent.  As you might expect from a first time PSU, there are some kinks to be worked out, in this unit's case it is a power load about 75% of maximum.  In [H]ard|OCP's testing, the PSU did fine as long as the load stayed at 75% or less, once they upped the power in the torture test, there were some instabilities that appeared.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Catalyst 8.5 is now available

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 21, 2008 - 03:52 PM |

Performance improvements

Source: AMD

Not your usual Alienware

Subject: Systems | May 21, 2008 - 02:00 PM |

It may seem a little strange for Alienware to produce a system that uses a Radeon HD 2400XT for it's graphics, and has no hope of playing any of the new titles, but that is exactly what the Hangar18 HD

Entertainment Center has.  The name really gives it away, Alienware has jumped into the HTPC market and they have done it with all the class you would expect from them.  Drop by Think Computers for a look.

It's the story of two men, and their love ...

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2008 - 12:13 PM |

... for gaming.  But trouble is a brewing, as one likes PnP and tabletop gaming while the other prefers Poke-cards, and has no idea where WarCraft came from.  Or maybe it's really the struggle of coming to terms with Deep Crows and Fruitfu ... err the gaming store guy. 

Source: Shacknews


Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2008 - 11:56 AM |

He may be proud to have a card certifying him as one of the only sane lawyers in the state of Florida, but I don't think Jack Thompson is too proud of the 27 counts of misconduct that he was just found guilty of.  [H]ard|OCP has the link to more info on this feel good story for every gamer out there.

Any bets that he will claim to have been affected by his work on violent video games and that they were to blame for his misconduct?

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD Will use GDDR5 Memory on Next-Generation ATI Radeon Graphics

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 21, 2008 - 09:38 AM |

AMD took the time today to announced that it was going to be using GDDR5 memory technology on its upcoming R700 "next-generation ATI Radeon graphics card products."  Not much else is detailed in the press release other than they are working with multiple vendors and that it will be faster than GDDR4.  Duh.

One interesting quote is this:

Thecus Technology Partners with Farstone Technology to Provide DriveClone Pro 5.0

Subject: Storage | May 20, 2008 - 06:50 PM |

Thecus Technology Partners with Farstone Technology to Provide DriveClone Pro 5.0

Backup is an essential element for computer users and network administrators. There are many possibilities that a user can lose all or part of their files due to computer viruses, accidental deletion or hardware failure.

ASUS Eee PC In the Wild - Adoption higher than we thought

Subject: Mobile | May 20, 2008 - 06:33 PM |

This was interesting - while I was out at the mall today I noticed in the local Cincinnati Bell store (local land line and cell phone provider) was demonstrating their in-home wireless networking with the ASUS Eee PC as the client machines.  The setup was meant to show how much faster Cincinnati Bell's DSL service was compared to other options, and they in fact had both a black and a white Eee PC model:

The easy way to be unique

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 20, 2008 - 06:24 PM |

Does your desire for a custom case wither and die when you realize how much work you would need to put into it?  Check out what techPowerUp! has found.  Mountain Mods lets you pick your own design for a case, and they assemble it for you.

Source: techPowerUp!

Snakes have fins?

Subject: Memory | May 20, 2008 - 03:05 PM |

Patriot's new 2GB DDR3 kit is called the Viper Fin PC3-15000, and runs at 1866MHz with 8-8-8-24 timings.  Hardware Zone was rather impressed by the new cooling solution, it wasn't even warm to the touch at 2.5V!  A little tweaking and by relaxing the timings just a little, to 9-9-9-28 and bumping the voltage up to 1.9V, they hit 2000MHz.

Quiet, we're trying to game here

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 20, 2008 - 01:50 PM |

The passively cooled ASUS EN9600GT Silent offers a way to get good performance at the $150 range, without the noise of it's actively cooled relation.  [H]ard|OCP considers this card a great value, considering you are getting the performance of an 8800GT for less.  Don't expect lower temps or a great overclock from this ca
Source: [H]ard|OCP