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Subject: Storage | August 28, 2008 - 05:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for storage in an extra large size, checking out Western Digital's Caviar Black 1TB makes a lot of sense. For reliability, it uses NoTouch drive head technology, meaning that the head is lifted from the platter while the drive idles, reducing the chance of a head crash and increasing the longevity. To others, the most important feature is it's full 7200 RPM speed, a first from WD in terabyte drives. Not onl
Subject: Shows and Expos | August 28, 2008 - 03:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan published a summary of NVISION08 yesterday, covering the highlights of the show and going into much more depth that he had time to do while experimenting with liveblogging. There was one big announcement that didn't make it into that article, because nVIDIA had been keeping it under their hats, ready to be pulled out when everyone was getting ready to leave.
Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2008 - 02:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Premature rumours of Universal abit's demise, as far as their motherboard business was concerned, were flying around earlier this year, and firmly denied by abit. The rumours turned out to be a dire warning, as this morning HEXUS has confirmed that abit is shutting down it's motherboard production at the end of the year. They will still support existing products, but all new production will cease at the close of 2008. You can still expect to see a mobile Internet device from them in the near fu
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 27, 2008 - 08:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA has displayed a fondness for odd memory buses and sizes recently. It started with the 640Mb 8800GTS and now continues with the EVGA GeForce GTX 260 896MB FTW, with a 448 bit memory bus. In the testing over at The Tech Lounge, they decided that this is their preferred card over the GTX 280, thanks to reduced power consumption, noise and heat as well as price.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 27, 2008 - 06:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have never heard of Topower, you are not alone. That didn't stop Overclockers Online from reviewing the PowerBird 900W. Buying a PSU, especially a high wattage model, from a company you've never heard of is not usually a good idea, but you can feel safe with Topower from the test results in the review. Six 12V lines of 20A each,
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 27, 2008 - 05:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Spotswood has a very interesting idea for a case, a kick drum. Available in three sizes, and with an optional kit that allows you to put drum skins on the case. Without the drum kit, you simply have a cylindrical casing for your PC, with included mounting brackets and such that will make it a little easier to install than a home made case. AnandTech
still doesn't recommend this case for anyone who is just getting into building their own PCs, this is a case for those with a bit more experi
Subject: General Tech | August 27, 2008 - 03:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As more information slowly bleeds out of Blizzard, we begin to get an idea of what StarCraft II is going to look like. The newest preview movie covers a Terran assault on a Zerg base (choose the HD version or it will look more like gameplay from the original Gauntlet). You can also follow links that discuss how the single player campaign will work, and why you will be limited in troop tech at the beginning and how to get
Subject: General Tech | August 27, 2008 - 03:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
no plans to get into the x86 CPU business according to one of their SVPs, Chris Malachowsky. They are quite happy to be the bigger fish in a pond with only two fish and a few minnows, as opposed to opening themselves up to the fierce competition in the CPU marketplace. See as how they are currently having trouble defending their place at the top of the GPU food chain from
AMD, that seems like a smart plan. Follow the link at Slashdot for more information on this as well a
Subject: Processors | August 27, 2008 - 02:51 PM | Josh Walrath
Yesterday AMD sent out a nice little email to their channel partners detailing some upcoming products that will be detailed more thoroughly on September 1. The first bit of info is that an updated version of the Phenom 9950 is going to be released, and the big news about this is that the TDP has been dropped from 140 watts to a much more palatable 125 watts. I have a sneaking suspicion that the 9950 that AMD sent me with the 790GX motherboard is one of these 125 watt processors, because at full bore it is approximately 64 watts higher in power at the socket than the 9350e (which is
Subject: Memory | August 26, 2008 - 08:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As watercooling becomes a more popular solution, we are seeing more components that are built with watercooling in mind. One of the more recent is the OCZ DDR3 PC3-16000 Flex II Water Cooled Memory, running at 2Ghz with 8-8-8-30 timings @ 2T. Not only did OCZ set these modules up to allow for watercooling, they include a full set of water-cooling adapters and tubing. Head to Madshrimps to see how these modules perform.
Subject: Motherboards | August 26, 2008 - 05:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at DriverHeaven, you can get a quick look at the state of the motherboard market. They compare eight motherboards, from different manufacturers and using different chipsets to give anyone looking to upgrade a good idea what is on the marketplace. The range covers a lot of ground, from the $85 Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3P to the $440 Asus Striker II Extreme. See which ones might find a home with you.
Subject: Mobile | August 26, 2008 - 05:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One segment of the market that just hasn't grown the way enthusiasts would like is the ability to make your own laptop. The 15" laptop chassis that OZC provides is fairly customizable, except for one small component. You are stuck with a 8600M GT as your graphics chip, that is not customizable. Check out the full deal at PC Mechanic.
Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2008 - 03:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
On the second day of Ryan's second foray into live coverage of a show, new features have been added, along with new content. First off you enter your email for a reminder to arrive before his coverage starts, secondly we have been promised live video, to make it feel even more like you are there. If you missed yesterdays coverage of Jen-Hsun's keynote, it is still available.
Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2008 - 03:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NVISION 08-SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 26, 2008 - NVIDIA Corporation today announced that Futuremark Games Studio has selected NVIDIA PhysX technology for its upcoming first-person shooter game, Shattered Horizon, which was officially unveiled last week at the Leipzig Games Convention in Germany.
"Shattered Horizon has a real space setting that offers gameplay, tactics, and freedom of movement that cannot be found in any other shooter," said Jukka Mäkinen, Head of Futuremark Games Studio.
Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2008 - 03:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ArcSoft, Inc. announced today that ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre, its universal multimedia player, now supports NVIDIA CUDA which provides DVD upscaling through Graphics Processing Units (GPUs).
Devising its SimHD post processing technology with NVIDIA CUDA, ArcSoft is accelerating TotalMedia Theatres DVD upscale performance on GPUs to deliver viewers a close-to-HD video from the standard definition multimedia files and DVDs, offering them a sharper and more vivid picture in real time.
Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2008 - 09:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you remember the original SideWinder, you have good idea what the new X5 model looks like. Otherwise, ExtremeTech's description of it being "loosely inspired by Master Chief from Halo and the Mazda Senku concept car" is fairly apt. The new model includes the ability to program macro buttons and higher DPI, but retains the originals extra large size. As a MMORPGer or FPSer you may like the idea of the "spin on a dime" button, and if you have hands that swallow smaller mice, you may want
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 25, 2008 - 06:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thermaltake's DuOrb CPU cooler bears a resemblance to their DuOrb VGA cooler, save for the size. This cooler is large enough to fit a pair of fans and looks a little like a Chinook helicopter, if said helicopter had differnet coloured LEDs on it's blades. Techware Labs liked the performance they saw, though you may find some careful measurem
Subject: Shows and Expos | August 25, 2008 - 05:54 PM | Josh Walrath
It seems there are some cranky people just waiting to get the attention of attendee's to NVIDIA's NVISION 08 conference! We are not sure who is passing these leaflets out, but Ryan was accosted by them and forced to take pictures of their propaganda! Ok, maybe he wasn't forced, but Ryan does appreciate a bit of drama now and then!
Subject: Systems | August 25, 2008 - 05:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
mCubed has just released an HFX Mini HTPC case, which promises a cheap alternative to other passively cooled HTPC cases. Unfortunately, from bit-tech's testing it looks like they managed to get both meanings of the word cheap to apply. While certainly less expensive that other similar cases, the use of riser cards and the inconveniently tight design mean you should read through the article carefully before running out and buying one.