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Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2009 - 05:59 PM |
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It is a stellar time to be an HTPC enthusiast, or to consider becoming one, thanks to AMD's new business model.  They've really opened up the bottom end of pricing in the market, you get to choose between multiple CPU architectures with prices well under $100 and with a list of features that wouldn't have been available on the top end CPUs in the recent past.  You can pick up one of

Why engineers are more interesting than marketers

Subject: Motherboards | March 13, 2009 - 04:06 PM |
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As Ryan posted earlier, there is a page to advertise the new ASUS Rampage II Gene Micro-ATX motherboard that is more than a little strange.  Hit that page and you might think that you are actually buying a genetically engineered supersoldier that supports LGA1366 CPUs.  On the other hand, if you are curious as to what the actual product is, you may be happier at ExtremeTech where they have an actual board in for review, supersoldier not included.

Source: Extremetech

PC Perspective 17 on TWiT Live!

Subject: Editorial | March 13, 2009 - 03:13 PM |
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In case you missed my live show with Leo Laporte on TWiT Live
yesterday, don't worry!  We have a copy of it here for you peruse at
your leisure.

Which memory will serve your Phenom II properly

Subject: Memory | March 13, 2009 - 02:26 PM |
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AMD hasn't been in any rush to switch to DDR3, the new Phenoms are the first to support it.  That does make sense, DDR2 keeps getting cheaper and faster and the timings keep getting tighter, so it is still a very viable product.  Perhaps the biggest caveat is Triple Channel DDR3, all the tests are done in dual channel.  You can see how DDR2-1066MHz @ 5-5-5-15 and DDR3-1333MHz @ 9-9-9-24 compare the full review at Tweaktown.

Source: TweakTown

This monitor proudly displays a PCPer Gold Award

Subject: Displays | March 13, 2009 - 11:46 AM |
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The ASUS VW266H looks perfectly normal at first glance, a 25.5" LCD that runs at 1920X1200 and has a 2ms grey to grey response rate is a common sight now; the $350 price tag is unique.  You aren't limited to using this as a PC monitor either, with HDMI plugs and S/PDIF out, it is perfect for gaming consoles or even attached to an HD cable box or PVR.  The only caveat that Ryan found is present on all TN matric LCDs; the viewing angle sucks and you had better plan on sitting directly in front of the monitor.  Check out his full review at the top of the page.

"The ASUS VW266H and VK266H offer an outstanding combination of features, screen size and price to really put a stamp on the LCD monitor market. If you are a gamer on a budget or just a PC user looking for a display that can also be used for your console gaming or DVR set top box, then definitely give this ASUS monitor a shot!"

Here are some more Display articles from around the web:

  Displays

Browsing at full speed

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2009 - 11:31 AM |
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In these days of sound bites, highlights and just generally shortened attention spans it can be very frustrating waiting for your browser to load so you can get at your media of choice.  To solve that problem and let you get your your entertainment as fast as possible, Legit Reviews held a race between 11 different browsers, including Opera, IE7 & 8, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Seamonkey.  If getting heavily scripted pages up quickly is a must for you, then check out the full review.

ASUS Rampage II GENE Motherboard is Core i7 mATX

Subject: Motherboards | March 13, 2009 - 01:40 AM |
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The gang over at HardOCP has some cool pictures of an upcoming motherboard from ASUS, the Rampage II GENE.  What makes it so damn special?  Its an X58-based mATX motherboard with all the features and options you'd expect on a full sized enthusiast motherboard. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Caustic graphics threathens with ray tracing acceleration card

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 13, 2009 - 01:24 AM |
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Quoteth the wikipedia:

In optics, a caustic is the envelope of light rays reflected or refracted by a curved surface or object, or the projection of that envelope of rays on another surface. Caustic can also refer to the curve to which light rays are tangent, defining a boundary of an envelope of rays as a curve of concentrated light.

More interesting GPU moves coming from NVIDIA

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 13, 2009 - 12:50 AM |
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After the release and rebranding of the GeForce GTS 250 graphics card this month, it appears that NVIDIA might have some more "new" products coming down the pipeline.  And by "new" I mean "not really new at all."

Source: Fudzilla

Attack of the midget ninja

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 12, 2009 - 02:45 PM |
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The Scythe Ninja enjoyed a brief time at the pinnacle of the cooling market, it was huge and it was effective.  Not everyone had a great experience with it, for it does not fit in a lot of cases.  The new revision is the Scythe Ninja Mini, going from 150mm tall to only 115mm which has also necessitated a move to an 80mm fan.  At The Tech Lounge they tested it on an AMD system, along with the more expensive Zalman CNPS9500AM2

Can two midranges make a high end?

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 12, 2009 - 01:18 PM |
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On the one hand,

Source: [H]ard|OCP

As advertised on the podcast

Subject: Storage | March 12, 2009 - 12:03 PM |
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You have two important jobs to do today, if you have not already done so.  The first is to listen to the brand new episode of the PC Perspective Podcast and share it with a dozen friends.  The second is to read through Allyn's review of the Western Digital 2TB Caviar Green drive.  If you have done either of those jobs, you already know that this drive may spin at 5400RPM and

Try launching this product with a straight face

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2009 - 11:37 AM |
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GlacialLight, who are indeed related to GlacialTech, have released a new flashlight that also happens to be a very old joke.  The DynaSolar LED torch is indeed a solar powered flashlight.   Luckily it also comes with a hand crank for back up ...

Source: The Inquirer

New VIA VX855 Media System Processor Brings Power-Efficiency to 1080p HD Video Playback

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2009 - 11:03 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 12 March 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA VX855 Media System Processor (MSP) - an ultra power efficient, all-in-one chipset that addresses the key performance and entertainment requirements of today's small form factor and mobile PC systems.

Increasingly, content is being filmed in high-definition (HD), with movies, TV shows and sporting events taking advantage of the smooth playback, extraordinary picture clarity, and brilliant colors that HD video offers.

Only enough power to maim, not to kill

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 11, 2009 - 06:13 PM |
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Feeling worried about have a kilowatt of power sitting under your desk, or a more likely reason like not needing that much power for your rig?  Try the BFG LS-450, which will provide you 450W of solid power for a fairly low price.  The power is very soild, in [H]ard|OCP's testing, the 12V line moved by 0.03v proving that BFG did not skim on the lo

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Get as much bass as you want

Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2009 - 03:31 PM |
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Subwoofers can be easy to buy if you have an indiscriminate ear, as long as the wattage is high enough to shatter windows you will be happy.  For those looking for a specific LFE crossover and a good range are a little more hard to satisfy.  MektuMods has a suggestion; why not make your own subwoofer?  Their particular choices may not be available in your area, or might not have exactly the stats that you are looking for, but for the most part the physical construction will remain similar for

Source: MetkuMods

AMD's strategy for winning the price war

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 11, 2009 - 01:48 PM |
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As CPU3D puts at in the very start of their review, "AM3+DDR3+790GX=VG", and even better it is also <$150.

Source: 3DCenter

Obsessed with arm chair politicizing?

Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2009 - 12:04 PM |
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If you find yourself compelled to watch CSPAN, CNN and are still desperate for more political action then Gamepyre has the perfect game for you.  If you are more into using force and skill at arms to build an empire you may be better off with the Civilizations or Total War series, but if you love minutiae
and the thought of 11 different areas of government to keep track of leaves you all aquiver then Geo-Political Simulator 2009 might be far more interesting than the title suggests.  Don't expect t

Source: Gamepyre

Evolve or die

Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2009 - 11:18 AM |
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The Windows 7 public beta is enjoying a much warmer reception than Vista met and not only because there are more than a half dozen working drivers.  Microsoft has been talking with various new sources about what lessons they learned from Vista and how they managed to utilize that knowledge into making Windows 7 better.  They delve into the changes in the development process like the participation of third parties and the goal of making the beta as stable as an RC is expected to be and to make the RC as good as the final retail version.  That may never stop the mantra of 'wait fo

Source: Slashdot

Thermolab starts thinking bigger

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 10, 2009 - 03:25 PM |
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If you have run into Thermolab's CPU cooler before, the chances are you were setting up an HTPC or other small silent system and needed a low profile cooler that didn't make a lot of noise.  Their Baram CPU cooler is the exact opposite of those offerings, being a large multiple heatpipe based cooler that can handle 120mm fans.  You are forced to pick your own fan, like a certain other popular cooler company, the Baram does not ship with one.  Drop by Legit Reviews and see the pictures and test results to see if The