I find your lack of faith disturbing

Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2009 - 11:49 AM |

Perhaps the yields from TSMC's 40nm process have been very low and supplies of many of AMD's latest and greatest video cards are very low because of that and maybe GlobalFoundries is working on a 32nm process that AMD is not yet finished developing cards for; but that doesn't mean they are looking for a third supplier.  Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager of AMD's Graphics Products Group stated that they are not looking for a new partner when he was asked directly. 

Source: Digitimes

That's not the right colour of death

Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2009 - 11:37 AM |

The brother of the Blue Screen of Death has been visiting hapless PC users for a long time, but it seems that it is becoming more common.  The Black Screen of Death leaves you with nothing but a black screen and possibly an Explorer window, your desktop, taskbar and those familiar icons disappear.  This particular run of BSODs has been triggered by a recent Windows Update, though not all systems have been affected, and the victims include every windows from NT on to Win7.

Source: The Register

Intel X25-M G2 TRIM firmware is out, really, we mean it this time, honest!

Subject: Storage | December 1, 2009 - 09:07 PM |

Intel was pushing for a late November release of the final (bugfixed) version of their TRIM frimware for the X25-M G2.  It may be December 1st, but they came through.  The firmware can be downloaded HERE.

Don't let that GPU slack off

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 1, 2009 - 06:39 PM |

As GPUs learn how to do more and more things it is almost a waste to let it idle now.  If you aren't gaming then you can get Folding@Home to use those spare cycles, but there is more that it can do.  The recent release of Flash 10 sees the introduction of a Flash player that can utilize the GPU as oppose to your overworked CPU.  Now Benchmark Reviews wants to ensure that your movie playback, either SD or HD, takes advantage of that expensive GPU in your system to ensure smooth playback. 

VIA Mobile-ITX Brings Further Miniaturization and Greater Flexibility to Embedded Devices

Subject: Systems | December 1, 2009 - 02:23 PM |

Taipei, Taiwan, December 1, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced Mobile-ITX, the latest VIA-developed open form factor specification for the creation of ultra-compact and portable embedded devices.

Double the pleasure, double the fun

Subject: Storage | December 1, 2009 - 02:04 PM |

Over a year ago we saw the introduction of the Thermaltake BlacX SATA Hard Drive USB Docking Station, a stylish and incredibly versatile and easy to use external HDD dock.  Now Thermaltake has made the BlacX twice as good with the release of the Thermaltake BlacX Duet.  It can now hold a pair of SATA drives with a maximum capacity of 2TB per slot.  That dual setup also applies to the connections, with two drives requiring either a pair of USB connections or a pair of eSATA connections. 

A-Data grabs the high speed RAM crown

Subject: Memory | December 1, 2009 - 12:24 PM |

A-Data might not be the first company you think about when you purchase RAM, which is why you can be forgiven for not noticing they sell a dual channel DDR3 kit @ 2200 MHZ with timings of 8:8:8:24 1T at the recommended 1.65V.  The Guru of 3D even managed to hit 2350MHz by bumping the voltage to 1.7 and could see higher speeds by lowering the timings.

Source: Guru of 3D

DiRT 2 Offers Exhilarating DirectX 11 Gaming Experience - Only On ATI Radeon Graphics Cards

Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2009 - 11:56 AM |

AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today that the Games for Windows Live Edition of DiRT 2 is now shipping and marks the first racing game developed from the ground up to take advantage of advanced graphics features available with Microsoft DirectX 11 and the incredible new ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology for the most engaging gaming experience yet.

Source: AMD

No diamond, but still a gem

Subject: Motherboards | November 30, 2009 - 05:51 PM |

Sapphire has stuck with their motherboard division to compliment their graphics business and their new board is the 785G based PI-AM3RS785G.  As you would expect from a board using this chipset your motherboards back panel is quite crowded, with PS/2 ports, an SPDIF Out port, an HDMI port, a VGA port and a DVI port along with four USB 2.0 ports, one LAN port,
and 6 channel audio.  There is only one PCIe slot, a full 16x but no 1x or 4x slots at all, simply a pair of legacy PCI slots. 

Every case should have some polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

Subject: Systems | November 30, 2009 - 03:51 PM |

A Swedish company called Fractal Design offers custom systems with some interesting features.  Their
Define R2
ships with a feature called ModuVent, which are pieces of bitumen in either 120mm or 140mm squares which you can install into unused fan holes to both reduce noise and stop dust from coming into your system.  Since you can fit up to 7 fans in the system you can choose to make it either very quiet or fill all the holes and get a ton of airflow.  You may not get out to Sweden often,

Source: MetkuMods

House your system in style

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 30, 2009 - 01:29 PM |

Budget cases are all the rage right now, with $30 enclosures sporting a variety of fans and features for those who want good cooling and aren't concerned about the extra features the high end cases offer.  That doesn't mean that high end cases are done, a market of devotees still exists to buy cases like the Thermaltake Element V.  You can fit up to 8 fans on this case, ranging from 50mm fans devoted to moving air over your GPU to a monstrous

Source: Bjorn3D

For when your netbook goes a wandering

Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2009 - 12:27 PM |

Loosing a netbook will not have a huge monetary impact; replacing it will only cost about $300.  That is not the full scope of the problem you are about to have because of that lost netbook; especially if you have no password on your main account.  Think how many websites have your username and password set to automatically log on.  Maybe even MSN, ICQ, AIM or whatever your IM client of choice is also happens to be set to log in at boot.

Source: Ars Technica

ASUS is prepping phone-based PC overclocking for future motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | November 30, 2009 - 12:00 AM |

It's a Black Friday on the PC Per Real-time Pricing Engine

Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2009 - 05:47 PM |

Our Tech Talk Forum is a great place to get help for all of those random little problems that make PCs so much fun.  Ranging from Windows installation issues, to a bit of strangeness during boot to the best way to integrate a Blu-Ray player into an HTPC.  We

Travelling out of the Yukon and into the Congo

Subject: Mobile | November 27, 2009 - 02:10 PM |

The new ultramobile CPU from AMD, codenamed Congo, has appeared in a new MSI Wind.  A 1.6GHz Athlon Neo X2 L335
processor along with the new 780M + SB710
chipset and a DX10 compatible ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200
power the 12.1" MSI Wind 12 U230.  HEXUS snagged this laptop just a hair over a month in advance of its release, to see if the lowered battery life is worth the performance increase from the dual core Athlon.

Source: Hexus

Balancing asymmetrical graphics

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 27, 2009 - 12:26 PM |

It has been a while since we've seen a review of an unbalanced Crossfire setup, so drop by Overclockers Club to see an HD 5870 and an HD 5850,
that they managed to get their hands on somehow, paired on a Core i7 920 system.  They overclocked the HD5850 to the same speeds as the HD5870, 1GHz GPU and 1200MHz for the memory.  The boost they saw was impressive, the Catalys

Arr, I be a boycotter

Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2009 - 11:53 AM |

Forums dedicated to PC Gamers of a similar mindset reach a certain fevered pitch when a beloved game just isn't what they had expected; even worse are the flame wars that erupt in the weeks leading up to a release or the weeks after a delay of release.  The vitriolic ALL CAPS POSTS, members starting up threads faster than mods can lock them down, it is perhaps a great way to vent but it is not constructive in any manner whatsoever.

Source: Ars Technica

A case of inexpensiveness, not cheapness

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 26, 2009 - 04:45 PM |

You may find it hard to believe that CoolerMaster is offering a case for under $50, but that is exactly what the Cooler Master Elite 310 retails for.  Steel construction should keep the noise down more so than an aluminium case at the cost of increased weight, though the spartan interior ensures the case isn't ridiculously heavy.  You do abandon the wire management and tool less installation because of the price, and while ar

Source: Tweaknews

The chipset could boil water but the system remains rock solid

Subject: Motherboards | November 26, 2009 - 02:22 PM |

If you are looking to set up a low end LGA1156 system, the

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ASRock H55DE3 motherboard spotted early

Subject: Motherboards | November 26, 2009 - 01:53 PM |

A new motherboard from ASRock is making the rounds today for the upcoming Intel Clarkdale processors.  If you don't have any background on the Clarkdale CPU and what it offers that is new, you should definitely check out the preview we posted from back in September that looks at both the Clarkdale and Arrandale (mobile version) cores.