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Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2009 - 03:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have an unused PCIe slot and a hankering for some great audio quality then check out the new Xonar Essence STX from ASUS. The Guru of 3D have put together an 18 page review covering everything from the components and their quality to the ability to add EAX emulation to games. In some ways any audio review is
Subject: Motherboards | February 13, 2009 - 01:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Foxconn's Quantum Force X58 BloodRage has a rather interesting red, grey and black theme as well as some serious enthusiast level features. The 4 PCIe slots can run in 2 x 16 lanes or 4 x 8 lanes and a single bank of triple channel DDR3 slots. A force reset button works both as a reset button as well as a system tuner, though NinjaLane found the voltages that it chose to be a little high for their liking. Read the full review to see just why this board deserves the name 'BloodRage'.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 13, 2009 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new Scythe Kama Angle looks a little like a large square cooler cut longways to make a hollow triangle or 'L' shape. In this particular case the name Kama might refer to the flexibility that this shape gives the cooler, there are a lot of ways to fit it into a case with limited space. Cooling is superior to a stock Intel heatsink and can handle some overclocking but it will not replace high end coolers that allow severe overclocking
Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2009 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a blog at AMD and on this blog are some rather interesting topics, including the one posted today. The section of the blog that the link comes from is AMD at Home, where a Senior Developer Relations Engineer named Jay Taylor covers topics of interest to the HTPC enthusiast. The long list of online providers of TV shows, both old and new will grab anyones attention. As long as you can stream video, you can be watching Battlestar Galactica from the beginning.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 13, 2009 - 11:20 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL - (February 12, 2009) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies, and the Phobos High-Performance Gaming/Home Theater System, announced today the BFG GeForce GTX 295 H2O graphics card with ThermoIntelligence Water Cooling Solution.
BFG Technologies has taken their award-winning GeForce GTX 295 dual GPU graphics card and combined it with a highly efficient, thermally advanced copper water block co-developed with the experts at Danger Den to offer a totally silent cooling sol
Subject: Mobile | February 12, 2009 - 06:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Perhaps bamboo might not seem a good material to make a laptop out of but the engineers at ASUS would disagree, as you can tell by the ASUS UV6 Bamboo laptop. Measuring 15.2 x 9.6" with a 12.1 LCD and containing an Intel P8600 and 3GB of RAM as well as a DVD drive and 250GB HDD, the UV6 packs almost as much power as their Lambourghini model. That slight lessening of processing power results in much longer battery life, a feature that t-break was very happy to see.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2009 - 03:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, California, February 12, 2009 - S3 Graphics today announced the latest addition to its power-efficient Chrome 500 Series graphics processor family, with the unveiling of an 850MHz clocked GDDR3 based Chrome 540 GTX.
Subject: Systems | February 12, 2009 - 03:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For just about $5555 you can build the Core i7 dream system that AnandTech assembled in their recent Core i7 System guide, or for a mere $1400 you can pick up an entry level system that should handle anything you feel like running. They also assembled a system designed for overclocking, which includes a very large cooler that is essentia
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2009 - 01:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you hear the words 'Black Edition', most immediately think of a multiplier unlocked AMD CPU, a very overclocker friendly
chip. Now XFX has co-opted the moniker for their new GTX 285, a seriously overclocked card; the core is bumped 46MHz to 648MHz, the shader clock up 180MHz to 1.476GHz and the memory is now 270MHz faster at 2.484GHz. The card is currently for sale for $0.01 cheaper than $40
Subject: Storage | February 12, 2009 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The latest hard drive from Western Digital is the 2TB GreenPower Caviar, sporting four 500GB platters a 32MB cache and a reported sustained data rate of 100MB/s. The Tech Report tested out that stat and it seems that the high density platters help put this drive right in the middle of the pack as far as performance goes. While it will not beat out a
Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2009 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Good news for owners of Vista Home Premium, Business and Ultimate Editions, if you purchased them within the Eligibility Period which is July 1, 2009 through January 31, 2010. The plan is not to allow everyone to trade in their Vista disks for new Windows 7 disks, but to help OEMs sell PCs during the interim instead of waiting to purchase a new PC until after Win7 is released. From the looks of the screenshots at TechARP, the upgrade process should be fairly painless.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 11, 2009 - 03:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today NVIDIA made it possible for notebook owners with GeForce 7 Series graphics processing units (GPUs) to upgrade their systems with the click of a button. When NVIDIA changed the way notebook GPU customers received driver upgrades by putting a driver on NVIDIA.com, we promised quarterly driver updates for GeForce owners. As promised, NVIDIA delivered the second notebook driver release on February 11, 2009.
The first NVIDIA.com notebook driver was wildly popular, with over 1 Million downloads to date.
Subject: Processors | February 11, 2009 - 02:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With Intel finally spilling the beans on Westbridge, the successor to the Core i7, Ryan has put together the slides and his thoughts on the release into a quick article on our front page. Just as the current chips have the uncore, and directly handle the memory interface, Westmere also adds even more functionality directly to the CPU, takig away a lot of the functions of the northbridge. We won't see a complete dissapearance anytime soon but the integrated graphics controller certain speaks volumes about Intel's plans for the futur
Subject: Motherboards | February 11, 2009 - 01:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 11, 2009 - NVIDIA Corporation today announced that Intel Corporation has licensed NVIDIA SLI technology for inclusion on the Intel DX58SO motherboard for the Intel Core i7 processor.
Subject: Systems | February 11, 2009 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 11, 2009 - In an effort to deliver an outstanding computing experience on small, low power PCs, NVIDIA announced today that NVIDIA ION has been Certified for Windows Vista. With NVIDIA ION and premium versions of Microsoft Windows, small form factor notebook and desktop PCs will have rich media capabilities and full graphics support for the first time.
Microsoft Corp. has validated NVIDIA ION with certified Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) drivers for Windows Vista Home Premium.
Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2009 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Slashdot has information on two upcoming Battlefield releases, Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 1943. Bad Company will be on PS3, Xbox and PC and should follow the same free style combat and unique graphical styling as the original, but with more ...
Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2009 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's plans to strip down and go fab-less have run into a small snag in the form of a vote which fell short of a quorum. Only 42% of shareholders showed up to vote yesterday, though 97% of those who voted did vote in favour of the fab spin off to the Foundry Co. Currently the next vote is scheduled for next Wednesday, Feb.
Subject: Processors | February 10, 2009 - 03:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new 533 MHz FSB, 1.6 GHz Intel Atom 330 that Ryan tested is rather interesting due to the fact that it is a dual-core processor. He tested the Atom's performance in an nVIDIA Ion motherboard, against the same Atom 330 with one core disabled as well as a VIA Nano L2100. The scaling he saw in his testing was quite incredible, under certain tests that second core more than doubled the performance, with only one test suffering thanks to the storage subsystem. Read on to see just how much power Intel can fit in the same size as a
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 10, 2009 - 02:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tuniq is certainly not the first name that comes to mind when you think of PSUs, but they have been dabbling in that market and their newest offering is the Ripper 1000W PSU. 900W of that power is sent to four 20A 12V lines, which is sensible on a PSU targeted for those with as many graphics cards as will fit in thier case. [H]ard|OCP had mixed feelings about this PSU, it did pass all their tests but som