Towering above the competition

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 3, 2009 - 01:49 PM |
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Last week Lee wrapped up his review of SilverStone's newest full sized enclosure, the Fortress FT01.  A rather high end case and certainly targeted toward someone with a very hot system, as the pair of 180mm fans testify.  Separate cooling areas
also display a certain type of enthusiast, who is willing to pay more in order to get the best.   It picked up a Gold Award and you can see why in the full review.

It's the little guys you have to watch out for

Subject: Systems | February 3, 2009 - 12:17 PM |
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nVIDIA's ION platform is here, or at least on Ryan's test bench.  Roughly the same size as a well made sandwich, it is capable of some impressive feats like, DX10 gaming support, HD video decode acceleration, 7.1 channel HD audio support, Vista Premium support, 2560x1600 resolution, CUDA and PhysX.  Read on to get the full ION experience, and see why Atom may be in deep trouble, especially for those enthusiasts willing to pay a little more for a lot more performance.

What to do after you've killed the NIC

Subject: General Tech | February 3, 2009 - 12:03 PM |
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Bigfoot Networks was big news about a year ago with the release of their 2 Killer NIC cards, designed to provide superior online gaming by eliminating lag, as well as some other specific settings and options.  While there was at least some benefit to using the cards, it was hard to justify spending $150 or so to see a tiny improvement to the NIC built into your motherboard.  They have been busy, trying to get their cards into boutique system builds, like Alienware, but we haven't seen anything new from them.  Th

Windows 7 sooner than you thought

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 2, 2009 - 12:40 PM |
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If you have been one of those people pleading for Microsoft to release Windows 7 sooner rather than later, you are in luck.  Microsoft has announced that there will only be a single beta period for Windows 7 - the current one we are already in!  After that we will get only a single release candidate and then it will be release to manufacturer. 

So to summarize briefly:

Source: General

ASUS Upgrades Eee PC 1000HE with Atom N280

Subject: Mobile | February 2, 2009 - 12:14 PM |
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Sooo.....this is interesting news from ASUS with an interesting way of spreading it.  ASUS sent out a press release today that the 1000HE is going to be the first netbook to offer the Intel Atom N280 and promises up to 9.5 hours of battery life. 

What's more interesting to me?  Rather than providing a link to the ASUS.com page for more information and pre-order locations, instead they are pointing us all to a Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6297967631

Source: 3DCenter

Windows 7: Security in Question

Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2009 - 12:06 PM |
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While I first saw this information posted on Leo Laporte's blog last week, Dailytech has a good write up on the issue and a response from Microsoft on a possible issue that leaves UAC in state that is less secure than some people would like.  The person who details the attack issue even claims that this should vindicate the security in Windows Vista.

Source: Daily Tech

NVIDIA CEO says Atom will hurt hardware/software industries

Subject: Processors | February 2, 2009 - 11:59 AM |
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An interesting interview at LapTopMag.com, posted over at TGDaily, takes some quotes from NVIDIA's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang on how CPUs like Intel's Atom processor will affect the world of hardware and software industries.  He claims that a netbooks are only called netbooks by Intel marketing and in reality they are just under-powered PC, and also that a large install base of netbook PCs will eventually cause problems for the PC world when users actually try to use them with newer software.

Source: TG Daily

Intel Cancels Havendale CPU/GPU to wait for 32nm

Subject: Processors | February 2, 2009 - 11:51 AM |
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According to this report, Intel has decided to pull the plug on the 45nm CPU/GPU combos that were due out in 2009 known as Auburndale and Havendale.  These were going to be two-chip parts: one that included a dual-core HyperThreaded CPU the other chip a GPU. 

Now instead Intel is going to wait for the 32nm process and move Arandale up 6 months or so into early 2010.

Source: General

Richard Skrenta and Elk Cloner, an anniversary we could do without

Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2009 - 04:31 PM |
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Usually when you are looking for recommendations on security software like anti-virus, you ask those in the know to tell you their favourites.  You can also gain a lot by asking them which are the worst anti-virus programs, to build a list of software to avoid, just like in this thread27 years after the inception, the problem just keeps going like some sort of infected Energizer Bunny.

RAID 0 inside

Subject: Storage | January 30, 2009 - 02:38 PM |
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The OCZ Apex SSD is an odd beast, build on Jmicron MLC flash technology one might expect it to have the slower performance typical of MLC drives, but OCZ is positioning it to take on the mighty Intel X25-M 80GB SSD which uses faster SLC flash for storage.  The key is the use of a pair of flash memory controllers and an onboard RAID chip, to help bring the bandwidth up.  If you want to see how well OCZ managed, read Ryan's full review.

Lucid Hydra chip finds use in Japan for HPC, Medical

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 30, 2009 - 02:18 PM |
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It may seem like many moons ago since we first learned about the Lucid HYDRA product, but it looks as if there is a significant advancement for the technology courtesy of a Japanese computing company called ELSA.  ELSA is a system designer that targets high end graphics systems for HPC (high performance computing), broadcast and medical organizations.

Source: General

An inauspicious start to 2009

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 30, 2009 - 01:04 PM |
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The last Catalyst release, 8.12, offered huge improvements to all Radeon owners excepting those with multiple HD4850s.  The hotfix for the 8.12 even cheered those unfortunates up, as it fixed the degradation they were seeing.  Just yesterday we saw the release of the first driver for this year, Catalyst 9.1, which adds support for OpenGL, but not much in the way of other features.  X-bit Labs compares the 8.12 driver, both with and without the hotfix, against the new 9.1 driver.  T

Source: X-Bit Labs

Keeping a low profile

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 30, 2009 - 12:34 PM |
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The Thermaltake MeOrb is perfect for those with space issues, either due to a small HTPC case, or simply a motherboard whose layout leaves little space around the CPU socket for a king sized heatsink.  At only 106.8mm x 94.6mm x 47mm and a measly 258g
this cooler is dwarfed by the reset of Thermaltake's heatsink lineup, but it should not be underestimated.  In the tests Legion Hardware ran, the MeOrb managed to beat a stock Intel cooler in heat and in noise.

Intel seems to be getting bored

Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2009 - 11:40 AM |
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AMD hasn't been holding up their end of the fight recently, and as they can't manage to pick up nVIDIA, Intel has decided to take on any comers.  The recent battleground has been to make the smallest possible system, a special niche that was the exclusive territory of VIA.  That hasn't stopped Intel's Atom smashing into the market and making the netbook popular.  Now they are setting their sights on Microsoft and the Linux community by developing Moblin, their own mobile OS. 

Source: The Inquirer

Why is my RAM detecting cereal?

Subject: Memory | January 29, 2009 - 04:13 PM |
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Has playing with BIOS options got you scratching your head as to why manually setting your RAM's speed and timings causes eternal reboots, but setting the options to something called SPD fixes your posting problems?  Icrontic would love to shed some light on your confusion, by explain just what Serial Presence Detect is, why the JEDEC is very important to tweakers and just why CPU-Z doesn't seem to report your RAM going the speed you though it should.

Source: Icrontic

A new year, a new Catalyst

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 29, 2009 - 02:24 PM |
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Highlights of the Linux ATI Catalyst 9.1 release include:

Full OpenGL 3.0 support

This release of ATI Catalyst provides full OpenGL 3.0 extension support. The following is a list of OpenGL 3.0 extensions added in Catalyst 9.1:

Source: AMD

Finding a use for the Zune

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 29, 2009 - 01:35 PM |
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The Zune has picked up a pretty bad rep with almost no effort, perhaps as a result of that unique brown colour choice, perhaps not.  However you look at it, most people have assumed it is inferior to the iPod without ever trying it.  That is not to say that the Zune is able to compete with Apple's players, but for the sake of argument Ars Technica decided to try it out.  The killer app behind the iPod is iTunes, as the Zune Marketplace is for Microsoft's Zune. 

Source: Ars Technica

The thrill is gone

Subject: Motherboards | January 29, 2009 - 12:43 PM |
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Motherboard makers are in for a bit of a tough year, thanks to Intel and AMD moving the memory controller on die, and taking away the most individualistic
component of most chipsets.  The plethora of models that most companies offered previously had varied controllers, or paths to the controllers; now it is solid state capacitors, 8-phase power and intricate cooling over the motherboard components that differentiate the various models.  A perfect example is the

Source: Overclock3D

Losing a little polish

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2009 - 12:23 PM |
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That popular new kid on the browser block, Google Chrome, has had a little of it's shine knocked off thanks to a clickjacking vulnerability recently discovered.  Following the link [H]ard|OCP will bring you to the Bugtraq page and a proof of concept for the vulnerability.  Unfortunately, the link does not lead to a solution or workaround, Google is still working on that.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Power supply pr0n

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 28, 2009 - 04:55 PM |
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The best way to judge a power supply before you plug it in is to tear it apart and look at all the naked components, exactly what was done by Hardware Secrets in the first part of their