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Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 24, 2009 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Unless you are from across the pond, this will probably be the first time you have heard of the company called XSPC. They have made a solid name for themselves in Europe and are now selling products, like the Delta V3 CPU waterblock, in North America. Bjorn3D tried this newcomer against Swiftech's longstanding champion, the Apogee GTZ. It would seem that XSPC deserves recognition from enthusiasts, though the company might want to consider adding some of the extras that it's competition provides here.
Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2009 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Owners of a Phenom 2 X3 processor with a motherboards that supports Advanced Clock configuration might want to check this little tip at Fudzilla. It has been confirmed by motherboard manufacturers according to VR-Zone; by using ACC to trick the processor, you can indeed 'unlock' that fourth core and turn your X3 into an X4, if it came from the 0
Subject: Storage | February 23, 2009 - 05:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are a digital packrat with several gigabytes worth of data that you absolutely have to drag around with you and currently use more than one flash drive to do it, or even worse, carry around a full size HDD, then check out the Patriot Xporter Magnum. At 64Gb you will probably only need one to hold your dearest data; if you need more than that you may want to consider slimming down a bit. With an average read speed of 33MB/s
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 23, 2009 - 03:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for a high powered and high quality PSU; consider the Cooler Master UCP 900W, which Lee just finished reviewing. While the lack of modular cabling may detract from the overall rating of the UCP 900W, it comes very close to deserving the ULTIMATE logo that it bears on it's side. The high quality capacitors should last quite a while and provide good noise supression at the same time, if not, the 5 year warrany shou
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 23, 2009 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Having plenty of time and multiple graphics cards on hand, AnandTech has assembled a long series of tests comparing systems with multiple GPUs. This article deals with pairing, there will be others dealing with triple and quad setups for those looking for even more power. The key to using multiple graphics cards is how much better the performance gets when the second card is added. Buying a full price second card that nets you an increase of 15% might get you bragging rights on the 3DMark website, but as an investment it really isn't that sound.
Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2009 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is not too often that a release catches review sites by surprise, in the nature of good publicity
resellers and manufacturers try to give the reviewers enough time to thoroughly test the new hardware so that the review is ready to go when the NDA expires. The reviewers get to see the new kit early, but the trade is that they have to get all their testing done in a limited amount of time. Sometimes, kit arrives late, Murphy shows up, an NDA gets moved (or any of a number of other reasons) and the reviews come out scattered over a few days as opposed to all appearing within hour
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 23, 2009 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thermaltake, the leader in PC DIY market, has expended its illustrious trendsetting characteristic and industrial design expertise in the gaming and enthusiast market into the rapid growing luxury consumer market with the creation of LUXA2 (lu - sa - tu) division.
LUXA2, a Division of Thermaltake, was created in 2009, with characteristics of simplicity, luxury, and unique lifestyle.
Subject: Editorial | February 22, 2009 - 12:18 AM | Ryan Shrout
If you aren't tuning into TWiT Live on Thursdays at 6pm ET to watch me and Leo Laporte talk about PC hardware, you are missing out. I have uploaded our latest episode to my Viddler account for easy viewing here on the site.
Note: as you get into the episode there is a slight video/audio sync issue that pops up. Just a heads up!
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2009 - 06:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of our members has turned his hobby of collecting older electronic equipment and is finding about 10% of the motherboards that he tested before sending them off arrive dead. Do you have any ideas as to what might be killing the motherboards, or maybe you feel it's more likely user error?
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 20, 2009 - 02:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Whether you think Steampunk is the greatest thing since wrap around mirror shades or just a bunch of hot air that will be gone soon, this case mod will grab your attention.
SteamPunk Frankenstein stands 8' tall, has more brass fittings and pipes than any spider ever ridden in the wild west and even sports LEDs for a classic green glow. Check it out through MAKE:Blog.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 20, 2009 - 02:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Highlights of the ATI Catalyst 9.2 Windows release include:
- Crysis DX10 - performance gains of up to 20%
- Crysis Warhead DX10 - performance gains of up to 20%
- World in Conflict DX10 - performance gains of up to 5%
- Fear 2 CrossFireX support - Fear 2 now includes Multi-GPU performance enhancements
Subject: Systems | February 20, 2009 - 02:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Glacialtech seems well at home designing HTPC cases, as you can see from the Altair A381 Media Center PC Case. It looks very much like a stereo receiver and will be at home sitting with any kind of stereo system. The included remote control is a nice touch as is the LCD display. Techware Labs feels that this is the best HTPC case they have run into as of yet.
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2009 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Motherboards today sport onboard sound that rivals most current add in sound cards. They support HD audio, either 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound and usually a host of optical, SPDIF, component and other input and output choices. The higher end audio cards feature components usually only found previously in studio grade equipment. ExtremeTech feels that the audio quality possibilities beg an important question; why do speakers intended for PCs have to suck so much?
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2009 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Good things come in packs of 24, and AMD's Istanbul can be included among that group. The Tech Report has pictures of a four socket system with four 6-core Istanbul processors, for a rather impressive task manager. Perhaps even more impressive is that with specific Socket F motherboards, a BIOS flash is all it will take to allow you to drop one of these new Istabul chips in for a hefty upgrade. Follow the link to see just how hefty.
Subject: Systems | February 19, 2009 - 04:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Even grouping any ATX/BTX types, you are still left with full sized desktops, laptops, notebooks, netbooks and now we have nettops. You could point out a strange little beast called the iMac, but as far as ASUS is concered their Eee Top ET1602 is the first nettop available. The most noticeable
feature, and really the only part to the nettop is the 5.6in touchscreen LCD with a 1,366x768 resolution which also happens to house the entire system. An Intel Atom N270 + 945 GSE and 1GB of DDR2 provide the processing power, which may be why HEXUS feels a little sceptical about the
Subject: Memory | February 19, 2009 - 03:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new Corsair 1866C8 TEC is a 3GB memory kit that ships with a TEC and compatible waterblock system, up to and including an external box with controllers. Nordic Reviews tries three different timings in their quest to get these DIMMs to go as fast as they can, and even without relaxing the timings you can see a fairly nice increase in speed when overclocking. Perhaps the biggest dissapointment is these DIMM's ability to overclock without the peltier, the maximum speed they saw using the TEC was onl
Subject: Processors | February 19, 2009 - 01:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One month after finishing their AM2+ review, The Tech Report has now published their full review of the AM3 models that AMD has recently released. With 8 pages of benchmarks comparing over 20 processors, you really get a feel for how AMDs new chips perform as well as a look at how software is evolving to cope with multiple cores and multiple threads. They also cover overclocking procedures on these new chips, like bumping up the HyperTransport speed and hit a fairly respectable number, which you can see towards th
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 19, 2009 - 12:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Most arguments that fans of Intel face come from AMD fanatics and deal with microprocessors. There is one area in which all seem very quiet; which is chipsets. Over the past decade we have seen the decline and disappearance of motherboards built on chipsets from ALI and SiS and the extinction of the KT series from VIA which was a popular choice for enthusiasts at one time. AMD only supports AMD, and while the 780 series is powerful, it pales in comparison to the features on the high end 700i series and X58s.