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Subject: Graphics Cards | March 13, 2009 - 12:50 AM | Ryan Shrout
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."
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 12, 2009 - 02:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Storage | March 12, 2009 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2009 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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 ...
Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2009 - 11:03 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 11, 2009 - 06:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2009 - 03:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2009 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2009 - 11:18 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 10, 2009 - 03:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2009 - 01:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Getting Linux to run on just about any platform around is no longer a challenge, the true fanatics are still trying to get that dead badger booting, but laptops are no longer interesting. It is so common place that you can go to System76 and pick up a notebook pre-configured with Linux; currently Ubuntu 8.10 (x86_64) with the Linux 2.6.27 kernel, GNOME 2.24.1, X Server 1.5.2, GCC 4.3.2, and a proprietary NVIDIA driver. The Serval Professional notebook that landed in Phoronix's lap was a 15.4" WSXGA+ display, with a C2D P8600 @ 2.40GHz, ICH9M, 4GB of DDR3 1066, a 32GB Intel X25-E Ex
Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2009 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Don't ask why Enermax is now making keyboards, nor why they would make a laptop style model, with keys only a few millimetres tall, before you head to The Tech Report and see how well designed it is. If you like a lot of extra buttons on your keyboard you may be disappointed, if you prefer a minimum of buttons and are happy with a pair of audio plugs and a pair of USB 2.0 plugs then you might just love the
Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2009 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The short and sweet outcome to Ars Technica's experiment is that you should stick with 32-bit if you plan on installing the Windows 7 Beta to your MacBook. The 64-bit version will leave you with little to no driver support and a very crash happy Mac. The 32-bit version will be up and running with only a minimum of extra work and Ars ended with a Windows Experience Score of 4.4, to give you an idea how well it finally ran.
Subject: Memory | March 9, 2009 - 03:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Kingston's HyperX T1 Series DDR3-2000 3GB has fairly tight timings for it's speed and sports those distinctive blue heatspreaders that define Kingston's high speed RAM. The DIMM's can be yours for under $200, so if triple channel memory sounds very attractive, but you don't happen to have a 64bit OS, this might be an easy way for you to experience the benefits. If you still aren't sure it is
Subject: Storage | March 9, 2009 - 01:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MADSHRIMPS caught some pictures of the new OCZ Z-Drive, made of four 250GB SSD drives in RAID-0 with onboard RAM for cache. What is special is that you can see some benchmark figures from the display. In HDTune you can see the benefits of the PCIe interface as read and right speeds increase in tandem with file size. In Sandra, you can see it matched with the Gigabyte iRAM drive and while the response time is the same, the throughput is very different. Check out their pretty pictures right here<
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 9, 2009 - 12:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sitting somewhere between $300 and $350, the GTX 285 isn't a mid-range card, but it is not quite at the power level that the GTX 295 and HD4870 X2 are. At Legit Reviews there are two different models of 285 up for review, PNY's GeForce GTX 285 is a stock card with 648MHz core, 1476MHz shader, and 2484MHz memory.
Subject: General Tech | March 9, 2009 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Josh spent his weekend pondering what we know about the upcoming RV790 architecture that will take the Radeon series into it's next iteration. The big question is whether it shall be simply a speed optimized RV770 chip, or if it will truly be a change from it's predecessor like the RV770 is a huge improvement from the R600 even though it is very similarly constructed. Read his full article for a look at AMD/ATI's past and it's possible contributions in the near future.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 9, 2009 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL - (March 9, 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 285 H2O graphics card with ThermoIntelligence Water Cooling Solution.
The BFG NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 H2O 1GB graphics card features a totally silent, exceptionally efficient BFG ThermoIntelligence copper water block.