Cooler Master announces 1st ever 80 Plus Silver Certified high wattage power supply

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 26, 2008 - 11:19 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan - May 27th, 2008 - Cooler Master proudly announces the world's first-ever 80 Plus Silver Certified high wattage power supply, the highest rated 80 Plus power supply to-date by achieving an 88% efficiency; with the introduction of UCP 900W (Ultimate Circuit Protection).

Cooler Master has long built a strong reputation based on industry-leading designs in coolers and computer cases, while its power supplies have often been over-shadowed.

NVIDIA Acquires RayScale Software - Bringing Ray Tracing to the GPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 24, 2008 - 01:28 PM |
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Sitting here at an NVIDIA meeting in San Jose, word just got passed to the world that NVIDIA will be announcing the acquisition of a ray tracing software company called RayScale

Raiders of the lost forum

Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2008 - 06:43 PM |
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If you want to talk tech, at least as how it pertains to some sort of gaming standard, drop by this thread talking about the AMD GAME!

A quick primer on resolution

Subject: Displays | May 23, 2008 - 03:31 PM |
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Shopping for a new monitor, and are getting frustrated by the enormous amount of choice you have in native resolutions?  Trying to figure out if scrimping enough for a 24" monitor is worth it, or if you are fine with a 22" display?  Drop by Techware Labs for an overview of the current standard resolutions, and how they compare to HDTV resolutions and other handy tips.

Metallic copper, as opposed to the other kind

Subject: Systems | May 23, 2008 - 01:20 PM |
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The Acer Aspire Predator Gaming PC is orange, whether they would prefer it be called metallic copper or not, it is as orange as a recent release from Valve.  bit-tech did look beyond the finish on the case, to the interior of Acer's PC which features a self contained watercooling setup, SLI'd cards and more.  If you are looking for an impressive system, both on the outside and the inside, drop by for a look.

Source: bit-tech

Intel's gone green with their mainstream

Subject: Motherboards | May 23, 2008 - 11:50 AM |
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The new P45 Express chipset, at least the ASUS P5Q and P5Q3 Deluxe, monitor the reductions in you CO2 emissions when you enable their Energy Processing Unit.   Now, as a benchmark, that may not catch on for most hardware sites, nor do I know of a single user that has bragged about lowering their PCs carbon footprint, but there must be some out there, somewhere.  That is not the high point of The Tech Reports review; Intel and ASUS have both included much more interesting features on their new mid-range platform. 

Montevina gets a little more expensive

Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2008 - 11:34 AM |
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According to DigiTimes, Intel is going to include solid state drives in it's next Centrino platform, giving users a chance to use the new technology without having to install it in a notebook themselves.  It will mean lighter laptops, with longer battery life and may even increase the speed at which the new Centrinos will operate.  Even more interesting is the 1.8" drive that they are planning to introduce; it will be interesting to see if the new drive size catches on.

Source: Digitimes

Folding@Home NVIDIA GPU Client Confirmed

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 22, 2008 - 06:00 PM |
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New VIA EPIA M700 Mini-ITX Enables

Subject: Systems | May 22, 2008 - 05:51 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, May 22 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA M700 Mini-ITX board, the first to feature the VIA VX800 chipset, for sophisticated digital signage and retail display systems.

 

Now that's cool

Subject: Processors | May 22, 2008 - 05:23 PM |
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With a E8500 and a Custom 2stage Cascade (-100 C!) cooler, MADSHRIMPS set out to see just how far they could push the speed.  As it turns out, while they did get a big bump in speed, exotic cooling isn't really necessary for this processor, air-cooling can get you almost to 5GHz.  You can pick up some good tips on a motherboard to pair it with if you are going to try.

Source: Madshrimps

Who is the culprit here?

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 22, 2008 - 03:05 PM |
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t-break stuck three 9800GTXs in two different systems, an Intel system with a QX9770 CPU on an ASUS Striker II Extreme with OCZ DDR3-1600MHz memory, and a Phenom system with an X4 9850 on an MSI 780 chipset based board with Corsair DDR2-1066MHz memory.  Although both systems use nVIDIA chipsets, the AMD processor is clocked 800MHz slower and the RAM is slower as well.  Read on to see just how much that will affect your gaming.

Source: t-break

You have got to be kidding!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 22, 2008 - 02:22 PM |
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Sigma has a new case, which for some reason they decided to call the Unicorn.  The case itself has a some good design ideas in it, and OCC has no trouble recommending it
based on it's qualities
.  If you do pick it up, you will have a case that has Unicorn printed on the front panel, so be warned. 

SSD is here to stay

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 22, 2008 - 12:10 PM |
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As was mentioned in the recent PC Perspective Podcast, Ryan recently finished a review of an OCZ SSD drive, which offers great performance and a huge price tag.  BCC Hardware has also finished looking at one of these drives, the Crucial 32GB 2.5in Solid State Drive.  It is half the size of the OCZ model, and only a little cheaper, but the performance is top notch.  Even the review

Source: BCCHardware

Hardware torture

Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2008 - 11:58 AM |
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Watching hardware in distress is always great fun; when it's someone else's. 
Feed your voyeuristic tendencies with this live stream at VIA Arena, where you can see a VIA EPIA board running full out, while naked.  That's right, the poor thing has had it's heatsink stripped off, and it is still running.  Not only is there a live stream of the system, there is a contest to guess when it will die, and VIA Arena has vowed that it will die.

Source: VIA Arena

The joose that's loose in tha [H]oose

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 21, 2008 - 05:48 PM |
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Super Talents new PSU, the Atomic Juice PS-700 just asks for a bit of ridicule with a name like that, especially as it is the first PSU from Super Talent.  As you might expect from a first time PSU, there are some kinks to be worked out, in this unit's case it is a power load about 75% of maximum.  In [H]ard|OCP's testing, the PSU did fine as long as the load stayed at 75% or less, once they upped the power in the torture test, there were some instabilities that appeared.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Catalyst 8.5 is now available

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 21, 2008 - 03:52 PM |
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Performance improvements

Source: AMD

Not your usual Alienware

Subject: Systems | May 21, 2008 - 02:00 PM |
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It may seem a little strange for Alienware to produce a system that uses a Radeon HD 2400XT for it's graphics, and has no hope of playing any of the new titles, but that is exactly what the Hangar18 HD

Entertainment Center has.  The name really gives it away, Alienware has jumped into the HTPC market and they have done it with all the class you would expect from them.  Drop by Think Computers for a look.

It's the story of two men, and their love ...

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2008 - 12:13 PM |
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... for gaming.  But trouble is a brewing, as one likes PnP and tabletop gaming while the other prefers Poke-cards, and has no idea where WarCraft came from.  Or maybe it's really the struggle of coming to terms with Deep Crows and Fruitfu ... err the gaming store guy. 

Source: Shacknews

HA HA!

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2008 - 11:56 AM |
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He may be proud to have a card certifying him as one of the only sane lawyers in the state of Florida, but I don't think Jack Thompson is too proud of the 27 counts of misconduct that he was just found guilty of.  [H]ard|OCP has the link to more info on this feel good story for every gamer out there.

Any bets that he will claim to have been affected by his work on violent video games and that they were to blame for his misconduct?

Source: [H]ard|OCP