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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.
Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2009 - 05:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP believes firmly that there can never be too much power, hence their review of a system with a pair of GeForce GTX 295s set up in Quad SLI. The installation was a snap, they had none of the problems that plagued SLI set
up in previous generations, problems which slowed the adoption of multiple graphics cards. If you can manage to provide the $1000 and 290W to your graphics cards, you will be playing games at 2560x1600 with every option maxed out and still have no fra
Subject: Motherboards | February 18, 2009 - 03:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sapphire's new 780G board is built to offer gamers a relatively inexpensive way to set up a gaming rig. A Socket AM2+
board with Hybrid CrossFireX support and an AMD SB700, a built in ATI Radeon HD 3200, support for up to 16GB of dual channel DDR2-1066 and a single PCIe 2.0 x16 slot
give you a good opportunity to populate this board with some serious hardware. Bjorn3D was quite impressed with the boards overclocking abilities, they hit a stable 245MHz bus speed, and figured a little more tweaking might have them all the way to 250.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 18, 2009 - 02:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new 800g Xigmatek Thor's Hammer is a designed as a dual fan heatsink with black nickel plating and should run about $70 when it becomes available, plus the cost of fans as it ships without any. The heat pipes are in direct contact with the CPU, which will add to the effectiveness of cooling in theory. In testing, Tweaktown did find it to be a reasonably effective cooler, though performance will vary significantly depending on which fans you choose to attach to the cooler.
Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2009 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the last half of March, users of XP and Vista will be able to try out the new Internet Explorer, with exciting new features like a "monetization ecosystem". While it is hard to know exactly what is meant by that phrase, Tech ARP makes a likely guess, it will have something to do with advertisements. The other focus of the update is searches, it sounds as though the web portal will be resurrected
once again. There are also some unspecified privacy and security improvements; we will see how wel
Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2009 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NVIDIA responded to a court filing in which Intel alleged that the four-year-old chipset license agreement the companies signed does not extend to Intel's future generation CPUs with "integrated" memory controllers, such as Nehalem. The filing does not impact NVIDIA chipsets that are currently being shipped. Intel is trying to delay the inevitable value shift from the CPU to the GPU.
NVIDIA believes that our bus license with Intel clearly enables us to build chipsets for Intel CPUs with integrated memory controllers.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 17, 2009 - 03:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Unless you are an electrician, or plan on setting up in the laundry room, you are going to need some one to come in and redo your wiring if you want to play with the Ultra 1600 Watt PSU. It only has one 12V rail, breaking the tradition of many PSUs supplying multiple rails. There is a very good reason for that single rail, it can provide up to 1404W and 117A, which should power any amount of graphics cards you might want to put in your sys
Subject: Mobile | February 17, 2009 - 01:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The MSI GX630 is a notebook aimed at gamers that costs under $1000. It has 4GB DDR2-667, a 9600M GT and a 15.4" TFT that can handle 1280x800, the big price break comes from the processor, an Athlon X2 QL-62 @ 2.0GHz. By using AMD's product, the premium you pay for a C2D and compatible chipset never enters into the price. The testing done by The Tech Report bears out witness to
Subject: Storage | February 17, 2009 - 12:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Our new reviewer and podcast star, Allyn Malventano, has finished some exhaustive testing of solid state drives in a high workload scenario. He and Ryan have been seeing plummeting performance from some of the SSDs they have used, and the Intel X-25M in particular. It turns out that while the data on an SSD can be considered to be fragmented, the absolute worst thing to do is run a defragmenting program on your drive, it will make the problem worse. Read the full reivew not only to see what causes the performance degradation
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 17, 2009 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If there weren't enough choices for the lower end gamer who is looking to spend around $100 for a next generation GPU, if what VR-Zone heard is on the ball. The 4750 will have 1GB GDDR3 and cost you roughly $99, the 4770 will sport 512MB of GDDR5 memory and run around $120. While it is possible AMD is headed for king of the bottom of the market, but they certainly may be leaps and bounds beyond nVIDIA in HTPCs. These new cards are 40nm proccess a
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 16, 2009 - 06:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Sapphire HD 4670 has two things going for it that the stock model does not, it uses GDDR4 and a third party cooler. It sports DVI and VGA ports, as well as an HDMI connector as one of the chief uses of this card would be to power a 1080p HTPC. The extra power this card has compared to the base model does make it very viable for a gaming machine, just look at the benchmarks Modders-Inc saw in their review.
Subject: Processors | February 16, 2009 - 02:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are wondering just how far a new Phenom II can be pushed, Legit Reviews has a good idea. The 810 can be pushed from 2.6 GHz all the way to
4.95GHz, the 720 BE from 2.8GHz to 4.59Ghz, as long as you use the right cooling. Along with getting an idea of where these processors top out, two other important lessons were learned. The motherboards don't mind having ice form on them and the new Phenoms are quite happy running an operating temperature below -40 degrees.
Subject: Memory | February 16, 2009 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With Corsair's new Dominator GTs running at 2.0GHz, they are only 660MHz off of the default speed of a Core i7 720. Though the multipliers are completely different; it is something to see the speed of RAM approaching the same speeds as modern processors. These new Dominators will be be available only by ordering direct from Corsair, so hopefully these 2GHz @ 9-9-9-28 will have gone through even more rigorous
testing than retail DIMMs. HEXUS's testing would verify that, they hit 2,100MHz @ 7-8-7-26 on