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Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2008 - 05:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Among with the other problems that Windows XP SP3 caused, HD audio support was reported as missing thanks to the exclusion of the UUA in SP3. The good news is that those problems only existed in the Release Candidate, the Final has no such problem. Along with that tidbit, TechARP also offers a bit of advice that anyone who is running XP should heed, "install SP3 only if you have a fresh Windows XP SP2 installation."
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 23, 2008 - 04:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS Lion Square takes a bit of style and pairs it with above average performance to offer a fairly good choice for cooling quad cores. Legit Reviews has some nice pictures of this cooler and the decoration that ASUS included on it, as well as a look at it's performance. Make sure you have a case that can properly display this cooler, otherwise you might be be
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2008 - 03:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It almost seems that graphics card companies are out to bite the hand that feeds them. Without hardware reviewers, their sales would look fairly different, and they would not have the chance to sell as many different models as they currently do. That didn't stop AMD from crash launching the HD 4850 and it certainly didn't stop nVIDIA from springing the 9800 GTX+ which lead to a very long Wednesday for hardware reviewers trying to get at least something up for their readers.
Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2008 - 10:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are plenty of threads in the forums on what pieces of kit should go into a new system, and the hows and whys of whatzit A being better that thingamajig Q, but advice on
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 20, 2008 - 08:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It has been a bit of a wait for the VelociRaptor from Western Digital, but it is now out there and ready for you to purchase it. The new firmware doesn't offer improvements across the board, but it certainly helped in a few of the tests that The Tech Report performed. Drop by for a look at the fastest platter around.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 20, 2008 - 05:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The In-Win 1200W Commander follows the current trend in PSUs, and is more decorative than the grey rectangle that used to be the only flavour of PSU around. Most companies choose a race car theme or something similar, In-Win went more for a more military theme. Unfortunately, Tweaknews discovered that the decoration was what In-Win spent most of their time on.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 20, 2008 - 04:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legit Reviews has had the time, and not just a bit of luck, getting the 9800 GTX+ running and compared to the HD 4850. The 4850's MSRP of $199 makes it a bit cheaper than the $229 the GTX+ is expected to sell at, but the performance gap is a little wider than that. Take a look at the full review to see the difference.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 20, 2008 - 04:16 PM | Ryan Shrout
Looks like AMD wasn't kidding about that immediate availability thing with the Radeon HD 4850 512MB cards. Newegg has a slew in stock.
Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2008 - 03:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD has been very quiet about their GPU SDKs, but don't assume that they do not have one. Close-to-Metal, their first offering was available before nVIDIA's CUDA and they have since added a second SDK called Brook+ which has an interface similar to C. The Tech Report had a chance to talk about these two developers kits, and AMDs future plans for Stream computing and physics, along with the other uses these kits can be applied to.
Subject: Processors | June 19, 2008 - 10:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCIA starts out their K10 overclocking guide with a very important warning; even those with a lot of experience OCing previous generations of AMD processors are going to encounter a bit of a learning curve when they first start to play with a Phenom. Don't let that stop you though, the guide has almost every tips you could possibly need to get you up to that higher speed.
Subject: Motherboards | June 19, 2008 - 07:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASRock K10N750SLI-WiFi nForce 750a Motherboard manages to do a lot for not very much money. As far as setting up an inexpensive Phenom system goes it is hard to beat. With power saving features, a powerful northbridge cooler and even a ASRock OC Tuner. Drop by Think Computers for a closer look.
Subject: Mobile | June 19, 2008 - 06:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer had a chance to see three new Qosmio laptops, all using Toshiba's proprietary Synergistic Processor Elements, as opposed to a processor from VIA, Intel or AMD. Drop by for a look at the hardware inside them, but we will have to wait a while before we can see the performance numbers
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2008 - 05:26 PM | Ryan Shrout
We've been getting some feedback from readers about our GeForce 9800 GTX+ news and revelation that it is indeed a 55nm part - not simply an overclocked version of G92. Here are some various forms of proof:
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ card unmasked
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2008 - 04:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: parade, amd, nvidia
AMD screwed up; the HD 4850 went on sale in Europe before it should have, so everyone now knows what it is. They had no choice but to inflict a sleepless night on hardware reviewers, who had their NDA suddenly yanked out from under them. nVIDIA decided that they just had to try to piss on AMD's parade by moving up the release of the die shrunken 9800 GTX+. Guess what nVIDIA? No one has had time to review it, not even Ryan ... though he did get some information up.
Get the message about knee jerk release date changes yet?
"The AMD Radeon HD 4850 512MB card is a good performing card that is able to match both the GeForce 8800 GT and the 9800 GTX card in our initial preview of just a couple of major gaming titles. NVIDIA has some more tricks up their sleeve though with a little part called the GeForce 9800 GTX+ meant solely to rain on AMD's launch day parade. Whether or not that will pan out has yet to be seen."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- AMD Radeon HD 4850 @ Guru of 3D
- ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB Video Card Preview @ Legit Reviews
- Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 In Crossfire @ Tweaktown
- Radeon HD 4850 In Crossfire at 4GHz @ Tweaktown
- ATI Radeon HD 4850 exposed: we take a first look @ HEXUS
- ATI Radeon HD 4850 vs. Nvidia GeForce 9800 GTX
- EVGA GeForce GTX 280 1GB FTW Edition @ motherboards.org
- Asus GTX260 and GTX280 Videocard Preview @ Rbmods
- NVIDIA GTX 280 & GTX 260 Technology Report @ TechARP
- XFX GTX 280 Video Card @ I4U
- Beyond Gaming - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 1GB GDDR3 @ Hardware Zone
- NVIDIA GeForce 280 GTX in Tri SLI Tested @ Tweaktown
- GTX 280 ForceWare 177.35 Performance @ Tweaktown
- GeForce GTX 280 Dual and Triple SLI @ Guru of 3D
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 Pipeline Update @ AnandTech
- BFG GeForce GTX 280 OC edition @ Guru of 3D
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2008 - 07:49 AM | Ryan Shrout
Sure, you've already heard the news (and probably seen reviews) of AMD's Radeon HD 4850 and 4870 card - we'll have our own review ready very soon. NVIDIA apparently got the news as well and decide to try and put some additional pressure on AMD to perform.
The answer: GeForce 9800 GTX+.
What the hell?
Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2008 - 09:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Speed Link Styx
may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think gaming mice, but that may just mean you are North American. On the other side of the pond Speed Link have made a name for themselves; with the Styx's 7 programmable buttons that can be programmed to fire up to 4 times on a single click plus on the fly DPI changing up to 2200, they are fit to compete with Razer and others. Take a peek over at Hi-Tech Reviews.
Subject: Memory | June 18, 2008 - 06:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Super Talent's new DDR2 Project X DIMMs showed themselves to be pretty powerful, and now Hardware Logic has had a chance to test the DDR3 version. The 2Gb DDR3-2000 modules run 9-9-9-28 at 2T and hit 5-5-5-12-1T at 1333MHz with a bit of tweaking. At $250 they are an investment, but if you want that kind of speed you need to pay for it somehow
Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2008 - 04:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Then Metal Gear Solid 4 is probably for you; if you never liked it, or never played it, probably not. The review at Ars Technica does contain a few spoilers, as it was hard for them to discuss how bad they felt the ending played out without mentioning why it was bad. Still, they did find plenty to like about it, including the well done mulitplayer game.
Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2008 - 04:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Spam, phishing and malware are certainly inconvenient, but they are nothing compared to the evil of attacking one's caffeine source. According to the story on Slashdot, some nefarious poltroon has figured out how to compromise a particular brand of coffee makers via it's internet connection, assumedly java enabled, and from there onto the PC that is connected to. Don't worry about why a coffee maker should have an IP address, worry about the possibility of over-caffeinated morning people and IT workers d