Gee, Brain. What are we going to do tonight?

Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2009 - 11:48 AM |

Feeling confident after the huge success of slipping nVIDIA graphics into Apple's mobility line, Jen-Hsun Huang is now setting his sights even more firmly on Intel.  In an interview reported on by The Inquirer, he claims that nVIDIA will soon be an equal partner with Intel.  The reasons include the longer running time of a Macbook Air with a GPU, the ARM-based Tegra processor which may make up half of nVIDIA's sales in the relatively near future and of course OpenCL.  He does

Source: The Inquirer

EVGA the undisputed leader in water cooling?

Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2009 - 03:51 PM |

Those with long memories might find EVGA's recent claim to be the undisputed leader in watercooling solutions when they describe the GTX 295 Hydro Copper.

BFG feels that their claim might be a little bit off, as they point out that they've been making watercooled cards since the 6800 Ultra.  You can read [H]ard|OCP's review of that card from July 27th, 2004 here.

Zune HD uses NVIDIA Tegra processor - confirmed

Subject: Mobile | June 16, 2009 - 03:04 PM |

There is a lot of news circulating today about some rumors of the new Zune HD using the NVIDIA Tegra processor.  Several websites have been following the rumor, that

Not for the faint of heart

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 16, 2009 - 02:55 PM |

Before you dive into Benchmark Reviews latest thermal interface material roundup, you must realize that there are 80 different TIMs being tested.  They run from popular cooling companies to tubes bundled with heatsinks to TIMs lifted from other applications; no Cheez Whiz though.  To make the roundup a little easier to deal with, they've graded the results, running from 'D' which is poor for enthusiast applications to 'A' which is the best that you can get.&nb

Superpipe to the rescue

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 16, 2009 - 02:30 PM |

Although the name might lead you to believe differently, the

Source: Bjorn3D

The LEDs on the side make it go faster

Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2009 - 12:16 PM |

If you want to make sure that your mouse can keep up with you, as well as have a unique look then the Roccat Kone might be what you are seeking.  It is a 3200 DPI gaming mouse, with adjustable weights, 10 buttons and a 4 way scroll wheel; it does also sport lights all along it's edges and logo.  It also has a little extra trick in its driver, called Tracking Calibration Utility, which proved useful on less than perfect surfaces though had no effect on performance when using a mat. 

Source: Overclock3D

High-k, but low in power

Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2009 - 12:01 PM |

Global Foundries has been showing off some nice wafers at the Symposium on VLSI Technology, displaying just how low they can go.  Their work on high-k metal gate transistors seems to have paid off as they showed of some seriously tiny tech.  The sizes they've reached have been seen before, Global Foundries trick is to overcome the leakage problem to keep these chips power requirements low.  Drop by The Inquirer for a look.

Source: The Inquirer

ASUS Motherboards First to Enable Energy Star 5.0 Compliance

Subject: Motherboards | June 16, 2009 - 11:18 AM |

Taipei, Taiwan; June 15, 2009- ASUS, the leading manufacturer of innovative motherboards, today achieved another industry first by enabling PC system builders to meet Energy Star 5.0 compliance with its energy-efficient motherboards.

Industry's First Energy Star 5.0 Compliance through Innovations in Motherboard Efficiency
ASUS enables PC system builders to comply with Energy Star 5.0 standards with its leading motherboard designs. ASUS motherboards optimize savings from energy-efficient operations and contribute to global energy conservation. Initiated in 1992 by the U.S.

Source: ASUS

PCs can be cute too

Subject: Systems | June 15, 2009 - 05:20 PM |

Leave it to ASUS to create an Eee PC that beats the iMac for looks.  All you really see is the 15.6-Inch touchscreen LCD, the Atom N270, 1GB of DDR II and a 160GB
HDD are all nestled within the screen, invisible to the user.  The touchscreen is you main interface, though ASUS also includes a mouse and a cut down keyboard with the numpad inexplicably missing.  When you fire it up, you are greeted with a very odd sight, what looks like Linux is actually WinXP in 'EasyMode' sporting an Eee bar that bears a remarkable resemblance to a different OSes toolbar. 

Source: futurelooks

The high end of AM3 motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | June 15, 2009 - 03:01 PM |

The price of the ASUS M4A79 Deluxe might seem a little steep compared to some AM3 boards at around $180 when other boards sell for about 1/2 as much, which prompted to investigate.  The build is solid, with four PCI-Express x16 slots, 8+2 phase power and the bundled tools are nothing to sneer at either.&n

ATI Catalyst 9.6 is now available

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 15, 2009 - 02:38 PM |

Performance improvements

  • Company of Heores - performance gains of up to 25% for the ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series, and performance gains of up to 10% for the ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series.
  • Crysis Warhead - performance gains of up to 11% for ATI CrossFireX configurations.
  • Crysis - performance gains of up to 13% for ATI CrossFireX configurations.
Source: AMD

Masochistic mobility

Subject: Mobile | June 15, 2009 - 02:27 PM |

If Microsoft wants to rename netbooks as "low cost small notebook PCs", then someone should rename the huge 18" bricks like the ASUS N90S Multimedia Notebook
that was recently reviewed at I4U.  Something weighing over 10lbs and sporting an 1920 x 1080 18.4" LCD and a pair of 5400 rpm 500GB HDDs along with a Blu-ray drive and more really doesn't have mobility as it's primary purpose.  You could carry it around all day, along with a cooler to place it on when it is in use and a small diesel generator to power it, but you really are not likely to. 

Source: I4U News

Leaving some room for improvement

Subject: Storage | June 15, 2009 - 12:54 PM |

The review of the G.Skill Falcon at Hardware Canucks comes with an interesting fact that may help some SSD's reputations.  It seems very possible that any built using the Indilinx Big Foot Controller will come with jumpers, which means hardware flashing will be possible.  Considering that the Falcon supports the TRIM command right out of the box, this shows a plan for steady improvements to the co

So, about that part we recommended

Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2009 - 12:14 PM |

There are two very obvious facts that have been realized about the HD4770; it is an incredible value, and it is incredibly hard to find.  HEXUS has been doing some digging trying to find even a single card for sale, let alone the pair you need for CrossfireX which can really make this card shine and as it turns out they are sold out across Europe and North America.  It seems the problem lies with TSMC's volume of 40nm chips, which hasn't been able to keep up with unexpected demand.  We did hear that t

Source: Hexus

Intel plans updates to Core i7, Celeron and Atom lines for Q4

Subject: Processors | June 15, 2009 - 01:11 AM |

Reports are coming in from Digitimes that Intel has laid plans for its processor updates pending for Q4 of this year and they include changes not only to the low-power Atom lineup but Celeron and even Core i7 CPUs. 

Source: Digitimes

Digital TV, it's not just a suggestion anymore

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 12, 2009 - 06:57 PM |

Of the many joys that our PCs offer, from shotgun troubleshooting to BSODs claiming your IRQ is some sort of lesser being, there is one process guaranteed to put a chill down your spine ...

Intel planning a 6-core Nehalem part for desktops this fall

Subject: Processors | June 12, 2009 - 04:48 PM |

If this story turns out to be correct, it looks like AMD isn't the only one planning a 6-core processor for this fall.  According to Bit-tech's sources, Intel not only has plans to release a 6-core derivative of their Nehalem architecture (codenamed Westmere) in a few months but that it will be aimed at the desktop market and will work in existing LGA1366 X58 motherboards with a simple BIOS update.

Source: bit-tech

Gold plating with platinum highlights maybe?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 12, 2009 - 03:39 PM |

The Thermaltake Toughpower XT 850W
sits right at the bottom end of over the top systems requirements; powerful enough to handle multiple graphics cards and a large number of HDD without heading up into the 1kW range.  At a shade over $200 it does seem a little pricey compared to other PSUs in that wattage range.  [H]ard|OCP decided to see just why this PSU costs twice as much as the competition by hooking it up to their PSU to

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Sneak Peek: MSI P55-GD65 motherboard spotted

Subject: Motherboards | June 12, 2009 - 03:29 PM |

Earlier this week I received some interesting spy shots of an upcoming MSI P55 motherboard that was NOT on display anywhere at Computex last week.  The MSI P55-GD65 looks like it could be a very compelling option for users upgrading to a new Intel Lynnfield system this fall.

Not as one sided as you might think

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 12, 2009 - 02:51 PM |

At first glance, The Tech Report is being very unfair in testing air cooling versus water cooling as we all know that water is more efficient at moving heat around.  The custom built rigs with more than one radiator, wide tubing and powerful pumps tend to beat anything but LN cooling.  However there is a point to the exercise as those custom cooling designs will run you hundreds of dollars.  What if the tests were only done with self contained coolers costing less than $100?  Suddenly when you bring value into the equation, the playing field levels out a bit.