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Subject: Storage | November 25, 2008 - 05:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's new CPUs may give the Core i7 a run for their money in certain applications, but Intel has a new undisputed top rank when it comes to storage. We have heard a lot of good things about their new SLC SSD HDD, the X25-E Extreme and it would seem that if anything, the speed has been underestimated. While it may only hold 32GB, it uses almost no power and is a class of it's own when it comes to speed for reading or for writing. Head to The Tech Report and prepare to be amazed.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 25, 2008 - 05:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL - (November 25, 2008) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies, and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG LS Series and MX Series modular power supplies.
The BFG LS and MX Series offer performance class features and benefits as well as typical efficiency of up to 85%, so more power is converted to DC than many other power supplies on the market.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 25, 2008 - 02:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, Calif. November 25, 2008) - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra high performance and high reliability memory and components, today revealed the first power supply models under the Fatal1ty series, offering gamers stable and efficient power for their mainstream or high-end rigs.
Subject: Memory | November 25, 2008 - 01:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you still aren't convinced that triple channel DDR3 is the solution to all your problems, this TweakTown review might not make up your mind completely, but it should help. In their synthetic testing, adding that third channel had the same results as a dual channel setup going from 1066MHz to 1600MHz. On the other hand, when they tested Crysis, the difference in performance is hard to spot on a graph and is most likely unnoticeable while playing.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 25, 2008 - 12:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Xilence Xilent Blade Pro won't find a home in the overclocker's case, but modders and HTPC users will love the low profile, quiet performance and red and black colour scheme. Think Computers' testing showed it to be an average performer, sitting in the middle of the pack during full load and maybe a tad warm at idle. It's adaptor also ensures it can find a home in both Intel and AMD systems, assuming you can find it for sale.
Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2008 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As you may have heard Ryan talk about his experiments with Powerline ethernet on our Podcast, or maybe you watched him on Leo Laporte's TWIT show, but finally we have a full review posted of his results. Installation is about as easy as plugging in a toaster, though there are some benfits to knowing the electrical wiring of your house. If the nodes are on the same circuit, you can expect 62 Mbps or so, just under 8 MB/s. If you go onto another circuit, you still get connectivity, it is simply
Subject: Motherboards | November 25, 2008 - 11:34 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA (Nov 24, 2008) - For the customer and system builder seeking peace of mind with their motherboard investment, ASUS, the industry-leading motherboard manufacturer today announces the ASUS Premium Service (APS) program for their enthusiast-class motherboards.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 24, 2008 - 05:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sapphire are the only company offering the HD4850 X2, the little brother of the 4870 X2. With only the one supplier, these cards can be hard to spot, but from Ryan's testing, you can see this card pushes past the GTX 280 in the majority of tests. It also has a very unique back plate featuring four DVI outputs as well as an S-Video, giving you serious support for multi-monitor set ups. Read his full review at the top of
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 24, 2008 - 03:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SilverStone has two different PSUs that can produce 1000W, the Decathlon DA1000 and Olympia OP1000-E. The Olympia OP1000 is probably the smallest 1000W PSU available and doesn't sacrifice too much to get there. It might not be as good as previous Olympia models that [H]ard|OCP has tested in the past, though it can still happily pass their torture tests, as can the Decathlon. See them both here.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 24, 2008 - 02:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Up for review today at The Tech Report are a pair of X58 boards, the Gigabyte EX58-UD5 and MSI's X58 Eclipse. Gigabyte's offering is the less expensive of the two, but will still cost you almost $300, the MSI closer to $350. With the X58 chipset, most manufacturers are going all out to stick as many features and extras on their boards and these two are no exception.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 24, 2008 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The PCI Express bus type for graphics cards is
the standard going forward for all systems and motherboards. In fact,
AGP is no longer being supported.
you were to upgrade your system or motherboard now or in the future,
you would need a PCI Express graphics card to support that new system,
which would improve your overall performance in 3D games and video
Subject: Displays | November 24, 2008 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Samsung's new Touch of Colour series of LCD displays received a mixed review from X-bit Labs. Even though these monitors are all part of the same series, the differences between the models are quite extreme. The 19" and 22" models received top marks, with X-Bit Labs describing them as leaders in their classes. On the other hand, the 20" and 26" suffered various problems, including the need for a lot of work to be done on the colours to get proper reproduction.
Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2008 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel is starting to produce 34nm MLC NAND storage with the help of Micron, well ahead of schedule. They're so far ahead that it looks like about half of their production will be on the 34nm process by the end of the year. Expect to see higher capacity SSDs arriving thanks to this, as well as increased storage in cameras and MP3 players. More at The Inquirer.
Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2008 - 05:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Buying music online is a great way to experience new bands and to keep up with your favourties, but you must be careful of the presence of DRM. If you want to keep the music forever, you have to be aware of how your license works and if there is a chance that sometime down the line the licensing server might be turned off, taking your license to listen to the music with it. Well, that's not a problem for these fellows in the general forum, there is a way to pick up DRM music cheaply and reliably.&nb
Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2008 - 04:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Shopping for an MP3 player that isn't an iPod? Then drop by Digital Trends for a look at ten different MP3 players. They range from small and inexpensive to those with features rich enough to beat the iPod. Even the Sony Walkman has gone through enough changes to appear on the list.
Subject: Mobile | November 21, 2008 - 04:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Toshiba's new lineup of netbooks was witnessed by Hardware Zone. The Toshiba Portege R series was updated with the R600 and a new series was introduced, with the Toshiba Portege A600. Bigger and heavier that the R series, it also doesn't cost nearly as much. Finally there was the 8.9-inch Toshiba NB100, that manages to hide a 120GB drive in it's tiny body.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 21, 2008 - 03:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FrostyTech's Top 5 heatsink list for November now contains four top ten heatsink lists. There are ten coolers in the temperature list for Intel as well as another 10 in the list for the quietest; then there are a pair of lists covering the top AMD coolers. There is some overlap in the lists as those heatsinks compatible with both Intel and AMD sockets tend to remain at the top of the list. There are some new faces, as well as some old standbys to check out.
Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2008 - 03:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The little company that never quite made it, Transmeta, has been acquired and is no more. Starting off with the dream of supplanting
Intel and AMD in the mobile world, they never managed the market domination they hoped for. Along the way they brought several innovations to the mobile world. Most recently it was their LongRun technology, which they started licensing after ceasing the production of processors. You can get a little nostalgic about it over at Slashdot.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 20, 2008 - 05:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA's new driver revision, 180, offers some nice benefits to those who install it. SLI on multiple monitors is much easier now, with the software allowing you to choose which display gets the SLI, as opposed to completely disabling monitors and playing with plugs. PhsyX support is also made a little easier, so you can easily choose which nVIDIA card will run your graphics and which will handle the physics processing. AnandTech walks you through all of it here.
Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2008 - 03:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The original SideWinder gaming mouse was not well received, most reviewers couldn't wait to finish their testing and toss the mouse into a corner, never to be seen again. Now there's a Sidewinder X5 which futurelooks was brave enough to pick up. It is very similar in design to the original, with a slightly lower profile and different programmable features. In the end, while certainly better than it's predeccesor, futurelooks felt a mix of the two mice would be a huge step in the right d