Multi-talented prebuilt HTPC from ASUS

Subject: Systems | September 11, 2009 - 05:18 PM |

The ASUS O!Play HDP-R1 is a tiny little Linux based HD Media Player, with both eSATA and USB as well as a network connection available for you to provide the media by.  Outputs include HDMI, composite AV and S/PDIF optical to give you a choice in how you connect the device into your AV setup.  The list of supported codecs is impressively long; InsideHW could not find anything it would not play.  Engadget found one for sale in Taiwan for $169, but is hard to guess what price we will see

Source: InsideHW

The bad news is you will want to buy at least three

Subject: Displays | September 11, 2009 - 04:58 PM |

Thanks to AMD's new Eyefinity, LCDs may start coming in six packs in order to give you a huge screen, but in the mean time you can pick them up singly.  Take the Samsung 2233SW Black 21.5" Widescreen LCD, which ascribes to the new widescreen standard of 16x9 offering a perfect 1080p display.  It is currently available as a refurbish for $132, so pick up a few!  The 5ms response time might seem

Chances are you won't even notice

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2009 - 04:38 PM |

In a move that is being ascribed to poor popularity, third party extensions to Skype, called Skype Extras are being phased out.  They included services like emoticon enhancements, backup services, and music player plug-ins.  No new addons will be certified and existing ones will be phased out
as their certificates expire.  If you work with Skype Extras, take the advice of this Slashdot link; either stop developing your next killer Skype app or find a different source of i

Source: Slashdot

Fast and secure USB HDD storage

Subject: Storage | September 10, 2009 - 05:47 PM |

We have seen many ways of securing data, from software based cryptography tools to biometrics like face and fingerprint recognition.  Vantec has chosen a rather physical way to secure any data kept on a HDD housed within its NexStar Vault.   Along with some rather impressive transfer speeds, the integral keypad ensures that the secure partition stays secure.  Without the proper 6-digit key you cannot get at the data, removing the drive from the Vault does not disable the encryption.  Take

Source: techPowerUp!

Not just for AMD fans anymore

Subject: Memory | September 10, 2009 - 05:24 PM |

With the arrival of Lynnfield comes a new interest in dual channel DDR3.  Many may opt for a pair of 3GB DIMMs, or four 2GB DIMMs there are quite a few that will settle for 4GBs of total system memory, especially if it is fast.  Take Kingston's  HyperX KHX1600C8D3K2
which is designed to run at 1600MHz, but was easily pushed to over 2000MHz by Overclockers Club.  The latencies and voltages had to be changed so little that it seems the memory multiplier lock that stopped the

Still no sign of the elusive 860

Subject: Processors | September 10, 2009 - 05:10 PM |

As we mentioned in last nights podcast, only two of the three Lynnfield processors have appeared for review, with the sweetest one of all MIA.  Hopefully this means that the i7-860 is on its way into the channel in large numbers as it sits in the price point of the i7-920 and does about the same thing with less power needed and less heat produced.  While we are awaiting its arrival why not see how professionals like the folks at [H]ard|OCP h

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Matrox was so ahead of its time

Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2009 - 04:48 PM |

Ryan is not the only one impressed by the new multi-display technology AMD was displaying today, may sites had the exact same reaction.  Take The Tech Report's initial thoughts on Eyefinity, for instance.  They watched Dead Space being played on six Dell 30" monitors, @ 2560x1600, or in another way of speaking, more than 24 megapixels of 3D action @ 7680x3200.  No details forthcoming on the GPU or memory yet, but it won't be long before we get to see some sol

ATI Eyefinity Press Release: AMD Demonstrates the PC's Next Act

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 10, 2009 - 04:34 PM |


Source: AMD

AMD to announce multi-monitor gaming soon: EyeFinity

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 10, 2009 - 01:13 PM |

A card with 6 DisplayPort outputs on a single card.

Sneaking a peek into Radeon's future ... and getting caught

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 9, 2009 - 05:36 PM |

One of the most exciting things about the ypcoming Evergreen family is multiple monitor support and Nordic Hardware managed to get a glimpse at how the Radeon HD 5870 Six will do it.  As the implies, the 5870 six will support up to 6 displays at a time and its secret weapon will be familiar to Apple users, it will be the Mini DisplayPort


Cooler Master takes the value market by Storm

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 9, 2009 - 04:40 PM |

Cooler Master has a new series out that all bear the moniker 'Storm', indicating their new Storm Tactics in their construction.  The idea is to provide a compact, rugged case with security features useful when you find yourself at a LAN Party.  The smaller chassis is the Storm Scout which is priced just under $90, an incredible value for the features the case has.  There is an integral handle to make carrying the case a snap, i

Source: InsideHW

Something to kill while you are waiting

Subject: General Tech | September 9, 2009 - 04:08 PM |

Those anxiously awaiting the announcement of the release date for Diablo III might want to take a look at Torchlight.  At PAX it was announced that the game will ship October 27th, giving dungeon crawlers everywhere a chance to feed their need.  Rock, Paper, Shotgun
are hosting a trailer which you can see right here

Foxconn changes directions

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 9, 2009 - 03:53 PM |

Foxconn is abandoning the graphics market altogether according to DigiTimes.  The majority of employees will be shifting to the OEM division and plan on upping the amount of motherboards that they ship over the coming year.  Their new BloodRage X58 board has received positive reviews, while reviews of their graphics cards are hard to find as they haven't been keeping up with the insane pace of GPU refreshes from nVIDIA. 

Source: Digitimes

ASUS Hybrid Motherboards Deliver Fast Performance and Uncompromised Stability

Subject: Motherboards | September 9, 2009 - 03:34 PM |

Fremont, CA, Sept. 8th, 2009 - ASUS, the leading innovator of advanced motherboard solutions, today launches the ASUS P7P55D Series motherboards. Featuring the Intel P55 Express chipset, the P7P55D Series supports the latest LGA 1156 socket for Intel Core i7/Core i5 Processors for maximum performance.

Source: ASUS

Hot dual activator action

Subject: Storage | September 8, 2009 - 06:49 PM |

On last weeks Podcast Allyn spoke briefly about a new technology for platter based drives from Western Digital that allowed the reading head to have vastly increased seek times along with anti-disks to optimize the airflow that the reading head needs.  We finally get to see it in action in the Western Digital 7200RPM 2TB Caviar Black and RE4 Green Power drives.  Check out the cutting edge speeds in his full review, plus a warning

Revisiting portable music

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 8, 2009 - 06:25 PM |

You probably don't carry a boombox and radio around anymore, but your desire to take your music with you is undiminished.  Carrying around your MP3 player and its 160GB+ of storage is a great replacement but it isn't always the most convenient way to get at your music when you are not at home.  Be it in the car or trapped in a cubicle, Digital Trends explores some of the best ways to get at your music when you aren't sitting in front of your home PC.

At last we can see the numbers

Subject: Motherboards | September 8, 2009 - 06:10 PM |

P55 based motherboards have been previewed all across the web over the past few weeks, Ryan has a stack almost as tall as himself.  We have become quite familiar with their capabilities to over clock easily, the features they carry depending on manufacturer and series, but until today we have not seen performance numbers.  The secret is out, expect all the P55 reviews you see from here on out to sport solid benchmarking data from at least one of the three Lynnfield processors. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

GIGBAYTE P55 to Take Mainstream Platform to the Extreme

Subject: Motherboards | September 8, 2009 - 05:39 PM |

City of Industry, September 08, 2009 – GIGABYTE Technology CO., LTD., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is pleased to launch their latest generation P55 series motherboards, based on the Intel P55 chipset, GIGABYTE P55 motherboards build upon the success of their Ultra Durable 3 design featuring 2oz copper PCB and deliver a host of cutting-edge features including the industry’s first 24 phase VRM design, innovative Smart6 PC management tools and Dynam

Lynnfields! Meet the Lynnfields!

Subject: Processors | September 8, 2009 - 06:24 AM |

After all of the preamble and waiting, the Lynnfield core has finally arrived in the form of the Core i5 750, the Core i7 860 and the Core i7 870.  If that isn't confusing enough, you can hold hope that the Core i6 might show up soon.  The two i7s come with hyperthreading, as their name implies, the sole i5 does not; all use DDR3 but not all Core i7s can use triple channel memory. 

A pearl among the seashells

Subject: Mobile | September 7, 2009 - 04:04 PM |

SPCR is finding the netbook market a little crowded, but one recent release from ASUS caught their eye; the Eee PC Seashell 1005HA.  Boasts of the longest untethered run time raised their eyebrows and suspicions, so off they went to pick one up.  The model they tested house an Atom N280 @ 1.66Ghz along with 1GB of DDR2 and the usual GMA 900
IGP.  In the end,