Caveat Emptor

Subject: Displays | March 11, 2008 - 12:18 PM |

Techgage delivered a warning during their review of the ASUS VW222, and that warning was to avoid the monitor altogether.  They found the 22" TN panel LCD to be a poster child for every problem that can occur when using that type of LCD.  Even with it's fast response rate, poor colour replication and a very noticeable screen door effect real detract from what could have been a good LCD. 

You should keep an eye on this review though, ASUS contacted Techgage as they believe that the monitor they tested may have been defective; there will be an update soon.

"The display market is chalked-full of models that fill up the quality spectrum, from sub-par up to high-end. The VW222 falls into the sub-par category, sadly, with overall poor color representation and noticeable screen-door effects, resulting in a model that should not be considered for purchase."

Here are some more Display articles from around the web:



Vancouver Island is an odd, odd place

Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2008 - 11:59 AM |

Particularly the City of Nanaimo, which has become the world's most Google-able place.  With a little help from Google Earth you can take a virtual tour of the downtown and harbour, there are listings of the businesses and even some physical information about features in the city.   Find out more about what was done, and how to take a tour, on Slashdot.

... and here some people were upset that Google took a picture of their cat.

Stuff a gag in your loud case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 10, 2008 - 06:04 PM |

The Nexus Hush kit is a package with several ways to reduce the amount of noise coming from your PC.  From PCI backplates with holes, to HDD mounts to fans, the kit is designed to reduce the overall noise through a variety of methods.  Techware Labs loved the kit, especially the northbridge pipe.

Tyan serves up a new motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | March 10, 2008 - 05:22 PM |

Tyan has just released the Tempest i5400XT, a server class motherboard for the Quad-core Xeons based on the Intel 5400 MCH chipset.  Support for 64Gb of fully buffered RAM is included, as is a pair of PCI Express 16x slots, in case you want SLI on your server.  Phoronix can tell you all about Tyan's newest in their full article.

Source: Phoronix

Battle of the $400 graphics subsytem

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 10, 2008 - 01:12 PM |

[H]ard|OCP has run tests comparing the BFGTech 9600 GT OC in SLI; about $400 if you can find them for sale, against a GeForce 8800 GTX, also about $400.  Which one offers you the best performance for your dollar? 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Great deal on MSI 8800 GT Overclocked

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 10, 2008 - 12:27 PM |

I usually try not to post individual deals like this one, but has an MSI 8800 GT card that is overclocked to 660 MHz core that goes for a final price of $174.99!  The price is $229.99 - $10 MIR - $30 MIR - $15 for promo code "MSIVGA15" for a total price of $174.99; if you can live with the mail-in rebates.

Scary if it's true

Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2008 - 12:20 PM |

If Tim Sweeney's statement that "Now, 60% of PCs on the market don't have a workable graphics processor at all." is true, then higher end PC gaming is indeed in an odd spot.  On the other hand, high end gaming is not the be all end all of PC gaming.  If Intel's integrated graphics can't handle Crysis, they can certainly manage Civilizations 4, and can probably make a good try at WoW.  Intel is also not the integrated chipset to watch right now, that distinction belongs to AMD and the 7-series chipset, which can handle some newer FPS games out of the box, and has no trouble when

Source: TG Daily

Aperture is ready for another close up

Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2008 - 12:05 PM |

Aperture 2.0 has arrived to win back those who shudder at the memory of Aperture 1.0.  Ars Technica found most of the bugs and the major complaints that they had with previous versions have been fixed in this new version.  They do still have a few reservations, like some issues with metadata and Vaults.  If you've got a Mac and a digital camera, check out what this software can do for you.

Source: Ars Technica

The ASUS U2E 11" ultra-mobile notebook goes on sale

Subject: Mobile | March 8, 2008 - 08:58 PM |

Well, if you were interested in the ASUS U2E notebook that we recently reviewed, you'll be glad to know that the standard hard drive model, the U2E-A1B is now on sale. has it for $2099.99 - a little bit higher than the price ASUS quoted us but reasonable none the less.

If you pick at a thread it will only get longer

Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2008 - 11:00 PM |

General PC can be a time consuming project, especially when you like to do everything the hard way, by using the built in tools in Windows.  In the General Forum, there is a thread talking about TuneUp 2008 and other programs designed to make maintenance a little easier. 

Chillin' with OCZ

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 7, 2008 - 02:51 PM |

OZC's long awaited Cryo-Z Phase Change Cooler arrived on the test bench of TweakTown recently, and of course they tested it out.  The cooler it's self is very powerful, and sub zero temperatures are easy for it to maintain.  Unfortunately the quality of the build was sub par for OZC, who are usually much better about that sort of thing.  It is also incredibly loud, but it is a phase change cooler and they aren't about subtlety.

Source: TweakTown

TLB or not TLB

Subject: Processors | March 7, 2008 - 02:36 PM |

The Phenom's infamous TLB issue had been eclipsed by the performance hit you take when using the fix.  What would really help many prospective AMD system buyers is a big list of motherboards that tells which have a switch to disable or enable the TLB fix.  Well, you had better thank The Tech Report because that is exactly what they did.

XFX Drops bomb on NVIDIA GPU prices

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 7, 2008 - 01:47 PM |

If you are looking for new mainstream graphics card, today might be the day to jump on that deal.  XFX sent over word of a completely new pricing structure for their 8800 GT 512MB, 9600 GT 512MB and 8800GS 384MB cards.  Here's the deal:

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Wrapping up Cebit

Subject: Shows and Expos | March 7, 2008 - 12:07 PM |

OCC spent yesterday making sure they had caught everything at Cebit the first time around.  As it turns out they missed quiet a bit and are making up for it with a bunch of pictures of the displays.  If you missed any of there previous posts, they are all combined into this article, so you can see everything.

Intel is trying to get onboard

Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2008 - 11:54 AM |

Intel seems worried about the integrated graphics chipset market.  According to this story on DigiTimes, we can expect to see another IGP from Intel, this one being the most powerful.  The 780G chipset from AMD is going to be a serious competitor with it's ability to support CrossfireX, but Intel's GM47 will be clocked faster.

Source: Digitimes

Enjoy Lightweight Portable Navigation On-the-Go

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 7, 2008 - 11:38 AM |

Aimed at users who require top-class GPS navigation directions and easy portability, ASUS releases the new GPS device, R300. This innovative device is only 0.54" thick and 4.9 ounces in weight – making it the thinnest in its category, and ideal for portability, whether placed in the car or carried in the pocket. Besides providing directions, the R300 is a total communications and entertainment hub.

Source: ASUS

A new form in portable storage

Subject: Storage | March 6, 2008 - 05:55 PM |

A 1.8" HDD sounds a little odd, being smaller than even the HDD built for laptops ... until you realize it is designed to be a portable USB drive.  The Honeywell SecuraDrive 1.8-inch 80GB USB Hard Drive gives you two partitions, an easy to access public partition and a hidden private partition.  Think Computers tried it out and loved it; apart from the price which they found a little steep.

Alienware strikes back

Subject: Mobile | March 6, 2008 - 05:33 PM |

Seeing as how Dell and other names not previously associated with heaping gobs of power in notebooks are busily gaining a reputation for spewing performance all over the laps of mobile gamers, Alienware has responded.  Of course it's not exactly a competition, it's really just Dell versus Dell.

Anyways, the Alienware Area-51 m9750 is not quite worth it's own weight in gold, but DriverHeaven's review does show that it is worth a lot when it comes to bragging rights.


Apple to add enterprise features and SDK to iPhone in June

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2008 - 02:57 PM |

A little off topic perhaps, but after sitting through some live blogs of the Apple SDK announcement there are some interesting bits of news coming out.  First up, Apple announced a move toward the enterprise customer by adding in features like native ActiveSync Exchange support, push email, push calendar, push contact, remote device wiping, Cisco VPN, WEP2 support and certificates and identities to name the majority.  There weren't any direct mentions but I assume that push email will be available to users that do not have access to an Exchange server, but since Apple didn't mention

Compact power from Shuttle

Subject: Systems | March 6, 2008 - 02:18 PM |

Shuttle is famous for it's SFF PCs, although not man of their previous boxes have the power of the XPC

Prima SX38P2 Pro.  Built around an X38 board, this PC supports Crossfire, the new 1333MHz 45nm Intel processors, PCIe 2.0, Dolby DTS Connect, Intel's Turbo Memory and up to 8Gb of DDR2-800.  Add BIOS tweaking for overclocking and overvolting, and you have some serious power.  See how well it held up to Hardware Zone's testing.