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Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2008 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you pick up an AMD Phenom before the end of the year, you should get a nice surprise along with it. The Inquirer has heard of a deal with Serif to provide either their photo editing software or their movie editing software for free with the purchase of a Phenom. If you are thinking about setting up a PC that will be doing either of those tasks, or even just want to upgrade your processor by a bit, you are looking at a great deal, perfectly timed to help you save yo
Subject: Mobile | November 11, 2008 - 04:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS has two very different schools of thought when it comes to mobile computing. On the one hand you have the tiny little Eee PC, which pares down everything it can in the name of extended battery life and lower weight. Then there is the gaming laptop, like the ASUS G50V series. Built purely for power, with little thought given to overall weight and battery life. The mode
Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2008 - 03:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After a few revisions and a drop to a more reasonable price, OCZ's Neural Impulse Actuator is still around, but not many people have picked one up. Legit Reviews decide it was time to flex their mental muscles to see if the NIA had changed much and to give them an excuse to make faces at their computer. They came away with the feeling that while some may excel at using the NIA fo
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 11, 2008 - 03:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A lot has been said about Enermax over the years, as the quality of their products have undergone some changes, recently the talk has been about the Enermax Revolution series. AnandTech's review of the Enermax Revolution 85+ High Efficiency PSU shows that the company is currently on an upswing. The only times this unit dipped below 85% efficiency were when it was under 1000W of load on 120VAC or less, fed on 230VAC it didn't hit the 85% until almost 1200W load. Add the ability to provid
Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2008 - 02:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are running AVG anti-virus software on one or more of your PCs, do not believe it when it identifies user32.dll as a virus. You really, really want to keep that file. Seeing "Illegal system DLL relocation" will really spoil your day. Slashdot has a lot of conversation about this, as does the AVG forums, and a fix should be quickly forthcoming. In the meantime, if you have allowed it to and your system is no longer functioning, you can
Subject: Processors | November 11, 2008 - 02:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You can get a little closer to owning an Intel Core i7 processor; some online retailers are selling the three models as a pre-order, according to CNET. The preorder may ensure that there is stock, but sadly you will still have to wait the six days until the official launch before you can actually lay your hands on it and get it into a system. It still may be a great idea if you want to be the first kid on your block to have one, we really don't know how much stock will be ava
Subject: Processors | November 10, 2008 - 06:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has been spending a lot of time with the new Core i7 processors, testing and retesting as new BIOS, motherboards, RAM and overclocking tweaks have surfaced. One of the biggest hurdles has been cooling these new CPUs, all the previous experience with Core2 no longer applies. There is a video and chart that shows just what to expect with a Core i7 965 and stock cooling ... it's not pretty.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 10, 2008 - 02:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Galaxy really figured out how to push the GTX260, their overclocked version sees an increase from 576MHz to 656MHz in the GPU, the stream processors are bumped from 1.242GHz to 1.405GHzand the memory picks up over 10%, hitting 2.26GHz. Read on to see if [H]ard|OCP recommends buying the OC version, or the basic model and doing the overclocking yourself.
Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2008 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Once these Nehalem chips can finally be purchased, finding the perfect RAM to go with it may be more difficult than with previous chips. You need to make sure the voltage is low enough that the Core i7 CPU can handle it, as well as ensuring you can get the most out of your triple channel DDR3. TECHGAGE, seeing as how they have an Intel Core i7 Extreme 965 already, were nice enough to test out five different memory configurations. See what differences they saw here.
Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2008 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 10, 2008 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CA - November 10, 2008 - Professionals searching for oil, diagnosing illness or styling the next high-performance luxury vehicle all have one thing in common, the need for advanced visual computing solutions. NVIDIA Corporation, the world leader in visual computing technologies, today unveiled the most powerful professional graphics card in graphics history - the NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800.
"The size and complexity of data is growing at an exponential rate.
Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2008 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA's new Quadro card, the FX 5800, will sport 4GB of RAM though we don't know exactly how fast the RAM will be. Chances are very good that the specs will be very close to the GTX280, as nVIDIA does tend to reuse the same boards and processors, as proven by the Quadro soft mods that exist. The 4GB of RAM will probably be unique, they may try it in a gaming card, but the amount of people trying to game on a 60" monitor is probably rather small. Engadg
Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2008 - 06:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The current unpleasant economic conditions across the globe right now are cutting into a lot of peoples spending money. Enthusiasts shouldn't be too badly off, we are all used to our hardware investments dropping significantly in value over a very short amount of time, stock market investors on the other hand are not as used to it. Since any money you invest may well lose money and provide very little fun, you should seriously consider investing in more parts for your PC, as you will have a lot more fun while their value plummets. To help out, you should always check the
Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2008 - 03:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hoping for a new stereo system this year? Maybe to go with a nice HTPC setup, or perhaps just to replace an ageing current system? Drop by Digital Trends as they walk you through a long list of systems that are available. There are also suggestions for the audiophile that has it all. You will also be happy to know there is not a single Monster cryo-magically massaged
uber cable on the list.
Subject: Mobile | November 7, 2008 - 01:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have seen Evil Dead and various other horror movies, the paint job on the Smoothbook DR will bring back fond memories, as it is a bang on reproduction of the Necronomicon.
Don't think that the beauty of this machine is only skin deep, there is a Q9500, 4Gb of DDR2-800 and two 8800M GPUs inside, as well as an SSD and a Blu-Ray drive. Check it out at TweakTown.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 7, 2008 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA, November 7, 2008 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced that it has been voted "Best Power Supply Manufacturer" by the readers of Custom PC Magazine for the second year running.
Corsair was chosen above all other brands by Custom PC's audience of true technology enthusiasts and overclockers in the magazine's annual awards survey.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 7, 2008 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Now that the heatsink retention clips have changed from the style which required you to push down and in quite strongly to attach the heatsink, or if it goes badly then to drive the screwdriver or knife through the motherboard and tracings, the least favourite part for many is the application of thermal paste. Trying to get it spread thinly and evenly on the core and then trying not to smear it when placing the heatsink on can be frustrating. Gelid has a solution, their new Silent Spirit CPU Cooler
comes with thermal paste already on the heatsink.
Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2008 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After all the ridiculousness that Creative has been displaying, they are finally showing some sense. With the troubles that Vista caused their X-Fi driver team, which inconvenienced a lot of users, they totally dropped the ball on the Linux drivers. It has been just over a year since the initial release and there has not been a properly working driver in all of that time. Finally Creative has open sourced the driver, which means no one will be sued for making it work properly, unlike a certain Windows driver.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2008 - 05:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are pondering picking up a pair of the new HD4850X2's as opposed to a single HD4780X2, you may want to visit Tweaktown. They tested a pair in Crossfire and the results were not exactly encouraging. There were some games which saw an improvement, but more saw the performance unchanged or even slightly degraded. There is a good chance that updated drivers and game patches will at least ensure the experience is the same, but you may prefer to go with a m
Subject: Processors | November 6, 2008 - 02:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Since the closest you can get to an i7 system is to read a review until Intel finally releases it in the not too distant future, you just can't overclock them yet. That hasn't stopped reviewers from pushing these chips as hard as they can manage. To get an idea what you can expect when you can finally buy one for yourself, drop by bit-tech and see how they made out.