You won't mistake that for a ThinkPad

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 27, 2009 - 06:00 PM |
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Lenovo, and IBM before them, were known as producers of expensive notebooks with a very simple aesthetic and the power to do what travelling business people needed done.

Source: Maximum CPU

Get your modder running

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 27, 2009 - 01:47 PM |
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For July, Guru 3D's rig of the month was built by a young Estonian forum member with a penchant for ThermalTake.  A surplus of LEDs really make the case shine in the dark and help highlight his components with a nice green hue.  Perhaps his biggest hurdle was dealing with the prices in Estonia, he estimates a total price of 2800-2900
Euros which translates to $4000 USD.  Keep that in mind if you are headed to Europe!

Source: Guru of 3D

The price is relative

Subject: Motherboards | July 27, 2009 - 12:21 PM |
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While it is slightly painful to refer to a $193 motherboard as a budget board, when you are talking about an X58 based board like the Gigabyte EX58-UD3R it is reasonably accurate.  Some trimming has been done, most noticeably on the RAM as there are only 4 slots, limiting the total capacity of RAM to 12GB but keeping support for triple channel.  A pair of PCI-E x16 slots support both flavours of multiple GPUness and the back plate still sports

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Fusion-io + Dell = mean database server

Subject: Storage | July 27, 2009 - 12:11 PM |
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Much of the below press release is industry jargon, but what you can take home from this is Fusion-io paired an ioDrive with a Dell PowerEdge and MS SQL Server to produce a solid, high performing product that puts out some impressive stats.  This should make companies want to adopt the tech, which leads to volume sales and ultimately drives down the cost of consumer-grade products (in this case PCI-e SSDs).  The potential end result?  Cheaper ioXtreme SSDs for the rest of us.

Source: Fusion-io

For mobile pack rats

Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2009 - 12:00 PM |
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One terabyte drives are fairly common now, but they come in 3.5" which is rather unfriendly for mobile users.  Western Digital is introducing 1TB 2.5" drives at a premium price.  Roughly double the cost of their larger brethren, there still many who will be clamouring for a chance to store 500GB of old unread email on their laptop so that they can complain the mail store runs slowly on their laptop as well as their desktop.  Others will be happy to store HD content for playback, without having to use an optical drive and drain their batteries even more quickly. 

Source: The Inquirer

Happy Birthday Marvin the Martian, you barely look 61!

Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2009 - 07:05 PM |
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Putting together a PC on the cheap is not a hard thing to do in this market, as long as you are not looking to break 3DMark records.  For a simple HTPC, there are a $50 graphics cards which will give you enough power to pump out HD content to a TV or monitor.  Size really isn't an issue either, though some will spend a little extra for that special box.  Once you are up and running, even on an HTPC, as long as you can connect

*DO NOT* set a BIOS HDD password on your X25-M G2

Subject: Storage | July 24, 2009 - 06:36 PM |
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***Public Service Announcement***



Intel has informed me of a bug in the X25-M G2 shipping firmware (02G2).  This
bug is specific to setting a hard drive password in your BIOS.  If you
have set a BIOS HDD password, then subsequently change or disable that
password, the SSD may become inoperable.  Intel is correcting the issue
in firmware and will be posting a fix shortly.  In summary:

ASUS' HTPC slimming program

Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2009 - 03:43 PM |
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For a true audiophile, an onboard sound solution just won't cut it, nor will it get the most out of high end speakers.  The ASUS Xonar HDAV1.3 Slim can help, thanks to a pair of HDMI ports, Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound formats are both fully supported.  The card also drops CPU usage to almost zero for sound processing, a great advantage if you are running a low powe

I like big buffers and I cannot lie!

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 24, 2009 - 01:59 PM |
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At $250 the Sapphire HD4890 Vapor-X 2GBruns about $40 more than the vanilla version, but also sports twice the memory as well as a nice improved cooler.   That cooler has allowed Sapphire to raise the core GPU speed by 20MHz to 870MHz and the memory by 100MHz to 1050MHz and is capable of hitting 950MHz and 1200MHz with a little tweaking.  In addition, the cooler is significantly quieter tha

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Breaks Ground at Luther Forest Technology Campus

Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2009 - 01:14 PM |
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(Saratoga Springs, NY) - Luther Forest Technology Campus Economic Development Corporation (LFTC) today welcomed GLOBALFOUNDRIES as they held their official groundbreaking in Malta, NY for the construction of an approximately $4.2 billion microchip fabrication plant, called Fab 2. This marks the beginning for the construction of the most advanced chip fabrication plant in the world.

AMD Ready with Unified, WHQL-Certified Graphics Drivers for Windows 7 RTM

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 24, 2009 - 12:23 PM |
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AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the release of the company's first WHQL-certified ATI Catalyst graphics drivers for Windows 7 Release to Manufacturing (RTM), an important milestone in the development of Microsoft's next generation operating system. For ATI Radeon customers, the ATI Catalyst 9.7 driver is immediately available for download from game.amd.com.

Source: AMD

Cost effective CPU collision

Subject: Processors | July 24, 2009 - 11:49 AM |
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At under $50, the Intel E1400 is not often seen on the headlines of review sites.  Clocked at a modest 2.0GHz, with an 800MHz FSB and 512KB of L2 cache, this 65W TDP dual core chip is perfect for low cost systems.  Phoronix has pitted it against a single 2GHz core, 45W TDP AMD Sempron LE1150 which can be had for

Source: Phoronix

How much do you trust your iPhone 3GS

Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2009 - 11:32 AM |
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If you are using the shiny new iPhone to conduct your business, there is something you ought to know.  Purple Ra1n and Red Sn0w are two readily available programs that, along with a quick kernel customization installed on the iPhone, allows you to transfer an entire image of the phone to a PC in under an hour, or you can use them to grab live data with about 2 minutes work.  That remote kill feature?  Pop out the SIM card and the iPhone won't receive the signal to turn off.  

Source: The Inquirer

A new chipset may mean a new price

Subject: Mobile | July 23, 2009 - 05:20 PM |
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The new ASUS Eee PC 1004DN is a 10inch (1024x600) netbook with a keyboard 92% normal size, which will be a big plus to those with standard sized hands.  A 1.66GHz Atom N280 along with 1GB of DDR2 help the GN40 chipset to provide high quality video and a 6-cell battery to allow you to watch more than a single movie.  Head over to InsideHW for a look at its other features; just don't ask for a price as they haven't been told what it will be.

Source: InsideHW

Dethroned!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 23, 2009 - 03:40 PM |
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Trying to beat the long time champion, the Thermalright TRUE, are the ZALMAN CNPS10X Extreme, the Noctua NH-U12P SE1366, the Titan Fenrir and the COGAGE TRUE Spirit.  Each have the same look, with the contact plate being connected to a large tower of fins by a series of heatpipes.  In the final verdict, [H]ard|OCP gives the title to the COGAGE product, not just for it's stellar performance but also for it's price tag of $38.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Win win with Intel's new SSD

Subject: Storage | July 23, 2009 - 01:14 PM |
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If you watched the live Podcast last night you got a sneak preview of the results of Allyn's testing of the 2nd generation Intel X25-M.  Today the hard numbers have arrived in his full review.  Write speeds remain the drives Achilles Heel, the Indilinx controlled drives still end up on top though this new drive from Intel now has less than a 0.1ms Random Access time.  It is better than its predecessor across the board, and cheaper to boot!

Don't fence me in

Subject: Systems | July 23, 2009 - 12:16 PM |
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There is no rule stating that an HTPC has to be cramped, it is just that most people prefer it that way.  The SilverStone Sugo SG04 mATX Case is a little different, being the only mATX case that will let you slip in multiple 10.5" graphics cards.  If you so wish to run dual GTX 280s, in SLI, you can.  Even if you have no plans for multiple GPUs, this case also gives you a lot more freedom when you are choosing components.  You don't have to hunt down 1/2 height cards or agonize over storage options, there is some room to manoeuvre there.

Source: hardCOREware

7600.16385 marks the spot

Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2009 - 12:02 PM |
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Windows 7 is on its way to manufacturers as Microsoft has finally signed off on it.  October 22 is still the release date when you can actually get your hands on the disk you pre-ordered a few months back.  OEMs get to play with the English version July 24 and the remaining languages on July 28 and various other groups receiving advanced copies.  One group that will not be receiving a present from Microsoft are the beta testers.  Unlike Vista, testers who actively participated in the public beta will not be receiving a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate Edition. 

Source: The Register

This Week in Computer Hardware (TWiCH) #33 now available to stream

Subject: Editorial | July 23, 2009 - 12:50 AM |
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This Week in Computer Hardware (TWiCH), live every Wednesday at 6pm ET / 3pm PT on http://live.twit.tv/.  If you missed yesterday's episode here is your chance to see us discuss Intel's new G2 X25-M SSDs, the new Core i5 pricing and speed information as well as the difference between various ATX and ITX form factors.