Check out the new guy

Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2008 - 06:38 PM |
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There is a good chance you have never heard of Ace, at least as a company that designs and sells PC mice, as opposed to the hardware store chain.  Red & Blackness Mods tried out their MLUC100 Laser 1600DPI gaming mouse which has been at least partially inspired by the Logitech MX Revolution.  There are three big differences, the first two are positive and the third isn't so great.  Read this quick review to see what they were.

Looking for a little extra mobility this Christmas?

Subject: Mobile | November 26, 2008 - 02:58 PM |
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If you are thinking about picking up a laptop or netbook this Christmas, let The Tech Report help you out a bit.  On display are about a half dozen laptops that range from an Apple to a low cost HP model to a giant 17" gaming laptop from OCZ.  It's not just about the stats on the laptops themselves, there is also a look at the philosophy of shopping for a laptop.  Read on and see if some of the confusion surrounding the mobile market disappears.

Antec's new all inclusive HTPC case

Subject: Systems | November 26, 2008 - 02:00 PM |
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Not only is the Antec Fusion Max a very attractive and well built case, with an interesting triple chambered design to help with wiring and heat management, it comes with some nice extras.  There is a 56-button remote control, HDD brackets with rubber noise reducers and an adaptor to allow you to add another 120mm fan on top of the one it already has along with another, larger 140mm fan. 

Source: Bjorn3D

Therapeutic gaming

Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2008 - 12:06 PM |
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If lack of socializing is getting you down, pick up Left 4 Dead, which will have you bonding with 3 other people in a much deeper way than you will on Team Fortress 2.  The anti-social loner won't last too long in Valve's new cooperative multiplayer game.  Don't worry about not having top of the line hardware either, [H]ard|OCP's testing shows that every new card can support the highest in game options with full anti-aliasing and anisotropic filters at ~40fps at a resolution of 2560x1600.  If you are using a lower resolution, even the low end cards should allow you to max out ev

Source: [H]ard|OCP

No, no you're not

Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2008 - 11:53 AM |
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There has an new treatment focus at a European addiction clinic for the last little while; video game addiction.  Well, apparently 90% of their patients are not addicted in any way, they just don't get out much, according to people who would truly know.  Using video games as an outlet probably isn't anything but a criteria that the clinic has selected for, successful treatments were not focused on treating an addiction so much as improving social skills, using a similar treatment to the ones used

Source: Slashdot

Intel's new unchallenged speed record

Subject: Storage | November 25, 2008 - 05:46 PM |
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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.

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES ENERGY EFFICIENT, PERFORMANCE CLASS LS AND MX SERIES POWER SUPPLIES

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 25, 2008 - 05:25 PM |
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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.

OCZ Technology Introduces New Line of Fatal1ty Power Supplies

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 25, 2008 - 02:28 PM |
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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.

Triple channel testing

Subject: Memory | November 25, 2008 - 01:23 PM |
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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.

Source: TweakTown

A cooler made to been seen, not heard

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 25, 2008 - 12:28 PM |
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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.

Your coffee grinder wants net access

Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2008 - 11:57 AM |
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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

ASUS Offers Premium Service Program for Enthusiast Motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | November 25, 2008 - 11:34 AM |
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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.

Source: ASUS

Hard to find, but well worth looking for

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 24, 2008 - 05:29 PM |
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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

Two takes on a 1000W PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 24, 2008 - 03:14 PM |
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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.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Two boards with two different ways of doing things

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 24, 2008 - 02:05 PM |
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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. 

BFG Gives Free Upgrade to PCI Express for BFG AGP card holders

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 24, 2008 - 12:53 PM |
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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.

If
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
processing.

Touch of inconsistency

Subject: Displays | November 24, 2008 - 12:18 PM |
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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.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Moving down a step

Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2008 - 11:58 AM |
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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.

Source: The Inquirer

Still time for a few practice feasts before the big day

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2008 - 05:32 PM |
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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

Who doesn't want a musical pebble

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2008 - 04:45 PM |
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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.