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Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2008 - 03:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The original SideWinder gaming mouse was not well received, most reviewers couldn't wait to finish their testing and toss the mouse into a corner, never to be seen again. Now there's a Sidewinder X5 which futurelooks was brave enough to pick up. It is very similar in design to the original, with a slightly lower profile and different programmable features. In the end, while certainly better than it's predeccesor, futurelooks felt a mix of the two mice would be a huge step in the right d
Subject: Processors | November 20, 2008 - 03:10 PM | Josh Walrath
Today AMD was showing off its upcoming desktop Phenom II processor to a handful of journalists, and one of the main topics of the presentation is the "headroom" that AMD is building into the Phenom II processor.
Subject: Processors | November 20, 2008 - 02:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the third instalment of their series on the architecture of Nehalem, AnandTech explores the cache size, specifically the itsy-bitsy L2 cache. There is a big trade off in size and latency, much like in any other part and any way to cut latency inside the processor it's self will give some nice returns. They also talk to Intel about the next process, 32nm so head over for bit of prognostication about the near future.
Subject: Storage | November 20, 2008 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Chaintech has been very quiet for quite a while, they've yet to start on DDR3 or newer generations of nVIDIA cards and it has been forever sinve they put out a motherboard; instead they've focused on storage. Any company that has dealt with memory seems to be putting out an SSD drive, and Chintech is no different. Head to TweakTown to meet the 64GB Apogee 2.5" SSD, an MLC drive with a lot of speed uder the hood. The 64GB limit may make you feel a little
Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2008 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a new series of graphics cards from Chrome, it's current flagship model being the 530 GT. They bring a list of new features that most would expect as minimum requirements, like PCI Express 2.0, DX 10.1 and OpenGL 3.0. There are some other more interesting innovations, such as AcceleRAM which will use system memory for image data storage as well as multi-GPU support called MultiChrome, which they describe as being capable of doubling graphics performance. Fin
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 20, 2008 - 11:23 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 20 November 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the next step in its ongoing cooperation with the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) community.
Building on the recent release of the VIA graphics driver available on the VIA Linux Portal, VIA is actively collaborating with the OpenChrome development team on their Open Source graphics driver - initially assisting with multi-head support and RandR function.
Subject: Memory | November 19, 2008 - 03:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for triple channel memory, consider Corsair's Dominator Tri-Channel DDR3-1600 6Gb kit, with timings of 8-8-8-24. They sport the now familiar DHX (dual-path heat eXchange) cooling system and as they run at 1.65V so heat will not be much of an issue with these DIMMs. CPU3D managed a fairly good overclock and recommend turning on XMP in your BIOS as it really changed the amount of throughput for these DIMMs. They didn't leave the c
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 19, 2008 - 03:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sure it's almost $4000, but the dream system is supposed to be something you dream about, right? The Core i7-965 Extreme Edition processor is a quarter of the total price and 6GB of DDR3 doesn't come cheap, but who can really put a price on playing Crysis with all the settings at maximum. Check out Ryan's new take on the High End, Mid Range and Budget systems as well.
Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2008 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The only similarity between Left 4 Dead and Rock Band is that it is a lot more fun to play with 3 friends. Ars Technica has spent a lot of time playing and absolutely love it; this is not just another zombie game. From the atmosphere to the inclusion of a rather sadistic 'Director' Left 4 Dead is going to grab your attention and not let go. Each time you play one of the 20 maps, you will find something different, no spawn points are fixed; where you found a pile of ammo in the last game you may just find a big boss zombie.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 19, 2008 - 02:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you somehow managed to miss it the first time around, you can catch up on all the slides and information that was shared at AMD's Financial Analyst day at [H]ard|OCP. Over two dozen slides await you, covering AMD's plans for the near future.
Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2008 - 01:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 19, 2008 - In the award-winning videogame Mirror's Edge, DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc. studio, introduces players to a new heroine named Faith. Faith belongs to a network of couriers called 'runners' who use acrobatic moves to transport confidential information across the cityscape of rooftops and aerial skyways to avoid being detected. To deliver this never-before-seen sense of movement and perspective, DICE has turned to NVIDIA PhysX technology to give gamers an eye-popping experience on the PC.
Subject: Motherboards | November 18, 2008 - 03:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The odd name of the ASUS P6T Deluxe OC Palm Edition comes from the OC Palm that is bundled with the motherboard. It's a small LCD screen for showing widgets, and adds about $40 to the price of the motherboard; there is a non-Palm edition for those with no desire for the small screen. TECHGAGE's look at the board is very comprehenisive, and gives you
Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2008 - 02:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today's announcement by NVIDIA is creating a new segment of the PC market dubbed the "personal super computer". What actually constitutes a PSC? Why, lots and lots of GPUs of course! NVIDIA hopes to make the PSC a common purchase for high performance computing areas like research and education.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 18, 2008 - 02:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS is certainly a brand with a lot of recognition, though perhaps not as a PSU maker, which is exactly what the Asus U-75HA is. It provides 750W of output, at a claimed 85% efficiency; bit-tech didn't do much testing on the efficiency, they focused on the stability instead. The four 12V rails were solid and the PSU had no problems powering their 240W peltier cooler along with the rest of the system. The PSU market is fiercely competitive and so is ASUS; keep your
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 18, 2008 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HD 4870 1024MB Golden Sample runs 25MHz over stock at 775MHz on the GPU and 100MHz faster for the memory clock, effectively 4,000MHz when you push the Turbo button. That is enough speed to notice an improvement over the basic HD4870 and the non-standard cooling solution did help with the heat. The increase in performance does come at an increase in price, on high enough that bit-tech would not really recommend this card as a good value, especially w
Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2008 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA is trying to bring the supercomputer back to the desktop with their Tesla, a system boasting four Tesla C1060 cards with a quad-core CPU and 16 GB of RAM plus a few 960 graphics cores. All told, including the Tesla C1060 cards the system should push around 900 GFLOPS in the proposed configuration. Starting at around $10,000 you won't see to many of these at LAN parties, but you may spot one at a university lab party. Get all the electrifying details at The I
Subject: Systems | November 18, 2008 - 11:26 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, November 18 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA VIPRO VP7710 touch screen panel PC, a full featured, entirely fanless panel PC suitable for intelligent display applications in demanding environments.
Subject: Systems | November 17, 2008 - 05:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lian Li is more well known for the extreme size of their cases, some seem to be able to fit a whole PC's worth of components, with enough space left over to store a small child. The PC-C36 Muse heads in exactly the opposite direction, being a tiny and well camouflaged
HTPC case. Many users will appreciate the fact that it comes completely empty, apart from a PSU, it is up to you which mATX board you wish to use. Drop by Icrontic to see just how well Lian-Li does an HTPC.
Subject: Motherboards | November 17, 2008 - 03:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
11/17/2008 - November 17, 2008 - EVGA Corporation, the leading-edge 3D processor and motherboard manufacturer, announces the first motherboard based on the next generation Intel X58 Express Chipset platform supporting the Intel Core i7 processors. The EVGA X58 SLI motherboard features 6 DIMMs of triple-channel memory, and a board layout optimized for the enthusiast including 2-way and 3-way SLI support.
Subject: Mobile | November 17, 2008 - 02:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HP have always been a big name in the laptop industry and are making a splash with their new HP 2133 Mini-Note, a netbook with an 8.9" screen. Powering it is a VIA C7-M processor on a VIA VN896 chipset and it runs SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop OS. InsideHW did like the netbook overall, but are really looking forward to the upcoming Atom version.