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Subject: Mobile | March 20, 2008 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Don't like the taste of Mac OSX, but still want something nice and light like the Macbook Air. Why not go with the familiar texture and taste of Windows? It's a Santa Rosa notebook, so it really isn't that hard to do, assuming you've got a USB optical drive to plug into it.
X-Bit Labs did a full install with Bootcamp and a bit of work, find out how.
Subject: Memory | March 20, 2008 - 02:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent
world leader in memory products, today announced it
is releasing a family of 800MHz DDR2 fully-buffered
dual-inline memory modules (FB-DIMMs) designed
for systems using Intel's Seaburg S5400 chipset.
Launching first with its industry-standard ValueRAM
modules, KingstonR 800MHz FB-DIMMs are shipping
in capacities ranging from 512MB to 4GB.
"Today's dual XEON systems using the new 1600MHz
front-side bus quad-core processors demand a robust
memory solution to match processor band
Subject: Storage | March 20, 2008 - 01:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Seagate Momentus 5400.4 250GB really showed off the speed possible, even on a 5400RPM drive. In Bjorn3D's testing, it outperformed a Hitachi Travelstar 80GB 7200RPM. The price is awfully close to several 320GB drives, but they will lack the speed of the Momentus. If quick copying time and relatively economical drain on your battery are important to you, this may be perfect for your needs.
Subject: Motherboards | March 20, 2008 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's nice to see that nVIDIA has finally caught up to Intel in motherboard features. The new nForce 790 chipsets support 1600MHz FSB, DDR3 memory and PCI Express 2.0, as Intel has been offering for almost a year now. They did surpassed Intel's X38 boards in one area, check out th
Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2008 - 11:34 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel is focusing on entry level mobility platforms with their upcoming Centrino 2 chips. The two Celerons that Digitimes knows about are both very inexpensive parts; the Atom is even cheaper. With the Eee from ASUS and Walmart's offering, entry level mobility is an important market. Intel's ability to produce these bottom of the line and dirt cheap processors may get them a huge share of the processors you will find in low cost laptops.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 19, 2008 - 05:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While it is usually best to stay as far away from PSU and case bundles, there are some manufacturers that put serious effort into ensuring the quality you get. Cooler Master is one such company and their Stacker 830SE and Real Power Pro 1000W PSU package is absolutely stellar. [H]ard|OCP loved both the case and the PSU. Since the PSU retails for $299.99,
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 19, 2008 - 05:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TG Daily announced that there will indeed be a BioShock 2. Although they refer to it as a sequel, it is unknown whether it will actually follow after the events of BioShock. Indeed, if it follows it's predecessor, System Shock, there is no telling what the game will actually focus around.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 19, 2008 - 02:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
- Watercooled Intel Core 2 Quad QX9650 overclocked to 4GHz - CHECK!
- EVGA 780i SLI that supports Quad SLI - CHECK!
- 4GB OCZ Reaper X PC6400 DDR-2 4-4-3-12 - CHECK!
- WD Raptor 150GB 10,00RPM SATA - CHECK!
- Zalman 1000W Modular PSU - CHECK!
- Forceware 174.53 driver - CHECK!
- Two GeForce 9800 GX2's in SLI - CHECK!
Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2008 - 12:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Rocketfish Wireless Universal Rear Speaker Kit sounds absolutely perfect, until you read what it actually is in the review at I4U. It brings to mind a device that sits beside your receiver, and two small devices that can hide behind your 2 rear speakers; it is not. The device that plugs into the receiver is still there, and it broadcasts the wireless signal to a second device, twice as large as the first, which is in turn wired to your two rear speakers, as well as to AC power. Sure, there are no wires
Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2008 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Is it FUD, is it real? It's hard to say for sure right now, but it does seem inevitable that someone will buy VIA. Perhaps the rumour from DigiTimes is right on the ball, and VIA is about to become part of the great beast nVIADIA or nVIDVIA. Or, maybe it's just yet another rumour. Ars Technica attempts to thin the fog that has rolled in since the story yesterday. Sure nVIDIA has about $1.8 billion burning a hole in their pocket, but ma
Subject: Mobile | March 18, 2008 - 05:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The most interesting feature of the U3S is that it has two separate on-board graphics chips, not to be used for SLI or Crossfire. The Intel GMA X3100 is for low powered usage and will extend battery life, the nVIDIA 8400M is for when you need graphical power and are plugged into a wall socket. Drop by X-Bit Labs for more information on this 'stylishly mobile' ultra portable laptop.
Subject: Memory | March 18, 2008 - 05:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CA - March 18, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled blistering fast PC3-16000 DDR3 modules that are also NVIDIA SLI-certified to run at an extreme 2GHz on the next generation NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI motherboards also released today.
Subject: Memory | March 18, 2008 - 04:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
"Collaborating with the world's best of class chipset
manufacturers and industry alliance partners, Kingston
is proud to launch a new family of auto-overclocked
memory designed, tested, and certified to meet
NVIDIA's standards," said Mark Tekunoff, senior
technology manager, Kingston.
Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2008 - 03:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When is the last time you clapped eyes on a keyboard with a trackball? Thanks to the Adesso AKB–320UB Keyboard with Trackball, now you can relive those golden days of yore. It's not certainly not all old features, this keyboard has a lot of extra multimedia keys though it lacks USB ports. BCCHardware did the full review
Subject: Memory | March 18, 2008 - 02:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA, March 18, 2008 – Corsair, a worldwide leader in enthusiast computer and flash memory products, announced today their NVIDIA 790i Ultra SLI high-performance DDR3 partner memory offerings, including a record-breaking 2GHz module.
After extensive partnership efforts between NVIDIA and Corsair, the NVIDIA 790i Ultra SLI platform was found to exhibit extreme overclocking capabilities with the latest in DDR3 memory architectures.
Subject: Motherboards | March 18, 2008 - 12:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Paired with the launch of the 9800 GX2 is the 790i SLI chipset. Unlike the update from the 680i to the 780i, we actually have a new northbridge. The southbridge is still the 570 MCP, although it has learned a new trick. The brand new northbridge brings DDR3 support, up to 2000MHz and support for Intel's new 1600Mhz FSB. Lowered memory latencies and 32 lanes of PCI Express 2.0 have helped this board unseat the X48 as the top chipset for performance. See what else is new over at The Tech Report.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 18, 2008 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The GeForce 9800 GX2 has arrived, with XFX supplying the card that Ryan tested. The big news for nVIDIA is performance; Crysis at 1024X768 with 4xAA ran with a higher average frame rate than any previous cards maximum. This card doesn't beat the competition by a small margin, it is far in the lead. The performance does come with a price, and I don't mean the $600 it goes for on NewEgg. The ca
Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2008 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Drop by The Inquirer to see what AMD's response to Nehalem, Dunnington and Larabee. They sound quite confident, pointing out that AMD has been doing all the new features of Nehalem, and that Larrabee may pose huge problems for programmers. Unfortunately, we are still waiting to see how AMD's Shanghai will perform.
Subject: Chipsets | March 18, 2008 - 09:24 AM | Ryan Shrout
Apparently NVIDIA and VIA are in talks to merge, with the larger NVIDIA obviously doing the buying and the aging, struggling VIA looking to sell. We recently talked with VIA about their upcoming processor line and can't help but think that NVIDIA still desperately wants to get into the general purpose processor world to have a snowball's chance of competing with Intel in the long run.