Another reason to learn Linux

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2008 - 11:46 AM |
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... or switch to Vista.

Source: Ars Technica

A matched set from OCZ

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 13, 2008 - 03:00 PM |
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The new hotness in cooling is selling your own thermal goop as well as heatsinks, as we have seen coolers like the Tuniq Tower and their bundled goop.  OCZ is also getting in on the act, offering Freeze thermal compound along with the Vendetta CPU cooler.  DriverHeaven tried them both out, and found one to be quite good;

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Finding the sweet spot for DDR3

Subject: Memory | March 13, 2008 - 02:17 PM |
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Going with the highest speed DDR3 you can find is an expensive proposal.  Kingston's HyperX DDR3-1625 2GB Memory Kit isn't cheap by any means, but it does provide you with 1625MHz RAM and a low latency for a DDR3 module.  Think Computers did find some issues when using this memory at full speed on X38 and P35 m

ROG on with ASUS

Subject: Motherboards | March 13, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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Newest in the Republic of Gamers line of motherboards from ASUS is the X48 based Rampage Formula.  One of the most noticeable features are the heatpipes and sinks on the motherboard itself, they are even bigger than what you would see on a 6/780i board.  When you tie that effective cooling with some powerful overclocking features, you get performance that earns respect; as it did over at [H]ard|OCP.  There is a darker side to the ROG series though; they are almost impossible

Source: [H]ard|OCP

PCPer Interview: Carmackian wisdom

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2008 - 11:44 AM |
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If you somehow missed the interview Ryan posted yesterday, click over and read it or we will take your FPS license away.  John Carmack, who is responsible for designing of the original mainstream FPS and is arguably the reason we all need to buy graphics cards spoke with Ryan about ray tracing and the future of graphics.  They cover a lot of ground, and Ryan has picked up a lot of information about the future of graphics at id.

OCZ Technology Introduces High-Speed SATA II Solid State Drive to their High-Performance Mobile Solu

Subject: Storage | March 12, 2008 - 06:24 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA - March 12, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled ultra-fast OCZ SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drives, a lightweight and efficient alternative to conventional hard disc drives. The OCZ SATA II drive is designed to stay abreast of the performance features of high-end notebooks, and is ideal for energy-efficient mobile computing.

Giving USB a voice

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2008 - 05:50 PM |
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The Audiotrak Maya EX5 CE External 5.1 USB Surround Audio Solution seems odd at first, an external USB device built of see through plastic that can provide up to 7.1 channels of sound.  It is all software controlled, which does mean there are less things to break on the device, but also makes it seem very plain.  Digit Life has all the specs on this device, see if it sounds like something you could use.

Source: Digit Life

Round up of Tera!!!

Subject: Storage | March 12, 2008 - 04:18 PM |
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Terabyte harddrives are becoming more common, or else ExtremeTech would never be able to do a seven drive round up.  Five of the drives have been reviewed previously, but they are adding two new drives.  Read on to learn who the king of high capacity storage is!  The review covers more than just speed, in today's world noise and power consumption are also very important.

Source: Extremetech

Yoo hoo ... Hula for you

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2008 - 02:28 PM |
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Hulu, which has been in beta for a while, is now available to the public.  Currently it only works for the USA, but even with that limit, the ability to watch streaming movies and TV over the net is rather nice; they've even got some HD content.  They've made it very similar to watching TV, as you can expect commercial interruptions during your viewing.  Give it a try, you may find that the service they offer is free enough for you to enjoy using it.

Intel to ship 160GB solid-state drive in Q2

Subject: Storage | March 12, 2008 - 02:24 PM |
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It turns out that Intel is indeed going to be manufacturing and selling solid-state hard drives.  The notebook drives (the article says "notebook and laptop drives" but I don't know the difference) will start at 80GB and go up to 160GB and should be available in Q2 of this year.  No prices or anything on them yet.

AMD ships TLB-fixed B3 Opterons

Subject: Processors | March 12, 2008 - 01:52 PM |
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The first B3 steppings of AMD's Opteron processors have finally made their way out into the hand of customers according to this report at Dailytech.  There still isn't any word on when these will start shipping in volume or when the consumers will begin seeing B3 stepping Phenom processors or when we'll get clock speeds to ramp up competitiveness to Intel's parts. 

Source: Daily Tech

NVIDIA answering AMD with their own 55nm GPUs

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 12, 2008 - 01:46 PM |
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According to this report on VR-Zone their is a good chance that NVIDIA's next generation chip will be a die-shrunk version of the G92 architecture.  The current G92 runs on a 65nm process as the 8800 GT and 8800 GTS 512MB cards and a 55nm revision would likely bring higher clocks and lower power - always a plus. 

Source: VR-Zone

Haven't we seen this before?

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 12, 2008 - 01:46 PM |
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It's deja vu all over again, nVIDIA is releasing a 'two cards in one' graphics card, and the initial results aren't encouraging.  The performance isn't that much better, and the price is much higher.  As The Inquirer points out, the price is actually in the same ball park as a 3870X2 AND a 3870.  Three-way CrossfireX for the same price as single card SLI ... which would you go with?

Source: The Inquirer

Could a dual-GPU Radeon HD 3850 X2 be around the corner?

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 12, 2008 - 01:15 PM |
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Could a new graphics card from AMD that uses two HD 3850 GPUs instead of two HD 3870 GPUs be ready for Computex?  That is one rumor that is circulating though the prospect is not as odd as it might first sound.  Remember, the HD 3870 and HD 3850 are essentially the same GPU with different clock speeds and different memory configurations in most cases.  It would be very easy for AMD to simply use two lower clocked GPUs and cut the memory in half to offer a po

NVIDA preparing a benchmark to counter CPU performance claims

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 12, 2008 - 01:11 PM |
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An odd post over at Fudzilla is talking about the possibility that NVIDIA is going to be showing off some kind of benchmark that raises the question of which is more important: the CPU or the GPU.  One can of course guess that the answer would be the GPU if NVIDIA is doing the promoting and apparently the discussion centers on comparing a low-end CPU with a high-end GPU versus a low-end GPU with a high-end CPU. 

Source: fastlanehw

Should have given the programmers more time in the suit

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2008 - 12:25 PM |
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Perhaps if the developers of TimeShift had access to the suit that appears in their game, they could have had enough time to make improvements, or even go back to the beginning of the programming and redesign it completely.  Gamepyre played the game, and found it to be mediocre, although certainly not bad.  The problem for them lay in the time suit and how it was included, as well as some other niggling issues.  It is only $30 to pick up, so perhaps the bar shouldn't be too high.

Source: Gamepyre

Time to start wearing Faraday coats

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2008 - 12:01 PM |
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Over at [H]ard|OCP, they've linked to some rather disturbing news.  Pacemakers are wirelessly hackable.

The only good news is it takes a team of experts and more than $30,000 worth of lab equipment a lot of effort to manage it, so there is little chance that a script-kiddy could download plans to modify a universal remote and do this themselves.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

OCZ Technology Group Addresses Ultra Efficient Cooling with the introduction of the Vendetta 2

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 12, 2008 - 11:20 AM |
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Sunnyvale, CA - March 11, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the OCZ Vendetta 2, an efficient new CPU cooler with a powerful 120mm fan design for maximum performance.

Cheap mobility

Subject: Mobile | March 11, 2008 - 05:23 PM |
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$400 can get you on the road with the Everex VA1500V, a 15" barebones notebook.  What you get on the laptop won't get you anything but strange looks at a LAN party, but it is an easy way to get a hold of everything you need on the road.  engadget has scoop, so head over there and check it out.

Source: engadget

Serious power for the serious builder

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 11, 2008 - 03:04 PM |
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First, the bad news.  PC Power and Cooling's 1KW version of the Turbo-Cool is almost $500, the 860W is not likely to be a lot cheaper.  On the other hand, it won the Gold Award from Lee because of how well executed this PSU is.  From having a peak power higher than the wattage written on the side of the case to it's ability to deliver a steady 64A along it's 12V rail.  If you are looking for the best in PSUs,