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Subject: Motherboards | October 7, 2008 - 02:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Josh's look at the 790GX chipset covered it's performance in Windows, concentrating on it's gaming performance as well as it's abilities to power an HTPC. Most PCPer readers are Windows users on their main rig, or their gaming rig at the very least; our HTPC users and general Linux fans are not. That's the perfect cue for Phoronix to step in and see just how well the 790GX chipset works, specifically on Ubuntu 8.04 with the Catalyst 8.9 driver, Linux 2.6.24 kernel, and X Server 22.214.171.124.
Subject: Mobile | October 7, 2008 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The LapLogic G800 Aerogel Extreme is a pad to place between your laptop and your lap to prevent your legs from being slow cooked while you are working. It's outer shell is ballistic nylon and it's interior is two layers, one of Aerogel and one made from LapLogic's own special heat resistant material. Those layers protect you and do a great job of removing heat from your laptop as well.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 7, 2008 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TopPower has a pair of new PSUs out, under the name PowerBird. Available in 900W and 1100W varieties, both sporting high efficiency ratings and 120mm fans to keep the temperature and noise levels down. Both PSUs did manage to pas [H]ard|OCP's torture tests, though there was a little bit more action on the 12V rails during the full power tests. See if that is enough to turn you off this brand by reading the full review.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 7, 2008 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD has finally gone with their long discussed 'Asset Light' program, now in new improved 'Asset Smart' flavour, in partnership with a Saudi Arabian company based in Abu Dahbi, called ATIC. Ryan has already weighed in on this topic, and you can read the official press release from AMD as well. If you are still starved for more information, or confused and trying to get as much information as you can before buying as much AMD stock as possible, or using it as napkins,
AMD and Advanced Technology Investment Company of Abu Dhabi to Create New Leading-Edge Semiconductor
Subject: General Tech | October 7, 2008 - 11:15 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NEW YORK - October 7, 2008 - AMD and the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) of Abu Dhabi today announced the creation of a U.S.-headquartered, leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing company to address growing demand for independent, leading-edge foundry production capabilities.
Subject: Processors | October 7, 2008 - 12:37 AM | Ryan Shrout
So, if you make an announcement the night before you make an announcement about making an announcement, doesn't that just beg the press to find out what that same announcement is early? That is what happened to the fine folks at AMD tonight when they sent out a press release about a "significant corporate announcement" tomorrow.
Subject: Systems | October 6, 2008 - 05:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
An HTPC can really add a lot of functionality to your current TV and stereo system, but the cases aren't always the perfect shape for your current home theatre stand. If you have a snazzy HTPC that doesn't fit, or are not particularly interested in picking up a purpose built HTPC case, consider the SageTV HD Media Extender. I4U took a look at this device which supports inputs including MPEG1, 2, 4, H.264 up to 1080p, and many more. It outputs via HDMI, component, composite and S-Video and it's audio include
Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2008 - 02:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Keylogging is bad ... unless you are doing it to your own PC to find out exactly how your screen gets flipped and random icons are deleted from your desktop by a mysterious someone. It is the perfect way to find out just who is doing what to your PC if it is in an area where a roommate, pet or child can get at. Unfortunately, from what happened during R&B Mod's testing, you might not be the only one with access to the keystroke record. Be warned.
Subject: Storage | October 6, 2008 - 01:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Having an external HDD enclosure can be very handy, especially if it can hot-swap drives. It does add to the clutter of cables running around your PC, with data and power cables not looking particularly good even if the enclosure does. ICY DOCK's MB672SKGF-B is an internal HDD enclosure that supports hot-swapping and helps keep your area clean; all the cabling is inside the case. As an added bonus you also get an LCD screen on
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 6, 2008 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you haven't checked out the reviews of the HD4670 yet, you probably don't realize just how great a value this card is. For under $100 you can actually play Crysis @ 1024x768 on high with 8xAF and stay well over 30fps. As an HTPC card it is even more powerful, it supports all of AMD's recent additions to their HD processing, so BluRay playback will be smooth and the card can stream 7.1 ACM audio out the HDMI connection for single cable HTPC ou
Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2008 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The current scourge of humanity, if the RIAA, MPAA, MicroSoft and others are to be believed is counterfeiting and piracy. Every copied movie or Windows disk is a threat to the very existence of the free world and it's economy. That may well be true on some level, but there are far worse examples to prosecute, like the fake mil-spec chips that are becoming very common purchases for a cash strapped US Armed Forces. Imaging how upset you would be if a CPU you purcahsed for your home PC turned out not to be what it claimed to be. Now imagine that the fake chip is powering a
Subject: Processors | October 6, 2008 - 01:41 AM | Ryan Shrout
We have been hearing rumors about a potential connection between the CPU voltage of the upcoming Intel Nehalem processor and the system memory for a few weeks but now we have some much more concrete evidence. Images at this site of the ASUS P6T X58 motherboard reveal a sticker on the DIMM slots that says the following:
"...DIMMs with voltage setting over 1.65v may damage the CPU..."
Will BIOS work arounds be the answer for this?
Subject: Motherboards | October 6, 2008 - 01:37 AM | Ryan Shrout
I saw this post in our forums over the weekend and thought it deserved a little front page love: AudioFreak39 posted up some pictures of a test bed configuration running one of the upcoming Nehalem Core i7 965 processors, Intel X58 Smackover motherboard with lots of images of the BIOS on the board as well!
Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2008 - 05:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You know it is going to be a bad day when all of your folders start going on walkabout, and don't seem to plan on coming back. Drop by and see if there are any gems of wisdom you can offer, or that you might be able to use for yourself and save the sensitive ears of poor unfortunate woodland critters. On the other hand, if you are in the mood for something a little more uplifting, check out the overclock on this Phenom X4!
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 3, 2008 - 02:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At 120 x 128 x 161.1mm, the CoolerMaster V8 is one large chunk of heatsink. It's size does allow it to use a 120mm fan which offers good cooling power without a lot of noise. The retention brackets will allow you to install the cooler on current AMD and Intel systems, but unfortunately you will not be able to use it with Socket 1366
processors. Check out the full review at Bjorn3D.
Subject: Processors | October 3, 2008 - 01:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new flagship CPU from AMD is the AMD Phenom X4 9950 Black Edition, which finally gives AMD a product that can beat the Q6600 at a comparable price. Even better, the overclock that Guru 3D managed on this processor indicates that you can really push this chip, if you stick it in a 790G board. Read on for all the benchmarks of a chip that
Subject: Motherboards | October 3, 2008 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The EVGA nForce 780i SLI FTW is an attempt to compete against Intel's historically more powerful chipsets. Unfortunately, it fell short in a few key areas; it is a DDR2 board in a DDR3 world and it really doesn't offer
much improvement over the original version of the 780i. Add to that it's less that stellar performance on [H]ard|OCP's torture testing and you can see why
Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2008 - 11:31 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tweak Guides has just finished updating their Windows Tweaking Companion. Available in both Vista and XP flavoured versions, the guide is a compilation of just about every single tweak and optimization that can be found out there on the net. As always, bear in mind that like any other type of tweaking, there is a chance that things can go horribly, horribly wrong. Make sure you have backups and an idea what it is that you are changing.
Subject: Memory | October 2, 2008 - 05:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While just about any DIMM you buy today has a heat spreader on it at the very least, not all of the cooling solutions offered by memory makers are as good as others. If you do find yourself having heat problems with your RAM, try the Thermaltake RamOrb memory cooler. The only major difficulty that you could encounter is the removal of the original heatsinks so that you can use the RamOrb, other than that it should be as easy as it was for TweakTown.
Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2008 - 04:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
North America certainly does not have a monopoly on high end system builders. Check out Beast Computers based in the UK for an example of that. CPU3D just finished reviewing their Aphros Reality Gaming PC, with custom watercooling that is good enough to allow a Intel QX9770 to hit 4136 MHz and keep a pair of 4870X2s from cooking themselves. Check out the heavily modified Lian Li PC-P80 B that the entire system is housed in.