Friday, Bloody Friday?

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2008 - 05:36 PM |
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What are perceived as random problems
are often easily diagnosable and repeatable errors, assuming you have the right tools and/or experience to identify them.  You can do it the hard way, and after years of seeing dying PSUs, faulty memory, conductive crud, spyware, adware and viruses you may be able to identify problems as they occur.  Instead you could take the easier and less traumatizing approach, and use a program like Process Explorer which will give you a way to identify the likely suspects interru

If you know you are good you don't have to loudly proclaim your superiority

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2008 - 02:36 PM |
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The recently reviewed NuForce Icon-1 Amplifier and S-1 Speakers take a different approach than many other PC sound systems, a fact that did not escape TECHGAGE.  Instead of loading the system with umpteen billion virtual channels and the ability to hear someone playing an FPS game from the next block, they simplified their entire system and focused on quality.  If your ears are offended by the loud and distorted sounds coming out of your current speakers, maybe this amp and speaker combo

Source: TECHGAGE

We can tell you everything but how it performs

Subject: Motherboards | October 24, 2008 - 01:54 PM |
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The X58 chipset is a great example of how not to do a product release.  We have been seeing plenty of boards that use the new chipset, but we have yet to see a benchmark, for the i7 processor line is still under NDA.  Overclock3D has that exact problem with their review of the ASUS Rampage II Extreme.  You can read all about the various features available on the motherboard, but you won't see any performance numbers.

Source: Overclock3D

State of the quad core market

Subject: Processors | October 24, 2008 - 12:39 PM |
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To kill time waiting for the Corei7 to appear on the market, and likely die in droves as people over-volt them, X-bit Labs is revisiting the current batch of quad core processors.  The ageing Q6600 competes against the newer

Source: X-Bit Labs

To titillate without providing any real information

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2008 - 11:56 AM |
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A butterfly hatching out of a barnacle is probably not a good sign, nor a familiar cityscape arising from the sands of the beach.  The grown up Little Sister still bearing a homemade Big Daddy doll hints that whichever ending you chose in the original; there was something that you missed.  Check the HD teaser over at Cult of Rapture; it's not a trailer, it's a teaser, so don't be too frustrated when you don't have any of your theories proved or disproved.

ATX 2.2 is just a suggestion?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 23, 2008 - 05:41 PM |
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The branding "No Rules Power" on the Xigmatek NRP-MC851 850w Power Supply
might make some people nervous, there are a lot of rules that need to be followed if you want to make a PSU that is even slightly reliable.  [H]ard|OCP was quick to point that out and unfortunately it was a harbinger of bad news to come.  The build is solid, the capacitors used are high quality, as is the technology behind the unit, so it should be a shoe in.  That turned out not to be the case.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The bright lights of the new Ballistix

Subject: Memory | October 23, 2008 - 02:49 PM |
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Crucial's new Ballistix Tracer DIMMS are DDR3-1333 with a CAS Latency of 6 and timings of 6-6-6-20.  It runs at 1.8v, not low enough for a Corei7 system, but lower than many DDR3 kits available.  You won't even need to pump the voltage up too high when overclocking, Think Computers hit DDR3-1818 8-8-8-24 and they only had to raise the DIMMs to 1.84v.  You c

Far Cry 2 Bundle with ANY BFG GTX 200 Series purchase

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 23, 2008 - 01:53 PM |
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For a limited time, and while supplies last only, customers who buy ANY BFG GeForce GTX 200 Series graphics card October 22, 2008 or later, will get

  • a free full copy of Far Cry 2 (DVD) a $50 value.
  • a free full copy of 3DMark Vantage Advanced Edition (online download; BFG will supply Serial Number) a $20 value
  • a BFG branded mini super bright LED torch (priceless!).

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Overwhelmed by choices

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 23, 2008 - 12:33 PM |
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We are going to need a new way to rate low end graphics cards.  There are so many really good choices out there that best price for performance is rather difficult to decide.  Do you go for the high end HD4830 at about $150, or a low end HD4850 for a few dollars more, or do you want a heavily overclocked 9800GT, again about $150?  Do you get cheaper but buy two, or get the fastest single card you can?  Are you willing to pay $17.50 for an extra hundred GFLOPS, or only $7.38? 

We're not dumping them; we'll just treat them like crap until they go away

Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2008 - 12:10 PM |
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nVIDIA is flat out denying that they will be dumping all but six of their resellers, at least when asked by The Inquirer.  That isn't really going to change ECS and the other companies bottom line much however.  nVIDIA cards are sitting on store shelves, but are not being purchased.  Their high end cards are faster, but also more expensive than AMD's offerings and the huge glut of sub-$200 and even sub-$100 cards available means that their market share is falling there

Source: The Inquirer

Far Cry 2 & XFX Exclusive 9 Series Game Bundle

Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2008 - 11:44 AM |
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Journey deep into a war-torn African state to complete an impossible mission: to find the Jackal. Armed only with a copy of Far Cry 2 and an XFX GeForce 9 Series graphics card, you emerge victorious. Don't you just love a happy ending? We do.

Engineered to generate a mind-blowing gaming experience, XFX GeForce 9 Series graphics cards offer such industry-leading features as PhysX, Cuda, PureVideo and Hybrid Power technology. XFX's 9 Series cards deliver the highest data transfer speeds that generate a more realistic game experience.

Source: XFX

Sending a clear signal

Subject: Systems | October 22, 2008 - 06:13 PM |
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Snbeamtech's UFO case will give you a very unique looking system, the clear acrylic lets people see every component you chose in clear detail.  They've expanded their lineup with an HTPC model, keeping the clear acrylic but reducing the size to fit in with stereo components.  Four 80mm fans keep the air moving and your components cool, though you should not expect too much, the acrylic sides do not radiate any heat as metal would.  See right through it in the review on Hardware Secrets.

It's a new beginning for nVIDIA

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 22, 2008 - 02:46 PM |
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The early beta of nVIDIA's 180 series of drivers, which bear the name Big Bang II have arrived just in time for FarCry2.  The major improvements come in the form of changes to multi-monitor support, a topic dear to Ryan's heart.  There are also claims of significant performance increases, and as Ryan is Steaming through the download of FarCry2, you should keep your eyes open for a sneak peek at performance.  You can also bet the game will make it into the benchmarking section of future graphics cards.

The Hush has quietly grown up

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 22, 2008 - 01:43 PM |
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NZXT's Hush is a mid-sized tower with a fair bit of cooling ability and some serious noise reduction features.  That made it a good case for those able to fit their systems into a mid-tower, but leaves those looking for the extra space provided by a full tower.  Enter the Whisper, a full tower E-ATX version with the sam

Source: OCIA

BFG SIX YEAR ANNIVERSARY SALE

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 22, 2008 - 12:54 PM |
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All BFG graphics cards on the BFG Store are at least 10%
off
, and all BFG power supplies (including Scratch and Dent!) are 30% off!

On top of the instant savings, there is an additional $20
off via mail in rebate on the GTX 280 OC, GTX 260 OC MAXCORE, and
the GTX 260 OC - so be sure to view the product page to download the
rebate form.

 

Can I play FarCry 2?

Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2008 - 12:33 PM |
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How much power you will need to play FarCry 2 is a question asked by a lot of gamers, who have not received a good answer until now.  [H]ard|OCP has posted a quick look at the performance of nVIDIA and AMD's top graphics cards to see what you can expect from your system.  The simple answer; if you can play Crysis you can play FarCry2 better.  More specifically at 2560x1600, with all settings at maximum and 16X AF and no anti-aliasing, the sub-$200 HD4850 can average 31fps.&n

Source: [H]ard|OCP

RAID 5 is dead? Oh noes!!!

Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2008 - 12:14 PM |
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If you are some insane masochistic systems admin who loves rebuilding RAID 5 arrays from the ground up every time HDD sizes increase, pay attention; by 2009 you could have a 7 disk RAID5 array built of 2TB drives.  If you connect that 12TB to plain old SATA connections on a discount RAID card and never back-up the drives to any other medium, when one disk on the RAID fails there is a very good chance that a disk read error will travel up the chain of drives and take the whole RAID out.

Source: Slashdot

Thinking big with Seagate

Subject: Storage | October 21, 2008 - 05:33 PM |
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Seagate's Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB runs about $190, or roughly 13 cents per gigabyte.  It has four 375GB platters and a 32MB cache which offers some strange results.  The 7200.11 series have never been the fastest drives, especially writing, and the extra size of the platters has slowed the seek times down.  It is the cheapest way to get a huge amount of storage in a standard drive, which will mean a lot to some who are far more concerned by size than speed

What's up Mac?

Subject: Mobile | October 21, 2008 - 02:15 PM |
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Ars Technica has put together a large, as in two parts, review of the new Apple MacBook Pro.  The first part deals with the aesthetics, the packaging and the extras that come with it.  The second part delves into it's capabilities, general benchmarks as well as Windows gaming performance.  See how well it stacks up to the hype.

Source: Ars Technica

Corsair Launches Triple Pack Memory modules for Intel Core i7 processors

Subject: Memory | October 21, 2008 - 02:01 PM |
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Fremont, CA, October 21st, 2008 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, announced today that it is launching a full line of DDR3 performance memory products designed for Intel Core i7 processor.

Designed to take advantage of the Core i7 processor's triple-channel memory controller, Corsair will offer memory solutions supporting three different DDR3 memory speeds in triple memory packs: 1333MHz, 1600MHz and 1866MHz. The 1866MHz Corsair DDR3 modules will be the world's fastest Intel Core i7 solution.