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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.
Subject: Mobile | October 2, 2008 - 03:37 PM | Ryan Shrout
Back in September we told you about a lawsuit being placed against NVIDIA and its CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, by NVIDIA shareholders, claiming that NVIDIA held back information about its problems with poor manufactured mobility GPUs. Now, NVIDIA is being taken to court once again, this time with friends HP and Dell in hand.
Subject: Storage | October 2, 2008 - 03:25 PM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like we have another player in the storage market bowing out to its competitors - Fujitsu is apparently selling off their HDD and storage division to Western Digital, one of the market's key leaders in technology and performance. Along with the deal comes the HDD manufacturering plants that Fujitsu owns in Japan, the Philippines and Thailand and an additional 7.1% market share to add to Western Digital's 22.5%.
Subject: Mobile | October 2, 2008 - 03:19 PM | Ryan Shrout
Apparently in Japan AMD is publicly showing off an updated version of their mobility discrete graphics product that will fall under the Radeon HD 4000-series moniker. The new part will obviously offer improved graphics and gaming performance but also adds full hardware decode support for Blu-ray video.
Subject: Motherboards | October 2, 2008 - 03:11 PM | Ryan Shrout
While photos of motherboards might not get everyone revved up, I think you'll find this pictorial view of the Gigabyte X58-based EX58-EXTREME to be pretty impressive. The board includes an absolutely massive heatpipe add-on, six DDR3 memory slots, three PCI Express x16 slots, ten SATA ports, eight USB 2.0 connections and is really, really shiny.
Subject: Displays | October 2, 2008 - 02:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Soyo Pearl Series 24-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor is a 2ms response time, 1920x1200 native resloution with built in speakers and support for both DVI and VGA input. Think Computers thought it a rather nice choice for gamers, especially those who prefer a glossy screen on their LCD; those who like a matte finish may disagree.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 2, 2008 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Arctic Cooling Accelero Turbo Module will appeal to a certain type of enthusiast; those who want a rig that is impressive for what it can do, not how it looks. If you drop by Tweaknews you can see why they describe it as not terribly attractive, a giant heatsink obscuring any vie
Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2008 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As we discussed on the podcast, AMD's first 45nm parts will be aimed at the server market and they will be arriving soon. According to DigiTimes, the first nine processors should be appearing within the next couple of months. They won't even be that slow, with some models well above 2GHz. If you want the high performance versions, you will have to wait until February.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 1, 2008 - 07:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
"Today we will have a look at the Dark Power Pro 1200W unit from Be Quiet, a product optimized for the best possible acoustics
performance despite its monstrous power output. The Dark Power Pro P7 series 1200W is the most advanced and powerful unit Be
Quiet currently produce and it has some remarkable specifications."
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