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Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 13, 2008 - 01:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Best Buy has decided to sell their own PSUs, the 400W Dynex and the 700W Rocketfish. Chances are most builders haven't even considered a Best Buy branded PSU, let alone any other components from a retailer, but if you know anyone with a pre-configured PC from Best Buy or has had a visit from the Geek Squad, you may find one of these lurking inside. Considering that the 400W died under [H]ard|OCP's 200W test, you may want to target that for replacement immediately.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 13, 2008 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The GeForce 9600 GSO is hard to find for sale right now, but is bound to gain quickly in popularity once it is available. The replacement to the GS line of cards, it uses SM4 but it's memory is shaved down to 384MB GDDR3, clocked to 1600MHz with the core clocked at 550 MHz. It will sell for under $100 once it is fully stocked and offers performance that in certain cases meets or beats the HD 3850. If you have a limited budget and a screen that tops out at 1280x1024, let the G
Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2008 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's purchase of TSMC while AMD didn't exactly have much spare cash lying around spawned quite a bit of discussion about their plans. The agreed upon answer was that this was AMDs 'fab light' strategy in action and that TSMC would take over the production of GPUs and CPUs for AMD. The GPU line did indeed start up quickly, but the Phenom was build in AMD facilities, not TSMC's. According to DigiTimes, TSMC is indeed doing test runs for CPU dies, so we may see more of Hector
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 13, 2008 - 01:57 AM | Ryan Shrout
In a very interesting interview with CNet, NVIDIA's top-brass was once again talking about Intel, Larrabee and how NVIDIA wants to see a more open, non-monopolistic PC environment. There are some very interesting points in the discussion that touch on many aspects of the NVIDIA and Intel relationship.
Subject: Systems | May 13, 2008 - 01:37 AM | Ryan Shrout
Even though we just recently were gifted with the release of the Dell XPS 630, a move intended to bring the Dell XPS line to a lower cost product range, it would appear that the company plans on dropping a lot of their XPS line in order to help with the financial issues the company has had. While we are not sure which of the XPS products will survive, or for how long, or what the XPS notebooks' fate is, the idea will apparently be to continue to push the Alienware brand for high-perf
Subject: Storage | May 12, 2008 - 05:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Super Talent Pico drive lineup is very impressive, if you are looking for compact storage. The biggest drive, 8Gb, is only 1.5" long and the others shrink from that. Bjorn3D thought that a little decoration, like an LED fro activity would be a nice touch, but that overall these drives are some of the best they have seen. Just make sure not to drop one, you may never see it again.
Subject: Mobile | May 12, 2008 - 04:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The NZXT Cryo LX Notebook Cooler will keep your gaming notebook cool. Built of aluminium and sporting 3 120mm fans, it is almost a giant heatsink sucking hot air out of your laptop as fast as it can. Think Computers tried it out on a Dell XPS M1210 and saw a 12C drop in temperature under load.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 12, 2008 - 02:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Then Lian Li has the perfect case for you. The Armorsuit PC-P80R is designed to hold all the components you need, with a bright red finish and Crossfire X and Spider branding on the side. It is a fine case, holding up the standards of the unbranded Armoursuit series, and perfect for anyone wanting to advertise their loyalty to AMD. Check it out at techPowerUp!
Subject: Motherboards | May 12, 2008 - 01:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DFI's LanParty series has been going strong for years, and their newest board, the LT X48 T2R is no disappointment. You can see in bit-tech's review that this X48 based board has a lot of extras, including one very impressive passive chipset cooler.
Subject: General Tech | May 12, 2008 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Assassin's Creed has generated it's own little soap opera, involving AMD, nVIDIA and their 'The Way It's Meant To Be Played' marketing tool. The rabble has been roused by early tests on Assassin's Creed showing that with DX10.1 the AMD graphics cards were showing some remarkable performance. Come the release date, Ubisoft, a partner with nVIDIA's marketspeak TWIMTBP disabled DX10.1 due to a bug. Read the full script of this drama over at The Tech Report.
Subject: Processors | May 12, 2008 - 11:26 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - May 12, 2008- AMD (NYSE:AMD) today
introduced the industry's first energy-efficient x86 server processors
with four processing cores and an integrated memory controller all in a
low 55-watt ACP thermal envelope.
Subject: Storage | May 12, 2008 - 09:32 AM | Ryan Shrout
Thecus N5200 Series Brings Surveillance to Property Owners with Network Camera Functionality
Many property owners are victims of property break-ins and therefore would spend a fortune on surveillance systems to protect their properties. Normally, these equipments involve complicated operations and are always confusing to users, not to mention they are always expensive. It would not be economical to home owners. Thecus has brought a low-cost but effective alternative by incorporating network camera on to Thecus N5200 series products.
Subject: Chipsets | May 8, 2008 - 06:16 PM | Ryan Shrout
At the request and repeated insistence of NVIDIA, we decided to retest
our performance results above; NVIDIA said they had seen no problems
with the Hybrid Power over the mGPU as dramatic as we saw here. We
retested all three titles at got some slightly different results; at
least on the one title that stood out:
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 8, 2008 - 06:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We all admit that having SLI'd GeForce 9800 GX2s gives you the best performance currently, but not many of us have $1200 to drop on a pair of cards. The Tech Report, undaunted by the number of cards they would need to look at has accepted the challenge of finding the best price versus performance on the graphics market today. There are even good mid range SLI setups to consider.
Subject: Memory | May 8, 2008 - 03:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thanks to ever increasing clock rates, and lower latencies than DDR3; DDR2 is still going strong. One of your newest choices is the Kingston HyperX 2GB PC2-9200 kit a pair of 1Gb DIMMs. The default clock speed of 1150MHz is strange, but hitting 1200MHz is awfully easy, as you can see at Big Bruin.
Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2008 - 01:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Razer's Destructor Professional Gaming Mat claims some rather impressive improvements in mouse movement when you use it. Think Computers concurs, they found that when they used to mat, they actually had to reduce their mouse's sensitivity. Check out the pad it's self, it's carrying case, and ponder over their warning; "excessive rubbing of the mousepad will result in numbing in the fingers."
Subject: Systems | May 8, 2008 - 01:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The VL System M-Play Blast is a combo LCD display and remote control perfect for an HTPC system that doesn't have either set up in it's case. It gives you a lot more freedom to choose an HTPC case, as you are no longer limited to picking up a case that has them already included. Check out the software suite and hardware over at Tweaknews.
Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2008 - 01:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Crossover cables and the simple bit of networking setup you need to seems to have become too much work. The USB Fever USB 2.0 Computer Copy Cable makes it much easier. Drop by OCIA and see if you want to add this $20 doohickey for your mobile repair toolbox.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 7, 2008 - 05:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not to say that the Antec Signature 850W is a bad PSU, in fact it is far from it. The problem lies in it's marketing; you might expect a Signature Series to be the best a company can provide. Instead, with an MSRP of $299 this Antec PSU is not certified for either SLI or Crossfire and it's voltage varies almost all the way to the edges of the ATX specs. It is good, but not as good others AnandTech has reviewed.