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Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 8, 2008 - 03:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
On the one hand the Sigma Shark SP-635 did pass every test that [H]ard|OCP put it through, including the torture test. On the other hand, it displayed some very active rails, and emitted a very high pitched scream once it hit it's peak temperature of 76C. It also has a fairly low efficiency compared to some other popular models, and a weak 12V rail, so don't expect it to so well in an SLI/Crossfire configuration. It should be fairly stable for other applications, and the
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 8, 2008 - 02:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at bit-tech you can see the build process and the final product of one serious case mod. A dedicated Blue engineer has gathered enough supplies to erect a dispenser powerful enough to run Team Fortress 2. Even if you aren't a fan of the game, thequality of this build makes it worth checking out!
Subject: Storage | July 8, 2008 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Silicon Power is a company that hopes to make it's name in the storage market, but they are off on the wrong foot with their Silicon Power 64GB SATA SSD. While the price of the disk is below $1000, the performance that Benchmark Reviews saw in their testing placed it firmly in the middle of the previous generation of SSDs. It does have a nice metal shell that looks a little more impressive than the plastic covers seen on other SSD
Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2008 - 11:36 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer stumbled upon some screenshots of an unreleased 45nm chip from Intel. The current chip with the closest specs is the E2200, which retails for about $80. This new chip, being a little faster should run about $100. If these screens are to be trusted; the chip is capable of hitting 4GHz with a FSB of 1280MH.
Subject: Mobile | July 8, 2008 - 11:07 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (July 8th, 2008) - ASUS today introduces the new generation of Eee PC. The new models include revolutionary features that are designed to enhance efficiency and connectivity. With up to 7.8 hours of battery life, Eee PC users can enjoy portability while work, learn and play on-the-go.The all new Eee PC 901 and 1000 are equipped with built-in SSD (Solid State Drive) while the 1000 H adopts a 3.5" Hard Disk Drive (HDD).
Subject: Memory | July 7, 2008 - 05:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Aeneon is another of the companies trying to keep DDR2 competitive, having just introduced the XTune DDR2-1142 2GB kit. With timings of 5-5-5-12 and that extra bit of speed, these modules can compete with some of the other top name brands. Unfortunately, they are not for sale yet but you can see how they perform at Tweaktown.
Subject: Mobile | July 7, 2008 - 02:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The MSI Wind is the newest model in that strange new world of subnotebooks/UMPCs that has become a very competitive market. It is running an Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz on a Intel 945GSE and ICH7M chipset and supports 1024x600 on it's 10" LCD, so you don't have to squint to badly to see text. HEXUS' favourite
feature has to be the keyboard, it's not full size but it is certainly bigger than the Eee's! Read on to see how well it fares.
Subject: Motherboards | July 7, 2008 - 02:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA does have one market in which it holds an advantage over AMD, assuming that it's hardware problems are under control with the 8300. In The Tech Report's testing of the Zotac built mATX-sized board with the new GeForce 8300, the nVIDIA offering beats the AMD 780G in almost all tests, including HD playback. There are some heat and CPU utilization differences beween the two onboard graphics solutions, but if all you are concerned about is great HD from onboard, check this review out.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 7, 2008 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
InsideHW takes a step back before reviewing AMD's new 48xx graphics cards. Instead of putting up benchmarks and maximum playable resolutions, they focus on some of the technology that allows the cards to perform well and produce the quality of graphics we have seen. Read through their full article for a deeper look into the architecture that has helped AMD so much with this generation of graphics cards.
Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2008 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have a spare $1400, why not splurge on some powered luggage. The LiveLuggage PA is a hard shelled suitcase with the ability to help push it's self along when it is pulled by it's handle, therefore destroying the most attractive feature for many, you can't ride it and you can send it chasing after people. With only 2 hours of power it won't help you on a road trip, but if you like carting around 70lbs of gadgets whenever you travel, you take a look at it on Digital Tr
Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2008 - 05:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you miss the old IBM Model Ms, that gave you a nice juicy click every time you pressed a key and every time you release the key, then try the Das Keyboard Professional. Not only does it have the right feel to it, it is sturdy enough to defend your cubicle when co-workers come over to try to take it, and it's sound effects away. If you have any idea what I mean, drop by ExtremeTech, otherwise invest in some earplugs.
Subject: Systems | July 3, 2008 - 02:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
techPowerUp has snagged one of the new AMD PCIe TV Wonder 600s, which along with its' 650 brother are the first AIW products we have seen in quite some time. The is the less expensive model, so it is missing some of the features of the higher end model such as a slim profile and HD support. It does handle digital cable, so you don't have to worry about the death of analog TV.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 3, 2008 - 01:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Drop by Tweaktown for a walkthrough of removing stock heatspreaders from RAM and replacing them with 3rd party coolers. Their article specifically pertains to Kingston DDR2 and a Nexus heatpipe cooler, but the theory does carry over to other models. Especially seeing as how they cover 3 different methods of removing the stock coolers, which is really the hardest part.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 3, 2008 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lee has just finished up a review of the Corsair HX1000W PSU, a very well made PSU with nothing not to recommend it. The price is in line with the quality and the power provided, but if a PSU can impress Lee this much, you know every penny is well spent. Besides, how can you complain about the price of your PSU after sticking 3 graphics cards in your system, which is what the HX1000 is designed for.
Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2008 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA is really having a lousy summer. Their attempt to distract from AMD's launch pf the HD4800 series with the 9800GTX+ was all but ignored by reviewers; those few who did review it tended to lean towards AMD's cheaper offerings. Now it comes out that their notebook chipsets and graphics have serious problems, problems that may extend to their add-on cards as well. AMD now has an opportunity to lay the boots in, as their dual GPU HD4870 X2 should be out in a month.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 2, 2008 - 05:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
But that is about all the benefit you will see from nVIDIA's PhysX capable GPUs,
unless you are one of the few still playing UT3 (like me). Those benefits that you saw in 3DMark, and heard arguing about, are really the only benefit. UT3 is better with the stand alone card and as it stands currently, GRAW is not compatible with the GPU PhysX; which may change in the near future. Drop by Techgage for some hard numbers on the benefits of nVIDIA's newest feature.
Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2008 - 02:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
iMetal's iP-HS2 Isolation Headset will work on anything that can use headphones, though it is branded as an iPhone accessory. You feel a little odd having a microphone attached your MP3 player, but the advanatages of isolating in-the-ear headsets may make you want it anyways. Drop by I4U and get a look at these neodymium driven ear buds.
Subject: Processors | July 2, 2008 - 01:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD is thinking conservatively with it's Phenom line which will hopefully pay off in the business and server markets, for they are not impressing the enthusiast with their three new chips. The chips are faster than previous offerings and retain the low pricing, gaining a reduced TDP and unlocked multipliers. Drop by Ars Technica for an overview of the 2Ghz Phenom 9350e compared against an underclocked 9850.
Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2008 - 12:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Blizzard is one company that gets a big break from gamers. StarCraft came out a long time ago, but there are no running gags about StarCraft 2's release, even after a year of screenshots and teasers. The same goes for Diablo, which has been close to a decade since it's last update and is finally getting updated. Ars Technica can tell you more about Blizzard's announcement of Diablo 3, as well as links to the official site and several of the ne
Subject: General Tech | July 2, 2008 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The dire warning we heard on The Simpsons may soon come true, if the story on Slashdot is correct. For some strange reasons the rare earth elements used in many processes today are in short supply. You may not have heard much about hafnium, gallium or indium but they are present in trace amounts in almost all of your electronics, and they are necessary for current technology. If there are no replacements, substitutes or large undiscovered deposits that can be reached, peak oil may be the le