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Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2008 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at [H]ard|OCP, they've linked to some rather disturbing news. Pacemakers are wirelessly hackable.
The only good news is it takes a team of experts and more than $30,000 worth of lab equipment a lot of effort to manage it, so there is little chance that a script-kiddy could download plans to modify a universal remote and do this themselves.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 12, 2008 - 11:20 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CA - March 11, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the OCZ Vendetta 2, an efficient new CPU cooler with a powerful 120mm fan design for maximum performance.
Subject: Mobile | March 11, 2008 - 05:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
$400 can get you on the road with the Everex VA1500V, a 15" barebones notebook. What you get on the laptop won't get you anything but strange looks at a LAN party, but it is an easy way to get a hold of everything you need on the road. engadget has scoop, so head over there and check it out.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 11, 2008 - 03:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
First, the bad news. PC Power and Cooling's 1KW version of the Turbo-Cool is almost $500, the 860W is not likely to be a lot cheaper. On the other hand, it won the Gold Award from Lee because of how well executed this PSU is. From having a peak power higher than the wattage written on the side of the case to it's ability to deliver a steady 64A along it's 12V rail. If you are looking for the best in PSUs,
Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2008 - 01:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are Razer it is all about building a better mouse pad. The Destructor is their newest, and it has "Fractal textured surface". Find out what that is, and if it works or not, over at Hardware Zone.
"Victory lies beneath your mouse when you embrace the Razer Destructor, Razer's newest gaming mouse pad for 'leet'
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
Subject: Displays | March 11, 2008 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Techgage delivered a warning during their review of the ASUS VW222, and that warning was to avoid the monitor altogether. They found the 22" TN panel LCD to be a poster child for every problem that can occur when using that type of LCD. Even with it's fast response rate, poor colour replication and a very noticeable screen door effect real detract from what could have been a good LCD.
You should keep an eye on this review though, ASUS contacted Techgage as they believe that the monitor they tested may have been defective; there will be an update soon.
"The display market is chalked-full of models that fill up the quality spectrum, from sub-par up to high-end. The VW222 falls into the sub-par category, sadly, with overall poor color representation and noticeable screen-door effects, resulting in a model that should not be considered for purchase."
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- How to Rotate your Samsung 245BW @ Simon Lau.ca
- Gateway XHD3000 30-inch Wide-Screen @ Techgage
- Princeton VL2018W 20.1-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor Review @ ThinkComputers
- How To Build Your Own Home Theatre Screen @ Ascully
- Asus PM17TU 17inch Gamer LCD Display Review @ PCSTATS
- NEC PlasmaSync 60XC10 60-inch Plasma HDTV @ I4U
Subject: General Tech | March 11, 2008 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Particularly the City of Nanaimo, which has become the world's most Google-able place. With a little help from Google Earth you can take a virtual tour of the downtown and harbour, there are listings of the businesses and even some physical information about features in the city. Find out more about what was done, and how to take a tour, on Slashdot.
... and here some people were upset that Google took a picture of their cat.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 10, 2008 - 06:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Nexus Hush kit is a package with several ways to reduce the amount of noise coming from your PC. From PCI backplates with holes, to HDD mounts to fans, the kit is designed to reduce the overall noise through a variety of methods. Techware Labs loved the kit, especially the northbridge pipe.
Subject: Motherboards | March 10, 2008 - 05:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tyan has just released the Tempest i5400XT, a server class motherboard for the Quad-core Xeons based on the Intel 5400 MCH chipset. Support for 64Gb of fully buffered RAM is included, as is a pair of PCI Express 16x slots, in case you want SLI on your server. Phoronix can tell you all about Tyan's newest in their full article.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 10, 2008 - 01:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has run tests comparing the BFGTech 9600 GT OC in SLI; about $400 if you can find them for sale, against a GeForce 8800 GTX, also about $400. Which one offers you the best performance for your dollar?
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 10, 2008 - 12:27 PM | Ryan Shrout
I usually try not to post individual deals like this one, but Newegg.com has an MSI 8800 GT card that is overclocked to 660 MHz core that goes for a final price of $174.99! The price is $229.99 - $10 MIR - $30 MIR - $15 for promo code "MSIVGA15" for a total price of $174.99; if you can live with the mail-in rebates.
Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2008 - 12:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If Tim Sweeney's statement that "Now, 60% of PCs on the market don't have a workable graphics processor at all." is true, then higher end PC gaming is indeed in an odd spot. On the other hand, high end gaming is not the be all end all of PC gaming. If Intel's integrated graphics can't handle Crysis, they can certainly manage Civilizations 4, and can probably make a good try at WoW. Intel is also not the integrated chipset to watch right now, that distinction belongs to AMD and the 7-series chipset, which can handle some newer FPS games out of the box, and has no trouble when
Subject: General Tech | March 10, 2008 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Aperture 2.0 has arrived to win back those who shudder at the memory of Aperture 1.0. Ars Technica found most of the bugs and the major complaints that they had with previous versions have been fixed in this new version. They do still have a few reservations, like some issues with metadata and Vaults. If you've got a Mac and a digital camera, check out what this software can do for you.
Subject: Mobile | March 8, 2008 - 08:58 PM | Ryan Shrout
Well, if you were interested in the ASUS U2E notebook that we recently reviewed, you'll be glad to know that the standard hard drive model, the U2E-A1B is now on sale. Newegg.com has it for $2099.99 - a little bit higher than the price ASUS quoted us but reasonable none the less.
Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2008 - 11:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
General PC can be a time consuming project, especially when you like to do everything the hard way, by using the built in tools in Windows. In the General Forum, there is a thread talking about TuneUp 2008 and other programs designed to make maintenance a little easier.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 7, 2008 - 02:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OZC's long awaited Cryo-Z Phase Change Cooler arrived on the test bench of TweakTown recently, and of course they tested it out. The cooler it's self is very powerful, and sub zero temperatures are easy for it to maintain. Unfortunately the quality of the build was sub par for OZC, who are usually much better about that sort of thing. It is also incredibly loud, but it is a phase change cooler and they aren't about subtlety.
Subject: Processors | March 7, 2008 - 02:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Phenom's infamous TLB issue had been eclipsed by the performance hit you take when using the fix. What would really help many prospective AMD system buyers is a big list of motherboards that tells which have a switch to disable or enable the TLB fix. Well, you had better thank The Tech Report because that is exactly what they did.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 7, 2008 - 01:47 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you are looking for new mainstream graphics card, today might be the day to jump on that deal. XFX sent over word of a completely new pricing structure for their 8800 GT 512MB, 9600 GT 512MB and 8800GS 384MB cards. Here's the deal:
Subject: Shows and Expos | March 7, 2008 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCC spent yesterday making sure they had caught everything at Cebit the first time around. As it turns out they missed quiet a bit and are making up for it with a bunch of pictures of the displays. If you missed any of there previous posts, they are all combined into this article, so you can see everything.
Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2008 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel seems worried about the integrated graphics chipset market. According to this story on DigiTimes, we can expect to see another IGP from Intel, this one being the most powerful. The 780G chipset from AMD is going to be a serious competitor with it's ability to support CrossfireX, but Intel's GM47 will be clocked faster.