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Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2007 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today will be a busy day for anyone running Windows who likes to test out beta updates or make sure they keep their systems totally up to date. The first update is the one the vast majority of people will want to try, but is also the hardest to get. If you are a Microsoft TechNet Plus subscriber (as in you've given Microsoft money for a subscription) then you can get your hands on Windows XP Service Pack 3. Unfortunately, if you only have a regular TechNet subs
Subject: Memory | December 12, 2007 - 05:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Patriot's Extreme Performance 2GB PC2-9600 DDR2-1200MHz seems to be running as fast as it can go on it's factory defaults. No matter what Overclockers Club tried, they could not get the DIMMs to be stable at even a 5MHz frequency bump. That's not to say you shouldn't consider this RAM, it's EPP function worked perfectly on the 680i motherboard t
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 12, 2007 - 03:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you upgrade your video system, or slap in a second card, you may find your old power supply gagging under the load and not giving you the reliable power that you had before. You can go out and buy a bigger PSU and relegate your previous one to the 'might use one day' pile, or you can check out the Ultra Power Partner. Overclockers Club slipped one into their case
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 12, 2007 - 01:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you don't think you have found out everything you can possibly know about the new 8800GTS, or want to see how different vendors handled this new card, check out the Tech Report's review of the EVGA 8800GTS. The SLI testing they did offers even more confusion into nVIDIA's naming scheme, as now we have a GTS model that can outperform GTX cards, and GT that can out perform the older GTS. Just try figuring out which card you need, can afford, and most of call ... can actually find for sale.
Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2007 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One MMO that has received a lot of attention, and had many waiting impatiently, is Tabula Rasa. While DriverHeaven doesn't think it lived up to the high bar that it set for it's self as a totally fresh start, the Sci-Fi aspects and incorporation of Logos (a type of magic) can be quite enthralling. They also found that the group combat is a more friendly affair, and helping out some poor sap who's bitten off more than they can chew will offer you an experience reward.
Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2007 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at Dan's Data, your mother's advice about ears and noses is being ignored, as Dan tests out the ETime Home Endoscope, aka the Digital Pen Camera. While exploring your earwax for signs of civilization, proving the existence of that last hair on your head or spelunking through your sinuses for the piece of Lego you lost long ago are fine activities to perform on your own, there is something you must remember.
Subject: Memory | December 12, 2007 - 11:13 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Attend a free Webcast on December 13th to hear how the next generation of memory, DDR3 technology, will improve your desktop and mobile computing experience from leading companies working with the technology: Intel, ASUS, and Kingston.
The Webcast will include a discussion of DDR3, XMP performance specification, and performance motherboards and memory. Participants may also participate in a live Q&A session at the conclusion of the Webcast.
Subject: Editorial | December 11, 2007 - 10:00 PM | Josh Walrath
Mario Rivas, Executive VP of the Computing Products Group
sat down for a very enlightening interview hosted by CRN. The reporter asked tough questions, and Mario
gave some surprisingly honest and straightforward answers. As we all know, AMD has had a rough time of
it, and the editorials about the perception of their external marketing and
product placement have been rearing their heads as of late.
Subject: Storage | December 11, 2007 - 05:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Does the time it takes to burn 25GB of data got you down? The brand new LG GGW-H20L Super Multi Blue burns regular Blu-ray disks at 6x speed, but the rewritable versions are stuck at 2x. There was a little bit of a problem when burning Blu-ray at high speed, but it was easily fixed and shouldn't be a concern for anyone looking at this drive. Unfortunately, CDRLabs couldn't tell us how much this drive will cost.
Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2007 - 03:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCMODSHOP has investigated the ways that you can take XM's satellite feed and record it using Media Centre so that you can catch all your favourite shows when you have the time. Seeing as how you can hear hockey, basketball or whatever sport you prefer, on top of regularly scheduled radio shows, you never have to miss them again just because you had to do some work.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 11, 2007 - 02:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a new cooling company called Nanoxia who has provided a very bizarre looking cooler to Tweaknews to test out. With a very UFO inspired top, and a bright green colour it stands out as very unique. As well it incorporates heatpipes and fins directly on the contact surface, so your die is being cooled by more than just heatpipes that can lessen the amount of heat for the fins to cool.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 11, 2007 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The already confusing suffixes on nVIDIA's video cards got even more confusing with the release of a GT that out performed the GTS model. Usually they run GT --> GTS -->GTX --> Ultra, but with the switch to G92 the GT outperformed the GTS, except when the extra memory of the GTS can be utilized. The new G92 8800GTS has trimmed the memory down from 640MBs to the more usual 512MBs as well as some other nice speed improvements that placed it in it's proper spot in [H]ard|OCP'
Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2007 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2007 - 11:35 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 10, 2007 - Intel Corporation on Dec. 16 celebrates the 60th anniversary of the transistor, the building block of today's digital world. Invented by Bell Labs and considered one of the most important inventions of the 20th century, transistors are found in many consumer electronics and are the fundamental component used to build computer chips, or the "brains" of the personal computer (PC).
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 11, 2007 - 11:16 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FREMONT, CA (December 11, 2007) - ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today released the world's first overclocked graphics cards based on NVIDIA's highly anticipated GeForce 8800GTS 512 graphics processing unit (GPU) - the EN8800GTS TOP/HTDP/512M and the EN8800GTS/HTDP/512M. With overclocked stream processors, the EN8800GTS TOP gives users a 7% boost in performance, creating a feature-rich DirectX 10 gaming and multimedia playback experience.
Subject: Motherboards | December 10, 2007 - 02:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The incredibly difficult to find, or afford, ASUS Maximus Extreme is the DDR3 supporting, top of the line X38 based, packed full of extras flagship of ASUS' Intel boards. AnandTech took on the task of testing all that it is capable of, including running Vista stably with 4GB at DDR3 1800 and a FSB of 450MHz. When they broke out the extreme cooling, they could boot at 5GHz or more the first time, but after that they saw some interesting behaviour.
Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2007 - 01:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Keyboards and mice tend to be cheap and lacking in features or designed with gaming in mind, with a few targeted towards office workers. This leaves people who have adopted HTPCs stuck with a full sized mosue and keyboard hiding somewhere in their TV room, unless they paid extra for a remote that works with Media Centre. X-Gene offers you an alternative with their Media Centre Keyboard. One of the biggest inclusions to this wireless keyboard is a trackball,
Subject: Processors | December 10, 2007 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Unfortunately for AMD, one of the most publicized features of the new Barcelona chips is the TLB bug, which in a very few cases can cause a system lockup. Even a small chance of failure like this makes the Barcelona a far less attractive choice to use in any critical system, and as these chips are aimed at the server market, that becomes a very big deal. AMD has issued a patch, but the patch comes at a price; we have heard it possibly costs up to 14% of total performance. A different fix i
Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2007 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have heard of Ogg (or Ogg Vorbis, the free substitute MP3 codec), chances are that you have run into it when installing a game, though open source fans may have found it through other methods. It is popular with gaming companies because there are no licensing fees required to be able to use it. So how is it that Nokia is under the impression that it is "free" in quotes, not simply free, and why do they seem to think that the use of Ogg may cause patent disputes?
Subject: Mobile | December 10, 2007 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (December 10, 2007) - ASUS, worldwide leader in notebooks, consumer electronics and PC components, today unveiled the new U6 notebook series for mobile warriors who demand ultimate functionalities and head-turning style.