We don't need no stinkin' SLI

Subject: Systems | May 29, 2008 - 06:48 PM |

Researchers at the University of Antwerp in Belgium have created a new supercomputer with standard gaming hardware. The system uses four NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 graphics cards, it costs less than 4000EUR to build and thanks to NVIDIA's CUDA technology it delivers roughly the same performance as a supercomputer cluster consisting of hundreds of PCs!

Source: DV Hardware

The slacker's backup

Subject: Storage | May 29, 2008 - 02:18 PM |

Backing up your data can be a bit of a pain for the unmotivated.  You have to choose what to back up, find a medium to back it up to and remember to place the backed up data somewhere safe and that you can find if you need it.  For the motivated, as in those who have suffered a loss of personal data, it is still a bit time consuming, but unquestionably worth the investment.  CPU3D is opting for a mid ground, with the DVS Online Backup service, read on to see why.

Source: CPU3D

Is the new Zune more in tune?

Subject: General Tech | May 29, 2008 - 01:26 PM |

The new Microsoft Zune is 80GB, giving you plenty of space for videos to watch on it's 3.2" screen.  The large storage capacity and screen do make the Zune larger than the iCompetition, but not so much as to make it unattractive for many users.  The Zune Pass is also a new way to get your music, you are essentially renting it as opposed to buying it outright.  Drop by Digital Trends to see how well Microsoft managed with this new generation.

A cool treat for the summer heat

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 29, 2008 - 12:17 PM |

Apack's Zerotherm FZ120 heatsink is the new and improved version of the Zerotherm Nirvana 120 and it is up for review at FrostyTech.  The improvements that they made have had a huge impact on the performance of this cooler.  Not only is the thick metal plating gone, everything about this cooler has changed; for the better.  The instal

Source: Frosty Tech

Corsair Launches New DOMINATOR DDR3 2000MHz 4GB Memory Solution at CompuTex

Subject: Memory | May 29, 2008 - 11:55 AM |

Fremont, CA, May 29, 2008 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, today announced that it will launch a new 4GB DOMINATOR DDR3 memory kit running at 2000MHz at CompuTex 2008, held June 3-7, 2008 in Taipei. Tested and guaranteed for operation at the lightning fast overclocked speed of 2000MHz, this 4GB DOMINATOR kit provides superior performance for desktop platforms.


Subject: Processors | May 29, 2008 - 11:45 AM |

VIA's Isaiah may have changed it's name to Nano, but that is the only thing that has changed about this low power CPU.  VIA has always been the king of small, low power processors, and has seen competition appearing from Intel.  VIA takes advantage of that history to ensure the new Nano will work with existing C7 compatible boards.  For once, Intel is the new kid on the block.  Read Ryan's take on these high powered, low wattage processors.

The new improved HTPC guide

Subject: Systems | May 28, 2008 - 05:35 PM |

If you missed the first ExtremeMhz HTPC guide, fear not for it is old and busted.  The new and improved second version has arrived, covering everything you need to know about building your own HTPC ... at least until the third version arrives

Source: ExtremeMhz

ASUS is going all out with the P45

Subject: Motherboards | May 28, 2008 - 03:57 PM |

Bjorn3D managed to get their hands on an ASUS PQ5 Deluxe, a P45 Eaglelake motherboard, a little earlier than most.  It seems that ASUS is really going all out on this new chipset, including a new southbridge and support for newer processors and RAM.  Not only that but the features included with this board are just incredible.  Read the full list at Bjorn3D.

Source: Bjorn3D


Subject: Graphics Cards | May 28, 2008 - 01:46 PM |

[H]ard|OCP likes fast, and will honestly admit that any time they are asked.  There is another consideration that is important to them, and that is value.  Spending double the money for a 10% performance increase is hard to justify for all but the most extreme gamers.  The BFGTech GeForce 9800 GTX OXC doesn't quite cost twice as much as non-overclocked cards, but neither does it offer a 10% improvement in performance.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Western Digital Velociraptor hits Newegg

Subject: Storage | May 28, 2008 - 12:11 PM |

If you haven't heard about the Western Digital VelociRaptor hard drive then you should definitely read our review of the product and prepare to be impressed. 

Find out what all the noise was about

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 28, 2008 - 11:48 AM |

Just a short while ago you couldn't go anywhere on the net without someone telling you how absolutely amazing the game Mass Effect was, and how you were an utter git if you didn't run out and buy an Xbox360 so you could play it.  BioWare has done a very good job in the past creating worlds, or galaxies, and the reasons to like the game ranged from very interesting to really cheesy.   bit-tech has been playing this PC port, and can tell you about what has been added to the game, or if it is s

Source: bit-tech

Intel Could Possibly Delay the Atom Line

Subject: Processors | May 28, 2008 - 11:37 AM |

AMD might have just gotten a great bit of news in its mailbox - it would seem that Intel's Atom processor and platform brand known as Centrino 2 looks to be delayed until  the middle of July.

Source: engadget

Be safe out there

Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2008 - 11:36 AM |

Slow day on the computer, and maybe it seems like a good idea to kill some time with some random flash game?  Be very careful where you click today; there is a brand new flash vulnerability out there and it is spreading.  Slashdot offers some advice on avoiding the issue, some of it actually useful, and provides a link to more info on the vulnerability.

Source: Slashdot

IBM Unveils Three Energy-Efficient Servers Powered by Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors

Subject: Systems | May 28, 2008 - 11:15 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- May 28, 2008 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced growing industry support for the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor among global OEMs continues with IBM's launch of three updated System x servers. Designed to address customer priorities such as energy efficiency, performance, scalability, and virtualization, the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based servers from IBM offer an exceptional power-efficient platform for today's most demanding datacenters.

Source: AMD

Universal abit to ditch the 'abit' part?

Subject: Motherboards | May 28, 2008 - 03:40 AM |

http://www.multitronic.fi/p_images/abitlogo.gifRumors are circulating that long time enthusiast motherboard brand "abit" might be on the ropes, this time from the previous "savior" corporate parent, Universal.  According to the source the company will determine if staying in the motherboard business makes sense after seeing how Intel's

Source: Digitimes

They really are full of magic smoke though

Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2008 - 03:38 PM |

There are a lot of myths about hard drives that many have come to believe are facts.  Have you ever heard someone say that to use a hard drive vertically, you have to format it in the vertical position?  Those are just some of the myths that TechARP busts in their new article.

Source: Tech ARP

Getting more than you paid for

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 27, 2008 - 01:22 PM |

OCZ's EliteXStream 800W offers a really good deal for anyone looking for a high powered PSU.  The cables are not modular, but they are very long; a bonus in larger cases or more intricate cable management schemes.  As well, Hardware Canucks testing has shown the stability and efficiency to be high

Speed without peer, still incredibly dear

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 27, 2008 - 12:31 PM |

The newest 2Gb Crucial Ballistix kit runs 9-9-9-28 latencies and PC3-16000, or DDR3-2000, but it will set you back $500.  It does buy you some incredibly fast RAM, with some overclocking overhead, or the potential to tighten up the timings by relaxing the clock speed somewhat.  Drop by Overclock3D for a look at thes

Source: Overclock3D

Cutting back a bit

Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2008 - 12:00 PM |

If the rumours at DigiTimes are true, the P45 models will be the last time you see Universal abit motherboards.  This does raise the question of what abit will be selling if they do discontinue their motherboard line.  Is it possible they will go back to making graphics cards, or is something else on the horizon for them?

Source: Digitimes

VIA Unveils VIA OpenBook Mini-Note Reference Design

Subject: Mobile | May 27, 2008 - 11:25 AM |

Taipei, Taiwan, 27 May 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today introduced the new VIA OpenBook mini-note reference design targeted at the rapidly growing global market for ultra-portable notebooks.