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Subject: Motherboards | January 15, 2008 - 11:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gigabyte has introduced their newest feature for motherboards, Dynamic Energy Saver, which switches power phases on or off, on the fly. With a high end 12 phase motherboard, you can expect to see idle mode running as if it were a three phase board. Tweaktown explains DES in more detail here, and if you want an example of what the power consumption of a DES board is like, check out their review of the
Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2008 - 10:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
* Fourth-Quarter Revenue $10.7 Billion, up 10.5 Percent Year-over-Year
* Gross Margin 58 Percent, up 8.5 Points Year-over-Year
* Operating Income $3 Billion, up 105 Percent Year-over-Year
* Record Microprocessor and Chipset Units and Revenue
* Net Income $2.3 Billion; EPS 38 Cents
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 15, 2008 - 08:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new top end series from Enermax goes under the name Infiniti, and DriverHeaven has the 720W Crossfire Edition up for review. It certain sports a lot of connectors and power, claiming to be able to handle 3 graphics cards and 18 drives or you can go for a four but then you are limited to 12 drives. DriverHeaven tests to see how stable the power is, and just h
Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2008 - 06:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Got a Vista machine,a good set of ears, and a free PCIe x1 slot? If so, the new ASUS Xonar D2X is for you, otherwise go with Auzentech's X-Fi Prelude, which fits in the tried and true PCI slot. Either way, you can avoid the hardware acceleration issues with Direct Sound caused by Vista's Universal Audio Architecture. The two cards ha
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 15, 2008 - 05:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Somehow the wonks at Atom Chip Corporation, makers of fine vapourware like quantum memory, managed to get recognition at CES, as if they had a real product as opposed to a questionable prototype. While you do have to admire the moxy it took to manage that feat, it lends credence to the tales of the decline of CES that some attendees have come back with. Drop by Slashdot for a look at the history as well as this years recognition of the accomplishments of the Atom Chip Corporation.
Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2008 - 05:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The acceleration of certain tech companies is getting a little silly, especially this last few months. nVIDIA kicked it off by obsoleting some of their own cards, I suppose because AMD/ATI didn't look like they would be offering competition. The new and improved 8800 GTS as well as the 8800 GT have annoyed more than a few people who bought one of the 640MB versions, as well as vendors. The owners have seen their stock of original GTS's sit on their shelves because only the un
Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2008 - 04:37 PM | Ryan Shrout
This is something you really have to see: an R2-D2 HD projector with matching Millenium Falcon remote control. No, seriously. A new site from some people we know, tkArena, has the beef:
Subject: Mobile | January 15, 2008 - 04:27 PM | Ryan Shrout
This has got to be one of the weakest news "sources" I have ever seen: a report from a guy that got a message from resellers from a Lenovo rep. But hey, it sounds good, right? The rumor speaks that Intel's 45nm Penryn-based chips are seeing some delays - and this is not the first time we've heard of this - and that notebook vendors worldwide are in for a swift kick in the ass from customers.
Subject: Mobile | January 15, 2008 - 04:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you have been curious about the lack of Santa Rosa-based platform notebooks recently, part of it might be the upcoming Montevina platform's fault. According to this story, with the launch of Montevina, and the updated Intel processors for it, coming in in May, some vendors are planning on by-passing the refresh launched just this January.
There are a TON of CPUs set to be unveiled for Montevina including some that go as low as 10 watts TDP!
Subject: Displays | January 14, 2008 - 11:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dell's UltraSharp 3008WFP-HC will accept just about any possible signal, with ports on the back for Analog VGA, DVI-D (2, w/HDCP), HDMI, DisplayPort, S-Video, Composite and Component. The 8ms gray-to-gray can show some issues in FPS games, but ExtremeTech found the display perfect for watching HD video. Another consideration for gamers is that it doesn't handle 1680x1050 which some find to be a sweet spot for Crysis.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 14, 2008 - 08:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You will be familiar with the actual cases in the new CSX line from Coolermaster, as they will let you order any of the Coolermaster line before they CSX it. What that entails is shipping the case off to Smooth Creations for a full paint job, and adding several extra hundred dollars to the total price.
See what the examples at CES 2008 looked like in the gallery at Hardware Secrets.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 14, 2008 - 06:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Palit GeForce 8800 GT Super+1GB looks good to begin with, for only $20 you get double the memory of a regular 8800GT. Unfortunately we have been disappointed in the past with cards sporting 1 GB of memory, and [H]ard|OCP discovered that this card is no different, 1 GB of RAM on a card of this speed doesn't do anything.
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 14, 2008 - 05:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CES 2008 may be over, but the news is still rolling in. Check out these pictures and brief reviews from the floor of CES, as well as a look at how well the show is doing at a time when we are seeing long running tech conferences dying. If you stop by Techgage, you can get a look at the new improved version of the neatest trick pulled off on a motherboard in a long while ...
Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2008 - 10:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Earlier this week, a way to infect a PC using the Master Boot Record was reported on, which has got a few of our members wondering if there is a way to prevent that from happening, along with easy to follow instructions on how to fix it after you have been infected. Any ideas out there on preventative measures?
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 11, 2008 - 09:52 PM | Ryan Shrout
Asus had a large presence at CES this year, though they didn't have the booth size to handle it. With all the press the Asus Eee PC has been getting, you'd have thought they'd splurge on fancy stands and booth babes!
The products did make quite the impression though; two models in particular stood out to me.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 11, 2008 - 09:39 PM | Ryan Shrout
A small company compared to some of the cooling giants out there, CoolIt is making a name for themselves by making high quality products and the work as advertised. Some larger system integrators are using their products in their high end systems as well.
First up from CoolIt are two new, complete system GPU water coolers.
Subject: Displays | January 11, 2008 - 09:27 PM | Ryan Shrout
A lot of people have been talking about the Alienware monitor that was on display at CES this week. You know the one: 2880x900 resolution, LED lit DLP technology, due out in the second half of the year.
Here's a couple of images to remind you:
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 11, 2008 - 09:17 PM | Ryan Shrout
CES 2008 might officially be over as of today, but we are still catching up on reporting about everything we saw at the show. OCZ and the newly acquired PC Power and Cooling companies had plenty of new and interesting things on display.
Subject: Memory | January 11, 2008 - 07:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PC2 9384 translates into DDR2-1173, or an actual speed of 586MHz. If your board can handle that FSB, the fairly low timings of 5-5-5-15 will help to speed up your system, and as the warranty will still cover you at 2.2V, you should be able to get some overclocking out of these DIMMs. TweakTown had difficulties finding a board that could keep up with