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Subject: Systems | November 15, 2007 - 08:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sonys' VAIO VGP-XL1B3 Media Changer gives you the ability to hold 200 DVDs in an enclosure, which you can play on your PC or HTPC. While OCModShop found it far from perfect, if you are looking to tidy up your DVD collection or can't fit anymore HDD into your HTPC, it is a far better solution than rental storage or deleting old movies. Besides, you may like the sound effects.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 15, 2007 - 06:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Xoxide has been relatively quiet, with not many cases up for review on the web, but R&B Mods picked up their X-Purity LCD Edition Case to check out what their designers have been up to. The cooling solutions used in the case have fallen behind the
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 15, 2007 - 05:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Things are finally heating up in the graphics world at the mid range level, with the introduction of the HD3870 and HD3850. Not only do these cards signify a complete change in the way ATI/AMD names their cards, but they are also a huge change from the release of the HD2900 series. These 2 cards deliver some serious performance for their price range, with the 3850 capable of out performing the 8800GT in some tests. Check out the action at [H]ard|OCP, who test both of these ca
Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2007 - 04:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is help in your quest to find that elusive meeting place, restaurant or just your way home, as long as you carry a GPS near to your heart. Of course, if it is the size and weight of a brick, the chances more likely that it will be used as a doorstop. BCCHardware has a review of 2 GPS units that can solve that problem, the Mio Dig
Subject: Mobile | November 14, 2007 - 11:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sony revists the eBook with their Sony Reader, a 7"x5"x.3" e-book reader. In a move from their usual ebooks they have not included only proprietary inputs, this will accept SD cards and will play AAC and MP3 files. If you are even a little tempted, check out the review at Ars Technica to see the other new tricks that are included in this 9oz reader.
Subject: Storage | November 14, 2007 - 08:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The GA-P31-DS3L is a sub $100 motherboard based on the Intel P31 chipset, and is able to support 45nm processors. As you may guess from the price, it is aimed at those more interested in price than performance. OCC got a surprise when they tried for performance though, this board was quite capable of reaching a 465MHz FSB when they tried overclocking a E6750!
Subject: Storage | November 14, 2007 - 08:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the successful launch of the GP Caviar last month, Western Digital has extended their GreenPower lineup with the RE2-GP HDD. It is a one terabyte drive, built for enterprise level storage, so you won't see high burst speeds as this drive is designed to provide reliable constant speeds. It does retain it's lowered power requirements, as you wold expect, and you can see what else WD put in this drive over at The Tech Report.
Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2007 - 05:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has gathered quite a few links to reviews of the full Crysis game, not just the demo. That's because it has been released in New Zealand and Australia, though still not here. Check out the multiple reviews and see what you missed out on in the demo, even the hacked one.
Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2007 - 05:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For lack of anything better to do, Phil Hester climbed on top of a downtown Manhattan building and told the world about AMD's super-secret Spider platform and how it can render the original frames of the first Spiderman movie in real time, a task which the original studios had to do at a blazing fast 1.15740741 x 10-5 frames per second or so. While this does seem to offer some hope as to the power of the Phenom and Quad Crossfire, AMDs other move with the Spider platform s
Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2007 - 04:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - November 14, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced
the new ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo USB for Mac - a new HDTV
experience for Mac users. ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo USB for Mac integrates
two TV tuners to receive off-the-air ATSC/HDTV broadcasts as well as
analog television programming.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 13, 2007 - 10:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Cooler Master Real Power Pro 1250w sports three 20A 12V rails and three 28A 12V rails, which ought to satisfy even Quad CrossFire and triple SLI setups. It also comes with a bottle opener key chain, hopefully for use after you've installed the PSU. [H]ard|OCP found it to be a very quiet, stable and efficient PSU, with one issue that arises when the current dips under 100V AC, though many will never have to worry about that.
Subject: General Tech | November 13, 2007 - 07:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ideazon's MERC Stealth Gaming keyboard, if you haven't already seen it, looks like a normal keyboard with a gaming keypad glued to the left side (so sorry lefty gamers). It also sports lighting beneath the keys, presumably so you can game stealthily in the dark. An ergonomics junkie at Techgage tried it out and found it a useful, if a little odd and
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 13, 2007 - 06:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DriverHeaven has posted a review of the easiest way to get CrossFire up and running, the Visiontek 2600XT Quad. This card is actually two 2600XTs joined at the hip, with the ability to disable the second card if you feel the need. While even a pair of 2600XTs has difficulty keeping up with less expensive nVIDIA cards in gaming, ATI really gets to show off it's superior HD Decoding.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 13, 2007 - 05:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For the longest time there has been only one type of thermal paste an enthusiast would consider using, Arctic Silver. This has changed recently, with Arctic Cooling, A.I. Technologies and Tuniq all entering the market with pastes of their own. TweakTown tries out the newest from these 4 companies, all of which perform better than you might expect.
Subject: General Tech | November 13, 2007 - 04:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechARP talks about what we know so far about the X48 Express chipset that we will be seeing soon to support the new 1600MHz FSB processors that Intel has announced. There is also some speculation that we will still see Bonetrail before the end of the year and that the X48 will follow close behind.
Subject: Displays | November 12, 2007 - 09:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Getting a big HD monitor isn't that hard, but making it look just right can be. Madshrimps has reviewed a product that can help, and end arguing over tint levels. The Pantone huey makes it dead simple, with it's sensor and accompanying software, by donig the calibration for you. It will even let you have multiple settings based on how bright the room currently is, as well as profiles for graphics design and more.
Subject: Processors | November 12, 2007 - 09:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Check out more reviews of the hot new QX9650 at TweakTown. If you aren't convinced that the Penryn will raise the bar that Barcelona has to push past get over and read on. Memory benchmarks are still AMD's territory but as to the rest ...
Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2007 - 08:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Drop by Ars Technica for all the details of getting started with analog to digtal audio conversion. Sure there is a lot that you need to learn to get it just right, but it is better than paying an audio shop to do it for you. They also include links to previous articles in the AudioFile series to get you well aquainted with all the terms and processes you should get to know.
Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2007 - 08:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You may have caught yourself smiling in the reflective Apple logo as you look at a new iMac or one of the MacBooks, as you admire it's sleek white lines. Those who cannot resist straying from the world of PCs may find themselves in a strange land where nothing works quite as expected. PC Mechanic can offer advice for those poor soles, in this guide on common confusions for the recently assimilated.
Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2007 - 08:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you haven't joined up with the Folding@Home crew here at PC Perspective, there are plenty of good reasons. A great explanation of just what this project is, and what the processing power you donate does, check out this short video on YouTube. If you have more questions about how F@H helps the problems mentioned in the clip, Stanford and members of the F@H software team have a Talklet site where you can find out more about the history of the project and general questions about the project as well.