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Subject: Storage | March 25, 2008 - 06:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Western Digital's Caviar SE16 640GB sits at a nice place in the storage market. Weighing in at ~$150 on Pricegrabber, a pair of 320GB platters and a 16MB cache size this drive has great price for it's size and performance. In the full review over at The Tech Report, they discovered two other things to love; the power consumption is about that of the low pow
Subject: Processors | March 25, 2008 - 04:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
... but when you are choosing which CPU to get, it is a bit more difficult. Is a Quad core the way to go, or would you be better off with a Duo Extreme? Techware Labs breaks down that decision into several key areas, as well as delving into the more obscure realms of steppings. Read on to see if their advice can help you in your decision.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 25, 2008 - 02:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Zalman's CNPS9700 NT has it's heatpipes twisted into a 'figure 8' formation and sports a 110mm fan with adjustable speeds, plus they include a full tube of Zalman's thermal paste. Seeing as how the kit goes for over $50, it is a good thing that they've tried to add a little value to the package. In the testing that BCC Hardware
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 25, 2008 - 12:38 PM | Ryan Shrout
The gang over at NordicHardware has some shots of a new ASUS graphics card that they claim is going to combine three Radeon HD 3850 GPUs on a single PCB. While the idea intrigues me, I have to say I have MORE than my fair share of concerns about the idea based on some experiences with previous custom built GPU hardware.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 25, 2008 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We have been hearing about the miraculous wonders of Quad-SLI for what feels like years. Not only was it supposed to let you play Crysis with over 100fps at 2560*1200 with every single option turned up to 11, it would feed your dog and cut the lawn as well, all at the same time.
Guess what? Not so much, as you can see in Ryan's full review.
Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2008 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA is going to make chipsets for VIA, they aren't going to purchase them, according to this story on The Inquirer. Via has announced it will back out of the chipset business completely to focus on their processors. It seems that nVIDA is the company that has been chosen to supply the chipsets those VIA CPUs will use.
Subject: Processors | March 25, 2008 - 11:21 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 25, 2008 - Intel Corporation has further increased its energy-efficient performance lead today with the introduction of two low-voltage 45 nanometer processors for servers and workstations that run at 50 watts, or just 12.5 watts per core and frequencies as high as 2.50 GigaHertz (GHz).
Subject: Mobile | March 24, 2008 - 07:52 PM | Ryan Shrout
Like ASUS needed more competition for their Eee PC, Intel is going have their own classroom PC that retails for $400. Specifications look pretty familiar and it will be using Windows XP, a step over the embedded Linux that ASUS has used up until now.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 24, 2008 - 07:49 PM | Ryan Shrout
At first glance, NVIDIA and Intel might appear to be very different companies going in very different directions, but most of us know that NVIDIA is various forms of trouble. This editorial over at The Inquirer details some thoughts on whether NVIDIA might be planning on work MORE closely with Intel or planning a direct attack on Intel's upcoming Larrabee GPU architecture. This is definitely a good read so check it out.
Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2008 - 01:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have
an ASUS P5B, P5B-E Plus, P5B Deluxe/WiFi, ASUS P35C-DS3R
or a Gigabyte P35-DS3L as well as a Radeon X1950 Pro
, X1950 XT or NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT, you need to read this article at TechARP. The solution is simple, but the effects are incredible. Make sure that you and anyone you know isn't suffering this problem.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 23, 2008 - 10:27 PM | Ryan Shrout
Despite the fact that NVIDIA "launched" Hybrid SLI during CES in January, and has continued to push Hybrid SLI to the media in EVERY DAMN meeting, it looks like NVIDIA's technology is going to be pushed out several months. This is very unfortunate considering their competition at AMD has had Hybrid CrossFire up and running since December and was launched with the 780G chipset earlier this month
Subject: Systems | March 21, 2008 - 06:25 PM | Ryan Shrout
So, do you think you might get funny looks for parking your junker car on someones lawn, then asking for $50 to remove it? Yeah, Sony doesn't seem to think so....
Opinion – A “Fresh Start” is something many users give their PCs
anyway once in a while. But why exactly would you need a Fresh Start
with a new PC. Sony is offering that option for a $50 premium – and
promises that you won’t get hit with loads of crapware in return.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 21, 2008 - 06:19 PM | Ryan Shrout
We know about as much as you do abut this, but news hit me that S3, a company that many had forgotten, launched a new GPU recently. It's a $60 graphics card that is sold through S3 directly that offers DX10.1 support and runs on PCI Express 2.0 with a 256MB frame buffer.
As for performance: S3 compares it to the AMD HD 3450 and the NVIDIA 8400 GPUs:
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 21, 2008 - 05:49 PM | Ryan Shrout
Digitimes is hearing that AMD is going to be releasing a new card in the Radeon HD 3800-series that will be the HD 3830. Definitely an entry level card, it is rumored to have the full 320 stream processors, 16 texture units and 16 RBEs that the HD 3850 and 3870 have but will have a 128-bit memory interface and will top out at 256MB of memory. Performance is a mystery, but with prices around $129, this could be a GREAT value card for a cheap system upgrade.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 20, 2008 - 05:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD is really moving along in their efforts to make their graphics cards and source code open source. As Phoronix reports, Radeon R100 to R600 microcode has been released. It is nice to see a company opening up as much as AMD has, and it signifies great things for the Linux community.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 20, 2008 - 03:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NZXT, a company built on realizing the dreams of gamers worldwide, is proud to announce the NZXT Tempest. Tempest features breakthrough features in every category satisfying the high performance demands of PC Enthusiasts and Gamers worldwide. Tempest stakes its claim as Airflow King with 6 fans including dual intake(120mm), dual exhaust(140mm) with additional side and rear fans(120mm) all included.
Subject: Mobile | March 20, 2008 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Don't like the taste of Mac OSX, but still want something nice and light like the Macbook Air. Why not go with the familiar texture and taste of Windows? It's a Santa Rosa notebook, so it really isn't that hard to do, assuming you've got a USB optical drive to plug into it.
X-Bit Labs did a full install with Bootcamp and a bit of work, find out how.
Subject: Memory | March 20, 2008 - 02:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent
world leader in memory products, today announced it
is releasing a family of 800MHz DDR2 fully-buffered
dual-inline memory modules (FB-DIMMs) designed
for systems using Intel's Seaburg S5400 chipset.
Launching first with its industry-standard ValueRAM
modules, KingstonR 800MHz FB-DIMMs are shipping
in capacities ranging from 512MB to 4GB.
"Today's dual XEON systems using the new 1600MHz
front-side bus quad-core processors demand a robust
memory solution to match processor band
Subject: Storage | March 20, 2008 - 01:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Seagate Momentus 5400.4 250GB really showed off the speed possible, even on a 5400RPM drive. In Bjorn3D's testing, it outperformed a Hitachi Travelstar 80GB 7200RPM. The price is awfully close to several 320GB drives, but they will lack the speed of the Momentus. If quick copying time and relatively economical drain on your battery are important to you, this may be perfect for your needs.