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Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2007 - 05:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The introduction of Vista has not come without growing pains. One unforeseen problem effects flashing your BIOS with WinFlash. Don't despair if that is your preferred method, there are a few suggestions here that will get you on your way. You can also cheer on a member's first build in this thread, and maybe make give him some constructive criticism on the room in which it lives.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 8, 2007 - 03:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagan joins their high powered competition with their Silver Power SP-1000E. Not only does it offer 1000W of power at a claimed 85% efficiency, it has 6 12V rails. Bjorn3D has spent a week testing it out, and while the power efficiency is not good enough to get it an 80 PLUS rating, it wasn't a disappointment to them at all.
Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2007 - 01:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the new patch for Company of Heroes, we get to see DX10 in all of it's glory. Neither AMD nor nVIDIA have come out with claims about driver optimization or other programming cheats ... yet. So as it stands the benchmarks that Legit Reviews has for CoH represents the true performance of these companies cards. Take a look at the nice screen shot, and see just what the current 2900XT can do.
Subject: Shows and Expos | June 8, 2007 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In their travels at Computex, The Tech Report stopped by VIA's display, where they were showing off their Nanobook, as well as a new ITX board that is the size of a business card. Not to be out done Intel is also showing off Menlow mobile internet devices, with some rather impressive graphics. Corsair showed off their 2Ghz DDR3, and Gigabyte shows off some X38 and P35 E
Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2007 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you want to be on the cutting edge of web browsing, you can pick up the 5th public alpha of Firefox 3. You can check out all the new features, and new bugs, with your very own eyes. For those less adventurous souls, or those who just want to know what they will be getting into, you can read Ars Technica's review.
Subject: Mobile | June 8, 2007 - 11:14 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 05 June 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator
and developer of silicon chip technologies and device platform solutions,
will unveil the new VIA NanoBook UMD (Ultra Mobile Device) Reference Design
at VTF2007 on 6 June 2007 in Taipei.
Designed to meet the needs of today's Mobility 2.0 lifestyle, the VIA
NanoBook packs the performance, connectivity and functionality of a notebook
PC into a sleek and light ultra portable clamshell form factor that weighs
less than 850g.
Subject: Motherboards | June 7, 2007 - 05:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BIOS beep codes driving you nuts? Even worse, is your system speaker dead, and you don't even know what beep code is playing? OCIA has posted a review of Soyo's TechAID, a PCI card with LEDs that is supposed to display the error code associated with whatever is traumatizing your motherboard. Read on to find out if it does it's job well, or if it's just better to invest in a motherboard that has a display built into it.
Subject: Memory | June 7, 2007 - 02:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H] got a sneak peek of some really impressive RAM from Corsair. The timings aren't really that impressive, 10-10-10-24, but the 1000MHz clock speed is fantastic! They've got benchmark pictures you have to see to believe.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 7, 2007 - 02:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ThermalTake has updated their most popular case series with the new Soprano DX. The old 120mm in the back has been dropped in favour of a 140mm fan at the front of the case, offering a definite improvement in cooling performance. The only real drawback that X-Bit Labs found was that with the included fastening clips, you can't install dual-slot PCI cards, but it isn't to hard to implement a solu
Subject: Shows and Expos | June 7, 2007 - 12:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP offers a pictorial tour of Computex, that spans their entire first day. You can see the booths, the booth babes and even an occasional shot of some new technology. Head over and enjoy all the sights of Computex, the only thing you will have to read are the signs and displays.
Ryan is also there, and has posted pictures of some really cool gear, don't miss out.
Subject: General Tech | June 7, 2007 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica continues their look at the Vista, in this review focusing on security. They cover the usual suspects, like UAC and Protected Mode for IE, but also look into some features you might not be aware of. For instance, when a non-administrator is logged in and a program tries to write to Program Files or the registry, it actually writes to that users profile, while convincing the program that it has placed the file where the program wanted it. This makes it much easier to use the PC as a non-admin
Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2007 - 05:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ladybugs, racing cars, cheetah prints and snow globes; who would've thought that computer mice were supposed to be cute? If you are sick of buying sleek monochrome mice, and don't care if you have a billion dots per inch accuracy, then what do you look for in a mouse? As ExtremeTech will show you in this review/slideshow, the world of mice encompasses far more than you might imagine.
Subject: Storage | June 6, 2007 - 02:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has been having fun with Corsair's Survivor GT USB drive. Packaged in an aluminium tube with rubberized ends, it looks like a piece of camping equipment, but inside that shell is an 8GB thumb drive. They dunked it in water, strapped it to the bottom of a mountain bike, and in a last desperate move to inflict some sort of damage, they ran over it with a car. The Survivor now has a couple of small s
Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2007 - 01:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With so many new chipsets including digital 5.1 sound support, buying a sound card is something that price conscious users are skipping out on. The Inquirer sat dow to figure out how much of an effect doing do would have on gaming, not so much the sound quality as the CPU usage. As it turns out even with the CPU technology of today, there is a significant impact. They also point out that leaving onboard sound off of the motherboard will free up more space, something that is quickly becoming a problem.
Subject: Shows and Expos | June 6, 2007 - 12:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is also the VIA Technology Forum, and VIA Arena is there. The focus is on low power consumption, less size and weight and a lower cost, something they call PC 2.0. There are slides from the keynote speeches, the new Mobile-ITX form factor and looks at the future of mobile, and ultra mobile, computing.
Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2007 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP's comparison of the frame rates that Vista provides versus XP has had some criticism recently. What is being mentioned is that they only test nVIDIA cards, and not a single ATI card. Today they rectify that, adding a ATI X1950XTX into the mix, and revisiting some of the nVIDIA scores as well. The tests provide some interesting evidence as to where the fault of performance gap lies.
Subject: Shows and Expos | June 6, 2007 - 11:17 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Computex 2007 - Taipei, Taiwan - June 5th, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today is exhibiting a number of exciting prototypes and live technology at this year's Computex.
Subject: Systems | June 6, 2007 - 11:14 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MIAMI - June 5, 2007 - To ensure the ultimate entertainment experience right
from your living room, Alienware - the leading manufacturer of
high-performance desktop, notebook and professional systems - has introduced
the new Hangar18: HD Entertainment Center.
Subject: Processors | June 5, 2007 - 05:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's move to 65nm has brought the opportunity to provide big power savings via their new Brisbane processors. The two dual core models, the BE-2350
which runs at 2.1GHz and the
BE-2300 at 1.9GHz
both have 64K of L1 instruction space, and 64K of L1 data cache per core. The L2 has a 512KB cache for each core as well, so there has been no real reduction there. Drop by HotHardware for a look at how well they managed to reduce power and heat, and also make sure to