CHIEFTEC Gets Confused

November 12, 2008

CHEIFTEC decided it would be a good idea to attach a monitor to your case. That pretty much sums up all that is going on here. On a side note, i think we have those, and they are called laptops. Seriously though, i really have no idea what they were thinking here, not only is it very aesthetically unpleasing, it just doesn’t make any sense.

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AVG virus definition update cripples Windows PC’s

November 11, 2008

A recent update in the virus definitions of AVG causes a critical file, user32.dll, to be detected as a virus. As a result, the affected computers running Windows XP keep rebooting right before the log-on screen appears.

AVG recommends affected users to boot into Safe Mode, restore the user32.dll file from the Windows CD, or from a website and temporarily remove AVG until an update addresses the issue.

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ASUS VENTO TA-F Foldable PC Case

November 3, 2008

OK, so we have a foldable case here but who does it really benefit, consumers or manufacturers? seems the latter to me! “This also allows DIY enthusiasts to carry the chassis back home or to the office without having to contend with the conventional bulk of a normal chassis.” really? Is it worth all the hassle of taking everything apart and putting it back together, surely not! opinions?

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Silverstone’s Spin on Case Design

October 28, 2008

Or should i say rotation, the main feature behind Silverstone’s new case is that they have rotated the orientation of the motherboard so that the I/O panel, etc, face upwards. Their reasoning behind the shift, is to push air up and out of the case, instead of through the back. It seems very logical, hot air rises, so make all those heat spewing graphics cards expel heat in an efficient manner.

Obviously there are some criticisms, why change what already works? Well now you have all of your cables coming out of the top of the case, etc. However, there are just as many pros, aside from the aforementioned benefits, heavy graphics cards will have their weight better distributed along a vertical PCIe slot, rather than horizontal, for example.

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Reactor The First Liquid Submersed System

October 28, 2008

Hardcore Computer Inc has created the worlds first production, fully liquid submersed system, called . Yeah, its obviously not the first time this has been done, its just the first time some one has marketed it. I dunno, i guess its pretty cool, and it doesn’t really say in the article, but it looks to me like the various components are hooked up to water cooling system, only submersed?

They obviously have it all thought out, but if i were to go about making a submersed system, i would just get some large passive heatsinks and call it good right?

Total Liquid Submersion allows sustainable over achievement. No instability, no overheating, no drama. We designed the entire Reactor system to attain and preserve maximum performance.

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Nvidia Forceware 180 Preview

October 18, 2008

It is just a bet right now, but the Big Bang turned out to be multiple monitor support, which was suppose to come out in September. Being that it is a beta right now, its not working perfectly, but it still works. Also, apparently there is a little performance hit as well with running your multiple monitors in SLI.This all seems a little bit of a double edged sword. This will be really handy for those who run a TV as well as a computer display and have SLI. As switching off SLI to watch a movie or whatever on your second display gets old quick. However, if you use two displays side by side, then your still essentially only having one card per screen, only its just the top or bottom half or both screens.

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The Tri Channel Let Down

October 16, 2008

With Intels new core i7 came tri channel DDR3. There was a lot of speculation about what adding all the bandwidth would do, and apparently, it doesn’t do much. There was a comparison of an underclocked QX9770 vs the Bloomfield i7 940. In most of the test done, there were incremental increases in performance, and in some instances there was a performance hit.

I figure that Bloomfield is a chip of tomorrow, not of today, when we have native 64 bit systems and multithreaded everything, Bloomfield will have its relevance. As far as triple channel memory goes, it seems it doesn’t have a place yet on the desktop market, yet. So, what does all this mean? Well, we’ll just have to wait and see until the hardware actually comes out, but in the mean time, don’t be so quick to upgrade just yet.

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Seagate To Enter SSD Market In 2009

October 11, 2008

Seagate will enter the solid state disk (SSD) market next year, making the switch from hard disk drives (HDD). They’ve set to target enterprise customers first before moving on to regular consumers like us! But first they need to convince corporate customers that a technology as new as solid-state storage is reliable!

As companies like Seagate start to demonstrate field-proven reliability and endurance in enterprise applications, we’ll overcome those (solid-state drive) endurance fears.

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Intel vs AMD Patent Battle

October 11, 2008

Apparently there is something going on between AMD and Intel, and from what it looks like Intel is trying to crush AMD, as well as crush its own outstanding anti-trust suits, which have been in question for some time now. Its not 100%, but it seems the patent in question is over the x86 architecture, which Intel says it will vigorously protect. AMD responded by saying that they nor their partners have infringed on any patents.

I think this is a whole lot of Intel BS, they are afraid of AMD’s new financial situation, via gaining wealth from the ATIC deal, and are afraid they are going to do something like they did with their Athlon 64’s. So now Intel is bringing up whatever they could find on their x86 patents. On a final note, i thought patents lasted from 15 to 20 years, X86 has been around since the beginning of time. (obviously not, but you get it.)

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Sanyo – Faster Higher Capacity Blu-ray disks

October 11, 2008

I’ll start by saying that it takes years for a technology like this to be accepted, but in the mean time, it would mean Blu-ray disks of 100GBs, as well as four layer disks all while being able to be written full within 10 minutes.

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