hardware

  • MSI drops single-slot, water-cooled, overclocked GeForce 280


    Will wonders never cease? It wasn’t so long ago that water-cooling your CPU or video card meant expensive modifications at the risk of ruining your whole setup. This MSI GeForce N280GTX is already set up with water cooling, and what’s more, it only takes up one slot! Now you can actually have dual water-cooled GeForces, something that sounds like something you upgrade your… Read More

  • AMD vs NVIDIA: the eternal struggle extends to the budget level

    The video card scene right now is like watching a boxing match. AMD dealt NVIDIA a solid shot to the face with the 4870 and 4850, causing NVIDIA to lower their prices in an evasive maneuver. NVIDIA has responded by throwing cards at the budget segment under $75. AMD of course disparaged this move, saying it was “quick and dirty,” and said something I feel is insightful: “If… Read More

  • Mythbusters' GPU vs. CPU demo: 1100 paintballs make the Mona Lisa in 275ms

    Well, this really is awfully misleading, but it sure is awesome. The idea is that a normal CPU processes things one at a time, like the single-paintball robot, and a GPU has parallel processors that can do (in this case) 1100 times the work in a single stroke. Well, considering CPUs are moving to serious multi-core architecture and GPUs are being used to do CPU work, the whole demonstration is… Read More

  • NZXT's Whisper case: sweet, quiet, and cool full tower


    And I was just beginning to tire of my little mid tower, how convenient. This Whisper case from NZXT is right up my alley. I don’t need portability, or fancy acrylic siding, but what I do need is lots of space and quiet running. And with foam padding all over the inside of this mother and room for nine hard drives in there, I think I should be safe. Hopefully I’ll be able to tell… Read More

  • Nokia announces N79 and N85

    Though we’ve been hearing whispers of these guys for a while, Nokia’s finally gone and made the N79 and N85 official. The N85 will be replacing the year old N81, while the N79 will be replacing the just months old N78. Manage to read through all of those NXXs and NYYs without getting a headache? Head on over to MobileCrunch for more details. Read More

  • Newest passive PSUs: actually silent, actually decent


    I might have to pick one of these up. A good PSU is essential for a good system; people tend to buy cheap and then are surprised when they’re loud, inefficient, and breaky. Well, here’s a little comparison of two of the newest silent PSUs on the block and it looks like (spoiler warning) the Silverstone Nightjar 450 is the pick of the litter. At 450 watts, it’s not going to… Read More

  • Microsoft drops its new Sidewinder gear for real


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    I believe I saw pictures of these very items a couple months ago, but I must be mistaken, because Microsoft told me they had no new stuff coming out at that time! Must have been a mirage. In any case, they’re no mirage now, and they look pretty freaky. They’re obviously working to separate their gear aesthetic from the likes of Logitech and Razer… Read More

  • Motorola Q9h gets revamped in silver, comes with WinMo 6.1

    Fanfare? What’s that? Out of the blue, AT&T stores have started receiving shipments of newly renovated Motorola Q9h. Sure, it’s just a new chrome & silver body wrapped around the same hardware, pre-flashed with WinMo 6.1. But man, does it look better in silver or what? Word is that they’re just demo units for now, so don’t hike over to your local AT&T spot… Read More

  • Motorola Q9h gets revamped in silver, comes with WinMo 6.1

    Fanfare? What’s that? Out of the blue, AT&T stores have started receiving shipments of newly renovated Motorola Q9h. Sure, it’s just a new chrome & silver body wrapped around the same hardware, pre-flashed with WinMo 6.1. But man, does it look better in silver or what? Word is that they’re just demo units for now, so don’t hike over to your local AT&T spot… Read More

  • Attack of the 50 foot Roundup of Solid-State Drives

    The guys from Tom’s Hardware have a lot of time and solid-state drives on their hands. They compiled a list of 14 SSDs and compared them. In the end, they feel (just like I do), that SSD isn’t really the best choice right now. The technology is still too new and expensive, so the benefits do not justify the cost — yet. If you’re dying to know and really don’t want… Read More

  • HTC Dream clears the FCC

    When a new HTC product going by “DREA1000″ hits the FCC, there really isn’t much question what it may be. Of course, the product description goes on to outright call it “Dream”, but hey – it’s more fun to pretend that this took some hardcore sleuthing. Now that this much talked about first-ever Android handset has made its way through the FCC’s… Read More

  • FCC spills the beans on the new Sony PSP-3001

    If someone was anticipating an amazingly updated PSP, the PSP-3001 isn’t it. The supposed updates of GPS, 802.11n, Bluetooth, and a mic were nowhere to be found in the PSP-3001 FCC report. So after all the hype, it certainly seems the new PSP-3001 is just a simple hardware refresh. Perhaps meant to keep hackers on their toes and challenge them to crack the new hardware. At least… Read More

  • Sprint's roadmap for the next 10 months leaked

    Yikes. I’d imagine that heads are going to roll over at Sprint HQ over this one. BGR managed to get their hands on a presentation outlining everything Sprint’s currently got planned until the middle of 2009.

    The main morsel in the slides is the BlackBerry 9350i, a Nextel Direct Connect ready BlackBerry with Curve like aesthetics. In addition to its iDEN friendliness, it’s… Read More

  • Best Buy to sell iPhone 3G starting in September

    If you’re one of the four people with a Best Buy nearby without any AT&T or Apple stores just as close, who also happens to want an iPhone 3G, you’re in luck! Best Buy has announced that they will begin carrying the iPhone 3G starting on September 7th. Jokes about futility aside, this actually ups iPhone retail locations by about 30% (up from around 2,200 to around… Read More

  • What's eating the iPhone's 3G?

    When reception is low, the first one up on the ranter’s chopping block tends to be the carrier. Such is the case for AT&T; since the iPhone 3Gs launch, much flack has been sent their way over lackluster 3G signal, slow speeds, and dropped calls on the device. Thing is, AT&T doesn’t seem to be the one we should be pointing a finger at. Complaints of poor 3G reception have… Read More

  • AMD doubles the 4870 fun, still under $400


    I’ve been saying this a lot this year: it’s a good time to be in the market for a video card! NVIDIA and AMD are firing volley after volley of significant improvements and price reductions. Although NVIDIA’s on-GPU physics processing is compelling, AMD’s new 4870 X2 (essentially two of the impressive 4870 cards stuck together) provides an insane amount of power for… Read More

  • Blackberry Bold reviewed

    Apparently August 12th is a holiday for anybody in the mobile industry. At least, that’s what I derive from the fact that nothing is going on. What are you, the devoted mobile blog reader, to do for entertainment? You could go have a snackpack and watch some day-time soaps .. or, even better, you could read David Flynn’s BlackBerry Bold review over at APC Mag. It’s about… Read More

  • "Barefoot" SSD controller pumps up your favorite solid state drive


    When you have something as modular as a PC, with all its little bits individually replaceable but still interdependent, it stands to reason that advances in one area might necessitate changes in another. Better video cards demand faster interfaces; thus, PCI Express x16. Faster processors and motherboard functions require more power; thus, more pins on the connector. Now, SSDs are taking over… Read More

  • Motorola Alexander minus QWERTY equals Motorola Atila

    When shots of Motorola’s last-ditch handset effort, the Alexander, got out a few days ago, a resounding “meh” shot out across the internet. “Meh” on Windows Mobile 6.1, some said. “Meh” on the painful looking keyboard, said others. If the Alexander didn’t get you pumped, perhaps its just spotted sans-QWERTY plus-Touchscreen counterpart, the… Read More

  • German researchers develop "EmoGlove" to simplify software testing

    A research team at the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research in Germany developed a sensor glove that is supposed to help companies evaluate the quality of software applications. Bodo Urban, the head of the 25 researchers involved in the project, says his basic goal is to improve the relation between man and machine with the so-called EmoGlove. The technology helps to track… Read More