hardware

  • "Condor" Supercomputer Made Of 1,716 PS3s Now Online

    "Condor" Supercomputer Made Of 1,716 PS3s Now Online

    Supercomputers are expensive to make no matter how you look at it. But if you use a whole bunch of PS3s, you can save over 10x the cost compared to this guy. The Condor project is a supercomputer made up of 1,716 PS3s for the Air Force's image processing tasks and is considered one of the top forty fastest computers in the world. Its big task involves monitoring 15 square miles 24/7, but not in… Read More

  • NZXT's H2 Case Is The Strong, Silent Type

    NZXT's H2 Case Is The Strong, Silent Type

    I'm in the middle of putting together a PC right now, and I just can't believe the amount of stress people seem to put on flashy, brightly-lit components. Seems to me that every dollar you spend on colored LEDs is one less dollar you're spending on performance. I prefer understated components that don't make much noise, surrounded by a case that keeps them cool and quiet. NZXT's H2 looks like a… Read More

  • G.Skill's Sniper Series RAM Has Sweet Gun-Shaped Heat Spreaders

    G.Skill's Sniper Series RAM Has Sweet Gun-Shaped Heat Spreaders

    I’m looking into putting together a new system right now, and although I don’t really care about how it looks on the inside (though a matte black P67 PCB would be nice), it would make me feel pretty cool to know that my RAM has guns on it. G.Skill, you’re my hero. Read More

  • Yeah, I Could Rock That: AMD's 5×1 Eyefinity Setup Looks Sick

    Yeah, I Could Rock That: AMD's 5×1 Eyefinity Setup Looks Sick

    Tom’s Hardware got up close and personal with a sweet-looking AMD Eyefinity spread at AMD’s Ontario office. It’s running off one of the new Radeon 6990s, and the 5×1 mode lets you use portrait orientation to minimize horizontal seams. But when are we going to get some of these bezel-less monitors I keep hearing about? I know LG’s working on it, but hurry up, dudes. Read More

  • Apple A5 Teardown: It's Bigger And Better

    Apple A5 Teardown: It's Bigger And Better

    The silicon fiends out there will want to take a look at Chipworks' teardown of the A5 processor inside the iPad 2. There's not much there for laypeople, though at over 120mm2 it's more than twice the size of the A4 (53mm2), which, as you may imagine, allows them to fit more cores, more transistors, and a bigger GPU. Read More

  • NZXT's Bunker Locks Down Your USB Devices So LAN Rogues Won't Steal Them

    NZXT's Bunker Locks Down Your USB Devices So LAN Rogues Won't Steal Them

    If you spend a lot of time at LAN parties, or maybe have a dorm room with its door constantly open, you might be a little nervous about someone making off with your sweet new hundred dollar mouse or headphones. This accessory for your case lets you lock them into your case, preventing them from being unplugged and nicked by unscrupulous LANgoers or undergrads. Read More

  • Intel's Sandy Bridge Processors In The Wild And Reviewed

    Intel's Sandy Bridge Processors In The Wild And Reviewed

    The "tock" portion of Intel's latest tick-tock cycle has officially hit, and the shrink of last year's Core processors brings a number of improvements to the line. Intel's finally taking some steps towards reducing systems' reliance on discrete GPUs, and they've also seriously improved hardware transcoding. Essentially, though, this isn't a feature or performance release, it's bringing the top-end… Read More

  • ThermalTake’s Dokker PC Case Has A HDD Dock Built Right In

    ThermalTake’s Dokker PC Case Has A HDD Dock Built Right In

    This is a great idea — I'm trying to think if anyone's done something similar. Probably not, since it drives up the cost of the case somewhat. Still, it's a really handy thing to have if you're the kind of person who has lots of loose drives around. What, they exist! Not all of us can afford nice enclosures for our storage, Mr. Q. Moneybags Reader the Third! Read More

  • Xi3 Announces Modular Computer – Wait, Aren't Computers Already Modular?

    Xi3 Announces Modular Computer – Wait, Aren't Computers Already Modular?

    I'm not sure how to interpret this device, being marketed by Xi3 as a revolution in computing. From the press release: “We reject the concept that computers should have a useful life of only two to four years,” said Jason A. Sullivan, President and CEO of Xi3 Corporation. “Instead we believe that computers should be upgradeable and updateable over and over and over again, and that’s how… Read More

  • PSU Roundup Reminds Us That Price Does Matter

    PSU Roundup Reminds Us That Price Does Matter

    Putting together a system can be an expensive process, and one is tempted to cut corners in areas where performance doesn't seem to be a an issue. A cut rate GPU? Not likely... but, say, the PSU? They're all pretty much the same, right? If they're rated at such and such, that's all that matters? Ehh, not so much. Read More