Archive for April 2009

Overclocking the Radeon HD 4770 (Guide)

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Being a budget card with a lot of punch, overall performance is to be found in the mid-range segment. We here at would like to teach you how to get more out of your 99 USD investment. In fact we'll show you how to get another 10 to 20 percent additional performance out of the card, totally free.

Cooler master HAF 922 Mid Tower Chassis

HTPC 228 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0

Following the success of the full tower HAF 932, Cooler Master extends the HAF (High Airflow Flow) line to a mid tower in the HAF 922. Cooler Master HAF 922 supports up to seven fans in total, including three of those that support 200 mm fan (which are swappable for smaller 120mm or 140mm fans) for maximum airflow while maintaining a quiet environment.

This machine comes with rugged looks, massive air flow cooling and the Cooler Master trademark interior. Building the dream machine is now well within reach. Cooler Master HAF 922 makes no secret for potentially transforming all your high-end hardware components into a raging machine. It possesses a muscular and beast-like design that signifies performance without even opening up the system. Intimidating style and the performance makes it a killer combination.

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Logitech Comfort Wave 450 keyboard

Generic News 1994 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0

Logitech launched a new keyboard today. It is called the Comfort Wave 450, this keyboard is aimed at businesses. It should be available in retail stores for around $39.99.

Logitech for Business offers computer peripherals and accessories that help companies adapt to the evolving face of the workspace. For businesses that want to get the most out of their IT expenditures and their workforce, Logitech for Business is ready for what businesses need right now. With its acclaimed Wave design, the Comfort Wave 450 keyboard delivers natural and adjustable comfort for people working with a desktop computer or a notebook PC in a docking station or notebook riser.

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Fallout 3 Patch v1.5

Games 1603 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0

For those playing Fallout 3 (pretty much all of you I guess), the Fallout Downloads Page now offers a new patch (download) for Fallout 3 to update Bethesda Softworks' action/RPG sequel to version 1.5

New Features:

  • New achievements for Broken Steel

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed issue with VATS calculations not appearing properly for perks (PC)
  • Fixed crash related to altered references between master files
  • LOD objects render properly when loaded from DLC worldspaces
  • Fixed issue with companion NPCs not loading into cells immediately after player

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OCZ Blade DDR3 2000 C7 memory kit review

Review 567 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0

Today we test the Blade 2000 MHZ DDR3 C7 memory kit from OCZ. To date this is the fastest memory kit I have ever seen in my test system, showing numbers that are just astonishing really.

 With 64-bit operating systems in mind, the DDR3 kit we'll be testing today comes in a 6GB Triple channel (3x 2GB) flavor, and again ... 6 GB means high-density memory and still to achieve CAS 7 at 2000 MHz. 

Wow .. just wow. So without further ado, let me show you the coolness that is labeled under OCZ's Blade series memory, have a peek at these dark mystifying modules as shown below, and then head on over to the article.

You can find the article right here.

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Sony Bluetooth noise-canceling headphones

Speakers 98 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0

Looking for a new pair of headphones?, you might just be interested in these latest offerings from Sony called the DR-BT100CX and the DR-BT101, which offer Bluetooth 2.1 and noise-cancellation technology.

The DR-BT100CX model are in-ear earbuds that can last up to 8 hours on a single charge and feature 9mm Neodymium drivers. They come with three different silicon earbud sizes to ensure you find the perfect fit. The DR-BT101, on the other hand are a set of headphones that can last up to 12 hours on a single charge and feature a 30mm speaker.

Both models can be used for taking calls with the built-in microphone. They offer support for HFP, AVRCP, A2DP and HSP Bluetooth profiles and sport music controls for easy adjusting. We don

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Download: GPU-Z v0.3.4 released

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The colleagues from techPowerup released a new update on GPU-Z. The utility is designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.

Here is the list of changes :

0.3.4 changelog:

  • Fixed RV740 Bugs: ROP count, shader count, real-time core clock, BIOS dump size
  • Fixed number of transistors on RV790
  • Fixed BIOS reading on RV790
  • NVIDIA driver version is returned correctly on Windows 7
  • GPU-Z should work again on Windows 2000 without PSAPI.DLL
  • Added voltage reading support for HD 4890
  • Fixed default clock reading on ATI cards that have default clock < boot clock
  • Fixed GM45 to be 65 nm and DX 10.0
  • Added release date for GTX 275
  • Fixed GT 130M to be 55 nm and added its release date

Download: click here.

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OCZ Blade DDR3 2000 C7 memory kit review

Memory (DDR4/DDR5) and Storage (SSD/NVMe) 358 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0

Today we test the Blade DDR3 C7 memory kit from OCZ. To date this is the fastest memory kit I have ever seen in my test system, showing numbers that are breathtaking. With 64-bit operating systems in mind, the DDR3 kit we'll be testing today comes in a 6GB Triple channel (3x 2GB) flavor and check it .. is clocked at 2000 MHz !

Download: CPU-Z 1.51

Download 370 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0

CPU-Z is a diagnostic tool that provides information on your CPU, including: processor name and vendor, core stepping and process, processor package, internal and external clocks, clock multiplier, partial overclock detection, processor features, supported instructions sets, L1 and L2 cache information, location, size, speed, and technology.

CPU-Z is a freeware that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system.

Changes in version 1.51:

  • New version with installer.
  • NVIDIA ION platform.
  • Intel "Clarkdale" processor preliminary support.

Download: click here.

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Contest winners - ATI Dude Wheres my card competition

Graphics Cards 1673 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0

Okay you guys, last week we had this fun competition inn which you had to search for a flyer hidden in one of our articles. The due where's my cards ? flyer was hidden in the ECS A790GXM-AD3 (Socket AM3) DDR3 motherboard review, right here.

We have some great prizes for this competition, three Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 1024MB graphics cards and thee runner-up Power Color Radeon HD 4850 graphics cards. Nearly 2000 correct answers have been submitted, and here are  the winners  *drum-roll*:

Sapphire Radeon HD 4890:

Kyle Alexander Shellabear
from Aberdeen - Scotland Tony Hall
from United Kingdom Vincent Betts
Toledo, Ohio

PowerColor Radeon HD 4830 winners:

  1. Philipp Eichhorn
    Potsdam, Germany
  2. Joep van de Laarschot
    Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  3. Stefano Bertozzi
    Castel San Pietro Terme, Italy

To the winners, congratulations. The prizes will be shipped out shortly.


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Intel Core i7 975 XE hits 5015MHz with air cooling

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Xtreme Systems forums member PcCI2iminal got his grubby paws on an engineering sample of Intel's Core i7 975 XE with D0 stepping and managed to overclock it to 5015.48MHz.

 The trtick here is that he managed to do this with conventional cooling, the processor was only cooled by the ThermalRight Ultra 120 RT heatsink with a 102CFM San Ace fan.

The overclocker also managed to run a round of SuperPI 1M with the chip at 4750MHz, the test was finished in 8.672 seconds.

The system used the Biostar TPower X58 motherboard, 6GB of Corsair Dominator DDR3-1866 memory, a 32GB Transcend SSD, Radeon HD 4890 and a Topower Giga-EZ 1000W PSU.

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DDR3 prices going down real hard

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Samsung has recently started offering 2GB DDR3 parts at a lower price to some first-tier PC vendors. The site heard these DDR3 modules are just $1 more expensive than same-capacity DDR2 modules.

In order to push the migration to DDR3, the computer-memory giant is capable of narrowing down the price gap between mainstream DDR2 modules and its successor from US$3-5 to only US$1, indicated the sources. Samsung's moves to promote DDR3 at attractive prices are imposing a big challenge to Hynix Semiconductor, Micron Technology and Elpida Memory, as well as Taiwan's financially-troubled DRAM suppliers, the sources commented.

The sources have expressed concerns that Samsung's possible dominance in the DDR3 market may interrupt rivals' product roadmaps [via digitimes].

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Mr. T and Will Wright to fight nazis in video game

Games 1603 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0

Hehe, the man that just can't get rid of his own stigma (and won't let go of it) still can make some money of his Mr. T (the A-Team) character.  

This man was nearly bankrup a few years ago, but all this time each day he was shaving his head, put on the Mr-T bling juwelery and never let go of that. Then like a year and a half ago he got asked for a commercial, and ever since he's just back isn't he ? I have much respect for the man.

Anyway, Joystiq reports ZootFly is working on an odd game that will feature Mr.t and Will Wright as nazi hunters:

"The first game will see Mr. T take on Nazis and their gigantic machines in the varied universe of South American rain forests, lost ancient cities, industrial complexes and contemporary military installations. Along with Mr. T and other characters from the graphic novel, the game will feature none other than Will Wright. In this universe, Will Wright is not a top-notch game designer but a top-notch American geneticist who was kidnapped and coerced to work on a diabolic plan. Mr. T and Will Wright will join forces to annihilate the Nazis and their hardware."

I betcha we'll be hearing a lot of ' Paaaiiiin' in this game.

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JVC XV-PB1 Blu-ray player supports MKV files

Generic News 1994 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0

JVC has launched the XV-PB1 in the US, one of the special things about this Blu-ray player is that it supports 1080p MPEG-4 MKV files.

E-HD reader Bill picked one up on the humble and lets us know he's had no problems playing 1080p video with DTS audio from a burned DVD. The manual on JVC's website indicates official MKV and AVCHD support, but surprisingly, not DivX although the spec sheet on the same website says it does.

We're reached out to JVC to confirm what buyers can expect from the XV-PB1, but with MKV on top of BD-Live, network streaming from PCs and reportedly extremely fast load times this $299 player might reshuffle the list of most desired Blu-ray hardware.

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Windows 7 can address up-to 192GB memory

Generic News 1994 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0

Now that we have a near-final release candidate (RC) to play with, WinSupersite have been pouring over the licensing policies for the various Windows 7 SKUs (stock keeping units, or "product editions"). Some interesting details have emerged, and I'm pretty sure most of this is all new info.

  • AAC/H.264/MPEG-2 support will not be provided to Windows 7 Home Basic and Starter customers. That functionality will only go out to Home Premium, Professional, and Enterprise/Ultimate users. But it looks like there will be add-ons made available (free or paid, it's not clear) to users of low-end Windows 7 versions.
  • MPEG-2 decoding (i.e. DVD playback) and Dolby Digital support will not be included in Windows 7 Home Basic and Starter. But AAC and H.264 decoding *will* be included. So in going through the licensing policies again--which, in my defense, are hard to read--I discovered an earlier mistake. Sorry for any confusion that caused.
  • Maximum RAM. All 32-bit versions of Windows 7 "support" 4 GB of RAM, of course. But if you go 64-bit, you can add up to 8 GB in Home Basic and Starter, 16 GB in Home Premium, and 192 GB in Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate.
  • Windows Media Player Remote Media Experience (RME) is not available in Windows 7 Home Basic or Starter. However, all versions can share media over a home network.
  • All Windows 7 SKUs support 20 simultaneous SMB connections. This works out to 10 users, apparently.
  • XP Mode (formerly Virtual PC). As we first revealed yesterday, only Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate are licensed to install XP Mode.

WTF - RAM limitations ? What do you guys think about this ?

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Download: SiSoft Sandra updated to 15.97 SP3a

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Mind you guys that SiSoft issued a new update of Sandra today, in order to fix various issues reported by SP3 users.

SiSoft Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. SANDRA will provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.

The new build is 15.97 SP3A and mirrored here at

Download: click here.

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NVIDIA PhysX Updates

Graphics Cards 1673 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0 ImageWell, not updates in software matter, but NVIDIA issues a couple of press-releases where they announce a couple of collaborations and new games supporting PhysX. I'm running out of time here, so forgive me the blunt copy and paste:

SEGA Licenses NVIDIA PhysX
NVIDIA Corporation today announced that Sega Corporation has licensed both NVIDIA

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Rapidshare Uploaders Homes Raided

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In Germany, the file-hosting service Rapidshare has handed over the personal details of alleged copyright infringers to several major record labels. The information is used to pursue legal action against the Rapidshare users and at least one alleged uploader saw his house raided.

Like many new releases, Metallica

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Asus G Series Power Supplies

Generic News 1994 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0

ASUS is boring into a new market .. surprise .. it's power supplies. Asus has released the new Asus G Series power supply. Encompassing both 1000W and 850W versions, the G Series allows users to easily achieve stable, high voltage performance. Equipped with cutting-edge innovations and capable of delivering reliable, constant high-voltage power, this state-of-the-art power supply is capable of conforming to the demanding needs of today

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New development in Holographic storage 500GB disc

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Let's see, how many MP3s is that .. um General Electric announced that it has made a breakthrough in holographic disc technology that could lead to affordable 500GB optical discs that measure the size of traditional DVDs.

Holographic disc technology is capable of dwarfing traditional optical media due to its density. The discs make use of microscopic holograms encoded with light information, which are then accessed by a laser.

While several tech companies have been developing holographic discs for years, GE's successful demonstration is significant because its technology uses smaller, less complex holograms

GE expects its holographic disc could make it to mass production in 2011 or 2012, and cost less than 10 cents per gigabyte.

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Grand Theft Auto IV PC Fix

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The fine people from ggmania report that on Tuesday 21st April Microsoft released an Update to it's Games For Windows Live interface. The update was mandatory and many users went ahead and updated. It wasn't long before major problems were highlighted these range from: Massive drop in frame rates, periodic stuttering, Main Menu refusing to load. It should be noted that OTHER Games for windows live titles were affected too so this wasn't just GTA 4. 

Now Microsoft have released a new update for Games For Windows LIVE to address the stuttering issues. Word is: "Thanks for your patience, a new update is available that addresses the stuttering issue with GTA IV. Just log in and apply the new update."

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OCZ launches PC Power & cooling Silencer 910 PSU

Graphics Cards 1673 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0

OCZ today released their new Silencer 910 power supply from PC Power & Cooling. The Silencer line has proven itself as one of the most trusted PSU series on the market over the past twenty years. The PSUs now range from 370W to the new 910W (1KW peak). Featuring an 80+ Silver Certification, the Silencer 910 offers one of the higher efficiencies on the market

  • 910W Continuous @ 40C (1000W Peak)
  • NVIDIA SLI Certified (Multiple GPUs)
  • 80+ Silver Certified (88% Efficiency); .99 Active PF
  • Up to 90% (10dB) Less Noise per Watt
  • +12VDC @ 74A (Powerful Single Rail)
  • Rock-Solid, Super-Clean DC Output
  • Quad PCI-E and complete array of connectors
  • Automatic Fan Speed Control Circuit
  • 5-Year Warranty and Tech Support

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AMD Athlon X2 7850 BE review

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Budget is one of the keywords that AMD likes to address. It's a huge market and really, what's not to like about it ? Today AMD is adding another budget processor to their line-up, in specific the AMD Athlon X2 7850 BE 2.8 GHz (Black Edition) and here at we will take a look at it.

A 2.8GHz clocked dual-core processor with 3MB of total cache, 512KB of the L2 variety per core and 2MB of shared L3 cache per chip developed under ASIC codename KUMA, and that means it really is a 1st generation Phenom processor.

To top it off, this processor will also be a Black Edition chip which overclockers should like very much. To top it off, the product costs merely 79 USD. Not bad .. or is it ?

Check out this full Guru3D review right here.

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ATI Radeon HD 4770 review

Graphics Cards 1673 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0

Today we have another bang for buck product, a product that I like very much. As what ATI is doing today is pretty remarkable. They are releasing the Radeon HD 4770, a mainstream product at a budget price.

So without further ado, let's review the final product this time, the Radeon HD 4770... mainstream performance, at a budget price. But trust me when I say that after reading this review, you will be impressed.

You can read the entire Guru3D review, right here at his URL.

ATI Radeon HD 4770 review


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Point of View releases 2GB GeForce GTX 285

Generic News 1994 Published by Hilbert Hagedoorn 0

Most of NVIDIA's board partners this week will announce a 2Gb version of the GeForce GTX 285. Point of View just submitted their press-release on it.

POINT OF VIEW, well known for its range of NVIDIA based Graphics cards, is launching today the updated version of one of the fastest among single GPU graphics cards; the GeForce GTX285.

With displays becoming bigger and sharper, games becoming more advanced in both objects and texture details, memory is one of the key elements in maintaining a high and fluid gameplay. The GeForce GTX285 2 GB is the perfect combination of a hardcore performing GPU with the optimal amount of ultra fast memory. This model is dedicated to bring games on their knees.

Built on 55nm, this enthusiast product is guaranteed to run on better clockspeeds and have higher overclocking possibilities. The 240 parallel GPU cores take care of the 3-dimensional object rendering, physics and lighting effects and all other calculations like nothing before.

The GPU itself runs on 648 MHz and has a Shader clock of 1476 MHz. Furthermore there is 2048MB of DDR3 on board with is running through a 512 bit memory bus at a massive speed of 2322 MHz. Also this one supports SLI with up to three graphics cards, which will offer even more performance.

Double dual Link DVI port let you connect up to two screens with resolutions up to 2560x1600. Also there

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