Tech News December 2008

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Gainward Rampage 700 GS GLH “The Beast” Review
OCaholic :: Tuesday, December 30, 2008
With the Rampage 700 GS GLH (Goes Like Hell) Gainward presents an extravagant graphic card. This dual GPU sparkler comes with a triple slot cooling solution which allows a factory overclock and it looks absolutely impressive.

Zotac Nitro Overclocking Unit Review 
Driver Heaven :: Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Zotac was established as a Nvidia partner in 2006 and have been producing quality VGA and motherboard solutions since then. Today we’re going to look at the Zotac Nitro, an overclocking tool unlike anything we’ve seen before. This USB device allows you to overclock your video card on the fly, setup profiles and monitor fan speed and temperature. Overclocking is very much an enthusiast hobby, but Zotac hope the Nitro will encourage more users to try and get the most out of their graphics cards.

ThinkComputers 2008 Year In Review
Think Computers :: Monday, December 29, 2008
“Wow what a year it has been here at ThinkComputers, we published over 200 reviews and 27 articles. It has to have been one of the busiest years for us to date. I think that we really took things to the next level reviewing a lot more high-end products and keeping a constant stream of products coming in. I want to thank all of our sponsors and more importantly our readers for making this year such a good one. Each one of the staff members have compiled a year in review segment where they recap some of their favorite products and good times here at ThinkComputers over the course of 2008.”

Sumo Chief Rocker Bean Bag Chair Review 
Think Computers :: Monday, December 29, 2008
I’m sure by now many of you are familiar with Sumo, we have reviewed their SumoSac Sultan and Omni bean bag chairs. They have released yet another cool bean bag chair called the Chief Rocker. The Chief Rocker is a lot like the Omni Plus, which is a hybrid of the SumoSac and Omni. The thing that sets the Chief Rocker apart is that it has a metal frame that sits it on an angle for great gaming or lounging around. Let’s take the Chief Rocker for a spin and see if it lives up to the hype.”

CyberPower Gamer Xtreme XT Review
OCC :: Monday, December 29, 2008
Prebuilt computers have usually had two thing not going for them, Price and performance. Performance usually comes in the form of a price tag outside our reach or when in our price range the performance is not there. As enthusiasts we think we can always do a better job of building a superior rig at a better price than the companies that do it day in and day out. Most times I would say that is true. But with the CyberPower Gamer Xtreme Xt system I think the watermark has been set on both the price front as well as the performance front. For $1500 dollars you can have a system that will run today’s games and applications much better than a similarly equipped system using not last years technology but technology that was released This year! If you wanted to build this system you would be hard pressed to find the identical components used in this system at a price even $600 higher than the $1500 dollar asking price. This system from CyberPower just crushed our poor testbed system that really is no slouch.”

How to Increase USB Sample Rate in Windows Vista SP1
NGO HQ :: Monday, December 29, 2008
Microsoft Windows Vista’s default 125Hz USB sample rate is not enough for today’s gamers and end-users. There are many USB sample rate patches out there, but none of them support Windows Vista SP1 due to the new restricted driver signature enforcement feature. Now it is possible to use these patches – thanks to the latest version of our own Driver Signature Enforcement Overrider (DSEO). These patches and our tool have been well tested, but I am not taking responsibility for any damages! Use it at your own risk.”

Cyberpower I7 Poseidon Review 
Driver Heaven :: Monday, December 22, 2008
Today we’re going to look at the Cyberpower Gamer Infinity i7 Poseidon, a pre-overclocked, watercooled i7 system. With a promising spec sheet this system looks like it will pack an impressive punch.

Benchmark Reviews Editors Choice Awards 2008
Benchmark Reviews :: Saturday, December 20, 2008
Benchmark Reviews tests a lot of very good computer hardware, which is a result of our selection process for product reviews. Although it would be most ideal for a hardware review website to test each and every item sold on the retail market, it’s just not feasable due to limited staff and budget. As a result, many of the products featured here are among the best consumers will find. This year Benchmark Reviews Executive Editor Olin Coles delivers his nominations for the 2008 Editors Choice Award for each category: CPU Coolers, Desktop Processors, Solid State Drives, Desktop Graphics Cards, Computer Cases, and Desktop Motherboards.

Chiaroscuro by Nick Falzone
Bit-Tech Modding :: Friday, December 19, 2008
The carpentry legend is back – Nick Falzone, winner of our 2007 Mod of the Year competition, tries his hand at a mini-ITX gaming machine with some absolutely gorgeous results! You will NOT want to miss this one!

Eco-Intel Mod by Planet Express Klan
Bit-Tech Modding :: Friday, December 19, 2008
We’ve not just one mod to feature today, but several! The Planet Express Klan from Madrid teamed up with Intel to speed build the four elements into some very unique cases.

CoolIt Domino ALC Liquid Cooling CPU Cooler
Dragonsteel Mods :: Friday, December 19, 2008
Liquid cooling offers great performance for cooling your CPU but it can really be a pain to get a system put together and of course you’ve got to worry about leaks, changing the fluid, flushing the system etc and for the average person it’s just not worth all of those hassles. Liquid cooling can also get very expensive, with the waterblocks, tubing, radiators, clamps, fans and pumps, you can easily spend a couple hundred dollars on quality parts, and for the non-enthusiast out there they don’t want to spend that much money on something they’ve got to put together. The liquid cooling kits on the market today are popular because they offer a relatively easy and inexpensive way to have some of the advantages of liquid cooling while not being a major hassle to install, for the most part they’re fairly easy to get up and running in your system. Today CoolIt has introduced their new CPU cooler called the Domino ALC, or Advanced Liquid Cooling. It’s an inexpensive liquid cooling kit that is meant to make liquid cooling hassle free, easy to install and readily available for the general populous to just jump right in. The Domino is a closed system liquid cooler, meaning you’ll never have to worry about changing fluids, system killing leaks, or any of the problems that might arise from other kits, or DIY solutions on the market today. The Domino ALC is easy to install, and it offers decent cooling performance, it’s got an LCD display on it to let you know what’s going on with the system and an easy to access control button to quickly change fan speeds if you need that extra cooling boost. So read on to learn more about the Domino ALC, I’ve got a quick unboxing video for you, along with lots of pictures and of course testing on both C2D and C2Q processors.

Protective Silicone Case Skin Cover for Nano 4
Dragonsteel Mods :: Friday, December 19, 2008
So, yesterday we put up our little contest involving iPod cases, I figured today would be a good day to put up an iPod case review! Today I’ve got a quick review for you, short and sweet of a silicone case for the iPod nano 4th generation. It’s from our friends at Budget Gadgets, and they’ve even given me a discount code to give to all of our readers good for anything on the site. So read on to check out the case and learn about the discount…

Holiday Giveaway 2008
Dragonsteel Mods :: Friday, December 19, 2008
So I ran across a great deal on iPod cases at my local store, so I decided to buy 12 assorted ones to give away for the holidays. These are for older generation iPods and newer ones as well. So read on to learn about them and what you have to do to get one.

Xclio 1000 PC Case
Dragonsteel Mods :: Friday, December 19, 2008
PC Cases come in all shapes and sizes these days, look around and you’ll find the perfect case that fits your style and needs easily. The PC case is an integral part of the system, it performs more than just the function of housing your PC, it helps keep your system cool and we all now that a cool system is a happy system. Today for review I’ve got a case that is huge, it’s a full tower style case from our friends over at Xclio, but it’s much more than that, it’s got quite a few other features as well. The Xclio 1000 PC case features nine 120mm fans built in that can be changed to one of several different colors, along with the ability to control their speeds as well. The front has got three doors covering the drive bays, each door has its own fan along with individual controls for each one. Inside you’ll find room enough for any system with room to spare for expansion, and there’s a plethora of hard drive bays so you’ll have room for terabytes of storage as well. So continue on to learn more about the Xclio 1000 PC Case….

Dragonsteel Mods :: Friday, December 19, 2008
Flash memory storage capacities are growing, while the prices have dramatically decreased. What once cost several hundred dollars can now be had for under one hundred bucks. Still it is important to use quality flash memory; otherwise those precious memories may quickly become fleeting memories. Today we will look at the top of the line Compact Flash card from ATP – the Promax II. Established in 1991, ATP has over 17 years of experience in the design, manufacture, and support of high performance, highest quality DRAM modules and NAND flash storage products. These cards feature the fastest write transfer speeds available making them great for digital SLR camera use. In addition they have write transfer speeds of 30 MB/Sec. Today we will compare this Compact Flash card against some worth competitors. So let’s take a better look at the ATP ProMax II CF 8GB.

Change Your New Mail Notification Sound
PC Mechanic :: Friday, December 19, 2008
Just to change things up for the sake of change, why not change your new mail notification sound? Odds are you are pretty tired of the standard sound, so make a change. You can find numerous pages on the web (this one for example) which contain sounds ideal for new message notifications. Personally, I like to go with the famous Law & Order ‘two knocks’ sound. I’m not sure about other clients, but if you use Outlook, you can change the sound by going to Control Panel > Sounds and then change the ‘New Mail Notification’ option. Post from: PCMech. Helping Normal People Get Their Geek On And Live The Digital Lifestyle.

Motorola Motozine ZN5 Camera Phone
PC World :: Friday, December 19, 2008
Motorola and Kodak deliver a phone with an impressive camera, but uninspired design.

Freedom Run for IPhone
PC World :: Friday, December 19, 2008
America’s presidential election is over, and we can all be grateful for that. But in politics, the race never really ends.

Blogging Gets a Pro Look With ITheme Designs
PC World :: Friday, December 19, 2008
I’ve been blogging on my personal site for several years. What bothers me the most about blogs is that, for the most part…

Identify Mysterious Media with SnapTell on Your iPhone
PC World :: Friday, December 19, 2008
Take a picture of a book, CD or video game–then compare prices, Google it, and Wikipedia it.

Top 10 Ultraportable Laptops
PC World :: Friday, December 19, 2008
Ideal for the mobile professional, these notebooks stand out for their low weight and small footprint. Ratings and rankings can change due to pricing and technology changes, so check back frequently for the latest info.

Iomega EGo Helium Portable Hard Drive USB
PC World :: Friday, December 19, 2008
Iomega’s eGo Helium Portable Hard Drive USB is a Mac-formatted storage device that’s available with a capacity of 320GB. It…

Pirates of the Caribbean Online
PC World :: Friday, December 19, 2008
I’ve looked forward to Pirates of the Caribbean MMORPG, though with trepid enthusiasm. Games with movie tie-ins (this game is…

Frenzic for IPhone
PC World :: Friday, December 19, 2008
The iPhone and iPod touch are a gaming paradise. At least, that’s what Apple’s TV ads keep telling me, accompanied by that…