Thermaltake gets colourful with M9D Case

Steve Dougherty | | Apr 30, 2008 10:09 PM CDT

If you're looking for a well equipped mid-tower chassis with bling, Thermaltake have just introduced a new model into their lineup that may be of interest.

The new M9D has a glossy finish to it with a large side window and 23cm Touchcolor fan which is where the bling comes from. The fan has a special switch located on the side panel which allows you to choose between five color modes; red, green, blue, random mix LED, and random single / mix LED.

Furthermore, there are two additional 120mm Turbofans located at the front and back of the case for better assisted airflow and some of the other highlights include a tool-free design, removable HDD cages and a very generous nine 5.25" drive bays.

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Palit launches GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB

Cameron Wilmot | Video Cards & GPUs | Apr 29, 2008 10:57 PM CDT

Palit were one of the first companies to let us know about its custom designed and factory overclocked GeForce 9600 GSO graphics card.

Before you get too excited though, Nvidia's GeForce 9600 GSO is not new and is nothing more than a relabeled GeForce 8800 GS. In default configurations, it carries the EXACT same clock speeds and specifications.

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So, why does 3DMark Vantage lack DX10.1?

Cameron Wilmot | | Apr 29, 2008 10:26 PM CDT

The question on many enthusiasts lips at the moment is why does the new 3DMark Vantage benchmark from Futuremark lack DirectX 10.1 support.

It has full support for DX10 but not the extra extensions in the newer version. AMD and S3 are currently the only companies which offer DX10.1 support on their graphics cards with Nvidia lacking it at this stage of the game. Fudzilla is already making certain claims that Nvidia may have had something to do with the lack of DX10.1 support in the new benchmark, since its current GeForce 8 and 9 series cards do not support it.

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HighPoint launches $139 Hardware RAID

Cameron Wilmot | | Apr 29, 2008 9:46 PM CDT

HighPoint has long been producing affordable and relatively well performing RAID controller cards for various markets. Up until recently though, its product portfolio was missing true hardware controlled products.

That all changes with the launch of the RocketRAID 3120 two port PCI-Express x1 RAID controller card. It has its own onboard I/O controller and memory, which is essentially what makes it hardware controlled, rather than relying on the system CPU to take care of the important controller duties.

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OCZ go Special Ops on DDR3

Steve Dougherty | RAM | Apr 29, 2008 8:43 PM CDT

OCZ are now offering DDR3 memory as part of their Special Ops Edition lineup, these comprising both PC3-8500 and PC3-10666 singular modules in 1 and 2GB sizes as well as dual channel 2 and 4GB kits.

The Special Ops Edition Series of modules is primarily aimed at the gamers crowd, featuring a unique camouflage motif heatspreader design. The PC3-8500 (1066MHz) modules operate with latencies of 7-7-7-24 at 1.6v whilst the PC3-10666 (1333MHz) modules are set with timings of 9-9-9-27 at 1.7v.

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A-DATA has themed Eee PC flash products

Cameron Wilmot | Laptops | Apr 29, 2008 3:56 AM CDT

Attempting to cash in on the success of the ASUS Eee PC, A-DATA has announced a range of new themed flash memory devices for the highly popular Taiwanese made low-cost notebook PC.

First up is the A-DATA class 6 SDHC memory card which offers a hefty 8GB of additional storage to the Eee. It's promoted as a permanent second hard drive for the Eee with its branded color coding scheme - however, it begs question - what good it is that if you never see it installed inside the card reader? Tsk tsk tsk...

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XP SP3 vs. Vista SP1 - Which is fastest?

Cameron Wilmot | | Apr 29, 2008 3:44 AM CDT

Now that Windows XP SP3 has been released to the world, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes over at ZDNet Hardware 2.0 blog has done a bunch of application and gaming benchmarks comparing XP SP3 to SP2 and RTM as well as Vista RTM and SP1 in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors.

Starting off with the application testing, Adrian uses PassMark PerformanceTest 6.1 and discovers that SP3 does produce a better result than SP2. Coming out on top is Vista 64-bit RTM which is slightly faster than SP1. You can get a closer look at those results over here.

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3DMark Vantage Hotfix for Radeon cards

Cameron Wilmot | Video Cards & GPUs | Apr 29, 2008 3:02 AM CDT

AMD released a Vista 64-bit hotfix for the new 3DMark Vantage benchmark a few days ago and has recently released it to the general public.

AMD told us that certain Radeon graphics card configurations have some issues under the new 3D benchmark using Catalyst 8.4 drives. 3DMark Vantage Hotfix promises to fix the bugs and also improve performance. Some media are claiming an 800 - 1000 point increase in 3DMark score but we haven't been able to confirm that with our own testing yet.

Keep in mind while the drivers supposedly offer big improvements, AMD say that corruption may still be seen in GPU Game Test 1 when running 3DMark Vantage on "High Settings" on certain ATI Radeon HD 3870 CrossFire configurations under Windows Vista 32-bit edition. Everything should be back to normal by the Catalyst 8.5 as the Futuremark lineup of benchmarks aren't just a two-bit collection of 3D tests.

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Exclusive MSI Wind notebook photos here

Cameron Wilmot | Laptops | Apr 28, 2008 9:52 PM CDT

ASUS Eee PC, ASUS Eee PC, ASUS Eee PC... it's all we seem to hear these days.

That is all about to change and the consumer is about to get a lot more choice in this lower cost ultra mobile notebook segment. MSI is one of many companies (Acer, GIGABYTE, ECS and GeCube are the others who will have models out in around June - July) who are busily working on Eee competitors.

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