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[H] Enthusiast Archives: February 2006Archive Listing

Sunday February 26, 2006

nVidia Solaris SLI

Curious how to get an SLI setup working under Solaris? Look no further, the gang over at Phoronix have a quick rundown.

Towards the end of December, we had written two articles to examine the frame-rate performance of both ATI and NVIDIA drivers as they had progressed throughout the year under Linux. Although there were minimal average frame-rate differences between each of the drivers, in most instances, each company had appended critical features throughout the year that was sought after by the Linux community. While we have yet to see any ATI CrossFire support under Linux, nor is it evident if we will ever see this multi-GPU support, the developers at NVIDIA had appended Scalable Link Interface support in their 1.0-8174 display drivers released in early December of last year. However, the folks using Solaris from Sun Microsystems had not received SLI support until the most recent drivers released on December 22. Today at Phoronix, we are taking a quick preview and how-to guide for NVIDIA's GeForce SLI under Solaris 10.

Saturday February 25, 2006

ATi RD550 Details

DailyTech is reported to have come across some interesting information that detail some tidbits about the new RD550 solution from ATi.

We've come across some ATI documents that reveal ATI's next generation CrossFire enabled chipset which will be positioned as a mainstream part. RD550 has not yet received an official name at this time but details include support for 1x16 + 1x8 PCIe slots. RD550 will also enable dongle-less CrossFire support which will be a welcomed feature by enthusiasts.

[H]orde [H]appenings

The weekend days around these parts are DC Days, so lets get started shall we? First of all, I would like to congratulate the entire team for breaking the 250,000,000 barrier and helping to increase our lead in folding. We have also been working [H]ard putting the spit shine on our FAQ guide. We have a great UD Gauntlet running, are you Moose Enough? What’s that you say? This all sounds like a lot of fun and you’d like to join the team? No problem! First thing to do is read up on our two great projects, Folding@Home and United Devices. Both are great causes, so find the one that fits you. Once you have done that, take a look at our Folding & UD Install Guides to get you up and running. If you have some old boxes laying about that are missing a few parts and pieces, check out DC For Sale/For Trade forum to get what you need. No matter which project you chose, you’re helping out a great cause! So what’s stopping you?! Come on over if you have any questions and ask away. 2 Great projects…One common goal…The cure.

Gainward Bliss 6800 GS GHL

Factory overclocked cards seem to be all the rage nowadays. For those of you who are interested in a “plug in and go” type of solution, we have the Goes Like Hell review just for you.

Gainward's BLISS 6800 GS GLH is no reference board. Sure, the core headroom is still up to the gods, but the memory headroom will destroy the competition. I managed to clock the memory to 1480 MHz at its peak. Just try and do that on any other 6800 GS with 2.0ns memory, it just won't happen

Top Digital Cameras

If you are in the market for a new digi-cam, then take a peak at this long list of some of today’s popular solutions.

These lists represent the top camera makes and models used to create photos uploaded to Flickr, the best online photo sharing application in the world. The lists are generated automatically by periodically sampling the EXIF data from the stream of recent uploads.

More Power!!

Wired is reporting that faster processing performance is not only on the horizon, but should also be hitting the store shelves sometime soon.

PCs with blazing-fast 5-GHz CPUs are not only feasible, they should soon be on store shelves, according to chipmakers at a conference in Silicon Valley this week.

Google vs. eBay

It looks like Google might be moving into the eBay’s territory. This announcement certainly seems to be a big step in that direction.

We're starting with a very small number of sellers and we expect to include more over the next several months. If you're a seller and you're interested in getting an announcement when this feature is generally available, let us know. And if you want to know how this functionality relates to Google's broader work in payments, read this update. We hope this feature will make it even easier for people to use Google Base to post and distribute a wide range of content, whether information for sharing or goods for sale.

Clash of the Titans

If you are in market for a high end case, the good people over at Anand have a head to head comparison of the TT Tai Chi vs. CM Stacker 830. The results might just surprise you.

There are extremes to everything in life, and products are certainly not an exception - especially technology products. Earlier, we looked at one of the ends of the extremes in computer cases with Dynapowers' super-affordable E68 in addition to two more moderately-priced cases in a price-point comparing shootout, but this time, we're going to examine two cases at the other end of the spectrum. Barring solutions such as Zalman's TNN-500A, which attempts to handle all cooling needs for a computer on its own in complete silence, the Tai Chi by Thermaltake and Stacker 830 that we'll be looking at here represent some of the very finest in case design - and have a price to match.

Wozniak Jobs Apple

It isn’t to often these days that you hear a lot of bad press going Apple’s way. Imagine our surprise when the bad talk was coming from the Apple co-founder. What does he think about Apple and Intel working together?

"It's like consorting with the enemy. We've had this long history of saying the enemy is the big black-hatted guys, and they kind of represent evil. We are different, and by being different we're better," he said. "All of a sudden we're the same in this hardware regard, so it's a little hard to swallow your words from the past."

Friday February 24, 2006

ATi X1900 All-In-Wonder

If you need a top of the line all in one video card solution, the ATi X1900 All-In-Wonder is the only game in town. The X1900 series does great gaming, has ViVo functionality and does TV too. Check out the full review at Driver Heaven.

Its not often as a reviewer that you receive a product which doesnt have a major competing part from another manufacturer. This is one such product and allows us to say quite easily that the AIW X1900 is the best product of its type that money can buy. This however doesnt tell the whole story.

Mods & Ends


Noctua and Coolink Heatpipe Coolers @ Metku Mods - Scythe KAMA-BAY Bay Cooler @ Pro-Clockers - Thermaltake Blue Orb II @ Techgage


Kingston 256MB MicroSD Card @ Adrians Rojak Pot - Imation 'Padlock' Micro USB Drive @ EverythingUSB

Cases & Modding

Silverstone LC16M HTPC Case @ Bit-Tech - Gigabyte Triton Chassis Series @ Legion Hardware - XKROMA ATX Chrome Case @ ThinkComputers