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Seven affordable PSUs take on The Beast
— 1:52 PM on December 18, 2008

In its latest outing, our beastly power supply tester takes on seven PSUs between 350 and 500W, including a lowly generic unit. Read on...

Type: Feature article Tags: Power

Windows 7, or Vista Second Edition?
— 8:25 PM on October 30, 2008

As an early adopter, I'm a bit used to being burned by my purchases. Formats die, product availability and support are usually low, and the...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

Microsoft's free photo stitching tool is very slick indeed
— 2:15 PM on September 24, 2008

A few weeks ago on a backpacking trip, I took a stack of pictures to stich together for a dramatic panoramic shot. Or rather,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Software

Why Google Chrome is already a great browser
— 5:40 PM on September 2, 2008

So, you've seen the news. Google has released an early beta of its first web browser, Chrome, which mixes elements from Safari and Firefox into...

Type: Blog post Tags: Internet Software

Why Internet Explorer 8 still sucks
— 11:22 AM on August 29, 2008

I already ranted extensively about Internet Explorer 8's shortcomings when the first beta release came out in March. At the risk of being labeled...

Type: Blog post Tags: Internet Software

The Beast chews through seven new PSUs
— 10:52 PM on August 4, 2008

PC Power & Cooling's Silencer has reigned as our enthusiast PSU of choice for ten months now, but how does it stack up against the...

Type: Feature article Tags: Power

AMD refines its approach to Stream Computing
— 10:11 PM on June 19, 2008

Just like Nvidia, AMD provides developers with tools to use its GPUs for non-graphics applications, but AMD doesn't make as much noise about it. Curious,...

Type: Feature article Tags: Graphics Miscellaneous Software

Windows Vista Service Pack 1: A performance check
— 8:58 PM on April 3, 2008

How does Service Pack 1 affect Windows Vista's day-to-day performance in common desktop applications and games? We've run a host of benchmarks in order to...

Type: Feature article Tags: Operating systems Windows

Vista SP1 nuked my network file copies
— 8:55 PM on April 3, 2008

Recently, I built a storage server for my LAN and migrated all of my important documents over to it.  Even more recently, I built myself...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

IE8 and why the IE team still can't code its way out of a wet paper bag
— 9:41 AM on March 6, 2008

Look, I'm sorry. I'm sure Microsoft's Internet Explorer team is full of smart, passionate, and talented people. But their latest effort, the Internet Explorer 8...

Type: Blog post Tags: Internet Software

What are your recs for core programs?
— 3:30 PM on March 2, 2008

After two and a half years with my current box, I'm finally building myself a new PC and upgrading to Vista x64. One...

Type: Blog post Tags: Software

The great PSU fan swap of 2008
— 1:04 PM on February 27, 2008

Seasonic power supplies are great. Whether they're units the Taiwanese PSU manufacturer sells under its own name or those it makes for other firms (like...

Type: Blog post Tags: Power

Eight power supply units encounter The Beast
— 11:30 PM on February 6, 2008

Enthusiasts know there's much more to a PSU than wattage; we're looking for consistent DC voltages, minimal AC ripple, high efficiency, low noise, and effective...

Type: Feature article Tags: Power

The Enthusiast System Architecture in action
— 12:11 AM on January 18, 2008

Nvidia announced its Enthusiast System Architecture back in November, promising to consolidate system and hardware monitoring under a single communication protocol. ESA-certified hardware is now...

Type: Feature article Tags: Systems Software

How Intel ruined my Christmas vacation
— 4:00 PM on January 11, 2008

Okay, Intel didn't actually spoil my entire vacation, but it came awfully close. To understand why, you need to go back a couple of months:...

Type: Blog post Tags: Motherboards Multimedia Windows

19 rips off PSU round-up
— 5:11 PM on October 23, 2007

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but when you spend months working on something only to have it ripped off, flattery doesn't...

Type: Blog post Tags: Power Miscellaneous

The Vista nerd rage feedback loop
— 3:46 PM on October 1, 2007

Ask anyone in the techie community about Windows Vista, and they'll tell you the same thing:...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

Eleven enthusiast power supplies compared
— 12:22 PM on October 1, 2007

Enthusiasts know the value of a quality power supply, but picking the best one isn't easy. We've pushed 11 PSUs between 500 and 750W...

Type: Feature article Tags: Power