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NVIDIA Tesla High Performance Computing @ PC Perspective
DailyTech's roundup of hardware reviews from around the web for Thursday

NVIDIA Tesla High Performance Computing
@ PC Perspective
@ PenStar Systems

UMPCs
Samsung Q1 Ultra UMPC @ XYZ Computing

Notebooks
HP Pavilion tx1000z @ Laptop Logic

Motherboards
ECS AMD690GM-M2 AMD 690G Motherboard @ PCSTATS.com
ECS NF650iSLIT-A nVIDIA nForce 650i Motherboard @ PCSTATS.com

Video
XFX 7950GT 512MB 550M @ Bjorn3D
RV630XT (HD 2600 XT) Preview @ BCCHardware

Displays/TVs
Samsung 275T 27-inch Wide-Screen @ Techgage

Cooling
Inno3D GeForce 8600 GTS iChill @ OC Cafe
Scythe Andy Samurai Master 6 Heatpipe CPU Cooler @ PC Perspective
Noctua NF-R8 @ XSReviews
Scythe Katana II SCKTN-2000 Heatsink @ Frostytech.com
Evercool HD-CW Cool Wheel HDD Cooler @ Madshrimps
Vantec LapCool 5 @ Modders-Inc

Power Supplies
OCZ ModXStream 780 Watt Modular Power Supply @ TechAddicts
Thermaltake Toughpower CableManagement 1200W Power Supply @ eXtreme Outer Vision
Tagan Silver Power 600w @ XSReviews
Cooler Master Real Power Pro 650W Power Supply @ ThinkComputers.org

Storage
4GB OCZ Rally 2 USB Flash Drive @ The TechZone
Kingston, OCZ and Super Talent USB Flash Drives @ Legit Reviews
OCZ VBoost USB Flash Drive for Windows Vista @ Benchmark Reviews

Peripherals
QPAD EC-R Gaming Mousepad @ GotFrag
Logitech QuickCam and QuickCam Deluxe For Notebooks @ HardwareLogic
Logitech X-240 2.1 Speaker System @ OCC


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Links in a new tab\window?
By MDE on 6/21/2007 12:31:05 PM , Rating: 3
Brandon, do you think you could have external links open in a new tab or window? That would make it easier to read multiple reviews from the same page without having to navigate back.




RE: Links in a new tab\window?
By Araemo on 6/21/2007 1:13:57 PM , Rating: 2
Middle-click on the link. That opens in a new tab on all the browsers I've used since tabbed browsing came around.


RE: Links in a new tab\window?
By smilingcrow on 6/21/2007 1:15:10 PM , Rating: 2
"Brandon, do you think you could have external links open in a new tab or window"

Please no, that’s bad practice. If you want to open the link in a new tab/window just right click on it and choose. With Opera you can also choose where the focus will be after you’ve opened the page which can be handy. i.e. open a bunch of tabs as background and then the last one as foreground; very flexible.


RE: Links in a new tab\window?
By PaxtonFettel on 6/21/2007 1:48:30 PM , Rating: 2
Why would you say that's bad practice? It's far less annoying to have the link open in a fresh tab and I think most people would agree. Since tabbed browsing most websites are designed to do this if cross-linking.


RE: Links in a new tab\window?
By KristopherKubicki (blog) on 6/21/2007 2:13:48 PM , Rating: 2
I was always taught (though maybe its no longer still accepted) to minimize the amount of surprises when linking out -- no tabs, windows, javascript, etc.


RE: Links in a new tab\window?
By MDE on 6/21/2007 3:47:04 PM , Rating: 3
I never really cared either way until I started using Anandtech's forums a lot and noticed that all of the posted links opened in a new tab and I could easily go back to the forum post after I was done with the link, or flip back and forth. It's personal preference, but I think it's easier.


RE: Links in a new tab\window?
By leexgx on 6/21/2007 7:35:22 PM , Rating: 2
if linking out side of web site its alot better to use New Tab window tag (some web sites open new window some open in
an TAB in IE7)

as Opera (opera always uses tabs :) IE7, Firefox, can support tabs


RE: Links in a new tab\window?
By asliarun on 6/22/2007 2:53:10 AM , Rating: 2
"I was always taught (though maybe its no longer still accepted) to minimize the amount of surprises when linking out -- no tabs, windows, javascript, etc."

Surprising that you managed to pull it off, what with ASP.NET using Javascript like crazy.

On a non-techy note, I do agree with you, and no, the basic principles you stated above haven't changed. Let people decide what they want to do with a URL instead of the webmaster deciding for them (hey, they're clicking the URL, not the webpage designer). As a customer in a bookstore, I would want to browse and read books on my own terms, not on the basis of what the shopowner thinks I should be doing.


RE: Links in a new tab\window?
By deeznuts on 6/21/2007 3:36:54 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Why would you say that's bad practice? It's far less annoying to have the link open in a fresh tab and I think most people would agree. Since tabbed browsing most websites are designed to do this if cross-linking.
Some people like it to move the same page, some people like it to open to a new window/tab. This way you get to choose. Right click it.


RE: Links in a new tab\window?
By smilingcrow on 6/22/2007 11:52:23 AM , Rating: 2
Websites open a new tab/window for an external site purely because they don’t want to lose you; it’s a purely selfish thing. With a modern browser the user should be making the choice not the web designer. It’s not that I don’t personally open pages using multiple tabs, I do it a lot, I just think it’s bad practice to force this. Opera is very flexible and can override any hard coded attempts to force a new tab anyway.


Tesla review? More like press release copy and paste
By matkun on 6/21/2007 11:38:29 AM , Rating: 4
I would hardly call those Tesla articles a review.. Just skimming over them, all they are doing is rehashing nVidia press material. You can't really have a review without a benchmark of some sort or some numbers to backup.

I'd call them Tesla advertising rather then a review.




By Frank M on 6/21/2007 11:49:35 AM , Rating: 2
That press material is such utter garbage. Those "Moore's Law" graphs were pulled right out of some marketing exec's ass. They should be embarrassed to publish such crap.


By leidegre on 6/21/2007 12:06:19 PM , Rating: 2
I prefer getting informed, even though a lot of that which end up on DailyTech can be thought of as marketing, it's still nice to have a site which gather many sources of information at one place. Be it marketing or technical.


Toughpower review comment edit
By rgsaunders on 6/22/2007 12:17:34 AM , Rating: 2
I must apologize to the Thermaltake designers, after reviewing the product pictures at their site, it is obvious that they did include proper grommeting in their design. The pictures on the review site show it without the proper grommet in place, obviously someone removed it while playing with the unit and neglected to replace it.




By Das Capitolin on 6/24/2007 9:32:11 PM , Rating: 2
I would put that apology on hold for now.

This weekend I began the photo and test portion of our review for the Toughpower 1200W, and to my complete surprise I found all of the wires coming out from the metal chassis without a single protective coating or grommet to protect them. Our review will publish at http://benchmarkreviews.com in about a week, and you can bet we'll be mentioning this potentially grave mistake.

In the mean time, and sort of off-topic, we went back and revised a few of our recent PSU reviews. Since our new Oscilloscope arrive last Friday, we have had a real learning experience while finding just how (un)regulated some power supplies are. We started the fun by measuring DC voltage ripple in the newly revised Antec TP-650 A2: http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_c...


BCC HD 2600 XT
By EndPCNoise on 6/21/2007 4:21:42 PM , Rating: 2
Judging by the one and only benchmark for this card so far, 3DMark06, ATI's top of the line midrange card does NOT look very impressive. It doesn't look any better than last year's midrange cards.

We'll have to wait and see for more detailed reviews in the future.

Just my 2 cents.




By kilkennycat on 6/21/2007 5:04:37 PM , Rating: 2
Life will get a lot more interesting in both HPC and desktop land with nVidia's upcoming refresh of the 88xx family ( 98xx ??). Full double-precision floating-point computational paths, also very likely to have the 8600/8500 HDTV-decoder design rolled into ALL members of the new family. The high-end parts are rumored to be released before the end of 2007. Might be earlier should AMD/ATi pull a performance-enhanced replacement for the 2900 XT quickly out of the hat, as they did with their X1900 replacement for the crippled X1800 and within 3 months of the X1800 release.




1200W Toughpower review?
By rgsaunders on 6/21/2007 6:21:20 PM , Rating: 2
This review overlooks a potentially hazardous serious design fault, no protective edging or wrap where the main cables exit the case of the power supply at the back. This is unacceptable in a product of this supposed quality, and the failure to note this obvious design defect makes one wonder what else may have been missed in this review.




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