ATI has been providing a lot of value over the
last year and a half with its video cards. The new Radeon HD 5000
series is very popular due to its support for DirectX
11. The Radeon 5700 series is targeted at the mainstream, while
the Radeon 5800 series is for higher end gamers. The recently
released Radeon HD 5970 is currently the most
powerful graphics card in the world.
While the higher end
cards have been hard to get since their launch, DailyTech has
been told that production has been ramping up and more GPUs have been
shipping from TSMC. That has helped to ease supply issues, but
strong consumer demand still means a hefty premium.
5770 cards are readily available for around $160, while the
5750 is around $140.
Saving money through greater
efficiency has been a hot topic this year. The new Energy Star 5.0
specification requires 80 PLUS Bronze level certified power supplies.
Most computers use less than 400 watts at load, but a basic
engineering guide is for power is to have double what you require.
Most PSUs are usually at their most efficient around 50% of their
maximum rated load.
OCZ Z-Series 850W Modular - OCZZ850M
Although OCZ has been focusing a lot on SSDs, it has also been
investing heavily in power supplies since it bought PC Power &
Cooling in 2007. The Z-Series PSUs feature Gold or Silver level 80
Casio Pathfinder/Pro-Trek Watch
One of my hobbies is mountain climbing, and I've been a fan of
Casio's Pathfinder series
of watches for several years. Known as the Pro
Trek series outside of North America, most of the watches feature
a large face and digits for easy readability, as well as a digital
compass, altimeter, barometer, and thermometer.
Some advanced models also feature solar power recharging, a tide
graph, water resistance to a depth of 200m (20 Bar), and atomic
new take on the PSP has been controversial, largely because of its
high price due to the inclusion of 16GB of NAND flash memory.
The removal of UMD is a feature for some, but left UMD
owners in the dust without a means of playing games they've already
bought. However, the PSP-3000 remains in production, and continues to
be sold alongside the PSP Go.
For those who are getting into
portable gaming or switching from the inferior graphics of other
platforms, the PSP Go does deserve consideration. The convenience of
not having to carry around flash disks or UMDs is a big plus, but
pay for that convenience.
The Tesla Roadster has been in the news a lot this year as the company ramped up production and opened stores around the world. As a purely electric vehicle, the Roadster needs less maintenance than cars with an internal combustion engine. The low-cost of electricity also means savings for those tired of the gas pumps.
The Roadster's 0–60 MPH (0–97 KM/h) acceleration time is 3.9 seconds, while the upgraded Sport model accelerates in just 3.7 seconds.
The $109,000 price tag means it is out of reach for most of us, but there has to be something out there to dream of. Tesla has announced a lower cost Model S sedan that will be below $50,000 with tax credits, and the company is planning on a more mainstream EV around the $30,000 mark.