There are at least a million and one different ways to trick out your PC. One of those ways is to individually sleeve all the wiring for your power supply. The end result looks pretty sweet, assuming you don't drive yourself insane before completing the tedious task. Like most anything else, there's an alternate path to the same end -- toss money at it. If you're willing to pay for the luxury, EVGA will now sell you individually sleeved cable sets that support all SuperNova G2 and P2 power supply series.
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Google Reader was a real game changer when it first launched back in 2005. Although it arrived later than many of its rivals, it quickly proved itself to be the RSS reader of choice for many. Available on a wide variety of devices, from PCs, smartphones and even game consoles, the highly configurable Google Reader was the RSS service to use for all the latest news and information.
For better or worse, long gone are the days when memory kits were marketed based on frequency and timings alone. Now we have memory kits marketed for specific platforms and processors, a trend that's underscored by Patriot Memory's new "Gamer 2 (G2) Series, AMD Edition" aimed at -- *drum roll* -- gamers putting together an AMD-based system.
Patriot Memory just sent us word that they're releasing a trio of new DDR3 memory kits designed for the upcoming second generation of Intel Core processor. The new memory lines include the Viper Xtreme, Division 2, and G2 series.
Patriot says both the Viper Xtreme and Division 2 lines are appropriate choices for the "extreme enthusiast looking to push the limits of DDR3 memory technology," while the G2 series is best suited for the "serious PC gamer looking for increased system performance for the gaming edge at a cost conscious price."
The two higher end kits are available in speeds up to 2133MHz with "plenty of headroom for adventurous overclocking," Patriot claims. The G2 series comes in a variety of speeds ranging from 1333MHz to 1600MHz.
With so many smartphones now sporting 1GHz processors, we were a little surprised to find out T-Mobile's G2 smartphone would ship at 'just' 800MHz. This led us to believe it would have some overclocking headroom tucked inside, and boy does it ever.
XDA forum member "coolbho3000" dropped an overclocking kernel module into the wild that allows adventurous G2 owners to push their smartphone's MSM7x30 processor to new heights. Keeping in mind that overclocking smartphones is risky business and you could very well brick your device, coolbho3000 managed to push his G2 all the way to 1.42GHz.
"Benchmark scores are very, very high, and the improved CPU performance is in line with what you'd expect from such a high clock frequency," coolbho3000 said. "All of this is possible without permanent root (and the ability to flash kernels) because we are using a kernel module and not flashing an actual kernel."
Full instructions can be found here, though allow us to reiterate this is not for the faint of heart. If you kill your device trying to overclock it, you're on your own.
I own an HTC Dream, otherwise known as the T-Mobile G1. Yes, it's now dated and slow and pitifully behind the curve compared to today's superphones, but with my contract just about up, I'm riding it out before switching carriers (T-Mobile's coverage in my area isn't the greatest). So how do I deal with constant smartphone envy? It helps that I rooted my G1 almost from Day 1.
Still today the XDA forums are brimming with modified firmware for the G1, and it's that culture of modders that helped make the first Android handset such a popular device. Surely then the recently released G2 would follow in the same footsteps, right? Sadly, that's not the case. Rather than encourage third-party ROM development, or even just leave them be, the G2 comes with a security mechanism that prevents the device from saving changes made by modified firmware.
Hit the jump to read T-Mobile's explanation on why this is necessary.
There's no way to tell if this is a legitimate shortage, or just a ruse to stoke the fires of demand, but T-Mobile says they cannot accept any more pre-orders of the T-Mobile G2. They claim the reason for this is high demand. The phone goes on sale officially tomorrow, but some stores have already been selling it. Customers will be able to order the phone as normal tomorrow, but T-Mobile isn't making any promises about shipping times.
The G2 is a sliding QWERTY Android phone that is very much the spiritual successor to the original G1. The phone runs Android 2.2 Froyo, and supports T-Mobile's speedy HSPA+ network. Some early reports of loose hinges and missing storage seem not to have hurt demand too much. Customers might even find devices scarce tomorrow, depending on how much of the stock T-Mobile sold through on pre-orders.
Let us know if you manage to pick on up. If you've already got one, is it living up to the hype?
There are inevitably going to be issues when a new phone comes out, and the new T-Mobile G2 is no exception. Of the lucky customers that pre-ordered the handset, some have been seeing some troubling issues with the unique hinge system that open to reveal the QWERTY keyboard. Apparently, on a number of units, the screen is very loose, even hanging open if the phone is held upside down. This can also allow the screen to snap shut if held to close to vertical while open.
The other issue being reported is that some phones are missing some of the promised 4GB of internal ROM storage. These phones are instead shipping with only 2GB of ROM space. Curiously, this is the configuration used in the phone's European doppelganger, the Desire Z. Could HTC have mixed up some system boards? Are we just looking at some defective chips?
Even knowing that these sort of sporadic complaints happen with new hardware, does this affect your buying decisions? Let us know if you have an early G2, and how it's working for you.
The spiritual successor to the original T-Mobile G1, the aptly named G2 will be available for pre-order tomorrow (Friday). Pricing has not been announced yet, but we're almost certainly looking at $200 for a two year contract. The G2 will be a QWERTY slider phone running stock Android 2.2 and will support T-Mobile's speedy HSPA+ network.
The handset is expected to run on a new generation of Qualcomm's Snapdragon CPU that's clocked slightly lower at 800MHz, but is capable of more operations per clock cycle. This phone is likely identical to the recently announced HTC Desire Z, though it will not have the Sense UI layer on top of Android. Anyone planning to pre-order it? What phone will you be moving from?
In a London event today HTC has announced some impressive new Android handsets. The Desire HD will look familiar to those acquainted with the HTC Evo 4G on Sprint. The differences are minor. Both the Evo and the Desire HD run on a Qualcomm 1GHz CPU, and rock a 4.3-inch touch screen display. The Desire HD has a similar form factor, but loses the kickstand from the Evo. The big difference here is that the Desire HD is GSM, supporting HSPA+. It is expected to launch in Europe, but we can still hold out hope it will find its way to an American GSM carrier at some point.
The Desire Z is of particular interest as it is the European counterpart of the upcoming T-Mobile G2 in the US. The only difference between the two is that the Desire Z runs HTC Sense. The G2 is going to come with stock Android 2.2. The Desire Z is running on an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230, which is the next generation of the Snapdragon line. The phone slides open with a unique hinge system to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. There is also a 3.7-inch display and an 8MP camera.
HTC also announced a new site, HTCsense.com. When it launches in about a month, it will give users of new Sense equipped phones the option to track, lock and remotely wipe their handsets. Do either of these new phones get you excited?