Posts Tagged ‘power’
  • Woah! Dual-5870 GPU ASUS ARES brings the heat.
    by Mike
    Posted July 8th, 2010 at 7:51 am
    If money is no object and all you care about is the fastest frame rates, your search stops now! Well kind of. The ASUS ARES is the decimator of decimators, with two (yes, two) ATI 5870 GPU's crammed onto a single PCB. With that kind of power on tap, you can guarantee that power draw is going to be an issue. On that note, if you can afford the $1200 asking price, be prepared to plunker down another $150-$200 for a *depndable* 750+ watt power supply, as this beast needs two 8-pin and one 6-pin...
  • Gargantuan solar farm to power 20% of Europe by 2050, rest of the continent sometime thereafter.
    by Mike
    Posted June 23rd, 2010 at 7:09 am
    Talk of massive solar farms powering anything larger than a small city has until now, been left to science fiction. From what we've seen so far, there just hasn't been enough space to build a solar farm big enough to consume all the energy of a given city or town. But that could all change, thanks to a gargantuan 6,500sq. mile solar farm being built in the Sahara desert... (more...)...
  • Solar powered, clay roof tiles — Make a tree smile today.
    by Mike
    Posted June 21st, 2010 at 7:33 am
    If you're looking to relieve some of the pressure off your wallet when it comes time to pay those monthly energy bills, what can you do? Turn off the lights, buy more energy efficient appliances, or live off the land in a tend in the woods? All are notable options. Though the last isn't exactly everyone's forte. If none of those strike your fancy, you could always outfit your roof with some of these terracotta roofing tiles complete with built in solar panels. Dubbed the "Tegolasolare",...
  • The LEGO Circular Saw (that really works!)
    by Mike
    Posted June 4th, 2010 at 6:28 am
    A couple days ago, the LEGO Printer was all the rage. It's still a crafty, head nod of an idea, but a newcomer has stolen my attention. The LEGO Circular Saw. With safety in mind however, the creator removed "the sharpest parts of the blade" and even rigged up an auto-shutoff function if the protective flap exposes too much of the saw. Nifty. Just don't go giving this to little Johnny. Things would go south pretty quick. Video of the blade spinning action just inside... (more...)...
  • Step aside ATI 5970, Nvidia’s dual-GPU Fermi card to melt the world.
    by Mike
    Posted June 2nd, 2010 at 7:30 am
    The general consensus on Nvidia's Fermi graphics cards as so far appeared to be slightly above average. Yes, they're faster than their old cards and a few of ATI's options. But overall, they're not that mind blowing. Certainly not living up to the hype that had built up for months. But a new prototype card shown off at Computex has the possibility to be the most powerful single-PCB graphics card yet -- A dual-GPU Fermi card with 3GB of memory (GTX 470x2 | GTX 490?)... (more...)...
  • The calculator of tomorrow, today! The water-powered calculator.
    by Mike
    Posted June 1st, 2010 at 9:12 am
    Batteries really haven't changed much over the years, only going through a few big changes every few decades. Even still, they're wholly inefficient and toxic to the planet. But a water powered calculator with some unique new age batteries could go a long way to making this planet happier... "Powered by water?" -- you say. Yes. It's actually not that complicated. The batteries that power this calculator are simple capsules filled with water and interact with two electrodes, causing a che...
  • Google Power Meter software and Current Cost hardware tag team the UK.
    by Mike
    Posted May 27th, 2010 at 12:00 pm
    I'm far from what you'd call your typical "tree hugger". Though I certainly to care about my energy bill and how the army of gadgets I have lays siege to my outlets while I'm away. I currently don't use any type of monitoring hardware or software. But after seeing the Current Cost + Google Power Meter duo, I'm seriously re-thinking my decision of going it alone. With the Current Cost energy meter in place, I could track my energy usage and post it -- In real time! -- online with Google Power...
  • Nvidia showing XFX the cold shoulder over ATI business ventures?
    by Mike
    Posted March 31st, 2010 at 8:00 am
    For those who fly with team Red (ATI), the arrival of XFX in recent times was seen as a god send. More competition is always good and really, XFX makes some mean ass cards. They've already shown their penchant for performance with Nvidia, so adopting ATI cards as well seems like the only logical next step, right? Well, for consumers it's a partial yes. I say partial because in their move to support and put out ATI cards, someone on the other side of the fence looks a tad jealous -- Nvidia. ...
  • How much does that graphics card of yours really suck down?
    by Mike
    Posted March 23rd, 2010 at 5:49 am
    I've always wondered exactly how much my custom rig pulls down in heavy sessions. With a dual 5850 setup and oc'd Core i7, it certainly has a reputation for a rampant appetite. But is it really as bad as people claim? The general consensus is that a high end dual graphics card set up will pull in at least 400w by themselves, not including the processor, which itself is a power thirsty piece. Then of course you have hard drives, fans, lights, memory, etc., etc. Today you can consider a large...
  • Solar road way prototypes pictured. Drool forming in 3..2…
    by Mike
    Posted March 17th, 2010 at 6:07 am
    Is it possible to get excited over a roadway? If the roadway in question is a materialized version of the various concepts that have wandered past my eyes in the last few years, then yes. The prototype above is the work of Solar Roadways and shows just how sweet the concept really is. I know it's weird, but I can't wait until i start driving on these roads. We've still got a few years though :( Besides looking helluva cool, there are some actual real-world uses such as (obviously) better ...
  • Feed that hungry mind of yours: The USB Slim Lunchbox
    by Mike
    Posted February 24th, 2010 at 3:59 am
    How many times have you said to yourself: "Gee, I sure do wish my lunchbox was a USB Lunchbox? Some may scoff at the mere mention of such a thing, labeling it a waste or "gimmick gadget". But nothing could be further from the truth. Just as heat/ice packs keep food their desired temperature, so does the USB 'Box -- warm that is. If you find yourself fortunate enough to work inside and with access to a USB port yet not fortunate enough to have refrigerator/microwave access, listen up. For ...
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