Asus and MSI's P55 boards gets pictured

Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2009 - 02:10 PM |
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PC Games Hardware has managed to snap some pictures of both Asus' and MSI's P55 motherboards and although neither company seems to be quite ready at this point in time, we have a feeling that Computex could well be the launch time for socket 1160 processors and motherboards.

Asus is showing off two models, the P7U and P7U Pro, with the difference between the two being that the Pro model has a pair of x16 PCIe slots.

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Intel, TSMC Reach Agreement to Collaborate on Technology Platform, IP Infrastructure, SoC Solutions

Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2009 - 01:09 PM |
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Santa Clara, CA & Hsin-chu, Taiwan, March 2, 2009 - Intel Corporation and TSMC today announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on addressing technology platform, intellectual property (IP) infrastructure, and System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions. Under the MOU, Intel would port its Atom processor CPU cores to the TSMC technology platform including processes, IP, libraries, and design flows.

TSMC will put out for anyone

Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2009 - 12:12 PM |
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TSMC has a voracious appetite for company.  It is currently partnered with AMD in helping the graphics portion of that company develop GPUs after they purchase ATI.  The strong reputation and proven track record of TSMC has also attracted nVIDIA when the major GPU producer was looking for someone to share the load.  Now we are expecting them to pay a call to Intel later today, though TSMC is being very demure and not saying what is planned for this nooner.  DigiTimes and other industry sources don't

Source: Digitimes

Ryanair can be bad for your bladder

Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2009 - 06:23 PM |
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You might be surprise just how much information piles up on your PC over time, from your browsing history and passwords straight through to credit card information for you online shoppers.  One of our members is constructing a series of articles to increase your knowledge of networking, and to help you protect your vital information.  Give the article a read and let Slayerhawk know what you think.

Computer Shopper uploads its self

Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2009 - 02:06 PM |
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It looks like Computer Shopper Magazine will soon only be available online, according to our sources.

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Announcing new user fees

Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2009 - 11:45 AM |
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How can charging money for free content not be the most brilliant idea since the BLINK tag?  Cablevision Systems Corp has recently bought Newsday and has announced it will begin to charge for access to the online version of the newspaper.  They seem to have some bizarre idea that
by changing the site into a "a locally focused cable service" people will be falling over themselves to get a hold of content that is most likely free on any other newspaper's online site.  Let's all watch how well that works out for them. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Don't over estimate the power of the Atom

Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2009 - 12:02 PM |
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Paul Otellini took the stage at a recent conference to discuss how he sees the world and the electronics industry.  Perhaps one of the most interesting comments pertained to the Atom processor; saying "You'll be underwhelmed" with the performance of netbooks using Windows 7.  He is not implying that the Atom is going to become useless; he is simply confident that while the netbook is useful in many circumstances, it will never replace desktops or full laptops.  Drop by The Inquirer for other interesting phrases,

Source: The Inquirer

Auzentech grows stronger

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2009 - 05:40 PM |
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Elite Bastards is still a little traumatized from the poor performance that the Auzentech X-Fi Prelude showed during their review back in 2007, but they overcame their anguish to review the

Afraid of steep requirements?

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2009 - 12:19 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has tested the new F.E.A.R. 2 release on a number of video cards ranging from an HD4850 to a GTX285 to an HD4870 X2.  Even with the slowest HD4850, they could turn all effects to maximum at 2560x1600 with AA and AF and still average about 40fps.  Users with faster cards can turn the antialaising up as high as it can possibly go and still stay above 60fps. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Stay away from the humorous spreadsheets

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2009 - 11:58 AM |
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If you get an email with an attachments that claims to be the world's funniest spreadsheet, give yourself a shake and reconsider just how funny an Excel file could possibly be.  Even if it looks legitimate, if you receive an Excel attachment from a stranger you should probably not open it.  According to this story on Slashdot there is an exploit out there that will affect any Excel from 2000 up to 2007 SP1.  Microsoft's next scheduled patch is due to come out March 9th, hopefully there will be a

Source: Slashdot

The VIA AMOS-3000: The Strong, Silent Type of Industrial PC

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2009 - 11:28 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 25 February 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the launch of VIA's first embedded box computer; the VIA AMOS-3000.

A disturbance in the force

Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2009 - 05:28 PM |
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If you were to ask Paccus Interfaces what is missing in the world of PC gaming, they would tell you it is proper force feedback from joysticks.  To that end they have started development of a new joystick whose force feedback comes from hydraulics.  This new way of approaching haptics
will allow joysticks to have sensitivity matching gaming mice, somewhere in the neighbourhood of 2000DPI.  X-bit Labs has an interview as well as pictures of the prototype that ma

Source: Guru of 3D

Not the safest thing to try

Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2009 - 11:50 AM |
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Owners of a Phenom 2 X3 processor with a motherboards that supports Advanced Clock configuration might want to check this little tip at Fudzilla.  It has been confirmed by motherboard manufacturers according to VR-Zone; by using ACC to trick the processor, you can indeed 'unlock' that fourth core and turn your X3 into an X4, if it came from the 0

Source: Fudzilla

Meet the new card, same as the old card

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2009 - 11:58 AM |
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It is not too often that a release catches review sites by surprise, in the nature of good publicity
resellers and manufacturers try to give the reviewers enough time to thoroughly test the new hardware so that the review is ready to go when the NDA expires.  The reviewers get to see the new kit early, but the trade is that they have to get all their testing done in a limited amount of time.  Sometimes, kit arrives late, Murphy shows up, an NDA gets moved (or any of a number of other reasons) and the reviews come out scattered over a few days as opposed to all appearing within hour

Source: The Inquirer

Spring is only a month away

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2009 - 06:26 PM |
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One of our members has turned his hobby of collecting older electronic equipment and is finding about 10% of the motherboards that he tested before sending them off arrive dead.  Do you have any ideas as to what might be killing the motherboards, or maybe you feel it's more likely user error? 

Sounds like there is room for improvement

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2009 - 12:11 PM |
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Motherboards today sport onboard sound that rivals most current add in sound cards.  They support HD audio, either 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound and usually a host of optical, SPDIF, component and other input and output choices.  The higher end audio cards feature components usually only found previously in studio grade equipment.  ExtremeTech feels that the audio quality possibilities beg an important question; why do speakers intended for PCs have to suck so much?

Source: Extremetech

You'll be waiting for Istanbul

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2009 - 12:02 PM |
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Good things come in packs of 24, and AMD's Istanbul can be included among that group.  The Tech Report has pictures of a four socket system with four 6-core Istanbul processors, for a rather impressive task manager.  Perhaps even more impressive is that with specific Socket F motherboards, a BIOS flash is all it will take to allow you to drop one of these new Istabul chips in for a hefty upgrade.  Follow the link to see just how hefty.

Give me MORE!!!

Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2009 - 05:55 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP believes firmly that there can never be too much power, hence their review of a system with a pair of GeForce GTX 295s set up in Quad SLI.  The installation was a snap, they had none of the problems that plagued SLI set
up in previous generations, problems which slowed the adoption of multiple graphics cards.  If you can manage to provide the $1000 and 290W to your graphics cards, you will be playing games at 2560x1600 with every option maxed out and still have no fra

Source: [H]ard|OCP

I'll have me the same again

Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2009 - 12:41 PM |
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If you loved F.E.A.R., or are just a huge fan of running down narrow corridors madly shooting everything, F.E.A.R.

Source: bit-tech

IE 8 almost ready for prime time

Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2009 - 12:03 PM |
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In the last half of March, users of XP and Vista will be able to try out the new Internet Explorer, with exciting new features like a "monetization ecosystem".  While it is hard to know exactly what is meant by that phrase, Tech ARP makes a likely guess, it will have something to do with advertisements.  The other focus of the update is searches, it sounds as though the web portal will be resurrected
once again.  There are also some unspecified privacy and security improvements; we will see how wel

Source: Tech ARP