abit's P35 quality stands out

Subject: Motherboards | September 21, 2007 - 12:19 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP broke in their new testing OS, Vista Ultimate 64, on the abit IP35 Pro.  With solid metal capacitors, a good layout and decent cooling, this board shows off what abit can do when they put their minds to it.  It didn't take first place when it came time to overclock, but the overall solid build of this motherboard makes it a good choice to build a system with.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

On the trail for a few benchmarks

Subject: Shows and Expos | September 21, 2007 - 12:07 PM |
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Intel's Skulltrail looks like the kind of system that anyone would want to own, badly.  It's too bad that when The Tech Report questioned Intel about the pricing, they replied that it will be priced above 'traditional workstation-class', which you can probably read as super crazy high price plus time and materials and a bit on the side.   They aren't even sure what RAM is in this machine, but supposedly it is CL3 and over 800MHz, nor were they able to benchmark it themselves, so we have to accept Intel's screenshots, for no

High speed DDR2

Subject: Memory | September 20, 2007 - 05:03 PM |
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OCZ's FlexXLC offers a lot to overclockers.  The 1150MHz out of the box speed will make sure that it isn't the memory holding back your FSB and 'ready for watercooling' design will give you some great cooling power.  PC Stats managed 5-5-5-15 @ 1220 MHz, and there is probably some room left to speed it up.

Source: PCStats

Getting more from your system with the new CPU prictng

Subject: Systems | September 20, 2007 - 02:48 PM |
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The Tech Report revisits their systems guide in the wake of new pricing from Intel and AMD.  While we may not be able to buy all the fancy new toys we are hearing about at the IDF for quite a while, this price war is a boon on anyone building a new system, or looking to upgrade an existing one.  See what new components you can get without breaking the bank.

Playing in 2048x768 or 2560x1024

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 20, 2007 - 01:40 PM |
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Matrox who have been making graphics adapters for decades, are most frequently known for their multi-monitor support.   The newest DualHead2Go Digital Edition offers two DVI-I outputs, which can be changed to VGA with the usual adapter.  The real magic is in how much more flexibility you are offered when you compare it to the buit in multiple monitor support that Windows offers, which

Source: OCMODSHOP

More on Intel's exhibitionist display

Subject: General Tech | September 20, 2007 - 12:47 PM |
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With the keynote speech over, a lot of the pomp and circumstance surrounding the IDF has faded, but that doesn't mean the news is over.  AnandTech has a chance for a close-up look at a robot car, new laptops and WiMAX as well as wireless power.  You can also get more details on yesterdays Silverthorne and Menlow news.

Source: AnandTech

A whole lotta folding going on

Subject: General Tech | September 20, 2007 - 12:20 PM |
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Folding@Home has a lot to thank Sony for.  Thanks in part to the PS3 being able to participate, F@H has reached 1 PetaFLOP of computational power.  The entire BOINC project has about half that, at 559.444 TeraFLOPS.  Wired has a bit more on just how much power that represents.

Congratulations to Folders everywhere; especially the ones Folding for PC Perspective.

Source: Wired News

Intel to Combine Wimax and Variety of Mobile Devices to Shape Future Wireless Broadband Internet Wor

Subject: General Tech | September 19, 2007 - 06:40 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 19, 2007 - Intel Corporation executives today promised that the pending rollout of WiMAX, ongoing innovation to its popular Intel Centrino Duo processor technology for laptop products and a new category of Internet-connected devices will usher in a new era of reliable broadband-connected wireless computing starting next year.

Playing with the phoneless iPhone

Subject: General Tech | September 19, 2007 - 05:25 PM |
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The iPod touch sports all the cool stuff introduced with the iPhone, barring the cellular service.  The Hardware Zone gave it a good tryout and published their results.  It holds 16GB of data, which seems to be the only drawback to the 8mm thickness of the iPod Touch.  See what tricks they managed to get this new iPod to do in the limited time they were allowed to test it.

Back to school tools

Subject: Mobile | September 19, 2007 - 03:28 PM |
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... or in some cases maybe a bribe.  Ars Technica examines the Lenovo ThinkPad T61, the HP Pavilion dv6500t , Sony's VAIO VGN-FZ180 and the Toshiba Satellite A205-S4617, all priced between $1,200 to $1,400, if you don't count the Blu-Ray player on the Sony.  They rate the laptops on a number of different areas, focusing more on portability and productivity than gaming, which is a good thing in the case of the Toshiba.

Source: Ars Technica

Giant case found in the centre of The Zone

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 19, 2007 - 02:48 PM |
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The Tagan CS-Monolith is huge!  Huge as in it has a pair of 250mm fans on the side, five 5.25" bays and seven 3.5" bays.  It will have no troubles fitting a kilowatt PSU, with space leftover to make sure the PSU stays cool.  OCIA is wondering if they can fit a radiator over those two 25cm fans, something that would seriously improve an internal watercooling rig.

Source: OCIA

Crytek creates more questions than answers

Subject: General Tech | September 19, 2007 - 02:36 PM |
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The Inquirer has managed to get Crytek to talk about the differences between the DX9 and 10 versions of Crysis, and they have left more questions than answers in their wake.  Physics will not be supported for DX9 gamers in multiplayer, but we don't know what that will mean for the single player game.  Will there be segregated maps, or will DX10 gamers get advantages over the DX9 people they are playing against?

Source: The Inquirer

AMD whispers; while ...

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 19, 2007 - 12:13 PM |
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Have you heard about the HD 2900Pro? A new graphics card by AMD just released with the new R630 GPU?

No?

Neither has anyone else, but The Inquirer found one for sale.  It's clock is reduced to 600MHz, the memory to 800MHz and with a 256-bit memory interface. 

It is awfully quiet over at AMD compared to the Intel's currently running festival for developers and enthusiats.

Source: The Inquirer

There is lots of high volume news from Intel

Subject: Shows and Expos | September 19, 2007 - 12:07 PM |
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Check in on The Tech Report's review of a "Stoakley" dual processor system.  There are some impressive updates, a FSB that can run at 1.6GHz and support up to 128GB of 800MHz FB-DIMMs.  When you see what these Xeon E5472 3.0GHz can do against the newer Opterons, you get the feeling that AMD really has to step up their Performance/Power ratio.

Industry Leaders Develop Superspeed USB Interconnect

Subject: Shows and Expos | September 19, 2007 - 11:45 AM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 18, 2007 - Intel Corporation and other industry leaders have formed the USB 3.0 Promoter Group to create a superspeed personal USB interconnect that can deliver over 10 times the speed of today's connection.

Gelsinger Speaks To Intel And High-Tech Industry's Rapid Technology Cadenc

Subject: Shows and Expos | September 19, 2007 - 11:42 AM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 18, 2007 - Intel Corporation executive Patrick Gelsinger today gave a variety of updates on Intel's work with the industry on the company's processors, surrounding technologies and "tick-tock" design cadence, including new details on Intel's upcoming 45 nanometer (nm) products.

Intel Skulltrail Will Use NVIDIA SLI Technology

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 18, 2007 - 06:55 PM |
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We have been hearing about Intel's Skulltrail platform for some time now, off and on thoughout the year.  Recently here at IDF, Pat Gelsinger mentioned the Skulltrail platform during his keynote, pictured here below:



The system uses dual Yorkfield processors that are liquid cooled (stock and to be supplied by Intel) and has four graphics card slots for potential quad-GPU usage. 


The word "SLI" has been mentioned several times duri

Super small, super speedy

Subject: Storage | September 18, 2007 - 06:05 PM |
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The PQI Intelligent Flash Drive i810 is an example of small thinking at it's best.  512MB-2GB of storage in a 2 gram, 1.18 x 0.6 x 0.2 inch package, with a normal sized loop to feed a clip or string through and a retractable USB port.  ExtremeMhz was already impressed with the compactness of this tiny storage solution, and were blown away by the performance.

Source: ExtremeMhz

The World's fastest 8800GTS

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 18, 2007 - 02:06 PM |
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Click on the banner for a trip to XFX and a look at the Fatal1ty 8800GTS

Source: XFX