Psst ... wanna hear what happened in Vegas?

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 7, 2008 - 12:12 PM |
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CES 2008 is here, and every reviewer worth their salt is in Los Vegas snapping shots and blogging specs.

Intel Unveils 16 Next-Generation Processors, Including First Notebook Chips Built on 45nm Technology

Subject: Processors | January 7, 2008 - 11:58 AM |
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INTERNATIONAL 2008 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, Las Vegas, Jan. 7, 2008 - Intel Corporation unveiled 16 products today, including the company's first 45 nanometer(nm) processors for Intel Centrino Processor Technology based laptops.

The rumours of VIA's desktop demise ...

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2008 - 11:54 AM |
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mean nothing to VIA Arena.  Just because the company has announced that their chipset business is being rolled up into the processor division doesn't mean there will be a lack of support for enthusiasts that still have classic VIA chipsets.  VIA Arena has finished creating their brand new forums, which you can sign into for the first time, or simply change your password if you already have a user there.

Source: VIA Arena

AMD Introduces ATI Mobility RadeonT HD 3000 Series

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2008 - 11:21 AM |
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LAS VEGAS (2008 International CES) - Jan. 7, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series, a new family of discrete graphics for high-definition gaming and video in notebook PCs. The initial offerings consist of ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3400 series and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3600 series. ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series allows notebook users to experience the full power of HD through graphics processing designed to satisfy the most demanding mobile users at work and play.

Source: AMD

AMD Displays Technology Leadership with New AMD Xilleon

Subject: Displays | January 7, 2008 - 11:19 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - January 7, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unveiled a new family of AMD Xilleon panel processors designed to provide unrivaled visual quality in liquid crystal display (LCD) digital TVs. AMD's new panel processors deliver advanced motion compensation and frame rate conversion technology for excellent image processing, resulting in a rich, immersive entertainment experience.

Source: AMD

A new year in the PC Perspective forums

Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2008 - 05:32 PM |
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It is the first Friday of 2008, which leads to the first forum post of 2008 as well as the first PC Perspective Podcast for 2008.  If you haven't already listened to Josh and Ryan in Podcast #19, then start streaming or you will be missing out on some great info from CES, news from around the web and indepth looks at some of our recent reviews.

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Big doesn't necessarily mean slow

Subject: Storage | January 4, 2008 - 02:12 PM |
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Not only does the Kingston 8GB Ultimate CF 266X offer 8Gbs of storage, it's transfer rates are extremely fast and it comes bundled with data recovery software from MediaRECOVER in case you delete a picture accidentally.  Legit Reviews tried it out and found that it's speed gave the SanDisk Extreme IV series some serious competition

Straining silicon

Subject: Memory | January 4, 2008 - 01:21 PM |
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Crucial's Ballistix PC3-12800 CL8 BL2KIT12864BA1608 DDR3 1600MHz 2x1GB RAM has a really long name to remember when you try to buy some, but it is worth doing.  Not only does the stock speeds and latency offer some incredible performance, Benchmark Reviews managed to push the RAM to 1825MHz.  The lack of XMP support is this kits bigg

It's like a small breed dog, with less cleaning up to do

Subject: Mobile | January 4, 2008 - 11:57 AM |
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Sure, as The Tech Report points out, the Eee 4G isn't exactly butch, and you might feel a little embarrassed about being seeing walking with it, but then again it is easy to hide.  Weighing in at 2 lbs and taking up as much room as 2 CD cases side by side, the Eee can be easily taken anywhere, and is a lot more useful than a dog in a purse.  Check out just what the $400 Eee 4G can do in their full rev

A peek under nVIDIA's covers

Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2008 - 11:47 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP has a look at nVIDIA's upcoming year, which seems to be on hold until mid-year.  The whole 9800 series represent a die shrink to 65nm, not a jump in technology, so don't curse your 8800 series too much just yet.  If you are looking to go Tri-SLI, then you should have your wish in March.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Interview with Retired Mod tenax

Subject: Editorial | January 4, 2008 - 07:39 AM |
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Well, I've been off my feed for a few months and I have a backlog of
interviews to get out. It hasn't helped that my new year started with a
schedule change (after 25 years of the same schedule!) has got me doing
72 hours a week till tomorrow. Enough excuses, here we go!

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NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 outed

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 3, 2008 - 06:00 PM |
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It would seem our buddies at HardOCP have the scoop on some upcoming NVIDIA hardware: the 9800 GX2 card.  According to Kyle's information, the card sports a pair of G92-based GPUs with 128 SPs each on two separate PCBs.  It also appears to have a total of 1GB of memory on-board and will be the new "flagship" card from NVIDIA taking the highest priced spot from the 8800 Ultra card.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ASUS P527 GPS Smart Phone Revolutionizes Cellular Experiences

Subject: Mobile | January 3, 2008 - 05:56 PM |
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CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS, NV (JANUARY 3, 2008) - ASUS, today announced plans to launch its award-winning GPS smart phone in the United States early this year.

The P527 took home the prestige of CES Innovation Design and Engineering award for 2008. This latest cellular innovation from ASUS is designed to provide users with simple access to the latest GPS technology. Among the host of versatile functions, Travelog and Location Courier have been crowned as the most unique features on the P527.

Source: ASUS

ASUS Unveils World's First Terabyte Notebook at CES 2008

Subject: Mobile | January 3, 2008 - 05:54 PM |
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CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS, NV (JANUARY 3, 2008) - ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook PC design and manufacturing, today unveiled the world's first one-terabyte notebook in collaboration with Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.

ASUS announced that the new Travelstar 5K500 (500 GB 2.5 Inch hard drive) from Hitachi has been integrated into the ASUS M series multimedia notebook PCs. The new ASUS M50 and M70 will ship with two of the Travelstar 5K500 to provide unprecedented storage capacity for high definition media and personal data.

Source: ASUS

A good year to be a gamer

Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2008 - 05:31 PM |
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Ars Technica looks back at 2007 and the games that made this a great year.  Some of the hits we saw were a little challenged, as some companies had issues while others took their already good reputations to new heights.  See what else they loved and hated about the past year, or just go play Rock Band some more, it's up to you.

Source: Ars Technica

CoolIt to show off new products at CES

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 3, 2008 - 03:11 PM |
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It looks like the gang at CoolIt is going to have some impressive new items to show at CES next week.  I am already setup to meet with them at the show so you can be sure we'll have coverage of it.

Source: engadget

I see an AMD Core and I want it painted black

Subject: Processors | January 3, 2008 - 02:27 PM |
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The AMD Phenom 9600 Black Edition should be hitting retailers soon, and it has already made appearances on reviewers desks.  It arrived at a speed of 2.3GHz (11.5x200MHz), but seeing as how it is unlocked that multiplier can change, for instance [H]ard|OCP had no problems reaching a 15x multiplier and just over 3GHz.  If AMD sticks to their promised $250-ish pricing, you can expect this CPU to offer rather nice performance for it's price.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Corsair Introduces 32GB High-Density USB Drives at CES 2008

Subject: Storage | January 3, 2008 - 02:19 PM |
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Users now have the ultimate solution for storing, transporting and backing up large amounts of personal and professional data.  Whether using the Corsair proprietary all-rubber Flash Voyager or the aluminum-encased water-proof Flash Survivor, the large amounts of data on the drive will be safeguarded for users with an active lifestyle.  Corsair USB drives provide the added ruggedness and performance not found in other storage drives utilizing rotating media.

Magnetic cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 3, 2008 - 01:49 PM |
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The Sunon
Waturbo tries out something a little different, taking a hint from the Caramel bar. The center of their copper heatsink is filled with some liquid coolant that is stirred at the same speed as the 92mm fan on top thanks to a magnet and a fan inside the coolant chamber.  From the exterior it looks like most other Socket 775 cooler, as the pictures from Frosty Tech show.  Read on to see how well they did at cooling with this new design.

Source: Frosty Tech

The end of classic VIA chipsets

Subject: Chipsets | January 3, 2008 - 12:24 PM |
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Even though we more or less KNEW this was coming, it is sad to see the official end of an era over at VIA.  According to this Digitimes report, the chipset division, responsible for such masterpieces as the KT266A and KT133A, is being bundled in with the CPU division.

Source: Digitimes