Zalman's new twist on cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 25, 2008 - 02:29 PM |
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Zalman's CNPS9700 NT has it's heatpipes twisted into a 'figure 8' formation and sports a 110mm fan with adjustable speeds, plus they include a full tube of Zalman's thermal paste.  Seeing as how the kit goes for over $50, it is a good thing that they've tried to add a little value to the package.  In the testing that BCC Hardware

Source: BCCHardware

ASUS Planning a 3-GPU 3850 card?

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 25, 2008 - 12:38 PM |
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The gang over at NordicHardware has some shots of a new ASUS graphics card that they claim is going to combine three Radeon HD 3850 GPUs on a single PCB.  While the idea intrigues me, I have to say I have MORE than my fair share of concerns about the idea based on some experiences with previous custom built GPU hardware.

Four way flashers

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 25, 2008 - 12:17 PM |
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We have been hearing about the miraculous wonders of Quad-SLI for what feels like years.  Not only was it supposed to let you play Crysis with over 100fps at 2560*1200 with every single option turned up to 11, it would feed your dog and cut the lawn as well, all at the same time.

Guess what?  Not so much, as you can see in Ryan's full review.

It's not a rumour

Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2008 - 11:55 AM |
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nVIDIA is going to make chipsets for VIA, they aren't going to purchase them, according to this story on The Inquirer.  Via has announced it will back out of the chipset business completely to focus on their processors.  It seems that nVIDA is the company that has been chosen to supply the chipsets those VIA CPUs will use.

Source: NVIDIA

New Intel Server Processors: Fewer Watts, High Performance

Subject: Processors | March 25, 2008 - 11:21 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 25, 2008 - Intel Corporation has further increased its energy-efficient performance lead today with the introduction of two low-voltage 45 nanometer processors for servers and workstations that run at 50 watts, or just 12.5 watts per core and frequencies as high as 2.50 GigaHertz (GHz).

Intel to sell $400 classroom notebook

Subject: Mobile | March 24, 2008 - 07:52 PM |
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Like ASUS needed more competition for their Eee PC, Intel is going have their own classroom PC that retails for $400.  Specifications look pretty familiar and it will be using Windows XP, a step over the embedded Linux that ASUS has used up until now.

Source: engadget

NVIDIA and Intel on collision course

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 24, 2008 - 07:49 PM |
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At first glance, NVIDIA and Intel might appear to be very different companies going in very different directions, but most of us know that NVIDIA is various forms of trouble.  This editorial over at The Inquirer details some thoughts on whether NVIDIA might be planning on work MORE closely with Intel or planning a direct attack on Intel's upcoming Larrabee GPU architecture.  This is definitely a good read so check it out.

Source: The Inquirer

A little bug you might want to know about

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2008 - 01:32 PM |
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If you have
an ASUS P5B, P5B-E Plus, P5B Deluxe/WiFi, ASUS P35C-DS3R
or a Gigabyte P35-DS3L as well as a Radeon X1950 Pro
, X1950 XT or NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT, you need to read this article at TechARP.  The solution is simple, but the effects are incredible.  Make sure that you and anyone you know isn't suffering this problem.

Source: Tech ARP

New ASUS PCIe Splendid HD1 video card

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2008 - 10:34 PM |
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The ASUS line of video cards is extending with the Splendid H1, a PCI Express card that offers a transition from lower end GPUs to HDMI/1080p:

Source: engadget

NVIDIA Hybrid SLI DelayedUntil May

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 23, 2008 - 10:27 PM |
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Despite the fact that NVIDIA "launched" Hybrid SLI during CES in January, and has continued to push Hybrid SLI to the media in EVERY DAMN meeting, it looks like NVIDIA's technology is going to be pushed out several months.  This is very unfortunate considering their competition at AMD has had Hybrid CrossFire up and running since December and was launched with the 780G chipset earlier this month

Source: Daily Tech

Sony charges $50 to NOT install software on your PC

Subject: Systems | March 21, 2008 - 06:25 PM |
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So, do you think you might get funny looks for parking your junker car on someones lawn, then asking for $50 to remove it?  Yeah, Sony doesn't seem to think so....

Opinion – A “Fresh Start” is something many users give their PCs
anyway once in a while. But why exactly would you need a Fresh Start
with a new PC. Sony is offering that option for a $50 premium – and
promises that you won’t get hit with loads of crapware in return.  

Source: TG Daily

S3 Launches Chrome 430 GT in the U.S. Market

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 21, 2008 - 06:19 PM |
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We know about as much as you do abut this, but news hit me that S3, a company that many had forgotten, launched a new GPU recently.  It's a $60 graphics card that is sold through S3 directly that offers DX10.1 support and runs on PCI Express 2.0 with a 256MB frame buffer.

As for performance: S3 compares it to the AMD HD 3450 and the NVIDIA 8400 GPUs:

AMD Launching a lesser 3800-series GPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 21, 2008 - 05:49 PM |
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Digitimes is hearing that AMD is going to be releasing a new card in the Radeon HD 3800-series that will be the HD 3830.  Definitely an entry level card, it is rumored to have the full 320 stream processors, 16 texture units and 16 RBEs that the HD 3850 and 3870 have but will have a 128-bit memory interface and will top out at 256MB of memory.  Performance is a mystery, but with prices around $129, this could be a GREAT value card for a cheap system upgrade.

Source: Digitimes

Open wide and say 'fglrx'

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 20, 2008 - 05:52 PM |
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AMD is really moving along in their efforts to make their graphics cards and source code open source.  As Phoronix reports, Radeon R100 to R600 microcode has been released.  It is nice to see a company opening up as much as AMD has, and it signifies great things for the Linux community.

Source: Phoronix

NZXT introduces the Tempest

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 20, 2008 - 03:00 PM |
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NZXT, a company built on realizing the dreams of gamers worldwide, is proud to announce the NZXT Tempest. Tempest features breakthrough features in every category satisfying the high performance demands of PC Enthusiasts and Gamers worldwide. Tempest stakes its claim as Airflow King with 6 fans including dual intake(120mm), dual exhaust(140mm) with additional side and rear fans(120mm) all included.

Source: NZXT

Flavoured Air

Subject: Mobile | March 20, 2008 - 02:55 PM |
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Don't like the taste of Mac OSX, but still want something nice and light like the Macbook Air.  Why not go with the familiar texture and taste of Windows?  It's a Santa Rosa notebook, so it really isn't that hard to do, assuming you've got a USB optical drive to plug into it. 

X-Bit Labs did a full install with Bootcamp and a bit of work, find out how.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Kingston Launches 800MHz FB-DIMM Memory Family

Subject: Memory | March 20, 2008 - 02:24 PM |
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Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent
world leader in memory products, today announced it
is releasing a family of 800MHz DDR2 fully-buffered
dual-inline memory modules (FB-DIMMs) designed
for systems using Intel's Seaburg S5400 chipset.
Launching first with its industry-standard ValueRAM
modules, KingstonR 800MHz FB-DIMMs are shipping
in capacities ranging from 512MB to 4GB.

"Today's dual XEON systems using the new 1600MHz
front-side bus quad-core processors demand a robust
memory solution to match processor band

The mighy Momentus

Subject: Storage | March 20, 2008 - 01:38 PM |
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The Seagate Momentus 5400.4 250GB really showed off the speed possible, even on a 5400RPM drive.  In Bjorn3D's testing, it outperformed a Hitachi Travelstar 80GB 7200RPM.  The price is awfully close to several 320GB drives, but they will lack the speed of the Momentus.  If quick copying time and relatively economical drain on your battery are important to you, this may be perfect for your needs.

Source: Bjorn3D

Solid gold chipset

Subject: Motherboards | March 20, 2008 - 11:48 AM |
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It's nice to see that nVIDIA has finally caught up to Intel in motherboard features.  The new nForce 790 chipsets support 1600MHz FSB, DDR3 memory and PCI Express 2.0, as Intel has been offering for almost a year now.  They did surpassed Intel's X38 boards in one area, check out th

The battle of the low end laptop

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2008 - 11:34 AM |
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Intel is focusing on entry level mobility platforms with their upcoming Centrino 2 chips.  The two Celerons that Digitimes knows about are both very inexpensive parts; the Atom is even cheaper.  With the Eee from ASUS and Walmart's offering, entry level mobility is an important market.  Intel's ability to produce these bottom of the line and dirt cheap processors may get them a huge share of the processors you will find in low cost laptops.

Source: Digitimes