GIGABYTE Online Overclocking Contest

Subject: Motherboards | December 19, 2007 - 06:07 PM |
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GIGABYTE Online Overclocking Contest

Honor Hardcore PC Enthusiasts at Overclocking Hall of Fame

-    Over $12,000 in Cash & Prize to be Awarded –

Intel Delays Launch of Slower Quad Parts

Subject: Processors | December 19, 2007 - 12:03 PM |
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Digitimes is reporting that Intel is backing off of its introduction of the lower clocked 45 nm quad core parts.  These would have included the Q9300, Q9450, and Q9550.  The official story is that Intel does not feel the need to release these due to all of the issues AMD is having getting their quad cores out.  Since Intel feels there is no real competition in this space, they can let their current 65 nm quad core parts handle the demand.

Source: Digitimes

Unleashed: AMD Phenom 9600 Black Edition with clock multiplier control

Subject: Processors | December 19, 2007 - 10:26 AM |
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UNLEASHED: AMD PHENOM(tm) 9600 BLACK EDITION QUAD-CORE
PROCESSOR WITH CLOCK MULTIPLIER CONTROL

New AMD GAME! Wiki
offers opportunity for gaming enthusiasts to share, learn and create

Turbo-Cool Gets an Upgrade

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 18, 2007 - 04:37 PM |
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OCZ certainly picked a heck of a company to buy when they decided to jump into the power supply industry.  PC Power and Cooling has long been a well respected name in the industry, and products such as the Silencer 750 have been staples in the high end power supply market.  Today they are announcing a new member of the venerable Turbo-Cool family.  The Turbo-Cool 860 has a whopping 64 amps on a single 12V rail, and can handle up to 72 amps of peak performance.  It is NVIDIA SLI certified up to 2 x 8800 Ultras.

ASUS P5N-T Deluxe Motherboard Raises the Bar for Enthusiasts Motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | December 18, 2007 - 03:22 PM |
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ASUS P5N-T Deluxe Motherboard Raises the Bar for Enthusiasts Motherboards 

-- The latest NVIDIA 3-way SLI capable motherboard is complemented by the energy-saving ASUS Energy Processing Unit --

 

ASUS Xonar Returns Hardware Accelerated Audio to Windows Vista

Subject: General Tech | December 18, 2007 - 03:18 PM |
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ASUS Xonar Returns Hardware Accelerated Audio to Windows Vista

-- Latest Xonar D2 Drivers Revive EAX Functionality and Eliminate Microphone echo --

FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (December 18, 2007) – To satisfy demand for high-fidelity audio while gaming in Windows Vista®, ASUS®, worldwide leader in notebooks, consumer electronics and PC components, today released DirectSound® 3D Game Extensions (DS3D GX) and Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) technologies in the latest Vista drivers.

(Available at http://support.asus.com/download/ )

Are GPUs a dying breed of logic?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 18, 2007 - 03:08 PM |
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That would appear to be the case according to Charlie at The Inquirer.  Many of his points are valid, but lines like "A two generation old ATI
X1300 low end card can drive two 30" monitors" are obtuse.  Sure, they can do that with 2D and basic Vista screens but you won't be pushing dual 30" 2560x1600 displays with any gaming involved.  Also, much of the debate is based on resolutions and it doesn't completely address the fact that even if resol

Source: The Inquirer

32 nm by Committee

Subject: General Tech | December 18, 2007 - 01:19 PM |
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One of the primary movers and shakers of advanced process technologies is none other than Intel.  The company spends more money then most of the other companies out there combined.  Even the mighty IBM does not push as much cash towards advanced process nodes, nor do they have as much fab space as Intel.  It used to be that most semiconductor companies that ran fabs would develop their own process, or license one from another manufacturer.  But as the nodes have shrunk, the financial burden of pursuing these advanced processes have proven to be too much for most companies.&

Your quad-core CPU is lame

Subject: Processors | December 18, 2007 - 12:21 PM |
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According the "we get it now" genius at the New York Times, coding multi-threaded software is hard.  Go figure!  Other than making it easy to make fun of mainstream media again, this article does bring up some good points.  Multi-threaded coding is completely different than the coding models used since the beginning of time and software engineers are having to completely re-learn their art in order to keep up with hardware advancements.  And so, becaus

Source: The Inquirer

X48 chipset possibly delayed

Subject: Chipsets | December 18, 2007 - 12:13 PM |
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This is interesting news considering that we had at least one motherboard partner attempt to send us an X48-chipset motherboard this month.  I say "attempt" because the board didn't show up because "sales took it back" or something.  Perhaps then that is indicative of this delay on the chipset?  Perhaps Intel didn't want to piss off the motherboard vendors that bought tons of X38 product quite yet??

Intel was originally going to launch the X48 c

Source: Digitimes

The Puzzling Existence of the AMD 770 Chipset

Subject: Motherboards | December 17, 2007 - 05:45 PM |
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One thing I am rather confused about is why AMD and its partners are not pushing the AMD 770 based boards more than they currently are.  There are six manufacturers that have AMD 770 based boards available (or at least will be available shortly).  So far only ECS has chosen to send out review samples, while the rest of the manufacturers are sitting back and letting the more expensive 790X and 790FX boards take all the limelight.

Crysis and UT3 Sales Slow, PC Gaming as well?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 17, 2007 - 01:33 PM |
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In somewhat surprising news, the gang at Shacknews has found that sales for Crysis and Unreal Tournament 3 are substantially lower than we'd have predicted.  Apparently Crysis has only sold 87,000 copies while UT3 sold only 34,000 units as of last month.  Considering the huge success of UT2003 and the cult classic that was Far Cry, both of these sales results are very troublesome for a PC gaming industry that has seen the console creep up on it for years. 

Source: Shacknews

NVIDIA's 780i Release

Subject: Motherboards | December 17, 2007 - 10:33 AM |
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I originally posted this on my site, but figured it would do just as nicely here.

Jeremy is MIA

Subject: Editorial | December 17, 2007 - 10:25 AM |
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Just a heads up to everyone that our news will be done different through the rest of the holidays as Jeremy is MIA.  Missing in the Arctic. 

For your news coverage, I will be doing some and our new Josh promised to help out as well (and is now called out in public). 

Send any news tips or coverage ideas to us here!!!

Announcing TR Tech Share 2007

Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2007 - 05:16 PM |
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Those of you who have been around for a while will recall our Christmas
giveways of yore, when we handed out some killer prize packages of top-notch
PC components in the spirit of the season. Those past attempts have been
good, but this year's prize haul blows 'em all away. We have well over five
grand worth of PC hardware on ready to spring on unsuspecting TR readers.
Not only that, but we've teamed up with our sponsors to support a very good
cause at the same time.

It's what's inside the box that matters

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 14, 2007 - 02:51 PM |
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The box that the ABS BZ800 800w Power Supply comes in has all sorts of odd marketing speak about the new technologies that this PSU offers, but we do know that there is a 64A 12v rail.  The cabling features REMI filters and bead cores, which haven't been shown to do anything apart from making the cables too thick to easily work with.  The negatives don't have an effect on the power though, and apart from the questionabl

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Can you build yourself a spider with ECS?

Subject: Motherboards | December 14, 2007 - 01:38 PM |
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The ECS A770M-A isn't really the motherboard you want if you are putting together a Spider platform.  The new AMD 770 northbridge will give you support for Phenom, Athlon FX, Athlon64, and Sempron processors, and support for HT 3.0 and PCI-E 2.0 make it an attractive board, but the lack of 4 PCIe slots might put a damper on your plans.  Even so, Overclockers Club d

High G storage

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 14, 2007 - 12:03 PM |
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PC Stats mentioned an interesting statistic about the SuperTalent FSD28GC25M 128GB 2.5-inch SATA Solid State Drive, it can handle 1500Gs during operation.  Solid state drives are obviously tougher than their platter based competition, but 1500 Gs during operation is beyond tough and when you add the fact that it can operate under far hotter conditions as well, these drives will probably be showing up in places you would never expect electronic storage to survive.  Too bad they cost $4000.

Source: PCStats

What is AMD thinking

Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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Reviewers had a chance to meet with AMD at the 2007 Analyst Day.  They did discuss more than just the problems they have had with their recent releases and look to the upcoming year and what we can expect to see.  Check out The Tech Reports take on this media event, and find out if they discussed Ruiz's raise.

Ye olde Turbo button

Subject: Mobile | December 13, 2007 - 02:25 PM |
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It's been a long time since we've seen a Turbo button, but that is exactly what you will find on the MSI GX600 gaming laptop, and if you are plugged into the wall you can get a jump from 2GHz to 2.4GHz.  BCC found that while this will never be a favourite when it comes to gaming, there are a lot of other applications it is quite proficient at.