Adobe Flash Player 10 released - possible GPU acceleration

Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2008 - 01:32 AM |
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If you have been problems with your Flash player, or just want to have the latest version of everything, jump over to Adobe's Flash Player 10 page to get the newest version.  What I am HOPING to see if a halt to the very annoying issue I have under FireFox and Chrome where Flash video playback halts after a few seconds in a browser that has been opened for a while.  

Source: General

Intel will attempt to woo Apple back home

Subject: Mobile | October 16, 2008 - 01:26 AM |
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An interesting discussion is starting between Intel and press/analysts on what they are going to do about losing the design win for Apple's MacBook's and MacBook Pro's choice chipset, as we predicted and saw this week.

Source: Daily Tech

New Drives Break Performance Barriers, Lower Storage Infrastructure, Cooling, Energy Costs

Subject: Storage | October 15, 2008 - 06:26 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 15, 2008 - Intel Corporation has begun shipping
its highest- performing solid-state drive (SSD), the IntelR X-25E Extreme
SATA Solid-State Drive, aimed at server, workstation and storage systems.
Unlike mechanical drives, the SSDs contain no moving parts and instead
feature 50nm single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash memory technology. Systems
equipped with these drives will not suffer from the performance bottlenecks
associated with conventional drives.

Highlights of the Catalyst 8.10 Windows release

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 15, 2008 - 03:55 PM |
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Performance improvements

  • Unreal Tournament 3: Performance increases of up to 15% are seen when using the ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series or ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series of products
  • Prey: Performance increases between 2% to 5% are seen on ATI CrossFire configured systems when using the ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series, and ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series of products

New Features

Catalyst Control Center enhancements:

Source: AMD

nVIDIA's attempt to ingratiate itself into the integrated market

Subject: Motherboards | October 15, 2008 - 02:43 PM |
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Intel's G45 Express chipset hit the market right after AMD's 790GX, and it also lags behind in performance.  Now nVIDIA has joined the three way battle to provide the most graphical power for the least amount of electrical power.  Their integrated graphics chipset is the GF9300 and GF9400.  The Guru of 3D had a chance to test out ECS' take on this chipset and from the benchmarks it looks like AMD has a contender worth worrying about.

Source: Guru of 3D

NVIDIA INTRODUCES INDUSTRY-CHANGING, HIGHLY INTEGRATED GPU

Subject: Mobile | October 15, 2008 - 01:52 PM |
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Demand for better visual computing
performance continues to grow as more and more applications tap the massively parallel
processing power of the graphics processing unit (GPU) for more than just graphics. As gamers,
video enthusiasts, designers, and now creative professionals require optimized PC solutions, the
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M GPU brings a 5x performance increase over integrated core-logic to
today’s sleek notebook designs.

"Today marks a flashpoint for users around the world," said Jeff Fisher, senior vice president,
GPU business at NVIDIA.

Source: NVIDIA

It's not a shoota

Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2008 - 12:17 PM |
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If you have been looking at the teasers and trailers for the upcoming Dead Space release, Ars Technica may have some bad news for you.  Then again, if you are a fan of horror games then maybe it's good news for the review indicates that Dead Space is a nice new take on both killing aliens in space and dealing with puzzles, scarce ammo and character modification.  Read through the review and take a look at the screenshots to get a glimpse at what struck such a powerful chord with the reviewer, and

Source: Ars Technica

Pour a glass of fresh Kool-Aid

Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2008 - 11:54 AM |
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If, like some owners of PC Perspective, you are a closet Mac fan; the relationship between and your Macbook has probably become a little tense.  You both know that there is something younger and better looking out there and that it is the Macbook who will have to pack up and leave.  The oh so shiny new aluminium MacBook brings most of the Macbook Pro's features into a 13.3" form, in fact it seems like size is now the only real difference between the two lines.  There is also vindication for Ryan's prognostication about nVIDIA and Ap

Corsair Launches New Power Series Power Supply Line

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 15, 2008 - 11:16 AM |
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Fremont, CA, October 14, 2008 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, announced today a new line of economical, quiet, and energy-efficient desktop computer power supplies.

See Crysis for under $1000 a system

Subject: Systems | October 14, 2008 - 05:27 PM |
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Legion Hardware set themselves a rather difficult task, building a gaming PC for $900 that can handle todays games at a full 1680x1050 resolution.  4GBs of RAM, an Intel Core2 Duo and an HD4850 later and they were playing Crysis Warhead on Gamer settings and seeing an average of 28fps.  A few tweaks or some reduction in quality to Mainstream and you can expect the game to play even more smoothly. 

Integral to Intel's success?

Subject: Motherboards | October 14, 2008 - 02:48 PM |
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Integral video is rising to new heights of importance over the past year.  Previously only found in machines that run Office applications and maybe a little light surfing, the new AMD and nVIDIA solutions can handle 3D games and HD video.  Intel is countering with the G45 Express chipset and it's Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD, a model number that sounds far more like an AMD product than an Intel one.  Check out The Tech Report to see how it fares against AMD's 780G and Nvidia's GeForce 8300.

Shoving a little extra memory in

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 14, 2008 - 01:49 PM |
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The HD4870 now comes in three distinct flavours, the X2, the original 512MB version and now the supersized 1GB version.  The doubling of memory is the only difference between the 512MB

Source: [H]ard|OCP

It's about what's not there, not what is there

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 14, 2008 - 12:40 PM |
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If you haven't seen pictures of the Antec Skeleton case, you must have been hiding under a rock since Computex, as it was one of the more often posted about new products.  Now you can own one of your very ownDrop by AnandTech for a very close look at this open concept case, and the almost installed Hybrid-SLI system that they tried to fit in.

Source: AnandTech

Motherboard strip show

Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2008 - 12:18 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has a quick movie of the unboxing of an MSI Eclipse X58 motherboard, with full exposure.  There aren't any benchmarks to be had, just lots of shots of the board and all it's accessories.  Drop by if you are curious about whether the new model's heatsinks are as big as the preivious model that we have all grow accustomed to.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

World's Safest, Most Power Efficient Cryptography for Mini-notes and x86-based Computers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 14, 2008 - 11:47 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, October 14, 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today showed that the cryptographic performance of the VIA Nano processor is the most power efficient on the market, due to its dedicated VIA PadLock Security Engine, a suite of security tools integrated directly into the processor die.

The hardware security implementation within the VIA Nano processor means that user data is handled more efficiently and safely by circuitry deep inside the silicon, rather than by using more vulnerable operating system, memory and

ASUS EN9800GT MATRIX/HTDI/512M

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 14, 2008 - 11:44 AM |
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FREMONT, CA (October 13, 2008) - For the enthusiast seeking the utmost control from their video solution, ASUS has today released the new EN9800GT MATRIX/HTDI/512M for North America.

Source: ASUS

AMD to benefit from Adobe CS4 GPU acceleration

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2008 - 04:32 PM |
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This is a bit of interesting news that I had bookmarked this week but haven't gotten posted yet.  Two articles over at Fudzilla point to the fact that AMD's GPUs will benefit just as much from the recent Adobe CS4 software GPU acceleration additions as NVIDIA's parts.  First, here is the post that quotes an AMD rep saying as much.  How is that possible?

Source: Fudzilla

You think EEE PCs are dumb? 700k people last month don't

Subject: Mobile | October 10, 2008 - 04:20 PM |
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This number is simply amazing - 700,000 Eee PCs shipped in September.  Obviously the 901 and 1000-series are continuing the promise on the brand even though many of us thought the brand would be weighed down by now.

Asustek Computer shipped around 700,000 Eee PCs in September this year, a new monthly high for the company.

Source: Digitimes

Anandtech investigates the Core i7 VDIMM issue

Subject: Motherboards | October 10, 2008 - 04:14 PM |
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So earlier this week we pointed you to a potential problem with the upcoming Core i7 Nehalem-based processors involving voltages.  Apparently, because the memory controller on the new processor is directly associated with the voltage of the entire processor, DDR3 DIMMs that are reaching over the 2.0v mark could be potentially hazardouse to the CPUs.  This is because the CPU voltage and VDIMM voltages are linked in some fashion.
Source: AnandTech

Apple upset about NVIDIA's bad GPUs...gulp

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2008 - 04:09 PM |
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This story over at TGDaily seems to indicate that not only does Apple now have some of the defective mobility GPUs that have been absolutely destroying NVIDIA's consumer confidence as of late, but that Apple took some of its internal displeasure and posted it for the world to see.  What was said?

Source: TG Daily