A new year, a new Catalyst

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 29, 2009 - 02:24 PM |
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Highlights of the Linux ATI Catalyst 9.1 release include:

Full OpenGL 3.0 support

This release of ATI Catalyst provides full OpenGL 3.0 extension support. The following is a list of OpenGL 3.0 extensions added in Catalyst 9.1:

Source: AMD

Finding a use for the Zune

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 29, 2009 - 01:35 PM |
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The Zune has picked up a pretty bad rep with almost no effort, perhaps as a result of that unique brown colour choice, perhaps not.  However you look at it, most people have assumed it is inferior to the iPod without ever trying it.  That is not to say that the Zune is able to compete with Apple's players, but for the sake of argument Ars Technica decided to try it out.  The killer app behind the iPod is iTunes, as the Zune Marketplace is for Microsoft's Zune. 

Source: Ars Technica

The thrill is gone

Subject: Motherboards | January 29, 2009 - 12:43 PM |
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Motherboard makers are in for a bit of a tough year, thanks to Intel and AMD moving the memory controller on die, and taking away the most individualistic
component of most chipsets.  The plethora of models that most companies offered previously had varied controllers, or paths to the controllers; now it is solid state capacitors, 8-phase power and intricate cooling over the motherboard components that differentiate the various models.  A perfect example is the

Source: Overclock3D

Losing a little polish

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2009 - 12:23 PM |
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That popular new kid on the browser block, Google Chrome, has had a little of it's shine knocked off thanks to a clickjacking vulnerability recently discovered.  Following the link [H]ard|OCP will bring you to the Bugtraq page and a proof of concept for the vulnerability.  Unfortunately, the link does not lead to a solution or workaround, Google is still working on that.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Power supply pr0n

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 28, 2009 - 04:55 PM |
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The best way to judge a power supply before you plug it in is to tear it apart and look at all the naked components, exactly what was done by Hardware Secrets in the first part of their

This Lenovo runs Linux

Subject: Mobile | January 28, 2009 - 02:45 PM |
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As is their wont, Phoronix went out and picked up a Lenovo IdeaPad S10 and removed the installed WinXP SP3 and replaced it with Ubuntu 8.10.  Thanks to the steady evolution of Linux, the laptop and all of it's accessories worked perfectly, much like the Samsung NC10.  The Samsung was used as the comparative model in their benchmarking, and the IdeaPad fared fairly well.  There was a feature included that impressed them, as well as a few qualities that they thought could be improved upon; which you can read abou

Source: Phoronix

I feel them scratching inside my mind

Subject: General Tech | January 28, 2009 - 12:17 PM |
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The Tryanid are already here!  If you bought the Dawn of War: Soul Storm expansion you could have played yesterday, everyone else can pick up the multiplayer demo via Steam today.  bit-tech did pick up the multiplayer demo early enough to test it, and give you some insights into the Humans, Orcs, Eldar and Tyranid.  The learning curve is steep, as the designers have broken away from the major base building focus of most previous RTS games, as well as keeping the pseudo-RPG elemen

Source: bit-tech

A new course for AMD's R&D?

Subject: General Tech | January 28, 2009 - 11:51 AM |
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Virage has been a fair sized name in Intellectual Property in the semiconductor business, a gripping and exciting business for lawyers and accountants, but not really the target of much attention for enthusiasts.  A deal between Virage and AMD may be worth more than a glimpse, as it could change the face of the market a bit by introducing a new player.  Virage has a solid ability in R&D, but no physical product for sale and no experienced infrastructure get products into the channel.  AMD has a large channel, but R&D can be slow, especially developing both CPUs and GPUs.

Source: The Inquirer

Making the upgrade worth your time

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 27, 2009 - 03:04 PM |
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Owners of the HD4850 that have set up a CrossFireX system had a nasty surprise when upgrading to the new 8.12 Catalysts.  The lucky ones only saw a drop in performance, the unlucky ones became plagued with BSODs.  AMD has since released a hotfix for affected users, which Big Bruin has installed and tested.  The performance gain is not awe inspiring for those who could still use the card; the total lack of BSODs will certainly cheer up others however.

Source: Big Bruin

Galaxy Expands Retail Business with Partnership with Best Buy

Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2009 - 01:04 PM |
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Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong January 27, 2009 - Galaxy Microsystems Ltd a leading global manufacturer of graphics accelerators, today announced that it has shipped product to Best Buy. Galaxy graphic accelerators will be available in top-selling stores immediately.

"Galaxy has private labeled for years for many of the US graphics companies and now they are excited to offer their superior quality, great service, and aggressive prices under their own name.

High speed storage, for the right home

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 27, 2009 - 12:48 PM |
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It's not that you should not run out and buy four 32Gb Intel X-25E SSDs and a high end RAID controller; however unless you are running a multi-user database, you might feel like you are wasting your money.  The Tech Report can show you exactly why that is in their testing, both real-world and synthetic benchmarks.  For sustained writes, these drives in a RAID 0 are untouchable.&nbs

On die cooling to prevent heat death

Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2009 - 12:01 PM |
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The biggest problem about multi-core processors is the high amount of heat that can be produced in small areas, like the interconnects; as evidenced by the 2lb slabs of copper and model helicopter rotors we strap to them to keep them cool.  Intel in cooperation with several other research groups have discovered a way to incorporate TECs inside the actual chip packaging.  The idea is to target the hot spots on processors, as opposed to housing the entire chip on a TEC, which may keep costs down as well as energy consumption.

Source: Slashdot

WD LAUNCHES INDUSTRY'S FIRST 2 TB HARD DRIVES

Subject: Storage | January 27, 2009 - 11:26 AM |
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LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Jan. 27, 2009 - WD (NYSE: WDC) today announced the first 2 terabyte (TB) hard drive - the world's highest capacity drive and the latest addition to WD's popular, environmentally friendly, cool and quiet, WD Caviar Green hard drive family.

MSI Launches GT627 Gaming Notebook featuring NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS

Subject: Mobile | January 27, 2009 - 11:20 AM |
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CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA - January 26, 2009 - MSI Computer, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, is pleased to announce the newest addition to its Gaming Notebook Series - GT627. The new GT627 is the first in the MSI Gaming Notebook series to feature the NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS graphics processing unit (GPU).

Source: MSI

Interview with Moderator TheGlassMan

Subject: Editorial | January 26, 2009 - 07:33 PM |
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Last year (or so...) I had been publishing a series of interviews. Questions are all the same, for Moderators, Members, etc. Well, I got too darn busy and fell off...but the interviews are back by popular demand. We'll start with some I had backlogged. Then we will move on to the newest ones.

The new guy does a very good job

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 26, 2009 - 05:48 PM |
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Not only is the Prolimatech Megahalems a mouthful to try to say, at 790g and 130mm x 74mm x 158.7mm
it is also a tight fit in a lot of cases.  In [H]ard|OCP's testing they found that it's maximum fan speed of 1600rpm couldn't tumble the 120mm TRUE completely off of it's cooling throne but many would happily sacrifice a couple of degree of heat for 10dB less noise.  The lower price may also attract more customers, assuming one can find it for sale.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Punishing the new Phenom

Subject: Processors | January 26, 2009 - 02:52 PM |
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The arrival of the Phenom II X4 940 heralds a slew of overclocking articles
as tech reviewers try to figure out just how hard AMDs new line can be pushed.  TechSpot limited themselves to air cooling, which meant they topped out at a hair over 3.6GHz.  As with previous AMD chips, it is the Black Edition CPUs and their unlocked multiplier that the dedicated overclockers are going to want to grab.  AMD may not have taken the performance

Source: Tech Spot

Entry level SLI

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2009 - 01:26 PM |
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It certainly seems counterintuitive, but there is now such a thing as an entry level SLI machine.  The ASRock N7AD-SLI Socket 775 nForce 740 SLI Motherboard can give you the base of the system, and a pair of 9800 or 8800 cards can give you some nice performance.  On the other hand you may have a better experience with a single higher end card, but that wouldn't give you much in the way of bragging rights. 

Make that 64-bit OS work

Subject: Memory | January 26, 2009 - 12:21 PM |
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Legit Reviews shocked themselves with the results of their testing 12Gb of RAM set up in triple channel.  Six 2GB memory modules at 1600MHz with 8-7-7-20 1T, and only 1.6V, pushing the kits harder resulted in 1700MHz with 8-8-8-24 1T.  Check out their full review to see the incredible bandwidth benchmarks that these modules can handle.

Gaming on a beta

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2009 - 12:09 PM |
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ExtremeTech sacrificed the last week playing a through a long list of games on the Windows 7 beta.  A lot of the features, like Game Explorer will be familiar to Vista users.  One big difference is that just about every game they tested work perfectly, or with a minimum of problems.  They even go fairly far back into the past, resurrecting games you may not have thought about in years, which you can still play on Windows 7.

Source: Extremetech