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Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2007 - 12:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - June 15, 2007 - AGEIATechnologies, Inc. the pioneer in hardware-accelerated physics for PC and console games, today announced that AGEIA PhysX will be helping to provide a new level of realism in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (GRAW 2) from Ubisoft. Leading-edge video game developer GRIN has leveraged PhysX to extend the visually rich and complex GRAW 2 to an entirely new level of game realism and interactivity, with dynamic gameplay physics, impactful environmental effects and persistent destruction and debris throughout.
Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2007 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BestFeel has a line of mousepads, whose names sound a bit like some sort of musical scale, the VisRa PS, VisLa PS, and VisFa. The La and Ra signify handedness, as these pads are shaped to make them more comfortable for your forearm, where as the Fa is a very large square. The VisLa and Ra also come in two flavours, a PS which is very smooth and reflective as well as the MS which has a matte surface and a rougher texture. ThinkComputers has tried them all out, so take a look.
Subject: Systems | June 15, 2007 - 10:32 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While Intel's V8 system is not going to be used for much in the way of gaming, those who spend there time at the PC creating various multimedia content will probably pony up the money required to purchase one. HotHardware puts the system to the test, focusing on programs that benefit from the V8's multi-threading capabilities, which is where this system really shines.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 15, 2007 - 09:10 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Rosewill RCX-Z2 Heatsink has a very odd overall shape with fasteners that look a bit like landing gear as well as a glowing blue fan. If it is run on a motherboard without PWM, the full 59dBA adds to the overall impression of some sort of alien craft landing. Frosty Tech gave it a try on their test bench, and you can find out how well it did here.
Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2007 - 08:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As you have heard Ryan mention on this weeks podcast, AMD is changing their processor naming scheme again. Now everyone is going to want a GP-7900, which would be a 65W+ Phenom quad-core, with a clock speed higher than the GP-7800, not that you can tell how much faster by the name. Time to start making decoder rings! DigiTimes has a bit more info here.
Subject: Systems | June 14, 2007 - 03:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Big Bruin reviews the lengthily named nMEDIAPC HTPC 500SA ATX Media Center PC Case. They found that it's ample ventilation keeps the temperatures very reasonable with essentially silent operation. The VFD on the front adds a nice touch, even if it does need drivers, and the awkwardness of PSU and HDD cage installation is to expected in an attractive HTPC case. Read on to see what else this case has to offer.
Subject: General Tech | June 14, 2007 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Turtle Beach has been around for a while, but has had difficulty making progress against Creative's domination of that market. Their newest, the Turtle Beach Montego DDL is a fairly inexpensive 7.1 Dolby Digital Live card with a sound that satisfied OCC's ears. Their only complaint was that they couldn't turn it up to 11.
Subject: Chipsets | June 14, 2007 - 11:30 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With industry-leading technologies, ASUS utilizes Super Memspeed Technology with the P35 chipset to surpass standard DDR3 1066/DDR2 800 speeds and is able to natively support DDR3 1333 and DDR2 1066 speeds. With great investment in R&D and innovative technologies, ASUS has enhanced the BIOS for the P5K series of motherboards to improve memory performances by enabling 1T command rates.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 14, 2007 - 11:02 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 14, 2007 - 09:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CHATSWORTH, CA - June 14, 2007 - Diamond Multimedia, a leading provider of multimedia products, announces the release of the unique all new Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900 XT 1GB (Gigabyte). With a unique combination of raw GPU power derived from the XBOX 360 Xenos GPU and 1GB of GDDR4 memory, the Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900 XT 1GB sets the performance benchmark for its class.
Diamond Multimedia's new flagship graphics card is the foundation of a whole new generation of AMD/ATI Radeon Graphics.
Subject: Motherboards | June 14, 2007 - 09:11 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The MSI P35 Platinum offers all the advantages of the P35 chipset like the 1333MHz FSB but it is built to use DDR2, saving you from paying the current premium on DDR3, assuming you can find it for sale. The passive cooling solution on this board is very unique, and may be what gives this board it's overclocking ability. Although this is the first P35 on the market, HotHardware found it very sta
Subject: Mobile | June 14, 2007 - 08:36 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CA - June 12, 2007 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced the GeForce 8700M GT graphics processing unit (GPU) for notebook PCs, a new high-end GPU designed for the most demanding notebook users. The GeForce 8700M GT GPU extends the award-winning GeForce 8M Series product line to include high-performance notebooks, continuing five generations of leadership for the highest performance notebooks on the market.
NVIDIA GeForce 8700M GT The GeForce 8700M GT GPU, the newest and fastest GPU in the GeForce 8M
Subject: General Tech | June 14, 2007 - 08:32 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PCIe 2.0 is coming to an AMD motherboard near you, sometime in the third quarter according to this story at The Inquirer. It will transport 150W of power directly over the bus, which will make cabling from the PSU a little easier, although it also places the more of the responsibility of power management on to the motherboard. These upcoming boards will also support quad Crossfire, which should provide some interesting performance.
Subject: Storage | June 13, 2007 - 02:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Vizo has updated the old hot swappable HDD rack with their Ares Internal SATA Mobile Rack. Support for SATA II makes this a very easy way to hot swap HDDs, or just to be able to carry it with you for use in multiple systems. It also has a small fan in the enclosure to keep your HDD comfortable during the summer. Drop by Pro-Clockers for a closer look at this handy little device.
Subject: Displays | June 13, 2007 - 01:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Lounge has posted a review of a well featured 27" monitor from Dell, the UltraSharp 2707WFP. Fairly expensive when compared to it's smaller brother, the 2407WP, it offers the same resolution and 20% more screen real estate. It's back is packed with all the input connections you would expect as well as a four USB 2.0 ports. The HD quality and response times make this mo
Subject: General Tech | June 13, 2007 - 10:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech has posted a review of Company of Heroes upgrade to DX10. If you have Vista and a DX10 class card (or two), then this is the patch you have been waiting for. They compare the performance of the 2 versions of this game at the same time they contrast the visual differences. Read on to see if all you get is extra rocks, shadows and a performance hit, or if it becomes a whole new game.
Subject: Mobile | June 13, 2007 - 08:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This may not be the year in which the UMPC catches on as a mainstream consumer product, but it is certainly a year that has seen these ultra mobile platforms make huge leaps forward. It was the main focus of this years VIA Tech Forum, which VIA Arena participated in. They have posted a video of the keynote speech, as well as embedding slides from other presentations, all about the new NanoBook. This will be VIA's reference design for all UMPCs in the next while and will influence most of their mobile prod
Subject: General Tech | June 13, 2007 - 08:38 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Elite Bastards takes you on a tour of the wild world of the internets, Apple style. There is a new public beta of Safari 3 and the PC version is being compared to IE and Firefox. If you still aren't particularly interested, then remember that the upcoming iPhone will use Safari, so maybe you should familiarize yourself with it after all.
Subject: Processors | June 12, 2007 - 02:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new, and relatively confusingly named Athlon X2 BE2350 is a very low power CPU, designed for use in systems that need to be quiet. It is also very cheap and a good value for those looking to build an HTPC or even a SFF PC to surf the web and deal with emails. The Tech Report has put together a comprehensive look at this processor, so give them a visit.
Subject: General Tech | June 12, 2007 - 02:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 12, 2007 - Intel Corporation and Google joined with Dell, EDS, the Environmental Protection Agency, HP, IBM, Lenovo, Microsoft, Pacific Gas and Electric, World Wildlife Fund, and more than a dozen additional organizations today announcing their intent to form the Climate Savers Computing Initiative (www.climatesaverscomputing.org).
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