Western Digital gobbles up Fujitsu storage division

Subject: Storage | October 2, 2008 - 03:25 PM |
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It looks like we have another player in the storage market bowing out to its competitors - Fujitsu is apparently selling off their HDD and storage division to Western Digital, one of the market's key leaders in technology and performance.  Along with the deal comes the HDD manufacturering plants that Fujitsu owns in Japan, the Philippines and Thailand and an additional 7.1% market share to add to Western Digital's 22.5%. 

 
Source: General

AMD demos mobility Radeon 4000 in Japan

Subject: Mobile | October 2, 2008 - 03:19 PM |
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Apparently in Japan AMD is publicly showing off an updated version of their mobility discrete graphics product that will fall under the Radeon HD 4000-series moniker.  The new part will obviously offer improved graphics and gaming performance but also adds full hardware decode support for Blu-ray video.

Source: Guru of 3D

Gigabyte X58 Extreme motherboard pics show up online

Subject: Motherboards | October 2, 2008 - 03:11 PM |
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While photos of motherboards might not get everyone revved up, I think you'll find this pictorial view of the Gigabyte X58-based EX58-EXTREME to be pretty impressive.  The board includes an absolutely massive heatpipe add-on, six DDR3 memory slots, three PCI Express x16 slots, ten SATA ports, eight USB 2.0 connections and is really, really shiny.  

Source: General

Soyo's shiny Pearl

Subject: Displays | October 2, 2008 - 02:37 PM |
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The Soyo Pearl Series 24-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor is a 2ms response time, 1920x1200 native resloution with built in speakers and support for both DVI and VGA input.  Think Computers thought it a rather nice choice for gamers, especially those who prefer a glossy screen on their LCD; those who like a matte finish may disagree. 

Function trumping form

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 2, 2008 - 12:00 PM |
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The Arctic Cooling Accelero Turbo Module will appeal to a certain type of enthusiast; those who want a rig that is impressive for what it can do, not how it looks.  If you drop by Tweaknews you can see why they describe it as not terribly attractive, a giant heatsink obscuring any vie

Source: Tweaknews

Coming soon to a server room near you

Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2008 - 11:42 AM |
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As we discussed on the podcast, AMD's first 45nm parts will be aimed at the server market and they will be arriving soon.  According to DigiTimes, the first nine processors should be appearing within the next couple of months.  They won't even be that slow, with some models well above 2GHz.  If you want the high performance versions, you will have to wait until February.

Source: Digitimes

Quiet power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 1, 2008 - 07:14 PM |
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"Today we will have a look at the Dark Power Pro 1200W unit from Be Quiet, a product optimized for the best possible acoustics

performance despite its monstrous power output. The Dark Power Pro P7 series 1200W is the most advanced and powerful unit Be

Quiet currently produce and it has some remarkable specifications."

Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:

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Toshiba Shows off its SpursEngine

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 1, 2008 - 05:46 PM |
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The Cell Processor in the PS3 has certainly received a lot of attention, but now we are finally seeing some products being introduced that are based on the same technology of the Cell.  The Toshiba SpursEngine is a derivation of the Cell, but it does not encompass any of the PowerPC portions.  Instead it is a chip that is designed around the SPE units that are found in Cell.  Toshiba is aiming this part at realtime video encoding and decoding, as well as upconverting video in real time.

Gigabyte has the magic touch

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 1, 2008 - 04:33 PM |
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Gigabyte has made an impressive entrance into the enclosure market with their Mars full tower.  The Tech Report were quite happy with the case, the only fault they really found was that the the tool-free clips and latches for the 5.25" drives and expansion cards should also be available for the 3.5" drive cage as well.  Check out all the pictures.

Stalker 1.5

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2008 - 12:07 PM |
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S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky is a prequel to Shadows of Chernobyl using an updated X-Ray Engine, the same engine that powered the first game.  The updated engine offers some new features; God rays, volumetric lighting, depth of field blurring, and screen space ambient occlusion (SSAO) lighting.  It also offers two features only available under DX10, wet surfaces and volumetric smoke.  [H]ard|OCP fired it up and tested it against the GTX 280 and 260 as well as the HD4870 and HD4870 X2.  See what kind of horsepower you need to be able to turn up these new options i

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The sky is falling again?!?

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2008 - 11:44 AM |
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FUD will be hitting the fan in the near future over this article at Slashdot.  In the podcast that they link to, it is claimed that a new DoS attack has been discovered that can circumvent any protection you have and take down any device with a TCP/IP stack.  Even better, that machine will stay down even after the attack is halted.  Browsing through the comments does reveal a bit more information, it apparently uses forged SYN cookies to attack the system, but the details are scarce.  In th

Source: Slashdot

This one goes to 11!

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2008 - 06:48 PM |
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It looks like SilverStone was not about to let NZXT take over the mouse market unchallenged.  They have launched the Raven RVM01B gaming mouse as a counter to the Avatar.  It's most striking feature is the large scroll wheel on the side of the mouse that bears a passing resemblance to an eyeball glued to it's side, though the OLED screen on the top is also worth mentioning.  Phoronix liked it fairly well, even though all 11 buttons didn't function under Li

Source: Phoronix

PC Perspective wants you to have Galaxy Tech!

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2008 - 04:11 PM |
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We are giving away three cards from our new sponsor, Galaxy Tech.  A GeForce 9500 GT, a GeForce 9600 GT and a GeForce 9800 GT. You can see our review of the Galaxy GeForce 9800 GT here.

The rules are quite strict ...

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Post as many times as you like, but keep in mind that only one entry will count.

Updated AMD 45 nm Info

Subject: Processors | September 30, 2008 - 04:00 PM |
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It is no secret that AMD has been feverishly working on both their 45 nm designs and the 45 nm process that these products will be produced on.  Today we have received word from our friends at C-Net that AMD has apparently overcome most of the hurdles to producing large quantities of these 45 nm parts.  Pat Patla, general manager of AMD's server and workstation processors, went on record saying that production of the Shanghai part is now going full speed ahead.  While the first chips from this production run have not made it out of the fab, they are expecting to ship the first p

Changing our tune about integrated audio

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2008 - 03:54 PM |
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Using Integrated Audio used to be a source of shame for those that had to use it in the not too distant past.  That started to change with nVIDIA's Soundstorm and it has only improved since then.  InsideHW has rounded up a fair number of onboard sound solutions, representing the market as it stands today.  They tested them on multiple uses, including gaming, so that you can see the difference in performance between the various chips as well as how they fare against the Cr

Source: InsideHW

Dell goes Atomic

Subject: Mobile | September 30, 2008 - 02:42 PM |
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The new Dell Inspiron Mini 9 is an 8.9" netbook powered by an Atom N270 (1.6GHz) with 1GB of DDR2-533 RAM.   It's 60GB SSD drive runs a flavour of Ubuntu and it features wireless support as well as a host of input and output plugs.  Hardware Zone did find out that it is expected to sell at $799, but they didn't manage to get a firm number for the battery life of the netbook.

There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 30, 2008 - 11:54 AM |
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The graphics card market is developing a distinct pear shape as it's lower end swells with more and more value priced cards.  There are only two species at the pinnacle, the GTX280 and HD4870 X2, who along with their assorted sub-species rule the market.  From there however the choices available swell as each price point has more and more cards created to fill any gap between the prices.  The newest are AMD's HD4350 and HD4500.  There is a reason that they are both under $60, the number of stream processors has been reduced to 80 from over 300 for the 4650, the memory bus s

Source: AnandTech

Wi to the Max

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2008 - 11:39 AM |
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Chicago and the Washington-Baltimore area have been a testing ground for Sprint and Clearwire's new WiMax/ODFM technology, which will hopefully leave the previous failed attempts far behind.  The newest spot you can test this technology out is in Reno, which is where it was tested against 3G wireless.  With throughput of 1.5 - 2.0Mbps down and 275 - 325Kbps up, the speeds are approaching boradband and the 240 mile range is certainly a nice touch.  On the other hand, you can pick up a 3G signal in a lot more places that you can pick up a WiMax, and the reviewer found that they co

Source: Slashdot

Super Talent Shatters SSD Affordability Barriers

Subject: Storage | September 30, 2008 - 11:12 AM |
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San Jose, California - September 30, 2008 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today launched a pair of new high quality SATA-II SSDs that shatter previous price barriers.

Super Talent's MasterDrive SSDs have become legendary for their many advantages over hard drives. MasterDrive SSDs offer five times better resistance to shock and vibration, consume less power, support a wider range of operating temperatures and altitudes, and are completely silent.

Scatterbrained storage

Subject: Storage | September 29, 2008 - 06:16 PM |
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If you have a hard time deciding which drive you want to save your data on, or maybe you like to have a half dozen or so HDDs with different types of files on them, you might really need a four disk hot swappable SATA rack.  You could also use it to start up an incredibly intricate back up regimen.  PC Stats thought it would be perfect for a dual RAID-1 configuration, read through the review and think what you might do with the IcyDock MB454SPF-B.

Source: PCStats