A Patriot triple play

Subject: Memory | July 25, 2007 - 02:52 PM |
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BCC Hardware compares 3 Patriot Extreme Performance 2GB kits, the PC2-6400 Eased Latency and PC2-6400 Low Latency Kits
and the PC2-8500 Eased Latency Kit.  You get an idea from the review that while the Eased Latency kits are much cheaper, with a little overclocking they end up a better deal than their low latency cousins.

Source: BCCHardware

A big laptop shopping list

Subject: Mobile | July 25, 2007 - 01:42 PM |
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XYZ has compiled a list of 9 notebooks, each of which they rate as a dream machine.  Some, like the Alienware, you will have a hard time getting your company to pay for, but others are very light and have extended battery power.

The curse of the movie game

Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2007 - 11:53 AM |
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GamePyre picked up Transformers: The Game, with high hopes.  After fighting dodgy controls and the lousy interface, they did see some new Transformers, but unfortunately it was not enough to save the game in the end.  The only good news they had was that it would be a good deal if you found it in the bargain bin.

Source: Gamepyre

Open source party

Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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The first ever Ubuntu Live conference is happening, and Phoronix got an invite.  You can drop by for a look at the Ubuntu roadmap, as well as many of the new Dell Linux systems.  This is a sort of precursor to the bigger Open Source Con, being held during the latter part of this week.

Source: Phoronix

New VIA Nano-ITX Mainboard for Healthcare, Retail and Industrial Applications

Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2007 - 11:26 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 24 July 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA EPIA NR Nano-ITX mainboard, powered by a fanless 1.0GHz VIA C7 processor and VIA CX700 system media processor for ultra compact, quiet and durable embedded systems.

JPMorgan Spills Beans on AMD Outsourcing?

Subject: Processors | July 24, 2007 - 05:30 PM |
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This is definitely interesting news if true: is AMD outsourcing their first Fusion chips to TSMC and their 45nm production?

While voicing confidence over Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) second quarter performance, a recent JP Morgan research report hinted that the foundry may have signed a foundry contract with AMD for the production of Fusion CPUs on 45nm.

Source: Digitimes

OCZ Offers 8GB Memory Kits!

Subject: Memory | July 24, 2007 - 05:29 PM |
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If you need a kick in performance with some additional memory, OCZ has the goods for you.  The 8GB memory kits (4 x 2GB modules) tweaked for the AMD AM2 platform:

Sunnyvale, Calif.—July 23, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today expanded their memory lineup for AMD enthusiasts and power users with new high-density 8GB “Quad Kits.” The new PC2-5400 Titanium 8GB (4x2GB) Quad Kits were designed exclusively for the AMD AM2

Intel Gives Away Software Threading Tools

Subject: Processors | July 24, 2007 - 05:25 PM |
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Intel has apparently decided to "open source" their tools to help developers better improve on software performance for multiple cores.  This will benefit users of Intel's CPUs as well as AMD's.

Intel is open-sourcing its Threading Building Blocks 2.0 software, a C++ template library that simplifies the development of software applications running in parallel.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Stealth USB Drive

Subject: Storage | July 23, 2007 - 05:36 PM |
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Mikhailtech has spotted one of the most useful forms I have seen a USB drive take.  Not a humping dog or Star Wars character, although those certainly have their place, but instead it is a neck strap.  If you've worked in an environment with ID tags, key card access, or even just needed multiple keys to access your areas, you have probably seen these neck straps with the detachable end that holds all the keys & cards for easy access.  What if someone stuck a 2GB thumb drive in that snap?

"Unlike other U

Source: Mikhailtech

At least one new gadget for Christmas

Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2007 - 03:48 PM |
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While rumours of the iPhone Version 2 are circulating all over, and many fans debate the possibility of something being released by Apple for the Christmas season, Microsoft has announced Zune 2.0.  Slashdot has coverage of this release, which Microsoft hopes will revitalize interest in their portable music player.  Zune has just hit 1 million units sold this week, and they need something to make the player more attractive.  Details are relatively sketchy, but there will be new styles and price points for those loo

Source: Slashdot

New cooling, new clock speed, new price

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 23, 2007 - 01:24 PM |
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The Tech Report has posted a full review of the card we covered in the 8th PC Perspective Podcast, the

Zalman has a new flagship case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 23, 2007 - 12:37 PM |
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Zalman's Z-Machine GT1000 offers a lot, which helps justify the price you have to pay to own one.  Every case has been inspected to ensure the parts fit perfectly, and combined with the 4-5mm thickness of the sides, it offers stability, and good airflow while remaining relatively quiet.  The tool-less assembly philosophy is carried to extremes, even the front panel can be removed with thumbscrews.  Read on a Pro-clockers to see what

A new computer meme

Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2007 - 11:51 AM |
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We saw a bit of this type of behaviour last week, spurned on by a certain German hurler, and it has spawned a popular new way to interface with your PC.  BCCHardware had some fun working over a few old systems they had lying around, and a BBQ too.  Check out the video on their site


Shoot 'em up indeed.

Source: BCCHardware

WD'S NEW GREENPOWER HARD DRIVES REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION

Subject: Storage | July 23, 2007 - 11:19 AM |
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LAKE FOREST, Calif. - July 23, 2007 - Western Digital Corp. (NYSE: WDC) today
announced a new environmentally friendly GreenPower
family of WD
desktop, enterprise,
CE and external hard drive products. The new GreenPower (GP) family will ship in capacities
from 320 gigabytes (GB) to one terabyte (TB), and will save up to 40% in hard drive power
consumption, or as much as $10 per drive per year
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PC Perspective IS the new media

Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2007 - 05:15 PM |
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If you are like me, old media formats seem to accumulate faster than dust bunnies.  Old audio tapes, 3.5" disks, even a few 5.25" disks are hiding in corners and flat surfaces everywhere, some that even have data I want to keep.  By far, the media that consumes the most space is old VHS tapes.  If you want to update those old movies you could buy a new version on DVD, or you can copy them onto new media yourself.  Of course, for others, it is the vinyl tha

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'Multiply Your Innovations' at Intel Developer Forum

Subject: Shows and Expos | July 20, 2007 - 02:41 PM |
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WHEN: Sept. 18-20, 2007

WHERE: Moscone Center West, San Francisco

WHAT: Spanning the worlds of mobility, digital home, digital enterprise and technology and research, IDF will focus on Intel Corporation's directions for the next year and beyond.

Vision: IDF brings together top Intel technical experts, Intel Fellows, industry thought leaders and leading technology companies. A strong slate of Intel keynotes is one source for insights and inspiration. Keynoters are:

Big fun with ThinkPads

Subject: Mobile | July 20, 2007 - 02:38 PM |
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The ThinkPad series is billed as a rugged laptop that is able to survive whatever it might encounter in the day to day life of a mobile employee.  Tech ARP witnessed a demonstration of the technology that allows it to survive everything from liquid spills to drops, and tests of how well they work.  By the end of the demonstration, the laptop did end up a bit worse for wear, but fun was had by all.

Source: Tech ARP

1333MHz FSB on the 680i

Subject: Motherboards | July 20, 2007 - 01:25 PM |
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Trying to get a QX6850 to work, at full speed, on a 680i motherboard proved a challenge for many, including AnandTech.  Using an EVGA 680i board and the brand new P30 BIOS, as well as the new ASUS Blitz and P5K Deluxe, they tested the overclocking ability for the CPU and RAM.  One of the key points in the article is that this new BIOS makes it very easy to push a 1066 processor to 1333, but they have much more than that to report on.

Source: AnandTech

Scratching the surface of Microsoft's Milan

Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2007 - 12:06 PM |
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CoolTechZone finds themselves much more impressed with Microsoft's Surface after watching an episode of DL.TV.  The "coffee table" PC has an interface that has been very popular in movies for a while now, but hard to find in reality.  The first time you run into Surface it will likely be in a retail store, possibly T-Mobile, and used as a selling aid.  When you place a

Source: CoolTechZone

The show was phenomenal

Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2007 - 11:44 AM |
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Hot Hardware made it to the AMD Consumer Electronics Event in NYC.  One of the best parts of their experience was getting to see a Phenom in action ...

Source: HotHardware