AMD Introduces New Tuner Products to Deliver Exceptional HDTV on PCs

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 15, 2007 - 11:55 AM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. - October 15, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) is expanding its TV Wonder product lineup that enables HDTV on the PC. Available through VisionTek at Best Buy stores across North America, ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo USB, TV Wonder 600 PCI and TV Wonder 600 PCI Express transform PCs into exceptional high definition digital video recorders. The TV Wonder family of products is AMD LIVE!

Source: AMD

Things you might have missed on the forums this week

Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2007 - 06:23 PM |
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When good computers go bad, everyone suffers, even the routers. 

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DDR3 on the X38

Subject: Memory | October 12, 2007 - 02:59 PM |
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Intel's new chipset seems quite fond of DDR3, giving it's performance a small boost when compared to similarly clocked DDR2.   AnandTech didn't have one of those boards handy for their testing of new modules from Corsair, Kingston and Cell Shock, but a P35 based board will do in a pinch.  The performance of DDR3 is rising rapidly, as the latencies fall, although the prices have not changed much.  If you can afford these newer DIMMs, you won't be disappointed by their performance.

Source: AnandTech

Shrinkage and growth

Subject: Processors | October 12, 2007 - 01:40 PM |
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The new chips from Intel will be on 45nm technology which will help with the heat, but doesn't actually provide anything in the way of a performance benefit.  What you can expect to give you a bit of a boost, for the Yorkfield a roughly 5-10% increase based on TechARP's findings, is the increase cache size.  The Wolfdale provide's a huge improvement over Prescott, as you can see in the full review.

Source: Tech ARP

Just in time to peel the Orange

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 12, 2007 - 12:31 PM |
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Tweak Guides is celebrating the release of the Orange Box by revising their guide to tweaking the Source engine.  You can squeeze the last couple of FPS and give yourself a better visual experience, not just in HL2.2 but in Portal, Day of Defeat and other Source engine based games.

Source: Tweak Guides

Not exactly $199, now is it?

Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2007 - 12:18 PM |
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ASUS has shown some rather odd math and spelling skills in relation to their new ultra-low cost notebook, the Eee.  It turns out that what they meant when they claimed it would sell for no more than $199 is that it won't be sold for less than $200.  While the change in price is rather frustrating, it will still be the cheapest way to get your hands on a laptop.  More at DigiTimes.

Source: Digitimes

OCZ Technology Answers Enthusiast Demands for a Complete High-End Memory Solution

Subject: Memory | October 11, 2007 - 03:56 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA - October 10, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the 4GB PC2-6400 CL4 series, the latest edition to the highly-awarded OCZ Reaper HPC (Heat Pipe Conduit) product family. With a proven performance design coupled with the blazing latencies and memory capacity enthusiasts crave, the 4GB PC2-6400 Reaper CL4 series provides rock-solid stability and performance on the latest AMD and Intel platforms.

The new Centrino on the block

Subject: Mobile | October 11, 2007 - 03:22 PM |
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The next generation of Centrino, Santa Rosa in other words, is showing off the strengths of Intel's mature mobile platform.  The MSI MegaBook PR200X is the newest notebook from MSI and sports a C2D T7300 at 2 GHz, 2 GB of RAM, a 12.1 display and some thing kind ogf new.  They call it Intel Turbo Memory, and is essentially Vista's ReadyBoost for Centrino platforms.  Read on over at InsideHW.

Source: InsideHW

Get a wider perspective

Subject: Displays | October 11, 2007 - 01:14 PM |
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The Acer AL2216W 22" monitor isn't really aimed at those looking for perfection, but rather those looking at getting a 22" widescreen monitor for less than $300.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with the monitor, as you would expect from an Acer product, but 3dGameMan felt that there was something missing in some of the games they played.  For casual gamers or just for anyone whose eyes are getting

Source: 3dGameMan

Collect the whole set

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2007 - 01:04 PM |
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If you have been busily collecting Fatal1ty brand parts, you will need to get your hands on the Creative Sound Blaster X-FI Xtreme Gamer Fatal1ty ProFrom the results of the review that OCC finished, you may want to get it anyways.  It is easy to set up to listen to what you want, but there is also a control panel that will allow you some serious ways

Share your bandwidth or we cut you off

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2007 - 12:38 PM |
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Anyone living in Toronto now has something to cheer about, a new ISP Co-op that is attempting to make the whole city a hotspot.  If you subscribe to their Internet service (about 3-5Mbs @ $37 a month), you are also sent a wireless router running OpenWRT, and the subscribers use Chillispot to throttle the bandwidth used by outside wireless connections so the person paying for the service still has good line speed.  Read all about the service, and the 2 guys behind i

Source: Ars Technica

Get it before it's gone

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2007 - 06:05 PM |
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nVIDIA has been hinting that the 320MB versions of their cards don't have much time left in the channel.  That doesn't mean that they, or their partners, are slacking off.  Case and point is the XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB Fatal1ty up for review at The Hardware Zone.  With a core clock set 150MHz above stock and the RAM a full 400MHz above stock there is some serious competition for the 8800 GTX 320MB version.

The good, the bad and the surge protector

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 10, 2007 - 02:59 PM |
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Surge suppressors/protectors are something that everyone has, and if you don't then read this article at Hardware Secrets and go out and buy one.  Nothing will ruin your day like watching a power surge completely destroy your PC.  The difficulty in picking a surge protector is figuring out which ones actually provide the amount of protection you need.  To help you in your quest, Hardware Secrets has pulled some apart, to show you the various ways that protectors help, from the types of fuses/breakers to lin

The day of the X38

Subject: Motherboards | October 10, 2007 - 01:35 PM |
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The reviewers have had their gags removed and we can finally see some real testing of Intel's brand new chipset, the X38 Express.   The Tech Report has a pair, the ASUS P5E3 Deluxe WiFi-AP @n and Gigabyte's GA-X38-DQ6.  Both boards offer the new features of the X38 chipset, 32 PCI Express Lanes, with PCI Express 2.0 support, as well as DDR3.  The ASUS board comes with embedded Linux, WiFi and a higher price while the Gigabyte board skips some of the extras, but is still priced close to $300.

A quick peek inside the Orange Box

Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2007 - 12:44 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP takes a quick and dirty look at the performance you can expect to see from Episode 2, when the Orange Box finally becomes available.  Not only do you get an idea how this game will play on AMD and nVIDIA, but there are a few screenshots you haven't seen yet, of an interesting environment.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

News from AMD

Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2007 - 12:21 PM |
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Some will call the new roadmap good news, others will consider it bad, and in some cases they will be using the same models to argue both points.  Either way you look at it, the fact that AMD is at least giving us a much better idea about what to expect from them is a good thing.  Take a look at the new road map by following the links from The Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

The mouse of destiny

Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2007 - 05:03 PM |
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Bearing the name of one of the Fates (and a certain type of pit viper) is the new mouse from Razer, the Lachesis, and does it ever have a lot on on it, up to and including onboard memory.  The response time is tiny, the maximum DPI is huge and 9 programmable buttons will have you staring at the key mappings of your favorite games for hours trying to figure out the perfect setup.  OCModShop has more info on the current pinnacle of gaming mice.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Hurry up and wait

Subject: Storage | October 9, 2007 - 03:27 PM |
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Over at Tech Spot is a review of a drive you will never buy.  The good news being that it is a Blu-Ray drive capable of writing and rewriting, but the problem is that it costs just short of $1000, and it's replacement that will be coming very soon costs about half of that.  You can check out the review to see what this current drive does, but both Tech Spot and I recommend waiting for the cheaper and faster model.

Source: Tech Spot

ASUS is making a splash

Subject: Motherboards | October 9, 2007 - 02:32 PM |
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The ASUS motherboards that come with Linux embedded in them have gained a name, SplashTop.  Phoronix points out some interesting benefits you can gain from this 'Instant On' addition to the motherboard, and a bit of speculation as to whether we will finally see an update to something that really has seen any major changes in over a decade, the system BIOS.

Source: Phoronix

In for the win

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 9, 2007 - 02:10 PM |
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Over at TweakTown is an analysis of 3 different cases, of 3 different sizes, from In Win.  The F430 mid-tower, the Alpha 360 Mini Tower and the Mountain Jade Tiny Tower are all very different in who

Source: Tweaknews