OCZ Technology Group Announces PC Power & Cooling's Expansion of Silencer Line

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2008 - 04:35 PM |

Sunnyvale, Calif. - April 3, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance memory and PC components, today announced the release of all-new additions to the Silencer line of power supplies from PC Power & Cooling including a 500W EPS12V and Dell compatible model.

Insert apple joke here

Subject: Storage | April 3, 2008 - 04:28 PM |

A healthy hard drive is a happy hard drive, which makes a user happy in return.  tk arena would like to help you keep your hard drive healthy, which is why they published this guide.  They guide you through all the inbuilt tools in Windows that can help keep your drive happy, along with tricks involving a freezer and a ziplock bag.  Make sure that you keep up to date backups though, all hard drives must die at some point.

nVIDIA seems to be getting ahead of themselves

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 3, 2008 - 02:24 PM |

motherboards.org is not terribly impressed with the 9800 GTX, mostly because they feel it should have been an 8800 with a different model number.  Simply adding the ability to use triple SLI configuration, and bumping the shader and core speeds up a notch does not deserve to start a whole new graphics series.  On the other hand, it is cheaper than most 8800GTXs and it is a faster card.

Intel and Epic Games Launch '$1 Million Intel Make Something Unreal Contest

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2008 - 01:13 PM |

CARY, N.C. - April 3, 2008 - Epic Games, Inc., the award-winning developer of multimillion-selling games and the world's leading game engine, Unreal Engine 3, today announced plans to follow up the original "$1 Million Make Something Unreal Contest" with an all new competition to include esteemed sponsor, Intel Corporation.

Next it will be hydraulics

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2008 - 12:14 PM |

The next leap in cases, for those who want to go totally overboard would be the In Win B2 Stealth Bomber.  It comes with a motorized drive bay cover.  The cover is vaguely reminiscent
of a cockpit canopy opening, or at least that is what the box art would have you think.  Putting aside the aesthetics, Overclockers Club checked out the cooling performance, and it turns out this case is a real performer.  Even the unique setup for cooling graphics cards worked a charm.

One of these chips is not like the others

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2008 - 12:00 PM |

TechARP has published am article with all the tips you could need to spot 'fake' Intel OEM processors.  The problem is that an unboxed processor has a much shorter warranty, and should be cheaper.  However, some enterprising stores print up fake Intel boxes, to put the OEM chips into.  That way they can charge full price and pocket the savings that should have been yours.  You have been warned.

Source: Tech ARP

VIA and Everex to Demonstrate New CloudBook Max with Built-In WiMAX Capability

Subject: Mobile | April 3, 2008 - 11:41 AM |

Taipei, Taiwan, 2 April 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that Everex, a pioneer in developing next generation ultra mobile computing devices, has adopted the VIA C7-M ULV processor for the new Everex CloudBook Max, a stylish mini-note with a stunning 8.9" screen and integrated single-chip Mobile WiMAX solution from GCT Semiconductor for use with Sprint’s high-speed XOHM wireless network.

Intel Unveils Second-Generation Intel-Powered Classmate PC -- 'Netbook' for Worldwide Education Mark

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2008 - 11:27 AM |

INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Shanghai, April 3, 2008 - Intel Corporation unveiled a new design of the Intel-powered classmate PC today at the Intel Developer Forum in Shanghai. As announced in a keynote by Andrew Chien, Intel vice president, Corporate Technology Group and director of Intel Research, the second-generation Intel-powered classmate PC is an affordable, fully functional, rugged Internet-centric computer platform.

First Intel solid state drives pictured

Subject: Storage | April 3, 2008 - 08:09 AM |

On an Intel.com blog post the first pictures of Intel's upcoming solid-state drives make an appearance.  There isn't much to see, as you would expect with most storage devices, but its a good first step, right?  The engadget post purports that we have been "we've been waiting so long for Intel to stop talking and start producing" but I can't recall getting that excited about

Source: engadget

IDF: Intel shows Nehalem at 3.2 GHz

Subject: Processors | April 2, 2008 - 03:18 PM |

More news from the great red country shows Intel has their upcoming Nehalem architecture working at speeds up to 3.2 GHz.  While we continue to take these kinds of demonstrations with a grain of salt since we remember seeing Barcelona running at 3.0 GHz before its release as well (and see how well that turned out). 

Source: Daily Tech

IDF: Intel Larrabee GPUs will sell through add-in card vendors

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 2, 2008 - 03:12 PM |

We have done more than our fair share of coverage on the Intel's Larrabee project, the one that will bring Intel into the discrete graphics market for the first time competitively.  Though we could have guessed this, apparently TheInq got confirmation from Intel at IDF that they would indeed be adopting the "add-in card partner" method of selling their own GPUs.  Does this mean we'll see BFG o

Source: The Inquirer

AMD will split CPU development for fab business

Subject: Processors | April 2, 2008 - 03:08 PM |

Our good buddy Charlie over at the Inquirer has posted a piece that theorizes a split of AMD into two different companies: one that developers processors and GPUs, the other that will actually make them at the various fabrication facilities AMD currently owns.  The benefits here include allowing the AMD design team to be debt free and could enable them to take the additional, yes obviously necessary, risks required to tackle an opponent like Intel.  Also, the AMD fab team would be able to

Source: The Inquirer

AMD targetting mainstream CPUs only

Subject: Processors | April 2, 2008 - 03:03 PM |

While the idea that AMD is only selling mainstream processors today isn't exactly new information, it is interesting to see that at least one publication seems to think this is AMD's official stance now.  As we all know, when you CANNOT compete at the high end with your best stuff, you simply cut the prices and sell it to compete where it can; AMD did it with the

Source: fastlanehw

Speak softly and carry a big rail

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 2, 2008 - 02:58 PM |

TechConnect takes a close look at the quiet partner in PC Power & Coolings PSU line up, the Silencer 610 EPS12V.  Sporting a 5 year warranty and
a 49amp 12V rail that has no problems powering an SLI set up.  It doesn't have quite as much power as it's Turbo Cool brethren, it is also significantly quieter.  Drop by and check out the all the

Rare 780G review spotted

Subject: Motherboards | April 2, 2008 - 01:56 PM |

There really hasn't been that many reviews done of AMD's new chipset, the X48 and other Intel parts are still stealing the limelight.  That didn't scare off Overclockers Club though, they've finished a review of the ECS A780GM-A.  It suffers from the odd back panel problems that most of it's brethren do, for some reason you can only seem to have a maximum of two of the following, SP/DIF out, DVI out or HDMI out.  In this case there is only an HDM

Play a different kind of predator

Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2008 - 12:05 PM |

The most eye-catching part of Frontlines: Fuel of War advertising has been the remote spy drone, similar to the Predator drone currently being used on battlefields today, but it has a feature you may not have known about.  It can be detonated, ending your spying mission with a big bang.  [OC]ModShop took this new game out for a spin, and you can read their review for yourself.


Intel is thinking small at IDF

Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2008 - 11:53 AM |

It's all about Atom at the IDF this year, the renamed Silverthorne that will soon be appearing in mobile devices near you.  There are five different tiny, low power processors being shown off, as well as a pair designed for mobile internet devices.  You can see some shots of the dies that show off just how small Atom really is in this article done by Ryan.

New Intel Centrino Atom Processor Technology Ushers in 'Best Internet Experience in Your Pocket'

Subject: Shows and Expos | April 2, 2008 - 11:23 AM |

INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Shanghai, April 2, 2008 - Intel Corporation today introduced five new Intel Atom processors and Intel Centrino Atom processor technology for Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) and embedded computing solutions.

New VIA VX800 Series Chipsets to Extend VIA Leadership in Ultra Mobile Market

Subject: Processors | April 1, 2008 - 04:22 PM |

Taipei, Taiwan, 1 April 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the new VIA VX800 Series of digital media IGP chipsets featuring the latest video, graphics and connectivity performance in a single chip measuring just 33x33mm.

Another new player in the memory game

Subject: Memory | April 1, 2008 - 03:55 PM |

US Modular is far better known for portable storage, usually flash based, but they are moving in to the field of DDR2.  The first module up for review is the 2Gb dual channel Cold Fusion DDR2-800 kit, which runs at 4-12-4-4 at 2V.  The Tech Lounge was shocked to see it beating out DIMMs from Corsair and other big names, but this kit has an Achilles' Heel, it does not overclock well.  The other problem is that it doesn't seem to be for sale anywhere.