HP's take on the netbook

Subject: Mobile | November 17, 2008 - 02:33 PM |
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HP have always been a big name in the laptop industry and are making a splash with their new HP 2133 Mini-Note, a netbook with an 8.9" screen.  Powering it is a VIA C7-M processor on a VIA VN896 chipset and it runs SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop OS.  InsideHW did like the netbook overall, but are really looking forward to the upcoming Atom version.

Source: InsideHW

6GB or 3GB?

Subject: Memory | November 17, 2008 - 01:47 PM |
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Corsair has run a long series of tests on their 1600MHz Corsair Dominator TR3X3G1600C8D series, comparing the performance between 3GB and 6GB on the new triple channel X58 based ASUS P6T Deluxe motherboard, an Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition, a pair of 1GB Nvidia GeForce 280 GTX in SLI and 2 Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB in RAID 0.  (So, you know, a system just like everyone has) 

Need your space

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 17, 2008 - 12:29 PM |
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If you have a hard time working in small ATX enclosures or maybe prefer to have 7 optical drives and 8 HDDs, Lian Li's  PC-V2010 might be just the case you need.  At just 2' tall and a smidge under 2' long, there is a reason this case has castors; even with it's aluminium casing it weighs quite a bit.  Read the full reivew at Bjorn3D to get the whole picture.

Source: Bjorn3D

Hope you didn't buy a GTX260 last week

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 17, 2008 - 12:11 PM |
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bit-tech noticed a drop in the price of the GTX260 actually hitting retailers, as opposed to just being something we are still waiting for.  In some cases the GTX260s are down to the $230 range, putting them at

Source: 3DCenter

Intel Core i7 CPUs and X58 Motherboards for sale!!

Subject: Processors | November 16, 2008 - 07:04 PM |
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So you have read our Intel Core i7 processor review, our two X58 motherboard reviews and listened to our podcast; now you can get the same products in your hands from Newegg!

This new Nehalem kid is awfully popular

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2008 - 04:50 PM |
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As you might assume, the recent AMD announcements and Intel's Core i7 almost here, the Processor Forum is busy with comparisons between the two new processor lines. 
The folks in the Overclocking forum are also excited, it's been a while since the last new overclocking challenge appeared.  Any overclocking will require a good heatsink, the topic in the Cas

It sounds like ASUS is up to something

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2008 - 04:29 PM |
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Hardware Canucks got their mitts on an ASUS Xonar Essence STX Engineering Sample, their upcoming audio card release.  The list of options will daunt all but the devoted audiophile, ASUS is definitely aiming at the high end of the market with this card.  They have yet to put the card through their full battery of tests, so you shall have to content yourself with pictures and feature discriptions for the moment.

Look at the all the pretty colours

Subject: Displays | November 14, 2008 - 04:06 PM |
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If you need perfect colour representation that can show colours other monitors only wish they could display, a backlit LCD might be your best choice.  ViewSonic now offers a VLED221wm, which is a 22-inch 1680x1050 widescreen LED backlit LCD monitor for not too steep a price.  It will certainly set you back a bit more than a regular LCD, but this screen is not really aimed at the casual gamer.  Think Computers were absolutely blown away by this displa

Knock, knock, knock

Subject: Systems | November 14, 2008 - 03:23 PM |
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It's a LANShark and it's from Smooth Creations, which means two things.  One is that the exterior of the PC has an incredibly well done airbrushing job, this particular model having a nice surfing motif on a clear acrylic case.  The second thing is the power of the PC it's self.  Inside the LANShark you will find an overclocked Q9550 and a pair of HD 4870 1GB in CrossFire
and a 4GB kit of Patriot DDR2 clocked to 900MHz.  Take a gander at all the pictures over at Legit Reviews.

Wrapping up AMD's Financial Analyst Day

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2008 - 03:06 PM |
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Instead of having to sit through all eight hours of the presentation, AnandTech offers you a short cut into the news that broke from AMD yesterday.  There are plenty of pictures to capture the important slides from the conference covering new chips as well as information on their new Foundry Company.  Click on over and see what the fuss was about.

Source: AnandTech

AMD Promotes New Products, Strong Execution and Focused Innovation at 2008 Financial Analyst Day

Subject: General Tech | November 13, 2008 - 03:38 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Nov. 13, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today hosted its 2008 Financial Analyst Day at its headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. Senior executives, including President and Chief Executive Officer Dirk Meyer, reported on the company's progress toward sustainable profitability by sharing information on AMD's product, marketing, manufacturing and operational initiatives.

As a part of today's event, AMD also launched its 45nm

Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processors.

Source: AMD

Fun with the financial analyst

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 13, 2008 - 03:28 PM |
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Before Ryan started in on a marathon session listening to AMD present technical data to a bunch of suits with a lot of money, he had the time to post about AMD's plans for stream processing.  Among all the announcements expected today, the idea of utilizing the GPU for an incredibly varied list of tasks is maybe the most interesting.  Read his full article to see why that is.

BFG drops prices on their PSUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 13, 2008 - 01:52 PM |
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ATI Catalyst 8.11 is now available

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 13, 2008 - 01:44 PM |
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Performance improvements

Source: AMD

AMD is obsessed over efficiency

Subject: Processors | November 13, 2008 - 12:18 PM |
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Shanghai is here and it is incredibly power efficient.  AnandTech has published their look at this new server chip and it is going to make a lot of people very happy (unless they work for Intel

Source: AnandTech

A tradition we could do without

Subject: General Tech | November 13, 2008 - 11:58 AM |
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It seems that until recently it was frowned upon for someone to stand outside of a party screaming about how much that party sucks and how much cooler they are than anyone else.  That is exactly what has been happening any time a CPU or GPU manufacturer announces a new product.  Today it is the AMD Financial Analyst day, with a lot of news from AMD being announced, including the first Shanghai reviews.  Of course, somehow timed to break at the exact same time is a story on DigiTimes about Nehalem chips becoming available soon.  The chips range from ten Xeon5500 models to se

Source: Digitimes

AMD Shanghai Core Opteron Processor Announced

Subject: Processors | November 13, 2008 - 02:08 AM |
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Tonight at midnight AMDsent out the press release with the formal announcement of their new
45nm 'Shanghai'-based Opteron processors for the server and workstation
markets.  There is a lot of great information in this release including
specs of the CPU that show a much better outlook for AMD's processors
than previously expected.  Frequencies will be offered as high as 2.7 GHz with TDPs of only 75 watts theoretically indicating that high clock rates should be inbound for both server and desk

MSI announces new GX630 gaming notebook for only $799

Subject: Mobile | November 12, 2008 - 05:58 PM |
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CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – November 12, 2008 - MSI Computer, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, is pleased to announce the newest addition to it Gaming Notebook Series – the GX630-028US.

Source: MSI

This board swings both ways

Subject: Motherboards | November 12, 2008 - 04:29 PM |
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The introduction of the X58 chipset brought a lot of new features to the PC, none more desired than a board that can handle both SLI and Crossfire.  The first X58 board to do so, the ASUS P6T Deluxe, ended up on Ryan's test bench recently.  Not only does it have that advantage over the Intel DX58SO board, it also overclocks a lot better straight out of the box.  Read on to see how the board tested against previous generations of board as well as the Intel X58 .