The keyboard is done, time to try mice

Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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Ideazon has had great success with their Zboard, especially with RTS gamers.  Now they are going to take the mouse and try to improve it with the Reaper.  They have added rubber to the buttons, made it longer than most mice and on the fly DPI changes.  Head to R&B Mods to see of they think it compares to the competition.

Intel's take on the GPU

Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2007 - 11:34 AM |
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Beyond3D has captured slides from an Intel presentation about the future of the CPU and GPU.  The slides give you a very good idea of Intel's plans to retaliate against AMDs current move towards a GPU, and Beyond3D highlights out some very interesting points.

Source: Beyond3D

ASUS has a new bundle of joy

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 11, 2007 - 04:44 PM |
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Hot Hardware's review of the ASUS EN8800GTS shows the performance you would expect from a non-overclocked 8800GTS.  Where this card might get your attention is the bundle that is attached.  You get full versions of 3DMark06, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter, and RACE the Official WTCC game, as well as several programs to tweak performance and quality, and even a leather CD case.

Source: HotHardware

Pushing the bar ever higher

Subject: Processors | April 11, 2007 - 02:47 PM |
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Intel keeps raising the bar, this time with the introduction of the quad core QX6800.  While there is no doubt that it is the fastest retail processor on the market, the A64 FX-74 just can't keep up.  Head to The Tech Report to watch this chip sweep the processor playoffs!

So, a heat spreader isn't good enough for you?!?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 11, 2007 - 02:06 PM |
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The Inquirer reminisces about the days before the the heatsink, when a heatspreader was all a CPU needed.  Now we are placing 1lb blocks of copper on the CPU's, and they are only getting hotter, especially with work on 3 dimensional processors.  Find out what the future may hold.

Source: The Inquirer

It finally came in the mail

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 11, 2007 - 12:15 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP finally got their PS3!  After spending a month locked away with it in a small dark room they have emerged to give their opinion.  Since the boxen they bought had the firmware upgrades applied by the time they bought it, most of the issues early adopters had do not enter into the review.  Find out what they think of Sony's Blu-ray player and console.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

If you make it, they will come

Subject: General Tech | April 11, 2007 - 11:58 AM |
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It's not quite a Star Trek replicator, but the Fab@Home project will let you make 3D objects for ~$2,500.  It can handle many types of material, from silicone to chocolate, letting you build lego bricks or chocolate forms.  Ars Technica has more on this first venture into affordable fabrication at home.

"Malone's goal was to build something cheap and reliable, something that hobbyists could use to kickstart a "home fabbing

revolution" that would have analogues to the personal computer revolution that h

Source: Ars Technica

Halo 3 Beta coming May 16 - only lasts 21 days

Subject: General Tech | April 10, 2007 - 02:58 PM |
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If you are like me and bought a copy of Crackdown on the Xbox 360 purely for the entry into the Halo 3 beta, you'll want to hear this news.  This post at Microsoft confirms the beta will only run from May 16th until June 6th -- after that you are S.O.L.

REDMOND, Wash.

BFG Tech 8800 GTX OC2 Review at HardOCP

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 10, 2007 - 02:55 PM |
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Looking for a review on a top-of-the-line graphics card for your new system?  Check out this review of the BFG 8800 GTX OC2 at HardOCP.

BFGTech has finally delivered a competitive highly overclocked video card with their new 'OC2' line, offering better factory overclocks than previous 'OC' versions. This video card provides the best gaming experience you can buy in a single card format.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Another CableCard PC Pictured and Reviewed

Subject: Systems | April 10, 2007 - 02:52 PM |
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Looking for some more information on the upcoming AMD CableCard-ready TV tuner and systems using them?  Then head over to this quick preview at

Source: General

NVIDIA GeForce 8300 Pictured

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 10, 2007 - 02:47 PM |
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While information on the 8600 and 8500 cards from NVIDIA has been leaking out for some time, this is the first 8300 images we have seen thus far. 

Nvidia's upcoming 8600 and 8500 series cards have already revealed themselves a few times so it was only fair that the baby-DirectX 10 low-end 8300 card would eventually step out into the spotlight.

Sony Offers Solid State Drive in new VAIO

Subject: Mobile | April 10, 2007 - 02:43 PM |
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If you want to be on the bleeding edge of technology, you'll be interested in seeing the first SSD notebook computer: the Sony VAIO G-series.

The latest Sony VAIO G forgoes the traditional 40GB HDD and instead uses a 32GB SSD (manufacturer unknown). The weight of the notebook drops from an already remarkable 1.97 pounds to 1.89 pounds.

Source: Daily Tech

AMD To Showcase Barcelona this month?

Subject: Processors | April 10, 2007 - 02:40 PM |
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According to this slide at Hardspell.com, AMD is going to be showing off the upcoming Barcelona processor to the press in Tunisia this month.  That won't mean that you are going to see reviews of it any sooner, but any information is good information.

Barcelona is server part while Agena FX is a FX super fast gaming part. They are both based on what AMD claims is "evolutionary design" and it calls it K10. AMD will introduce and show this CPU at Tunisia on the 23rd and 24th of April.

Source: General

CellFactor to be Released Next Month for Free

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 10, 2007 - 02:37 PM |
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During all the AGEIA PhysX build up, one game has constantly been the poster child for advanced physics processing: CellFactor.  We first saw it in May of last year but until now it was always a demo.  Now the full game will be released soon for free download!


The full press release is below and I have included links to our PhysX PPU articles for reference and reading.

HUGE AMD Price Cuts!!

Subject: Processors | April 9, 2007 - 11:27 AM |
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Effective today, you will be seeing some huge price cuts on AMD's line of desktop processors.  The official online price list was updated this morning with this information:









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Intel Announces new Core 2 Extreme QX6800 - Quad Core @ 2.93 GHz

Subject: Processors | April 9, 2007 - 12:00 AM |
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Today Intel is announcing the availability of their latest Core architecture processor.  The new Core 2 Extreme QX6800 has been pretty much confirmed for months now around the rumor mill, but you should finally be able to get your hands on one today.  Here's the quick run down:



  • Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800

  • Quad-core

  • 2.93 GHz

  • 1066 MHz FSB

  • 8MB L2 cache

  • 582 million transistors

  • Kentsfield core - Two dual-core dies on one chip

Basically, what we have here is a modest speed bump over

BootDaily Gives away Two Asus Mobos

Subject: Motherboards | April 6, 2007 - 05:38 PM |
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Looking for either an Asus P5N32-E SLI or an Asus Commando P965 motherboard?  Looking to pay $0 for it?  Well then BootDaily has a contest for you!

We've partnered with leading motherboard maker, ASUS, to give away a P5N32-E SLI an ASUS Commando P965. Both of these products are at the top of their class and support Quad-Core Core2Duo CPUs from Intel.

Source: General

Apple's iPhone Sporting only 40 minutes of talk time!

Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2007 - 04:35 PM |
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According to some inside source, The Inq is reporting that current iPhone models are only getting about 40 minutes of talk time!  The iPhone is scheduled to be released in early June.

During Episode 93 of the spodcast this Week in Tech (TWiT)Dvorak said he received information from "a guy at Cingular who's testing the product." The unnamed, male Cingular employee told Dvorak "there's lots of issues" with the iPhone.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD OCUR CableCard Bug

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 6, 2007 - 04:32 PM |
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If you were waiting for the new AMD OCUR CableCard systems to start shipping and maybe get one of your own, you are going to be waiting a bit longer according to DailyTech.  They say that some bugs in the firmware and several cable operators are forcing them to halt shipments. 

AMD's newest CableCard endeavor may have hit a snag.  Systems manufactured with the ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner have a bug th

Source: Daily Tech

R600 GPU Pricing??

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 6, 2007 - 04:28 PM |
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Did BootDaily get the scoop on pricing of the upcoming R600 line of GPUs from AMD/ATI?

We've been able to confirm pricing on ATI's upcoming R600-series GPUs - here's the breakdown:








 R600  $499.00
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