AMD Expands R&D Presence in India

Subject: General Tech | November 29, 2007 - 11:19 AM |
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BANGALORE, India - Nov. 29, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD), a leading global provider of innovative processing solutions in the computing, graphics and consumer electronics markets, today announced the opening of a new silicon design and platform research and development (R&D) facility in Bangalore.

As India's role and importance in AMD's global R&D network increases, the number of employees in Bangalore continues to grow, requiring a new facility that will accommodate the current team while also providing room for future growth.

Source: AMD

Sunbeam's spreading influence

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 28, 2007 - 02:42 PM |
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Sunbeam and Tuniq, the brand most of their PC components are sold under, is seeing it's influence grow.  With several reasonably designed cases and one of the best price/performance CPU coolers on the market, the name is become much more well know.  Now they head into the high voltage market of ultra powerful PSUs.  techPowerUp! reviews their 1200W Tuniq Ensemble, with a 140mm fan and some rather impressive claims as to it's efficiency. 

Source: techPowerUp!

AMD, uncomfortable under the spotlight

Subject: Processors | November 28, 2007 - 01:30 PM |
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You can catch Josh Walrath's take on the X2 5000+ Black Box, the last of the Athlons at PenStar Systems.  It is still a relevant chip, as desktop Phenom's aren't exactly available, and it's overclocking ability will let you build a system that you can upgrade to a Phenom when they are available, and only have to drop ~$100 on the CPU.

SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Promoter Group Enlists Contributors for First Industry-Wide Specification Review

Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2007 - 11:58 AM |
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BEAVERTON, Ore., Nov. 28, 2007 - The Universal Serial Bus (USB) 3.0 Promoter Group is looking for additional contributors to its initial draft of the group's proposed specification with a goal to have it completed by the first half of 2008.

DX10 comes to MMORPG

Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2007 - 11:56 AM |
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Hellgate London is the first MMO designed with DX10 in mind, which gives them some benefits and some problems.  While the DX9 demo showed that many cards can reach over 100+ fps in this game, we were missing out on smoke effects, motion blurring and DX10 shaders.  As [H]ard|OCP's test show, you can see the differences between the quality of DX10 and DX9, which is rather nice considering how hard you had to squint to see differences in previous titles.  On the other hand you

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Better to wish for a Red Ryder BB Gun than an 8880GT or HD3870

Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2007 - 11:42 AM |
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If you are shopping for a <$250 video card you may have found your plans frustrated.  Both the 8800GT and the HD3870 disappeared within hours of their release and there has been no sign of them at all.  The Tech Report can comment on why the AMD cards are so rare, although we still don't know what nVIDIA's problem is ... maybe retailers are snubbing them by continuing to sell GTS models?  Follow the link to see what has been holding AMD back.

X rated audio

Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2007 - 05:33 PM |
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The ASUS Xonar D2 not only sports more LEDs than your average modded case, it also handle digital and analog sounds almost totally lossless.  The Audio Station U1
will improve the quality of sound comping out of any laptop, but probably won't win the hearts of people using desktop PCs.  You can tune into Bjorn3Ds' notes to see if either of these sound like something that resonates with you.

Source: Bjorn3D

Cooling for the laptops that need it

Subject: Mobile | November 27, 2007 - 03:03 PM |
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Tiny notebooks can produce some heat with their 14.1" screens, but they are nothing compared to the larger gaming style laptops with their 17" displays and more powerful components.  Evercool's widescreen laptop cooler, called the Space Station for reasons best known to their marketers, will keep your large laptop nice and cool, although Virtual-Hideout recommends picking up Micro QuietFeet Sticky Feet to help with airflow.

ASUS Xonar Series Revolutionizes the PC Audio SoundscapeASUS Xonar Series Revolutionizes the PC Audi

Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2007 - 02:05 PM |
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FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (November 27, 2007) - Adding to the success of the company's entry into PC audio, ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today extended its product offerings by introducing the world's first PCI-Express (PCI-E) interface audio card Xonar D2X; and the stylish USB based audio station Xonar U1.

Source: ASUS

The word on tera

Subject: Storage | November 27, 2007 - 01:39 PM |
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Seagate and Western Digital have both been taking enhancement products, and now they each sport a hard drive with 1000 GB of storage.  Seagate's 1TB Barracuda 7200.11 ES.2 is aimed at the desktop crowd, and sports a possibly performance enhancing 32MB cache and 4 250GB platters and will run you about 27 cents per gig.  The Western Digital takes a more responsible approach with their Green Power 1TB Caviar, the usual 16MB cache and a spin rate that varies betwe

Source: AnandTech

This midsized monitor is making it's mark

Subject: Displays | November 27, 2007 - 12:32 PM |
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LG's L204LT 20.4-inch widescreen LCD monitor seems perfect for gamers with some rather nice stats, 1680 x 1050 native resolution, 2000:1 contrast ratio and a 5ms response time.  Think Computers was rather impressed by this monitor, although they did take marks away because it doesn't come festooned with dozens of USB ports.

How to lose friends and infuriate people

Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2007 - 12:07 PM |
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The release of the Spider platform from AMD has generated a lot of reviews and speculation as to AMD's long term quad core plans.  We've seen the numbers, heard how lovely Lake Tahoe is and how two out of three ain't bad.  There was another side to this launch, which a lot of the sites haven't really expressed, but The Tech Report has broken the silence.  AMD made some rather questionable moves in the lead up to this launch, from the obvious that you may have figured out, free tickets to Lake Tahoe, to serio

Performance for the rest of us

Subject: Processors | November 26, 2007 - 05:28 PM |
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The refresh of the E6550, the E6450 offers a great way to chart the performance differences between the Conroe and Wolfdale as they are essentially the same chip.  If you check out the full review at t-break, you can see that the various optimizations and the extra 2MB cache help in many applications, but don't really impact game performance that much.

Source: t-break

New mouse in the house

Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2007 - 02:53 PM |
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Hades is a new company that has released a gaming mouse as well as a mouse pad.  The specs that they quote sound good, putting it in the realm of Logitech and Microsoft's high quality gaming mice, but at about half the price.  BCCHardware tried it out, and it quickly became the second favourite, just behind the G5.

Source: BCCHardware

Getting better and better

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 26, 2007 - 01:35 PM |
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XFX's 8800GT Alpha Dog XXX Edition sports a rather lengthy name, and some rather impressive performance.  In the testing Bjorn3D put the card through, it destroyed the GTX and used less power and produced less heat while it was doing it.  The 8800GT in general, and this card in particular, really do offer great value for the money they cost.

Source: Bjorn3D

Unlikely inspiration

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 26, 2007 - 12:26 PM |
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Where most of us finished Doom 3 and relegated it to the pile of games that we wouldn't touch again, and others proclaimed it a shiny example of perfection, one fellow went a different path.  MAKE:blog has a link to an insanely detailed case mod, called Doom3: Project Mars City, which looks better than anything the UAD made.  Check out the worklog and detailed pictures of every piece that went into this amazing case.

Source: MAKE: Blog

Get them quick, they'll disappear for over a month soon

Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2007 - 11:57 AM |
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Who needs an official launch date when you can just buy something beforehand?  The Inquirer has a link to an Austrian retailer who will sell you an ASUS Striker II Formula.  Order early and avoid the rush.

Source: The Inquirer

Forum stuffing

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2007 - 05:20 PM |
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Part of the lukewarm reception that AMD has received from their introduction of the Phenom processor was the fact that you couldn't buy one.   We all know the other reason.  The good news is that it is slowly starting to appear, so if you do have an AM2(+) system that needs an upgrade,

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Necris-philia

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2007 - 02:43 PM |
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The wait is over, Unreal Tournament 3 servers are being set up and populated as you are reading this.  Timed perfectly for the US Turkey day holiday, most gamers seem to be fragging each other with one hand while the other holds a drumstick.  The new type of game, Warfare blends Assault and Onslaught very well and the Torlan makes an appearance (in 2 different forms), so don't pine too hard for your favourite Onslaught maps.  New vehicles will shock you the first time they land on your head, or chase you with their persistent beam weapons, and the old vehicle have undergone an o

Source: IGN