Guarantee your Halo 3 Beta

Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2007 - 04:07 PM |
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Want to make sure you are in on the upcoming Halo 3 beta?  Then just buy a specially marked "Crackdown" game

On page 61 of the February 2007 issue of GamePro sits the second of two pages promoting the bright and shiny new world of destruction called Crackdown. As if this game's explosive mayhem didn't look sweet enough already, the lower right corner of the advertisement reads: "Includes invitation to Halo 3 multiplayer beta.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

How to Make a Motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | January 2, 2007 - 01:51 PM |
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If you have ever wondered exactly how a motherboard is made, PC Stats has a good article that will show you how


Finally the motherboards undergo an 'in-circuit test' which involves testing each motherboard's circuit paths, electrical characteristics and the chips that have just been added by applying electrical current to certain specific test points on the board.

Source: PCStats

MSI P965 and 975X Motherboards Compared

Subject: Motherboards | January 2, 2007 - 01:44 PM |
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Tech Report has a review up that looks at the MSI P965 and 975X motherboards and how they compare with one another. 

Apparent overclocking potential is one of very few differences between MSI's P965 and 975X Platinum. Price is another, and given just how similar the boards are, I'm not sure the 975X is worth the extra $20—not unless you really want Viiv support. That's not a knock against the 975X Platinum, mind you; it's the cheapest enthusiast-oriented 975X board on the market.

Asus Shows Off the Goods at CES

Subject: Motherboards | January 2, 2007 - 01:43 PM |
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Speaking of Asus, Digitimes is reporting that Asus will be showcasing some new products at CES next week. 

Asustek Computer will showcase its XG Station, an audio-visual workstation for notebooks at the upcoming 2007 International CES in Las Vegas, according to the company.


The XG Station, equipped with discrete graphics chips, Dolby output and USB 2.0, give users better graphics and audio-visual effects when co

Source: Digitimes

Asus P5N-E SLI Motherboard Reviewed

Subject: Motherboards | January 2, 2007 - 01:41 PM |
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The guys at HardOCP have taken the new Asus P5N-E SLI motherboard for a test run

However, there are a few areas of improvement that became more apparent during the overclocking test runs. My biggest complaints center on the board cooling mechanisms, or lack thereof. The northbridge passive chipset cooler was barely adequate for stock running, but quickly became too hot to handle when any overclocking was attempted. This was easily remedied with a low speed fan.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Game of the Year Awards at Shacknews

Subject: General Tech | December 31, 2006 - 06:50 PM |
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Head on over to Shacknews to get the scoop on their picks for this year's game awards.

It is December 31st, and that means its time to tally all the votes and present to you the Shacknews Game of the Year 2006 Winners as voted on by our audience. As we switched voting formats this year, results are based on total points per category where a game got 3 points for a first place vote, 2 for a second place and 1 for a third place vote. 

Source: Shacknews

ATI R600 Specs and Benchmarks Revealed?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 31, 2006 - 06:45 PM |
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Apparently, a new site by the name of Level 505 was able to get a hold of the specs and some early benchmarks for the new R6000 GPU coming from ATI early next year.  Dailytech has coverage of the news as well:

This time around it appears AMD is going for a different approach by equipping the ATI R600 with less unified shaders than NVIDIA's recently launched GeForce 8800 GTX.

Source: Daily Tech

PS3 Ebay Pricing Followed and Drops

Subject: General Tech | December 29, 2006 - 02:21 PM |
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This is a really interesting look at the "grey" market for PS3s -- mainly on Ebay. 

Within two days of the system's launch the going price dropped by over $1000. eBay prospectors across the country were stunned at the rapid depreciation of their investment. While they were still looking at $600 profit on average, it was a far cry from the windfall everyone had been expecting.


The smart thing to do in that situation would be to wait, right?

New BIOS for BFG 680i Motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | December 29, 2006 - 02:10 PM |
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I got an email from BFG mentioning an updated BIOS for their 680i branded motherboard to help with the SATA disk problems users are reporting. 

Some BFG customers using the BFG nForce® 680i SLI motherboard have reported experiencing disconnect or write error issues with SATA disk drives. To address this, we have worked with NVIDIA to release a BIOS update for this motherboard that eliminates this bug.

OCZ Announces 8800 GTX Card

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 28, 2006 - 09:34 PM |
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Well, that didn't take too long.  After the news post I made earlier in the day (right below!) OCZ Technology has gone ahead and launched their product

Sunnyvale, CA—December 28, 2006—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced their exciting return to the world of graphics cards.

OCZ Readying GeForce 8800 Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 28, 2006 - 04:01 PM |
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Say what?  Yep, OCZ is entering the graphics card market!

OCZ said that it will launch its graphics card later today. Newegg is suppose to have some limited quntity of the cards as early as today and as soon as the West Coast wakes up.

The card comes at default Nvidia clocks, but OCZ endorses you to overclock the heck out of it. OCZ will handtest each card and will sell you the best overclocked ones. It comes clocked at 575MHz core and 1800MHz memory.

Source: The Inquirer

Five nForce 590 SLI Motherboards Compared

Subject: Motherboards | December 28, 2006 - 03:59 PM |
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If you are on the prowl for a new AMD-based nForce 590 SLI motherboard, you should definitely check out Tech Report's round up.

Picking our Editor's Choice from this lot is tough, but we can prune a few options right away. The KN3 SLI2 is out of the running for obvious reasons, and while the M2N32 WS Pro is a great single-socket workstation board, it's too expensive for enthusiasts who don't need PCI-X.

Power Your Notebook for a Month

Subject: Mobile | December 28, 2006 - 03:57 PM |
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Using fuel cell technology, Samsung was able to build a dock that could power a notebook for a full month.  Sign me up for one of these. 

Fuel cell-based notebooks are nothing new to frequent readers of DailyTech. In early June, we reported on Toshiba's early efforts with a fuel cell notebook dock that was able to power a Portege notebook for 10 hours.

Source: Daily Tech

PS3 Demo Lock Ups are a "Feature"

Subject: General Tech | December 28, 2006 - 03:55 PM |
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You have GOT to love it when idiot sales reps are left explaining away problems!

"So dude over there," I said pointing to the busy clerk, "says he keeps the kiosk off because it keeps freezing up."

"Nope. No it doesn't."

"Well, actually, yeah. It does. I've seen it happen myself."

"No. It doesn't. We did that on purpose," he said.

"You make the entire console lock up on purpose because ...

VIA Announces EPIA Mini-ITX Platform for x86 Consumer Electronics

Subject: Processors | December 28, 2006 - 03:53 PM |
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VIA Announces EPIA Mini-ITX Platform for x86 Consumer Electronics


First to feature the VIA CX700M2 advanced system media processor, the VIA EPIA EX-Series mainboard is the ultimate digital media device platform

Taipei, Taiwan, 28 December 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA EPIA EX-Series Mini-ITX mainboards, the first of VIA's compact platforms to feature the new VIA CX700M2 system media processor.

AMD Live! To Support Blu-ray and HD-DVD in Q3 2007

Subject: Processors | December 28, 2006 - 03:52 PM |
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Not a big news break here, since we are taking about 9 months from now, but apparently AMD Live! will support Blu-ray and HD-DVD in the third quarter of next year.  My only question is why is this so far off?

AMD Live!

Source: Digitimes

Taiwan Quake Cuts Phone and Web Off

Subject: General Tech | December 27, 2006 - 12:50 PM |
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If your favorite Taiwanese website isn't accessible for a while, you'll know why

TAIPEI, Taiwan Dec 27, 2006 (AP)— Telephone lines and Internet service went dead across much of Asia on Wednesday after two powerful earthquakes damaged undersea cables used by several countries to route calls and online traffic.

Intel's Multi-Core Entertainment and Innovation at the Core of CES

Subject: Processors | December 27, 2006 - 11:01 AM |
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Las Vegas Convention Center, Dec. 27, 2006 — Major themes will surface at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show including: the emergence of Internet-delivered entertainment as the PC grows even cozier with the TV; the 'renaissance' of the PC with new Intel dual and quad core processors and exciting new operating systems; and the ongoing growth of PC gaming.

New AMD Roadmaps Spotted

Subject: Processors | December 27, 2006 - 11:00 AM |
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A couple of different sites have come across some updated AMD road maps this week.  First, Chile Hardware has news on the AMD chipset front, including the upcoming ATI RD790 chipset with CrossFire support. 


Also, Akiba PC has some news on the AMD CPU front.  Bring your translater!!


Thanks to HardOCP for the links!


Source: General

NVIDIA Prepping G84 for March 2007

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 27, 2006 - 10:53 AM |
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According to the Inquirer, NVIDIA is preparing a new entry-level graphics card to replace the 7300 based on the G80 architecture. 

This is set to replace Geforce 7300 from the market. Nvidia is really having problems making a real impact on the entry-level market but maybe will have better luck with this introduction.

The chip is a cut down version of the G80 and will probably come up with some odd memory controller number.

Source: The Inquirer