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Subject: General Tech | August 23, 2007 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It seems that the influx of cash and partnerships from AMD and nVIDIA are helping TSMC move their chips faster than they can make them. Currently both AMD and nVIDIA use TSMC produced chips on their graphics cards and both are seeing a decline in the amount available. DigiTimes spoke with both companies to see what plans the two graphics manufacturers have. It's good to hear the HD 2x00 series is selling units, especially with the departure of their Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Henri Richard.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 22, 2007 - 05:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you need a bit more than the 450W you can get from the Corsair VX450W, try the Zalman 600W HS Heatpipe cooled PSU. From the testing at Hi-Tech reviews, by choosing the Zalman you get a fairly reliable PSU, whose 120mm fan does indeed keep the noise down while still providing an exit for the hot air in your case.
Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2007 - 02:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS is at the 2007 Games Convention, and boy do they have a scoop. Crysis will play on a single core machine with dual 6600's. That means that you should be able to get a nicely playable experience out of a dual core and a single 8800.
"Over at the EA booth here at Games Convention 2007, an EA rep has let slip that Crysis, the hugely anticipated
shooter from the Crytek boys, doesn't need high spec kit to run.
The slip came about when we asked about the specs EA were showcasing Crysis on, which i
Subject: Mobile | August 22, 2007 - 12:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - August 22, 2007 - Mobile gaming just got better: AGEIA Technologies, Inc. the pioneer in hardware-accelerated physics for PC and a leader in console games, today announced the world's first PhysX Mobile processor, the AGEIA PhysX 100M, for high performance gaming notebook PCs.
Subject: Processors | August 22, 2007 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At the end of the DigiTimes post, they mention that Intel has no comment about the upcoming Penryn processors, a move very familiar to anyone who has seen them release a major update to their processor line. It is very likely that they are right about the chip lineup, but we won't know for sure until the end of this year or the beginning of the next.
Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2007 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not necessarily in a CPGPU format either! The Inquirer caught a Ray Tracing demo from Intel, that used the 45nm quad-core Yorkfeild exclusively, never utilizing the graphics card in the system at all. Not only that, but this performance will apparently scale almost perfectly, for every extra core, you get a 99% increase in performance. If you put one core as the baseline, then two cores will almost double the speed, whereas if you want twice the speed of the quad core, you need an eight-core chip. It certainly seem
Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2007 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
- This is a worldwide contest open to everyone. You must first register to the Cooler Master Forum to enter if you are not already a member.
- Your case must include 5 different Cooler Master products. Case counts as 2.
- You must pick a category that you will be working towards. The two categories are: Most Extreme Case - meaning a computer case so modified that it no longer looks like a case; and Most Artistic - meaning the case includes customized paint, air-brushed, artsy in any way.
- The Contest will launch on September 1st and run until October 15th.
Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2007 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday 21st August 2007 - Further strengthening its
leadership in providing the world's most energy-efficient computing
platforms, VIA Technologies, Inc. today announced the VIA pc3500
Mainboard, a low power, feature-rich platform that enables OEMs and
System Integrators to build Windows Vista desktop PCs that draw less
than 24 watts in Idle State – less than half the requirement of the
U.S. EPA's latest Energy Star Program Requirement for Computers:
Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2007 - 05:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dan of Dan's Data is absolutely shocked by the performance of Unique's Hardware NF01 and NF02 USB speakers. They are about the size of a deck of cards, but weigh in at 200 grams, giving them a huge advantage over other small speakers. Read on to find out what other tricks were used to make these tiny, but talented speakers.
Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2007 - 02:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 21, 2007 - To support its embedded technology customers, Intel Corporation announced today plans to extend its embedded NOR flash products to the 65-nanometer (nm) generation. According to the company, the move to 65nm process technology will provide price/performance balance and ensure support for extended product life cycles, both important factors to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) designing for embedded market segments.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 21, 2007 - 02:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
XFX's 8600 GT XXX takes the 540 MHz reference frequency to 620 MHz, and the memory from 1.4 GHz to 1.6 GHz, which will help it in benchmarks against the 8600 GTS XXX and HD 2600 XT. [H]ard|OCP takes all three cards into their benchmarking suite, to figure out which provides you with the best bang for the buck. The benchmarks are very tight, but the price range is not.
Subject: Mobile | August 21, 2007 - 01:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new ThinkPad T61p is quite powerful for a notebook, even a ThinkPad. With a C2D T7700, 2GB DDR2 PC2-5300
and Nvidia Quadro FX 570M (256MB) with a 15.4" 1920x1200 display. Vista's built in experience benchmark places it at 4.8, the lowest score being the RAM. Give this notebook a good look over at XYZ Computing.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 21, 2007 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Guru of 3D has three gaming system build to recommend, from a budget PC that should keep your old system in the game to a high end one that is built in the hopes it will be able to handle Crysis. Read through them, and compare PC Perspective's own recommendations from our Hardware Leaderboard.
Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2007 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The TILE64 processor is a 64-bit mesh/grid architecture processor for the embedded market, and it's not from any of the big chipmakers. It is the flagship product of Tilera, a company started by Dr.
Subject: Motherboards | August 20, 2007 - 05:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When HotHardware reviewed ASUS' P5K3 Deluxe and the Gigabyte P35T-DQ6, they found that the benchmarks lined up with each other, with only a 1 or 2% difference. When two boards perform so similarly it comes down to the features each manufacturer can get on the board, and how far you are able overclock it. Find out what these two boards can offer you.
Subject: Storage | August 20, 2007 - 02:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Overclockers Club reviewed the Seagate FreeAgent Pro 750GB external HDD. Offering a huge amount of storage, the entire unit is comparable in size to a pair of CD jewel cases, which means you won't be giving up a lot of desk space for electronic storage, leaving you room for piles of papers and USB beverage coolers, etc ... An included adapter makes sure you can still use this device if you don't have eSata or other less common interfaces.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 20, 2007 - 01:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you go shopping for a few things for your PC, you tend to think of hard drives, RAM or graphics cards. At Tech Connect Magazine, they have posted a review of something everyone needs, but very few have, cable ties. They review Akasa's reusable Velcro ties, which will let you organize the spaghetti in your case and behind your desk in moments.
Subject: Processors | August 20, 2007 - 12:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
AMD snuck out another new processor today, though getting your hands on one might take an act of divine intervention -- they didn't seed samples to any media that I am aware of so maybe the "black edition" refers to its stealth like qualities?
In any event, the CPU is a 200 MHz bumb over the previous fastest Athlon X2 processor, still at 90nm process technology, and that's about it. Pricing has it about $240 (just about the $250 I said they would be limited to in my podcast last week).
Subject: Processors | August 20, 2007 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the lead up to Barcelona's release date, as we all wait for the first CPU benchmarks, we can still get an idea what new features we will be seeing in the retail models. X-bit Labs has put together every scrap of information they have managed to get from AMD into an 11 page article covering the architectures specifications, instruction set and more.
Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2007 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to the Skype blog, the outage many are still experiencing came about because of Microsoft's Patch Tuesday. The details are still a little sketchy as to exactly what happened, and why this particular patch had more effect on the Skype network than previous Patch Tuesdays. Keep an eye on Ars Technica's article for updates.