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 .

Who needs a top 10 list?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 12, 2008 - 03:00 PM |
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When FrostyTech can set you up with a list of coolers 132 models long.  Every LGA775 compatible heatsink worth mentioning is included, from the incredible Prometeia Mach2 GT that will keep you 50C below ambient to the dangerous to run Igloo 5058 Light E that ran at over 60C above ambient.  Read through and see where your cooler sits, and which models might be better.  Too bad they may have to start from scratch with the Core i7.

Source: Frosty Tech

Year of the Sequel: Part 2 : The Return

Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2008 - 12:19 PM |
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Sure, Fallout, Far Cry, CoD and Gears of War may have all been great games, but how many sequels can you make before you hit the quality level of the Police Academy series?  Are we doomed to see games reduced to several family lines that dominate, with a small selection of independent games done on the cheap?  Story line replayability and conversion mods can keep an older game alive, so you could always just replay it with a completely different outcome or with a completely different take on the game entirely. 

Source: Ars Technica

AMD's not so secret announcement

Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2008 - 11:57 AM |
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AMD's invited me to its annual Financial Analyst Day in Sunnyvale on Thursday, where I expect the company's executives to announce its netbook processor strategy.

The company is bringing out all of its heavy hitters to try and impress the financial community and bolster its faltering stock price. AMD's CEO, COO, CMO and several other execs will give presentations and have lunch with analysts and members of the media.

Phenom's don't cost a bundle, but they come with one now

Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2008 - 11:50 AM |
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If you pick up an AMD Phenom before the end of the year, you should get a nice surprise along with it.  The Inquirer has heard of a deal with Serif to provide either their photo editing software or their movie editing software for free with the purchase of a Phenom.  If you are thinking about setting up a PC that will be doing either of those tasks, or even just want to upgrade your processor by a bit, you are looking at a great deal, perfectly timed to help you save yo

Source: The Inquirer

Divergent species

Subject: Mobile | November 11, 2008 - 04:29 PM |
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ASUS has two very different schools of thought when it comes to mobile computing.  On the one hand you have the tiny little Eee PC, which pares down everything it can in the name of extended battery life and lower weight.  Then there is the gaming laptop, like the ASUS G50V series.  Built purely for power, with little thought given to overall weight and battery life.  The mode

I'm sorry, your brain's current driver is incompatible with the NIA

Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2008 - 03:29 PM |
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After a few revisions and a drop to a more reasonable price, OCZ's Neural Impulse Actuator is still around, but not many people have picked one up.  Legit Reviews decide it was time to flex their mental muscles to see if the NIA had changed much and to give them an excuse to make faces at their computer.  They came away with the feeling that while some may excel at using the NIA fo

A powerful example of design

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 11, 2008 - 03:01 PM |
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A lot has been said about Enermax over the years, as the quality of their products have undergone some changes, recently the talk has been about the Enermax Revolution series.  AnandTech's review of the Enermax Revolution 85+ High Efficiency PSU shows that the company is currently on an upswing.  The only times this unit dipped below 85% efficiency were when it was under 1000W of load on 120VAC or less, fed on 230VAC it didn't hit the 85% until almost 1200W load.  Add the ability to provid

Source: AnandTech

Hey! That's no virus

Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2008 - 02:47 PM |
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If you are running AVG anti-virus software on one or more of your PCs, do not believe it when it identifies user32.dll as a virus.  You really, really want to keep that file.  Seeing "Illegal system DLL relocation" will really spoil your day.  Slashdot has a lot of conversation about this, as does the AVG forums, and a fix should be quickly forthcoming.  In the meantime, if you have allowed it to and your system is no longer functioning, you can

Source: Slashdot