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Subject: Graphics Cards | January 23, 2009 - 02:12 AM | Ryan Shrout
A quick little shout out to a sponsor of ours - it looks like the small-time player in the US market is playing catch up, and fast, with a new deal entering retail chain Microcenter.
Galaxy Expands Retail Business with Partnership with Microcenter
Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2009 - 05:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan. 22, 2009 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today reported fourth quarter 2008 revenue from continuing operations of $1.162 billion. Fourth quarter 2008 revenue decreased 35 percent compared to the third quarter of 2008 and 33 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2007. Fourth quarter 2008 revenue was down 28 percent sequentially, excluding third quarter 2008 process technology license revenue of $191 million.
In the fourth quarter of 2008, AMD reported a net loss of $1.424 billion, or $2.34 per share.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 22, 2009 - 03:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BFG has a pair of new PSUs, the MX Series which comes in 550W and 680W flavours. Neither one is very expensive for a high end PSU, quite a bargain for a pair of PSUs that came away from [H]ard|OCP's torture testing with a Gold and Silver award respectively, with the Gold going to the 550W model. They are unique in using Forepoint designs for
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 22, 2009 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As long as your wallet can handle a $500 hit, your PSU can handle a 450W drain, and your CPU or RAM isn't going to offer a bottleneck, you are probably thinking fondly of the GTX 295. Bjorn 3D took a little time before releasing their review of the BFG GTX 295, comparing it against some of nVIDIA and AMD's finest, including SLI and a second GTX 295 to see how BFG's offering fares. When able, they also enable PhysX on the card to see what impact t
Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2009 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The bumpy ride downhill for the IT industry has picked up a little more speed today. Slashdot has linked to three very similar stories of woe for three major tech players. Microsoft is going to spend the next 18 months laying off up to 5,000 employees, with no specifics on where these jobs will be lost.
As we saw yesterday afternoon, Intel is shutting down two elderly U.S.
Subject: Mobile | January 21, 2009 - 06:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At 635g and 279mm x 199.8mm x 23.6mm, the Sony VAIO Pocket is one of the smaller Atom based UMPCs available. Don't let the small size fool you, it has 2GB DDR2 and a 60GB HDD or 64GB SSD for storage which will help it run Vista at an acceptable speed. All in all, apart from the bill you will get from Sony for any repairs; this will give you a fair amount of mobile power without the hernia. Hardware Zone's claims of it being a total chick magnet may be a bit exaggerated though.
Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2009 - 05:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 21, 2009 - Intel Corporation today disclosed plans to restructure some of its manufacturing operations and align its manufacturing capacity to current market conditions. The company will consolidate and streamline some older capacity without impacting the deployment of new, leading-edge 45-nanometer and 32-nanometer manufacturing capacity.
The company plans to close two existing assembly test facilities in Penang, Malaysia and one in Cavite, Philippines, and will halt production at Fab 20, an older 200mm wafer fabrication facility in Hillsboro, Ore.
Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2009 - 01:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are a graphics professional, you have probably had your eyes on the Wacom Cintiq, and if you have just started in on the idea of tablets, you are more likely to be looking at the Graphire. For those who have graduated from the Graphire, but aren't ready to invest in a Cintiq, there is the Intuos. MaximumCPU tried out the tablet, pen and mouse, so drop by for a look.
Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2009 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD has reduced the price of its quad-core Phenom II X4 940 and 920 CPUs from US$275 and US$235 to US$225 and US$195 in thousand-unit tray quantities, respectively.
In addition to reducing the price of current CPUs, AMD also plans to launch the Phenom II X4 950 in the second quarter with a core frequency of 3.1GHz.
AMD commented that the price drop provides consumers products with a better price/performance ratio.
Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2009 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is an undead monster in the closet which is having some serious issues. For quite a while now, the license to the Ghostbusters franchise has been possessed by a number of different companies, each sucking a little more life out of it, either doing nothing with it, or worse, by releasing pathetic games or. Now unless Atari can trap the spirit of the game it may never be anything but a phantom release. Ars Technica has details on the whole sordid story.
Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2009 - 11:29 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel still isn't saying that they will be taking a loss, but they aren't suggesting it will be a positive quarter either. The Register's coverage suggests that Intel employees are worried about job security at this point, and are advocating a solution like AMD has recently adopted; salary cuts for everyone.
Subject: Systems | January 20, 2009 - 04:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For just over $200 you can get your hands on the Thermaltake DH-101 VF7001BNS, an HTPC case with the styling you would expect from Thermaltake. Not only is it pretty on the outside, there was plenty of room inside to fit a HD 2900XT. Motherboards.org takes you through their whole experience, from unboxing to final assembly in their review.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 20, 2009 - 01:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The reason the Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro has a 14 in it's name is thanks to the 140mm fan providing the airflow on this enormous heatsink. The sheer size, 140mmx140mmx30mm may prevent it from working in some cases and it's 800g weight will want a solid mount. Join Overclockers Club in admiring the performance and the lack of noise from ThermalTa
Subject: Storage | January 20, 2009 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The USB flash drive has a competitor with the release of OCZ's Throttle 32GB eSATA drive. It may look like your every day thumb drive, but this one plugs into a powered eSATA port. If you wonder how that might affect your day, consider that Legit Reviews tested the drive by copying 29.3GB worth of files onto the Throttle and an OCZ ATV usb drive and then copied them back.
Subject: General Tech | January 20, 2009 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Our next virtual Chicken Little is Conficker, a voracious and evolving worm spreading thanks to unpatched Windows systems. Unfortunately for those responsible people who have patched their systems, it can still infect you via an infected USB drive and a little time to brute force your password. If you are infected, you may not notice as the little bugger is being polite, for the moment. Slashdot's story covers the invetible outcome, at some point this worm is going to go active as a
Subject: Motherboards | January 19, 2009 - 06:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fans on MSI motherboards may be interested to read about their new Click BIOS, a UEFI BIOS which allows the use of a mouse, among other things. It has taken until Vista x64 SP1 to make a Windows machine work with a UEFI BIOS, previously only found in Apples. The MSI P45D3 Platinum is the first motherboard to feature this BIOS, head over and take a look.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 19, 2009 - 02:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lee recently finished reviewing the Antec Signature Series 850W PSU, and gave it an Editors Choice Award thanks to Antec's incredibly well done design. 850W total, with four +12V delivering up to 65A combined load
and four PCI-E connectors will ensure even high end gamers with multiple graphics cards will not run out of power. The total power of the unit isn't it's only
Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2009 - 01:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS has released another Xonar audio card, this time the $200 Essence STX. Some serious hardware has gone into this card, which goes beyond the quality expected by a gamer and heads more into the realm of the audiophile. Tweaktown feels this card would be much happier living in an HTPC syst
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 19, 2009 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's a fair jump for the graphics core to go from 648MHz to 702MHz, the stream processor from 1.476GHz to 1.584GHZ and the memory from 2.484GHz to 2.646GHz, but that is exactly what EVGA did with their GeForce GTX 285 SSC Edition. Even more impressive is [H]ard|OCP's final numbers when they try overclocking this card even further. Architecturally the GTX 285 does not really differ from the 280 it replaced, but the die shrink has really opened up the maximum clock speeds. Read