The AMD 790GX chipset pops up to surprise us

Subject: Chipsets | April 16, 2008 - 12:19 PM |

I saw a post on Fudzilla that shows the first shots of a motherboard based on the AMD 790GX chipset - a product that hasn't really made its official introduction yet.  The chipset offers most of the features of the 790FX chipset but with the added benefit of having integrated graphics on it as well; slightly better than the 780G platform that we were initially pretty impressed with. 

ASUS Eee PC 900 series gets official

Subject: Mobile | April 16, 2008 - 12:09 PM |

It has been no secret that ASUS was releasing a new version of the Eee PC with a 9" screen (or nearly 9") and other changes.  Well today ASUS made the announcement official even though the product won't be available in the channel for a bit longer. 


Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2008 - 12:06 PM |

Fallout 3 screenshots thanks to [H]ard|OCP!

Go!  Why read about the return of Dogmeat, feral ghouls, supermutants without a leg to stand on and your birthday party?  You would be much happier looking at the pictures.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Folding@Home GPU2 Client

Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2008 - 11:46 AM |

Folding@Home is certain leading in innovation when it comes to distributed computing.  The PS3 turned out to be a great platform to Fold on, and then they added support to allow R600 cards from ATI to Fold as well.  There is now a beta version of the GPU2 client, the next generation in Folding on a GPU, which adds support for the newer cards and carries some optimizations as well.  ExtremeTech was told that the newer HD 3870 X2 is capable of handling more parallel streams than there are atoms in

Source: Extremetech

VIA ARTiGO Pico-ITX Kit Highlighted at ESC Silicon Valley Keynote

Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2008 - 11:20 AM |

San Jose, California, 16 April 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of embedded silicon and platform technologies, today announced that the VIA ARTiGO Pico-ITX builder kit has been selected as the platform for the Build Your Own Embedded System track, a new hands-on embedded system development lab at Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley, taking place in San Jos

S3 Graphics Announces Ultra Energy-Efficient Embedded Multimedia Graphics Processor at ESC 2008

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 16, 2008 - 11:15 AM |

Fremont, California, April 16, 2008 - S3 Graphics today announced the S3 Graphics 4300E graphics processor for embedded markets, bringing the latest in HD video playback, graphics rendering, display connectivity, and power management to developers of gaming, digital signage and other multimedia intensive embedded applications.

The S3 Graphics 4300E will debut at Embedded Systems Conference, taking place at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California on April 15-18th, at the VIA booth (2110).

Source: S3 Graphics

Dell Now Offering Five Server Platforms Based on Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors

Subject: Systems | April 16, 2008 - 11:13 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 16, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) is now offering five server platforms based on high-performance, energy-efficient Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors. This news follows last week's announcement that Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors are generally available, and brings the number of available global OEM platforms based on the new processors to 13.

Source: AMD

Intel Posts Record First Quarter Revenue of $9.7 Billion

Subject: General Tech | April 15, 2008 - 05:48 PM |

    * Record Server Microprocessor Revenue

    * Revenue up 9 Percent Year-over-Year

    * Gross Margin up 4 Points Year-over-Year

    * Operating Income up 23 Percent Year-over-Year

    * Net Income $1.4 Billion; EPS 25 Cents

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 15, 2008 - Intel Corporation today announced record first-quarter revenue of $9.7 billion, operating income of $2.1 billion, net income of $1.4 billion and earnings per share (EPS) of 25 cents.

Introducing the First 1 Gigabyte HD 3870 Graphics Card

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 15, 2008 - 05:04 PM |

CHATSWORTH, CA - April 15, 2008 - Diamond Multimedia, a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications products, introduced today the 1 gigabyte, overclocked version of the ATI Radeon HD 3870 graphics card. This card offers maximum speed and power at an incredible value. Utilizing 55nm technology, this card runs cool and quiet.

The HD 3870 is a dual slot card, PCIE 2.0, with 1024MB of DDR3 memory and an overclocked speed of 825 MHz. The memory speed is 900 MHz.

Looks like an iBall to me

Subject: General Tech | April 15, 2008 - 03:17 PM |

The mStation 2.1 Stereo Orb
is about the size and shape of a bowling ball, but is an iPod dock with integral 2.1 stereo sound.  At Overclockers Online they were rather impressed by the quality of sound that it produced, as well as the inclusion of USB to allow the use of devices other than an iPod.  On the negative side, like most other iPo

Not just a direct port

Subject: Motherboards | April 15, 2008 - 01:09 PM |

The 780a chipset from nVIDIA has been a long time coming, but finally we are seeing some up for review.  The name implies that it is simply a re-do of the 780i chipset for AMD, but Hardware Secrets has found that a lot of work went into the chipset to make it more than that.  The ASUS M3N-HT Deluxe/Mempipe board looks physically similar to the 780i boards, with additional cooling around the memory and HybridSLI.  The features you would expect are there as well, PCI Express 2.0, solid state capacitors and Ex

My kernel; she is feeling much calmer now

Subject: Processors | April 15, 2008 - 12:07 PM |

Running Linux makes living at the edge of technology even more frustrating fun, as your kernel may react quite hysterically to hardware it has never met before.  Such was the case with the Phenom 9500, until Ubuntu upgraded to 8.04.   The Opteron 2356 has had a smoother entrance, with PowerNow!

Source: Phoronix

I don't think they quite get it

Subject: General Tech | April 15, 2008 - 11:54 AM |

AT&T has, for some bizarre reason, created a web browser and called it Pogo.  Pogo wants a 1.6GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and a video card with at least 256MB of VRAM.   Crysis only wants a C2D 2.0GHz or an Athlon 2800+, 1GB RAM and 256MB VRAM.  So you have a browser that is almost as resource intense as Crysis, which is capable of crippling any machine going right now.

Source: Ars Technica

With the 0dB ASUS EN9600GT SILENT, "Noiseless Gaming" Never Sounded So Good

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 15, 2008 - 11:30 AM |

FREMONT, CA (April 15, 2008) -  ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today released the ASUS EN9600GT SILENT/HTDI/512M graphics card. Incorporating our latest thermal solution - the V-Cool Heatsink, which features the V-Engine concept and Intercooler technology, the EN9600GT SILENT is the perfect solution for users who want a quiet system that doesn't compromise performance. This exclusive innovation guarantees an absolutely quiet operating environment, and an efficient means of heat dissipation, resulting in extraordinarily stable performance.

Source: ASUS

Lian-Li's new blow hard

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 14, 2008 - 05:44 PM |

The Lian-Li Armorsuit PC-P60 sports some serious intake capability with three 80mm fans on the front that draw in air over your drives.  It is also very spacious, allowing you to fit in the larger graphics cards that need that type of cooling if you move the hard drive cage a bit.  Unfortunately, it sports a price to match it's features, but techPowerUp

Source: techPowerUp!

A swing ... and a miss

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2008 - 02:49 PM |

AMD has recently turned their team, that used to be ATI, into a much more productive part of their business.  The HD3870 X2 proved very powerful and affordable for enough consumers that it is considered a success.  Add the flexible CrossfireX into the picture and things start to look rosy for AMD's graphics.  Then we start to see cracks, specifically the

Supersized portable storage, with extras

Subject: Storage | April 14, 2008 - 01:51 PM |

The Western Digital 160GB Passport offers you 160Gb of portable storage, at an affordable price.  The drawback compared to solid state drives is the relative fragility of the drive.  BCCHardware found the external shell is very easily breakable, but the fact that this uses platters to hold the data makes it very vulnerable to impact.  There is also a large number of pre-installed utilities that may be a positive or a neg

Source: BCCHardware

NVIDIA GPU implementation of PhysX nearly here

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2008 - 01:02 PM |

When NVIDIA purchased AGEIA at the beginning of February, we saw many ways in which NVIDIA could use the technology to their advantage.  Obviously their main goal is to get the PhysX engine up and running on NVIDIA's GPUs using CUDA; NVIDIA's C-like programming model for their GPUs.  This will allow gamers to run PhysX-enabled games (there still aren't many) on NVIDIA graphics cards rather than those poorly accepted dedicated PhysX cards. 

Source: TG Daily

AMD Phenom X4 9950 to dissipate 140W

Subject: Processors | April 14, 2008 - 12:56 PM |

The Phenom X4 9850 processor that was recently released was a good processor despite the fact that it used a lot of power compared to Intel's competitively priced quad-core processors.  According to this report only one more 65nm Phenom quad-core processor, the 9950, but that it will push out more than 140W of power to get to its target 2.6 GHz clock rate.  That's pretty damn hot and I imagine tha

Source: fastlanehw

Blockbuster to buy Circuit City: Um, what?

Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2008 - 12:51 PM |

I think most people will have my first reaction when reading this headline, but Blockbuster is indeed making a bid to purchase Circuit City.  Why?  So that they can become the "most convenient source for media entertainment."   Uh, sure....

Source: 3DCenter