NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT: G94 Arrives Early

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 17, 2008 - 06:45 PM |
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An interesting package hit my door step yesterday and in it were two graphics cards of unknown origin.  Well, not completely unknown since I bought them from a PC Perspective Forums member, but their REAL origin is a mystery.  Why the secrets?  Turns out these cards unreleased GeForce 9600 GT cards.  No, really.  And yeah, I just BOUGHT them. 

OCZ Technology Announces New PC2-8000 4GB Platinum Edition Memory

Subject: Memory | January 17, 2008 - 06:36 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA - January 17, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the PC2-8000 Platinum Edition 4GB dual channel kit, designed to boost the performance of mainstream gaming systems. These new 2GB modules are the ultimate upgrade for entry-level enthusiasts seeking an exceptional overclocking kit at a price point that suits all budgets.

Apple's special treatment

Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2008 - 05:31 PM |
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Back when the Steve-anator tried releasing Apple TV, and it turned out that there was a unique Intel chip inside, made specifically for Apple?  Well, it turns out that even with the failure of Apple TV, Intel was more than happy to custom make a C2D processor that is 60% smaller than any other.  See what it looks like over at AnandTech.

Source: AnandTech

AMD Posts a Whopper Loss

Subject: Processors | January 17, 2008 - 05:11 PM |
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Don't let the first three lines of the linked Business Wire fool you.  AMD took it in the pants this last quarter.  The bottom line is that AMD announced $1.77 billion in revenues, which is a record.  They also recorded $1.772 billion in losses.  Yes...

Source: AMD

AMD Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual Results

Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2008 - 05:09 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan. 17, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported fourth quarter 2007 revenue of $1.770 billion, an 8 percent increase compared to the third quarter of 2007 and flat compared to the fourth quarter of 2006.  In the fourth quarter of 2007, AMD reported a net loss of $1.772 billion, or $3.06 per share, and an operating loss of $1.678 billion.  Fourth quarter net loss included charges of $1.675 billion, or $2.89 per share, of which $1.669 billion were operating charges.  The non-cash portion of the fourth quarter charges was $1.606 billion.

Source: AMD

Ray Tracing and Gaming - One Year Later

Subject: Processors | January 17, 2008 - 04:15 PM |
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In case some of you guys aren't checking out the RSS feeds of our articles or just skip over the icons above, I really need to make sure you see the new ray tracing article from Daniel Pohl.  As a follow up to Daniel's previous article that first introduced ray tracing to our readers, this newest iteration dives into some examples of how ray tracing can be more efficient than rasterization when it come to rendering games. 

The short answer is ...

Subject: Processors | January 17, 2008 - 02:50 PM |
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Not without a TEC or LOX setup.

Extremetech found overclocking the Phenom 9600 to be difficult and unpredictable.  They were unable to get more than 200MHz above the spec speed, and even then it sounds like there were difficulties encounter.  About the only thing they could count on was a big jump in the heat produced by the chip.

Source: Extremetech

Great board, if only there was something comparable to put in it

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 17, 2008 - 01:55 PM |
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The ASUS AM3A32-MVP Deluxe is the latest AMD 790FX chipset based motherboard for AM2 and AM2+ chips.  Still only supporting DD2 up to 1066MHz, but with a new total count of 4 PCI-Express x16 slots and new heatpipes, there is more to this board than you might first think.  As [H]ard|OCP laments in their conclusions, it's hard to justify picking this boa

Source: [H]ard|OCP

"build a high quality aluminum case with basically a hacksaw and a file"

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 17, 2008 - 12:44 PM |
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Instead of tossing old cases, the folks at MektuMod like to disembowel cases and remake them to their own bizarre ideals.  This time the victim was a small defenseless Antec Sonata II case, which had custom lighting, watercooling and a pair of 8800GTXs inside by the time they were done with it

Source: MetkuMods

The router of all evil

Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2008 - 12:00 PM |
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It is taken as a fact that there are thousands of miles of dark fiber in the ground, and that the only time the wiring needs to be updated is the last 10 feet to the house.  There is another problem though, as the dark fiber gets turned on, the data passing through the aging routers expands beyond what they were designed to cope with.  Ars Technica looks at the current problems; from Moore's Law as it relates to the price of routers, the speed of RAM, and the solution proposed long

Source: Ars Technica

New and improved NAS actually new and improved

Subject: Storage | January 16, 2008 - 05:25 PM |
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The Thecus N5200PRO is a NAS server with an Ultra Low Voltage Intel 1.5GHz CeleronM and 512MB of DDR and it supports supports multiple RAID volumes on one system, and they can even be iSCSI.  There are a few more nice features, like an LCD display that shows you the IP address of the NAS, along with other data and support for modules, which are small installable programs, often created by other users of the N5200PRO. 

Getting the most from your graphics

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 16, 2008 - 02:32 PM |
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One of the quickest ways to spend a good chunk of money every paycheque is to upgrade your video card every time the factory overclocked version gets a bump of a few MHz.  It doesn't have to be that way, it isn't that difficult or expensive to do it yourself.  Of course any time you overclock you run into the possibility of killing the part you are pushing beyond spec.  If that risk doesn't deter you, CPU3D has just released a new graphics overclocking guide.  Start your first overclocking project, or

Source: CPU3D

At least we still have the bug fixes

Subject: General Tech | January 16, 2008 - 01:40 PM |
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Tech Spot tried out the new 1.1 patch for Crysis, with the hope that the performance improvements for SLI/Crossfire rigs would blow them away.  As it turns out they barely felt a soft breeze.  Check out the benchmarks in their full review.

Source: Tech Spot

Win their place in the show

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 16, 2008 - 11:54 AM |
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While many winners of CES 2008 have been announced, Think Computers makes a strong case that ASUS won that particular horse race.  The gallery of pictures that we have seen of ASUS' booth show off a lot of new products most of which seem very interesting.  The spread of new laptops is impressive, and the improvements to SplashTop have put them a length ahead.  There are also new motherboards, sound cards and even cell phones and GPS units to be seen.  We can only hope that the enginee

Intel 45nm parts pushed back until Feb/March

Subject: Processors | January 16, 2008 - 11:53 AM |
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Yesterday I pointed to a story that talked about Intel's mobile 45nm Penryn processors being delayed and today it seems like the inevitable happened - talks of the desktop parts being late are surfacing. 

Digitimes is reporting that Core 2 Extreme QX9770 processor, the one we reviewed recently with the 1600 MHz FSB, is going from a January release to February or March.

DO WANT!

Subject: General Tech | January 16, 2008 - 11:41 AM |
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Yesterday Ryan posted a link to movie of a projector in a very unique and talented casing and whose remote control was no less recognizable.  Today, Tech Knowledge follows that clip up with the detailed specs, including

USB ports, a card reader, ports for PS3 and a 3G+ compatible iPod dock, with support to project the video onto a nearby surface in 1024x768 XGA.  It also sports 5.1 HC Dolby Digital and a host of other inputs and output formats!

AMD to push the RS780 chipset into China

Subject: Chipsets | January 16, 2008 - 11:39 AM |
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Digitimes seems to think that AMD is delaying the release of the RS780 chipset due to delays in the driver for Hybrid CrossFire.  To counter the delay they are going to release it in China first, where apparently no one cares...?

Source: Digitimes

How Microsoft will lose to Apple

Subject: Editorial | January 16, 2008 - 02:56 AM |
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Just a quick note about something that just rubs me the wrong way, I'll setup a scenario.  You are a Vista user, you are listening to some MP3s in Windows Media Player.  You are having a great time.  Time to leave, so just close WMP and off you go...but wait, why is the music still playing?



http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938415

My motherboard can phase change

Subject: Motherboards | January 15, 2008 - 06:01 PM |
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Gigabyte has introduced their newest feature for motherboards, Dynamic Energy Saver, which switches power phases on or off, on the fly.  With a high end 12 phase motherboard, you can expect to see idle mode running as if it were a three phase board.  Tweaktown explains DES in more detail here, and if you want an example of what the power consumption of a DES board is like, check out their review of the

Source: TweakTown

Intel Posts Record Quarterly Revenue

Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2008 - 05:51 PM |
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2007 Operating Income $8.2 Billion, up 45 Percent

    * Fourth-Quarter Revenue $10.7 Billion, up 10.5 Percent Year-over-Year

    * Gross Margin 58 Percent, up 8.5 Points Year-over-Year

    * Operating Income $3 Billion, up 105 Percent Year-over-Year

    * Record Microprocessor and Chipset Units and Revenue

    * Net Income $2.3 Billion; EPS 38 Cents