AMD Leaks New Graphics Card Models

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 11, 2007 - 10:59 AM |
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You have to love it when the company itself is responsible for information leak as is the case here.  It appears that AMD put in the names for a few unannounced graphics cards in the driver release files of Catalyst 7.9. 

The latest driver revision, numbered 7.9, includes fixes for all
versions of Windows as well as specific improvements related to Enemy
Territory: Quake Wars, the demo for which is out this week.

Source: The Inquirer

No More Designed by NVIDIA Motherboards?

Subject: Motherboards | September 11, 2007 - 10:53 AM |
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In a rather confusing news post, Digitimes seems to be reporting that NVIDIA's Drew Henry has said the "Designed by NVIDIA" motherboard program is going to come to an end.  I don't know if the reasoning behind this is anger from the Taiwan-based motherboard makers that have taken the time to design their own boards or just a lack of sales with partners like EVGA, XFX and BFG. 

Source: Digitimes

OCZ Technology Group Unveils World's First Intel Extreme Memory Modules

Subject: Memory | September 10, 2007 - 03:48 PM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. September 10, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group (LSE: OCZ), a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced production of the industry's first Intel Extreme Memory modules, a new memory solution that implements a high-performance specification optimized and predefined for the impending Intel X38 chipset.

RadiSys Enters into Agreement to Acquire Intel's Modular Communications Platforms ATCA, cPCI, &

Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2007 - 02:42 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 10, 2007 - RadiSys Corporation and Intel Corporation today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for Intel to sell certain assets of its modular communications platforms business to RadiSys. The acquisition will further RadiSys' global leadership position in ATCA platforms and solutions for telecommunication equipment manufacturers worldwide and is expected to close in September, subject to normal closing conditions.

Even more monitors

Subject: Displays | September 10, 2007 - 02:40 PM |
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X-Bit Labs is on a roll. In their latst batch of monitor reviews, number 4 in a long series, they compare 20" 13 LCD monitors, covering widescreen and regular sized, cheap entry level and the more expensive side.  You can see just how important Response Time Compensation is, and differences between VA, TN, S-IPS and the other matrices that LCDs are built with now.

Source: X-Bit Labs

RAID: not just for bugs

Subject: Storage | September 10, 2007 - 01:39 PM |
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The first time you encounter them, RAIDs can seem a bit overwhelming, from having to buy two or more HDDs to figuring out the types 1 or 5 or 0+1, and then people start asking about stripe sizing.   AnandTech can give you some help figuring it all out, and get you started on building your own array, be it for safety, speed, or a bit of both.

Source: AnandTech

AMD's new graphics card lines

Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2007 - 12:10 PM |
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DigiTimes has a story on two new graphics chips that AMD is working on, though AMD has no comment on them, as is usual.  If the information is correct, the die will be shrunk to 55nm, and it will be DX10.1 and PCI Express 2.0 compliant.  The odd thing about this news is that there is no talk of a new high end graphics card to compete with nVIDIA's 8800GTX and Ultras, and we are starting to hear rumours about nVIDIA's new series already.

Source: Digitimes

Intel Updates Third-Quarter Revenue and Gross Margin Expectations

Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 10, 2007 - As a result of stronger than expected worldwide demand for its computing products, Intel Corporation now expects revenue for the third quarter to be between $9.4 billion and $9.8 billion as compared to the previous range of $9.0 billion to $9.6 billion.

The gross margin percentage for the third quarter is expected to be in the upper half of the previous range of 52 percent plus or minus a couple of points. All other expectations are unchanged.

AMD Introduces the World's Most Advanced x86 Processor

Subject: Processors | September 10, 2007 - 12:50 AM |
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AMD is officially taking the wraps off the new Barcelona, native quad-core processors today; at least for the server market.  First, head on up and read over my Barcelona preview article then you can check out the AMD PR below: 

AMD Introduces the World's Most Advanced x86 Processor, Designed for the Demanding Datacenter


Quad-Core AMD OpteronTM processors Deliver Breakthrough  Performance-Per-Watt


Sunnyvale, Calif. - Sept.

No problem, mon

Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2007 - 06:10 PM |
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When members of PC Perspective need some portable computing power on the go, do they prefer a BlackBerry, or a PDA.  Let us know which, and why ... and also what you would do if you can access all of the internet, except for the one particular page you want to visit

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Something to do on Monday night

Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2007 - 02:34 PM |
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Get your reflexes and team spirit ready, the Quake Wars demo comes out on Monday.  We don't know exactly what you will be missing graphics-wise, but apparently it should be perfectly playable on a 9800 or equivalent graphics card.  Check out The Tech Report for the links you will want to bookmark.

iFury

Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2007 - 01:27 PM |
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In what seems to be a move to divert the rage of early adopters of the iPhone with something new and shiny, Apple has released the iPod touch ...

Improving non-conductive fluid

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 7, 2007 - 11:57 AM |
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When we first started seeing non-conductive fluids being sold for watercooling setups, the advantages seemed obvious.  Unfortunately, the first products to hit the market were very expensive, didn't cool as well as water, and some even proved to be able to conduct electricity.  PC Apex has revisited the non-conductive coolant market to see how it has improved.

Source: PCApex

A perfect Storm

Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2007 - 11:42 AM |
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The Storm Worm that  has been driving security folks up the wall recently has reached a point where it is much more powerful than any supercomputer out there.  It has become the largest zombified PC grid in history, which offers the creator an incredible amount of raw power to do whatever..  It looks like they are playing with it now, so they may well have an idea what it is they want to do.  Check out more about this story at Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot

AMD Details Strategic Open Source Graphics Driver Development Initiative

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 7, 2007 - 11:12 AM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif -- September 7, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced a major strategic initiative to support the Open Source development community for ATI Radeon graphics processors. The week of September 10th, AMD plans to provide an open source information and development package supporting the ATI Radeon HD 2000 series as well as ATI Radeon X1000 series of graphics processing units (GPU) on Linux desktops. To accelerate this initiative, AMD partnered with Novell’s SuSE Linux engineering team.

Source: AMD

AMD to Webcast Most Anticipated Premiere Event

Subject: Processors | September 6, 2007 - 07:00 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Sept. 6, 2007 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today
announced that it will hold its Premiere Event for the launch of the
Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor at approximately 6:30 pm Pacific
Time (9:30 pm ET) on Monday, Sept.

Source: AMD

Heavy duty Blackbird

Subject: Systems | September 6, 2007 - 06:30 PM |
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Hewlett Packard has released a very powerful machine that stems from VoodooPC.  The Blackbird 002's components are hugely modifiable, allowing an AMD X2 or you can go with an Intel C2D or Quad, and the other components are just as customizable.  There is a completely self contained watercooling system inside of it, and installation of all components are totally tool-less.

Plus, the case is able to support 600 pounds ... just cause.

Source: Email

Why should FPS player get all the good toys?

Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2007 - 05:17 PM |
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The SteelSeries Steelkeys 6G Professional Gaming Keyboard is very similar to a basic Danish keyboard, as opposed to being a total workover of a US style one.  With 18K gold plated key switches, each rated for 60 million clicks, this keyboard will not fail you when trying to manage your bases and armies in a RTS game, and the ability to process 8 simultaneous clicks offers an interesting advantage.