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

Sales cease on Dell 3008WFP 30-incher

Subject: Displays | April 14, 2008 - 12:48 PM |

Well, don't I feel foolish for buying a 30" monitor that now has a "technical issue" and has been removed from Dell's website?  I wonder how long it will take for people to revolt and want an exchange for all the existing 3008WFP monitors...

Source: engadget

What rhymes with Eee?

Subject: Mobile | April 14, 2008 - 12:20 PM |

If you are looking for a second opinion on the new ASUS Eee that comes with Windows XP, drop by The Tech Report.  Otherwise, if you skipped Ryan's review of it, go read that one first and then head to The Tech Report.  For good or for bad, the hardware layout of the Eee XP is unchanged from the original, the only difference is that it is running XP, not Linux.  If you looked longingly at the original, but were scared off by the commitment learning a bit of Linu

Monday morning pop quiz

Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2008 - 12:00 PM |

Ars Technica has two questions you should try to answer in your own mind before heading to read their full article on the supposed exaflood that should be choking the internet soon.  The story that everyone should panic because the net won't be able to handle the flood of data is not new, the only thing that changes is the app that will supposedly cause it's downfall.  Currently the predicted murder is video transfers over P2P software.  There is straw involved with P2P, but is it th

Source: Ars Technica

If you stare into the circuit diagram long enough ...

Subject: General Tech | April 11, 2008 - 06:01 PM |

Technology is bad for your mind; would you ever run into this hanging out with non-technical minds?  Can you even begin to explain why it's so funny to someone who didn't get it right away?  Is there any enthusiast that you know off that isn't able to explain their favorite processor to use when dabbling in the dark arts of overclocking, up to and including the difference between non-Black and Black Editions of Athlons, and who is

Trying out the 750i chipset

Subject: Motherboards | April 11, 2008 - 02:33 PM |

MSI's P7N SLI Platinum motherboard is based on nVIDIA's 750i SLI chipset, with a 430i SPP.  [H]ard|OCP found that overclocking this board was a little tricky, it is rather choosy about the combinations it will run stably with, but it is rewarding with a 1900MHz FSB being reachable as well as the memory being able to hit 1275MHz.  This

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The grand piano of HTPC cases

Subject: Systems | April 11, 2008 - 01:14 PM |

CPU3D has been working with the Thermaltake Mozart VC4001SNS HTPC Chassis, the newest version in the Mozart line.  With the same style that you would expect from previous members of this line, the case will easily blend into a component cabinet, and the quality is in line with Thermaltake's other offerings.  It is big enough to fit full ATX boards, so the sky is the limit when you are picking up the parts to build an HTPC machine.  Pick up the Media Lab model and you will get a VFD front display, remote con

Source: CPU3D

Phil Hester of AMD Resigns

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 11, 2008 - 01:09 PM |

Phil Hester joined AMD in its heyday in 2005.  Three years later he has now resigned.  Hester was the CTO of AMD, and the company is claiming that they will not be replacing him with anyone.  While a company such as this really can't survive without a CTO, likely his duties will be given over to another current management member.  Who that member will be?  Hard to say, as guys like Dirk are rather busy.

Source: AMD

264" of TN displays

Subject: Displays | April 11, 2008 - 12:08 PM |

A full dozen 22" TN monitors are up for review in the second installment of X-Bit Labs 22" LCD round up.  Prices for a decent 22" wide screen gaming LCD have hit the $300 mark, a far cry from what they were a year ago.  It also helps that you can pick up a graphics card that can handle 1680x1050 in most games for about the same price.  Read on to get an idea of the state of the market for those looking to game on a wide screen LCD.

Source: X-Bit Labs

"We're going to open a can of whoop ass"

Subject: General Tech | April 11, 2008 - 11:56 AM |

nVIDIA's CEO Jen-sun Huang came out gunning after Intel yesterday in an impassioned speech aimed at Intel's claims that rasterization is not scalable and that nVIDIA's future products will not be able to complete with Larrabee.  That isn't all that was announced by nVIDIA, they have plans for a system on a chip as well as partnering with VIA to create a sub $45 platform to take on Intel's Atom processor.  You can read a lot about what Jen-sun said at AnandTech and hear even more about it and our take on

Source: AnandTech

VIA's Isaiah not up to Intel Atom in thermal powers

Subject: Processors | April 10, 2008 - 10:40 PM |

According a friend of a friend of a friend, or rather The Inquirer reporting on a subscription-based article from Microprocessor Report, Intel's Atom processor is going to better than VIA's Isaiah processor in terms of power dissipation.  Nothing is mentioned in terms of performance, but in UMPCs that fit in your pocket the power consumption is really more important we think.

Source: The Inquirer

PSU vendor Ultra sues just about everyone

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 10, 2008 - 07:01 PM |

Ah, the legal system...how I loath it...and the patent system too I guess.  Apparently Ultra has a patent on using modular cables in a consumer computer - not on modular cables, though, just on USING them in this application.  Sigh.  And so, the lawyers come out flying suing:

Source: Daily Tech

AMD Phenom X4 9850 and motherboard issues

Subject: Motherboards | April 10, 2008 - 06:56 PM |

It would seem that not all is well in the world of AMD's newest processors, the Phenom X4 9850Apparently quite a few people are finding that their motherboards based on the 780G and 770 chipsets, also from AMD, might not support the power levels that the X4 9850 and Athlon X2 6400+ require.

Source: General