It's about time

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2008 - 11:48 AM |
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After all the ridiculousness that Creative has been displaying, they are finally showing some sense.  With the troubles that Vista caused their X-Fi driver team, which inconvenienced a lot of users, they totally dropped the ball on the Linux drivers.  It has been just over a year since the initial release and there has not been a properly working driver in all of that time.  Finally Creative has open sourced the driver, which means no one will be sued for making it work properly, unlike a certain Windows driver. 

Source: Phoronix

So, about that second HD 4850 X2

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2008 - 05:24 PM |
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If you are pondering picking up a pair of the new HD4850X2's as opposed to a single HD4780X2, you may want to visit Tweaktown.  They tested a pair in Crossfire and the results were not exactly encouraging.  There were some games which saw an improvement, but more saw the performance unchanged or even slightly degraded.  There is a good chance that updated drivers and game patches will at least ensure the experience is the same, but you may prefer to go with a m

Source: TweakTown

Voyeuristic overclocking

Subject: Processors | November 6, 2008 - 02:35 PM |
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Since the closest you can get to an i7 system is to read a review until Intel finally releases it in the not too distant future, you just can't overclock them yet.  That hasn't stopped reviewers from pushing these chips as hard as they can manage.  To get an idea what you can expect when you can finally buy one for yourself, drop by bit-tech and see how they made out.

Source: bit-tech

NVIDIA's 3D Glasses technology ready, monitors not so much

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2008 - 02:08 PM |
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We have been talking about NVIDIA's 3D technology for a while now as it has been on display in one form or another for over a year.  At the NVISION08 conference this year we got our hands on a near final version of the active glasses technology as well as Mitsubishi TVs and Viewsonic monitors that ran at the required 120 Hz rate.  According to Digitimes the glasses are just about ready, the drivers are as well but the lack of any low cost and widely available displays is holding up the process a bit.&nbsp

Source: Digitimes

Windows 7 to ditch Hybrid CrossFire and SLI?

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2008 - 02:00 PM |
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Did you like the idea of having both an integrated and discrete graphics solution your notebook with the ability to switch between them depending on your need for battery life or performance?  Yeah, me too.  Tough though - someone at Microsoft apparently has a stick up their ass and doesn't approve of the technology.  According to Engadget, Microsoft's Windows 7 will not offer native support for the technology and in fact dismisses all of it as "unstab

Source: engadget

Windows 7 will add performance for solid state drives

Subject: Storage | November 6, 2008 - 01:53 PM |
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At the WinHEC conference going on right now Microsoft is beginning to shed details on the features and improvements coming with Windows 7 sometime in late 2009.  Dailytech is reporting that Microsoft has been putting a new emphasis on the world of hardware for the OS by including a new "Device Stage" section of the OS that will allow users to easily access manuals, features and information about any piece of hardware attached to their system. 

NVIDIA and VIA put partnership on hold

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 6, 2008 - 01:24 PM |
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Back in June during this year's Computex show we reported on a brewing relationship between NVIDIA and VIA that partnered two companies together with a common enemy: Intel.  The idea at the time was to pair NVIDIA's mid-range GPUs with VIA's Nano processor, at the time the best low power processor option on the market, to create a cheap yet enticing low cost gaming platform.  However, once Intel's Atom processor came onto the scene and started gobbling up the marketshare VIA was attempting to get, the partnership quickly fell off the

Source: Digitimes

TOSHIBA INTRODUCES THE WORLD'S FIRST LAPTOPS WITH THREE NVIDIA GPUS

Subject: Mobile | November 6, 2008 - 01:21 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA—NOVEMBER 6, 2008 - When Toshiba set out to reset the bar for high performance gaming laptops and revamp its flagship gaming line, the company turned to NVIDIA for its expertise in visual computing. The combined efforts of both companies resulted in Toshiba's most powerful gaming laptop to date featuring the new highly integrated GeForce 9400M graphics processing unit (GPU) along with a pair of NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS enthusiast-class GPUs.

Source: NVIDIA

The new ASUS X58 board is a Marvell

Subject: Motherboards | November 6, 2008 - 12:33 PM |
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The list of features on the ASUS P6T Deluxe are incredible, official support for triple channel DDR3 up to 1333MHz and 3 PCI-Express x16 slots which will allow either SLI or Crossfire, your choice.  The new Marvell controller is also impressive, with a pair of gigabit NICs, 1 e-SATA and a pair of SAS capable SATA ports, on top of the 6 SATA ports from the Intel controller.  Once [H]ard|OCP got the new BIOS, the features were nearly overshadowed by the overclocking potential of th

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The second round of cuts

Subject: General Tech | November 6, 2008 - 11:40 AM |
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AMD announced in April that they would be reducing their workforce by 10%, or 1650 jobs.  Yesterday saw the second round of job cuts, with 500 people being let go from all but AMD's brand new 'The Foundry Company' in Dubai.  The Foundry Company's 3000 employees are supposedly safe, as they represent the fruition of the Asset Light program of AMDs.  One engineer will apparently missing being picked on by The Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

It's not just for gaming and databases

Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2008 - 06:30 PM |
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One of the biggest growth opportunities for PCs has been the recent surge of HTPCs and DVRs, which make TV and movies much more enjoyable thanks to time shifting and proper HD support.  Unfortunately, the extra features on these machines make them a little harder to control with a remote.  That's why products like the Vidabox Premium Wireless Keyboard are becoming a lot easier to get a hold of.  techPowerUp tried out this little wireless keyboard and it's trackball, so you don't have to buy it wi

Source: techPowerUp!

Just keep going and going ...

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 5, 2008 - 03:41 PM |
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The
Prestigio Power Bank 501 isn't a UPS and is a lot more flexible than most batteries.  It can pump out DC current in a variety of voltages ranging over 5, 6, 7.5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19 and a maximum of 3.5A.  It also comes with 8 adaptors, including USB, giving you a fair chance that whatever you need recharged will be compatible.  If you are sick of carrying around power bricks and wall warts plus various plugs and wires, you should check out the full review at InsideHW.

Source: InsideHW

Hydrobox, take 5

Subject: Systems | November 5, 2008 - 01:47 PM |
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Ever wish you could see more reviews of insanely powerful boxes that would break your bank account?  CPU3D, with the help of some sponsors has done just that.  Their Hydrobox V is a Gigabyte GA-EP45-Extreme, with an overclocked Q9650 @ 4.05GHz (9x450), 2Gb of Crucial Ballistix DDR3-2000 and two Gigabyte Radeon HD 4870X2s, plus some custom watercooling.  It falls just short of 40fps for Crysis at High Quality, x4 AA and x16 AF.

Source: CPU3D

Searching for a ship of the desert

Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2008 - 12:22 PM |
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The new Prince of Persia will differ significantly from the previous Dagger of Time.  Not only is there no Dagger of Time, the Prince has a very different cell shaded look to him, and he is searching for his donkey as opposed to a princess, father or other such standard plot conveniences.  At least the driving reason behind his search for Farah is that the donkey happens to be where he keeps all his loot.  Check out the preview at bit-tech.

Source: bit-tech

Quit your worrying already!

Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2008 - 12:05 PM |
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One of the favourite rumours for fear mongers to spread has been the discontinuation of either Win2K or XP.  That's made all the more easy to do thanks to Microsoft's continuing cycle of claiming to be discontinuing licensing and support, and then changing their mind and continuing to support the ageing OSes.  As The Inquirer reports, they have finally discontinued support a licensing for one of their legacy OSes ...

Source: The Inquirer

Willikers! Eets so big!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 4, 2008 - 05:31 PM |
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At about 4lbs (1900g) the Thermalright TRUE Copper is absolutely huge, there aren't any other retail heatsinks for PCs that you can pick up that are even close to it's size.  You would have to move to heatsinks for industrial use to find bigger, but how much more weight do you want on your fragile core anyways?  With a single 120mm fan, the TRUE copper topped the performance of the TRUE Black by 6 degrees.  Icrontic didn't try testing with a second fan, they were worried that the extra wei

Source: Icrontic

The many colours of EEE

Subject: Mobile | November 4, 2008 - 03:19 PM |
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The new EEE 901 comes in many colours, all of them with rather odd names like Infusion Sakura, Sweet Pea, Urban Metropolis, Peony White, Pearl White, Fine Ebony, Navy Blue and Chocolate Gold.  For those far more interested in what is inside, you can get either XP Home or GNU Linux.  Depending on which OS you choose the hardware varies slightly but you can always expect an SSD for storage, a 8.9" display, 1GB of DDR2 and an Atom N270.  R & B Mods liked the weight and battery life, but did find the

No more partial HD for you

Subject: Displays | November 4, 2008 - 02:44 PM |
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Two 1080p displays from BenQ the 22" E2200HD and the 24" E2400HD are both up for review at AnandTech.  Both models have DVI with HDCP support inputs along with HDMI and analog VGA.  Either will give you a nice crisp display at

Source: AnandTech

AMD finally delivers it's second twin

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 4, 2008 - 12:12 PM |
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At an MSRP of $400, the new HD4850 X2 sits right between the HD4870 and HD4870 X2 in price, and in performance as well.  The extra GPU really adds to the power of the HD4850 taking it past the it's bigger brother, though still not coming close to the HD4870 X2.  It is also possesses a rather interesting back plate; most might have expected a rear venting setup like most modern cards sport, the HD4850 X2 has four dual-link DVI connectors as well as a TV out.  Check out HEXUS' review here.

Source: Hexus

AMD's unofficial return shot

Subject: General Tech | November 4, 2008 - 11:45 AM |
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The day after Nehalem was set free from reviewers benches, a leak of information on Shanghai somehow made it into the hands of a Polish website and then onto the net where everyone could see it.  Of course, AMD is refraining from commenting on this leak and the products it talks about.  The timing seems a little suspicious, not that it matters to the enthusiast who is anxiously awaiting news of AMD's new parts.  The model numbers are higher, the feature list is long, so head to DigiTimes and dig in.

Source: Ars Technica