The good, the bad and the WTF?

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2008 - 11:52 AM |
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Ars Technica is already feeling nostalgic for 2008, so they have started the awards season off early with their 2008 Ovatio awards.  (That's a parade for a victorious general, by the way) The best and worst of 2008 are polished up and presented for you, covering the technologies, personalities and decisions that defined 2008 for the tech world.  Check it out and see if you agree and be reminded of things you have purposefully forgotten.

Source: Ars Technica

AMD Updates Fourth Quarter Outlook

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2008 - 11:22 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Dec. 04, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it expects revenue from continuing operations for the fourth quarter ended December 27, 2008 to be approximately 25 percent lower than third quarter 2008 revenue of $1.585 billion, not including process technology license revenue. The decrease is due to weaker than expected demand across all geographies and businesses, particularly in the consumer market.

AMD will report fourth quarter 2008 results after market close on January 22, 2009.

Source: AMD

The Guru's picks

Subject: Systems | December 3, 2008 - 06:36 PM |
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Head to the Guru of 3D to see their picks for the perfect Christmas system
Three tiers are covered, from the budget gamer to the powerhouse, and the prices you will pay for the systems vary accordingly.  As a handy bonus, each build has a target resolution to play games at, so you can also match your monitor to your system.  No point in building a system that plays best at 2560x1600 if your monitor can only manage 1680x1050!

Source: Guru of 3D

The third gift from our new sponsor

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2008 - 03:44 PM |
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PC Perspective's new sponsor, Galaxy Tech, has gone all out in providing us with some gifts for you, our members.  We've already given out a GeForce 9500 GT and a GeForce 9600 GT.  We're wrapping up the contest with the biggest prize, a 9800 GT, the winner of which will be announced Monday Dec 8th.  You don't have much time left so stop procrastinating! 

It's what everyone is talking about

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2008 - 03:34 PM |
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Certainly there have been quite a few SSD reviews over the past few months, but as the technology is quickly maturing, it is worth keeping a very close eye on.  As they improve, the read and write speeds keep climbing, leaving platter based storage in the dust.  For another look at just how far ahead these drives are, check out the review of the top three models at X-bit Labs.

Owning the lower end

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 3, 2008 - 01:27 PM |
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AMD's is utterly dominating the lower end, with the HD4650 nicely under $100, the HD4670 at about $100 and now the HD4830 at just a bit over $100, no matter how tight your budget you can get a card that supports HD playback and will give you

Source: Big Bruin

For the little psychotic kid in all of us

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2008 - 12:16 PM |
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GTA IV has arrived for the PC, allowing all those PC users who haven't picked up a console to see what all the fuss is about.  Eurogamer really enjoyed several features such as the music but what really impressed them was the 32 person multiplayer support.  Doubling the maximum amount of participants can totally change the multiplayer experience and a lot of console fans may pick the PC version up for that reason.  Read the other features that put a smile on their faces here

Source: Eurogamer

A real reason to head to the MSDN

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2008 - 11:45 AM |
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It's official, there will be a Windows 7 Beta disk for those attending the MSDN.  Follow the links from [H]ard|OCP to read the official story, as the DVD won't actually be in the bag.  According to one source, the DVD won't quite be ready in time, but Microsoft promises to ship to attendees it as soon as it is ready.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Just enough to do what you have to

Subject: Mobile | December 2, 2008 - 05:48 PM |
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The new HP Compaq 6735s runs an AMD Athlon X2 QL-60 @ 1,9 GHz on a 790G mobile chipset, sporting a Radeon HD3200 and it has 2GB DDR2.  With 250Gb of storage and a DVD-R drive, being able to take a lot on the road with you is quite easy. Check out the laptop that InsideHW calls a workhorse here.

Source: InsideHW

Think of it as a compact castle

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 2, 2008 - 02:55 PM |
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The SilverStone Fortress FT01 Mid-Tower Case is a Temjin on a serious reducing diet.  No longer supporting eATX boards, suddenly the wide open spaces that the TJ series has in most builds are gone, with just the right amount of space for even a high end system.  It does have a lot of air cooling, with 180mm fans being used and can support external water cooling setups thanks to the rubber grommets at the back of the case.  Read the fu

Three of a kind

Subject: Motherboards | December 2, 2008 - 12:31 PM |
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Three top X58 models are on display at Hardware Zone, the ASUS Rampage 2 Extreme, the MSI Eclipse SLI and the Gigabyte EX58-EXTREME.  Of the three, it is the

Was there something wrong with the Atom?

Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2008 - 12:03 PM |
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There will be a new Eee Box from ASUS available, using a Celeron 220 CPU as opposed to an Atom CPU.  The main drive behind this seems to be increasing sales by knocking $50 off the price of the Eee Box.  That may not sound like a huge deal, unless you are trying to put together a system on the cheap, in which case the difference between $240 and $290 is a little more important.  According to the story on DigiTimes, tossing in an extra $110 will net you a 19" monitor to go with your Eee Box.

Source: Digitimes

S3 Graphics Unleashes Full OpenGL 3.0 API Support with Beta Driver for Chrome 500 Series GPUs

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 2, 2008 - 11:28 AM |
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Fremont, California, December 2, 2008 - S3 Graphics today released Beta drivers for the latest version of the OpenGL 3.0 API to take advantage of the Khronos Group's open, cross-platform 3D standard on the newly released Chrome 500 Series programmable GPUs.

Source: S3 Graphics

Give Corsair a moment of your time

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 2, 2008 - 11:21 AM |
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Corsair is running a quick survey about the features most important to you in a PSU, as well as some rough details on your next build.  It might take a few more clicks than the Valve Hardware Survey to complete, but not many.  Share your opinions on what is important to you in a power supply and maybe Corsair's next line of PSUs will focus on what you would prefer.

Memory comes in six packs now

Subject: Memory | December 1, 2008 - 05:30 PM |
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DDR3 has had two big effects on the PC market; the first is famliar, higher timings compared to the latest generation of DDR2.  The second has only become apparent with the advent of the Core i7 and X58 chipset, triple channel memory.  Guru3D takes the OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 Gold Low-Voltage Triple Channel kit for a spin, at one point hitting 1800 MHz.  If you are setting up a new Core i7 system,

Source: Guru of 3D

The return of the battle of the servers

Subject: Processors | December 1, 2008 - 03:00 PM |
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In the one corner you have Intel's new Xeon lineup, and in the other corner you have AMD's Opteron refresh.  Neither of these parts will make a big impact on home computing, but anyone running a server will be more than a little interested. The L3 cache and new memory subsytem are the stars here, with the decreased energy consumption getting second billing.  Read more about the Shanghai Opterons at The Tech Report.

We have a runner up

Subject: Storage | December 1, 2008 - 01:22 PM |
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If you can't afford Intel's fancy new SLC X25-M SSD, Patriot's 128G Warp MLC SSD may be a nice substitution.  The use of multi level cells does mean your write speed will suffer compared to an SLC drive, but from Beyond3D's testing, this Patriot drive tends to beat out G.Skill's SSD as well as the WD Raptor.  Maybe this is the gift for you?

Source: Bjorn3D

If the HD4850 is just a bit too much ...

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 1, 2008 - 12:36 PM |
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The HD4830 is receiving a lot of positive reviews, but at ~$120, it may not fit the bill as a stocking stuffer for an builder of HTPCs or a part time gamer.

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It'll be a busy first quarter for AMD

Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2008 - 12:04 PM |
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Thanks to DigiTimes, Phenom fans will know when to plan their shopping trips.  January 8th is the first big date, then February follows with six processors.  The semi-lobotomized quad and triple core Athlons, missing the L3 cache won't be around until the spring and the dual cores won't appear until June.

Source: Digitimes