New DirectX, old accusations

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2007 - 08:52 AM |
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With the release of the demo version of Lost Planet:Extreme Conditions, those who have Vista and bought one of nVIDIA's new generation of cards, or managed to get their hands on a 2900XT, will finally see DX10 for themselves.  It has also resurrected an issue that became huge during the release of 3DMark05, driver optimization.  It seems that nVIDIA has been working very closely with the developers of this console port, to make sure DX10 runs perfectly, and AMD hasn't had the same opportunity.  [H]a

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The visible PCB

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2007 - 08:40 AM |
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Hopefully this doesn't catch on as the newest procedure that must be completed before you are allowed to RMA a motherboard, because I don't think my dentist would let me use hers.  MAKE:Blog has linked to an animated X-Ray of a PCB, allowing you to see right inside the world below the tracings on the surface.  It really gives you an idea how 3 dimensional the circuitry is.

Source: MAKE: Blog

P35 Express board found in the wild

Subject: Motherboards | May 15, 2007 - 02:08 PM |
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Through some odd timing, Legion Hardware managed to purchase a retail P35 board before getting a reference mobo from Intel and signing a NDA.  So feast your eyes on the first review of the ASUS P5K Deluxe.  They have tested fully with DDR2, and this board can overclock.  Get on over and see what everyone else will be showing on the 21st.

Give your cubicle some style

Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2007 - 11:42 AM |
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The Razer Pro|Click and Pro|Type are both very white and would look at home in any office environment.  The inclusion of 10 programmable macro keys on the keyboard is a nice touch, but it is very large and will take up a lot of your desk space.  The mouse is a Razer Diamondback in disguise, so if you have the chance to do a little illicit gaming, you won't be hampered by a mouse with a lousy response rate.  Read on at TECHGAGE to see if your cubicle could use an upgrade.

Source: TECHGAGE

One case, hold the bells and whistles please

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 15, 2007 - 10:21 AM |
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Following the simplicity of design that has made them famous, Lian Li has released the PC-A08 Case.  OCC reviews this roomy case, that may not have many special features but does have a low price.  If you aren't looking for any fancy insides, just a case that won't limit your choices in cooling and graphics, and looks sharp on the outside, Lian Li might just have your answer.

DX10 mobility madness

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 15, 2007 - 08:56 AM |
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With the release of the HD2900XT yesterday' and the unveiling of the other members of the R600 series, one thing is missing.  No mobile GPUs were announced.  On the flip side, nVIDIA's 8M series offers DX10 on the laptop, and not just one type either.  There are 5 members of the family; the 8400M G, 8400M GS, 8400M GT, 8600M GS and the 8600M GT, as well as several Quadros integrated GPUs for the workplace.  Read on at AnandTech and see what nVIDIA has to offer.
 

Source: AnandTech

Gimmie that new-time radio

Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2007 - 08:27 AM |
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Ultrawideband radio could be the most important thing you probably haven't heard of.  While WiFi and Bluetooth are the current stars of wireless data transmission, doing a much better job that a cell phone can, this may all change.  Right now the companies that are working on UWB claim speeds between 480Mbps to 1Gbps, and the technology is still fairly young. ExtremeTech has a very thorough look at UWB and what it could do to the way we transmit data.

Source: Extremetech

FlashChat with your fellow PCPers!

Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2007 - 02:26 PM |
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Our ever industrious site admin, The Wise One, has implemented a new feature on the forums.  It is called FlashChat, and is a Flash based chat program allowing you to chat with any other members that are currently on, without leaving the forums or installing anything.  Give it a shot and see who's on right now.

Make sure you give him feedback and kudos too!

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Surgical data repair

Subject: Storage | May 14, 2007 - 02:16 PM |
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Although not quite that drastic, disassembling a HDD to get the platters out and transferring them to a different casing is a bit of a chore.  To make it easier on you, or to let you know it can be done, AOA Forums have posted a how to on moving your platters.  If you really need the data, and can't pay the professional recovery fees, this article may save your mind.

Source: AOA Forums

AMD drops the ON

Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2007 - 11:44 AM |
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AMD has finally named Barcelona, as Phenom, breaking years of tradition by not ending the name in "on".  AnandTech has a close look at the layout of these new processors, and the 4 tiers that AMD will be launching.  There are no benchmarks as of yet, but there is a look at AMD's roadmap over the next few years, including Shanghai which is likely the core to support DDR3.

Source: AnandTech

ePaper gets a step closer

Subject: Mobile | May 14, 2007 - 11:00 AM |
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DigiTimes has a look at the newest thing from LG.Phillips, a flexible colour LCD in A4 size (14.1" across).  By placing the TFT on metal foil rather that on glass, you get a flexible screen that is hopefully also durable.  Drop by and give it a look, if this catches on then ebooks and online newspapers will be a lot nicer to read.

Source: Digitimes

AMD/ATI's anxiously awaited launch

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 14, 2007 - 09:22 AM |
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With no less that 25 English reviews of the 2900XT, and the R600/2000 series in general, this launch is one of the most watched out for in a long time.  Start off with The Tech Report's review, which starts out with a look at the architecture used to bring this new generation of video cards to life.  Looking at the power consumption and noise, you see some rather impressively high figu

AMD talks about it's game plan

Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2007 - 07:59 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP had the chance to attend AMD's CTO Summit and hear what they have planned, directly from Phil Hester; AMDs' CTO.  They answered a few of the questions [H] posed in their State of the Silicon Union address, as well as touching on the unification of the CPU and GPU.  You can also see some pictures of a 45nm wafer and a running Agena FX system.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD Introduces the ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 14, 2007 - 07:42 AM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. -- May 14, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced the ATI Radeon HD 2000 series, a top-to-bottom line of ten discrete graphics processors (GPUs) for both desktop and mobile platforms.

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PC Ecosystem Gears Up for the ATI RadeonT HD 2000 Series from AMD

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 14, 2007 - 07:40 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - May 14, 2007 - The much anticipated ATI Radeon(tm) HD 2000 Series of graphics cards is garnering great support from the PC ecosystem, with 26 power supply vendors already signing up for certification of their products by AMD (NYSE: AMD), and more are expected to follow. They are partnering with AMD to launch the next generation of graphics processing units, which give gamers superior DirectX® 10 performance at every price point, as well as the ultimate HD experience.

Source: AMD

AMD Radeon HD 2900 XT

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 13, 2007 - 08:14 PM |
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In a few minutes you'll start to see reviews of the new AMD ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT graphics card, previously known as R600.  Mine won't be ready for some time due to some server down time that decided to happen in the middle of my testing and write up time. 


Stay tuned!


If you haven't learned anything new yet today, now's the perfect time

Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2007 - 01:58 PM |
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If you have never used HijackThis, it may seem to be a bit scary, especially with the warnings the program gives you about the damage you can do when removing processes.  In the Network and Security forum we have a few old hands around that are glad to give you a helping hand in getting rid of those nagging trojans.  In order to get to that position, it does help to have a PC that will boot for you.  The new Gigabye 965p DQ6 is giving one member a real problem, they can't even get Memtest to run with a pair of G.Skill

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Just the bare necessities

Subject: Motherboards | May 11, 2007 - 01:16 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP picked the new sub $100 board, the EVGA 650i Ultra to find out how it compares to the 680i.  By paring out almost every optional feature, including SLI, they have created a value class motherboard that is perfect for those consumers who just want a basic board and are unconcerned with overclocking or tweaking.  If you know someone who wants a PC just for surfing, this may be per

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Make sure you talk the talk with the best

Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2007 - 11:10 AM |
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Gaming headsets are found in much greater variety, now that TeamSpeak or some type of in-game communication is expected with multiplayer titles.  ExtremeTech compares 2 of the top models that allow you to lay the verbal smackdown on your opponent while gibbing them with whatever weapon is close to hand. 

Source: Extremetech