Diamond Multimedia Announces the First Radeon HD 2900 XT with 1 Gigabyte of memory

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 14, 2007 - 12:46 PM |
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CHATSWORTH, CA - June 14, 2007 - Diamond Multimedia, a leading provider of multimedia products, announces the release of the unique all new Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900 XT 1GB (Gigabyte). With a unique combination of raw GPU power derived from the XBOX 360 Xenos GPU and 1GB of GDDR4 memory, the Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900 XT 1GB sets the performance benchmark for its class.

Diamond Multimedia's new flagship graphics card is the foundation of a whole new generation of AMD/ATI Radeon Graphics.

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DDR2 on a P35 from MSI

Subject: Motherboards | June 14, 2007 - 12:11 PM |
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The MSI P35 Platinum offers all the advantages of the P35 chipset like the 1333MHz FSB but it is built to use DDR2, saving you from paying the current premium on DDR3, assuming you can find it for sale.  The passive cooling solution on this board is very unique, and may be what gives this board it's overclocking ability.  Although this is the first P35 on the market, HotHardware found it very sta

Source: HotHardware

NVIDIA Unleashes Highest Performance DirectX 10 GPU for Notebooks

Subject: Mobile | June 14, 2007 - 11:36 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - June 12, 2007 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced the GeForce 8700M GT graphics processing unit (GPU) for notebook PCs, a new high-end GPU designed for the most demanding notebook users.  The GeForce 8700M GT GPU extends the award-winning GeForce 8M Series product line to include high-performance notebooks, continuing five generations of leadership for the highest performance notebooks on the market.

NVIDIA GeForce 8700M GT The GeForce 8700M GT GPU, the newest and fastest GPU in the GeForce 8M

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High powered PCI Express

Subject: General Tech | June 14, 2007 - 11:32 AM |
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PCIe 2.0 is coming to an AMD motherboard near you, sometime in the third quarter according to this story at The Inquirer.  It will transport 150W of power directly over the bus, which will make cabling from the PSU a little easier, although it also places the more of the responsibility of power management on to the motherboard.  These upcoming boards will also support quad Crossfire, which should provide some interesting performance.

Source: The Inquirer

Get back on the rack

Subject: Storage | June 13, 2007 - 05:40 PM |
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Vizo has updated the old hot swappable HDD rack with their Ares Internal SATA Mobile Rack.  Support for SATA II makes this a very easy way to hot swap HDDs, or just to be able to carry it with you for use in multiple systems.  It also has a small fan in the enclosure to keep your HDD comfortable during the summer.  Drop by Pro-Clockers for a closer look at this handy little device.

Look UltraSharp thanks to Dell

Subject: Displays | June 13, 2007 - 04:13 PM |
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The Tech Lounge has posted a review of a well featured 27" monitor from Dell, the UltraSharp 2707WFP.  Fairly expensive when compared to it's smaller brother, the 2407WP, it offers the same resolution and 20% more screen real estate.  It's back is packed with all the input connections you would expect as well as a four USB 2.0 ports.  The HD quality and response times make this mo

DX10 and CoH, what difference can a patch make?

Subject: General Tech | June 13, 2007 - 01:42 PM |
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ExtremeTech has posted a review of Company of Heroes upgrade to DX10.  If you have Vista and a DX10 class card (or two), then this is the patch you have been waiting for.  They compare the performance of the 2 versions of this game at the same time they contrast the visual differences.  Read on to see if all you get is extra rocks, shadows and a performance hit, or if it becomes a whole new game.

Source: Extremetech

Year of the UMPC

Subject: Mobile | June 13, 2007 - 11:47 AM |
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This may not be the year in which the UMPC catches on as a mainstream consumer product, but it is certainly a year that has seen these ultra mobile platforms make huge leaps forward.  It was the main focus of this years VIA Tech Forum, which VIA Arena participated in.  They have posted a video of the keynote speech, as well as embedding slides from other presentations, all about the new NanoBook.  This will be VIA's reference design for all UMPCs in the next while and will influence most of their mobile prod

Source: VIA Arena

Heading out on Safari

Subject: General Tech | June 13, 2007 - 11:38 AM |
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Elite Bastards takes you on a tour of the wild world of the internets, Apple style.  There is a new public beta of Safari 3 and the PC version is being compared to IE and Firefox.  If you still aren't particularly interested, then remember that the upcoming iPhone will use Safari, so maybe you should familiarize yourself with it after all.

A quiet heart for your HTPC

Subject: Processors | June 12, 2007 - 05:21 PM |
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The new, and relatively confusingly named Athlon X2 BE2350 is a very low power CPU, designed for use in systems that need to be quiet.  It is also very cheap and a good value for those looking to build an HTPC or even a SFF PC to surf the web and deal with emails.  The Tech Report has put together a comprehensive look at this processor, so give them a visit.

Watering an 8800

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 12, 2007 - 02:55 PM |
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DangerDen and Swiftech offer updated VGA cooler designs to fit the new 8800 series, and MADSHRIMPS is on a a quest to see if using them is worth it.  DangerDen offers an all new NV-88GTS-PC, while Swiftech choose to provide a mounting adapter for their MCW-60.  While they do not foray into overclocking, you can clearly see the temperatures offered from these 2 coolers compared against air cooling solutions, which will give you an idea just how much further these cooler will allow you to go.

Source: Madshrimps

Watercooled test bench

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 12, 2007 - 01:38 PM |
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Danger Den has released something that was once found only in their test labs.  Hardware Canucks have posted a review of Danger Den's Torture Rack, which is a fully acrylic case designed for fast access to components, much like a test bench.  The large interior also allows you to fit just about any combo of heatsinks  and video cards, which can be very handy as both are growing very quickly.  Read on to see what other tricks this case will le

The Computex Wrap

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 12, 2007 - 12:26 PM |
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Computex is over, the booths are down and the wrap up articles have been published.  The Tech Report was there throughout the whole event and has a lot more pictures to show you.  There were motherboards for quad Opteron setups, as well as HTPCs and X38 based value boards.

Slaying the hydra behind your desk

Subject: General Tech | June 12, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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If you are getting tired of rooting through the snake nest that hides behind your PC, fishing for a dropped microphone or mouse, then drop by The Tech Lounge.  They try several products from CableOrganizer, in the hopes of not only cleaning up their space, but preventing the possibility of stepping on any important cabling.

Interview with member Fluff n Stuff

Subject: Editorial | June 10, 2007 - 08:13 PM |
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Well, it's a quiet Sunday afternoon, things are down to a dull roar. I've slipped in my duties as poster of interviews....so here today we start a series of Member interviews. First off is a fella I have actually had the pleasure to meet. He came up to my house to steal buy a set of wheels I had.

Informal and informative Friday in the forums

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2007 - 05:26 PM |
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The introduction of Vista has not come without growing pains.  One unforeseen problem effects flashing your BIOS with WinFlash.  Don't despair if that is your preferred method, there are a few suggestions here that will get you on your way.  You can also cheer on a member's first build in this thread, and maybe make give him some constructive criticism on the room in which it lives.

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Switching to a higher power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 8, 2007 - 03:01 PM |
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Tagan joins their high powered competition with their Silver Power SP-1000E.  Not only does it offer 1000W of power at a claimed 85% efficiency, it has 6 12V rails.  Bjorn3D has spent a week testing it out, and while the power efficiency is not good enough to get it an 80 PLUS rating, it wasn't a disappointment to them at all.

Source: Bjorn3D

Clearing the air with Company of Heroes

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2007 - 01:20 PM |
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With the new patch for Company of Heroes, we get to see DX10 in all of it's glory.  Neither AMD nor nVIDIA have come out with claims about driver optimization or other programming cheats ... yet.  So as it stands the benchmarks that Legit Reviews has for CoH represents the true performance of these companies cards.  Take a look at the nice screen shot, and see just what the current 2900XT can do.