That's just teasing

Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2008 - 11:37 AM |
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3DMark Vantage is coming ... sometime.   Over at Futuremark is a teaser page with 3 screenshots from one of the tests you will see in the new version of 3DMark, which is following in the naming scheme we saw back in October, PCMark Vantage.  There really isn't much information, apart from 3 screenshots and a link to the Game-O-Meter to test to see if your system can handle the benchmark without melting.

Strangely, it seems the spare GeForce3 Ti 200 I stuck in my PC at work still doesn't qualify it for even the minimum requirements.

Source: FUTUREMARK

3DMark Vantage screenshots are impressive

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 31, 2008 - 10:14 AM |
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Now, we're not going to try to make an article out of a mound, or something like that, but these screen shots are pretty impressive.  I've included one below but you should check out the teaser page for the upcoming 3DMark Vantage for a couple more.


Intel is in a race against it's self

Subject: Motherboards | January 30, 2008 - 05:39 PM |
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Surprisingly, they are winning.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Small and sturdy wins the race

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 30, 2008 - 04:02 PM |
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The Tech Report is quite fond of the new Sansa Clip MP3 Player.  It offers more flash storage than the Zen Nano they used previously, 15hrs of battery life, a small OLED display and weighs in at 26g.  Read the full article on this MP3 player that puts the iPod Shuffle to shame.

It had better do more than just beat the Q6600

Subject: Processors | January 30, 2008 - 01:47 PM |
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The new VIA Isaiah processor isn't the only new chip hitting the streets, and if you haven't caught up with VIA's newest then check Ryan's look, as well as the links just below.  For those looking for a new Intel processor, then check out Techgage's review of the Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Dual Core Processor.  This chip, if paired with the right mot

Source: TECHGAGE

Does that make Crysis EA's foray into benchmarking?

Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2008 - 12:10 PM |
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AnandTech has cornered Futuremark on a topic many of us having been waiting to hear about, Futuremark Games Studio.  Anyone who has sat watching the 3DMark benchmarks has probably wondered just why Futuremark is so vicious as to give us 60 seconds or so of what looks to be an incredible game, and then wanders off into pixel tests.  The details are still sketchy, but we now know that something is in the works. 

Source: AnandTech

Oh, those crazy Germans

Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2008 - 11:55 AM |
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A plan by German police to hire hackers to break the encryption that Skype uses for it's VoIP communications has prompted an interesting article at The Register.  They cover the 'poison movie' exploit, which has been fixed, as well as concerns that the current animated ads that play over Skype may provide another vector in which the same kind of exploit could be launched.  They also link to a talk that took place during the Black Hat Europe 2006 conference, in which two participants voiced concerns th

Source: The Register

Asustek announces Eee family product lines

Subject: Systems | January 30, 2008 - 09:47 AM |
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It should come as no surprise that Asus wants to capitalize on the Eee PC branding that has been so damn popular.  Would you be interested in an E-DT (desktop computer), an E-TV or an E-Monitor?

Source: Digitimes

The secret thirsts of sleeping electronics

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 29, 2008 - 07:10 PM |
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Hardware Secrets, armed with a digital power meter checked out the draw that electronic equipment pulls when in standby mode.  They split the results into four groups: zero consumption, negligible (consumption below 0.5 W), significant (between 0.5 W and 10 W) and huge (above 10W).  You might be surprised how much the huge category drinks up when supposedly sleeping.

Roll your own keyboard

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2008 - 03:03 PM |
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If you've seen flexible keyboards for sale, you might have thought it was a great idea, but the price is a bit much, and it might not have a layout that you like.  Hack a Day comes to your rescue, with steps on how to make your own flexible keyboard, simply by disemboweling a normal USB keyboard and taping letters onto the membrane.

Source: Hack a Day

Just in case you have too much money

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 29, 2008 - 01:57 PM |
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The Thermaltake SwordM VD5000BNA Super Tower Chassis deserves the title super, although the $500 price tag is debatable.  The first picture you will see of it in Big Bruin's review is the open configuration, and this case opens in ways you have not seen previously.  There are so many unique features to this case, from the faux-heatsink exterior to the pop up top that you should read the full rev

Source: Big Bruin

AMD loses major Asian super computing deal

Subject: Processors | January 29, 2008 - 01:50 PM |
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The Inquirer has a detailed piece on AMD losing a deal with Sun to power one of Asia's most powerful super computer with Barcelona chips.  Instead, Sun is replacing it with 45nm Penryn core based systems.  Obviously, if this is true, this could have a large impact on AMD's hold of the HPC market going forward.

Source: The Inquirer

Prehensile Power

Subject: Mobile | January 29, 2008 - 01:10 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviewed the Powermonkey, a very handy device if you are on the road and find yourself with a gadget that is running low on power.  It has a wall socket adapter that can handle around 130 different countries plugs, and can charge a huge amount of phones, PDAs and other mobile devices.  There is also a Powergorilla for your laptop.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Hot new flashlight

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2008 - 12:36 PM |
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Wicked Lasers (the guys who did the Green and Blu-ray Lasers) have introduced The Torch, a record holding 4100 lumen flashlight that can set things on fire!  If you follow the links from Slashdot, you can see the flashlight setting a pile of paper on fire.  Sure, the battery will only last for 15 minutes, but that's plenty of time to cook an egg in the dark.

Source: Slashdot

NVIDIA nForce 790i chipset coming next quarter

Subject: Chipsets | January 29, 2008 - 11:34 AM |
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Digitimes has some more details on NVIDIA's nForce 790i chipset that is due out next quarter.  The chipset adds DDR3 memory support to the 700-series mix and is a completely new chip design because of it.

Source: Digitimes

PC Games sales make up only 14% of gaming market

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2008 - 11:29 AM |
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In some interesting news from the gang at Shacknews, PC games are only making up about 14% of gaming sales when compile with the current console gaming market.  The one caveat: digital download sales weren't included in the research.

Source: Shacknews

MSI using Intel Diamondville to combat Asus Eee PC

Subject: Mobile | January 29, 2008 - 11:25 AM |
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According to Engadget MSI is working on an Eee PC competitor using Intel's Diamondville, ultra-low power processing platform.

Source: engadget

The new year's resolution

Subject: Displays | January 28, 2008 - 03:02 PM |
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The Samsung SyncMaster 2232GW sports a hefty price, over $350 on PriceGrabber, but you do get a lot out of it.  It sports 2ms grey to grey response, a 1680x1050 native resolution and colours that Think Computers found to be quite impressive.  It is simple compared to some other monitors, having only 3 plugs, power, VGA and DVI, no audio, USB or iPod Docks, just the basics.&nbs

A second look at X48

Subject: Motherboards | January 28, 2008 - 01:51 PM |
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AnandTech was so impressed with the ASUS ROG Rampage

Extreme they have reversed their opinion of the X48 chipset completely.  Apart from the performance, there were several features that caught Anandtechs eye.  The first is the space on the board, watercooling 2 cards in CrossFire won't be a tight squeeze, nor will adding cooling to the chipset itself, and even better this board ran cooler that the X38 equivalent.  What really sold the board for them was the inclusion in the BIOS of a way to contro

Source: AnandTech

AMD comes through for the gamer

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 28, 2008 - 01:08 PM |
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AMD's response to the enthusiast has arrived with the 3870 X2, a pair of GPUs on a single card running at 825 MHz at the core and RAM doing 1.8 GHz.  The card uses Crossfire invisibly, there is no set up to do, in fact you can't even see Crossfire as an option with one of these cards, so the set up is a breeze.  It performs on par or better than nVIDIA's offerings, and you can expect to pay ~$500 when it becomes available.  [H]ard|OCP even managed a fair overclock of 878Mhz a

Source: [H]ard|OCP