AMD Phenom X4 9850 goes on sale

Subject: Processors | April 5, 2008 - 01:13 PM |

For those of you that caught our initial review of the AMD Phenom X4 9850 processor and are interested in picking one up to upgrade your system or build a new one, the folks at now have them in stock for $243.00.

ITunes Overtakes Wal-Mart in Music Sales

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2008 - 06:22 PM |

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Apple Inc.'s iTunes online music store vaulted past Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in February to become the top overall music retailer in the U.S., a market research firm said Thursday.

Best Buy Co. was ranked behind Wal-Mart and iTunes, with and Target tied for the fourth spot in January and February, according to consumer surveys conducted by The NPD Group.

Source: Email

Squint your eyes and you can see Saturday from here

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2008 - 06:21 PM |

There is a good chance you are reading this now with the help of Firefox, but is it a beta of FireFox 3?  If not, and you are interested in seeing what improvements you can expect without the fun of running beta software, take a look at what Ned found, and what others have experienced.  There is also a brand new guide that has appeared in the Linux forum thanks to Meridian, if you having been considering getting into Linux for t

Creative customer service

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2008 - 02:41 PM |

Creative has been hanging out with the RIAA and crew a little to much recently.  Recently they have attacked Daniel K, the modder who managed to fix the Audigy drivers on Vista.  Now they are upset with ASUS and their DirectSound 3D Game Extension which will offer quality and features comparable with EAX5.0, on a non-Creative based sound card. 

Quad core Penryns multiply

Subject: Processors | April 4, 2008 - 11:56 AM |

45nm Penryns are finally becoming easier to get, and are pushing the older Kentsfield chips out of favour with home builders.  Clock for clock they are out performing the older chips, and the power consumption is in a completely different class.  The Hardware Zone tested a Q9550 and a Q9450, unfortunately they haven't yet received a Q9300 yet.  Intel will be hol

Consistency is not necessarily a virtue

Subject: General Tech | April 4, 2008 - 11:41 AM |

Waiting for the first service pack to come out has become a popular pastime for Windows users when Microsoft releases a new OS.  Now that Vista has a service pack which, along with all of the included patches, is supposed to bring speed improvements when copying files and other actions.  The Tech Report tested that theory out

Intel's plans for the future of mobility

Subject: Mobile | April 3, 2008 - 05:31 PM |

The VR-Zone has compiled a roadmap of Intel's upcoming processors for Ultra Mobile Personal Computers and Mobile Internet Devices.  It looks like their System Controller Hub, a combination of the MCH and ICH into a single chip, is on schedule to arrive with the first of the Atom processors.  Read more by following the link.

Source: VR-Zone

OCZ Technology Group Announces PC Power & Cooling's Expansion of Silencer Line

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2008 - 04:35 PM |

Sunnyvale, Calif. - April 3, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance memory and PC components, today announced the release of all-new additions to the Silencer line of power supplies from PC Power & Cooling including a 500W EPS12V and Dell compatible model.

Insert apple joke here

Subject: Storage | April 3, 2008 - 04:28 PM |

A healthy hard drive is a happy hard drive, which makes a user happy in return.  tk arena would like to help you keep your hard drive healthy, which is why they published this guide.  They guide you through all the inbuilt tools in Windows that can help keep your drive happy, along with tricks involving a freezer and a ziplock bag.  Make sure that you keep up to date backups though, all hard drives must die at some point.

nVIDIA seems to be getting ahead of themselves

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 3, 2008 - 02:24 PM |
Tagged: is not terribly impressed with the 9800 GTX, mostly because they feel it should have been an 8800 with a different model number.  Simply adding the ability to use triple SLI configuration, and bumping the shader and core speeds up a notch does not deserve to start a whole new graphics series.  On the other hand, it is cheaper than most 8800GTXs and it is a faster card.

Intel and Epic Games Launch '$1 Million Intel Make Something Unreal Contest

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2008 - 01:13 PM |

CARY, N.C. - April 3, 2008 - Epic Games, Inc., the award-winning developer of multimillion-selling games and the world's leading game engine, Unreal Engine 3, today announced plans to follow up the original "$1 Million Make Something Unreal Contest" with an all new competition to include esteemed sponsor, Intel Corporation.

Next it will be hydraulics

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 3, 2008 - 12:14 PM |

The next leap in cases, for those who want to go totally overboard would be the In Win B2 Stealth Bomber.  It comes with a motorized drive bay cover.  The cover is vaguely reminiscent
of a cockpit canopy opening, or at least that is what the box art would have you think.  Putting aside the aesthetics, Overclockers Club checked out the cooling performance, and it turns out this case is a real performer.  Even the unique setup for cooling graphics cards worked a charm.

One of these chips is not like the others

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2008 - 12:00 PM |

TechARP has published am article with all the tips you could need to spot 'fake' Intel OEM processors.  The problem is that an unboxed processor has a much shorter warranty, and should be cheaper.  However, some enterprising stores print up fake Intel boxes, to put the OEM chips into.  That way they can charge full price and pocket the savings that should have been yours.  You have been warned.

Source: Tech ARP

VIA and Everex to Demonstrate New CloudBook Max with Built-In WiMAX Capability

Subject: Mobile | April 3, 2008 - 11:41 AM |

Taipei, Taiwan, 2 April 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that Everex, a pioneer in developing next generation ultra mobile computing devices, has adopted the VIA C7-M ULV processor for the new Everex CloudBook Max, a stylish mini-note with a stunning 8.9" screen and integrated single-chip Mobile WiMAX solution from GCT Semiconductor for use with Sprint’s high-speed XOHM wireless network.

Intel Unveils Second-Generation Intel-Powered Classmate PC -- 'Netbook' for Worldwide Education Mark

Subject: General Tech | April 3, 2008 - 11:27 AM |

INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Shanghai, April 3, 2008 - Intel Corporation unveiled a new design of the Intel-powered classmate PC today at the Intel Developer Forum in Shanghai. As announced in a keynote by Andrew Chien, Intel vice president, Corporate Technology Group and director of Intel Research, the second-generation Intel-powered classmate PC is an affordable, fully functional, rugged Internet-centric computer platform.

First Intel solid state drives pictured

Subject: Storage | April 3, 2008 - 08:09 AM |

On an blog post the first pictures of Intel's upcoming solid-state drives make an appearance.  There isn't much to see, as you would expect with most storage devices, but its a good first step, right?  The engadget post purports that we have been "we've been waiting so long for Intel to stop talking and start producing" but I can't recall getting that excited about

Source: engadget

IDF: Intel shows Nehalem at 3.2 GHz

Subject: Processors | April 2, 2008 - 03:18 PM |

More news from the great red country shows Intel has their upcoming Nehalem architecture working at speeds up to 3.2 GHz.  While we continue to take these kinds of demonstrations with a grain of salt since we remember seeing Barcelona running at 3.0 GHz before its release as well (and see how well that turned out). 

Source: Daily Tech

IDF: Intel Larrabee GPUs will sell through add-in card vendors

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 2, 2008 - 03:12 PM |

We have done more than our fair share of coverage on the Intel's Larrabee project, the one that will bring Intel into the discrete graphics market for the first time competitively.  Though we could have guessed this, apparently TheInq got confirmation from Intel at IDF that they would indeed be adopting the "add-in card partner" method of selling their own GPUs.  Does this mean we'll see BFG o

Source: The Inquirer

AMD will split CPU development for fab business

Subject: Processors | April 2, 2008 - 03:08 PM |

Our good buddy Charlie over at the Inquirer has posted a piece that theorizes a split of AMD into two different companies: one that developers processors and GPUs, the other that will actually make them at the various fabrication facilities AMD currently owns.  The benefits here include allowing the AMD design team to be debt free and could enable them to take the additional, yes obviously necessary, risks required to tackle an opponent like Intel.  Also, the AMD fab team would be able to

Source: The Inquirer