VIA Announces First Nano-ITX Board with VIA VX800

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2008 - 11:26 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, August 15 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA N700 Nano-ITX board, designed as a complete solution for compact industrial PC and embedded automation devices.

Summer is heating up at PC Perspective

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 15, 2008 - 06:57 PM |
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Cooling computer equipment is always a challenge, never more so than with racks.  Have you ever wondered how those high density racks are kept cool when a company needs to do it on the cheap?  Check out the suggestions in

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Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2 - XOC3 H2O Edition Graphics card

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 15, 2008 - 03:46 PM |
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Vienna, Austria - August 15, 2008 - Diamond Multimedia (www.diamondmm.com), a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications products, launched today, the Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2 - XOC3 H2O edition graphics card. This card offers exquisite gaming capabilities combined with state of the art efficiency.

Cooling the Nehalem

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 15, 2008 - 02:44 PM |
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The details are still scarce, and FrostyTech's article isn't a review; it's more of an FAQ, but it is all that we have so far. 
The bad news is that your existing socket775 cooler is not going to work with the new socket1366 Nehalems, even with an adaptor it is unlikely to fit. 

Source: Frosty Tech

Black Diamond

Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2008 - 01:37 PM |
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The usual specs for an HD4870 are 750MHz in the core and 900MHz for the RAM (aka 3600MHz) the Diamond Radeon HD 4870 XOC Black Edition's core runs at 800MHz and the RAM has been bumped to 1100MHz, or 4400MHz.  The overclocked card does require a bit more juice, but not excessively so; it also won't be that much more expensive than the vanilla card once it becomes available.  You can see how well it does against the 280 over at TweakTown.

Source: TweakTown

It gives the electricity a nice minty flavour too!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 15, 2008 - 12:00 PM |
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The Antec Signature Series 850 PSU comes with a large price tag and quality components that justify the price.  There was minimal ripple in every test [H]ard|OCP threw at it, and it was surprisingly quiet for a PSU cooled with an 80mm fan.  There are many other ~850W PSUs out there, which are available at a cheaper price and still have good components; if it is only the best you are interested in,

Source: [H]ard|OCP

SIGGRAPH gets touchy-feely

Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2008 - 11:50 AM |
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The big theme at this years SIGGRAPH seems to be haptic interfaces, both as a control interface for software and as a way to provide direct physical feedback to the user.  That isn't all though, nVIDIA's ray-tracing demo was shown there, as well as Intel's Larrabee getting a lot of focus.  Drop by ExtremeTech to see what was shown, and get a peek at some nice pictures.

Source: Extremetech

VIA Announces First Nano-ITX Board with VIA VX800

Subject: Systems | August 15, 2008 - 11:22 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 15 August 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA N700 Nano-ITX board, designed as a complete solution for compact industrial PC and embedded automation devices.

Source: VIA Arena

Life in the fast lane

Subject: Memory | August 14, 2008 - 05:15 PM |
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Patriot's new 2GB Viper kit hits the 2000MHz mark, with timings of 9-9-9-24 and is priced around $230.  At the stock speeds, the Achilles heel of DDR3, timing is evident, but when Hardware Logic pushed the DIMMs to 2100MHz without having to increase the latencies, the raw speed of this RAM was easy to see.  Drop by for

AMD and Blizzard Entertainment Join Forces in Strategic Global Agreement

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2008 - 03:56 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Aug. 12, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Blizzard Entertainment that will allow AMD to bundle Blizzard’s best games across all ATI Radeon graphics products, to deliver a superior gaming experience. As the exclusive graphics sponsor for BlizzCon 2008 in Anaheim, Oct. 10-11, AMD will treat gamers to the unparalleled graphics capabilities of the ATI Radeon HD 4800 series in all PCs for game play at BlizzCon.

Source: AMD

NVIDIA Showing Interactive Ray Tracing on GPUs at SIGGRAPH

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2008 - 03:35 PM |
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Another industry first is in the works this week during SIGGRAPH 2008 in Los Angeles - NVIDIA is demonstrating the world's first fully interactive GPU-based ray tracer.

Based purely on NVIDIA GPU technology, the ray tracer shows linear scaling rendering of a highly complex, two-million polygon, anti-aliased automotive styling application.

Source: NVIDIA

It's not always about the size

Subject: Storage | August 14, 2008 - 02:41 PM |
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Hardware Secrets have gathered nine 320GB drives to compare their performance, especially in the effect that 8MB and 16MB cache's have on performance.  All but the VelociRaptor are well under $100; and at four times the price it looks a lot less attractive after the benchmarks have all been tallied.  If you are looking for speed, not capacity; this article serves up all you could desire on one platter.

Look at all the colours!

Subject: Motherboards | August 14, 2008 - 01:33 PM |
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Gigabyte's flashy X48T-DQ6 board gives you a great way to set up a stable PC and have some pretty colours to point out in your case.  The stock performance of this board impressed [H]ard|OCP, as did it's ability to stay rock solid even when the case temps headed north of 61C.  On the other hand, don't try pushing this board into overclocking territory,

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Physical Impule Activator

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2008 - 11:42 AM |
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Just in case the OCZ NIA doesn't catch on quickly, the Alchemy Elixir Gaming Keyboard could fill the needs of gamers until they are ready to blink and twitch their way to the top of the scoreboard.  It certainly doesn't hurt that the keyboard is over $100 less expensive than the headband, not that they keyboard

Source: TECHGAGE

USB 3 : Revenge of the Interface

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2008 - 11:31 AM |
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USB should be getting a bump in speed soon, as Intel presents version 0.9 of the USB 3.0 draft specs.  Capable of handling up to 50Gb/s, attached storage should receive a nice bump in speed.  They plan to first release it as a modified version of the familiar USB plug, but soon hope to include optical transmission as well.  The Register has more here.

Source: The Register

You know it's why you bought it in the first place

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 13, 2008 - 05:56 PM |
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Crysis has been a serious glove slap for the graphics companies, as they watch their top of the line graphics cards struggle desperately to provide reasonable framerates with high resolution and details.  The 4870 X2 release yesterday offered a nice response, a card with enough power to get Crysis looking as it should, especially in Crossfire configurations.  Madshrimps was curious about the wide variance in the Crysis benchmarks that were published, so they decided to get to the bottom of it. 

Source: Madshrimps

Ask, and ye shall receive

Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2008 - 04:07 PM |
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There is a new bit of action going down in our trading post, thanks to the efforts of PC Perspective members and the fine folks of Tiger Direct.  We are pleased to bring new exclusive deals, starting today. 

Potential Intel Core i7 Nehalem information leaks

Subject: Processors | August 13, 2008 - 03:22 PM |
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There is a story on Digitimes today that talks about Intel's upcoming desktop processor plans including new additions like the Core 2 Quad Q8200 that runs at 2.33 GHz for $224.  But sneaking in just at the bottom are the prices and plans for the newly-branded Core i7 Nehalem CPUs:

Source: Digitimes

AMD splitting up the company pretty soon, say reports

Subject: Processors | August 13, 2008 - 03:07 PM |
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Stories of AMD's business being split into a processor company and a separate manufacturing company have been around for quite a while but it looks like the movement is picking up steam.  Will AMD be cut in half this year and what part does Hector Ruiz play in all this?  Rumors are swirling that he might head up the new manufacturing portion that remains.

Source: Ars Technica

Motherboard manufacturers release sales numbers

Subject: Motherboards | August 13, 2008 - 02:58 PM |
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Results are in, and there are some big winners and some not-so-big winners in the world of motherboard manufacturers.  Looking at ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and ECS, everyone saw good month to month growth with ASUS taking the lead with 15% over June results.  Looking year to year, the only company to take a backwards step in units sold was Gigabyte with a 4.28% drop in sales.  ASUS on the other hand grew 36% - obviously they are big winner. 

Source: Digitimes