Carrying NVIDIA's Water (Cooler)

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 3, 2008 - 12:04 PM |
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Last week BFG announced a dandy little product based on the NVIDIA GeForce GTS 512.  This water cooled product sports clocks that are well above norm, but correspondingly far more expensive than the standard 8800 GTS.  Based on the new G92 chip from NVIDIA, it has the full complement of stream units, ROP partitions, and 512 MB of fast GDDR-3.  The core runs at a sprightly 700 MHz with the memory at 970 MHz (1940 MHz effective).  The most impressive part is the stream processors clocked at a very ag

We now return you to your regularly scheduled news program

Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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I have successfully returned from Montreal, where 2.5 feet of snow is an inconvenience, not an emergency, and the parties don't start until midnight.  I hope everyone else has had as good a time as I, except for Ryan and Josh who have been slaving away keeping the front page of PC Perspective updated with the newest in tech news.  Thanks guys!

Source: Slashdot

NVIDIA and Intel merger rumors mix again

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 2, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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According to the Inquirer, a bunch of NVIDIA stock calls is raising the rumors once again of an Intel and NVIDIA buyout/merger.  Both that author and this author have serious doubts about it, but hey, its always fun to speculate!

Source: The Inquirer

Happy New Year to All!!!

Subject: Editorial | December 31, 2007 - 09:11 PM |
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I just wanted to quickly wish everyone a very Happy New Year and to ask you all to please be safe with whatever you are doing to celebrate! 

Here's to a great 2007 and an even better 2008!!

AMD next-gen R700 GPU taped out

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 31, 2007 - 02:21 PM |
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Charlie at TheInq seems to think that AMD's R700 has taped out already.  If that's the case, those that claimed it wasn't coming in 2008 would surely be laughed at and mocked. 

Source: The Inquirer

Asus Eee PC with WiMax coming?

Subject: Mobile | December 31, 2007 - 02:18 PM |
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News of an updated Asus Eee PC at CES is coming into focus, as this post at Dailytech summarizes

Source: Daily Tech

Dell 3008WFP LCD Monitor with DisplayPort

Subject: Displays | December 31, 2007 - 02:00 PM |
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DisplayPort is coming, and very soon.  Dell is going to be one of, if not THE first to get a high quality DisplayPort capable monitor on the market in the form of an updated 30" display.  The Dell 3008WFP adds more than just a DisplayPort connection though; it combines the 30" and 2560x1600 resolution with the features of the multimedia-based 24" monitors released in 2007.

Vista and 802.11n

Subject: General Tech | December 31, 2007 - 01:38 PM |
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Some weeks back D-Link sent me their latest DIR-655 Gigabit/802.11n router for testing, and during Christmas I had the chance to actually start working with the wireless functionality.  The DIR-655 is a nice router by itself, but the main selling point is the 802.11n (Draft 2.0) performance.  This wireless standard offers a max of around 250 Mbit/sec, which is well beyond the standard 100 Mbit/sec wired specification which comprises the standard ethernet connection.  More often than not though, the average wireless throughput should be around 70 to 80 Mbit/sec.  Still, this

TSA bans batteries on planes

Subject: General Tech | December 31, 2007 - 01:29 AM |
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Not exactly, but more or less.  This is why big stupid governments are well, stupid.  

Any person who tries this is going to have a lot of time to recover from
singed pride in a maximum security jail. So, the idea is to stop fires, fair
enough.

Source: The Inquirer

Your audio files are driving you away from music

Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2007 - 11:58 PM |
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It would appear that maybe MP3s ARE the reason for lower music sales, just not in the way you think...  Are your compressed audio files driving you away from music???

Source: Slashdot

Penryn-based notebooks leak early

Subject: Mobile | December 30, 2007 - 11:55 PM |
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Looking forward the absolute ONSLAUGHT of product announcements at this year's CES?  You can get an early start by checking out Dailytech's coverage of a few Penryn-based notebooks that will be shown.

Source: Daily Tech

Asus Eee PC accessories released

Subject: Mobile | December 30, 2007 - 11:53 PM |
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Looking for a new battery for your new Asus Eee PC?  How about a world power adapter?  Then Asus has the New Year's gift for you!!

Far Cry still worth $5

Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2007 - 11:50 PM |
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An interesting discussion in our forums: is buying Far Cry today worth that $5 you found in your jeans pocket?  Stop in our forums to see everyone's thoughts on the issue...

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IGP Wars: AMD upperhand on NVIDIA

Subject: Chipsets | December 30, 2007 - 11:48 PM |
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Upcoming battles between the IGP chipsets from AMD, the RS780, and NVIDIA, MCP78S, are apparently leaning towards AMD for performance.  This is all according to motherboard makers in Taiwan.

Source: Digitimes

Upgrading to Phenom with AM2 not as cool as we thought

Subject: Processors | December 28, 2007 - 01:39 PM |
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The guys at Tom's Hardware, as reported by Engadget, are saying that the "drop in upgrade" of Phenom processors into existing AM2 motherboards isn't working as well as we originally hoped.

Source: engadget

NVIDIA MCP72 chipset delayed

Subject: Chipsets | December 28, 2007 - 12:10 PM |
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NVIDIA is getting all the headlines this morning, though maybe they don't want to.  Digitimes is reporting that the MCP72 chipset, otherwise known as the nForce 700 series for AMD platforms, is being delayed until the first of next year.  Being as it is now December 28th, this makes sense, no?  Still bad news is bad news.

Source: 3DCenter

NVIDIA looking for cheaper G92 cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 28, 2007 - 12:07 PM |
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Taking note of the news post below, maybe this information from Digitimes has already been answered?  Apparently NVIDIA was the board designers to find ways to cut costs on the G92 designs to better allow them to compete with the likes of the AMD HD 3800 series of cards.

Source: Digitimes

Details on GeForce 8800 GS Surface

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 28, 2007 - 12:03 PM |
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According to Expreview, NVIDIA planning another SKU based around the G92 architecture known as the 8800 GS.  I am more than a bit confused by the specs though, including a 192-bit memory bus of all things that reintroduces memory sizes of 384MB and 768MB.  The two models showcased run at similar clock speeds to the 8800 GT (one higher and one lower) while the memory sizes and shader clocks border either side of the GT as well.  Color me confused:

AMD ends Athlon X2 branding, starts Athlon 6000 series

Subject: Processors | December 27, 2007 - 11:06 AM |
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Fans of Athlon X2 processors, and huge OEMs that use them, are set to place their final orders for K8 parts next quarter.  But no worries!  They are going to release a dual-core version of Phenom in Q1 of 08 as well in the form of the Athlon 6000 series.

Source: Digitimes

First GeForce 9-series parts to be budget priced

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 25, 2007 - 06:52 PM |
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The first part from the upcoming GeForce 9-series looks to be the G94, or D9P, and will be coming in February.  Set to compete with AMD's RV670 HD 3850, it will apparently have a 256-bit memory bus, 64 stream processors and be built on the same 65nm process as the G92 cards.

Nvidia will launch the mid-range part for its GeForce
9600 GPU series, codenamed D9P or G94, in February 2008, according to
sources with graphics cards makers.

Source: Digitimes