Finding gold at the bottom of the barrel

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 29, 2008 - 04:01 PM |
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The Tech Report investigates whether you can spend less than $100 on a graphics card and still be able to play your favourite games.  The short answer is that if your monitor is stuck at 1280x1024, then go right ahead and buy one of the many lower end video cards you can pick up from AMD and nVIDIA.  If you can go to 1920x1200 and want to see at least a few effects, or play some of the more intensive titles, up the budget to the $150 and you won't be disappointed.  You won't be playing at maximum settings, but

Nice schwag from the PDC

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2008 - 03:42 PM |
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Head to the Intel Professional Developer Conference in Los Angeles this October and you will walk out with a 160GB HDD with a pile of programs on it, including an alpha of Windows 7.  The rest of us still have to wait until sometime in 2009; though Ballmer would prefer you would buy a couple of copies of Vista in the mean time.  Ars Technica gives a run down of what we know about Windows 7 along with the information on the 'pre-beta'.

Source: Ars Technica

NVIDIA renaming GeForce 9-series and killing 8-series

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 26, 2008 - 06:01 PM |
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Well, I hope none of you were attached to the GeForce 8-series or GeForce 9-series names; it looks like the G100-series will be taking over all the 55nm product names.  Nothing too dramatic here but perhaps a new way for partners to market, right?

Following a recent announcement that the companywould lay off about 7% of its staff, it seems that Nvidia is busy bringing the company back on track.

Source: TG Daily

The Diamond HD 3870 fiasco

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 26, 2008 - 05:52 PM |
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Ah, this is why we love the Internet and its ability to spread stories at such speed.  On Wednesday TGDaily reported that "thousands of Diamond multimedia graphics cards potentially defective" and that the company "may have shipped between 15,000 and 20,000 AMD/ATI HD 3800-series with design/manufacturing defects to system builders and the retail market."  Of course as you'd imagine the S hit the F after that and since then some of the information has been adjusted.

Source: 3DCenter

Rumors of AMD's Bobcat demise over blown?

Subject: Processors | September 26, 2008 - 05:36 PM |
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There have been some rumors circulating in recent days that AMD's Bobcat project, a CPU made for the Atom/Nano market, might have been taken behind the wood shed for a little "project culling."  According this very short but sweet post at The Inquirer, the deal is done.  Another post at EE Times claims that the project is dead as well.  

Source: Ars Technica

Round up your heat for disposal

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 25, 2008 - 09:35 PM |
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Lee has been busy putting the Zalman CNPS9300 AT through the paces.  The cooler continues in Zalman's preferred style, with bright copper fins in a circular design.  The cooler it's self performs well, and Lee has no problems recommending it as a cooler; for those looking for performance and quiet simultaneously, you may wish to look elsewhere.  If you haven't read the full review yet, get busy

You got serial all over my SCSI

Subject: Storage | September 25, 2008 - 09:18 PM |
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The HighPoint Technologies RocketRAID 2640x4 is a ~$150 PCI-e RAID controller card that will let you operate SAS drives in your PC.  There are a few differences between SATA and SAS storage, some are more arcane like the difference between SAS's Tagged Command Queuing and SATA's Native Command Queuing, other qualities like the 15,000 RPM speed of SAS drives are easier to understand.

Source: Beyond3D

And there was great rejoicing

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2008 - 09:05 PM |
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Jack Thompson will have to torment game makers and players as a regular citizen now, he's gotten to the point where even lawyers don't want to be associated with him.  Drop by [H]ard|OCP for a look at how the disbarment happened, as well as Jack's response.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA Forms Strategic Partnership With MotionDSP

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2008 - 08:58 PM |
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MotionDSP has taken the same multi-frame video technology that powers FixMyMovie.com and ported it to NVIDIA's CUDA architecture, with stunning results, (as demonstrated at last month's NVISION '08 show). Now, MotionDSP is creating a version that will run on your home PC -- out in early Q1 '09 and tastily running in real-time on NVIDIA graphic cards, as well as standard CPUs (albeit much slower).

MotionDSP's new software product, codenamed 'Carmel', is one of the first mass-market consumer applications to use NVIDIA's CUDA architecture, which makes this all possible in real-time.

Source: NVIDIA

OCZ Technology Introduces the HydroFlow CPU Waterblock

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 25, 2008 - 08:53 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-September 25, 2008-OCZ Technology Group, Inc. a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the "HydroFlow" HF-MK1 Waterblock for superior CPU watercooling.

Good things come in micro packages

Subject: Systems | September 24, 2008 - 08:40 PM |
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Checking out the GMC Noblesse AVC-S1 HTPC case is a great idea if you are looking for a case that doesn't take up much room, and can still manage to show HD content.  On the other hand, if you are looking for an HTPC that can fit normal sized components and heatsinks, you may not want to go this route.  Drop by R&B Mods to see why.

GIGABYTE Introduces Ultra Durable 3 Technology

Subject: Motherboards | September 24, 2008 - 08:26 PM |
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City of Industry, CA, September 24th, 2008 - GIGABYTE UNITED INC., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards today is pleased to introduce their revolutionary Ultra Durable 3 technology, the industry’s first consumer desktop motherboard design to feature 2 ounces of copper for both the Power and Ground layers, delivering a dramatically lower system temperature, improved energy efficiency and enhanced stability for overclocking.

GIGABYTE once again leads the motherboard industry

Getting your money's worth

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 24, 2008 - 05:53 PM |
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Buying a video card is getting quite difficult, especially if you want good value.  There are an incredible amount of choices right now, with tiers running from the $150 value cards to the $500 top of the line models.  [H]ard|OCP takes you through the 48xx series from AMD and the 2xx series from nVIDIA to try to figure out which cards offer you the best value.  Whichever price level you are looking at, this review covers it.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Before there was cake

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2008 - 03:56 PM |
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Portal fans have something to look forward to, apart from importing the portal gun into Half Life 2 and getting stuck in places you were never meant to go.  There is a mod coming out called Portal: Prelude which is set in the Aperture Science labs before the rise of GlaDOS, strangely enough.  Due for release on the first birthday of the Orange Box, October 10th, you can expect 8 chapters, 19 test chambers, 48 challenges, 6 advanced maps, a brand new storyline and more than 400 lines of speech. 

AMD and Intel's virtual virtuosity

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 24, 2008 - 03:42 PM |
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Drop by The Inquirer for an overview of the plans that AMD and Intel have for making their platforms the best for virtual computing.  First up is memory management, with the way virtual I/O traffic and devices are handled, then it will be on to getting the heavy lifting of virtualization
from software to hardware.  Servers may never be totally real again.

Source: The Inquirer

ASUS GeForce 9800 GTX+ Dark Knight Edition

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 24, 2008 - 03:13 PM |
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I saw over at Fudzilla that ASUS has a new graphics card on their site today under the "Dark Knight" moniker.  While I am not sure if the lawyers at DC Comics know about it yet, the card itself looks pretty cool and is based on the GeForce 9800 GTX+ 55nm G92 GPU.  
Source: Fudzilla

AMD Athlon 6500 2.3 GHz Kuma Reviewed

Subject: Processors | September 24, 2008 - 02:53 PM |
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In what will likely be the last series of dual-core processors to come from AMD's desktop team, the Athlon 6500 is based on the Kuma core and runs at 2.3 GHz.  It is a 65nm CPU with HT3.0 support, it still uses a built-in DDR2 memory controller, shared 2M L3 cache, Cool''n'Quiet 2.0 and adds SSE4A support courtesy of other K10 processors.  Expreview apparently got their hands on one and posted up a review of sorts.  

Source: General

There are house fans smaller that that

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 23, 2008 - 10:05 PM |
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400mm, 40cm, 16 inches ... no matter how you measure, the fan on the side of the
Aerocool Hi-Tech 7 Pro
is huge!  The specs say the fan runs at 400 RPM, moves 250 CFM and only produces 12dbA, and techPowerUp's testing does show that it certain keeps things cool.  Add a front LCD display with a few different modes to choose from and you have a rather nice that should fall at about the $100 price range.

Source: techPowerUp!

Lean, green and machined

Subject: Memory | September 23, 2008 - 08:01 PM |
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The 1800MHz DDR3 Extreme Performance kit from Patriot sports their Aluminium Copper Composite heatsinks, which for some reason are painted green.  The run 8-8-8-24 @ 1.9V out of the box, Pro-Clockers pushed them to 2000MHz by relaxing the timings to 9-9-9-24.  The $339 price tag doesn't hurt either!

Digitimes interviews NVIDIA CEO: GPU on CPU 'a waste'

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 23, 2008 - 06:38 PM |
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In an interview with NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, Digitimes asked some probing questions about the company's stance in the GPU market, NVIDIA's plans for surviving in the world of Intel's Larrabee and more.  One interesting comment came when Huang was asked about how both Intel and AMD planning to integrate GPU functionality into their CPUs would affect NVIDIA.

Source: Digitimes