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Subject: Graphics Cards | November 13, 2008 - 03:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Before Ryan started in on a marathon session listening to AMD present technical data to a bunch of suits with a lot of money, he had the time to post about AMD's plans for stream processing. Among all the announcements expected today, the idea of utilizing the GPU for an incredibly varied list of tasks is maybe the most interesting. Read his full article to see why that is.
Subject: Processors | November 13, 2008 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Shanghai is here and it is incredibly power efficient. AnandTech has published their look at this new server chip and it is going to make a lot of people very happy (unless they work for Intel
Subject: General Tech | November 13, 2008 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It seems that until recently it was frowned upon for someone to stand outside of a party screaming about how much that party sucks and how much cooler they are than anyone else. That is exactly what has been happening any time a CPU or GPU manufacturer announces a new product. Today it is the AMD Financial Analyst day, with a lot of news from AMD being announced, including the first Shanghai reviews. Of course, somehow timed to break at the exact same time is a story on DigiTimes about Nehalem chips becoming available soon. The chips range from ten Xeon5500 models to se
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 13, 2008 - 11:20 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Processors | November 13, 2008 - 02:08 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tonight at midnight AMDsent out the press release with the formal announcement of their new
45nm 'Shanghai'-based Opteron processors for the server and workstation
markets. There is a lot of great information in this release including
specs of the CPU that show a much better outlook for AMD's processors
than previously expected. Frequencies will be offered as high as 2.7 GHz with TDPs of only 75 watts theoretically indicating that high clock rates should be inbound for both server and desk
Subject: Mobile | November 12, 2008 - 05:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – November 12, 2008 - MSI Computer, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, is pleased to announce the newest addition to it Gaming Notebook Series – the GX630-028US.
Subject: Motherboards | November 12, 2008 - 04:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The introduction of the X58 chipset brought a lot of new features to the PC, none more desired than a board that can handle both SLI and Crossfire. The first X58 board to do so, the ASUS P6T Deluxe, ended up on Ryan's test bench recently. Not only does it have that advantage over the Intel DX58SO board, it also overclocks a lot better straight out of the box. Read on to see how the board tested against previous generations of board as well as the Intel X58 .
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 12, 2008 - 03:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When FrostyTech can set you up with a list of coolers 132 models long. Every LGA775 compatible heatsink worth mentioning is included, from the incredible Prometeia Mach2 GT that will keep you 50C below ambient to the dangerous to run Igloo 5058 Light E that ran at over 60C above ambient. Read through and see where your cooler sits, and which models might be better. Too bad they may have to start from scratch with the Core i7.
Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2008 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sure, Fallout, Far Cry, CoD and Gears of War may have all been great games, but how many sequels can you make before you hit the quality level of the Police Academy series? Are we doomed to see games reduced to several family lines that dominate, with a small selection of independent games done on the cheap? Story line replayability and conversion mods can keep an older game alive, so you could always just replay it with a completely different outcome or with a completely different take on the game entirely.
Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2008 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's invited me to its annual Financial Analyst Day in Sunnyvale on Thursday, where I expect the company's executives to announce its netbook processor strategy.
The company is bringing out all of its heavy hitters to try and impress the financial community and bolster its faltering stock price. AMD's CEO, COO, CMO and several other execs will give presentations and have lunch with analysts and members of the media.
Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2008 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you pick up an AMD Phenom before the end of the year, you should get a nice surprise along with it. The Inquirer has heard of a deal with Serif to provide either their photo editing software or their movie editing software for free with the purchase of a Phenom. If you are thinking about setting up a PC that will be doing either of those tasks, or even just want to upgrade your processor by a bit, you are looking at a great deal, perfectly timed to help you save yo
Subject: Mobile | November 11, 2008 - 04:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS has two very different schools of thought when it comes to mobile computing. On the one hand you have the tiny little Eee PC, which pares down everything it can in the name of extended battery life and lower weight. Then there is the gaming laptop, like the ASUS G50V series. Built purely for power, with little thought given to overall weight and battery life. The mode
Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2008 - 03:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After a few revisions and a drop to a more reasonable price, OCZ's Neural Impulse Actuator is still around, but not many people have picked one up. Legit Reviews decide it was time to flex their mental muscles to see if the NIA had changed much and to give them an excuse to make faces at their computer. They came away with the feeling that while some may excel at using the NIA fo
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 11, 2008 - 03:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A lot has been said about Enermax over the years, as the quality of their products have undergone some changes, recently the talk has been about the Enermax Revolution series. AnandTech's review of the Enermax Revolution 85+ High Efficiency PSU shows that the company is currently on an upswing. The only times this unit dipped below 85% efficiency were when it was under 1000W of load on 120VAC or less, fed on 230VAC it didn't hit the 85% until almost 1200W load. Add the ability to provid
Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2008 - 02:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are running AVG anti-virus software on one or more of your PCs, do not believe it when it identifies user32.dll as a virus. You really, really want to keep that file. Seeing "Illegal system DLL relocation" will really spoil your day. Slashdot has a lot of conversation about this, as does the AVG forums, and a fix should be quickly forthcoming. In the meantime, if you have allowed it to and your system is no longer functioning, you can
Subject: Processors | November 11, 2008 - 02:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You can get a little closer to owning an Intel Core i7 processor; some online retailers are selling the three models as a pre-order, according to CNET. The preorder may ensure that there is stock, but sadly you will still have to wait the six days until the official launch before you can actually lay your hands on it and get it into a system. It still may be a great idea if you want to be the first kid on your block to have one, we really don't know how much stock will be ava
Subject: Processors | November 10, 2008 - 06:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has been spending a lot of time with the new Core i7 processors, testing and retesting as new BIOS, motherboards, RAM and overclocking tweaks have surfaced. One of the biggest hurdles has been cooling these new CPUs, all the previous experience with Core2 no longer applies. There is a video and chart that shows just what to expect with a Core i7 965 and stock cooling ... it's not pretty.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 10, 2008 - 02:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Galaxy really figured out how to push the GTX260, their overclocked version sees an increase from 576MHz to 656MHz in the GPU, the stream processors are bumped from 1.242GHz to 1.405GHzand the memory picks up over 10%, hitting 2.26GHz. Read on to see if [H]ard|OCP recommends buying the OC version, or the basic model and doing the overclocking yourself.