Intel Atom processors to start as low as $29

Subject: Processors | March 26, 2008 - 07:53 PM |

The upcoming line of Intel Atom processors, formerly announced just a couple weeks ago and making up the brains behind the new Diamondville platform, could start with prices as low as $29 according to a report at Digitimes.  The piece also mentions Core 2-based Centrino processors at 2.16 GHz for $107 or so.

Source: Digitimes

Double the memory, double the fun?

Subject: Memory | March 26, 2008 - 06:05 PM |

Or at least a bit higher on your Vista rating.  With the wonderful drop in pricing that DDR2 is going through, 4GB kits are no longer something you have to sell a body part to afford.  Many kits are appearing, and today Overclockers Club reviewed Mushkin's XP2 8000 Redline 4GB kit.  Along with the increase in size has come a decrease in the amount of overclocking possible, and a loosening of the timings, but the scores still remain impressive.

The difference between a 3 and a 4

Subject: Motherboards | March 26, 2008 - 03:19 PM |

The ASUS P5E3 Premium is built with Intel's new X48 chipset, and is premium in price as well as name.  Neoseeker found a big difference in the overclocking ability when compared to it's predecessor, the X38.  The technique that worked best for them differed, so you can't really expect to use the same settings you might on an X38.  Read

Source: Neoseeker

Enermax opens up two new lines

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 26, 2008 - 02:11 PM |

Enermax has launched the Modu82+ line, which focuses on higher wattage and some serious modular cabling.  The Pro82+ seems targeted at providing for a lower watt environment, and the lack of modular cabling also reduces it's prices.  AnandTech tested two models from each line and found that both do deserve their 80Plus rating, as well as some congratulations for keeping the noise down.  If only they could say the same about the pricing scheme.

Source: AnandTech

Addicted to Nod

Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2008 - 12:38 PM |

The first add-on to the third installment of a game called Command & Conquer is up for review at Gaming Heaven.  In this game, you play Kane's lieutenants in the evil Brotherhood of Nod, there are 3 involved in a story line that leaps around the C&C timeline.  There are also multiplayer and skirmishing modes that will offer a bit of replayability after you've beaten the single player, but unless you are a huge C&C fan, or just love any excuse to play an RTS game, you've probably stopp


A return volley from the PC side

Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2008 - 12:20 PM |

The recurring theme of the upcoming death of the PC for gaming has another participant, Alex. St.

Source: Extremetech

Updated: New touch panels for Eee PC coming, add only $10 to price

Subject: Mobile | March 26, 2008 - 12:15 PM |

Update: we seem to have not only confirmation of the touch screen debate but more new information as well.  The updated Eee PC will also possibly include a GPS integration and will sell for $500.  Nice!

Source: Digitimes

A story about the end of polygons

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 26, 2008 - 12:05 PM |

We are all about learning new and interesting theories in the world of computing, but this look at voxels and point clouds replacing standard polygon-based geometry is out there.  A company called Unlimited Detail (ironic...) is claiming that without a GPU, modern processors can achieve much higher detail using using voxel data rather than pixels on polygons. 

Source: t-break

Super Talent Ships World's Thinnest 256GB SSD

Subject: Storage | March 26, 2008 - 11:25 AM |

San Jose, California - March 26, 2008 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today launched the world's slimmest 256GB solid state drive (SSD).

The FSD56GC25H(pdf linkage) uses an industry standard 2.5-inch hard drive form factor and uses an industry standard SATA-I interface, making it 100% interchangeable with conventional 2.5-inch SATA hard drives.

Sitting in the storage sweet spot

Subject: Storage | March 25, 2008 - 06:46 PM |

Western Digital's Caviar SE16 640GB sits at a nice place in the storage market.  Weighing in at ~$150 on Pricegrabber, a pair of 320GB platters and a 16MB cache size this drive has great price for it's size and performance.  In the full review over at The Tech Report, they discovered two other things to love; the power consumption is about that of the low pow

The Core 2 part is easy

Subject: Processors | March 25, 2008 - 04:01 PM |

... but when you are choosing which CPU to get, it is a bit more difficult.  Is a Quad core the way to go, or would you be better off with a Duo Extreme?  Techware Labs breaks down that decision into several key areas, as well as delving into the more obscure realms of steppings.  Read on to see if their advice can help you in your decision.

Zalman's new twist on cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 25, 2008 - 02:29 PM |

Zalman's CNPS9700 NT has it's heatpipes twisted into a 'figure 8' formation and sports a 110mm fan with adjustable speeds, plus they include a full tube of Zalman's thermal paste.  Seeing as how the kit goes for over $50, it is a good thing that they've tried to add a little value to the package.  In the testing that BCC Hardware

Source: BCCHardware

ASUS Planning a 3-GPU 3850 card?

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 25, 2008 - 12:38 PM |

The gang over at NordicHardware has some shots of a new ASUS graphics card that they claim is going to combine three Radeon HD 3850 GPUs on a single PCB.  While the idea intrigues me, I have to say I have MORE than my fair share of concerns about the idea based on some experiences with previous custom built GPU hardware.

Four way flashers

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 25, 2008 - 12:17 PM |

We have been hearing about the miraculous wonders of Quad-SLI for what feels like years.  Not only was it supposed to let you play Crysis with over 100fps at 2560*1200 with every single option turned up to 11, it would feed your dog and cut the lawn as well, all at the same time.

Guess what?  Not so much, as you can see in Ryan's full review.

It's not a rumour

Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2008 - 11:55 AM |

nVIDIA is going to make chipsets for VIA, they aren't going to purchase them, according to this story on The Inquirer.  Via has announced it will back out of the chipset business completely to focus on their processors.  It seems that nVIDA is the company that has been chosen to supply the chipsets those VIA CPUs will use.

Source: NVIDIA

New Intel Server Processors: Fewer Watts, High Performance

Subject: Processors | March 25, 2008 - 11:21 AM |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 25, 2008 - Intel Corporation has further increased its energy-efficient performance lead today with the introduction of two low-voltage 45 nanometer processors for servers and workstations that run at 50 watts, or just 12.5 watts per core and frequencies as high as 2.50 GigaHertz (GHz).

Intel to sell $400 classroom notebook

Subject: Mobile | March 24, 2008 - 07:52 PM |

Like ASUS needed more competition for their Eee PC, Intel is going have their own classroom PC that retails for $400.  Specifications look pretty familiar and it will be using Windows XP, a step over the embedded Linux that ASUS has used up until now.

Source: engadget

NVIDIA and Intel on collision course

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 24, 2008 - 07:49 PM |

At first glance, NVIDIA and Intel might appear to be very different companies going in very different directions, but most of us know that NVIDIA is various forms of trouble.  This editorial over at The Inquirer details some thoughts on whether NVIDIA might be planning on work MORE closely with Intel or planning a direct attack on Intel's upcoming Larrabee GPU architecture.  This is definitely a good read so check it out.

Source: The Inquirer

A little bug you might want to know about

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2008 - 01:32 PM |

If you have
an ASUS P5B, P5B-E Plus, P5B Deluxe/WiFi, ASUS P35C-DS3R
or a Gigabyte P35-DS3L as well as a Radeon X1950 Pro
, X1950 XT or NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT, you need to read this article at TechARP.  The solution is simple, but the effects are incredible.  Make sure that you and anyone you know isn't suffering this problem.

Source: Tech ARP

New ASUS PCIe Splendid HD1 video card

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2008 - 10:34 PM |

The ASUS line of video cards is extending with the Splendid H1, a PCI Express card that offers a transition from lower end GPUs to HDMI/1080p:

Source: engadget