SIGGRAPH gets touchy-feely

Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2008 - 03:50 PM |
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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 - 03:22 PM |
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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 - 09:15 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 - 07:56 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 - 07:35 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 - 06:41 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 - 05:33 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 - 03:42 PM |
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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 - 03:31 PM |
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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 - 09:56 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 - 08:07 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 - 07:22 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 - 07:07 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 - 06:58 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

NVIDIA MAKES PHYSICS A REALITY FOR GAMERS

Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2008 - 06:45 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 12, 2008 - Gamers would agree that they would love to see the worlds in their favorite games be depicted as realistically as possible. For total immersion, the gaming environment has to "feel" as real as possible, and characters must be able to move and interact with the objects in the environment that have a compelling, dramatic impact on game play. With customized physics effects, developers can design trees that bend in the wind, water that ebbs and flows naturally, and include objects in the environment that dramatically impact the gaming experience.

Source: NVIDIA

ASUS Announces World's Fastest EAH4870X2 Series

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 13, 2008 - 06:30 PM |
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Graphics cards with high performance and exceptional speeds are never far from the gamer's mind. That is why ASUS, producer of top quality graphic solutions, has today introduced the graphical solution for the latest generation of AMD dual RV770XT GPUs - the ASUS EAH4870X2/HTDI/2G - equipped with double GPUs and a massive 2G of on-board memory.

Source: ASUS

Hiper is excited about their new case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 13, 2008 - 05:17 PM |
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Multiple materials, including a side panel made of mesh give the

Our new benchmark is also a game

Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2008 - 04:04 PM |
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Starting with his review of the HD4870 X2, Ryan has included Race Driver: Grid in the PC Perspective benchmarking suite.  Until he gets some screen shots up, you can see some at AnandTech, along with a full review of the game.  The game is a mix of rally and street racing, with some features to make it less frustrating compared to some of the other racing games that are currently available.  Add multiplayer and impressive physics to those features and you have an interesting combination.

Source: AnandTech

What we have here, is a failure to communicate

Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2008 - 03:29 PM |
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If you listened to the

Source: TECHGAGE

Water on the brain

Subject: Systems | August 12, 2008 - 09:59 PM |
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What could be better than a Skulltrail system?  bit-tech answers that question with their work log of a Cosmos Sword-S modified to accept watercooling for all of the parts that make up this Skulltrail system.  The final result is impressive, both in it's aesthetics and the power of the components within.

Source: bit-tech