It's sizing up to be a big battle

Subject: Storage | October 17, 2008 - 03:21 PM |
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The Western Digital RE3 and Hitachi's E7K1000 are the best terabyte HDDs that either company has to offer.  Their stats are very similar as far as seek times, number of platters and cache and the differences in performance are just as close.  ExtremeTech has their work cut out for them in picking a winner.

Source: Extremetech

S3 Graphics Showcases GPGPU Functionality with S3FotoPro Image Enhancement Application

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 17, 2008 - 02:50 PM |
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Fremont, California, October 17, 2008 - S3 Graphics, a leading provider of graphics and HD Multimedia technologies, today announced the availability of S3FotoPro, a GPGPU application using the latest programmable architecture powered by the Chrome 400 Series GPUs.

Source: S3 Graphics

Small time gaming

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 17, 2008 - 01:34 PM |
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If your main gaming machine spends a lot of time on the road, SFF cases and mATX motherboards are probably something you are quite familiar with.  The NZXT Rouge series has been a solution for LAN party fans and gamers that cart their systems around and the new Rouge Crafted Series will not dissapoint.  It's bigger and heavier than it's competition, though that does allow the use of the oversized graphics cards and CPU coolers tha

You want form, or function?

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2008 - 12:12 PM |
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The Altec Lansing Soundbar is a little box with two active speakers and a passive one in the middle to sort of act as a subwoofer.  The idea behind the Soundbar is to offer a way for even the most crowded desk to cram a sound system in.  It's price is in line with a midranged 2.1 system, and Think Computers thought the sound was certainly on par as well.  The passive driver does manage to provide enough bass that the overall sound is not too anaemic.  Check them out if you are low on spac

Source: t-break

Coffee and obfuscation for your morning

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2008 - 11:53 AM |
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The Tech Report has had a long conversation with nVIDIA about those small little problems that were popping up in certain Dell laptops.  It would be naive to expect nVIDIA to come completely clean with the public about the exact nature of the problems as well as their cause(s).  On the one hand it can honestly be difficult to pin down the root of the failures and on the other ...

OCZ Technology Announces Availability of the World's First Triple Channel Memory Kits

Subject: Memory | October 16, 2008 - 06:38 PM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. - October 16, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a
worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high
reliability memory, today unveiled the industry's first triple channel
memory kit designed specifically for the impending Intel Core i7
processor/Intel X58 Express Chipset. Optimized for the Core i7's
triple channel mode, these new 3GB and 6GB kits ensure optimal
performance via an ideal combination of low voltage requirements,
speed, and latency.

 

The power of Corsair

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 16, 2008 - 05:09 PM |
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X-bit Labs has just finished an indepth look at four of Corsair's PSUs; 450W, 550W, 650W and the 1kW.  The pair of lower end modules are the VX series, the higher end is the TX, model numbers which denote the size and features of the PSU as well as the overall power supplied.  There are more differences between the various PSUs than the amount of power delivered, components and
features change significantly as well
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Source: X-Bit Labs

Side effects may include ...

Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2008 - 02:18 PM |
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A Das Keyboard Ultimate is a letterless keyboard that offered some serious geek credit if you could actually type that way, but it also had a rather high price.  The price hasn't changed for the Das Keyboard Professional, but at least the keys are actually lablelled.  It retains the basic shape of the classic IBM keyboard, with some changes that make it much more unique and solid, the keyboard weighs almost 3lbs.  There does seem to be some changes that occur in users of this keyboard, of which you can see an example

NVIDIA Introduces Quadro CX - The Accelerator for Adobe Creative Suite 4

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 16, 2008 - 01:26 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA-OCTOBER 16, 2008 - Today NVIDIA introduced its new accelerator for Adobe Creative Suite 4 software, the NVIDIA Quadro CX. This new GPU provides creative professionals with a faster, better, more reliable way to maximize their creativity. Quadro CX was architected to deliver the best performance for the new GPU-optimized features of Adobe Creative Suite 4.

"Adobe is at the forefront of the Visual Computing Revolution," said Dan Vivoli, executive vice president of marketing at NVDIA.

Source: NVIDIA

Lenovo's take on the ultra portable laptop

Subject: Mobile | October 16, 2008 - 12:39 PM |
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At about 3lbs and 1" thick, the Lenovo X300 13.3" ultraportable laptop designed along the same lines as the Macbook Air.  The inclusion of a DVD burner is going to make a lot of people prefer Lenovo's model to the Air, the Intel Core 2 Duo SL7100 and 64GB SSD just make the deal sweeter.  Think Computers was very happy to see that the keyboard remains the same as on other larger Lenovo laptops, preferable to the shrunken, flexible keyboard some ultraportables possess.

Self help you can really get into

Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2008 - 12:08 PM |
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Using the web, or more specifically searching the web, gives your brain a good workout according to some research that Slashdot dug up.  More importantly, the biggest benefits were seen among the so-called 'internet-savvy' group, who used the web regularly and were at least somewhat familiar with successful searching techniques.  So the next time you are caught idly Googling, make sure to let them know that you are exercising your brain and that you have to do it regularly or you will lose the b

Source: Slashdot

Adobe Flash Player 10 released - possible GPU acceleration

Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2008 - 01:32 AM |
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If you have been problems with your Flash player, or just want to have the latest version of everything, jump over to Adobe's Flash Player 10 page to get the newest version.  What I am HOPING to see if a halt to the very annoying issue I have under FireFox and Chrome where Flash video playback halts after a few seconds in a browser that has been opened for a while.  

Source: General

Intel will attempt to woo Apple back home

Subject: Mobile | October 16, 2008 - 01:26 AM |
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An interesting discussion is starting between Intel and press/analysts on what they are going to do about losing the design win for Apple's MacBook's and MacBook Pro's choice chipset, as we predicted and saw this week.

Source: Daily Tech

New Drives Break Performance Barriers, Lower Storage Infrastructure, Cooling, Energy Costs

Subject: Storage | October 15, 2008 - 06:26 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 15, 2008 - Intel Corporation has begun shipping
its highest- performing solid-state drive (SSD), the IntelR X-25E Extreme
SATA Solid-State Drive, aimed at server, workstation and storage systems.
Unlike mechanical drives, the SSDs contain no moving parts and instead
feature 50nm single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash memory technology. Systems
equipped with these drives will not suffer from the performance bottlenecks
associated with conventional drives.

Highlights of the Catalyst 8.10 Windows release

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 15, 2008 - 03:55 PM |
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Performance improvements

  • Unreal Tournament 3: Performance increases of up to 15% are seen when using the ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series or ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series of products
  • Prey: Performance increases between 2% to 5% are seen on ATI CrossFire configured systems when using the ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series, and ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series of products

New Features

Catalyst Control Center enhancements:

Source: AMD

nVIDIA's attempt to ingratiate itself into the integrated market

Subject: Motherboards | October 15, 2008 - 02:43 PM |
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Intel's G45 Express chipset hit the market right after AMD's 790GX, and it also lags behind in performance.  Now nVIDIA has joined the three way battle to provide the most graphical power for the least amount of electrical power.  Their integrated graphics chipset is the GF9300 and GF9400.  The Guru of 3D had a chance to test out ECS' take on this chipset and from the benchmarks it looks like AMD has a contender worth worrying about.

Source: Guru of 3D

NVIDIA INTRODUCES INDUSTRY-CHANGING, HIGHLY INTEGRATED GPU

Subject: Mobile | October 15, 2008 - 01:52 PM |
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Demand for better visual computing
performance continues to grow as more and more applications tap the massively parallel
processing power of the graphics processing unit (GPU) for more than just graphics. As gamers,
video enthusiasts, designers, and now creative professionals require optimized PC solutions, the
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M GPU brings a 5x performance increase over integrated core-logic to
today’s sleek notebook designs.

"Today marks a flashpoint for users around the world," said Jeff Fisher, senior vice president,
GPU business at NVIDIA.

Source: NVIDIA

It's not a shoota

Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2008 - 12:17 PM |
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If you have been looking at the teasers and trailers for the upcoming Dead Space release, Ars Technica may have some bad news for you.  Then again, if you are a fan of horror games then maybe it's good news for the review indicates that Dead Space is a nice new take on both killing aliens in space and dealing with puzzles, scarce ammo and character modification.  Read through the review and take a look at the screenshots to get a glimpse at what struck such a powerful chord with the reviewer, and

Source: Ars Technica

Pour a glass of fresh Kool-Aid

Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2008 - 11:54 AM |
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If, like some owners of PC Perspective, you are a closet Mac fan; the relationship between and your Macbook has probably become a little tense.  You both know that there is something younger and better looking out there and that it is the Macbook who will have to pack up and leave.  The oh so shiny new aluminium MacBook brings most of the Macbook Pro's features into a 13.3" form, in fact it seems like size is now the only real difference between the two lines.  There is also vindication for Ryan's prognostication about nVIDIA and Ap

Corsair Launches New Power Series Power Supply Line

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 15, 2008 - 11:16 AM |
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Fremont, CA, October 14, 2008 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, announced today a new line of economical, quiet, and energy-efficient desktop computer power supplies.