Good news for small time netbooks

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2008 - 02:03 PM |
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Intel's Atom has sprouted a new core and the boards that were designed for them to run on only need a BIOS update according to the news on DigiTimes.  That won't turn them into Core 2 Duos, but it will certainly help to extend the uses netbooks can be put to.

Source: Digitimes

Gigabyte Open Overclocking Competition 2008

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2008 - 01:49 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, September 19, 2008 - GIGABYTE's first annual overclocking competition, the GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship (GO OC 2008) is set to begin. A total of 50 of the world's top overclockers will fly to Taiwan to join the competition and fight for the title of GIGABYTE GO OC Overclocking Champion.

The GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship (GO OC 2008) will be held on September 25th, 2008, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan. Can't join the event here in Taiwan?

Source: Email

Another site thinks NVIDIA will be in new MacBooks

Subject: Mobile | September 22, 2008 - 11:54 AM |
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Hmm, well this is interesting.  Arstechnica is reporting that MacSoda is reporting that Expreview is reporting that we might see the NVIDIA MCP7A chipset in the new MacBooks coming next month.

Source: Ars Technica

Where is the Radeon HD 4850 X2?

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 22, 2008 - 11:41 AM |
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When the Radeon HD 4870 X2 card was released back in the middle of August, there was a particular slide that interested us:

Source: Fudzilla

The little processor that could

Subject: Processors | September 19, 2008 - 03:32 PM |
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Head to The Guru of 3D for a close look at the performance of Intel's new Atom processor.   They have a little ECS motherboard with a Atom 330 Dual Core, running 1.6 GHz, with 2x512KB (1MB) of L2 cache and only drawing 8W of power.  It may not have the power to run new games, but there is a lot that it can do; see it for yourself.

Source: Guru of 3D

Gone with the Wind

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 19, 2008 - 01:36 PM |
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The netbook revolution continues to spread, now with MSI offering the 2.5lb, 10", 1024x600 Wind.  At $500, and with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 at it's heart, you cannot expect the Wind to replace a full notebook.  It simply doesn't have the power to run serious multi threaded applications.  For casual mobile usage it did catch [H]ard|OCP's eyes, ma

Source: [H]ard|OCP

I prefer my PC wears trunks

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 19, 2008 - 12:12 PM |
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The newest Thermaltake case has a rather odd moniker that may make one think of Europeans hanging out near the water.  The Spedo does have a lot going for it besides it's name; like a pair of 230mm fans for cooling, an intricate cable management system and even a way to isolate your components so that the heat from one cannot effect another.  Check out OC3D's review to see how well these featur

Source: Overclock3D

Androids and Apples, just $200

Subject: General Tech | September 19, 2008 - 11:47 AM |
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Google's new Android phone will be competing directly with the 8GB iPhone 3G, they are the exact same price.  The iPhone requires a two year contract with AT&T to get that price; we don't yet know what kind of contract T-Mobile will require for the Android, we should now before the end of the year, but the details are still sparse right now.  Read on at The Tech Report.

Source: The Inquirer

NVIDIA rumored to cut 6.5% of work force

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2008 - 04:53 PM |
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According to this news post over at bit-tech, it looks like NVIDIA will be cutting as much as 6.5%, or 360 employees, from their work force in the coming months before the end of their 3rd fiscal quarter.  With new pressure coming from Intel on the discrete graphics front, problems with manufacturering of their current generations of mobile GPUs and the revived AMD graphics department, this move isn't much of a surprise.

Source: bit-tech

How many channels can you keep track of

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2008 - 04:16 PM |
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At a loss when it comes to lossless codecs and 8 channel sound and how they relate to HDMI and HDCP?  You are not alone, especially when you get into the protection on HD movies and their sound, or trying to figure out if it is your video card or your soundcard that has the most impact on your experience.  AnandTech will take you on a quick journey through the ins and outs of high definition, multi channel audio.

Source: AnandTech

Top of the line need not apply

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 18, 2008 - 01:57 PM |
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The Arctic-Cooling Accelero Twin Turbo VGA cooler will help you push your newer graphics cards even harder, but it won't help GTX260/280 or 4870 X2 owners.  Almost anyone else can benefit from this oversized cooler, especially if you are willing to put up with the noise generated when you make use of the 12V adaptor.  Legion Hardware can show you what to expect in their full review.

Ryan goes 4x4-ing

Subject: Systems | September 18, 2008 - 11:48 AM |
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The Hardware Leaderboard has undergone an update, especially the dream machine.  It is now worth about $3761, which gets you a Core 2 Extreme QX9650 and the ability to run a pair of Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB cards, though the official system only has one.  You could also upgrade to a QX9770 if you so wished.  Check out the other components in the dream machine and the other four systems here.

Every end is a new beginning

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2008 - 11:35 AM |
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In the first and second quarter of 2009 Intel will discontinue twenty processors, ranging from Core 2 Extremes to Celerons.  You can also expect a price drop in October on five different CPUs as well as the release of new models during the next few months and into January.  As usual, Intel has no comments on this news, but DigiTimes track record for this kind of news is very good.  Look forward to Core i7 CPUs and X58 chipsets in November, in addition to the new Duos and Quads.

Source: Digitimes

AMD Infuses Corporate Brand with the Power of "Fusion"

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2008 - 11:07 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Sept.

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3 mice? You must be blind!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 17, 2008 - 06:08 PM |
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The most telling part of MektuMods review of the MSI GS-501 gaming mouse is the picture on the last page with the Dominatrix and Stinger. It would seem that the differences are only skin deep.  The only other possible difference is the software, which in MSI's case is truly not that impressive.  Perhaps downloading Cyber Snipa's or OCZ's drivers would work?

Source: MetkuMods

Catalyst 8.9, get it while it's hot

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 17, 2008 - 04:05 PM |
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New Features

Catalyst Control Center: New Display mode support

  • This release of Catalyst™ introduces 1080p @ 50Hz custom mode support for HDTVs for the ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series, ATI Radeon HD 3000 Series, ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series, and ATI Radeon X1000 Series of products. Users can configure their own custom 1080p @ 50Hz modes to best fit their display.

Overdrive support for QUAD CrossFireX configurations

Source: AMD

What BFG learned from the ES

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 17, 2008 - 03:57 PM |
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One nice thing about buying a PSU from a graphics card company is that you can be fairly sure they have tested it with their graphics cards.  The

Get to know your 790GX

Subject: Motherboards | September 17, 2008 - 02:40 PM |
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Phoronix has done an incredibly comprehensive review of the Asus M3A78-T, a 790GX based motherboard.  Everything from overclockability to Crossfire performance is covered in their 28 page review.  If you are looking at building a Phenom based system that won't cost too much and gives you a good experience out of the box, this review is for you.  Even more attractive is how this platform can be improved to give performance that is better than you might expect.

Source: Neoseeker

The skies are not clear

Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2008 - 12:09 PM |
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There seems to be a swarm of bugs occluding the newly arrived prequel to STALKER, which ruined the day of a bit-tech member who pre-ordered it quite a while ago.  The new engine may improve the lighting and shadows, but it also seems to have brought a swarm of small (and not so small) issues with it.  The news is not all bad, weapon customization and join-able factions will add to your experience and may help the games replay-ablility.  The only question is whether you will wait for the patch,

Source: bit-tech

Make your own chrome highlights

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 17, 2008 - 11:42 AM |
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The first release of Chrome for developers is here, better than an alpha but not yet really a beta, you can download it from Google.  The

Source: The Inquirer