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Subject: Graphics Cards | December 20, 2007 - 05:16 PM | Josh Walrath
AMD has now released the final Cat of the year. 7.12 is the number, and the amount of fixes are... minimal. Better DX10 performance in Company of Heroes on HD 38x0 cards, and improved Overdrive functionality with HD 2900 cards. On the Linux side there are quite a few more fixes. Support for RedFlag 6.0 and OpenSUSE 10.3, as well as a handful of major fixes under OpenGL.
Subject: Mobile | December 20, 2007 - 01:05 PM | Ryan Shrout
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 20, 2007 - 12:51 PM | Josh Walrath
It wasn't all that long ago that OCZ bought up PC Power and Cooling and started marketing those power supplies as their own, and even before that OCZ was making their own power supplies which caught a lot of attention. Corsair also released a few impressive products of its own. It seems that a new name is entering the power supply field, and one you really would not expect.
Subject: Processors | December 19, 2007 - 12:03 PM | Josh Walrath
Digitimes is reporting that Intel is backing off of its introduction of the lower clocked 45 nm quad core parts. These would have included the Q9300, Q9450, and Q9550. The official story is that Intel does not feel the need to release these due to all of the issues AMD is having getting their quad cores out. Since Intel feels there is no real competition in this space, they can let their current 65 nm quad core parts handle the demand.
Subject: Processors | December 19, 2007 - 10:26 AM | Ryan Shrout
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Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 18, 2007 - 04:37 PM | Josh Walrath
OCZ certainly picked a heck of a company to buy when they decided to jump into the power supply industry. PC Power and Cooling has long been a well respected name in the industry, and products such as the Silencer 750 have been staples in the high end power supply market. Today they are announcing a new member of the venerable Turbo-Cool family. The Turbo-Cool 860 has a whopping 64 amps on a single 12V rail, and can handle up to 72 amps of peak performance. It is NVIDIA SLI certified up to 2 x 8800 Ultras.
Subject: Motherboards | December 18, 2007 - 03:22 PM | Ryan Shrout
ASUS P5N-T Deluxe Motherboard Raises the Bar for Enthusiasts Motherboards
-- The latest NVIDIA 3-way SLI capable motherboard is complemented by the energy-saving ASUS Energy Processing Unit --
Subject: General Tech | December 18, 2007 - 03:18 PM | Ryan Shrout
ASUS Xonar Returns Hardware Accelerated Audio to Windows Vista
-- Latest Xonar D2 Drivers Revive EAX Functionality and Eliminate Microphone echo --
FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (December 18, 2007) – To satisfy demand for high-fidelity audio while gaming in Windows Vista®, ASUS®, worldwide leader in notebooks, consumer electronics and PC components, today released DirectSound® 3D Game Extensions (DS3D GX) and Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) technologies in the latest Vista drivers.
(Available at http://support.asus.com/download/ )
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 18, 2007 - 03:08 PM | Ryan Shrout
That would appear to be the case according to Charlie at The Inquirer. Many of his points are valid, but lines like "A two generation old ATI
X1300 low end card can drive two 30" monitors" are obtuse. Sure, they can do that with 2D and basic Vista screens but you won't be pushing dual 30" 2560x1600 displays with any gaming involved. Also, much of the debate is based on resolutions and it doesn't completely address the fact that even if resol
Subject: General Tech | December 18, 2007 - 01:19 PM | Josh Walrath
One of the primary movers and shakers of advanced process technologies is none other than Intel. The company spends more money then most of the other companies out there combined. Even the mighty IBM does not push as much cash towards advanced process nodes, nor do they have as much fab space as Intel. It used to be that most semiconductor companies that ran fabs would develop their own process, or license one from another manufacturer. But as the nodes have shrunk, the financial burden of pursuing these advanced processes have proven to be too much for most companies.&
Subject: Processors | December 18, 2007 - 12:21 PM | Ryan Shrout
According the "we get it now" genius at the New York Times, coding multi-threaded software is hard. Go figure! Other than making it easy to make fun of mainstream media again, this article does bring up some good points. Multi-threaded coding is completely different than the coding models used since the beginning of time and software engineers are having to completely re-learn their art in order to keep up with hardware advancements. And so, becaus
Subject: Chipsets | December 18, 2007 - 12:13 PM | Ryan Shrout
This is interesting news considering that we had at least one motherboard partner attempt to send us an X48-chipset motherboard this month. I say "attempt" because the board didn't show up because "sales took it back" or something. Perhaps then that is indicative of this delay on the chipset? Perhaps Intel didn't want to piss off the motherboard vendors that bought tons of X38 product quite yet??
Intel was originally going to launch the X48 c
Subject: Motherboards | December 17, 2007 - 05:45 PM | Josh Walrath
One thing I am rather confused about is why AMD and its partners are not pushing the AMD 770 based boards more than they currently are. There are six manufacturers that have AMD 770 based boards available (or at least will be available shortly). So far only ECS has chosen to send out review samples, while the rest of the manufacturers are sitting back and letting the more expensive 790X and 790FX boards take all the limelight.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 17, 2007 - 01:33 PM | Ryan Shrout
In somewhat surprising news, the gang at Shacknews has found that sales for Crysis and Unreal Tournament 3 are substantially lower than we'd have predicted. Apparently Crysis has only sold 87,000 copies while UT3 sold only 34,000 units as of last month. Considering the huge success of UT2003 and the cult classic that was Far Cry, both of these sales results are very troublesome for a PC gaming industry that has seen the console creep up on it for years.
Subject: Editorial | December 17, 2007 - 10:25 AM | Ryan Shrout
Just a heads up to everyone that our news will be done different through the rest of the holidays as Jeremy is MIA. Missing in the Arctic.
For your news coverage, I will be doing some and our new Josh promised to help out as well (and is now called out in public).
Send any news tips or coverage ideas to us here!!!
Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2007 - 05:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Those of you who have been around for a while will recall our Christmas
giveways of yore, when we handed out some killer prize packages of top-notch
PC components in the spirit of the season. Those past attempts have been
good, but this year's prize haul blows 'em all away. We have well over five
grand worth of PC hardware on ready to spring on unsuspecting TR readers.
Not only that, but we've teamed up with our sponsors to support a very good
cause at the same time.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 14, 2007 - 02:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The box that the ABS BZ800 800w Power Supply comes in has all sorts of odd marketing speak about the new technologies that this PSU offers, but we do know that there is a 64A 12v rail. The cabling features REMI filters and bead cores, which haven't been shown to do anything apart from making the cables too thick to easily work with. The negatives don't have an effect on the power though, and apart from the questionabl
Subject: Motherboards | December 14, 2007 - 01:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ECS A770M-A isn't really the motherboard you want if you are putting together a Spider platform. The new AMD 770 northbridge will give you support for Phenom, Athlon FX, Athlon64, and Sempron processors, and support for HT 3.0 and PCI-E 2.0 make it an attractive board, but the lack of 4 PCIe slots might put a damper on your plans. Even so, Overclockers Club d