It's about what's not there, not what is there

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 14, 2008 - 12:40 PM |
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If you haven't seen pictures of the Antec Skeleton case, you must have been hiding under a rock since Computex, as it was one of the more often posted about new products.  Now you can own one of your very ownDrop by AnandTech for a very close look at this open concept case, and the almost installed Hybrid-SLI system that they tried to fit in.

Source: AnandTech

Motherboard strip show

Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2008 - 12:18 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has a quick movie of the unboxing of an MSI Eclipse X58 motherboard, with full exposure.  There aren't any benchmarks to be had, just lots of shots of the board and all it's accessories.  Drop by if you are curious about whether the new model's heatsinks are as big as the preivious model that we have all grow accustomed to.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

World's Safest, Most Power Efficient Cryptography for Mini-notes and x86-based Computers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 14, 2008 - 11:47 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, October 14, 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today showed that the cryptographic performance of the VIA Nano processor is the most power efficient on the market, due to its dedicated VIA PadLock Security Engine, a suite of security tools integrated directly into the processor die.

The hardware security implementation within the VIA Nano processor means that user data is handled more efficiently and safely by circuitry deep inside the silicon, rather than by using more vulnerable operating system, memory and

ASUS EN9800GT MATRIX/HTDI/512M

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 14, 2008 - 11:44 AM |
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FREMONT, CA (October 13, 2008) - For the enthusiast seeking the utmost control from their video solution, ASUS has today released the new EN9800GT MATRIX/HTDI/512M for North America.

Source: ASUS

AMD to benefit from Adobe CS4 GPU acceleration

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2008 - 04:32 PM |
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This is a bit of interesting news that I had bookmarked this week but haven't gotten posted yet.  Two articles over at Fudzilla point to the fact that AMD's GPUs will benefit just as much from the recent Adobe CS4 software GPU acceleration additions as NVIDIA's parts.  First, here is the post that quotes an AMD rep saying as much.  How is that possible?

Source: Fudzilla

You think EEE PCs are dumb? 700k people last month don't

Subject: Mobile | October 10, 2008 - 04:20 PM |
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This number is simply amazing - 700,000 Eee PCs shipped in September.  Obviously the 901 and 1000-series are continuing the promise on the brand even though many of us thought the brand would be weighed down by now.

Asustek Computer shipped around 700,000 Eee PCs in September this year, a new monthly high for the company.

Source: Digitimes

Anandtech investigates the Core i7 VDIMM issue

Subject: Motherboards | October 10, 2008 - 04:14 PM |
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So earlier this week we pointed you to a potential problem with the upcoming Core i7 Nehalem-based processors involving voltages.  Apparently, because the memory controller on the new processor is directly associated with the voltage of the entire processor, DDR3 DIMMs that are reaching over the 2.0v mark could be potentially hazardouse to the CPUs.  This is because the CPU voltage and VDIMM voltages are linked in some fashion.
Source: AnandTech

Apple upset about NVIDIA's bad GPUs...gulp

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2008 - 04:09 PM |
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This story over at TGDaily seems to indicate that not only does Apple now have some of the defective mobility GPUs that have been absolutely destroying NVIDIA's consumer confidence as of late, but that Apple took some of its internal displeasure and posted it for the world to see.  What was said?

Source: TG Daily

Galaxy increases warranty on VGA card products to two years

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2008 - 03:56 PM |
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One of our new supporters sent along a note that they are increasing their warranty length as a direct result of users in our forums and elsewhere.  See, sometimes you do get what you want!

October 10, 2008Galaxy Microsystems Ltd announced
today that it has increased the warranty period on its
VGA card products from one year
to two years.

Time to dump the PS3?

Subject: Storage | October 9, 2008 - 03:04 PM |
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Futurelooks tried out the newest Samsung Blu-ray player, the BD-P150 which is slightly cheaper than a new PS3.  Currently the PS3 is one of the best choices for a Blu-ray player, and when you remember it is also a full console, the choice seems obvious.  See if there is anything Samsun

Source: futurelooks

Look ma, no wires!

Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2008 - 01:43 PM |
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Audioengine's AW1 Wireless Audio System is a way to provide a wireless transfer of data between two audio systems.  Don't let the USB plugs fool you, the receiver can send signal along a usual 35mm analog audio plug.  Wireless audio is handy in it's reduction of wires running everywhere, but it's quality tends to be lesser than a wired system.  TECHGAGE tested this set out to see how well AudioEngine fixed the problem.

Source: TECHGAGE

Pick up some nice kit for your DDR3 system

Subject: Memory | October 9, 2008 - 12:14 PM |
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Speaking of low powered, high speed RAM; MektuMods have finished a round-up of high speed DDR3 of which only one DIMM, the CSX Diablo3 2000 2GB Kit requires 2V, the rest were designed to run between 1.8V - 1.95V, making them safe for the Core i7.  Once they got into overclocking, the voltages did start to rise which could prove to be a problem for people really wanting to push Intel's upcoming chip.  Drop by to see the strengths and weaknesses of each kit.

Source: MetkuMods

Lower your power consumption or the processor gets it

Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2008 - 11:57 AM |
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If you set up a new Corei7 and X58 platform the same as you set up your current Penryn and X48 DDR3 PC, with 2.0V+ high performance RAM, you can expect to see that new Intel processor go off to the great silicon graveyard in a week, maybe less.  Before you start the wailing and gnashing of teeth phase let AnandTech tech tell you about why this is probably not a problem.  DDR3 is about to start coming with lower voltage requirements, while still retaining and continuing to increase it's already high spee

Source: AnandTech

Ghesundheit!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 8, 2008 - 02:36 PM |
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The EKL Alphenfohn GroB Clock'ner Blue Edition is quite the mouthful to try to order if you can find it for sale.  It's claim to fame is the inclusion of a Coollaboratory Liquid MetalPad to use instead of thermal paste or a TIM pad.  FrostyTech's testing shows it to be a midrange cooler with a quieter fan than most of the competition.  It won't find a home in a dedicated overclockers system, but many others could certainly consider it for all but a Socket 1366 based PC.

Source: Frosty Tech

G92 isn't dead yet

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 8, 2008 - 01:17 PM |
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Why would you want to invest in a 9800 GT at this point?  A few reasons come to mind, like running Folding@Home on it or using it as a PhysX accelerator instead of using it as your main graphics processor.  Take the Inno3D GeForce 9800 GT Twin Turbo that Guru of 3D reviewed.  For $150 you get a pre-overclocked card with an impressive Accelero cooling system that will let you push the card even further than Inno3D did.  How does bumping the shader clock from 1512MHz to nearly 19

Source: Guru of 3D

You call that new and improved!?!

Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2008 - 12:15 PM |
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If you remember the original Deus Ex you were probably utterly disgusted with it's sequel.  The third instalment won't be any better from what Slashdot has found out.  The original game was skill based, with four levels to each of the various skills, and you never got enough points to max out your character, you had to chose which skills you focused on.  If you didn't spend points in sniping, your aiming reticle moved significantly when you tried to zoom in and hitting things was incredibly d

Source: Slashdot

XOHM, Intel and WiMAX Partners Celebrate New 4G Broadband Era in Baltimore

Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2008 - 11:52 AM |
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Baltimore - Oct. 8, 2008 - Catalysts of a new 4G wireless broadband era gathered today in Baltimore as Sprint (NYSE: S), Intel and their WiMAX ecosystem partners celebrated the recent launch of XOHM mobile 4G service, and announced new access devices and retail strategies at an Inner Harbor event. The occasion marked a business model transformation for the wireless industry and innovation in the way mobile services are accessed and enjoyed.

Backyard Fusion

Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2008 - 11:50 AM |
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ExtremeTech was able to get their hands on a beta utility that represents the first incarnation of AMD's Fusion.  It's not the finally version of what is supposed to be a marriage of CPU and GPU, it is a software utility that helps make your gaming experience better.  One of it's tricks is to hold profiles for overclocking, so you can use Overdrive and and AutoTune to automatically find your PC's sweet spot and save the speeds.  It can also disable certain Windows services while you are gamin

Source: Extremetech

Meet the first 1 Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 7, 2008 - 04:50 PM |
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CHATSWORTH, CA - September 30, 2008 - Diamond Multimedia (www.diamondmm.com), a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications products, launched today the ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics card. The 4600 series of cards boast up to 3 times the performance of the previous generation of GPUs.

The HD 4670 is a single slot card, PCIE 2.0, with 1024MB of DDR3 memory and a clock speed of 750 MHz. The memory speed is 900 MHz, designed with 320 stream processors.

Super Talent Launches SSDs for Asus Eee PCss

Subject: Storage | October 7, 2008 - 04:43 PM |
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San Jose, California - October 7, 2008 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced a new line of mini PCI-Express SSDs, available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities, that were designed explicitly for the Asus Eee PC.

Standard Eee PCs have maximum 20GB of storage. These cost-effective upgrade cards offer up to 64GB of solid state storage.