NVIDIA's GT200: Inside a Parallel Processor

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 12, 2008 - 03:07 PM |
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RealWorldTech.com has a new article up that deep-dives into the world of GPGPU computing and NVIDIA's GT200 architecture.  Keep in mind this is not an article for the feint of heart - if lines like "Each cycle the issue logic selects and forwards the highest priority 'ready to execute' warp instruction from the buffer.

Source: General

NVIDIA sued by shareholders over GPU failures

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 12, 2008 - 03:00 PM |
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I saw this post over at Tech Report that discusses a new lawsuit filed against NVIDIA due to the GPU failures that have been plaguing the company for months.  The basis of the suit lies in the fact that NVIDIA knew about the potential problems as early as August 2007 yet hid that fact from the public for as long as 8 months.  Considering the stock has gone from around $18 to the today's price of $10.16 its easy to see why those involv

Intel Dunnington hexa-core CPU coming next week

Subject: Processors | September 12, 2008 - 02:53 PM |
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TGDaily is reporting that Intel's hexa-core Dunnington CPU (for those of you in the dark, that means 6 cores) for the server/workstation market could be launched as early as next week.  This wouldn't be surprising at all considering we first heard about Dunnington in March during the IDF in Shanghai.  Don't expect to see these cores in the consumer level products though - your next update will be with Nehalem-based Core i7 in the coming months.

Source: TG Daily

NVIDIA MCP79A Chipset Coming end of the month

Subject: Chipsets | September 12, 2008 - 02:48 PM |
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Well, this is an interesting report.  According to this post over at Digitimes, NVIDIA is going to be launching their MCP7A IGP chipset by the end of the month.  For those of you that don't know, the MCP7A is NVIDIA's updated Intel-platform intergrated graphics chipset that I believe will likely find its way into the Apple line of MacBooks and iMacs later this year.  Is it a coincidence then that Apple is

Source: Digitimes

AMD RS880 Coming in March 2009

Subject: Chipsets | September 12, 2008 - 02:41 PM |
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According to some leaked slides over at VRZone that focuses on the "planned desktop software roadmap" we learned that AMD should be readying a new desktop chipset, known as RS880, for March/April 2009 release time frame.  All we know about it right now is that it will bring "improved multimedia capabilities".  Duh.

Source: VR-Zone

Analyst: Intel's Larrabee chip needs reality check

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 12, 2008 - 02:32 PM |
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CNet is reporting, on a report from Collins Stewert investment banking (??), that both AMD and NVIDIA have quite a bit of lead on Intel on the graphics front and that Larrabee will not be the runaway success that many people assume it will be.  While this point is obvious to most of us in the media, while we are excited abou

OCZ Technology Unveils the Gladiator and Gladiator Max CPU Coolers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 11, 2008 - 05:29 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-September 11, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. a worldwide
leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory
and computer components, today unveiled the OCZ Gladiator and Gladiator
Max
, the latest CPU cooler line designed for supreme thermal management
and efficiency.

More of what you want, less of what you need

Subject: Processors | September 11, 2008 - 02:37 PM |
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More processing power for less energy is what Intel's new Xeons are all about.  The top model,a Xeon X5492 runs at 3.4GHz on a 1600MHz FSB and has a 150W TDP.  Others are available now, and models with even more impressive stats will be available in the near future.  Drop by the Tech Report for a sneak preview.

Platinum Express now departing at platform P45

Subject: Motherboards | September 11, 2008 - 01:34 PM |
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X-bit Labs takes a look at the P4 Express offerings from MSI, paying particular attention to the

Source: X-Bit Labs

Sado-mouseochism

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2008 - 12:23 PM |
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Somewhere in the world is a gamer who want their mouse to do degrading things to them, and OCZ is willing to cater to that market with the OCZ Dominatrix gaming mouse.

Source: TweakTown

Look ma! No glasses!

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2008 - 12:12 PM |
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Phillips is busy showing off four monitors that are capable of showing 3D content without the need for funky glasses.  The Inquirer doesn't have much information on the displays, and it is inherently difficult to show you 3D pictures unless you have one of these monitors ... or some funky glasses.  It is nice to know that the difficult process of rendering 3D on a 2D display without accessories still has a few bright minds working away at solving it.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD Empowers Professional Graphics Users with Must-Have Features and Price-Performance Leadership

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 11, 2008 - 11:16 AM |
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Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS (IBC 2008) - Sept. 11, 2008 - Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Digital Content Creation (DCC) professionals who require maximum performance from their workstations can turn to AMD (NYSE: AMD) and the powerful new ATI FirePro V8700 graphics accelerator, which provides a 40 percent performance gain for memory intensive applications. Additionally, the new ATI FirePro V3750 delivers superior performance in an entry class professional graphics accelerator.

Source: AMD

Radeon HD 4670: It costs WHAT?

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 10, 2008 - 05:30 PM |
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Today AMD has released its latest graphics processors, and this time they are aimed at the budget to lower-mainstream markets.  The release of the Radeon 4800 series certainly turned some heads, and AMD had probably the best performing parts (under pretty much every circumstance imaginable) at the $200 and $300 price levels.  To say that the Radeon 4870 and 4850 not only leveled, but overturned the playing field is not an overstatement.  In reaction NVIDIA reduced the price of their GTX 260 from $450 down to $300, and the high end GTX 280 went from $650 to $499 or so.

Source: AMD

Thermal conquistador

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 10, 2008 - 05:17 PM |
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The Tech Report, having just finished a review of the Osiris case took a look at the similar Conqueror from Rosewill.  The case has a  rather sparse design, with a lot of space for installing your components and to fit in fans.  In the configuration TR tried, they had a pair of 120mm intake fans in front of the HDD bays and a single 120mm exhaust fan.  For only $80 you can pick up a case whose cooling performance beats the Osirus.

Install once, run anywhere

Subject: Storage | September 10, 2008 - 02:37 PM |
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Slightly smaller than a stack of 3 DVDs, the Seagate FreeAgent Go 120GB Portable Hard Drive will hold a lot more of your data while you are travelling.  It connects via USB, which also supplies it's power, so this drive really won't add much weight or bulk to your laptop bag.  Perhaps Think Computers' favourite feature of this drive i

Taking the high road and the low road

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 10, 2008 - 01:27 PM |
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The mid ranged ATI Radeon HD 4670 has arrived at Newegg.  If you have $80 and want to be able to play most games at very high image quality settings @ 1280x1024 and have enhanced HD video playback, this card is perfect for you.  It also has some interesting new power states, ensuring that the card is only pulling the power that it needs at the time. 

Source: Guru of 3D

Danger, danger, Will Wright!

Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2008 - 12:15 PM |
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Spore, a game in development as long as DN:F, has arrived to mixed reviews.  Those that have played it, like Ars Technica, offer good reviews with some caveats.  The main concern is the future pay for expansion packs, which may explain the shallowness many reviewers felt was the games weakness.  Ars, for one, worries that future expansion packs will be released for each of the stages, finally giving the depth to the game that should have been there in the first place. 

Source: Ars Technica

Out, damn heat; out I say!

Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2008 - 11:55 AM |
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The 48xx series from AMD gives you some serious performance for not too much money;  but it is also turning a lot of PCs into EZ-Bake ovens.  Idling at 80C is uncomfortable for many enthusiasts to begin with, having that 80C bring the temperature up in their case and other components is even worse.  [H]ard|OCP comes to the rescue with a simple tweak that will let you take manual control of the fan in that series of cards so that you can exhaust more of that heat out the back

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD Introduces the ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series Graphics Cards for the Masses

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 10, 2008 - 11:16 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Sept. 10, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the ATI Radeon HD 4600 series, mainstream graphics offerings that deliver exceptional gaming and HD multimedia performance while consuming less power than a standard light bulb.

Source: AMD

The affordable HTPC case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 9, 2008 - 07:07 PM |
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Many of the higher end enclosures for HTPCs come with bucket loads of extras and a price tag around the $500 range, which is great if the aesthetics are your top priority.  For those who want to spend most of the money on the parts that actually do the work, the choices are limited.  A normal PC case will stick out like a sore thumb and modding can be a very daunting proposal for those without the required tools, or the practice.  There is hope in the form of the