AMD comes through for the gamer

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 28, 2008 - 01:08 PM |

AMD's response to the enthusiast has arrived with the 3870 X2, a pair of GPUs on a single card running at 825 MHz at the core and RAM doing 1.8 GHz.  The card uses Crossfire invisibly, there is no set up to do, in fact you can't even see Crossfire as an option with one of these cards, so the set up is a breeze.  It performs on par or better than nVIDIA's offerings, and you can expect to pay ~$500 when it becomes available.  [H]ard|OCP even managed a fair overclock of 878Mhz a

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Relax, it was just a dream

Subject: General Tech | January 28, 2008 - 12:32 PM |

For anyone who went into shock over the rumours that Windows 7 might be released next year, it is safe to come out now.  The Inquirer looked into it and found some very convincing evidence that we won't see Windows 7 until some time after the end of the Mayan Calender.  Any correlation between those two dates are just speculation at this time.

Source: The Inquirer

CoolIT Systems Announces Liquid Cooling for AMD's New Dual GPU Graphics Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 28, 2008 - 11:46 AM |

Calgary, Alberta  - January 28th, 2008 -  Right on the heals of AMD announcing the availability of the ATI Radeon™ HD 3870 earlier this month, CoolIT Systems debuts the third installment in the Reference Series line of liquid cooling systems designed to quietly and effectively cool Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.'s highly anticipated performance graphics cards, the ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2.   In recent testing, the liquid cooled cards were stably clocked up to

GeForce 9800 GX2 feels left out, takes off clothes

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 28, 2008 - 11:30 AM |

Sure today might be all about AMD's new Radeon HD 3870 X2 graphics card, but NVIDIA's upcoming 9800 GX2 just feels left out.  And what do self-conscious graphics cards do to get attention?  Take off their clothes
NVIDIA's design uses two separate PCBs instead of one like AMD's new card does, but the effect is generally the same.

Source: VR-Zone

AMD ditching Dozer for plain old GPUs

Subject: Processors | January 27, 2008 - 10:26 AM |

As Jon Stokes over at Arstechnica describes, it would appear that AMD has changed its tune when it comes to the way Fusion technology will be implemented.  Bulldozer, as we originally thought, was going to be a completely new CPU design from the ground up.  But now AMD appears to be backing off that plan and going with existing CPU and GPU designs for their first Fusion produc

Source: Ars Technica

Anyone fancy some haggis?

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2008 - 05:58 PM |

One of my favourite installation errors has to be when an optical drive decides not to be recognized, as inevitably, at some point in the process Windows will request that you place a driver disk in your CD-ROM drive, so that it can install drivers.  In the past at that point, I have the overwhelming urge to insert something that is not a CD into somewhere on the PC that is not the CD drive.   If you wish to take the high road, and actually fix the problem, check out this thread in Tech Talk for some hints

Source: 3DCenter

This is my booststick

Subject: Storage | January 25, 2008 - 05:01 PM |

The Patriot Xporter XT Boost 32GB offers you an incredible way to keep your data mobile.  It has a rubber exterior that claims to offer protection against water, and is the size you would expect a USB flash drive to be, even with it's large storage capability.  Hardware Zone was also impressed with the transfer speeds it offers, somethi

ASUS is thinking small

Subject: Systems | January 25, 2008 - 01:15 PM |

The ASUS Nova is a nicely sized system, good as an HTPC or better as a SFF office PC.  It has an Intel 2160 (1.8GHz Dual Core) on an Intel 946GZ chipset with intgerated graphics, 1GB of RAM, a 120GB hard drive, and a DVD rewriter drive.  It is about the same size as the Mac Mini, which seems to be it's natural prey.  Drop by t-break for a preview.

Source: t-break

3-D Wii

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2008 - 12:07 PM |

Johnny Chung Lee, who you may have heard of from his past work has had another stroke of genius.  By using a Wii bar sensor and an pair of safety glasses, as well as a bit of programming, he has an incredible way to have and actual 3-D view of his demo game on a Wii.  You have to watch the YouTube video to believe it, and you will probably have to wait a while before Nintendo picks up on this and starts making games.  The only real drawback with his method

More sightings of the elusive Phenom

Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2008 - 11:51 AM |

DigiTimes says this one will come at CeBIT 2008 in March.  We will see how well the TLB bug has been dealt with, and maybe we might even here when they will be for sale.

Source: Digitimes

AMD to showcase upcoming Phenom CPUs at CeBIT 2008

Subject: Processors | January 25, 2008 - 11:12 AM |

While you won't find me in Hannover, you will find AMD's newest Phenom processors.  At CeBit, AMD looks to be showing off the upcoming Phenom 9700 and 9900 processor models along with the energy-efficient 9100e processor.

Source: Digitimes

Gigabyte and MSI announce, but not launch X48 motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | January 25, 2008 - 11:09 AM |

Sure, based on the number of X48 motherboard reviews that have been out over the past few months you'd be hard pressed to find someone that thinks this chipset hasn't already been launched, but according to Intel at least, it has not.  This Digitimes report talks about MSI and Gigabyte announcing their own products while waiting for Asus to clear the channel of all their hordes of X38 chipset motherboards. 

Source: Digitimes

Cooling for the spatially challenged

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 24, 2008 - 06:11 PM |

Thermalright's Ultima 90 CPU Cooler is a shrunken version of the Ultra-120 Extreme, for those who don't have the space.  While you might assume that the smaller size of both the heatsink and fan would destroy the ability of this heatsink to cool as well as it's big brother, Pro-clockers' tests may surprise you.  Another similarity between these 2 coolers is the lack of a fan, so make sure you pick on up along with either version of Thermalright's heatsink.

Low voltage, high speed

Subject: Memory | January 24, 2008 - 02:56 PM |

Depending on the type of memory that the VIA Isaiah will be able to use, the Super Talent Project X 2x1GB PC3-14400
may be a great match.  It runs at 1800MHz, with 7-7-7-21 timings and draws only 2v, fairly low for the speed offered, and uses large passive heatsinks to keep it cool.  Of course, you can't expect Overclockers Online to leave these DIMMs at stock speeds, 920MHz was the top speed they hit at default timings, but they also relaxed the timings and topped the board out, while using

Deja Vu that's not cool

Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2008 - 01:34 PM |

We have seen fans in controllers before, on several different styles of mouse, and they all shared 2 common factors.  The fans were loud and annoying, and they didn't do squat when it came to cooling off your hand.  While I will admit that after several hours, my mousing hand is a little damp, I always thought that the best fix for that was to wrap my hand around a fresh beer for a few seconds.  Logitech, who really should know better by now, has just released the

Source: Tweaknews

AMD launches 7 series IGP chipsets in China

Subject: Chipsets | January 24, 2008 - 12:19 PM |

Even though AMD isn't pushing the 7-series of integrated graphics chipsets in the US quite yet, China is getting the products a bit early

Source: Digitimes

New chip on the block

Subject: Processors | January 24, 2008 - 12:10 PM |

VIA has a brand new chip, the Isaiah Processor designed with Centaur, the people responsible for Cyrix.  While some stats are lacking in details as of yet, [H]ard|OCP pegs the speed at 1GHz when run below 1v and up to to 2GHz at 1.15v.  While they are not going to work on dual core chips yet, having enough power to play Crysis in a 60mm2 (think dime sized) chip is rather impressive.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Your feel good story for the month

Subject: General Tech | January 24, 2008 - 11:51 AM |

Who woulda thunk it?  Those people offering free phishing kits for download have actually included backdoors in their software, so that they get the same information that the script kiddies get.  No phonour amongst phtheives?  Next someone will tell me that politicians only look out for themselves and banks are only in business to make money.

Source: Slashdot

The instant HTPC

Subject: Systems | January 23, 2008 - 06:08 PM |

One laptop, plus one OnAir Solution GT Mobile HDTV Tuner equals the easiest HTPC to set up on the planet.  Thanks to it being external and hooking up via USB, the tuner can also be used to update an analogue HTPC to accept digital signals with no fuss, and still retain video capture.  See what else ASELabs discovered about this handy little tuner in their review.

Source: Aselabs

AMD's new tradition

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 23, 2008 - 04:55 PM |

Hopefully this will soon disappear, but every launch AMD has recently tried doesn't seem to have gone as planned.  This time around, North American reviewers were instructed not to reveal the new graphics cards performance, but across the pond that message never got across.  So we have been seeing the performance of at least one of the cards for about 24 hours now.  The rest of the new family has now been revealed, there are many reviews out there, but s