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Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2008 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As we discussed on the podcast, AMD's first 45nm parts will be aimed at the server market and they will be arriving soon. According to DigiTimes, the first nine processors should be appearing within the next couple of months. They won't even be that slow, with some models well above 2GHz. If you want the high performance versions, you will have to wait until February.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 1, 2008 - 07:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
"Today we will have a look at the Dark Power Pro 1200W unit from Be Quiet, a product optimized for the best possible acoustics
performance despite its monstrous power output. The Dark Power Pro P7 series 1200W is the most advanced and powerful unit Be
Quiet currently produce and it has some remarkable specifications."
Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 1, 2008 - 05:46 PM | Josh Walrath
The Cell Processor in the PS3 has certainly received a lot of attention, but now we are finally seeing some products being introduced that are based on the same technology of the Cell. The Toshiba SpursEngine is a derivation of the Cell, but it does not encompass any of the PowerPC portions. Instead it is a chip that is designed around the SPE units that are found in Cell. Toshiba is aiming this part at realtime video encoding and decoding, as well as upconverting video in real time.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 1, 2008 - 04:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gigabyte has made an impressive entrance into the enclosure market with their Mars full tower. The Tech Report were quite happy with the case, the only fault they really found was that the the tool-free clips and latches for the 5.25" drives and expansion cards should also be available for the 3.5" drive cage as well. Check out all the pictures.
Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2008 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky is a prequel to Shadows of Chernobyl using an updated X-Ray Engine, the same engine that powered the first game. The updated engine offers some new features; God rays, volumetric lighting, depth of field blurring, and screen space ambient occlusion (SSAO) lighting. It also offers two features only available under DX10, wet surfaces and volumetric smoke. [H]ard|OCP fired it up and tested it against the GTX 280 and 260 as well as the HD4870 and HD4870 X2. See what kind of horsepower you need to be able to turn up these new options i
Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2008 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FUD will be hitting the fan in the near future over this article at Slashdot. In the podcast that they link to, it is claimed that a new DoS attack has been discovered that can circumvent any protection you have and take down any device with a TCP/IP stack. Even better, that machine will stay down even after the attack is halted. Browsing through the comments does reveal a bit more information, it apparently uses forged SYN cookies to attack the system, but the details are scarce. In th
Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2008 - 06:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It looks like SilverStone was not about to let NZXT take over the mouse market unchallenged. They have launched the Raven RVM01B gaming mouse as a counter to the Avatar. It's most striking feature is the large scroll wheel on the side of the mouse that bears a passing resemblance to an eyeball glued to it's side, though the OLED screen on the top is also worth mentioning. Phoronix liked it fairly well, even though all 11 buttons didn't function under Li
Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2008 - 04:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We are giving away three cards from our new sponsor, Galaxy Tech. A GeForce 9500 GT, a GeForce 9600 GT and a GeForce 9800 GT. You can see our review of the Galaxy GeForce 9800 GT here.
The rules are quite strict ...
- Find the contest thread.
- Post to the contest thread
Post as many times as you like, but keep in mind that only one entry will count.
Subject: Processors | September 30, 2008 - 04:00 PM | Josh Walrath
It is no secret that AMD has been feverishly working on both their 45 nm designs and the 45 nm process that these products will be produced on. Today we have received word from our friends at C-Net that AMD has apparently overcome most of the hurdles to producing large quantities of these 45 nm parts. Pat Patla, general manager of AMD's server and workstation processors, went on record saying that production of the Shanghai part is now going full speed ahead. While the first chips from this production run have not made it out of the fab, they are expecting to ship the first p
Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2008 - 03:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Using Integrated Audio used to be a source of shame for those that had to use it in the not too distant past. That started to change with nVIDIA's Soundstorm and it has only improved since then. InsideHW has rounded up a fair number of onboard sound solutions, representing the market as it stands today. They tested them on multiple uses, including gaming, so that you can see the difference in performance between the various chips as well as how they fare against the Cr
Subject: Mobile | September 30, 2008 - 02:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new Dell Inspiron Mini 9 is an 8.9" netbook powered by an Atom N270 (1.6GHz) with 1GB of DDR2-533 RAM. It's 60GB SSD drive runs a flavour of Ubuntu and it features wireless support as well as a host of input and output plugs. Hardware Zone did find out that it is expected to sell at $799, but they didn't manage to get a firm number for the battery life of the netbook.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 30, 2008 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The graphics card market is developing a distinct pear shape as it's lower end swells with more and more value priced cards. There are only two species at the pinnacle, the GTX280 and HD4870 X2, who along with their assorted sub-species rule the market. From there however the choices available swell as each price point has more and more cards created to fill any gap between the prices. The newest are AMD's HD4350 and HD4500. There is a reason that they are both under $60, the number of stream processors has been reduced to 80 from over 300 for the 4650, the memory bus s
Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2008 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Chicago and the Washington-Baltimore area have been a testing ground for Sprint and Clearwire's new WiMax/ODFM technology, which will hopefully leave the previous failed attempts far behind. The newest spot you can test this technology out is in Reno, which is where it was tested against 3G wireless. With throughput of 1.5 - 2.0Mbps down and 275 - 325Kbps up, the speeds are approaching boradband and the 240 mile range is certainly a nice touch. On the other hand, you can pick up a 3G signal in a lot more places that you can pick up a WiMax, and the reviewer found that they co
Subject: Storage | September 30, 2008 - 11:12 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
San Jose, California - September 30, 2008 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today launched a pair of new high quality SATA-II SSDs that shatter previous price barriers.
Super Talent's MasterDrive SSDs have become legendary for their many advantages over hard drives. MasterDrive SSDs offer five times better resistance to shock and vibration, consume less power, support a wider range of operating temperatures and altitudes, and are completely silent.
Subject: Storage | September 29, 2008 - 06:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have a hard time deciding which drive you want to save your data on, or maybe you like to have a half dozen or so HDDs with different types of files on them, you might really need a four disk hot swappable SATA rack. You could also use it to start up an incredibly intricate back up regimen. PC Stats thought it would be perfect for a dual RAID-1 configuration, read through the review and think what you might do with the IcyDock MB454SPF-B.
Subject: Storage | September 29, 2008 - 03:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA, September 29, 2008 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, announced today that it is expanding its best selling Flash Voyager USB family lines with a new 64GB capacity offering.
Subject: Motherboards | September 29, 2008 - 02:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD based motherboards tend to take second place on the reviewers bench, behind the various models and chipsets that run Intel processors. That is too bad in a way, as the new 790G chipset is a rather impressive step forward for AMD. Don't take my word for it though, read through what Josh has to say and see how his benchmarking turned out.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 29, 2008 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report investigates whether you can spend less than $100 on a graphics card and still be able to play your favourite games. The short answer is that if your monitor is stuck at 1280x1024, then go right ahead and buy one of the many lower end video cards you can pick up from AMD and nVIDIA. If you can go to 1920x1200 and want to see at least a few effects, or play some of the more intensive titles, up the budget to the $150 and you won't be disappointed. You won't be playing at maximum settings, but
Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2008 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Head to the Intel Professional Developer Conference in Los Angeles this October and you will walk out with a 160GB HDD with a pile of programs on it, including an alpha of Windows 7. The rest of us still have to wait until sometime in 2009; though Ballmer would prefer you would buy a couple of copies of Vista in the mean time. Ars Technica gives a run down of what we know about Windows 7 along with the information on the 'pre-beta'.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 26, 2008 - 02:01 PM | Ryan Shrout
Well, I hope none of you were attached to the GeForce 8-series or GeForce 9-series names; it looks like the G100-series will be taking over all the 55nm product names. Nothing too dramatic here but perhaps a new way for partners to market, right?
Following a recent announcement that the companywould lay off about 7% of its staff, it seems that Nvidia is busy bringing the company back on track.