New Asus notebooks at CES impress, cripple

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 11, 2008 - 04:52 PM |

Asus had a large presence at CES this year, though they didn't have the booth size to handle it.  With all the press the Asus Eee PC has been getting, you'd have thought they'd splurge on fancy stands and booth babes! 

The products did make quite the impression though; two models in particular stood out to me.

CoolIt shows off new GPU, CPU cooling at CES

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 11, 2008 - 04:39 PM |

A small company compared to some of the cooling giants out there, CoolIt is making a name for themselves by making high quality products and the work as advertised.  Some larger system integrators are using their products in their high end systems as well.

First up from CoolIt are two new, complete system GPU water coolers.

That curved Alienware monitor you keep hearing about

Subject: Displays | January 11, 2008 - 04:27 PM |

A lot of people have been talking about the Alienware monitor that was on display at CES this week.  You know the one: 2880x900 resolution, LED lit DLP technology, due out in the second half of the year.

Here's a couple of images to remind you:

OCZ, PC Power and Cooling showcase at CES 2008

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 11, 2008 - 04:17 PM |

CES 2008 might officially be over as of today, but we are still catching up on reporting about everything we saw at the show.  OCZ and the newly acquired PC Power and Cooling companies had plenty of new and interesting things on display.

Breathing life back into DDR2

Subject: Memory | January 11, 2008 - 02:31 PM |

PC2 9384 translates into DDR2-1173, or an actual speed of 586MHz.  If your board can handle that FSB, the fairly low timings of 5-5-5-15 will help to speed up your system, and as the warranty will still cover you at 2.2V, you should be able to get some overclocking out of these DIMMs.  TweakTown had difficulties finding a board that could keep up with

Source: TweakTown

Microsoft keeping an eye on Logitech

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2008 - 02:19 PM |

One of the rumors circulating in the post-CES discussion is about Microsoft looking at purchasing peripheral maker Logitech.  At one point these two companies were #1 and #2 in the world for keyboards and mice and the combination of the two could make for some interesting innovations.

Source: engadget

Intel Launches New Modular Server Building Blocks for Worldwide System Builder Channel

Subject: Systems | January 11, 2008 - 01:51 PM |

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 11, 2008 - Intel Corporation today announced the launch of its first modular server building block products that support a server specification announced last July by the Server Systems Infrastructure (SSI) organization.

Extreme keyboard

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2008 - 01:19 PM |

Already dropped $10,000 on a maxed out Alienware gaming rig, and have several 30" monitors set up as multiple displays?   Having trouble figuring out what the next purchase should be to ensure your bragging rights?  Check out the Optimus Maximus keyboard, at around $1,500 you be almost guaranteed to be the only one who has one in your neighbourhood once it becomes available in about a month.   Just why is it so expensive?  Chec

Source: Ars Technica

More from CES 2008

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 11, 2008 - 11:54 AM |

ASE Labs made the trip through the desert to make it to CES, and they've posted their pictures from Day 3.  One of the most impressive is a 150" plasma TV from Panasonic, but they also peek at Soyo who have switched from motherboards to displays, with a little help from Honeywell.  Take a peek at their other shots here.

Source: Aselabs

AMD steps up

Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2008 - 11:28 AM |

There is some good news for fans of AMD via Elite Bastards who talked with AMD about the rumours that the new B3 stepping on Phenoms will be TLB error free.  The B3 Phenom will probably not show huge improvements in speed initially, except for those users who applied the patch instead of coping with the slight possibility of random crashes.  On the other hand, if the speculation that the TLB errata error is what held the clock speeds down on the new Pheno

More Unfortunate News for AMD

Subject: Processors | January 10, 2008 - 08:58 PM |

Since the original Lake Tahoe event where AMD first showed off Phenom based systems for the press, we have had essentially nothing but bad news concerning the new processor architecture.  The first news was that the 2.4 and 2.6 GHz versions would be launched sometime late Q1 2008, then we had the TLB errata issue, then the pushing back of the tri-core Phenoms, then the pushing back of the revision B3 Phenoms hitting the market, and it seemingly has gone on ad nauseum.

Antec has new power supplies and cases on the way

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 10, 2008 - 05:01 PM |

Antec was also on hand at CES to show their upcoming line of chassis and power supplies for 2008. 

The new SCSI

Subject: Storage | January 10, 2008 - 03:41 PM |

UltraSCSI 320 has been the king of the interfaces when it comes to HDDs in the enterprise world for a very long time, but it's reign has come to an end.  With the advent of Serial Attached SCSI, we see faster speeds and new technology like Idle Read After Write.  The two kings of enterprise storage are currently Seagate and Hitachi (who bought IBM's storage), and Boot Daily has a review of their two flag ship models; the

Source: Boot Daily

The new Cosmos

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 10, 2008 - 02:35 PM |

The new Coolermaster case, based off of the Cosmos, will be appearing at the end of February.  Also, they will be introducing a new watercooling system with a waterblock for just about every component in your entire system.  A brand new fan design goes with the waterblock for your GPU, and your memory modules and power regulators get waterblocks as well.

Which card with Witcher

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2008 - 01:59 PM |

The Witcher, a new 3rd person view RPG is loved for it's graphics and atmosphere almost as much as it is cursed for it's bugs.  [H]ard|OCP takes a quick look at the gameplay, and provides some screenshots, but the focus of their review is performance.  They try this game on a GeForce 8800GTS 512 MB and the 8800GT 512 MB as well as the Radeon HD 3870 512 MB and 3850 256 MB.  Read on to see how well these cards can handle the load.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Holy mother of glass

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 10, 2008 - 11:48 AM |

Instead of getting all excited about a wafer at the Intel booth, look at this picture from the Sharp display.  According to MAKE:Blog, monitors are made in a similar fashion to CPUs, with a substrate of panels all coated at the same time and then separated after.  A two by four substrate of eight 57" displays is really impressive to see.

Source: MAKE: Blog

USB is on the enhancement drugs

Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2008 - 11:35 AM |

Take a look at these pictures of the new USB 3.0, due to arrive soon.  The sockets are deeper, but still backwards compatible and the new standard should transfer around 4.7Gb/s which is faster than a SATA drive.  I wouldn't hold my breath waiting to see it reach that speed, but it is likely going to feel a lot faster than current USB 2.0 speeds.  The Register also links back to the optical version that we have seen earlier.

Source: The Register

The New ASUS U2E with 32GB Solid State Drive Integrates Luxury and Technology

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 10, 2008 - 11:09 AM |

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS, NV (JANUARY 5, 2008) - ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook computer design and manufacturing, today announced theplan to showcase the long-anticipated 11-inch 2lb all-in-one notebook featuring a 32GB solid state drive (SSD). The integration of SSD allows the ASUS U2E to be shock resistant and reliable. As a part of the effort to introduce eco-friendly notebook designs, the upcoming U2E is energy efficient thanks to both its SSD and the LED back-lit panel.

Source: ASUS

Valve and NVIDIA Offer Portal: First Slice Free to GeForce Users

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2008 - 02:52 PM |

January 9, 2008 - The most recent Steam Hardware Survey shows more Steam gamers play on NVIDIA GeForce hardware than any other graphics platform. In an effort to further support this popular PC gaming configuration - Steam games plus NVIDIA hardware - Valve and NVIDIA have entered into an agreement to collaborate on development, distribution, events, and more.

Source: Email

A smaller die size embiggens the battery

Subject: Mobile | January 9, 2008 - 02:48 PM |

The new mobile Penryn processors didn't gain an incredible amount of speed or power along with their die shrink, in fact they use less power which should translate into longer battery life.  AnandTech had the chance to test this theory and it turns out to be true.  The added time you can expect does depend on your chosen application, but the lowest increase AnandTech saw was a gain of 23 minutes in Reader 2007.  You even get a boost in the benchmarks they ran to make the deal even more a

Source: AnandTech