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Subject: Processors | August 13, 2008 - 03:22 PM | Ryan Shrout
There is a story on Digitimes today that talks about Intel's upcoming desktop processor plans including new additions like the Core 2 Quad Q8200 that runs at 2.33 GHz for $224. But sneaking in just at the bottom are the prices and plans for the newly-branded Core i7 Nehalem CPUs:
Subject: Processors | August 13, 2008 - 03:07 PM | Ryan Shrout
Stories of AMD's business being split into a processor company and a separate manufacturing company have been around for quite a while but it looks like the movement is picking up steam. Will AMD be cut in half this year and what part does Hector Ruiz play in all this? Rumors are swirling that he might head up the new manufacturing portion that remains.
Subject: Motherboards | August 13, 2008 - 02:58 PM | Ryan Shrout
Results are in, and there are some big winners and some not-so-big winners in the world of motherboard manufacturers. Looking at ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI and ECS, everyone saw good month to month growth with ASUS taking the lead with 15% over June results. Looking year to year, the only company to take a backwards step in units sold was Gigabyte with a 4.28% drop in sales. ASUS on the other hand grew 36% - obviously they are big winner.
Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2008 - 02:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 12, 2008 - Gamers would agree that they would love to see the worlds in their favorite games be depicted as realistically as possible. For total immersion, the gaming environment has to "feel" as real as possible, and characters must be able to move and interact with the objects in the environment that have a compelling, dramatic impact on game play. With customized physics effects, developers can design trees that bend in the wind, water that ebbs and flows naturally, and include objects in the environment that dramatically impact the gaming experience.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 13, 2008 - 02:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Graphics cards with high performance and exceptional speeds are never far from the gamer's mind. That is why ASUS, producer of top quality graphic solutions, has today introduced the graphical solution for the latest generation of AMD dual RV770XT GPUs - the ASUS EAH4870X2/HTDI/2G - equipped with double GPUs and a massive 2G of on-board memory.
Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2008 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Starting with his review of the HD4870 X2, Ryan has included Race Driver: Grid in the PC Perspective benchmarking suite. Until he gets some screen shots up, you can see some at AnandTech, along with a full review of the game. The game is a mix of rally and street racing, with some features to make it less frustrating compared to some of the other racing games that are currently available. Add multiplayer and impressive physics to those features and you have an interesting combination.
Subject: Systems | August 12, 2008 - 05:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
What could be better than a Skulltrail system? bit-tech answers that question with their work log of a Cosmos Sword-S modified to accept watercooling for all of the parts that make up this Skulltrail system. The final result is impressive, both in it's aesthetics and the power of the components within.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2008 - 03:30 PM | Ryan Shrout
An interesting bit of editorial came across my desk today from none other than the big green company known as NVIDIA. As a whole NVIDIA has not been shy in their attacks on Intel what with the "cans of whoop ass" and the like; but this time NVIDIA has taken it upon themselves to send the media a document detail "questions" about Intel's Larrabee on the day the architecture gets detailed at Siggraph.
Subject: Mobile | August 12, 2008 - 02:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Recently, laptop enthusiasts have been seeing a lot of action in the mobile graphics world. Not only are there built in chipsets, but the mobile offerings from nVIDIA and AMD have been expanding at an incredible rate. If you find yourself struggling to keep up with the changes, TechARP has compiled a list of 138 mobile GPUs and their respective stats. Take a look and save yourself a lot of searching.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2008 - 01:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SAN JOSE, Calf. August 12, 2008 - Asetek's industry-leading, LCLC liquid cooling solution is now available for AMD's much anticipated multi-GPU cards, the ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 family of graphics cards (codenamed R700). The unique, liquid cooling approach is exactly what OEMs need to extract the highest performance from the graphics card and produce top-of-the-line gaming and entertainment products.
"Heat is an 'age-old' problem for computers.
Subject: Motherboards | August 12, 2008 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel has positioned their DX48BT2 motherboard as the board for enthusiasts looking to get the most from their hardware. [H]ard|OCP's testing shows a different side to this board. Miserable overclocking and a death due to tweaking RAM settings have caused them to recommend that you give this board a pass.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 12, 2008 - 01:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The AMD 4870 X2 is here, and it certainly does not disappoint.
Able to keep up with a pair of 4870 X2's in Crossfire, and leaving the 280 in the dust, this card is very impressive. Check out the benchmark score that Ryan managed with this card, and how badly the 280 fares against AMD's newest offering.
Subject: General Tech | August 12, 2008 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Depending on the construction materials being used in your home, wireless networks can be almost useless thanks to interference, and not everyone will agree that drilling holes and dragging cables all over the house is absolutely necessary
for one's peace of mind. The 200Mbps Powerline AV Fast Ethernet Adapter Kit may be your solution, allowing you to turn your main power into network ca
Subject: Storage | August 12, 2008 - 02:33 AM | Ryan Shrout
I know at least a couple of you have asked for it, in particular Colleen and TWiTs building their Ultimate Gaming Machine, and now Western Digital officially has SATA backplane compatible VelociRaptors available.
If you want to see why I love the WD VelociRaptors as much as I do, check out our review of the 300GB speed demon!
Subject: Memory | August 10, 2008 - 09:53 PM | Ryan Shrout
There are some instances where you just KNOW that it isn't your day. Yesterday was one of those days where among other things I dropped a nice Corsair Dominator module on the lab floor...
Subject: Processors | August 10, 2008 - 07:24 PM | Ryan Shrout
Intel decided to announce the name brand of the upcoming new Nehalem architecture processors to spice up your Sunday. The answer: Intel Core Processor. No, that isn't a typo - we are going FROM "Core 2" brand to "Intel Core". The first parts released under this brand will be known as the "Intel Core i7 processor"; there will continue to be "Extreme Edition" versions. Here are the pretty logos...
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 8, 2008 - 07:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like someone has leaked out the minimum system requirements for the upcoming Far Cry 2 release; and they actually aren't all that bad. The absolute minimum includes an Athlon 64 3500+, Pentium D 2.4 GHz or higher, 1 GB of memory and a GeForce 6800 or ATI X1650 graphics card. The full experience will require a bit more of you: Core 2 Duo or Phenom, 2GB of memory, 8600 GTS or X1900 GPU or better with a 512MB frame buffer.
Subject: Motherboards | August 8, 2008 - 11:46 AM | Josh Walrath
Some weeks ago AMD quietly introduced a new motherboard part without many people noticing. The 740G was not released to make some big waves as the previous 780G did, or the very new 790GX is doing. Instead the 740G is positioned as an extreme value part which brings quite a few nice features to the scene. The heart of the 740G is essentially the same as the previous 690G. The X700 based integrated part is SM 2.0 compliant, and it has the newer Avivo HD/UVD portion fused onto the design. All of this is then rolled up in one 55 nm package. The 690G broke new g