nVIDIA takes on Intel, Round 2

Subject: Motherboards | January 8, 2008 - 05:43 PM |

The new nVIDIA 780i chipset is appearing on some motherboards, like the ASUS Striker II Formula up for review on Overclock3D.  As you would expect from the Republic of Gamers line, this motherboard comes bundled with a huge amount of accessories, including a removable sound card in case you want to upgrade from the onboard sound, and an astronomical price.  nVIDIA is up against some stiff competition from the P35 and X38 chipsets, especially when i

Source: Overclock3D

AMD Shows of the Mobile Goods at CES

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 8, 2008 - 05:25 PM |

The next stop along Ryan's tortuous way through CES brought him to AMD's doorstep.  He was able to snap off some pics though he was still reeling from the rowdy evening at "Little Budda's" filled with alcohol and sushi.

Here are a few MXM modules sporting the latest Radeon mobile parts.

Thermaltake at CES

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 8, 2008 - 05:10 PM |

Our own intrepid Ryan is braving the wilds of Las Vegas to get the latest and greatest news from CES.  He had the chance to stop by and chat with the nice Thermaltake folks, and he was able to send a few snapshots of what he has found.

Here we have some new SATA hot swappable docking stations.  It is nice as it handles both 2.5 and 3.5 inch drives.

Who needs a booth babe

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2008 - 02:45 PM |

When you've got this!

AMD's graphics refresh, RV670

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 8, 2008 - 01:52 PM |

On paper the new Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 Atomic sports the same features as the RV600, apart from the die shrink.  What is new(ish) is the Vapour Chamber Technology, which is claimed as a break through new cooling for graphics cards.  It sounds really neat until you see the graphic in the Elite Bastards review, where you realize that this breakthrough is pretty much a heatpipe flattened into a plate.  The new architecture does reveal some improvement

Good morning CES

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 8, 2008 - 12:15 PM |

Day 2 of CES 2008 has started off, and some sites are catching up on yesterdays news, while others are already trying to get the new finds from today up and published.  Legit Reviews started off their Tuesday at Foxconn's table looking at an extended ATX motherboard with the codename F1 or Transformer.   The most arresting feature of this board is the four ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT all hooked up in Crossfire, and thanks to the larger form factor, the cards are spaced apart nicely.  Take a look!

Master Boot Record pwnage

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2008 - 12:03 PM |

Slashdot has linked to an article that covers an MBR rootkit that was found in the wild at the end of '07.  Sporting such wonderful features as the ability to be undeleteable, short of repairing your MBR; as well as undetectable through your registry or file system, this could be a bad time to be a hard drive.  Unless the MBR moves to a more secure mode this vulnerability cannot be fixed, and who knows what effect having a protected MBR would have on the formatting process.

Source: Slashdot

Dell's new tiny tower

Subject: Systems | January 8, 2008 - 11:40 AM |

The XPS 630i from Dell is making an appearance on the floor of CES.  It is a relatively small case that hides an Intel C2D processor, the choice between SLI or Crossfire and a choice between air and watercooling.  All for around $1300, Dell is moving into gaming in a much more serious way than we have seen from them in the past.  The 630i won't put paid to more powerful gaming rigs, but it does offer an easy entrance into PC gaming.

Forthcoming AMD LIVE! Ultra Desktop and Notebook PCs

Subject: Systems | January 8, 2008 - 11:16 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- January 8, 2008 --AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced AMD LIVE! Ultra, a new PC brand to help consumers identify forthcoming desktop and notebook PCs designed to deliver the ultimate visual entertainment experience. AMD LIVE! Ultra-branded PCs will be powered by AMD multi-core platforms for desktop and notebook PCs, codenamed "Spider" and "Puma", respectively.

Source: AMD

Not pictured below - COD4 running at 2560x1600

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2008 - 05:51 PM |

Although Ryan is sharing pics of the new graphics card that we will be seeing from AMD, he is keeping the game play to himself.  If we don't see any more updates from CES today, it's probably fair to assume that Ryan got 'stuck' at that table.

Source: AMD

ASUS' table

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 7, 2008 - 05:48 PM |

Over at the ASUS table you can see a scratch 20" proof monitor, apparently Ryan talked them into hitting it with a storage box several times, and it suffered no ill effect.  There is also an pre-built HTPC with a built in amplifier as well as a shot of the digital Xonar D2X.

Source: ASUS

Dell Crystal Takes Home Best of CES Innovations Award 2008

Subject: Displays | January 7, 2008 - 05:36 PM |

Dell's new 22" Crystal display gives you a rather attractive way to watch HD content and to game, check out Ryan's pics from the floor of CES.

Source: Dell

Danger Den's expanding line up

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 7, 2008 - 04:52 PM |

The new acrylic Water Box Plus case and cooling kit from Danger Den are simply marvelous.  Not only have they created a rather sharp looking acrylic case, but all the water blocks are edged in acrylic and the tubing also fits in, giving it a nice look very reminiscent of Orac.  Even better, 3dGameMan reveals that the high level performance you expect from Danger Den was not compromised while they were working on the aesthetics

Source: 3dGameMan

Dells new beast

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2008 - 02:40 PM |

Ryan spotted Dell's new gaming notebook on the floor at CES, hidden inside is a Intel 9 series CPU and g92 GPU.  Check out the shots of the ZPS M1730 below.

Source: Dell

What we know about Intel's new processors

Subject: Processors | January 7, 2008 - 02:24 PM |

The biggest surprise in Intel's announcement about their 16 new processors is that over half of them will be available very soon.  The actual specs are a little light, but you can read about all that is know about them at [H]ard|OCP as well as several other sites.  We do know that they are 45nm and the soon to be released C2D CPUs will run betwen 2.10GHz to 3.16GHz.  You will have to wait a while for the new quad cores.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ASUS Unveils the New G70 Gaming Notebook Featuring NVIDIA SLI Technology

Subject: Mobile | January 7, 2008 - 01:21 PM |

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS, NV (JANUARY 7, 2008) - ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today unveiled its new ASUS G70 notebook featuring powerful dual-graphics based on the highly acclaimed NVIDIA SLI technology, as well as the support of dual hard drives and 8GB of system memory for optimal transfer rates.

Source: ASUS

ASUS Dazzles Las Vegas with Exciting New Products

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 7, 2008 - 01:19 PM |

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS, NV (JANUARY 7, 2008) - ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today announced its plan to unveil a rich assortment of new products at this year's CES. Taking center stage is the new Nova P22 mini desktop PC that delivers whisper-quiet operations (25dB) with unprecedented 802.11n + Bluetooth connectivity and multimedia playback capabilities. Joining the award-winning LCD product line is the upcoming 24” MK241H.

Source: ASUS

Triple play from Kingston at CES

Subject: Memory | January 7, 2008 - 12:48 PM |

Kingston is first to
produce a DDR2 1066MHz quad-kit configuration with
our HyperX high-performance memory. Using four
1GB modules, specifically designed to work together,
the innovative kit offers gamers and enthusiasts a
powerful 4GB environment at a great price point:
$192 (MSRP).


Psst ... wanna hear what happened in Vegas?

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 7, 2008 - 12:12 PM |

CES 2008 is here, and every reviewer worth their salt is in Los Vegas snapping shots and blogging specs.

Intel Unveils 16 Next-Generation Processors, Including First Notebook Chips Built on 45nm Technology

Subject: Processors | January 7, 2008 - 11:58 AM |

INTERNATIONAL 2008 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, Las Vegas, Jan. 7, 2008 - Intel Corporation unveiled 16 products today, including the company's first 45 nanometer(nm) processors for Intel Centrino Processor Technology based laptops.