Peeking into Bearlake

Subject: Motherboards | March 16, 2007 - 12:15 PM |
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DigiTimes now has Part 1 and Part 2 of their look at the upcoming chipset family from Intel, Bearlake.  In Part 1 they look at the main chipset, the P35 which supports DDR3 memory up to 1333MHz and will be the chipset for the soon to appear 45nm CPUs, Wolfdale (C2D) and Yorkfield who will be the quad core version.  In part 2 they look at the G33, similar to the P35 but with DX9 onboard graphics, the X38 which will replace the
Source: Digitimes

A more flexible architecture

Subject: Processors | March 16, 2007 - 11:15 AM |
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The Inquirer reports on a very interesting prototype coming out of Japan.  By placing the core on a plastic substrate, they have created a chip that can be bent, albeit a very slow one.  There are many applications that involve conditions a ceramic CPU can't survive for long in, and this may be a perfect solution.

Source: The Inquirer

This one is strong in the Force

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2007 - 11:07 AM |
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Give yourself Wi-Fi ESP with this handy little project that MAKE:Blog has linked to.  With a little work with a micro-controller and PIC you can have a small sensor that provides a heartbeat-like signal that gets faster the better the Wi-Fi signal.

Source: MAKE: Blog

Cooler Master- PWM Fan Hub, the best of the both worlds

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 16, 2007 - 10:47 AM |
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All this begins from the desire to control the temperature in our computers with minimum effort. You are probably familiar with the topic of PWM technology from Intel and AMD, of which the motherboard consists of 1 PWM header to auto-adjust CPU cooler fan speed according to CPU loading and temperature variation. However, the only one is not enough at all.

An easy tablet to swallow

Subject: Mobile | March 15, 2007 - 02:00 PM |
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XYZ Computing reviews the Toshiba Portege M400-S4032, a tiny tablet PC.  At 11.6" x 9.80" x 1.53"
and weighing 4.5 lbs it won't stretch your arm out of the socket, and 1GB of DDR2-667 and a C3D T2400 1.83 puts a bit of power in that tiny shell.  Read on if you are looking for a well built tablet that won't set you back much more than a laptop.

Latent performance

Subject: Memory | March 15, 2007 - 01:10 PM |
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 Legion Hardware sets out to solve a mystery in this article about low latency RAM.  The cost difference between a lower latency DIMM and a higher can be enormous, so they test RAM at 5 different speeds and 4 different timings.  Can a high frequency overcome a low latency?

Corsair's powerful PSU takes on [H]'s torture tests

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 15, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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The Corsair HX620 is the second PSU you undergo [H]ard|OCP's new testing method.  At 620W, this PSU is tough, keeping it's efficiency over 80% under 120V loads, and functioning for 8 hours in a 45C room it isn' t likely to die in most systems.  With 3 12V rails running at 18 amps, a combined amperage of 50, it is not likely to run out of power either.

"What happens when

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA DEFINES NEW CLASS OF MOTHERBOARD GPUS AT CEBIT

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 15, 2007 - 11:50 AM |
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NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) defines new class of GPUs called Motherboard GPUs (mGPUs).
In 2006, NVIDIA became the only independent supplier of GPUs. With the launch of this new category, mGPUs, NVIDIA is transforming mainstream PC graphics performance. Requirements for the mGPU include:

  • DX9.0 (ShaderModel 2.0) and above API support
  • At least one digital connector (DVI/HDMI 1.2) with HDCP
  • Multi-display support
  • Dedicated video processing engine, (minimum HQV score of 80)
  • Windows Experience Index 3.0 and above

Source: NVIDIA

R600 coming soon to a store near you?

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 15, 2007 - 11:17 AM |
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Tweaktown has managed to sneak some info regarding the upcoming R600 series of cards from AMD.  Perhaps the biggest news is the targeted sales date, which is about 2 weeks away, on March 30th.  4 cards in total are listed, 2 flavours of XTX due on the 30th and 2 flavours of XL, due sometime in April.

Source: TweakTown

A peek behind the curatins at CeBIT

Subject: General Tech | March 15, 2007 - 11:05 AM |
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CeBit Hannover hasn't started yet, but that hasn't stopped a few sites from sneaking a quick peek at what is going to be happening.  VR-Zone got a good look Abit, ASUS and a peek at Bearlake.  They didn't stop there though, they also got a good look at what some major memory manufacturers are up to as well.

Source: VR-Zone

More solid state drives

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 14, 2007 - 03:23 PM |
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DigiTimes has a quick look at Intel's newly announced solid state drives.  They come in 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB densities and read at 28MB/s and write speeds at 20 MB/s.  Finally we are seeing some movement in larger sized SS drives.

"Intel has announced its entry into solid state drives with the Intel Z-U130 Value Solid-State Drive featuring NAND flash

memory with industry standard USB interfaces.

Super Talent Announces SATA Solid State Disk Drives

Subject: Storage | March 14, 2007 - 03:13 PM |
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San Jose, California — February 14, 2007 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of DRAM memory modules and flash products, today announced a full range of Solid State Disk (SSD) drives with an industry standard Serial ATA interface.

Put some power into you cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 14, 2007 - 03:01 PM |
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Thermo-Electric Cooling is becoming commonplace, as CPUs grow hotter.  While some chips have been designed to utilize lower power settings, once an overclocker get's hold of it the heat shoots up again.  OCIA reviews the ChillTec Thermo Electric CPU Cooler, a blend of heatpipes and a TEC.  The hotter it gets, the better this cooler works.

Source: OCIA

Your platform for revenge

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2007 - 02:42 PM |
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According to this story on The Inquirer, Xbox Live is being opened up to be reachable by PCs.  Halo 2 will be the initial test of this, and if it works you will have a chance to pit yourself against console only gamers.

Source: The Inquirer

Intel Science Talent Search Winners Announced

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2007 - 02:32 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 13, 2007 — Innovation was the word of the day as Intel announced the winners of the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS). The top award, a $100,000 scholarship from the Intel Foundation, went to Mary Masterman, 17, who built an accurate spectrograph that identifies the specific characteristics — or "fingerprints" — of different kinds of molecules. Spectrographs have wide applications in research and industry and can cost as much as $100,000.

Well dressed for the GDC

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2007 - 01:11 PM |
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The Tech Report has been hard at ... err work ... at the Games Development Conference.  Drop by to see what kind of impression a guy in slacks and a shirt makes with the gamers.

Newegg Offers Exclusive External HD-DVD Drive

Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2007 - 12:00 AM |
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An interesting email hit my inbox this afternoon from some friends at Newegg.com: Toshiba is now offering an external HD-DVD drive, model PA35, for a modest price of $369.99.


Here are the specs of the unit:











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A new sound in PCs

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2007 - 02:05 PM |
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HDMI for midrange PCs

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 13, 2007 - 01:05 PM |
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Get over to HotHardware and read their review of 2 HDMI cards from ASUS, the EAX1600PRO and the EN7600GT.  Without spending huge amounts of money you can get HDMI compatibility and still bea ble to game.  These cards are not going to let you run at a huge resolution with every graphics effect a

Source: HotHardware

The incredible shrinking HTPC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 13, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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Shuttle's new X200 HTPC system is tiny at 11.76' X 8.27' X 2.1', as [H]ard|OCP puts it "roughly the size of a single package of printer paper".  While Shuttle did pack a fair amount of power into the system, [H] found it lacking in some areas, especially it's lack of an HD tuner, and the fact you can't even get one in afterwards.  As well, they really liked the lack of bloatware, but would

Source: [H]ard|OCP