AMD Announces Development of DTX Open Standard

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 10, 2007 - 08:52 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Jan. 10, 2007 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced development of DTX, an open standard specification designed by AMD to enable the broad adoption of small form factor PCs. The DTX standard will be designed to empower OEMs, ODMs, and component vendors to deliver innovative solutions to market that are smaller, quieter, and desktop-friendly, while leveraging commonalities within the ecosystem that benefit both customers and end users.

Source: AMD

HEXUS captures the ASUS Commando

Subject: Motherboards | January 9, 2007 - 01:15 PM |
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HEXUS has managed to get a glimpse of the newest member of ASUS' Republic of Gamers motherboard.  The Commando is based around a P965 chipset, and includes some very nice features, like a reset CMOS button (not a jumper).  Tied in with these features is support for blazing fast bus speeds, in the neighbourhood of 2.28GHz!  Head over and take a long look at these pictures.

Source: Hexus

At long last, Jobs unveils Apple phone

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2007 - 11:49 AM |
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CNET has coverage of Steve Job's speech at MacWorld.  As most people had supposed, he was not there to announce iTV, but instead to announce and demonstrate the iPhone.  There are pictures of the iPhone in the sideshow planted in the middle of the article to show you what it looks like. 

There are probably lineups forming outside of Best Buy and Apple stores as you read this, even though the iPhone will not be available until June.

Fast RAM you can't even buy ... yet

Subject: Memory | January 9, 2007 - 11:42 AM |
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Legit Reviews has more information on the newly announced Corsair Dominator DIMMs that run at 1250MHz.  There are some really impressive looking benchmarks, and they finish off with a quick look at Corsair's new ReadyBoost compatible TurboFlash.

Tech Report's Best (and worst) of 2006

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2007 - 09:25 AM |
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The Tech Report has developed a split personality.  While looking at what is coming up for 2007 at CES they are also looking back at 2006.  Read on to revisit some of the defining technology from 2006, and some of the worst flops as well.

CES 2007 - Part 2

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 9, 2007 - 09:10 AM |
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The Tech Report has been running laps around CES 2007, covering many of Microsoft's announcements, from Bill Gate's keynote speech to Geometry Wars and IPTV for the XBox 360Hellgate: London has a release time frame and Sapphire and Ageia both revealed new stuff.

Gateways new desktop replacement

Subject: Mobile | January 9, 2007 - 08:58 AM |
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The Gateway NX860XL doesn't really game well and it's battery life is nothing to brag about.  This may sound like a bad thing until you consider it in the light of a desktop replacement for work as opposed to a gaming machine.  [H]ard|OCP likes what they received from Gateway, from the product itself to the Tech Support, and call this notebook a winner.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD 'BETTER BY DESIGN' PROGRAM

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2007 - 08:27 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Jan. 9, 2007 — At CES, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the Better by Design program, a first-of-its kind initiative highlighting outstanding performance and superior technologies in desktop and notebook PCs designed by leading global OEMs. With the impending launch of Microsoft Windows Vista™, the world is moving to a new level of computing experience with increased emphasis on performance, graphics, and mobility.

Source: AMD

AMD Awarded a Technical and Engineering Emmy for Graphics Excellence

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2007 - 08:25 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan. 9, 2007 - The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has awarded a Technical and Engineering Emmy® Award to AMD (NYSE: AMD) for its industry-leading ATI Radeon(tm) 9700 technology. This award for Pioneering Work in Near and Real-Time fully programmable Shading via Modern Graphics Processors will be formally announced during an award ceremony at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on January 8, 2007, in Las Vegas.

Source: AMD

Corsair Unveils TurboFlash Family to Support Microsoft Vista ReadyBoost Technology

Subject: Memory | January 9, 2007 - 08:23 AM |
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LAS VEGAS (January 9, 2006) — Today
Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high performance computer
products, announced immediate availability of its TurboFlash Family of
ReadyBoost™ capable USB drives.  Microsoft®'s new
ReadyBoost technology allows the use of a removable flash memory device to
improve Windows Vista system performance by a

X1950XT with a boost

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 8, 2007 - 02:20 PM |
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Hot Hardware reviews HIS' X1950XT IceQ3 Turbo.  The X1950XT normally has a core speed of 625 MHz and memory  at 1.8 GHz, but with the addition of better (and quieter) cooling, speeds of 690 MHz and 1.9 GHz are easily reachable.

'Today, we will be checking out HIS' take on the Radeon X1950 XT, the HIS X1950XT IceQ3 Turbo.

Source: HotHardware

ASUS XG Station Empowers Upgradeable Graphics Power for Notebook Computers

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 8, 2007 - 12:17 PM |
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ASUS brings graphics power to notebooks with their new XG Station.  It is an external 7900GS, with an LCD display to give you information and control over the notebook easily and quickly.  If you have a notebook with an Express Card slot, the you can get serious graphics power without frying your lap or the notebook!

Source: ASUS

AGEIA Debuts Highly Anticipated PhysX Powered Games And New 'Winter Bundle' at CES 2007

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 8, 2007 - 12:11 PM |
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — January 8, 2007 - Responding to the ever increasing gamer appetite for more interactive and immersive game-play, AGEIA™ Technologies, Inc., has unveiled a series of new and upcoming hardcore titles that harness the power of PhysX this week at the 2007 International CES. AGEIA will preview highly anticipated titles- CellFactor: Revolution developed by Artificial Studios and Warmonger developed by NetDevil to select press and visitors in suite #73024, located in Sands.

Source: AGEIA

Watercooling without a radiator

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 8, 2007 - 12:09 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP tried the CoolIT Freezone Chilled Liquid CPU cooler, and fell in love.  Not only does it have incredible cooling potential, it is fairly easy to install.  The only complaint they have is that there is no way to get a GPU cooler into the loop.

You can also catch Lee's review of the Zalman Reserator 2 Fanless cooling system at the top of our front page.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel introduces the Core 2 Quad 6600

Subject: Processors | January 8, 2007 - 11:35 AM |
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Although 2.4 GHz is slower than the 6700, the reduced cost and power consumption make this processor more attractive to a broader range of people.  There isn't a lot of information about the performance of the processor yet, but The Tech Report tells you everything known so far.

New Intel Processors Expand Quad-Core PC, Server Line-Ups

Subject: Processors | January 8, 2007 - 10:36 AM |
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INTERNATIONAL 2007 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, Las Vegas, Jan. 8, 2007 — Intel Corporation formally introduced three more quad-core processors, including the first to carry the Intel® Core™2 Quad processor brand name that begins the expansion of quad-core PC sales to mainstream buyers. Intel now offers a total of nine quad-core processor versions in the desktop and enterprise market segments.

Corsair Amplifies DDR2 Memory Performance and Capabilities with the Release of the World's First P

Subject: Memory | January 8, 2007 - 10:23 AM |
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LAS VEGAS (January 8, 2007) — Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high performance computer products, today unveiled the new TWIN2X2048-10000C5DF DOMINATOR™ memory kits. Designed for overclocking and achieving the highest frequencies in mind, the TWIN2X2048-10000C5DF DOMINATOR is rated and tested at a frequency of 1250MHz, thus making it the world's highest frequency production ready memory.

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES OVERCLOCKED 8800 SERIES

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 8, 2007 - 10:21 AM |
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BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX OC 768MB:

  • Core Clock: 600MHz vs standard 575MHz.
  • Shader Clock: 1400MHz vs standard 1350MHz.


BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS OC 640MB:

  • Core Clock: 550MHz vs standard 500MHz.
  • Shader Clock: 1300MHz vs standard 1200MHz.

CES 2007 - Part 1

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 8, 2007 - 09:21 AM |
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The Tech Report kicks off CES 2007 with a look at ATI's newest TV Wonder, which features some nice HD capability.  Using OCUR (Open Cable Unidirectional Receiver), a standard for digital cable tuners that cable companies use, you will be able to plug in a CableCard and record or watch.  Most interestingly, this is not really designed as a standard graphics card, it sits in it's own case and connects via USB 2.0.

Shrinking Coax

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2007 - 09:09 AM |
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With all the changes in cabling, there has been one standard type of cable that has remained unchanged for over 50 years.  According to this story on The Inquirer, Coaxial Cable is about to undergo a change.

Source: The Inquirer