Multi-function manufacturers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 29, 2008 - 02:29 PM |
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Nobody seems to want to do one thing well anymore, especially in the PC world.  Sunbeam's subsidiary Tuniq is a prime example.  They made their name with the Tuniq Tower, but have since branched out into cases, and now PSUs.  The Tuniq Miniplant 950W packs some serious power, and claims the highest wattage 80+ Power supply in a standard PS2 form factor. 

Source: OCIA

Industry Creates HomeGrid Forum to Develop Technology for Enjoying Multimedia Anywhere in the Home

Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2008 - 12:52 PM |
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BEAVERTON, Ore., April 29, 2008 - Infineon Technologies, Intel Corporation, Panasonic and Texas Instruments today announced the creation of HomeGrid Forum, which aims to promote and influence a single, next-generation worldwide standard for networking digital content, such as movies, music and pictures, over home wiring.

AMD has problems with Phenom X4s and 780G

Subject: Processors | April 29, 2008 - 12:30 PM |
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According to this report coming out of CNet.com, AMD has admitted to problems with their 780G chipset motherboards and "high end" Phenom X4 processors.  The problem seems to arise from 780G board makers not properly building in support for 125W TDP processors; what is more upsetting about this issue is AMD's response:

Intel Atom processors and platforms facing delays

Subject: Processors | April 29, 2008 - 12:23 PM |
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According to an article over at Electronista, Intel is having problems providing as much as 50% of their Atom orders with actual product.  If this is the case, it could be an opening for VIA's Isaiah architecture to really move into the market and win over some of these high-value OEMs. 

Source: General

Host of upcoming AMD processors discussed

Subject: Processors | April 29, 2008 - 12:20 PM |
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This report on Digitimes goes over quite a few new processors that AMD will supposedly be releasing in the coming months including new quad-core and triple-core SKUs.  Basically outlining the plans for AMD's move to 45nm process technology, here's the bullet points outlined in the text:

Source: Digitimes

It comes from the future to judge you

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 29, 2008 - 12:12 PM |
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The new Futuremark is here, and while Ryan's score of P4129 may seem strange and upsetting to those familiar with 3DMark, but if you got over the switch to Vista, this shouldn't be too hard.  Futuremark 3DMark Vantage is Vista only, to do a proper job of benchmarking DX10 as well as the gamut of other tests included in this suite.  Take look at screenshots from several of the tests, including new physics tests that can take advantage of an Ageia PPU card.

AMD's 2008 line up

Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2008 - 11:51 AM |
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According to DigiTimes, they have a pretty good idea of the new members in AMD's lineup over the coming seasons.  A few older processors will be retired but the 45nm Deneb's should be out to replace them soon.  Of course, if you ask AMD, all you will hear is "We know nothing!"

Source: Digitimes

Overwhelming phase-change cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 28, 2008 - 06:28 PM |
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The CoolIT Freezone Elite is a Phase Change Cooler, an incredibly expensive but thoroughly effective way of cooling PC components.  Working with multiple peltiers, it is second only to exotic cooling like LN2 or phase change, but tends to be a bit easier to set up and maintain.  Bjorn3D tried it out on a QX9650 which produced brilliant idle temps, but the chip actually overwhelmed the capacity of the Freezone on the overclocked test; it was beaten by a custom watercooling setup.

Source: Bjorn3D

Queer as a three dollar bill

Subject: Processors | April 28, 2008 - 02:40 PM |
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Triple core processors have allowed AMD to sell a lot more Phenoms, as any Quad Cores that have one core that is not up to spec can have the troublemaker disabled.  Now they have a fully functional Triple Core, which runs at the speed they had expected it to.  Of course, things are never that easy.  In this case it is the assumption that many programs make, that the number of cores available will be divisible by two, so a triple core is identified as a single.  Lost Circuits tries to pin down where yo

Source: InsideHW

HTPC from AMD

Subject: Systems | April 28, 2008 - 01:53 PM |
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Matching the AMD 4850e and the ASUS M3A78-EMH HDMI Micro ATX board will not help you break any performance records.  It will however give you a great HTPC system that is fairly cheap to set up, very cheap to power and easy to cool quietly.  While we would all like to see AMD processors at the top of the performance char

Source: TweakTown

Cray and Intel Collaborate to Develop Future Supercomputing Technologies

Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2008 - 01:04 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. and SEATTLE, April 28, 2008 - Cray Inc. (Nasdaq GM:
CRAY) and Intel Corporation announced today they signed a multi-year
agreement to advance high-performance computing (HPC) on Intel
microprocessors while delivering broad new Intel and Cray technologies
in future Cray server systems. The collaboration of these two industry
leaders will result in HPC systems that will help solve some of the
world's most complex scientific, engineering and humanitarian
challenges.

Conjoined Twin Myslexia Monitor Week

Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2008 - 11:57 AM |
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The SyncMaster2263DX is a 22" widescreen with a little friend attached; a removable 7" LCD widescreen attached to the side of it's face.  Benchmark Reviews doesn't have a picture of the side display working, but it could obviously do a good job as a secondary display to keep your Photoshop controls or other tools on.  It will also do the job for a lot cheaper than the cost of a second monitor, though there are some performance drawbacks.

Good news for AMDs move to GDDR5

Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2008 - 11:43 AM |
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After having so much difficulty with the Phenom, it is nice to hear some good news about AMD's fabs.  According to what The Inquirer has heard, the yeilds on the RV770 are higher than expected.  This will mean the XT version, which uses GDDR5; as opposed to the Pro's GDDR3, will be appearing sooner than expected.  Lets hope for some better than predicted performance as well.

Source: The Inquirer

New Hyperion Pro drivers released

Subject: Chipsets | April 28, 2008 - 11:22 AM |
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New Hyperion Pro drivers have just been released - the drivers for all VIA chipsets (so long as they're not too old) and all Microsoft operating systems. This new version, 5.17a has had the built in VIA Falcon IDE driver updated to version 2.50A. The full list of components includes:

INF V3.00A

AGP V4.60A

V-RAID V5.70A and RAID Tools v5.40

VIA IDE Falcon Storage Device driver v2.50A

Source: VIA Arena

AMD Introduces AMD Business Class, Designed With Business in Mind

Subject: Systems | April 28, 2008 - 11:13 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 28, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced AMD Business Class, an initiative dedicated to developing AMD processor-based commercial desktop and notebook solutions designed specifically for businesses.

Source: AMD

Friday forum highlights, Hubble edition

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2008 - 06:30 PM |
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The PC Perspective community is build from a diverse range of people, with different backgrounds and cultures, but a shared love of hardware and community.  Our members have found PCPer through a variety of means, for instance I was looking to end an abusive relationship with the ASUS NetQ forums and was welcomed to this community when I unsuspectingly followed a link from there almost 7 years ago.  However I doubt many people came via BoardReader, who seemed clueless when it came to our community.  Th

Energy efficiency on a motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | April 25, 2008 - 03:29 PM |
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ASUS' P5K PRO claims to be a green board, having three different modes in which you can run and save power.  While the claims that ASUS makes are upwards of 50% savings, the total system power draw doesn't actually dip by that much.  It does certainly save power when compared to the P5KC, especially when placed into the

Source: Big Bruin

Keeping your mobile Radeon up to date

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2008 - 01:19 PM |
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Driver Heaven has had a tool that lets you keep the graphics drivers on your laptop up to date for a while, but Vista has proved to be a problem until recently.  The new 1.0.0.0 version of their Mobility Modder works with XP and Vista and supports a wide range of mobile Radeon GPUs.  Tired of shouting yourself hoarse trying to get your OEM to update their supported drivers?  Worry no more.

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Larrabee team member speaks on rasterization for the future

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 25, 2008 - 12:00 PM |
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We have talked many, many times about Larrabee in the last several years and we consider ourselves to be pretty knowledgeable on the subject.  It's always interesting to see some new comments on the topic though and it turns out one of Larrabee's developers at Intel posted a bit on their blog on the subject of rasterization on the new GPU architecture.

Let's page through his comments if we can:

What if I don't want you to stick mold in my ear

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2008 - 11:50 AM |
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Perhaps it is because I am hard on earphones, killing them off frequently enough that it is not worth getting a good pair, but the LiveWires T1 Custom In Ear Monitors just don't make sense for my listening habits.  They are about half the price of other custom IEMs, running about $249 plus the cost of your ear molds.  Yes, ear molds.  According to techPowerUp!, it is best to go to an audiologist and pay to get a mold of your ears made, as the "home kits are not nearly as reliable or safe". 

Source: techPowerUp!