You load sixteen cores, and what do you get ...

Subject: Systems | June 27, 2008 - 12:23 PM |
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Serious multi-threaded processing power and a tight race between Intel and AMD in the server market.  AnandTech, with a little help, tested quad socket, quad core server setups to see if AMD can climb back into what used to be their strongest market.  Take a look at how the server market is right now, just before the release of Dunnington.

Source: AnandTech

GeForce GTX 260s show up at Newegg

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 27, 2008 - 12:20 PM |
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Hey, look at this!  The GeForce GTX 260 896MB cards are finally showing up in stock!  You can read our review of both the GTX 260 and GTX 280 here and then head over to Newegg to pick one up!

Source: 3DCenter

A torrent of FUD

Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2008 - 11:50 AM |
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As shocking as it may seem, Bell may not have been completely honest about the effect P2P has had on network congestion.  As many were probably already aware, since packets really don't care what route they take, the 2-5% of their network that supposedly suffered from P2P related congestion was simply Bell being too lazy to re-route the traffic.  This is good news even if Bell isn't your ISP; you are using their copper and fibre, which your ISP has leased and suffering from the throttling.  Get more info, and a link to the inevitable 'data isn't a Chevy' analogy

Source: The Inquirer

VIA Pico-ITX Goes Low Profile, Integrates Power Supply

Subject: Systems | June 27, 2008 - 11:08 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 27 June 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the VIA EPIA P700 Pico-ITX board that couples more features within a streamlined, ultra compact footprint designed for low profile systems, with extended I/O port options through two companion boards.

 

A handy way to share what you play

Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2008 - 06:48 PM |
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If you are looking for an easy way to play your iPod in your car or anywhere else you are having difficulty connecting it, try the Belkin TuneCast Auto.  It is an FM transmitter that will broadcast whatever your iPod is playing to an FM channel that you pick, it is as easy as that.  circuitREMIX were a little dissapointed with the Clearscan feature, but didn

Source: circuitREMIX

Help your CPU keep cool and achieve a state of peace

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 26, 2008 - 03:13 PM |
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Zerotherm's Zen FZ120 CPU Cooler is about the same size and shape of the Ultra 120 from Thermalright,
and has similar performance.  SPCR did like the amount of heat this cooler can deal with, but they did find that the fan hurt their sensitive ears at 12V.  Take a read through the review and see if you are willing to sacrifice a little quiet fo

Oh, grow up!!!

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 26, 2008 - 12:11 PM |
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The cries are familiar to anyone who remembers the schoolyard back in the primary grades; screams of "No fair, you cheated" echo and messages are passed via third parties, "I won't talk to him unless he talks to me first"  and "Oh ya, well he better apologize first or I won't ever speak to him".
Unfortunately, this bitching and moaning is not emanating
from small children, though you could be forgiven for thinking so, that whine you hear is coming from people who should have gotten over that type of behaviour years ago.

Those minor inconveniences

Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2008 - 11:35 AM |
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Users of NoScript are accustomed to seeing a message telling them that they need to install Flash player to view a web page properly, and since they specifically installed that add on for that purpose it doesn't bother them.  Users of 64-bit OSes on the other hand are not quite so happy, seeing as how Adobe has yet to create a 64-bit version.  [OC]ModShop can offer some help to those who haven't found a work around that they like.

Source: OCMODSHOP

AMD Delivers OpenGL Performance Increase for Linux Professional Graphics Customers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 26, 2008 - 11:08 AM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. - June 26, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced new ATI Catalyst drivers with major performance enhancements to ATI FireGL professional graphics cards.

Source: AMD

OCZ Technology Products Now Available through Sam's Club Online Web Store

Subject: Memory | June 26, 2008 - 11:04 AM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. - June 24, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, components, and system builds, is pleased to announce the availability of its hardware solutions through the popular online segment of Sam's Club, a major player in the U.S. consumer variety stores.

By partnering with high-profile and reputable resellers like Sam's Club that offer a wide range of consumer electronics and computer accessories, OCZ's performance hardware will become more accessible to a greater breadth of customers.

Yes, it's supported in Linux

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 25, 2008 - 05:56 PM |
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The OCZ EliteXStream 800W sits at a good price point and provides enough power to keep most systems happy without straying into the overkill of a kilowatt PSU.  Phoronix prefers having one powerful 12V line as opposed to several lower powered rails, and with 62A on it's single 12V line this PSU fits the bill and the 82% claimed efficiency doesn't hurt either.

Source: Phoronix

KISS

Subject: Storage | June 25, 2008 - 02:50 PM |
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Lite-On's EZ DUB offers an incredibly easy way to burn disks.  It's an external 16x burner that can handle just about any format but Blu-ray and HD-DVD.  There are two buttons on the device; pressing Dub will make a copy of whatever disk you have in the drive, file will pop a window up and prompt you to drag whatever files you want copied and then makes your disk. 

New architecture, new performance

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 25, 2008 - 01:01 PM |
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Ryan has finished reviewing the HD4850 and 4870 and he is quite happy with the results.  The HD4870 can beat the dual GPU HD 3870 X2 1GB and has 7.1 channel HD audio decoding to boot.  The HD4850 can also compete with the X2, although not beat it, at an MSRP of $199.  Read on to get an idea of what has changed in the architecture and technology and then carry on into the benchmarks.

No, the video game version

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2008 - 12:08 PM |
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Alone in the Dark is back and HEXUS spent some quality time with it.  Being fans of the original series, they were not disappointed with the story line and they thought the new graphics were superb.  Unfortunately they also found a serious flaw with the controls; as they put it, "You don’t so much move Carnby as drive him about like a human shaped remote control car".

Source: Hexus

You think you're upset

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2008 - 11:43 AM |
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The last copies of XP, as well as the last new licenses will be shipped June 30, after that it is a two year (or so) wait until 7.  This may seem like bad news to the gamer and home user who don't want to switch to Vista for a variety of reasons.  Put that aside for a minute and think of the poor IT worker, who will find it increasingly difficult to get their hands on a replacement machine that doesn't have Vista on it.

Source: Slashdot

AMD Delivers World's First TeraFLOPS Graphics Chip

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 25, 2008 - 11:13 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - June 25, 2008 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today achieved two world firsts in visual computing: the launch of the first teraFLOPS graphics card, the ATI Radeon HD 4850, and the launch of the first graphics card featuring ultra high bandwidth GDDR5 memory, the ATI Radeon HD 4870. These two innovations combine with trademark AMD energy-efficient design and powerful DirectX 10.1 compatibility to deliver superior performance at the high-volume mainstream and performance price points. Both the ATI Radeon HD 4850 and ATI Radeon HD 4870 are immediately available.

Source: AMD

Lycosa psychosis

Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2008 - 05:57 PM |
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Bjorn3D recently reviewed the Razer Lycosa Gaming Keyboard and found that they liked it a lot.  With glowing WASD keys, auto-disabling of the Windows key, full programmable macro keys and more there is a lot to like about the keyboard.  As you read through the review, you do start to get the feeling that maybe they are just a little too excited by the keyboard?

Source: Bjorn3D

Quad core, Quad SLI, why not Quad RAM?

Subject: Memory | June 24, 2008 - 03:01 PM |
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Winchip's DDR2 667 may not be blazing fast compared to other DIMMs but the size is impressive.  16GB in four 4Gb DIMMs does stand out in the crowd though.  techPowerUp! couldn't get the DIMMs to overclock at all, but they did set up a RAM drive and used VMWare to set up a virtual Windows machine with good results.

Source: techPowerUp!

Crosshair II; now even more expensive

Subject: Motherboards | June 24, 2008 - 02:10 PM |
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The new ASUS Crosshair II Formula is a 780a SLI chipset, with a GeForce 8 onboard and a PCIe 1x add in card for sound, as opposed to an onboard chip.  The sound card makes sense on two levels, it can be physically removed if a XiFi or other card is purchased and it saves a lot of space on the PCB.  Techspot took a look at this Phenom board, a

Source: Tech Spot