The group of C7

Subject: Mobile | June 24, 2008 - 11:58 AM |
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VIA Arena has compiled a huge list of all UMPCs that have a C7-M at their hearts.  Some you probably have not heard of, but other like the OQO and Gigabyte's M700 are a little more famous.  Their first page gives you an overview and thumbnail of the UMPCs, the second page provides you with specs.

Source: VIA Arena

Tiny capacitor, big capacity

Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2008 - 11:41 AM |
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Drop by Ars Technica for an overview, and link to, a paper on using ferroelectric nanocapacitors as a storage medium.  The papers claim of one Tb/inch2 is a bit of an exaggeration for their current process, but as lithography progresses, the terabyte may be in reach.  If they can advance it quickly enough, we may see a whole new type of solid state storage.

Source: Ars Technica

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES OC2 AND OCX GEFORCE GTX 280 GRAPHICS CARDS

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 24, 2008 - 11:09 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (June 24, 2008) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG GeForce GTX 280 OC2 and the BFG GeForce GTX 280 OCX factory overclocked graphics cards.

With the launch of each new NVIDIA graphics processing unit (GPU), BFG typically releases three increasing levels of factory overclock: OC, OC2, and OCX.

Wait, that's not right

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 23, 2008 - 05:59 PM |
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By running four HD 4850 in CrossfireX you can experience Crysis at one quarter the speed as with a single card.  While that may not sound like what should be true, it is in fact the reality.  TweakTown did these tests after the hotfix was created by AMD, but it looks like there is still some serious work to be done at the driver level.

Source: Tweaknews

X-bit Labs ever expanding monitor roundup

Subject: Displays | June 23, 2008 - 03:29 PM |
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X-bit Labs have been doing a yeoman's job at trying to compile a huge list of monitors for you to compare.  They are continually expanding the number of round-ups they have for monitors of various sizes, the newest of which is the sixth installment of their look at 20" monitors.  This installment comes with some rather serious warnings about the models from NEC and ViewSonic.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Need a new security robot?

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2008 - 01:14 PM |
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Rememer Dr. Who?  What?  Are you in need a new device to spy on your friends and/or co-workers?  Are they also fans of Dr. Who?  If so, this Dalek-toy-turned-spy-device would be right up your alley.  ChannelFlip has video preview of a specially designed unit that would fit the bill nicely...

Source: General

Should've remembered the first time

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2008 - 01:10 PM |
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Among with the other problems that Windows XP SP3 caused, HD audio support was reported as missing thanks to the exclusion of the UUA in SP3.  The good news is that those problems only existed in the Release Candidate, the Final has no such problem.  Along with that tidbit, TechARP also offers a bit of advice that anyone who is running XP should heed, "install SP3 only if you have a fresh Windows XP SP2 installation."

Source: Tech ARP

A round cooler for a square die

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 23, 2008 - 12:16 PM |
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The ASUS Lion Square takes a bit of style and pairs it with above average performance to offer a fairly good choice for cooling quad cores.  Legit Reviews has some nice pictures of this cooler and the decoration that ASUS included on it, as well as a look at it's performance.  Make sure you have a case that can properly display this cooler, otherwise you might be be

Throw it out and start all over again

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2008 - 11:48 AM |
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It almost seems that graphics card companies are out to bite the hand that feeds them.  Without hardware reviewers, their sales would look fairly different, and they would not have the chance to sell as many different models as they currently do.  That didn't stop AMD from crash launching the HD 4850 and it certainly didn't stop nVIDIA from springing the 9800 GTX+ which lead to a very long Wednesday for hardware reviewers trying to get at least something up for their readers. 

Source: The Inquirer

The first 'cast of summer

Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2008 - 06:32 PM |
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There are plenty of threads in the forums on what pieces of kit should go into a new system, and the hows and whys of whatzit A being better that thingamajig Q, but advice on

Almost ready for prime time

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 20, 2008 - 04:56 PM |
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It has been a bit of a wait for the VelociRaptor from Western Digital, but it is now out there and ready for you to purchase it.  The new firmware doesn't offer improvements across the board, but it certainly helped in a few of the tests that The Tech Report performed.  Drop by for a look at the fastest platter around.

High calibre power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 20, 2008 - 01:43 PM |
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The In-Win 1200W Commander follows the current trend in PSUs, and is more decorative than the grey rectangle that used to be the only flavour of PSU around.  Most companies choose a race car theme or something similar, In-Win went more for a more military theme.  Unfortunately, Tweaknews discovered that the decoration was what In-Win spent most of their time on.

Source: Tweaknews

++good?

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 20, 2008 - 12:34 PM |
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Legit Reviews has had the time, and not just a bit of luck, getting the 9800 GTX+ running and compared to the HD 4850.  The 4850's MSRP of $199 makes it a bit cheaper than the $229 the GTX+ is expected to sell at, but the performance gap is a little wider than that.  Take a look at the full review to see the difference.

Flash! AMD Radoeon HD 4850s show up en masse!

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 20, 2008 - 12:16 PM |
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Looks like AMD wasn't kidding about that immediate availability thing with the Radeon HD 4850 512MB cards.  Newegg has a slew in stock.

It's always the calm, quiet ones

Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2008 - 11:51 AM |
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AMD has been very quiet about their GPU SDKs, but don't assume that they do not have one.  Close-to-Metal, their first offering was available before nVIDIA's CUDA and they have since added a second SDK called Brook+ which has an interface similar to C.  The Tech Report had a chance to talk about these two developers kits, and AMDs future plans for Stream computing and physics, along with the other uses these kits can be applied to.

Forcibly motivating your Phenom

Subject: Processors | June 19, 2008 - 06:41 PM |
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OCIA starts out their K10 overclocking guide with a very important warning; even those with a lot of experience OCing previous generations of AMD processors are going to encounter a bit of a learning curve when they first start to play with a Phenom.  Don't let that stop you though, the guide has almost every tips you could possibly need to get you up to that higher speed.

Source: OCIA

ASRock knows how to stick to a good thing

Subject: Motherboards | June 19, 2008 - 03:35 PM |
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The ASRock K10N750SLI-WiFi nForce 750a Motherboard manages to do a lot for not very much money.  As far as setting up an inexpensive Phenom system goes it is hard to beat.  With power saving features, a powerful northbridge cooler and even a ASRock OC Tuner.  Drop by Think Computers for a closer look.

It's like Awesomo, only with smaller bones

Subject: Mobile | June 19, 2008 - 02:41 PM |
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The Inquirer had a chance to see three new Qosmio laptops, all using Toshiba's proprietary Synergistic Processor Elements, as opposed to a processor from VIA, Intel or AMD.  Drop by for a look at the hardware inside them, but we will have to wait a while before we can see the performance numbers

Source: The Inquirer

Yes, Virginia, this really is a 55nm NVIDIA GPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2008 - 01:26 PM |
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We've been getting some feedback from readers about our GeForce 9800 GTX+ news and revelation that it is indeed a 55nm part - not simply an overclocked version of G92.  Here are some various forms of proof:



NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ card unmasked

The parade looks clear so far

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2008 - 12:41 PM |
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AMD screwed up; the HD 4850 went on sale in Europe before it should have, so everyone now knows what it is.  They had no choice but to inflict a sleepless night on hardware reviewers, who had their NDA suddenly yanked out from under them.  nVIDIA decided that they just had to try to piss on AMD's parade by moving up the release of the die shrunken 9800 GTX+.  Guess what nVIDIA?  No one has had time to review it, not even Ryan ... though he did get some information up.

Get the message about knee jerk release date changes yet?

"The AMD Radeon HD 4850 512MB card is a good performing card that is able to match both the GeForce 8800 GT and the 9800 GTX card in our initial preview of just a couple of major gaming titles. NVIDIA has some more tricks up their sleeve though with a little part called the GeForce 9800 GTX+ meant solely to rain on AMD's launch day parade. Whether or not that will pan out has yet to be seen."

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