Far Cry still worth $5

Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2007 - 11:50 PM |

An interesting discussion in our forums: is buying Far Cry today worth that $5 you found in your jeans pocket?  Stop in our forums to see everyone's thoughts on the issue...


IGP Wars: AMD upperhand on NVIDIA

Subject: Chipsets | December 30, 2007 - 11:48 PM |

Upcoming battles between the IGP chipsets from AMD, the RS780, and NVIDIA, MCP78S, are apparently leaning towards AMD for performance.  This is all according to motherboard makers in Taiwan.

Source: Digitimes

Upgrading to Phenom with AM2 not as cool as we thought

Subject: Processors | December 28, 2007 - 01:39 PM |

The guys at Tom's Hardware, as reported by Engadget, are saying that the "drop in upgrade" of Phenom processors into existing AM2 motherboards isn't working as well as we originally hoped.

Source: engadget

NVIDIA MCP72 chipset delayed

Subject: Chipsets | December 28, 2007 - 12:10 PM |

NVIDIA is getting all the headlines this morning, though maybe they don't want to.  Digitimes is reporting that the MCP72 chipset, otherwise known as the nForce 700 series for AMD platforms, is being delayed until the first of next year.  Being as it is now December 28th, this makes sense, no?  Still bad news is bad news.

Source: 3DCenter

NVIDIA looking for cheaper G92 cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 28, 2007 - 12:07 PM |

Taking note of the news post below, maybe this information from Digitimes has already been answered?  Apparently NVIDIA was the board designers to find ways to cut costs on the G92 designs to better allow them to compete with the likes of the AMD HD 3800 series of cards.

Source: Digitimes

Details on GeForce 8800 GS Surface

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 28, 2007 - 12:03 PM |

According to Expreview, NVIDIA planning another SKU based around the G92 architecture known as the 8800 GS.  I am more than a bit confused by the specs though, including a 192-bit memory bus of all things that reintroduces memory sizes of 384MB and 768MB.  The two models showcased run at similar clock speeds to the 8800 GT (one higher and one lower) while the memory sizes and shader clocks border either side of the GT as well.  Color me confused:

AMD ends Athlon X2 branding, starts Athlon 6000 series

Subject: Processors | December 27, 2007 - 11:06 AM |

Fans of Athlon X2 processors, and huge OEMs that use them, are set to place their final orders for K8 parts next quarter.  But no worries!  They are going to release a dual-core version of Phenom in Q1 of 08 as well in the form of the Athlon 6000 series.

Source: Digitimes

First GeForce 9-series parts to be budget priced

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 25, 2007 - 06:52 PM |

The first part from the upcoming GeForce 9-series looks to be the G94, or D9P, and will be coming in February.  Set to compete with AMD's RV670 HD 3850, it will apparently have a 256-bit memory bus, 64 stream processors and be built on the same 65nm process as the G92 cards.

Nvidia will launch the mid-range part for its GeForce
9600 GPU series, codenamed D9P or G94, in February 2008, according to
sources with graphics cards makers.

Source: Digitimes

AMD tri-core CPUs coming in March

Subject: Processors | December 25, 2007 - 06:47 PM |

According to this report at Digitimes, the first triple-core processors from AMD in their Phenom 8000-series are going to be released this coming March.  First up will be 2.1 GHz and 2.3 GHz models known as 8400 and 8600 respectively.

AMD will launch two B2 stepping triple-core CPUs, Phenom
8600 and 8400 in March of next year, while in the second quarter, the
company will launch three more models, Phenom 8700, 8650 and 8450.

Source: Digitimes

Could the next round of Phenoms be pushed back to Q2?

Subject: Processors | December 24, 2007 - 12:51 AM |

According to this Digitimes report, the upcoming revision of the Phenom 9600 and 9900 CPUs with the TLB fix to address performance issues is going to be pushed back until Q2 of 2008.  Their sources claim that AMD hasn't been able to solve the bug and if this turns out to be true will be very bad news indeed for a product that hasn't even seen day one of sunlight.

Source: Digitimes

Hot New Asus U2 Notebook

Subject: Mobile | December 24, 2007 - 12:46 AM |

Taking a tip from the band of the same name, the upcoming Asus U2 notebook is going to cure cancer and stop worldwide poverty.  Or maybe it just "Reinvents Luxury Computing Experience with Delightful Detailing and Advanced Performance."  You decide:

Interview with member 3dfxrain

Subject: Editorial | December 22, 2007 - 07:06 AM |

Well, I've been off my feed for a few months and I have a backlog of
interviews to get out. I hope you will forgive me my slacking off. We
will be getting right back in the saddle with a real gem!

I have the extreme pleasure in posting an interview with a member
who has consistently been a sincerely valuable asset to us....3dfxrain So, without wasting any more of your Saturday:

Crysis patch delayed

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2007 - 04:11 PM |

Well, this is cruddy news.  If you read my recent 3-Way SLI review you'd have noticed I used an early copy of the Crysis 1.1 patch to try and increase SLI scaling.  Well, if you were ready to get your hands on that release....SORRY!  Delayed again according some Crysis-based forums

Patch #1 Delayed – The Reason

Apple and Intel partner with new Silverthorne chip

Subject: Processors | December 21, 2007 - 03:21 PM |

No real surprises here, though the news coming from Intel directly is uplifting for upcoming mobile technologies.  If only there was more news besides partnering with Apple...

Source: engadget

AMD Radeon HD 3400 and 3600 Leaks

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2007 - 03:18 PM |

The upcoming low priced cards from AMD based on he 55nm RV670 GPU have apparently been leaked, go figure. 

Source: Daily Tech

NVIDIA is "Company of the Year" from Forbes, stock holders

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2007 - 02:50 PM |

As an enthusiast reading this article your brain will probably implode, as usually happens when the mainstream media tries to be "hip" and "modern" in the world of gaming, but the news for NVIDIA is good none the less.

NVIDIA sheds new drivers for the holiday

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2007 - 02:46 PM |

Just about everyone can get some new drivers for their NVIDIA GPU today - just in time to load on your system for that pending holiday gift you are SURE you are getting.

AMD Releases Cat 7.12

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 20, 2007 - 05:16 PM |

AMD has now released the final Cat of the year.  7.12 is the number, and the amount of fixes are... minimal.  Better DX10 performance in Company of Heroes on HD 38x0 cards, and improved Overdrive functionality with HD 2900 cards.  On the Linux side there are quite a few more fixes.  Support for RedFlag 6.0 and OpenSUSE 10.3, as well as a handful of major fixes under OpenGL.

Source: AMD

Spring colors for your Eee PC this holiday

Subject: Mobile | December 20, 2007 - 01:05 PM |

If the standard Asus Eee PC in black for $399 or even the new 8G model of it selling for $499 weren't enough, Newegg now has a pair of colorful Easter colors to offer as well:

Memory Guys and Power Supplies

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 20, 2007 - 12:51 PM |

It wasn't all that long ago that OCZ bought up PC Power and Cooling and started marketing those power supplies as their own, and even before that OCZ was making their own power supplies which caught a lot of attention.  Corsair also released a few impressive products of its own.  It seems that a new name is entering the power supply field, and one you really would not expect.