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Subject: Graphics Cards | May 25, 2007 - 03:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's UVD is an on-chip decoder for Blu-ray and HD DVD, offering 40MBits of bandwidth, their answer to nVIDIA's PureVideo HD. As The Tech Report discovered, it is missing from the new HD 2900 XT, even though AMD's presentation seemed to imply that it was on that card. Read the full article to find out why so many sites thought the 2900 did have UVD, and what that means to someone buying this card to display HD, especially from a Blu-ray or HD-DVD source.
Subject: Storage | May 25, 2007 - 02:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TECHGAGE has posted a review of NeroLinux 3, the long awaited update to the popular burning software for Linux. It adds support for Bluray and HD DVD, but also faces a lot of competition from existing Linux burning tools like k3b, especially as it took 2 years for Nero to update it. If you are into Linux, but are missing the GUI of Nero, you might want to consider it.
Subject: General Tech | May 25, 2007 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The first software to enable a GPU to be used for general purposes will come from nVIDIA, and be released in June according to this story on The Inquirer. It has been in beta for a little while, but this will be an official release. As well, nVIDIA mentioned their new series of GPGPUs will be the 9800, and will feature double-precision floating point arithmetic, a must in scientific calculations, and handy for the gamer too.
Subject: Memory | May 24, 2007 - 04:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are curious as to what the difference between DDR2 and DDR3 is, OCModShop has published the perfect article for you. The increase in maximum speed is the real difference, but if you are looking to find out how that is achieved, and why DDR2 can't just keep be pushed faster then dig into the article.
Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2007 - 02:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Democracy Player has 2 things going for it, the first is it's integration with online video streaming from places like YouTube, and it's attitude which is very relaxed. Instead of trying to take over all your media by default, as well as launching at boot time, you can set it to the behaviour you prefer right from the install. It treats streaming media differently as well, downloading all of the video before letting you watch it, and then deleting it about 5 days later to save on space. Read on
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 24, 2007 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In their 4th 120mm fan roundup, SPCR tests 8 different fans. All of the fans tested did move a fair amount of air at a reasonable noise level, but only one can come out on top. Read on to find out which fan could manage 34CFM at only 22dBa and still moved 19CFM @ 19dBa when reduced to 7V.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 24, 2007 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PARSIPPANY, N.J. - May 24, 2007 - PNY Technologies, Inc. today announced
the addition of two, new XLR8(TM) graphics cards based on the NVIDIA
GeForceR 8 Series of GPUs. The XLR8 GeForce 8800 Ultra and 8800 Ultra OC
(Overclocked) round out PNY's graphics card line up, so gamers have more
choices to select a high-end card based on their particular needs and
Other features that come with all of PNY's GeForce 8 series of graphics cards include:
Subject: Motherboards | May 24, 2007 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MSI's P6N-SLI Platinum is based on the nForce 650i SLI MCP, and also sports Realtek ALC888HD audio. While the BIOS doesn't sport many features and limits your chance to overclock, it is more the job of it's big brother the 680i to satisfy users with those needs. [H]ard|OCP found it to be a solid board for those looking at price and basic functions, not overclocking and a dozen USB p
Subject: General Tech | May 24, 2007 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hynix is leading the way; along with IMEC and 4 other CMOS producing companies in the never ending quest to shrink the manufacturing process. This incarnation will be 32nm, although it may take some time before we see that process in memory chips, let alone CPUs. We are right on the technological edge of how tightly focused the UV beam can be when using it to etch memory, even using EUV lithography. DigiTimes has a bit more, here.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 23, 2007 - 06:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at HotHardware, you can catch a review of MSI's 8600GT, a silently cooled 8600GTS from Gigabyte and MSI's NX8500GT, all of which are under $200. These are all contrasted against AMD's 1950 Pro which is worth about the same to buy, but is only capable of DX9. As the benchmarks show, unless you are desperate to try DX10, the older 1950 Pro will give you more bang for your buck.
Subject: Mobile | May 23, 2007 - 03:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The LCDs on laptops really can't hold a candle to the desktop versions. It isn't a size thing, so much as brightness, response rate and clarity. Rather than depend on eyeballing to judge the difference, AnandTech tests 4 laptops against a Gateway desktop LCD. The results are rather enlightening.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 23, 2007 - 02:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP reviews 5 PSUs ranging from 450W to 500W and from $20 to $100. There are a lot of systems that only need a maximum of 500W, in fact for most office PCs it is almost overkill. You would expect that these PSUs would be very stable and conform to specs, as the PSU manufacturers have managed that with PSUs twice as powerful. Read the full review, as you may be surprised what they found.
Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2007 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The UFO franchise has been trying to recapture the feel of the original X:Com UFO Defense in the early 90's. While the graphics have evolved, and many different approaches have been tried, it just hasn't been same as in the good old days. Strategy Informer reviews the latest, UFO:Extraterrestrials, which is set on a new planet called Esperanza not Earth.
Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2007 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a help wanted sign in the window at 3D Realms, and if you get the job you could become one of the most loved, or one of the most hated game programmers of all time. If you think you can drop the Forever from Duke Nukem Forever, follow the link from The Inquirer to apply, or just get a peek at a new screenshot.
Subject: Memory | May 23, 2007 - 11:35 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, Calif. May 22, 2007 OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra high performance and high reliability memory, today announced their official crossover into DDR3 memory to coincide with the recent launch of the Intel Bearlake Chipset. OCZ's hand tested DDR3 solutions enable ardent enthusiasts to take advantage of the highly anticipated P35 platform while experiencing the legendary quality and reliability of OCZ memory.
Subject: Motherboards | May 22, 2007 - 04:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legit Reviews managed to get a hold of 2GBs of Kingston's PC3-11000 HyperX that runs 1375Mhz @ 7-7-7-20 and 1.7V. They also tried Corsair's PC3-10600 XMS3 DHX, 1333MHz @ 9-9-9-24 and 1.5V. They tested their DDR2 modules on an ASUS P5K Deluxe and the DDR3 on an ASUS P5K3 Deluxe. It seems that even with these high speed DDR3 modules, there isn't any overwhelming gain to be received by switching from DDR2.
Subject: Storage | May 22, 2007 - 04:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TweakTown has managed to repeat a rather scary incident involving QuickTime, Vista and a RAID on an ICH8R chipset. They haven't seen this behaviour occur on other platforms, but you may want to be careful just the same, especially if you are using RAID 0.
Subject: Storage | May 22, 2007 - 03:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GENEVA and SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 22, 2007 STMicroelectronics, Intel and Francisco Partners today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement to create a new independent semiconductor company from the key assets of businesses which last year generated approximately $3.6 billion in combined annual revenue.
Subject: Memory | May 22, 2007 - 02:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new Reaper series from OCZ really impressed Overclockers Online. Running at 1150 @ 5-5-5-18 straight out of the box they are some of the fastest chips, period. The new cooling solution both adds style to the DIMMs as well as some very good cooling. Once they got down to testing, they found limitations in tightening the timings, but by keeping the timings at the rated intervals, they could get a nice jump in speed.
"The performance of these Reaper HPCs at 5-5-5 certainly was br