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Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2008 - 11:14 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - August 25, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it has achieved the top spot on the VMware VMmark virtualization benchmark for x86 servers with the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based HP ProLiant DL585 G5. AMD now holds the top three spots on the 16-core VMmark benchmark.
Subject: Shows and Expos | August 25, 2008 - 05:28 AM | Ryan Shrout
I might be a little biased since I was involved in the project, but I thought I would post one of the first shots of the appropriately named Ultimate Gaming Machine from the fine folks at TWiT, This Week in Tech!
Colleen / DigitalKitty of the TWiT team has been hard at work on the system build, overclocking and then case modding it for the first day of NVISION08 on Monday the 25th of August.
Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2008 - 05:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
iIntel's latest iCPU, the i7 is iGenerating a lot of iInterest, though not from iGamers. The new core is certainly a significant step from the Core2, as the Core2 was from the Pentium, but
Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2008 - 02:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tension Labs EAP03 Earphone Audio Processor seems like a good idea. It has a microphone that you can set to allow some outside noise into earphones that isolate you. It can show just how many dB you are inflicting on your eardrums and incorporates an equalizer. Unfortunately, when TechPowerUp tried it out it lacked the power to stand out among the crowd.
Subject: Systems | August 22, 2008 - 02:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Smooth Creations is making a huge splash in the enthusiast market, and an equally large dent in the wallets of those that pick them up. It's not just the stellar job they do in setting up extremely powerful systems; it is the incredible paint jobs on the cases. Every one is a unique airbrushing, with a finish that would not look out of place on a high end car. Neoseeker were lucky enough to get a hold of the Neptune, a water-cooled system with a very appropriate paint job.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 22, 2008 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Kingwin ABT-1220MA1S Mach 1 Power Supply surprised [H]ard|OCP, in a good way. The 800W version that they reviewed recently had positive features, especially in the quality and placement of the wiring, but it also had a lot of problems when it came to testing it's power quality. The 1220W version kept
Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2008 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
joined the swollen ranks of the "i" crowd, thanks to the marketing wonks renaming it i7. If you don't feel that you have heard enough about Intel's new up and comer over these past three days, AnandTech has a treat in store for you. Fifteen pages of information on everything from Loop Stream Detection to the cache hierarchy and even the return of Turbo Mode in a slightly different form. It's all yours to discover.
Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2008 - 11:28 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 22 August 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today showcased VIA EPIA Pico-ITX-based entertainment robots at the Taipei International Robot Show (TIROS), being held on 21-24 August at the World Trade Center in Taipei, Taiwan.
With robotics development representing the cutting edge of technological progress, VIA's commitment to extremely compact form factors, robust performance, extensive feature sets and extremely low power consumption means that VIA's off-the-shelf EPIA boards are becoming an essential component fo
Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2008 - 11:12 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Storage | August 21, 2008 - 06:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Silicon Power's new 32 GB Solid State Disk comes with a 2 year warranty, but is likely to last 20 years or more before you can expect to see some drives die. Guru 3D's review was of the SLC version, a faster, more reliable and more expensive type of flash, there is also an MLC version that is cheaper, but you will sacrifice both speed and reliability. Read on to see how well SSDs have been improving.
Subject: Displays | August 21, 2008 - 03:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Samsung's $4000 SyncMaster XL30 LED Backlit LCDis a little much for your average gamer, as not too many people care to ensure that the blood flying from their opponents is a perfectly accurate shade of red. On the other hand, those who make their living through graphical design have to have accurate colour depiction. That is exactly what the XL30 provide,
Subject: Motherboards | August 21, 2008 - 01:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is not that BioStar has been guilty of making bad motherboards, it is more that they have tended to focus on motherboards with minimal features and low prices. The
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 21, 2008 - 12:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Drop by bit-tech for a look at one of the most inventive recent case mods. Instead of starting with a readily identifiable theme or reproduction of something famous, Cheapskate chose to go abstract ... and very colourful. Take a look at the creation of this unique case, but you might want to turn your brightness down, it really is very colourful.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 21, 2008 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan's live coverage of this years IDF continues into it's third day. Starting at 12 EDT (about 10 minutes from the time of this post), he will be covering the keynote speech of Justin Rattner from Intel Research and Development. This is a chance to see what Intel has up it's sleeves for the coming years. Don't miss it!
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Subject: Processors | August 20, 2008 - 06:25 PM | Josh Walrath
Intel is introducing its latest "system on a chip". Formerly known as Canmore, the Intel Media Processor CE 3100 is an "all in one" solution for set top boxes and other types of video playback devices. The chip includes an IA core based on the Dothan architecture, 3D graphics and video playback, integrated DDR-2 memory controller, SATA connections, PCI-E, audio support, USB support, and gigabit networking support (via physical layer chip). The entire package runs at 800 MHz and is supposed to provide a very snappy experience in the products it is designed for. The video
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 20, 2008 - 03:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The newly announced Hydra Engine from Lucid seems to have trumped both Crossfire and SLI in a single swipe. Not only do they seem to imply that their task oriented approach will outperform the brute force style that the current solutions use, the technology will allow a lot of other tasks to be accomplished that are beyond SLI and Crossfire. It also able to combine any mix of cards from the same vendor, though you can't mix AMD and nVIDIA ...
Intel Introduces First IA System on Chip for Consumer Electronics, Expands Internet to TV Experience
Subject: Systems | August 20, 2008 - 02:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Aug. 20, 2008 - At the Intel Developer Forum, Intel Corporation introduced the Intel Media Processor CE 3100, the first in a new family of purpose-built System on Chips (SoCs) for Consumer Electronics devices based on the company's popular Intel architecture (IA) blueprint.
Executives on Wednesday also provided updates on the Mobile Internet Device (MID) category and Intel Atom processor, unveiled a brand with DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc.
Subject: Mobile | August 20, 2008 - 02:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new Eee PC 1000 has a 10.2" display and measures 10.5 x 7.5 x 1.5, slightly larger than the original, and much blacker. Inside is a Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz, 1GB of DDR2-533, an 8GB SSD for storage along with a 32Gb internal SDHC card. See what The Tech Report thought of this Xandros-based Linux netbook.
Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2008 - 02:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
First, the bad news ... "It's too early to estimate Diablo III's release date." ... though that does mean they aren't announcing an unreachable deadline; something that has damaged all too many games. The good news is that HEXUS has published an informative interview covering a lot of the questions inquiring Diablo fans want to have answered. Drop by if you are one of them.