Digging into Canmore

Subject: Processors | August 20, 2008 - 06:25 PM |
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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

The Lucid Hydra

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 20, 2008 - 03:23 PM |
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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 |
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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.

The new and improved Eee

Subject: Mobile | August 20, 2008 - 02:51 PM |
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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.

Diabolically good?

Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2008 - 02:25 PM |
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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.

Source: Hexus

Live at the IDF ... it's Ryan Shrout!

Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2008 - 01:50 PM |
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Ryan is at it again, giving live updates from the IDF, Day 2.  Today is about entertainment and the digital home.  Keep your eyes peeled for the news as it happens; if you miss it live, this new format will let you look through what was posted, though you do miss the chance to comment and offer suggestions for Ryan during any Q&A sessions.

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EMERGENT'S GAMEBRYO GAME ENGINE TO INCORPORATE NVIDIA PHYSX TECHNOLOGY

Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2008 - 01:18 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 19, 2008 - NVIDIA Corporation and Emergent Game Technologies have expanded their relationship resulting in NVIDIA PhysX technology being directly integrated into all upcoming versions of the Emergent Gamebryo game development platform.

Source: NVIDIA

Intel Shifts Future Core Processors Into Turbo Mode

Subject: Processors | August 19, 2008 - 07:00 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Aug. 19, 2008 - In his Intel Developer Forum keynote today, Pat Gelsinger detailed the roadmap for Intel's continued march toward pervasive, higher performance and power efficient computing.

Futuremark Games Studio Reveals Shattered Horizon

Subject: General Tech | August 19, 2008 - 06:51 PM |
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LEIPZIG GAMES CONVENTION, GERMANY August 19th, 2008 - Futuremark Games Studio today revealed Shattered Horizon, a new game where players fight to survive in the aftermath of a catastrophic Moon mining accident that throws billions of tons of rocky debris into near-Earth space.

Source: FUTUREMARK

ASUS Z7S WS Receives Intel Innovation Award

Subject: Motherboards | August 19, 2008 - 06:19 PM |
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FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (August 19, 2008) - ASUS, a leading name in high quality computer components and solutions, received an Intel Server and Storage Innovation Award for the Z7S WS workstation motherboard. Positioned for power users, the Z7S WS features dual socket 771 and utilizes the Intel 5400 chipset to deliver high speed performance and wide expansion capabilities.

Source: ASUS

Lian Li's split personality

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 19, 2008 - 06:17 PM |
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The PCX-500 and PC-K1 are both Lian Li cases, but they have completely different form and functionality. 
The PCX-500 is very tall, 23" but only 9" deep and 15" long, which forces a rather unique technique to install the optical drives.  The PC-K1 has more standard dimensions, it's special feature is it's very lightweight design.  That can come in very handy if you use the case for LAN parties. 

Source: Extremetech

Not for the faint of heart

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 19, 2008 - 03:38 PM |
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X-bit Labs has figured out a way to get the 9800 GTX to outperform the HD4870 in almost half of the benchmarks they threw at it.  All you have to do is attach a 1,000Ohm resistor, so that you can bump the voltage to 1.528V and the frequencies to 875MHz and 2188MHz for GPU and RAM, respectively.  Even if you aren't willing to try the modification, the benchmarks results are quite impressive to see.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Intel formally announces plans for solid state drives

Subject: Storage | August 19, 2008 - 02:58 PM |
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We knew Intel was entering into the world of solid state hard drives from our news of it at Computex in June of this year but now we have the official announcement and part number data from IDF 2008.  You can see our live blog from the SSD briefing by click here that details all the notes on the data Intel provided today as well as images from the press event.

Getting ahead of the pack

Subject: Memory | August 19, 2008 - 02:14 PM |
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Corsair's new DIMMs are outpacing the ability of chipsets to keep up.  With stock settings of 2133MHz @ 9-9-9-24 and running at 2.0V it is hard to find a motherboard that can handle the default settings of this RAM, let alone allow an overclock.  Legit Reviews did have some success when they pushed the FSB up to 462MHz, check out the results here.

Save your data, and the planet

Subject: Storage | August 19, 2008 - 11:49 AM |
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There are two big benefits to the ATP EarthDrive, and one small one.  The small benefit is an increase in speed compared to previous ATP models, though the bump was not big enough for this drive to win any speed awards.  The biggest benefit is the almost indestructibility of this drive.  We have seen other companies offer drives that can be run over with a car and still probably work, but waterproof drives are rare.  As well as bei

Ryan's foray into Web 2.0 at the IDF

Subject: General Tech | August 19, 2008 - 11:35 AM |
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If you didn't notice from his link at the very top of the page, Ryan is currently at the IDF, and is live blogging the entire thing.  Check out what he has seen, the pictures he has uploaded and make comments or suggestions directly to him.  Keep an eye out for his updates, the conference just started with Pat Gelsinger's address, and will continue on from there.  There is also a forum thread where you can comment on the IDF as well as this new style of reporting at PC Perspective. 

Trying to reclaim the crown

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 18, 2008 - 05:09 PM |
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nVIDIA has been trying everything to make the GTX 280 more attractive to gamers, mostly by dropping the price by about $200.  BFG is taking it one step further with their BFG GTX 280 OCX, an overclocked version of the already fast card.  Hardware Canucks tested it against AMD's 4870 X2, as well as the 4870 and 4850 in Crossfire.  nVIDIA does retain some top spots, but not by much of a margin.

Trying out Hybrid SLI

Subject: Motherboards | August 18, 2008 - 02:48 PM |
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With the introduction of the 780a chipset came Hybrid SLI, a way to turn off your video card when you are not using it.  Unfortunately it only works with the new 9800s as well as GT200s, both of which are relatively good at not using much power when in an idle state.  [H]ard|OCP's reviewers had very different experiences with this Phenom board, so read through carefully before you think about running out and buying one.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Quick and easy MP3 integration

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2008 - 01:54 PM |
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If you are looking for a cheap way to get you MP3 collection to play in your car, then drop by Tweaknews.  They have just finished a review of the MERCONNET MP3 PLAYER/FM MODULATOR, which will accept USB drives and SD cards and stream them to your cars radio.  Listening to your MP3's while on the road has never been simpler.

Source: Tweaknews

A good thing gets better

Subject: Mobile | August 18, 2008 - 12:15 PM |
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AnandTech was rather impressed by the Gateway P-6831, a powerful gaming notebook with a $1300 price tag.  Gateway has updated that model with the P-7811, which not only has updated components, but also offers longer battery life.  Their testing didn't all go smoothly however, read on to see what problems they encountered.

Source: AnandTech