Thoughts on a Refreshing Interview with AMD

Subject: Editorial | December 11, 2007 - 10:00 PM |

Mario Rivas, Executive VP of the Computing Products Group
sat down for a very enlightening interview hosted by CRN.  The reporter asked tough questions, and Mario
gave some surprisingly honest and straightforward answers.  As we all know, AMD has had a rough time of
it, and the editorials about the perception of their external marketing and
product placement have been rearing their heads as of late. 

Blues at 6x speed

Subject: Storage | December 11, 2007 - 05:43 PM |

Does the time it takes to burn 25GB of data got you down?  The brand new LG GGW-H20L Super Multi Blue burns regular Blu-ray disks at 6x speed, but the rewritable versions are stuck at 2x.  There was a little bit of a problem when burning Blu-ray at high speed, but it was easily fixed and shouldn't be a concern for anyone looking at this drive.  Unfortunately, CDRLabs couldn't tell us how much this drive will cost.

Source: CDRLabs

Timeshifting your satellite radio

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2007 - 03:11 PM |

OCMODSHOP has investigated the ways that you can take XM's satellite feed and record it using Media Centre so that you can catch all your favourite shows when you have the time.  Seeing as how you can hear hockey, basketball or whatever sport you prefer, on top of regularly scheduled radio shows, you never have to miss them again just because you had to do some work.


Nanoxia's out of this world cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 11, 2007 - 02:59 PM |

There is a new cooling company called Nanoxia who has provided a very bizarre looking cooler to Tweaknews to test out.  With a very UFO inspired top, and a bright green colour it stands out as very unique.  As well it incorporates heatpipes and fins directly on the contact surface, so your die is being cooled by more than just heatpipes that can lessen the amount of heat for the fins to cool.

Source: Tweaknews

The GTS rides again

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 11, 2007 - 12:23 PM |

The already confusing suffixes on nVIDIA's video cards got even more confusing with the release of a GT that out performed the GTS model.  Usually they run GT --> GTS -->GTX --> Ultra, but with the switch to G92 the GT outperformed the GTS, except when the extra memory of the GTS can be utilized.  The new G92 8800GTS has trimmed the memory down from 640MBs to the more usual 512MBs as well as some other nice speed improvements that placed it in it's proper spot in [H]ard|OCP'

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Funny, I don't remember ordering that Javascript

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2007 - 12:00 PM |

Rogers, a Canadian ISP, is testing out a little something from PerfTech; who are specialists at web marketing.  Currently Rogers is injecting Javascript directly into their users browser as a way to display nastygrams about account usage.  As Ars Technica points out, this is an incredibly small step away from delivering ads straight to you, or removing content they don't want making it to you.  The

Source: Ars Technica

Intel Marks 60th Anniversary of the Transistor

Subject: General Tech | December 11, 2007 - 11:35 AM |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 10, 2007 - Intel Corporation on Dec. 16 celebrates the 60th anniversary of the transistor, the building block of today's digital world. Invented by Bell Labs and considered one of the most important inventions of the 20th century, transistors are found in many consumer electronics and are the fundamental component used to build computer chips, or the "brains" of the personal computer (PC).

ASUS Unveils World's First Overclocked GeForce 8800GTS 512 Graphics Card

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 11, 2007 - 11:16 AM |

FREMONT, CA (December 11, 2007) - ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today released the world's first overclocked graphics cards based on NVIDIA's highly anticipated GeForce 8800GTS 512 graphics processing unit (GPU) - the EN8800GTS TOP/HTDP/512M and the EN8800GTS/HTDP/512M. With overclocked stream processors, the EN8800GTS TOP gives users a 7% boost in performance, creating a feature-rich DirectX 10 gaming and multimedia playback experience.

Source: ASUS

Circuit Maximus

Subject: Motherboards | December 10, 2007 - 02:56 PM |

The incredibly difficult to find, or afford, ASUS Maximus Extreme is the DDR3 supporting, top of the line X38 based, packed full of extras flagship of ASUS' Intel boards.  AnandTech took on the task of testing all that it is capable of, including running Vista stably with 4GB at DDR3 1800 and a FSB of 450MHz.  When they broke out the extreme cooling, they could boot at 5GHz or more the first time, but after that they saw some interesting behaviour.

Source: AnandTech

A different style of keyboard

Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2007 - 01:19 PM |

Keyboards and mice tend to be cheap and lacking in features or designed with gaming in mind, with a few targeted towards office workers.  This leaves people who have adopted HTPCs stuck with a full sized mosue and keyboard hiding somewhere in their TV room, unless they paid extra for a remote that works with Media Centre.  X-Gene offers you an alternative with their Media Centre Keyboard.  One of the biggest inclusions to this wireless keyboard is a trackball,

Source: Gamepyre

Choosing the lesser of two evils

Subject: Processors | December 10, 2007 - 12:14 PM |

Unfortunately for AMD, one of the most publicized features of the new Barcelona chips is the TLB bug, which in a very few cases can cause a system lockup.  Even a small chance of failure like this makes the Barcelona a far less attractive choice to use in any critical system, and as these chips are aimed at the server market, that becomes a very big deal.  AMD has issued a patch, but the patch comes at a price; we have heard it possibly costs up to 14% of total performance.  A different fix i

Some confusion for your Monday morning

Subject: General Tech | December 10, 2007 - 11:58 AM |

If you have heard of Ogg (or Ogg Vorbis, the free substitute MP3 codec), chances are that you have run into it when installing a game, though open source fans may have found it through other methods.   It is popular with gaming companies because there are no licensing fees required to be able to use it.  So how is it that Nokia is under the impression that it is "free" in quotes, not simply free, and why do they seem to think that the use of Ogg may cause patent disputes? 

Source: Ars Technica

ASUS U6 Notebook Series Elevates Mobile Computing to a New Level

Subject: Mobile | December 10, 2007 - 11:39 AM |

FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (December 10, 2007) - ASUS, worldwide leader in notebooks, consumer electronics and PC components, today unveiled the new U6 notebook series for mobile warriors who demand ultimate functionalities and head-turning style.

Source: ASUS

VIA Launches ARTiGO Builder Kit for the Pico-ITX

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2007 - 06:40 PM |

Taipei, Taiwan, 7 December 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of x86 silicon and platform solutions, today launched VIA ARTiGO, a DIY builder kit for enthusiasts wanting to build an ultra compact personal computer. Designed by the creators of the Pico-ITX form factor, the VIA ARTiGO Builder Kit offers consumers a more sophisticated DIY experience.

Find fabulous forum facts fast

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2007 - 06:38 PM |

One of the toughest things you can face when it comes to tech is explaining a process to someone who doesn't have your experience.  Sure, it is easier to push the luser aside and do it yourself but that isn't always feasible.  Check out how the guys in the Tech Talk forum handled explaining transferring a bunch of files from one PC to another.  One of the methods mentioned involves mapping a network drive, although that doesn't a


Rightsizing your portable storage and backup

Subject: Storage | December 7, 2007 - 02:54 PM |

Secure flash drives are nothing new, but with the on going miniaturization of chips in general and flash memory in particular the storage sizes we are seeing available are growing quickly.  The Lexar 8 GB Jump Drive Secure II Plus sits at a threshold between handy storage for a couple of files, and a proper backup medium.  Overclockers Club loved it

They're only good cards if you can buy them

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2007 - 01:22 PM |

The Tech Report has a new feature on their page, where they check the availability of components on 4 major web sellers.  This is perfectly timed, and at least partly caused by the release of the 8800GT and HD 3870, which are both good cards.  So far it has been almost impossible to find them for sale, and even if you could find one they are priced well above what we were originally told they would cost.  See how well nVIDIA and AMD are doing now.

Truth in advertising

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 7, 2007 - 12:11 PM |

PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 EPS12V proves that OCZ knows exactly what made PCP&C the best, and that they aren't going to fix something that isn't broken.  There are no fancy colours or racing stripes, the cabling is not modular nor UV reactive or anything else, what there is instead is top of the line components from the PCB to the resistors.  At it's rated 610W, it is over 80%

Will they be bright enough to firewall Skype?

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2007 - 11:51 AM |

Your email will soon be following you onto the plane, along with IM and more as other airlines start rolling out internet services.  What wasn't mentioned is whether power will be supplied as well, so you should start stocking up on batteries if you want to take advantage of it.  It also seems to be a good time to start building a very light weight UT3 server with wireless for a little airborne fragging.  More on Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot

A general use laptop

Subject: Mobile | December 6, 2007 - 05:47 PM |

If you drop $4000 on the new Wow laptop, you are not likely to take to too many places where it might get damaged or stolen.  You might even chase away anyone with a drink that comes within 10' of you at a LAN Party.  It isn't going to go on vacation with you, no one else will ever be allowed to touch it and you may even go so far as to handcuff it to yourself if you ever flew somewhere with it.  For those of us who actually want to be able to use the laptop in less than pristine environs, Digital Trends of