Graphics coming back to the CPU?

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2007 - 12:12 PM |
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Not necessarily in a CPGPU format either!  The Inquirer caught a Ray Tracing demo from Intel, that used the 45nm quad-core Yorkfeild exclusively, never utilizing the graphics card in the system at all.  Not only that, but this performance will apparently scale almost perfectly, for every extra core, you get a 99% increase in performance.  If you put one core as the baseline, then two cores will almost double the speed, whereas if you want twice the speed of the quad core, you need an eight-core chip.  It certainly seem

Source: The Inquirer

Cooler Master is proud to present the 2007 Case Mod Contest

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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  1. This is a worldwide contest open to everyone. You must first register to the Cooler Master Forum to enter if you are not already a member.
  2. Your case must include 5 different Cooler Master products. Case counts as 2.
  3. You must pick a category that you will be working towards. The two categories are: Most Extreme Case - meaning a computer case so modified that it no longer looks like a case; and Most Artistic - meaning the case includes customized paint, air-brushed, artsy in any way.
  4. The Contest will launch on September 1st and run until October 15th.

VIA Introduces New pc3500 Mainboard

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday 21st August 2007 - Further strengthening its
leadership in providing the world's most energy-efficient computing
platforms, VIA Technologies, Inc. today announced the VIA pc3500
Mainboard, a low power, feature-rich platform that enables OEMs and
System Integrators to build Windows Vista desktop PCs that draw less
than 24 watts in Idle State – less than half the requirement of the
U.S. EPA's latest Energy Star Program Requirement for Computers:
Version 4.0
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Very unique hardware

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2007 - 05:07 PM |
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Dan of Dan's Data is absolutely shocked by the performance of Unique's Hardware NF01 and NF02 USB speakers.  They are about the size of a deck of cards, but weigh in at 200 grams, giving them a huge advantage over other small speakers.  Read on to find out what other tricks were used to make these tiny, but talented speakers.

Source: Dan's Data

Intel to Move NOR Flash Memory Products for Embedded to 65nm Process Technology

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2007 - 02:33 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 21, 2007 - To support its embedded technology customers, Intel Corporation announced today plans to extend its embedded NOR flash products to the 65-nanometer (nm) generation. According to the company, the move to 65nm process technology will provide price/performance balance and ensure support for extended product life cycles, both important factors to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) designing for embedded market segments.

Getting the best value from the value priced GPUs

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 21, 2007 - 02:16 PM |
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XFX's 8600 GT XXX takes the 540 MHz reference frequency to 620 MHz, and the memory from 1.4 GHz to 1.6 GHz, which will help it in benchmarks against the 8600 GTS XXX and HD 2600 XT.   [H]ard|OCP takes all three cards into their benchmarking suite, to figure out which provides you with the best bang for the buck.  The benchmarks are very tight, but the price range is not.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

New mobile workstation from Lenovo

Subject: Mobile | August 21, 2007 - 01:10 PM |
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The new ThinkPad T61p is quite powerful for a notebook, even a ThinkPad.  With a C2D T7700, 2GB DDR2 PC2-5300
and Nvidia Quadro FX 570M (256MB) with a 15.4" 1920x1200 display.  Vista's built in experience benchmark places it at 4.8, the lowest score being the RAM.  Give this notebook a good look over at XYZ Computing.

Systems from the Guru

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 21, 2007 - 12:08 PM |
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The Guru of 3D has three gaming system build to recommend, from a budget PC that should keep your old system in the game to a high end one that is built in the hopes it will be able to handle Crysis.  Read through them, and compare PC Perspective's own recommendations from our Hardware Leaderboard.

Source: Guru of 3D

New embedded 64-bit processors

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2007 - 11:51 AM |
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The TILE64 processor is a 64-bit mesh/grid architecture processor for the embedded market, and it's not from any of the big chipmakers.  It is the flagship product of Tilera, a company started by Dr.

Source: Ars Technica

A tale of two P35s

Subject: Motherboards | August 20, 2007 - 05:06 PM |
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When HotHardware reviewed ASUS' P5K3 Deluxe and the Gigabyte P35T-DQ6, they found that the benchmarks lined up with each other, with only a 1 or 2% difference.  When two boards perform so similarly it comes down to the features each manufacturer can get on the board, and how far you are able overclock it.  Find out what these two boards can offer you.

Source: HotHardware

Big storage in a small box

Subject: Storage | August 20, 2007 - 02:28 PM |
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Overclockers Club reviewed the Seagate FreeAgent Pro 750GB external HDD.  Offering a huge amount of storage, the entire unit is comparable in size to a pair of CD jewel cases, which means you won't be giving up a lot of desk space for electronic storage, leaving you room for piles of papers and USB beverage coolers, etc ...  An included adapter makes sure you can still use this device if you don't have eSata or other less common interfaces.

Tame your cables

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 20, 2007 - 01:57 PM |
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When you go shopping for a few things for your PC, you tend to think of hard drives, RAM or graphics cards.  At Tech Connect Magazine, they have posted a review of something everyone needs, but very few have, cable ties.  They review Akasa's reusable Velcro ties, which will let you organize the spaghetti in your case and behind your desk in moments.

AMD Launches Athlon X2 6400+ Black Edition

Subject: Processors | August 20, 2007 - 12:23 PM |
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AMD snuck out another new processor today, though getting your hands on one might take an act of divine intervention -- they didn't seed samples to any media that I am aware of so maybe the "black edition" refers to its stealth like qualities?

In any event, the CPU is a 200 MHz bumb over the previous fastest Athlon X2 processor, still at 90nm process technology, and that's about it.  Pricing has it about $240 (just about the $250 I said they would be limited to in my podcast last week).

Waiting on K10

Subject: Processors | August 20, 2007 - 12:18 PM |
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In the lead up to Barcelona's release date, as we all wait for the first CPU benchmarks, we can still get an idea what new features we will be seeing in the retail models.  X-bit Labs has put together every scrap of information they have managed to get from AMD into an 11 page article covering the architectures specifications, instruction set and more.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Synchronized sinking

Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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According to the Skype blog, the outage many are still experiencing came about because of Microsoft's Patch Tuesday.  The details are still a little sketchy as to exactly what happened, and why this particular patch had more effect on the Skype network than previous Patch Tuesdays.  Keep an eye on Ars Technica's article for updates.

Source: Ars Technica

Asus to Launch X38 Express Motherboard

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 20, 2007 - 09:47 AM |
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I'm sure we all knew that Asus was going to get this out sooner rather than later, but Dailytech has some new information on the availability of the upcoming Asus P5E3 motherboard:

Source: Daily Tech

Intel Unleashes new Graphics Drivers for G965

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2007 - 05:34 PM |
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Intel has launched some new drivers for the G965 chipset; doesn't sound too exciting until you realize these are the drivers that enable hardware vertex shaders.  Finally!  Sorry, Windows XP only for now.

New SiSoft Sandra XII (2008) Released!

Subject: Processors | August 17, 2007 - 04:59 PM |
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If you frequently use the SiSoft Sandra software for testing your own system, you'll be interested in see what the new version of SiSoft Sandra is going to offer. 

So what's in it for you:

Dell Offers XPS 700 Motherboard Upgrade

Subject: Systems | August 17, 2007 - 04:51 PM |
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Get suckered into buying a Dell XPS 700 system?  This news is for you!  :)

The upgrade kit includes the motherboard from Dell’s latest XPS 720 system. Dell also includes the required front panel I/O assembly, cables, mechanical assemblies, resource CD, owner’s manual, XPS mouse pad and DTS audio upgrade in the kit.

The Dell XPS 720 motherboard features NVIDIA’s nForce 680i SLI MCP chipset.

Source: Daily Tech

BFGTech ThermoIntelligence Cooler Tested

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2007 - 04:48 PM |
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I took a look at the new BFG Technologies 8600 GTS OC2 graphics card last month, but it's worth another look.  Kyle over at HardOCP has taken the cooler apart to show you the detailed changes inside and whether or not the new cooler is up to snuff.


The BFG ThermoIntelligence unit has an obvious advantage in terms of heatsink surface area.
Source: [H]ard|OCP