AMD to Hold Financial Analyst Day

Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2007 - 05:33 PM |

SUNNYVALE, CA - Dec 6, 2007 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that it will hold its financial analyst meeting at approximately 8:30 a.m. ET (5:30 a.m. PT) on Thursday, December 13, 2007 in New York.  AMD Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Hector Ruiz and members of AMD's management team will deliver key presentations regarding AMD's businesses.  Forward-looking and other material information may be discussed during the presentations.

Source: AMD

Overclocking just to reach specs

Subject: Memory | December 6, 2007 - 02:28 PM |

DDR3 is getting faster, and now that we are seeing DIMMs reaching the 1800MHz range, most boards actually need to be overclocked to reach those speeds.  Without one of the more overclocking friendly boards, you probably won't be able to hit full speed.  X-bit Labs had the chance to try two new modules, and contrast them to the three they have previously seen in the same speed range with a little help from an X38 board.

Source: X-Bit Labs

20" is within your grasp

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 6, 2007 - 01:27 PM |

Soyo Group's 20.1in TFT-LCD Monitor 2058 sits in the middle of the pack when it comes to quality.  It's 8ms responses isn't awe inspiring, but should be acceptable in most situations, the 300nit brightness and contrast ratio of 600:1 also place it in the mid range, as does it's 1400x1050 resolution.  Thankfully, it's price also matchesOCIA this regular aspect monito

Source: OCIA

Case modders kit bag

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 6, 2007 - 12:25 PM |

Look through this list of case modding tools over at PC Apex.  You should be pleasantly surprised that you can get a nice set of the basic tools for a lot less than you may think.  It is dangerous though, one quick look at the knockout punch or some of the other tools and you may find that you are sprouting all sorts of creative ideas, and a serious desire to head to the hardware store.

Source: PCApex

Comparing your chemical assistants

Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2007 - 12:05 PM |

Gideon Tech has gathered a roundup of caffeinated beverages, not an easy feat considering how many have appeared lately, to see which work and which can actually be swallowed without choking.  The classic cola look makes an appearance, but greens, reds and other colours are also in evidence.  See which one might become your little helper.

Source: Gideon Tech

ASUS Unleashes the World's First EN8800GT Graphics Card with 1GB of Qimonda GDDR3 On-Board Memory

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 6, 2007 - 11:44 AM |

FREMONT, CA (December 6, 2007) - ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today released the world's first EN8800GT graphics card with 1GB of Qimonda memory: The EN8800GT/HTDP/1G. Rocking NVIDIA'S latest generation Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) and an unparalleled amount of memory, this card is designed to provide a feature-rich DirectX 10 gaming and multimedia playback experience at ultra-high resolutions and maximum quality settings.

Source: ASUS

Time to refresh your system

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2007 - 05:58 PM |

Sure, you can argue that there is plenty of new things coming out in the first quarter, so you might want to wait until then to buy a new system.  Of course then you will hear about the new stuff coming out in quarter 2 and 3 ... and so on until you are trapped in one of Zeno's famous paradoxes.

Turn any PC into an HTPC with one little stick

Subject: Systems | December 5, 2007 - 03:26 PM |

The Tech Zone was a little leery trying out the Pinnacle PCTV HD Ultimate Stick, as they have been disappointed in the past by similar products. 
It looks good coming out of the package, though it only has support for basic I/O cables but it does come with a remote and the stick itself even sports an antenna.  You'll have to read the full review to see if this is more of t

Gaming to the Maximus

Subject: Motherboards | December 5, 2007 - 02:59 PM |

The newest member of the Republic of Gamers is the ASUS Maximus Formula, based on the X38 chipset with an ICH9R southbridge.  With the new Intel chipset comes support for 1600MHz FSB and 45nm process chips.  [H]ard|OCP picked one up and their testing shows it to be a great board for overclockers, new or experienced, and they thought the choice t

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Human Inferno sounds like fun

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2007 - 12:04 PM |

There is a patch out for Bioshock, offering some bug fixes as well as new plasmids and the option to turn off Vita-Chambers ...

Source: Slashdot

Don't go buying that third 8800 Ultra just yet

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2007 - 11:50 AM |

The Inquirer reports on a development with nVIDIA that may distract from the various issues AMD is suffering through, like their errata problems killing Quad FX and slowing down the Phenom.  While AMD has demonstrated (but not let anyone test) 4 way CrossFire,  the 780i chipset is having difficulties getting that third card to work with SLI.

Source: The Inquirer

Open faced cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 4, 2007 - 06:01 PM |

With all of the news surrounding AMD's release of ATI chip specifications, and the growth of open ATI drivers, you might think that nVIDIA cards are lagging behind.  This is not the case, as you can read about on Phoronix as they look at the newest beta driver for Linux released by nVIDIA.  Check out their results from XRender.

Source: Phoronix

Brother against brother

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 4, 2007 - 02:44 PM |

[H]ard|OCP has pitted the Corsair VX550W against the Corsair HX520W, both of which are just over 500W and just over $100.  The big difference is in the guts, with one being a more premium model and theoretically having much better components on the inside. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Solid State Drives, good as gold

Subject: Storage | December 4, 2007 - 01:40 PM |

The bad news is that the MTRON SSD Pro will run about $2000 when it becomes available, and only hold about 64Gb.  The good news is that it blows the Raptor out of the water when it comes to read speed and there is no burst speed, it heads to 110MB/s and stays there.  See just how impressive it is at AnandTech.

Source: AnandTech

The other Rock Band game

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2007 - 12:24 PM |

If you somehow manage to get tird of playing Guitar Hero and Rock Band, as inconceivable as
that might be right now, you could always consider making your own music.  ExtremeTech looks at 3 music creation suites, that will let you compose what is in your imagination with your mouse.  Not all of these are created equal, and while it might be tempting to jump into this by picking up professional level software, you might find yourself overwhelmed.

Microsoft is abandoning everyone's favourite Vista feature

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2007 - 12:01 PM |

No longer will anyone be able to complain that WGA ate their Vista install; Microsoft is gong to be removing it in Service Pack 1.  I guess we will have to complain about something else in Vista now .  Read more about this sudden outbreak of common sense on the Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD HD 3850 Cards Continue to Show up

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 4, 2007 - 10:59 AM |

After a very turbulent month of November, we are just now getting time to sit and relax and take it all in.  What the hell actually happened last month??!? 

Spider ate the Quad FX

Subject: Processors | December 3, 2007 - 05:33 PM |

After a talk with an rep from AMD, The Tech Report got an update on dual Quad cores and Quad FX ... it isn't happening, at least not soon.  It looks like Phenom will not support this feature, so anyone who picked up a platform that was supposed to support Quad FX won't have anything to stick in that second socket.  Instead AMD has focused on projects like Spider, and we are left wondering what Intel's plans will be, and if Skulltrail will die as well.

A different kind of gaming keyboard

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2007 - 02:43 PM |

The Razer Lycosa takes gaming keyboards in a slightly different direction than the oversized, extra numpad sporting ones that we have been seeing quite frequently.  Instead of adding buttons, they modifed them, topping them with rubber and shortening them to a height more often found on laptops.  The WASD keys glow, and the lighted logo also toggles the windows key on and off. 

Source: Extremetech

Fixing a big oops

Subject: Mobile | December 3, 2007 - 01:21 PM |

Madshrimps have a very specfic review, covering some surgery on a Gateway laptop, but their experiences can be carried over into other laptops.  Opening up and upgrading a laptop is a bit more time consuming and frustrating than a full sized PC, so if you have never tried it before this article will give you a good idea what is involved.

Source: Madshrimps