AMD halts new Phenom CPU models

Subject: Processors | June 11, 2008 - 11:43 AM |
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I think this was something we all pretty much saw coming, but it seems to be getting more official as rumors like this start to circulate that AMD's 65nm production has just reached its limit.

AMD originally planned to launch two 65nm dual-core
Phenom processors codenamed Kuma for the desktop PC market in May or
June this year, however the company has recently suspended the plans
and will let its Athlon X2 5600B processor cover the market until the
company enters 45nm production, accord

Source: Digitimes

ASUS Announces First-Ever Republic of Gamers Convention

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2008 - 11:40 AM |
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FREMONT, CA (June 10, 2008) - ASUS, a worldwide leader in Open Architecture Product and notebook design and manufacturing, today officially unveiled its first-ever gaming event in North America. Named after its successful line of gaming-focused products, the Republic of Gamers, the Republic of Gamers Convention (ROGCon) will bring gaming sizzle to Dallas, Texas this July. The ROGCon is the first joint gaming initiative by ASUS and Intel in North America.

The goal of ROGCon is to bring classic LAN gaming back, and to honor the gaming enthusiasts who help fuel technology advancements.

Source: ASUS

AMD Next-Generation OpenGLR ES 2.0 Graphics Technology Achieves Industry Conformance

Subject: Mobile | June 11, 2008 - 11:22 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - June 11, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it has reached a new milestone in the mobile graphics industry as the first 3D graphics technology provider to achieve OpenGL ES 2.0 conformance certification.

Source: AMD

For those who speak in analog

Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2008 - 06:47 PM |
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If you need to change your digital signal into high quality analog, then look no further than the SilverStone Ensemble.  Hardware Canucks found
it to produce very accurately in certain applications, but don't expect EAX support, that's not really what the Ensemble is for.  On the other hand, if you have some old, high quality speakers that only accept analog signals, then the Ensemble may fit right in.

The major leagues

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 10, 2008 - 03:50 PM |
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Benchmark Reviews have grabbed the three most powerful coolers that they know of, the OCZ Vendetta 2, Thermalright's Ultra-120 eXtreme and Xigmatek's HDT-S1283.  The competition is re

NZXT Wreaks Khaos with New Ultra-Premium Gaming

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 10, 2008 - 02:58 PM |
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El Monte, CA - June 10 2008 - NZXT, a company built on realizing the dreams of gamers worldwide, is
proud to announce the Khaos, a high-performance premium gaming chassis in the NZXT Classic Series.

Source: NZXT

Battered OS included

Subject: Systems | June 10, 2008 - 11:43 AM |
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As strange as it may sound after the original experience most had with Vista and it's hardware requirements, it is now possible to set up a Vista PC for ~$350, with a copy of that much maligned OS included.  ExtremeTech has the list, and some quick pictorial instructions on installing the hardware.  Don't expect to be using the Aero interface though, Solitaire will be fairly graphics intense for this budget PC.

Source: Extremetech

The hardy heron is on the move

Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2008 - 11:35 AM |
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Ubuntu has had a version designed for use in mobile devices, and it has received a significant upgrade thanks to Canonical.  Phoronix took a look at Netbook Remix, you can see pictures of the interface in their article.  It will be a while before we see mobile devices shipping with it, but they will arrive and Phoronix is looking forward to testing at least one Intel Atom-powered device in the near future.

Source: Phoronix

Intel roadmap details a few Nehalem processors in Q4

Subject: Processors | June 10, 2008 - 11:28 AM |
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The folks over at Expreview got their mitts on an Intel roadmap that shows not just one Nehalem processor, but three. 


Source: General

Post-Computex 2008: Zalman shows 3D display and new mouse

Subject: Displays | June 10, 2008 - 03:06 AM |
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At the show last week Zalman continued to show off their monitor that supports 3D technology from NVIDIA. 


Post-Computex 2008: Super Talent shows off SSDs

Subject: Storage | June 10, 2008 - 02:56 AM |
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Solid state drives are definitely taking off - we reviewed a pair from OCZ that impressed us recently - and Super Talent is one of the few companies working at making less expensive models targeted at end users and enthusiasts.


Post-Computex 2008: ASUS builds systems, new Xonar HDMI audio card

Subject: Systems | June 10, 2008 - 02:49 AM |
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Even though information was a bit short at the show, ASUS is planning on selling complete systems to enthusiasts and gamers alike:

The ARES CG6155 supports Intel Core 2 processors, GeForce 9800 GX2 graphics cards, up to 4TB of storage and up to TWO 1000W power supplies!!

Post-Computex 2008: OCZ DIY Notebook Shown

Subject: Mobile | June 10, 2008 - 02:39 AM |
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Even though we saw that the OCZ DIY notebook is already showing up for sale on some various online stores, for a price starting at $715 or so, they had it on display at their booth at the show.

Is an X really better than a P?

Subject: Motherboards | June 9, 2008 - 05:32 PM |
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The ASUS P5Q3 Deluxe uses the P45 chipset, aimed at a less demanding crowd than the X series from Intel.  ASUS has still packed a lot of features and extras into the board which has had two major effects.  The good is that it is almost as flexible as the enthusiast versions, but the bad is the price, which reflects those extras. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Tuniq's ever expanding line up

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 9, 2008 - 03:34 PM |
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The Tuniq Miniplant 950W is a bit more power than most systems will want, but slowly there are certain high end systems which require that kind of power.  If you think you need that kind of power, and really aren't into paying for modular cables, take a peek over at Overclockers Club.

Solid state at a solid price

Subject: Storage | June 9, 2008 - 02:24 PM |
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SuperTalent's moderately priced SSD has arrived; the 60Gb MasterDrive MX is available for around $400, beating the competitions price by a good margin.  Legit Reviews' testing shows that there isn't a large gap in performance compared to other SSDs.  Drop by for a look at an SSD you might actually be able to afford.

The lost links of Computex

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 9, 2008 - 11:52 AM |
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The Guru of 3D has been holding out.  They have not been keeping an updated log of what they saw at Computex, instead opting for a single, giant release.  With 45 pages of pictures and previews, it

Source: Guru of 3D

How fast is your favourite flavour

Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2008 - 11:40 AM |
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Phoronix is trying out their brand new test suite on three different Linux distros.  Mandriva, a bit of a different OS, was only tested for nine of the benchmarks, while Ubuntu and Fedora both went through the full battery of 24 tests.  See which tests most closely match your needs, and pick your Linux distro accordingly.

Source: Phoronix

The Geeks of Honour

Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2008 - 05:56 PM |
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With the new Phenoms drawing 125W, making sure your motherboard can support one is a bit more than a BIOS flash.  Multiphase power is becoming necessary, not optional, on many AMD boards and some have experience problems because of that. 

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It's not all fun and games

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 6, 2008 - 02:41 PM |
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When talking about graphics cards, the focus tends to be on gaming and fps stats.  That isn't the only type of use out there though, there are many professional level cards like the Quadro FX and FireGL series.  These professional level cards are the focus of X-bit Labs review, which does happen to include a bit of gaming as well.  The race between nVIDIA and AMD is much closer in this field.

Source: X-Bit Labs