RV770 could be ready by June

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 9, 2008 - 11:57 AM |
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It looks like the RV770 chip is coming along pretty well and at least according to this report could be out in time for Computex in June.

We learned that the RV770 GPU already went to production and
there is a big chance to see R700 generation much earlier than anyone has
expected. TSMC is already in pilot production and the chips are, as we
reported earlier, developed in 55nm machitecture.

ASUS shows triple HD 3850 card

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 9, 2008 - 11:48 AM |
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Fudzilla is showing pictures of the upcoming ASUS Triple Radeon HD 3850 card - that's three GPUs on a single card.  With 1.5GB of memory, ASUS is actually using mobility-based MXM cards for the design and is using water-cooling to keep the GPUs in line. 

Source: fastlanehw

Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors Widely Available

Subject: Processors | April 9, 2008 - 11:17 AM |
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The widespread availability of the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor marks a new era in the server processor market in terms of performance, virtualization, energy-efficiency and investment protection. The Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor sets a new pace for meeting the needs of today's most demanding datacenters. Conceived from its inception with a close eye on customer needs, the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor design and architecture gives server customers cutting-edge computing performance in an energy-efficient design.

Source: AMD

First Eight OEM Platforms Featuring Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors Now Available

Subject: Processors | April 9, 2008 - 11:15 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- April 9, 2008 --Delivering new levels in performance scalability, virtualization performance and energy efficiency, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced customers can get the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor today in systems from HP as well as other system providers. The recently-launched HP ProLiant G5 platforms represent the first of many systems that are expected to be available in the coming weeks from global OEMs and system builders based on the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor.

Source: AMD

Futuremark online only benchmark launches

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 8, 2008 - 06:42 PM |
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The gang at TG Daily has a good article that looks at a new benchmark being launched by Futuremark that is fast, and online only.  No need to download a several hundred MB installer here - just allow the plugin to load and off you go.  Obviously the detail you get from this kind of report is VERY basic and Futuremark uses the results page to litter you with advertisments and purchasing recommedations on how to "increase your score".  G

Source: TG Daily

Games for Windows closes print mag, moves online only

Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2008 - 06:38 PM |
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In a move that should probably surprise no one, but will still disappoint most, one of the better PC gaming magazines is shutting down its doors to the print department and moving everyone online to the 1UP.com website to cover PC games there.  I was never a subscriber, but love listening to their podcast, and hope that it continues as well.  This is yet another indicator that gaming on the PC is in some odd state of downward motion though

Source: Shacknews

AMD to cut workforce, pulls back revenue expectations

Subject: Processors | April 8, 2008 - 06:25 PM |
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Though Jeremy already alluded to this news in an earlier post today, I thought it was worth mentioning again, unfortunately.  AMD continues to struggle with the finances and has confirmed in a press release that it plans to cut 10% of its work force by Q3 of this year and has pulled back Q1 2008 revenue estimates to $1.5 billion.  Though that is an increase over over 2007, it is still much lower than expected

Source: engadget

A must have for the new gaming notebooks

Subject: Mobile | April 8, 2008 - 05:06 PM |
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Now that you can get pre-overclocked and SLI or Crossfire capable gaming notebooks, the mobile cooling industry is taking off.  Don't even consider letting one of those notebooks even get close to your lap, you'll be feeling more than just the pain of defeat.  At Madshrimps, they have gathered coolers from six different manufacturers, and you can see just how well these coolers do at keeping your notebook, and yourself, at reasonable temperatures.

Source: Madshrimps

Still the king of cheap storage

Subject: Storage | April 8, 2008 - 03:00 PM |
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The JBOD (Just a Bunch Of Disks) used to be one of the easiest ways to set up a large sized storage drive without spending much money.  In the array is a logic chip that allows any two drives, regardless of size, make or manufacturer; to be combined into a single large disk.  With HDD prices dropping quickly and RAID controllers being built into motherboards the JBOD has lost it's previous popularity.  It hasn't disappeared completely, the brand new and bright yellow Eagletech I-Series JBOD Enclosure is up f

P35's new place

Subject: Motherboards | April 8, 2008 - 02:19 PM |
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The once envied P35 chipset has fallen fast, with the X48 and P45 taking it's place of honor.  It isn't completely phased out yet, it is enjoying a lengthened lifestyle on value priced boards, like the

VIA Announces Strategic Open Source Driver

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 8, 2008 - 01:23 PM |
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Austin, Texas, 8 April 2008 - Today at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, announced a new initiative to improve support for the Open Source development community.

Not so Ultra anymore

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 8, 2008 - 12:30 PM |
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When the 8800 Ultra first appeared, it's MSRP was $829 or more, a hard price for almost anyone to swallow.  That hasn't changed much.  Now it is being equaled by the new 9800GTX and beaten by the new BFG 9800 GTX OCX, a card with a fairly significant overclock on it.  The BFG 9800 series will run under $400 for this version, and just over $300 for the reference clocks.  Take a loo

Behind every pink slip is a silver lining?

Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2008 - 12:02 PM |
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Dirk Meyer has told the remaining employees at AMD that there is a brighter future waiting for them.  If only that meant something, because AMD is in a pretty dark place right now, although they've had a few glimpses of light recently.  Over at The Inquirer you can read what was said to AMD's employees.

Source: The Inquirer

VIA C7-M ULV Processor Powers New HP 2133 Mini-Note PC

Subject: Processors | April 8, 2008 - 11:33 AM |
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Taipei,Taiwan, April 8, 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that the low power VIA C7-M ULV processor will be used to power the new HP 2133 Mini-Note PC, a sleek and stylish, small form factor notebook targeted at today's connected student lifestyle, where portability, productivity and affordability are highly prized.

When just typing isn't enough

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 7, 2008 - 05:25 PM |
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If you are in love with multi-functional peripherals for your PC, your keyboard is probably a big let down.  It doesn't have to be that way if you pick up the Razer Lycosa Programmable Gaming Keyboard.  It has USB ports, earphone and microphone jacks, back lighting and plenty of programmable features and keys.  Check out the full review at ExtremeMhz.

Source: ExtremeMhz

Better than your average passive cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 7, 2008 - 02:39 PM |
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The Xigmatek HDT-SD964 will beat out passive CPU coolers, but it's performance isn't going to help you overclock.  The ~20dB of noise that the cooler creates certainly won't intrude on your ears, making this a great cooler for a quiet system.  CPU3D even thinks that with a higher speed 92mm fan, you would see a big improvement on the temps, with little effect on the

Source: CPU3D

An eye for quality

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 7, 2008 - 01:32 PM |
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High frame rates with all the bells and whistles on in a desperate firefight is processed two different ways.  With high clock speeds and numerous shader pipes, you can get the performance in a first person shooter.  What if you are going for less involvement, and would prefer to watch a movie with intense firefights instead of playing it for your self?  Elite Bastards checks out the quality you can expect from AMD and nVIDIA when watching SD and HD movies. 

Super Talent Launches World's Smallest 8GB USB Drive

Subject: Storage | April 7, 2008 - 12:26 PM |
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San Jose, California - April 7, 2008 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced three new 8GB USB Flash drives, including the world’s smallest 8GB drive.

How noisy is Thermaltake's new Toughpower?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 7, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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Thermaltake's Toughpower QFan 650w PSU is up on the bench at [H]ard|OCP.  650w is a very popular amount right now, being about the perfect spot to run a mid ranged gaming rig, with power to spare.  The four 12v lines combine to a maximum of 52A, which puts SLI or Crossfire well within it's capabilities.  The other feature that this PSU offers is the QFan, a specially designed 140mm fan that is supposed to reduce the n

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Ars Technica predicts the future of Windows

Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2008 - 11:37 AM |
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Ars Technica weighs in on what they think modular design will mean for Windows users in the future.  Windows 7 is likely to be released as modules, according to several stories from Microsoft and other tech sites.  As an accountant, the modular sales model would probably make a lot of sense, as you could probably sell a very basic package to a consumer who would never even consider paying $150 for an OS.  As a user who wants everything may end up having to pay a lot more than they expected, and corporate IT structures would have a lot of decisions to make when they look at licen

Source: Ars Technica