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Subject: Memory | August 10, 2008 - 09:53 PM | Ryan Shrout
There are some instances where you just KNOW that it isn't your day. Yesterday was one of those days where among other things I dropped a nice Corsair Dominator module on the lab floor...
Subject: Processors | August 10, 2008 - 07:24 PM | Ryan Shrout
Intel decided to announce the name brand of the upcoming new Nehalem architecture processors to spice up your Sunday. The answer: Intel Core Processor. No, that isn't a typo - we are going FROM "Core 2" brand to "Intel Core". The first parts released under this brand will be known as the "Intel Core i7 processor"; there will continue to be "Extreme Edition" versions. Here are the pretty logos...
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 8, 2008 - 07:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like someone has leaked out the minimum system requirements for the upcoming Far Cry 2 release; and they actually aren't all that bad. The absolute minimum includes an Athlon 64 3500+, Pentium D 2.4 GHz or higher, 1 GB of memory and a GeForce 6800 or ATI X1650 graphics card. The full experience will require a bit more of you: Core 2 Duo or Phenom, 2GB of memory, 8600 GTS or X1900 GPU or better with a 512MB frame buffer.
Subject: Motherboards | August 8, 2008 - 11:46 AM | Josh Walrath
Some weeks ago AMD quietly introduced a new motherboard part without many people noticing. The 740G was not released to make some big waves as the previous 780G did, or the very new 790GX is doing. Instead the 740G is positioned as an extreme value part which brings quite a few nice features to the scene. The heart of the 740G is essentially the same as the previous 690G. The X700 based integrated part is SM 2.0 compliant, and it has the newer Avivo HD/UVD portion fused onto the design. All of this is then rolled up in one 55 nm package. The 690G broke new g
Subject: Processors | August 7, 2008 - 05:19 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you want to see someone build a Nehalem system, processor, motherboard and case, then head over to this pictorial at MaximumPC. Just don't expect much else...
It’s the worst kept secret in the industry: Intel’s next-generation Penryn killer,
codenamed Nehalem is just around the corner. We’ve been seeing leaked
benchmarks based on early silicon for months, and Nehalem’s Wikipedia
page is already packed with unconfirmed specifications.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 7, 2008 - 05:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
The answer to the first question is relatively simple. Intel is
positioning Larrabee in a market that already exists and that has
plenty of applications: Gaming. Intel told us that Larrabee will
support all the existing APIs (and some more) which should enable
gamers to run games on it.
Subject: Mobile | August 7, 2008 - 05:11 PM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like even ASUS might be getting tired of the Eee name. The company is apparently going to be launching a new notebook known as the S101 rather than be known as a $900 Eee PC. More than likely ASUS simply realized that selling a $900 Eee PC defeated the purpose of the Eee PC to begin with.
Since its introduction the Eee PC has grown and become more of an
ultraportable in price and features in some of t
Subject: Motherboards | August 7, 2008 - 12:58 PM | Josh Walrath
A few days ago AMD officially released the 790GX chip combined with the brand new SB750 southbridge. This combination is aimed at pleasing enthusiasts around the globe, and the products that were released by four major manufacturers certainly appear to be nicely placed (Asus, Gigabyte, Biostar, and Foxconn). The 790GX is basically a 780G on steroids, upping the core clock speed of the graphics portion from 500 MHz to a near blistering 700 MHz (though the chip really does not get all that hot in the solution I have been testing). But unlike the 780G, the inclusion of SidePort
Subject: Mobile | August 5, 2008 - 09:31 AM | Ryan Shrout
Digitimes is revealing some new information on the version of Intel's Nehalem architecture that will find its way into the mobile space. The Calpella platform will include the Clarksfiled processor (Nehalem-based) will of course implement a DDR3 memory controller into the core while the Auburndale chip will add integrated graphics support as well.
Subject: Shows and Expos | August 4, 2008 - 08:07 PM | Ryan Shrout
TGDaily has some interesting information on the upcoming AMD Fusion launch plans and how they have changed since we last heard from AMD on them.
Taipei (Taiwan) – AMD pushed Fusion as one of the main reasons to
justify its acquisition of ATI. Since then, AMD’s finances have changed
colors and are now deep in the red, the top management has changed, and
Fusion still isn’t anything AMD wants to discuss in detail.
Subject: Chipsets | August 4, 2008 - 07:56 PM | Ryan Shrout
Sure, rumors have swirled and we have posted our own take on the original piece about NVIIDA's chipsets not be canceled in the immediate but now they are getting another boost with NVIDIA's denieal of such as action. Now it looks like even Digitimes is retracting...
Nvidia has released an official statement refuting the
recent Digitimes story claiming that the company is planning to quit
its chipset business.
Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2008 - 03:53 PM | Ryan Shrout
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Subject: Memory | August 1, 2008 - 01:35 AM | Ryan Shrout
This email came across our desk today and was impressive enough to share. Those of you thinking that DDR3 memory wasn't going to go anywhere...
Corsair Dominator DDR3 Memory Sets New World Record
-2580MHz DDR3 Frequency Reached on Intel X48 Chipset-
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 30, 2008 - 06:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
UPDATE for 7/31/08 - I spoke with one of the lawyers for the defendants on this class-action suit and he verified for me all the information that I detailed below. The judge denied class-status to the entirety of GPU buyers and limited it to those who purchased GPUs directly from ATI or NVIDIA online; i.e.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 30, 2008 - 05:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Take a look at the table on the second page of HEXUS' preview of the 9800 GT; compare the new 9800 GT specs to the old 8800 GT specs. Can you spot the difference; I'll give you a hint, it involves a feature only found on nForce motherboards, and is a feature that neither Ryan, Josh or I could find a single good point about when we tried during a previous Podcast. You get no die shrink, no clock speed increases, you don't ev
Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2008 - 02:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The S/PDIF plug is always thought of by many as a useful plug, even with all the uses that it can be put to. In case the neglect is caused by being unaware of the potential in this little plug, Hardware Secrets devoted an article to the tricks and adaptors that can be used to extend the usefulness of your X-Fi card significantly.
They also break down the various models of cards that Creative has produced and which are capable of which outputs.
Subject: Storage | July 30, 2008 - 01:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sans' Digital MS1U Media Saver is an enclosure, similar to other mobile HDD cases, that knows a few extra tricks. It has three memory card slots that are compatible with about a dozen different formats, a small LCD to tell you what the device is currently doing and rechargeable batteries so you can use it where there are no plugs. Take the memory out of your camera, stick in the appropriate slot and the MS1U will copy the pictures onto the hard drive, with a seperate folder for each card, just to make it eaiser.
Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2008 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
48 colours, 5 grays and a 64 sprite maximum were good enough for a hit video game once; and we only needed the 2 buttons. Take a peek at some gaming history at OCMODSHOP as they review Capcom's 1988 classic, Bionic Commando. You can even watch some gameplay and be amazed at the sound track and flashing screen. Try to imagine what the re-make and sequel will look like, both will be arriving to this generation of gamers soon and we can see how they grapple with a game in which you cannot jump.
Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2008 - 11:17 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SplashTop Linux, the tiny little distro found on new ASUS boards and used for their Express Gate instant on has been hacked. At Phoronix they have seen in set up on a USB disk to start non-ASUS boards, running custom applications and starting it as a virtual machine. SplashTop has been talking about releasing an SDK for those interested in working with their kernel, but it looks like they are a little late to the game.