Graphics Cards a Favorite for the Holiday

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 19, 2006 - 10:33 AM |
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There are several good video card reviews that have popped up in the last few days, the first from the gang at HardOCP that looks at the Asus EN7900GS TOP.  HotHardware has an updated review on performance of SLI configurations on the GeForce 8800 GTX and GTS cards.  On the ATI front, XYZ Computing took a look at an upgraded version of

Source: [H]ard|OCP

New Lower Power Core 2 Duo CPUs on the Way

Subject: Processors | December 19, 2006 - 10:28 AM |
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It appears that according this Inquirer article, Intel will be releasing a lower power consuming version of their Core 2 Duo E6300 and E6400 processors. 

As a contrast, Core 2 Duo eats up 22 Watts while doing nothing and 65W when working under full load. With the new revision, power consumption in idle state (C1E) goes down to 12W.

Source: The Inquirer

NVIDIA Giving Away SLI Components

Subject: Systems | December 18, 2006 - 03:32 PM |
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Starting December 22nd, NVIDIA and their partners are giving away a component each and every day for a year

Every day for a year, between December 22nd, 2006 and December 21st, 2007, NVIDIA will give away one SLI-Ready component to someone with an SLI-Ready, or SLI-enabled PC.


Each day, NVIDIA will draw a winner and post the winner's name here on SLIZONE.


Winners have exactly 7 days to contact NVIDIA and claim their prize - if they don't, they lose the prize and it goes bac

AMD Analyst Day For Viewing

Subject: Processors | December 17, 2006 - 09:40 PM |
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Ever want to watch an AMD analyst day presentation to see if you can read more into the slides than the rest of the media. 


Advanced Micro Devices 2006 Analyst Day 
Thursday, December 14, 2006 8:00 a.m. ET  
Duration 4 Hours 
Location New York, NY 

Anandtech also Tests Opteron F and new Xeons

Subject: Processors | December 17, 2006 - 09:36 PM |
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The gang at Anandtech has published their tests looking at the new Opteron Socket-F processors and the new Xeon processors from Intel as well.

Some might wonder if a different - read Intel - motherboard for the Woodcrest system could have significantly altered the outcome of these tests. We do not think so. Although the Intel motherboards do tend to show slightly lower power consumption, it is not a significant difference.

Source: AnandTech

Asus Stryker 680i Motherboard Problems

Subject: Motherboards | December 17, 2006 - 09:33 PM |
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The gang at HardOCP has

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Could High End GPUs Be Moving to their own Case?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 16, 2006 - 08:20 PM |
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The Inquirer seems to have gotten the smell of a new rumor that ATI/AMD might be moving high end graphics configurations OUTSIDE of your case into another one in order to improve heat issues....do we really need this??

This brings the story back around to separate cases with one for CPU/memory/drives and one for graphics. It would solve a lot of problems. Separate power, separate cooling, plenty of space, etc.

Source: The Inquirer

New 65nm Athlon X2 Processors Tested

Subject: Processors | December 16, 2006 - 08:17 PM |
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While the 65nm processors from AMD should soon be hitting the streets for everyone to buy, Anandtech got a set of them a bit early and put them to the test to see if power/performance was improved. 

Overall we're left with mixed feelings after playing with AMD's first 65nm chips. Power consumption is definitely reduced compared to its 90nm offerings; in our tests we saw an average reduction in total system power consumption of 14.6W thanks to the new Brisbane core.

Source: AnandTech

Intel Xeon Clovertown Processors take on New Opteron CPUs

Subject: Processors | December 16, 2006 - 08:14 PM |
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The tech wizards at The Tech Report have compiled a review comparing the latest in Intel's server/workstation line to the Socket-F AMD Opteron processors released earlier in the year.  They do a fantastic job looking at the power and performance of almost exactly configured systems and this article is definitely worth a read!


You might also want to see what the Tech Report found out about AMD's upcoming processor

XFX Releases Overclocked 8800 Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 16, 2006 - 08:06 PM |
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XFX has just become the first NVIDIA GPU company to offer overclocked GeForce 8800 graphics cards.  Both an 8800 GTX and 8800 GTS model are offered. 


The new GeForce 8800 GTX XXX Edition runs at 630 MHz core clock and 2.0 GHz memory clock, compared to the reference speeds of 575 MHz core and 1.8 GHz memory.  The 8800 GTS XXX Edition runs at 550 MHz instead of 500 MHz and at 1.8 GHz memory instead of 1.6 GHz memory speeds. 

You know you're spending too much time on Google Earth when ...

Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2006 - 03:03 PM |
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When you buy a controller specifically to make navigation easier.  ExtremeTech reviews 3Dconnexion's SpaceNavigator, a device perfect for moving around in 3D spaces like Google Earth.  It won't do you much good in X3:The Reunion, but for other, less action packed galaxies, it makes a very interesting controller.

Source: Extremetech

You have to pay more for platinum

Subject: Memory | December 14, 2006 - 11:29 AM |
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R&B Mods tests OCZ's 1066MHz DDR2 Platinum modules.  They come clocked with 5-5-5-15.  They manage to push the FSB from 200 to 240, but couldn't tighten the timings beyond 5-5-5-14 on their MSI K9N Neo-F testbed.

Catalyst makes a final showing

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 14, 2006 - 10:54 AM |
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The Tech Report has links to get the last Catalyst driver for 2006.  Don't expect any mind blowing speed increases, but the bug fixes are nice and so is Crossfire DirectX with multi-GPUs which fixes a big problem some users had.

Samsung sells solid state storage

Subject: Storage | December 14, 2006 - 09:43 AM |
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The Future of Things has posted an in depth look at Samsung's flash based hard drive and also posts an interview with Don Barnetson, Director of Flash Marketing for Samsung.  You can find out about why Samsung chose the mobile 2.5 form as the flash standard as opposed to 3.5, and when to expect SATA support.

May the luck of the Intel be with you

Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2006 - 09:17 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP has a VERY active thread about the problems people are encountering with the 680i chipset.  They also have a news post that talks about what is known for sure, and what is likely the cause.  Unfortunately, right now it seems to be luck of the draw when it comes to problem free motherboards.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Crossfire on a budget

Subject: Motherboards | December 13, 2006 - 02:36 PM |
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The majority of budget boards, if they support dual graphics cards, tend to have SLI.  Motherboards.org reviews the ABIT IL9, a budget board for ATI fans based on Intel's 945p.  Head over to find out how well this board can compete in it's target market.

If you are looking for more power, and want to stay with ABIT, consider Wes Patison's review of the AB9 Pro 965P.

Is better battery life the next killer app?

Subject: Mobile | December 13, 2006 - 12:15 PM |
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Laptops have come a long way in the past 6 years.  With Alienware and others putting high end gaming components into their systems, it quickly becomes apparent that battery technology just hasn't kept pace.  The Tech Zone looks at batteries in general, and the top 5 technologies that are most likely to take us into the future.

A new dimension of sound

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2006 - 11:25 AM |
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7.1 sounds adds up and down to your surround sound, and Auzentech provides it with the new X-Meridian.  With a 120dBA dynamic range, and many, many other features, this commercial level sound card provides professional level options.  Guru of 3D did find some problems with it though, so read on to find out if this is a must have for you.

"It's HERE! We originally heard about the release date for Auzentech's X-Meridian waaay back in June.

Source: Guru of 3D

Why we want Wii

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2006 - 09:08 AM |
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Over at OCMODSHOP, they've broken a sweat about Zelda: Twilight Princess and it's not just because of the anticipation.  Using the Wiimote gives you a great workout while fishing, fighting and using ranged weapons, and it does it all without missing a beat when you try the special moves.  Read on to find out if this game will convince you to buy a Wii.

Source: OCMODSHOP

Set a fire underneath your tree

Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2006 - 08:54 AM |
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HotHardware gives some advice on how to get a little heat beneath your tree, in the form of 3 Core 2 Duo systems.  Running from the top $4,200 system, a $2,500 and a $1,000 system, even if you don't want to pick up one to the exact specs, you can get some good component ideas.

Source: HotHardware