Intel is thinking small at IDF

Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2008 - 11:53 AM |
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It's all about Atom at the IDF this year, the renamed Silverthorne that will soon be appearing in mobile devices near you.  There are five different tiny, low power processors being shown off, as well as a pair designed for mobile internet devices.  You can see some shots of the dies that show off just how small Atom really is in this article done by Ryan.

New Intel Centrino Atom Processor Technology Ushers in 'Best Internet Experience in Your Pocket'

Subject: Shows and Expos | April 2, 2008 - 11:23 AM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Shanghai, April 2, 2008 - Intel Corporation today introduced five new Intel Atom processors and Intel Centrino Atom processor technology for Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) and embedded computing solutions.

New VIA VX800 Series Chipsets to Extend VIA Leadership in Ultra Mobile Market

Subject: Processors | April 1, 2008 - 04:22 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 1 April 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the new VIA VX800 Series of digital media IGP chipsets featuring the latest video, graphics and connectivity performance in a single chip measuring just 33x33mm.

Another new player in the memory game

Subject: Memory | April 1, 2008 - 03:55 PM |
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US Modular is far better known for portable storage, usually flash based, but they are moving in to the field of DDR2.  The first module up for review is the 2Gb dual channel Cold Fusion DDR2-800 kit, which runs at 4-12-4-4 at 2V.  The Tech Lounge was shocked to see it beating out DIMMs from Corsair and other big names, but this kit has an Achilles' Heel, it does not overclock well.  The other problem is that it doesn't seem to be for sale anywhere.

IDF Shanghai: Intel demos Nehalem with multi-threaded games

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 1, 2008 - 02:41 PM |
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You guys should definitely go and check out this video over at TGDaily that shows Intel's upcoming Nehalem core processors at work with some fire and smoke.  No, the fire and smoke is not real or indicative of the heat the processor will produce, but rather a demonstration of the multi-threaded capable gaming engine that Intel is surely developing.

Source: TG Daily

Intel finally bringing DX10 driver in April

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 1, 2008 - 02:38 PM |
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I know we have all been hearing about the elusive DX10 drivers for Intel integrated graphics, but according to this report we might ACTUALLY be getting close.  I did do a little checking and this does NOT have the taste of an April Fool's joke....

Intel is planning to announce a DirectX 10 driver for its
IGP chipsets around the end of April, according to sources at
motherboard makers.

Source: Digitimes

A real shoot 'em up

Subject: General Tech | April 1, 2008 - 02:27 PM |
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Zalman wants to make your FPS gaming a little more fun with their FPSGUN FG-1000 Gun Style Gaming Mouse.  Just like it sounds, it is a mouse with a vaguely pistol like grip, and rather uniquely placed buttons.  At first glance it seems built to satisfy those gamers who feel a joystick is the best way to control and FPS, but Digit Life's testing show that this mouse may garner a bit more attention. 

Source: Digit Life

nVIDIA spills the secret

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 1, 2008 - 01:29 PM |
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While many readers will question nVIDIA's sanity for releasing a new card on April Fools Day, there is a reason that they are not worried about any repercussions.  You see, they know something you probably don't.  By releasing the card for testing to so many sites, they guarantee that no prank can be pulled.

Today it's more like 10 to 30%

Subject: General Tech | April 1, 2008 - 12:08 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has linked to an absolutely shocking story; the intertubes are chuck full of cholesterol.  Arbor Networks analyzed the data from about 1,300 routers over 18 months, and found between 1% to 3% of the network traffic was consistently garbage.  Even better, it appears that you can rent that garbage from shady characters on a monthly basis, and use it to launch DDOS attacks.

Psst, buddy ... wanna buy some bandwidth?

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ASUS EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP Problems

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 1, 2008 - 12:00 AM |
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For the past couple of weeks, I have spent a lot of time with the ASUS EAH3870 X2 1GB TOP graphics card - the first non-reference design-based 3870 X2 card to be announced.  Unfortunately, different does not always equal better.

Will NVIDIA's GT200 be the real next generation GPU?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 31, 2008 - 06:33 PM |
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Those of you expecting the 9800 GTX to be something wild and spectacular are probably going to be disappointed to find that the real

Source: General

AMD's 3870, the Baskin Robbins of video cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 31, 2008 - 06:23 PM |
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The HD3870 from AMD has enjoyed the most positive reception since ATI was absorbed by AMD.  Along with the vanilla card came overclocked versions, as well as a Toxic model.  Elite Bastards has manged to get their hands on a new flavour, the Sapphire HD3870 Atomic.  This choice features built in watercooling and a modest overclock of 35MHz on the GPU and 31MHz for the RAM.  It also comes with a reservoir and pump, so you do not need a watercooled rig to run this card, but a bit of free space will certainly help. 

Not your average HDD enclosure

Subject: Storage | March 31, 2008 - 03:53 PM |
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New VIA Thin Server Board for Eco-Friendly Small Business Storage

Subject: Motherboards | March 31, 2008 - 03:09 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 28 March 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of embedded silicon and platform technologies, today announced the VIA NAS 7800 board, specifically designed to meet the needs of thin server and NAS segment system builders.

Thin servers such as network attached storage are proving increasingly popular with small and medium sized enterprises looking for secure, energy-efficient data storage without investing in large, expensive and power-h

Silverstone's exhibitionist case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 31, 2008 - 02:56 PM |
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The SilverStone KL02B-W has a huge side window, taking up the entire apart from the frame.  The hard drive cage is tool-less, but unfortunately that is about the only thing that is on this case.  A nice addition is the removable 120mm fan located directly in front of the hard drive cage, ensuring that your drives get a nice blast of cool air.  Drop by Ov

Windows XP-based Eee PC Preview

Subject: Mobile | March 31, 2008 - 01:13 PM |
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Laptop Magazine has posted a quick preview of the new version of the ASUS Eee PC that will be shipping with Windows XP rather than Linux.  Not much as changed though...

Short On Storage Space

This means war

Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2008 - 01:11 PM |
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Creative and ASUS really aren't getting along very well.  Creative and most consumers aren't too fond of each other either.  With Vista's changes to the way it handles the sound processing to popping issues with XiFi's, Creative has been taking a beating.  TECHGAGE looks into this battle and will be testing the EAX emulation under DS3D GX 2.0.

Source: TECHGAGE

AMD Delivers Industry's First Commercially Available 3D Workstation Graphics Card with DisplayPort S

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 31, 2008 - 11:35 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 31, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it is advancing application performance with stunning imagery through the introduction of the first commercially available 3D workstation graphics card with DisplayPort support. The ATI FireGL V7700 professional graphics accelerator provides superior rendering speed, 3D performance and color fidelity for Computer Aided Design (CAD), Digital Content Creation (DCC) and Medical Imaging professionals.

Source: AMD

Intel, STMicroelectronics and Francisco Partners Close Transaction to Create Numonyx

Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2008 - 11:31 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 31, 2008 - Intel Corporation today announced that the company has finalized and closed its transaction with STMicroelectronics and Francisco Partners to create a new independent semiconductor company Numonyx B.V. that will design, develop and manufacture NOR and NAND flash memory products.

Abit to re-enter GPU market with NVIDIA parts

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 28, 2008 - 07:11 PM |
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Hey, what do you do when you need to improve your corporate profits and you happen to notice the NVIDIA GPU market is saturated with a bunch of other companies?  Apparently, you are supposed throw your hat into that ring as well.  Honestly, with companies like BFG, EVGA and XFX really dominating the US market and struggling to differentiate from each other Abit is going to need some unique angle to make any kind of impact.

Second-tier motherboard maker Abit is preparing to begin

Source: 3DCenter