The Fud shows us some CrossFire X details

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 5, 2008 - 12:31 PM |
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The guys at Fudzilla are showing off some CrossFire X details today including driver availability in early March and they have an brief interview with AMD's Godfrey Cheng, AMD CrossFireX manager, that talks about DX9 and DX10 scaling ability.

Source: fastlanehw

Intel X48 Chipset launched pushed back into March

Subject: Chipsets | February 5, 2008 - 12:24 PM |
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No no, this time we MEAN it.  For reallys.  The X48 chipset is coming in mid-March, according to Intel according to Digitimes.

Intel has informed motherboard makers that it will
definitely launch its X48 chipset in mid March, two months later than
its original launch date, according to industry sources. The X48
chipset was originally slated for launch in January, but Intel pushed
it back as inventory of X38 had yet to be cleared, the sources said.

Source: Digitimes

Finally we get some numbers

Subject: Systems | February 5, 2008 - 12:01 PM |
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The other project from Intel this weekend was the release of the NDA hardware reviewers have signed about Skulltrail.  We can finally see just how powerful their flagship system will be, for those few that can get one.  [H]ard|OCP's testing proves that this machine can really do a lot, especially when multitasking.  They did have some issues with Crysis and with SLI, but all in all, they still had a lot of fun testing this machine.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Busy weekend for Intel

Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2008 - 11:51 AM |
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While most of us had only one thing on our minds this weekend, Intel was hard at work giving news about some interesting new technologies they are going to introduce.  Tukwila is going to be literally huge, not simply because Itanium is due for an update, but also because it will have 2 billion transistors on a 65nm process chip.  Hexus looks at that news, as well as the upcoming mobile Silverthorne processor.

Source: Hexus

NVIDIA and AGEIA: together for the first time

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 4, 2008 - 07:03 PM |
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Sure, when AGEIA was first seen on the um, scene, NVIDIA countered their claims of physics acceleration with their own partnership with Havok.  Then, Intel bought Havok.  Well, then, what's a graphics giant to do?  If you're AMD apparently the answer is "pass" but if you're NVIDIA the answer is "buy the remaining physics software company".

AMD to leave faster Phenoms at home for CeBit

Subject: Processors | February 4, 2008 - 12:56 PM |
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Even though just over a week ago we told you that AMD was going to be showing off both the low power K10 core processors known as the Phenom 9100e series and the upcoming, TLB fixed Phenom 9700 and Phenom 9900 models, that's no longer the case.  It would seem that rather than get people's hope up for the B3 revision to soon, AMD is going to just show off the triple-core processors instead.

Source: Digitimes

Intel Tukwila to have 2 billion transistors

Subject: Processors | February 4, 2008 - 12:52 PM |
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*Cue Dr. Evil Laugh*  Yes, that is correct, 2 Billion transistors will take up refuge on the upcoming Tukwila processor, the successor to Itanium's Montvale processors. 
Even more surprising is that it is built on Intel's 65nm technology, making this one BIG chip.

Source: engadget

Fun filled Friday aft forum foray 3

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2008 - 05:43 PM |
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There is a bunch of action in the Overclocking Forum this week, from troubles playing with HT speeds in an AMD system and voltage testing an Opteron 175 to an Intel E8400 that has raised a few questions for one of our memberst to some Corsair Ballistix RAM that just won't behave

Do a survey, have a chance to win cool stuff

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 1, 2008 - 05:14 PM |
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Source: Thermaltake

Intel and Micron Develop the World's Fastest NAND Flash Memory with 5X Faster Performance

Subject: Storage | February 1, 2008 - 05:08 PM |
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BOISE, Idaho and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 1, 2008 - Intel Corporation and Micron Technology Inc. today unveiled a high speed NAND flash memory technology that can greatly enhance the access and transfer of data in devices that use silicon for storage.

A familiar face in disguise

Subject: Memory | February 1, 2008 - 01:39 PM |
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Don't let the name Aeneon Xtune DDR3-1333 confuse you, these DIMMs are made by Qimonda, almost as big a name in memory as Micron.  Although they are sold at 1333MHz, 8-8-8-15 and 1.5v, they are guaranteed to hit 1500MHz by the manufacturer and Bjorn3D hit 1600 MHz, 9-9-9-24 at 1.9v.  It might be hard to justify buying this kit at the same price as a DD

Source: Bjorn3D

You can see their bare circuits

Subject: Mobile | February 1, 2008 - 12:03 PM |
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Anyone into electronic pr0n should drop what they are doing and head to [H]ard|OCP where they can see shots of naked Air.  The first thing that you might notice is just how much work it takes to get one apart, even for something as simple as a battery change.  Then again, MacBook's aren't really designed with user serviceability as the top priority.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Negotiation! Is! Irrelevant! ... You! Will! Be! Assimilated!

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2008 - 11:55 AM |
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44.6 billion dollars, or $31 a share ... check

A really good reason to buy ... check

Permission from the US and EU ... not so much ... yet ...

Source: The Inquirer

VIA EPIA EK Powers Next Generation Tranax Transactional Kiosk

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2008 - 11:28 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 31 January 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of embedded silicon and platform technologies, today announced that the VIA EPIA EK1000G Mini-ITX mainboard had been selected by Tranax for its latest TK1000 non-cash dispensing transactional kiosks.

AMD's 45nm transition could be savior

Subject: Processors | February 1, 2008 - 10:00 AM |
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According to some scant news from Digitimes, AMD is reporting once again to its partners that 45nm is on schedule for a 2nd half of 2008 release, though the time frame could use a little more detail in our view.  AMD is saying now that the 45nm process is a success, will allow them to scale frequencies much higher and triple the amount of L3 cache from 2MB to 6MB.

Source: Digitimes

Peddie Research details GPU market increases

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 1, 2008 - 09:57 AM |
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Peddie Research seems to have evidence that the world of the GPU grew rather strongly in 2007, despite early months of lagging. 

Desktop AIB Market Value

Microsoft and Yahoo! get official

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2008 - 09:52 AM |
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Want to know today's big news before your friends?  Its the formal announcement of an acquisition ATTEMPT from Microsoft on Yahoo for $44+ billion dollars.

Source: engadget

Extensomatic PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 31, 2008 - 06:15 PM |
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Nesteq is a fairly new PSU supplier and their ECS7001 PSU offers an interesting take on modular cabling.  It has something called an EECS, Enhanced Easy Connecting System, which allows you to add a cable directly to the end of another, as opposed to going back to the PSU to plug it in.  Driver Heaven tested it out under load, and were quite impressed with the stability of it's power, until they hit exactly 600W, when this 700W PSU gave them a bit of a surprise.

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Getting more from your gaming notebook

Subject: Mobile | January 31, 2008 - 03:00 PM |
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NZXT's Cryo LX Notebook Cooler is built like a tank, has four USB ports and three adjustable 120mm fans.  It is designed for 17" to 19" laptops, and thanks to NZXT putting some thought into how the airflow would behave it should cool any notebook that fits on it.  Although their ears weren't too happy with teh cooler, even at low speed, Big Bruin did find that this cooler works as advertised, and the one place they could find it for sale was onl

Source: Big Bruin