The parade looks clear so far

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2008 - 12:41 PM |
Tagged: parade, amd, nvidia

AMD screwed up; the HD 4850 went on sale in Europe before it should have, so everyone now knows what it is.  They had no choice but to inflict a sleepless night on hardware reviewers, who had their NDA suddenly yanked out from under them.  nVIDIA decided that they just had to try to piss on AMD's parade by moving up the release of the die shrunken 9800 GTX+.  Guess what nVIDIA?  No one has had time to review it, not even Ryan ... though he did get some information up.

Get the message about knee jerk release date changes yet?

"The AMD Radeon HD 4850 512MB card is a good performing card that is able to match both the GeForce 8800 GT and the 9800 GTX card in our initial preview of just a couple of major gaming titles. NVIDIA has some more tricks up their sleeve though with a little part called the GeForce 9800 GTX+ meant solely to rain on AMD's launch day parade. Whether or not that will pan out has yet to be seen."

Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:

Graphics Cards

Make your coffee break a little more relaxing

Subject: General Tech | June 19, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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As we are all feeling a little worried about

Source: Hack a Day

NVIDIA to AMD: Chew on GeForce 9800 GTX+

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2008 - 03:49 AM |
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Sure, you've already heard the news (and probably seen reviews) of AMD's Radeon HD 4850 and 4870 card - we'll have our own review ready very soon.  NVIDIA apparently got the news as well and decide to try and put some additional pressure on AMD to perform.

The answer: GeForce 9800 GTX+.

What the hell?

Come sail away ...

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2008 - 05:32 PM |
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The Speed Link Styx
may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think gaming mice, but that may just mean you are North American.  On the other side of the pond Speed Link have made a name for themselves; with the Styx's 7 programmable buttons that can be programmed to fire up to 4 times on a single click plus on the fly DPI changing up to 2200, they are fit to compete with Razer and others.  Take a peek over at Hi-Tech Reviews.

Supertalent's new bling

Subject: Memory | June 18, 2008 - 02:21 PM |
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Super Talent's new DDR2 Project X DIMMs showed themselves to be pretty powerful, and now Hardware Logic has had a chance to test the DDR3 version.  The 2Gb DDR3-2000 modules run 9-9-9-28 at 2T and hit 5-5-5-12-1T at 1333MHz with a bit of tweaking.  At $250 they are an investment, but if you want that kind of speed you need to pay for it somehow

If you are a fan of Metal Gear ...

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2008 - 12:51 PM |
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Then Metal Gear Solid 4 is probably for you; if you never liked it, or never played it, probably not.  The review at Ars Technica does contain a few spoilers, as it was hard for them to discuss how bad they felt the ending played out without mentioning why it was bad.  Still, they did find plenty to like about it, including the well done mulitplayer game.

Source: Ars Technica

Not the coffee!!! Anything but the coffee!!!

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2008 - 12:24 PM |
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Spam, phishing and malware are certainly inconvenient, but they are nothing compared to the evil of attacking one's caffeine source.  According to the story on Slashdot, some nefarious poltroon has figured out how to compromise a particular brand of coffee makers via it's internet connection, assumedly java enabled, and from there onto the PC that is connected to.  Don't worry about why a coffee maker should have an IP address, worry about the possibility of over-caffeinated morning people and IT workers d

Source: Slashdot

XFX GeForce GTX 200 Series: Better than Reality

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 18, 2008 - 11:41 AM |
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XFX is offering both the GTX 280 and 260 on their newly designed website, and they would like you to double or triple them up!  They have set up a VIP kit to entice you with extra schwag on top of the graphics cards and motherboards, as well as bundling in Ass

Source: XFX

World's Fastest Supercomputers Employ AMD Opteron Processors

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2008 - 11:16 AM |
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DRESDEN, Germany - June 18, 2008 - At the International Supercomputing Conference, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that its AMD Opteron processors have helped deliver many of the top performing supercomputers in the world. For the first time ever, AMD technology plays a role in the number one supercomputer in the world and this same processor technology that helps drive the number one supercomputer is also readily available for business and personal computing.

Source: AMD

That's too big, it will never fit!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 17, 2008 - 05:35 PM |
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Remember back when a 600g heatsink was huge?  How does 1285g (2.8lbs) suit you?  The Orochi is a 120 x 194 x 155mm cooler that can be used passively, or you could attach a 140mm fan ... or three.  In the testing X-bit Labs did, it cooled a 3750MHz (overclocked) quad core with a Vcore of 1.4875V
without needing a fan!

Source: X-Bit Labs

Scared by the memory card racks?

Subject: Storage | June 17, 2008 - 03:56 PM |
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As with just about any storage medium, once flash based memory cards became accepted, there are suddenly a whole buch of different flavours available.  If you don't want to end up picking up a card that is perfect, excepting the fact that it won't fit into the device you bought it for, let InsideHW help you out.

Source: InsideHW

NEW NVIDIA TESLA DOUBLES THE PERFORMANCE FOR THOUSANDS OF CUDA DEVELOPERS WORLDWIDE

Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2008 - 01:22 PM |
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DRESDEN, GERMANY - JUNE 17, 2008 - From video encoding to oil and gas exploration and from medical imaging to scientific research, thousands of CUDA developers in the high performance computing (HPC) community are leveraging a revolutionary GPU computing platform that was announced just one year ago.

Source: NVIDIA

Let the ping times grow

Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2008 - 01:00 PM |
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Whether you are trying to help get them into the Guinness Book of World records, because you simply can't wait to get your hands on the AwsomeBar, or even if you are just hoping that you get to see Mozilla's servers crash under the load, today is the day.

Firefox 3 is here.

An HTPC case for the exhibitionist

Subject: Systems | June 17, 2008 - 12:37 PM |
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Madshrimps examines the Sunbeamtech Acrylic HTPC-style ATX Case, a case that will really let you show off your components.  The addition of blue LED fans to provide cooling and a unique look will make it even more attractive to those wanting an HTPC that stands out rather than blending in.  It is a full sized ATX case, even with it's uncommon shape, so you can use it to house a more robust PC as well.

Source: Madshrimps

Keeping a low profile

Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2008 - 12:16 PM |
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AMD is really working hard to promote their low powered, green solutions for PCs.  According to DigiTimes, we should be seeing a pair of triple core Phenoms as well as a quad core well before the end of the year.  They also mention that the end of life for the X4 9100e is coming up very soon; with plenty of new parts to replace it soon.

Source: Digitimes

Intel Launches Online Community to Connect Caregivers

Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2008 - 11:36 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 17, 2008 - With a goal to connect and assist the more than 50 million caregivers in the United States, Intel Corporation today unveiled ConnectingForCare.com, the first online community of its kind for family caregivers, nurses, social workers and others to share information and provide emotional support, filling a void in today's healthcare system.

AMD Demonstrates the Cinema 2.0 Experience

Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2008 - 11:34 AM |
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SAN FRANCISCO - June 17, 2008 - At a press conference June 16, 2008, in San Francisco, AMD (NYSE:AMD) demonstrated a milestone achievement in ultra-realistic and interactive visual computing through the processing power of its forthcoming teraFLOPS (trillion floating point operations per second) graphics chip, codenamed "RV770".

Until today, content developers had to choose between cinematic realism rendered offline and absent the rewarding sensory experience of interactivity, or an interactive experience without full ultra-rea

Source: AMD

Not to be confused with idiotophile

Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2008 - 06:59 PM |
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An idiotophile being a close relative of the audiophile who believes $1000 a foot cable and magic rocks make stereos sound noticeably better, and get upset when people point out that they don't.

Source: Madshrimps

AMD Stream Processor First to Break 1 Teraflop Barrier

Subject: Processors | June 16, 2008 - 05:38 PM |
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DRESDEN, Germany -- June 16, 2008 -- At the International Supercomputing Conference, AMD (NYSE:AMD) today introduced its next-generation stream processor, the AMD FireStream 9250, specifically designed to accelerate critical algorithms in high-performance computing (HPC), mainstream and consumer applications. Leveraging the GPU design expertise of AMD's Graphics Product Group, AMD FireStream 9250 breaks the one teraflop barrier for single precision performance.

Source: AMD

The manufacturer's specs are really just suggestions

Subject: Motherboards | June 16, 2008 - 03:36 PM |
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So what if Intel claims the P45 only supports 800MHz DRR2 and 1333MHz DDR3?  That hasn't stopped manufacturers from selling 1600MHz capable P45 boards.  Add PCI Express 2.0 to that support, and the ability to evenly split lanes between AMD cards in Crossfire setup and you have a solid update to the P35.  The Tech Report didn't find huge performance increases, but as the P45 is simply an update, not a complete revamping, the stability of the technology may be a big factor for some.