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Subject: Graphics Cards | April 2, 2008 - 07:12 PM | Ryan Shrout
We have done more than our fair share of coverage on the Intel's Larrabee project, the one that will bring Intel into the discrete graphics market for the first time competitively. Though we could have guessed this, apparently TheInq got confirmation from Intel at IDF that they would indeed be adopting the "add-in card partner" method of selling their own GPUs. Does this mean we'll see BFG o
Subject: Processors | April 2, 2008 - 07:08 PM | Ryan Shrout
Our good buddy Charlie over at the Inquirer has posted a piece that theorizes a split of AMD into two different companies: one that developers processors and GPUs, the other that will actually make them at the various fabrication facilities AMD currently owns. The benefits here include allowing the AMD design team to be debt free and could enable them to take the additional, yes obviously necessary, risks required to tackle an opponent like Intel. Also, the AMD fab team would be able to
Subject: Processors | April 2, 2008 - 07:03 PM | Ryan Shrout
While the idea that AMD is only selling mainstream processors today isn't exactly new information, it is interesting to see that at least one publication seems to think this is AMD's official stance now. As we all know, when you CANNOT compete at the high end with your best stuff, you simply cut the prices and sell it to compete where it can; AMD did it with the
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 2, 2008 - 06:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechConnect takes a close look at the quiet partner in PC Power & Coolings PSU line up, the Silencer 610 EPS12V. Sporting a 5 year warranty and
a 49amp 12V rail that has no problems powering an SLI set up. It doesn't have quite as much power as it's Turbo Cool brethren, it is also significantly quieter. Drop by and check out the all the
Subject: Motherboards | April 2, 2008 - 05:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There really hasn't been that many reviews done of AMD's new chipset, the X48 and other Intel parts are still stealing the limelight. That didn't scare off Overclockers Club though, they've finished a review of the ECS A780GM-A. It suffers from the odd back panel problems that most of it's brethren do, for some reason you can only seem to have a maximum of two of the following, SP/DIF out, DVI out or HDMI out. In this case there is only an HDM
Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2008 - 04:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The most eye-catching part of Frontlines: Fuel of War advertising has been the remote spy drone, similar to the Predator drone currently being used on battlefields today, but it has a feature you may not have known about. It can be detonated, ending your spying mission with a big bang. [OC]ModShop took this new game out for a spin, and you can read their review for yourself.
Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2008 - 03:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Shows and Expos | April 2, 2008 - 03:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Processors | April 1, 2008 - 08:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Memory | April 1, 2008 - 07:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 1, 2008 - 06:41 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 1, 2008 - 06:38 PM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: General Tech | April 1, 2008 - 06:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 1, 2008 - 05:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | April 1, 2008 - 04:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[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?
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 1, 2008 - 04:00 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 31, 2008 - 10:33 PM | Ryan Shrout
Those of you expecting the 9800 GTX to be something wild and spectacular are probably going to be disappointed to find that the real
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 31, 2008 - 10:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Motherboards | March 31, 2008 - 07:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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