ASUS Eee PC 901 no longer getting WiMax

Subject: Mobile | May 19, 2008 - 12:48 AM |
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This seems more to be a blow towards WiMax than anything else, but according to this report the upcoming Atom-based ASUS Eee PC 901 machine will no longer come with WiMax support built-in but will instead be an option only for contract customers. 

Source: Digitimes

ASUS versus Gigabyte: The Kids Come Out to Play

Subject: Motherboards | May 16, 2008 - 06:00 PM |
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While we are very used to seeing bickering between companies like NVIDIA and ATI, AMD and Intel and Microsoft and Sony, one segment of the PC market that has been surprisingly quiet over the years has been the manufacturing vendors like MSI, ASUS and Gigabyte.  Well that all seems to be behind us now as a "day time melo-drama" of sorts has broken out between two companies that were at one point last on the brink of merging. 

Give early, give often

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2008 - 05:29 PM |
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One of our members has found some information about the upcoming nVIDIA GT200 graphics family.  Drop by the thread to see what people think of their decision to go with a 512 bit bus, and take a peek at what the new nVIDIA drivers have fixed in this oneOver in the audio forum, help investigate an odd hum emanating from
a Vista system using the onboa

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The best 5 out of ... a lot

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 16, 2008 - 04:53 PM |
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Dozens of companies with dozens of models ... it's gross!  Just about every major PC component manufacturer has at least one cooler for sale, which can have a mix of the features currently touted as the solution to your heat problems.  There are ones designed for silence, and those designed for extreme overclocking, with a huge range of products in between.  Frosty Tech has picked their top air cooled heatsinks from those available, see which ones took top seat.

Source: Frosty Tech

AMD's new mid-range monster

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 16, 2008 - 04:41 PM |
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Ryan has just finished his review of the ASUS Radeon HD 3850 X2 1GB, a nicely powerful new midrange card.  The extra memory won't help you at lower resolutions, but the bump in performance from a single HD 3870 is very welcome.  If only the price can fall in line with this cards competitor, the 9800 GTX.

What's been hiding in the hawthorne

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2008 - 04:30 PM |
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Virtual-Hideout got a look at some of the serious Intel hardware being shown off at the Hawthorn Farm Campus.  Skulltrail and Bonetrail 2, and a really impressive looking cooler are just some of what they saw.  Check out all their pictures.

Thermaltake: PW 850i Opens a New Era for Internal Liquid Cooling Systems

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 16, 2008 - 04:12 PM |
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Los Angeles, CA - May 2008. The internal DIY liquid cooling system has always been the top choice of gamers worldwide. To fulfill the heavy demands of these players, Thermaltake is launching a brand new series of DIY liquid cooling systems, the ProWater Series, and the first model to be introduced is the new "PW850i" that incorporates the latest production techniques and technology of the internal liquid cooling segment.

Source: Thermaltake

... with frickin' laser beams

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2008 - 02:59 AM |
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That standard of science fiction and precursor to useful fiber optics, properly known as the "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation" was first fired off today.  If you haven't seen it yet, Google has honoured Theodore Maiman's ground breaking research in optics (or Gordon Gould's), some of the most important work in information technology since Babbage or Hopper.

Still no word on shark compatible platforms.

Extra storage space, and cheats

Subject: Storage | May 15, 2008 - 05:39 PM |
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The Lexar Gaming Edition 2GB SD Card and 4GB Memory Stick PRO Duo is for console gamers looking for some extra space and a few cheats tossed in as a bonus.  They will work with the PS3 and Wii, and with the Xploder Lite software you can even get some save games for a few popular titles.  Check it out at Red & Blackness Mods.

Scaling the quad

Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2008 - 04:56 PM |
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The Guru of 3D has decided to find out just what you get from gaming on a quad core processor.  The games they use do cross a gamut of styles, and not all of them utilize the same parts of the PC as others, but you do see a pattern develop.  While there is a clear verdict, it is not perfectly cut and dry.

Source: Guru of 3D

XFX does DDR3 right

Subject: Motherboards | May 15, 2008 - 02:31 PM |
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The XFX 790i Ultra is up for review at [H]ard|OCP, and they are impressed.  The new MCP made overclocking a breeze, and totally changed their opinion on recent nVIDIA chipsets.  If you are planning on a new system with DDR3 and support for 3 way SLI, this board will give Intel's newer chipsets a real run for their money.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

TSMC will be part of the AMD asset light strategy

Subject: Processors | May 15, 2008 - 12:49 PM |
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While this news has been anticipated, the fact that more and more details are emerging are still incredibly surprising and thought provoking.  According to reports, TSMC, the world's largest semiconductor manufacturer, has started test runs of the SOI technology used by all of AMD's current processors.  AMD and TSMC already have plenty of agreements in place for sharing technology since ATI was a big TSMC partner before it was purchased by AMD in 2006 so the relationship should be easy to continue.  It

Source: 3DCenter

Possible RV770 and GT200 Details show up...again

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 15, 2008 - 12:34 PM |
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While it's hard to really put faith in information when the provider openly admits their LAST article on these GPUs was dead wrong, why not just report it to you anyway?!?  This article over at TGDaily details what they think are the specifications and launch periods for AMD's upcoming RV770 parts, commonly referred to as the Radeon 4800-series. 

Source: TG Daily

A change in the matrix can cost you

Subject: Displays | May 15, 2008 - 12:30 PM |
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BCC Hardwares takes a look a pair of 24" monitors from Samsung, the (hard to find) ~$380 245B and the ~$560 245T.  The price difference really jumps out at you, and the two monitors reflect that in their technology.  The 245T has a 6ms response time, the 245B a 5ms, they both offer 1920 x 1200 resolution and can be calibrated to

Source: BCCHardware

VIA Isaiah details, going 45nm with dual-core Isaiah

Subject: Processors | May 15, 2008 - 12:20 PM |
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Sure, VIA may be a fabless CPU and chipset designer, but that isn't stopping them from one-upping AMD when it comes to process technology on their next CPU release.  According to Digitimes, the new Isaiah core processors are set to transition to 45nm process technology by the end of 2009 with the move to dual-core products. 

Source: Digitimes

Intel's Atom in upcoming ASUS Eee PC 901

Subject: Mobile | May 15, 2008 - 12:13 PM |
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Even though its only an exterior image, apparently the new Eee PC 901 is being showcased as using the Intel Atom processor and platform.  The exterior is slightly modified and spiffed up but don't expect too much. 

Source: engadget

Some computer company launched a chip with lots of gibblehertz

Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2008 - 11:44 AM |
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In other news, Hanna Montana thinks computers should all be mauve and smell nice.

Tech news may be changing for a lot of people, as CNET just got bought by CBS.  There is probably a small chance that CNET might still cover at least some IT related news, but Slashdot's cynics probably have this one right.  CNET may not have been the best source of news for techies, but it did do a good job of aggregating a lot of disparate stories for the time-challenged geek.

Source: Slashdot

Every keyboard should have a shotgun key

Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2008 - 05:22 PM |
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The Cyber Snipa Warboard is not quite as cool looking as the box implies, but it still has some serious style to it.  It has so many buttons it may feel overwhelming to first pick up, but Pro-Clockers ended up in love with it.  There are even removable keys and a baggie of various non-standard keys you can put on the board, if you are so inclined. 

PC2-9136?

Subject: Memory | May 14, 2008 - 03:05 PM |
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DDR2 is getting some rather oddly clocked modules as it matures, like Aeneon's newest XTune 2GB kit which is clocked at 1142MHz.  It is built to DDR2-800 CL5 specs, but is able to go faster if your board can handle it.  Big Bruin's could handle those speeds and more, the kit toped out at 1242MHz with the default 5-5-5-15 timings.

OCZ Technology Group Introduces Do-It-Yourself Gaming Notebook Solution and Initiative

Subject: Mobile | May 14, 2008 - 02:40 PM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif.—May 14, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled their pioneering Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Gaming Notebook Program. Under this program, users ranging from hardware enthusiasts to mainstream gamers can partake in configuring and building their own gaming-grade mobile solution.