AMD Launching a lesser 3800-series GPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 21, 2008 - 09:49 PM |
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Digitimes is hearing that AMD is going to be releasing a new card in the Radeon HD 3800-series that will be the HD 3830.  Definitely an entry level card, it is rumored to have the full 320 stream processors, 16 texture units and 16 RBEs that the HD 3850 and 3870 have but will have a 128-bit memory interface and will top out at 256MB of memory.  Performance is a mystery, but with prices around $129, this could be a GREAT value card for a cheap system upgrade.

Source: Digitimes

Open wide and say 'fglrx'

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 20, 2008 - 09:52 PM |
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AMD is really moving along in their efforts to make their graphics cards and source code open source.  As Phoronix reports, Radeon R100 to R600 microcode has been released.  It is nice to see a company opening up as much as AMD has, and it signifies great things for the Linux community.

Source: Phoronix

NZXT introduces the Tempest

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 20, 2008 - 07:00 PM |
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NZXT, a company built on realizing the dreams of gamers worldwide, is proud to announce the NZXT Tempest. Tempest features breakthrough features in every category satisfying the high performance demands of PC Enthusiasts and Gamers worldwide. Tempest stakes its claim as Airflow King with 6 fans including dual intake(120mm), dual exhaust(140mm) with additional side and rear fans(120mm) all included.

Source: NZXT

Flavoured Air

Subject: Mobile | March 20, 2008 - 06:55 PM |
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Don't like the taste of Mac OSX, but still want something nice and light like the Macbook Air.  Why not go with the familiar texture and taste of Windows?  It's a Santa Rosa notebook, so it really isn't that hard to do, assuming you've got a USB optical drive to plug into it. 

X-Bit Labs did a full install with Bootcamp and a bit of work, find out how.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Kingston Launches 800MHz FB-DIMM Memory Family

Subject: Memory | March 20, 2008 - 06:24 PM |
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Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent
world leader in memory products, today announced it
is releasing a family of 800MHz DDR2 fully-buffered
dual-inline memory modules (FB-DIMMs) designed
for systems using Intel's Seaburg S5400 chipset.
Launching first with its industry-standard ValueRAM
modules, KingstonR 800MHz FB-DIMMs are shipping
in capacities ranging from 512MB to 4GB.

"Today's dual XEON systems using the new 1600MHz
front-side bus quad-core processors demand a robust
memory solution to match processor band

The mighy Momentus

Subject: Storage | March 20, 2008 - 05:38 PM |
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The Seagate Momentus 5400.4 250GB really showed off the speed possible, even on a 5400RPM drive.  In Bjorn3D's testing, it outperformed a Hitachi Travelstar 80GB 7200RPM.  The price is awfully close to several 320GB drives, but they will lack the speed of the Momentus.  If quick copying time and relatively economical drain on your battery are important to you, this may be perfect for your needs.

Source: Bjorn3D

Solid gold chipset

Subject: Motherboards | March 20, 2008 - 03:48 PM |
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It's nice to see that nVIDIA has finally caught up to Intel in motherboard features.  The new nForce 790 chipsets support 1600MHz FSB, DDR3 memory and PCI Express 2.0, as Intel has been offering for almost a year now.  They did surpassed Intel's X38 boards in one area, check out th

The battle of the low end laptop

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2008 - 03:34 PM |
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Intel is focusing on entry level mobility platforms with their upcoming Centrino 2 chips.  The two Celerons that Digitimes knows about are both very inexpensive parts; the Atom is even cheaper.  With the Eee from ASUS and Walmart's offering, entry level mobility is an important market.  Intel's ability to produce these bottom of the line and dirt cheap processors may get them a huge share of the processors you will find in low cost laptops.

Source: Digitimes

Cooler Master's stacked bundle

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 19, 2008 - 09:20 PM |
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While it is usually best to stay as far away from PSU and case bundles, there are some manufacturers that put serious effort into ensuring the quality you get.  Cooler Master is one such company and their Stacker 830SE and Real Power Pro 1000W PSU package is absolutely stellar.  [H]ard|OCP loved both the case and the PSU.  Since the PSU retails for $299.99,

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Good news?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 19, 2008 - 09:06 PM |
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TG Daily announced that there will indeed be a BioShock 2.  Although they refer to it as a sequel, it is unknown whether it will actually follow after the events of BioShock.  Indeed, if it follows it's predecessor, System Shock, there is no telling what the game will actually focus around.

Source: TG Daily

Turning green with envy

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 19, 2008 - 06:02 PM |
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  • Watercooled Intel Core 2 Quad QX9650 overclocked to 4GHz - CHECK!
  • EVGA 780i SLI that supports Quad SLI - CHECK!
  • 4GB OCZ Reaper X PC6400 DDR-2 4-4-3-12 - CHECK!
  • WD Raptor 150GB 10,00RPM SATA - CHECK!
  • Zalman 1000W Modular PSU - CHECK!
  • Forceware 174.53 driver - CHECK!
  • Two GeForce 9800 GX2's in SLI - CHECK!
Source: TweakTown

If it has an AC adapter, it's not exactly wireless

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2008 - 04:31 PM |
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The Rocketfish Wireless Universal Rear Speaker Kit sounds absolutely perfect, until you read what it actually is in the review at I4U.  It brings to mind a device that sits beside your receiver, and two small devices that can hide behind your 2 rear speakers; it is not.  The device that plugs into the receiver is still there, and it broadcasts the wireless signal to a second device, twice as large as the first, which is in turn wired to your two rear speakers, as well as to AC power.  Sure, there are no wires

Source: I4U News

Merger madness

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2008 - 04:18 PM |
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Is it FUD, is it real?  It's hard to say for sure right now, but it does seem inevitable that someone will buy VIA.   Perhaps the rumour from DigiTimes is right on the ball, and VIA is about to become part of the great beast nVIADIA or nVIDVIA.  Or, maybe it's just yet another rumour.  Ars Technica attempts to thin the fog that has rolled in since the story yesterday.  Sure nVIDIA has about $1.8 billion burning a hole in their pocket, but ma

Source: Ars Technica

The father of Extra-terrestrial Relays dies

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2008 - 03:51 PM |
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Arthur C.

Source: The Inquirer

The split personality of the ASUS U3S

Subject: Mobile | March 18, 2008 - 09:24 PM |
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The most interesting feature of the U3S is that it has two separate on-board graphics chips, not to be used for SLI or Crossfire.  The Intel GMA X3100 is for low powered usage and will extend battery life, the nVIDIA 8400M is for when you need graphical power and are plugged into a wall socket.  Drop by X-Bit Labs for more information on this 'stylishly mobile' ultra portable laptop.

Source: X-Bit Labs

OCZ Technology Unveils Ultra-Fast Two Gigahertz DDR3 Modules

Subject: Memory | March 18, 2008 - 09:01 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA - March 18, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled blistering fast PC3-16000 DDR3 modules that are also NVIDIA SLI-certified to run at an extreme 2GHz on the next generation NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI motherboards also released today.

Kingston HyperX DDR3 Achieves NVIDIA SLI Certification

Subject: Memory | March 18, 2008 - 08:59 PM |
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"Collaborating with the world's best of class chipset
manufacturers and industry alliance partners, Kingston
is proud to launch a new family of auto-overclocked
memory designed, tested, and certified to meet
NVIDIA's standards," said Mark Tekunoff, senior
technology manager, Kingston.

Look what just came crawling back

Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2008 - 07:08 PM |
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When is the last time you clapped eyes on a keyboard with a trackball?  Thanks to the Adesso AKB–320UB Keyboard with Trackball, now you can relive those golden days of yore.  It's not certainly not all old features, this keyboard has a lot of extra multimedia keys though it lacks USB ports.  BCCHardware did the full review

Source: BCCHardware

Corsair Announces 2GHz High-Speed DDR3 Memory for NVIDIA 790i Ultra SLI Gaming Platform

Subject: Memory | March 18, 2008 - 06:50 PM |
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Fremont, CA, March 18, 2008 – Corsair, a worldwide leader in enthusiast computer and flash memory products, announced today their NVIDIA 790i Ultra SLI high-performance DDR3 partner memory offerings, including a record-breaking 2GHz module.

After extensive partnership efforts between NVIDIA and Corsair, the NVIDIA 790i Ultra SLI platform was found to exhibit extreme overclocking capabilities with the latest in DDR3 memory architectures.

nVIDIA's big day

Subject: Motherboards | March 18, 2008 - 04:40 PM |
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Paired with the launch of the 9800 GX2 is the 790i SLI chipset.  Unlike the update from the 680i to the 780i, we actually have a new northbridge.  The southbridge is still the 570 MCP, although it has learned a new trick.  The brand new northbridge brings DDR3 support, up to 2000MHz and support for Intel's new 1600Mhz FSB.  Lowered memory latencies and 32 lanes of PCI Express 2.0 have helped this board unseat the X48 as the top chipset for performance.  See what else is new over at The Tech Report.
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