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

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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.

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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.

Cooler Master quietly introduces their new line

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 16, 2008 - 02:08 PM |
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Coolermaster has three new power supplies, the Silent Pro M500, M600 and M700.  Strangely enough, those serial numbers also represent their respective wattages.  With all of them sporting a 135mm fan, they do live up to the moniker of Silent, and the stable voltages and SLI support of the 700 model certain make a Pro label acceptable.  Drop by R&B Mods for a look.

Two ways to ultimate power

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 16, 2008 - 12:34 PM |
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nVIDIA's two new cards, the $399 GTX 260 896MB and the $649 GTX 280 1GB sport incredible performance, and the amount of transistors fit into them are unprecedented.  The gaming performance, while it does offer the best single card performance around, is not the only story with these cards.  Josh tried out the two new focuses for these cards, huge increases in the speeds of Folding@Home and Video Encoding, while Ryan was busy gaming.

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Enhancing your online purchasing decisions

Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2008 - 12:14 PM |
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Quick, head over to Newegg and take a peek at the prices for the 9800 GTX and click on that unfamiliar "See price in cart" button.  Nifty, eh?  Doesn't that just totally make it easier for you to decide which card you want to pick up?  To make it even better, try the 9800 GX2; notice how the same thing d

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Good luck, bad luck; it's still a Friday

Subject: General Tech | June 13, 2008 - 05:49 PM |
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Ultra mobile PCs are the next big thing ...

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Intel's cheap trick

Subject: Processors | June 13, 2008 - 03:00 PM |
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Intel's 65nm E7200 sits at $130, runs at 2.66GHz with the new 1066FSB and with a little extra juice it can hit  3.80GHz.  Not too shabby for a cut down Wolfdale processor.  Take a look at the benchmarks over at Tech Spot.

Source: Tech Spot

This case comes with a blower

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 13, 2008 - 02:36 PM |
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The Tagan Monolize has a very unique look thanks to the pair of 250mm fans stuck to the side of the case.  With that much airflow, not only does it help drop your case temps overall, you will notice decreased temperatures on various components as well.  Techware Labs was quite impressed overall, see what you think.

The Voodoo that you knew

Subject: Mobile | June 13, 2008 - 12:43 PM |
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Now that HP owns Voodoo, they have been changed into a 'lifestyle' brand and are targeted at a market similar to Apple.  The Envy 133 is the first notebook produced from this new focus, and apart from the lack of any citrus themed logos, it is a carbon fibre version of a Macbook Air.  They also have a full sized system, the Omen, which will run about $10,000 and require an invitation from Voodoo to purchase.  Otherwise; no Omen for you.  Check out the full specs at AnandTech.

Source: AnandTech

It worked well the first time

Subject: General Tech | June 13, 2008 - 12:02 PM |
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Intel's Q6600 found it's way into the systems of a lot of gamers when it arrived.  While not their top performing part by a long shot, it was a quad core with some overclocking potential and a dirt cheap price.  They will be doing it again with the Q8200 according to DigiTimes.  The exclusion of VT and TXT is amusing, just how many gamers want the re-reincarnation of Palladium in their PCs to begin with?

Source: Digitimes

The best monitor for play and productivity?

Subject: Displays | June 12, 2008 - 03:22 PM |
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The ASUS MK241 is 1920x1200
24" monitor with a claimed 2ms (gray to gray)
response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio and a 130% colour gamut.  They also claim that this monitor will be perfect for both gamers and graphics pros, a serious achievement if it is true.  ExtremeTech has some positive things to say, but can't call the monitor perfect.

Source: Extremetech

Technicolour caviar

Subject: Storage | June 12, 2008 - 03:06 PM |
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Western Digital now offers their Caviar series of drives in three flavours; blue, green and black.  Blue are the professional series, lacking any interesting features.  The green are the eco drives, with reduced power consumption and noise.  Black is for the enthusiasts, and is also the only drive with a 5 year warranty, the other two colours sport only a 3 year warranty. Find out what has changed in The Tech Lounge's full article.

Hand picked for freshness

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 12, 2008 - 01:48 PM |
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The XFX 9800 GTX Black

Edition are cards that displayed an ability to go further and faster than the average 9800 GTX from XFX.   Just how much faster?  Read the full review at Driver Heaven, you won't be disappointed by the
performance, nor the included copy of Assassin's Creed.

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Download Day

Subject: General Tech | June 12, 2008 - 12:19 PM |
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Firefox 3, which we have heard a lot about, is to be available next Tuesday.  No point in lining up early, even if you did decide to participate in the promise to download it the first day it becomes available.  The mozdev site is holding up to todays Slashdotting, but how will it handle serving up the full Firefox 3 download?

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AMD's 75 watt Quad Core Opterons

Subject: Processors | June 11, 2008 - 07:02 PM |
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Last week AMD made an announcement that made the rounds, but was not reported as being terribly important.  After having read it, and thought about it some more, the release actually says quite a bit about the health of AMD and what they are concentrating on now.

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More mind readers

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2008 - 05:36 PM |
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LostCircuits are the next to try out OCZ's Neural Impulse Actuator, and they liked it!  As we have heard, the headband of doom takes a little getting used to, but after that you begin to get the hang of it.  It sounds like UT3 is a great game to try this thing out on, but at what price will it come?

Source: LOSTCIRCUITS

Intel 'Show and Tell' Highlights 70 Projects, Offers Glimpse of Computing Fu

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2008 - 03:41 PM |
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RESEARCH@INTEL DAY, Mountain View, Calif, June 11, 2008 – At the Computer History Museum today, Intel Corporation unveiled more than 70 futuristic projects and concepts underway in its labs in the areas of the environment, healthcare, visual computing, wireless mobility and more, reflecting areas where the company is investing some of its annual $6 billion in research.

The Wrath of Crom

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2008 - 12:24 PM |
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Drop in for a quick visit to Hyboria with [H]ard|OCP.  Armed with 6 graphic cards, they decided to see which would give you the best way to experience your inner barbarian.  Drop by to find out, and for a good look at what to expect from this game.

Source: [H]ard|OCP