VIA CX700M -Unified Chipset with HDTV support

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2006 - 11:43 AM |
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The VIA CX700M integrates premium graphics, audio, memory, storage, and
HDTV support all in a single chip design
. This unified design enables
the creation of smaller form factor designs, reduced power consumption,
and easier cooling, all of which opens the door for an expanded range
of embedded solutions. This is all done in a single chip package
exactly the same size as a North bridge, i.e. 37.5mm x 37.5mm,
representing a saving of over 34% in board real estate.

IDF 2006: I'll be here all week!

Subject: Shows and Expos | September 26, 2006 - 09:49 AM |
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I am currently sitting in my hotel room, several blocks from the San Francisco convention center (Moscone), awaiting the beginnings of the Fall 2006 Intel Developer Forum.  What can you expect here?  Two words: quad core.  Yep, its going to be every where; in fact I already saw it last night and a pre-IDF press meeting.  There they showed off a Kentsfield core processor and a new quad-threaded gaming engine created by Futuremark call "Ice Storm Fighters".  Hopefully they come

Source: 3DCenter

Fall 2006 Intel Developer Forum

Subject: Editorial | September 26, 2006 - 09:49 AM |
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I am currently sitting in my hotel room, several blocks from the San Francisco convention center (Moscone), awaiting the beginnings of the Fall 2006 Intel Developer Forum.  What can you expect here?  Two words: quad core.  Yep, its going to be every where; in fact I already saw it last night and a pre-IDF press meeting.  There they showed off a Kentsfield core processor and a new quad-threaded gaming engine created by Futuremark call "Ice Storm Fighters".  Hopefully they come

The death of DVD movies?

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2006 - 06:05 PM |
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The Tech Zone puts forward some thoughts on the death of DVD movies, in all three flavours.  They cover several points, including the fact that it can be easier and quicker to download from iTunes than to wait for a rental store to have the movie in stock or wait for a mail delivery.

C2D does not always mean "Crash To Desktop"

Subject: Motherboards | September 25, 2006 - 04:02 PM |
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In fact, when [H]ard|OCP are talking about Core 2 Duo processors or motherboards, it is just short form.  This motherboard, built on an Intel chipset, has everythign you want from dual Gigabit NICs, as well as a wireless connection that claims "g" speeds.  Add to that respectable overclocking potential and Realtec's ALC882M 8 channel HD audio, and you have a pretty impressive board.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

80 Plus, and what it means when it comes to PSUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 25, 2006 - 02:16 PM |
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SPCR likes to talk about PSU that are certified 80 Plus.  As taken from the website, that means "The 80 PLUS® performance specification requires power supplies in computers and servers to be 80% or greater energy efficient at 20%, 50% and 100% of rated load with a true power factor of 0.9 or greater."

The problem being that they are very hard to find.  The 500W Zalman ZM360B-APS is an 80 Plus PSU, though there are other issues that SPCR discovered while reviewing this power supply.

Intel, Omnicom Media Group Announce Collaboration to Bring Internet-Delivered Ads to TVs

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2006 - 01:41 PM |
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Santa Clara, Calif., and New York,
Sept. 25, 2006 - Intel Corporation and Omnicom Media Group (OMG), which
includes global media agencies OMD Worldwide and PHD Network, today
announced a collaboration to develop "10 foot" or large screen
advertising templates for Internet-delivered advertising to TVs
connected to Intel® Viiv™ technology-based computers
.

A quiet hurricane

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 25, 2006 - 12:15 PM |
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techPowerUp reviews the full sized XLCIO A380, whose pair of 250mm fans move a lot of air very quietly.  Combine that with the "toolless installation" that is becoming very common and a fairly low price tag, and you have the basis of a good gamming system that won't drown out a vacuum cleaner.

Source: techPowerUp!

Feeling left out of the loop when it comes to Vista?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 25, 2006 - 11:53 AM |
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Well, you don't have to feel like that any longer, Microsoft has opened up a beta version that anyone can download and install.  The Inquirer has the link straight to the download page for the DVD.  It will take a while to finsh, so don't hold your breath, and whatever you do, don't overwrite your main copy of Windows, use a spare HDD!

Source: The Inquirer

Come visit the upgraded forums, they're still shiny and have that new car smell

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2006 - 06:31 PM |
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The PC Perspective forums have undergone an upgrade, which you can read about here.  Or, if you want to head directly into the forums, the ASUS M2N32-SLI thread has moved to mega-thread status, and will cover almost any problem you could run into.  There is a very active argument in the Lightning Round, which asks you to choose your favorite type of government and defend your choice.  The

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Mighty Mini Mouse

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2006 - 03:31 PM |
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Futurelooks reviews a tiny Bluetooth mouse, not much bigger than the 2 AA batteries that it runs on.  It is easy to recharge, and will fit in even the most cramped laptop case.  Mind you, you might want to keep it tied to something, as it will be very easy to lose.

Source: futurelooks

ASUS blows trhe lid on nVIDIA's new PPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 22, 2006 - 02:04 PM |
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HEXUS has noticed the answer ASUS gave about the 3rd PCI Express slot on an unrelased (P5N32 SLI) motherboard.  Much like ATI's upcoming PPU, it does more that just process physics in games, it is also meant to be a co-processor for the CPU to dump many mathematical calculations onto.

Source: Hexus

A Vincent shooter, non-RPG Squaresoft game

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2006 - 12:11 PM |
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On the one hand, you are playing Vincent, with all his guns.  On the other hand, it's a non-RPG from SquareSoft, who have a dodgy history when they try to break away from that.  Then you read the article at Ars Technica and find out there is an entire level where you are forced to play as Cait Sith.

Source: Ars Technica

A sneek peek at AMDs roadmap

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2006 - 11:48 AM |
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Head to the Inquirer, who have a link to a Dutch site that has a list of AMDs upcoming processors and some of the specs.  The new FX's don't have a release date yet, but the 3 GHz X2 6000+ is to be out in November.

Source: The Inquirer

Go 4x4-ing with Barcelona

Subject: Processors | September 21, 2006 - 05:50 PM |
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[H] spoke with AMDs Senior VP and CTO, Phil Hester about the upcoming quad core processor, currently named Barcelona.  The interview covers a lot of ground on what AMDs future plans are, including the aquisition if ATI.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Buying big fans won't help much if you don't know how to use them

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 21, 2006 - 02:54 PM |
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Technibble reveals the theory behind airflow in cases and how to best utilize it.  Without getting incredibly technical, they show why a sealed negative case is the worst possible situation and why unsealed positive is the best way to go ... plus explaining what those terms mean.

Source: Technibble

Blu-ray, HDDVD and plain old DVD, all on one disk

Subject: Storage | September 21, 2006 - 02:05 PM |
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Buying blank DVDs may be a lot less confusing if these 3 inventors are allowed to continue developing this disk technology.  As CNET reports, because different formats burn to different depths on the CD, by having 3 layers on one disk you can choose which format to burn.

Samsung's 244T, the monitor that thinks it's a TV

Subject: Displays | September 21, 2006 - 11:56 AM |
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With an 16ms grey to grey response time, the Samsung 244T might not seem like the best monitor for gaming and action movies, but at 24 inches viewable it deserves a little slack.  Bona Fire Reviews can show you a lot more about it, including a good idea how big it is, by measuring the screen in CDs.

"Last month we had the chance to review one of Samsung's largest LCD display's with their 24" 244T monitor. The 244T was a very good

performer and quite enjoyable to review.

I call shenanigans!

Subject: General Tech | September 21, 2006 - 11:48 AM |
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AMD seems to have hired a marketing company called Design Reactor, who specialize in viral marketing and joining tech forums to spam them with messages.  This time they were advertising AMD's Virtual Tradeshow, and you might have even seen them on our forums.  Drop by NGOHQ for more info.

Source: NGOHQ

Asus Readies P5N32-SLI Premium

Subject: Motherboards | September 20, 2006 - 07:05 PM |
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Asus just sent over some PR that details their upcoming release of the P5N32-SLI Premium motherboard based on the nForce 590 SLI chipset and support Core 2 Duo processors from Intel.  Below is the PR and image.  You can discuss this board, and the apparently lack of Intel-based 590 SLI solutions, in our newly enhanced PC Perspective Forums!


Source: PC Perspective