Let's benchmark everything again

Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2008 - 12:04 PM |
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It's time for hardware reviewers to panic, there is a new 3DMark coming next week.  Every piece of kit lying around gathering dust because it has been benchmarked dozens of different ways needs to be pulled out and tested again.  This version will be Vista only, so at least there is only one OS to test the hardware on.  Follow the link at The Inquirer for more info.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD Radeon HD 4800-series details appear to have leaked

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 23, 2008 - 06:16 PM |
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The big news circulating in the forums is that apparently the entire specs of the upcoming AMD Radeon 4800-series GPUs has leaked out.  The GPU is internally known as the RV770 and the end version will sport 480 stream processors and consist of 800+ million transistors while maintaining the 256-bit memory bus and will be built on the same 55nm process technology that the RV670s used.

Source: TG Daily

HP purchases 100,000 VIA CPUs for low-cost systems

Subject: Processors | April 23, 2008 - 06:08 PM |
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News is circulating that HP has purchased an allotment of 100,000 VIA C7-M processors for their mini-notebook and Gigabyte will be buying some for another UMPC model.  This is good news for VIA as the Isaiah architecture will soon be making rounds and these kinds of relationship will setup for better deals down the road.

Source: Digitimes

Will AMD phase out the 790X for the 790GX?

Subject: Chipsets | April 23, 2008 - 06:04 PM |
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It would appear that the move towards all chipsets having integrated graphics is picking up speed as word has it AMD will be phasing out the 790X chipset and replace it with the 790GX.  The 790GX was just recently released and was kind of a surprise to us but in reality it makes sense for AMD to make this move.

Source: fastlanehw

ASUS Radeon HD 3850 X2 1GB hits PCPer

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 23, 2008 - 05:00 PM |
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Just last month we were speculating that a dual-GPU graphics card like the AMD Radeon HD 3870 X2 could be coming down the pipe but using the slightly slower AMD 3850 GPU.  Turns out we were right and in fact we already have an ASUS EAH3850 X2 1GB card in house for testing:

Gigabyte's new slimming program

Subject: Systems | April 23, 2008 - 02:27 PM |
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Gigabyte has jumped into the world of barebone thin clients with it's STA Thin Client.  Even though it ships with no memory or storage, it can handle both PATA and SATA drives, giving it a one up on other flash based thin clients.  Phoronix, being who they are, immediately tried to install Linux on it.  You might be surprised to hear that Fedora, Ubuntu, Mandriva, and even SLAX worked just fine, extending the possible usefulness of this thin client significantly.

Source: Phoronix

Pleasing price, potentially powerful processor

Subject: Processors | April 23, 2008 - 01:22 PM |
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AMD's new triple core CPUs have arrived, with the X3 8750 up for review first.  The X4 9550 is roughly the same price, so the big question is the difference in performance between the extra core of the X4 and the extra 200 MHz of the X3 8750.  Read Ryan's full review to see how it stacks up against other AMD parts, as well as several dual and quad core Intel processors.

Groovy!

Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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Interplay is finally doing something right.  According to The Inquirer, not only will we see a new Earthworm Jim game, they are talking about reviving both the MDK and Descent series.  Perhaps the Earthworm Jim TV series and movie (stay away, Uwe) are not much to get excited about, but a game in which lawyers are a main opponent, cows fall from the sky and you have to fight villains like Prof. Monkey for a Head to get back Princess What's-Her-Name can't be all bad.

Source: The Inquirer

First they took your bittorrent packets, soon they may come for them all

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 23, 2008 - 11:44 AM |
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Lawrence Lessig spoke at Stanford about Network Neutrality, and posted a recording of the speech, just over 25 minutes long.  Instead of focusing on the scare tactics and dark prognostications of many Net Neutrality proponents, instead he takes a look at how the net has grown and matured, and how neutrality has been one of the founding principals of the net.  That lack of control made it very attractive to venture capitalists, which helped the net to grow; the possibility of new controls makes i

Source: Lessig Blog

AMD Extends Energy Efficient Leadership with 45-Watt Dual-Core AMD Athlon X2 Processors

Subject: Processors | April 23, 2008 - 11:10 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 23, 2008 - Building on its long-term
leadership in promoting energy efficient computing for both consumer and
business solutions, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced two new 45-watt
processors, the Energy Efficient AMD Athlon(tm) X2 4450e and AMD Athlon
X2 4050e
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Source: AMD

AMD Delivers Complete and Balanced Solutions for Desktop PCs

Subject: Processors | April 23, 2008 - 11:06 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- April 23, 2008 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of three new AMD Phenom X3 triple-core processors that, when combined with the AMD 780 series chipset, can give consumers a full HD experience and visually stunning gaming and digital performance.

Source: AMD

Super Talent Ships World's First DDR3-1800 4GB Kit

Subject: Memory | April 23, 2008 - 11:03 AM |
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San Jose, California - April 23, 2008 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of DRAM memory modules and flash storage solutions, today launched a DDR3-1800 4GB kit (2x 2GB) in their extreme performance Project X family.

A quickly changing market

Subject: Mobile | April 22, 2008 - 05:12 PM |
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A few years ago, the majority of laptops came with onboard memory, and that was about it.  There were a few specially designed mobile graphics cards, but they were rare, expensive and rather disappointing. 
Fast forward to today and you need a huge list to keep track of all the cards available.  Thankfully TechARP is up to the challenge with their list of 133 GPUs, from old Radeon IGPs to 9800M GTXs are covered.

Source: Tech ARP

Specialization is for ants

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 22, 2008 - 02:30 PM |
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No tech company wants to be a one trick pony anymore.  Graphics companies that leased the reference designs from nVIDIA and ATI are now doing the same with motherboard chipsets.  Memory makers are getting into cooling and power, to the point where they are buying up other companies to expand their product lines, like OCZ and PC Power and Cooling.  Corsair is no different, and are starting to make a name for themselves as a PSU supplier.  [H]ard|OCP takes a look at their first kilowatt PSU, the

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A dying breed of peripheral

Subject: General Tech | April 22, 2008 - 12:24 PM |
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In the not too distant past, a mouse was pretty much a mouse, as was a  keyboard; the real effort was put into designing joysticks and racing wheels that one upped the competition.  Now you have too look hard just too find one, while keyboards and mice are sporting LCDs and other fancy improvements.  If you are still a fan of the wheel then take a look at Benchmark Reviews take on the Thrustmaster RGT For

Software Shaders?

Subject: General Tech | April 22, 2008 - 12:03 PM |
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SwiftShader 2.0, designed by TransGaming is designed to allow DX9 shader processing on a CPU.  Right now it is only impressive as a future technology, gamers will not be impressed by the performance in benchmarks, even on a quad-core processor.  Once Nehalem arrives on the scene, the processing power might increase to the point where it is usable for more than just tech demos.  Of course dedicated GPUs will continue to increase in power as well, and the software solution will probably lag behind in terms of pure bandwidth. 

Source: Extremetech

OCZ has a new grudge

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 21, 2008 - 05:32 PM |
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Check out the OCZ Vendetta 2 CPU Cooler, the bigger, badder follow up to the first Vendetta.  Instead of a 92mm fan, this version opts for a 120mm fan, and from OCIA's testing it is an impressive fan.  Pulling 80cfm at 31dB is rather impressive and OCIA did test the cooler with other 120mm fans; the result was more noise, no more cooling.  Keep

Source: OCIA

Intel's new processor prices

Subject: Processors | April 21, 2008 - 12:54 PM |
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The Intel price cuts for April are finally out and Intel passed on this official pricing table to help us get all the information together in one place.  The first point is obviously that not ALL processors are seeing a price drop - anything over the Q600 price point is left unchanged.  That doesn't mean that the Q6700 and Q6600 don't become much better deals now; the Q6700 that runs at 2.66 GHz on the 1066 MHz FSB gets a 50% price drop!