Intel Skulltrail Will Use NVIDIA SLI Technology

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 18, 2007 - 06:55 PM |

We have been hearing about Intel's Skulltrail platform for some time now, off and on thoughout the year.  Recently here at IDF, Pat Gelsinger mentioned the Skulltrail platform during his keynote, pictured here below:

The system uses dual Yorkfield processors that are liquid cooled (stock and to be supplied by Intel) and has four graphics card slots for potential quad-GPU usage. 

The word "SLI" has been mentioned several times duri

Super small, super speedy

Subject: Storage | September 18, 2007 - 06:05 PM |

The PQI Intelligent Flash Drive i810 is an example of small thinking at it's best.  512MB-2GB of storage in a 2 gram, 1.18 x 0.6 x 0.2 inch package, with a normal sized loop to feed a clip or string through and a retractable USB port.  ExtremeMhz was already impressed with the compactness of this tiny storage solution, and were blown away by the performance.

Source: ExtremeMhz

The World's fastest 8800GTS

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 18, 2007 - 02:06 PM |

Click on the banner for a trip to XFX and a look at the Fatal1ty 8800GTS

Source: XFX

Enough power for most

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 18, 2007 - 01:21 PM |

Sure, having a 1300W PSU is impressive, but the chances are very good that even the dream righ you have in your head isn't going to need that much power.  600W seems to be enough to power most systems, as long as that 600W PSU is of high quality.  The KingWin Mach 1 600W PSU fits that bill and more, it has modular cabling and some seriously bright blue LEDs.  PC

Source: PCApex

The best of Intel's new chipset

Subject: Motherboards | September 18, 2007 - 12:16 PM |

Legit Reviews takes a broad look at the P35 series from Intel with a huge motherboard shootout.  The Abit IP35 Pro, ECS P35T-A, Foxconn P35A-S, Gigabyt

Techie Road Trip to China

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2007 - 11:53 AM |

[H]ard|OCP had a chance to check out MSI's new production facility in Shanghai.  Get a sneak peek at the new laptops for 2008 and a glance at the production of motherboards and laptops.  This is only day one, so keep an eye out for the rest of the tour.  And stuffy stuff!!!

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD Adds Multi-Core Triple Threat to Desktop Roadmap

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2007 - 11:10 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- September 17, 2007 --Delivering a multi-core triple threat, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the addition of AMD Phenom triple-core processors to its desktop roadmap. AMD Phenom triple-core processors, expected to be the world's first PC processors to integrate three computational cores on a single die of silicon, can help deliver the visual experience, performance and multitasking capabilities of true multi-core technology to a broader audience.

Source: AMD

Higher clock, lower price

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 17, 2007 - 05:14 PM |

[H]ard|OCP has a review of the fastest air cooled graphics card on the planet.  MSI overclocked a 8800 Ultra, but stuck with air cooling, which means the overclock isn't that impressive, only 48MHz on the core and 70MHz on the memory.  The big news is that it is the cheapest 8800 Ultra you can buy.  Read on to see if the extra money is worth it, or if you are still better off wit

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The memory cache in action

Subject: Memory | September 17, 2007 - 03:01 PM |

Boggled by the purpose of L1 and L2 caches (or even the new L3)?  Never figured out why the PCU never really talks directly to your HDD or other components, and want to find out?  Hardware Secrets has published an easy to understand explanation of what a processors memory cache is for, and why it is the solution that was decided on in the industry.  Along the way you will learn about the different types of RAM, branch prediciting and more.

Thermaltake's sharp new case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 17, 2007 - 01:39 PM |

The Thermaltake SwordM has a very unique feature, that will probably be the make or break feature for enthusiasts ... it has a hydraulic lid that lifts up.  It is 16kg of aluminium and absolutely huge, referred to as a Super Tower.  There is a lot going on in this ~$500 case, you will have to read the full review at Hardware Zone and look at the pics to believe it.

Look ma, one hand!

Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2007 - 12:17 PM |

The Frogpad Bluetooth one-handed keyboard offers a unique way to still have a keyboard when space or weight is an issue, and it comes in both left and right handed models.  Although it could be used for gaming, the purpose built keypads are more efficient, Pro-clockers found it much more useful with a Bluetooth enabled cellphone or a Blackberry.

1.3 terabytes of open driver specs

Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2007 - 12:05 PM |

That's a serious amount of downloading, but it would appear that when AMD's open specs were posted to X.Org's server it was downloaded over 70,000 times.  This means two things, there are a lot of people working on the associated projects to get ATI's cards working on Linux, and that there will be a lot of Linux geeks phoning in sick today.  Phoronix's story also takes a look at Revenge, a reverse engineering program.

Source: Phoronix

Intel To Acquire Havok

Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2007 - 11:46 AM |

It looks like Intel has skipped out on graphics cards altogether with the purchase of Havok. They've added a Physics Processing Unit to their lineup, which may pay off serious dividends once the GPGPU starts to hit the market.

The forums are where it is all at

Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2007 - 05:34 PM |

If you were to design a house to live in, chances are that every room would have at least one ethernet jack, just in case the WiFi went down, but what kind of cable should you use, so that you don't end up having to redo all your runs in a few years?  The Networking forum can help you, and you can also get a great explanation of what IP address that end in a "/" are all about. 


Corsair is First Official Licensee for Intel's DDR3 Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) Specification

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 14, 2007 - 03:55 PM |

Fremont, CA, September 14, 2007 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced they have been licensed by Intel to use the new Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) certification logo.

SunbeamTech is a big fan of airflow

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 14, 2007 - 03:20 PM |

From the mesh front and 2 normally place 120mm fans to the extra internal stand that can hold another pair, the Freezing Storm case will keep the air flowing through your case.  GideonTech has posted a full review of the black version of this case.

Source: Gideon Tech

Sounds like High Defintition Linux

Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2007 - 01:36 PM |

Razer's Barracuda AC-1 sound card is aimed mostly at gamers, and has had difficulty making inroads against other, more famous, sound card manufacturers.  They may take a new turn in their strategy, the C-Media chip that they used has just become Linux compatible.  Over at Phoronix, they take a brief look at the interface, and tell you how to get this card working on your

Source: Phoronix

Power saving on the rack

Subject: Processors | September 14, 2007 - 12:04 PM |

AnandTech revisits low power server CPU lines, to see if Intel's Woodcrest or Clovertown cores offer a change in their previous ratings, which had AMD on top.  The cost offset of saving a few dozen watts cannot easily justify spending $50-$100 more a CPU.  One of their big questions is how well the move to quad core will help Intel's efficiency.

Source: AnandTech

X38 is almost here

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 14, 2007 - 11:53 AM |

AMD's new chipset release will have some brand new competition from Intel to match it, the X38 will be available soon.  According to DigiTimes, that Intel chipset won't be long for the world, as the X48 is on schedule to arrive sometime in the next 4 to 6 months. 

Source: Digitimes