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Subject: Motherboards | April 25, 2008 - 03:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS' P5K PRO claims to be a green board, having three different modes in which you can run and save power. While the claims that ASUS makes are upwards of 50% savings, the total system power draw doesn't actually dip by that much. It does certainly save power when compared to the P5KC, especially when placed into the
Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2008 - 01:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Driver Heaven has had a tool that lets you keep the graphics drivers on your laptop up to date for a while, but Vista has proved to be a problem until recently. The new 220.127.116.11 version of their Mobility Modder works with XP and Vista and supports a wide range of mobile Radeon GPUs. Tired of shouting yourself hoarse trying to get your OEM to update their supported drivers? Worry no more.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 25, 2008 - 12:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
We have talked many, many times about Larrabee in the last several years and we consider ourselves to be pretty knowledgeable on the subject. It's always interesting to see some new comments on the topic though and it turns out one of Larrabee's developers at Intel posted a bit on their blog on the subject of rasterization on the new GPU architecture.
Let's page through his comments if we can:
Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2008 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Perhaps it is because I am hard on earphones, killing them off frequently enough that it is not worth getting a good pair, but the LiveWires T1 Custom In Ear Monitors just don't make sense for my listening habits. They are about half the price of other custom IEMs, running about $249 plus the cost of your ear molds. Yes, ear molds. According to techPowerUp!, it is best to go to an audiologist and pay to get a mold of your ears made, as the "home kits are not nearly as reliable or safe".
Subject: Motherboards | April 24, 2008 - 06:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
InsideHW looks at the BIOSTAR TF8200 A2+ which has an nVidia GeForce 8200 and Realtek's ALC888S, and a classic BioStar look. We really haven't seen many boards from BioStar recently, but that does not mean they've forgotten how to make a good one. Check it out if you are looking for an HD compatible board that can support 4 displays, or want to try a little onboard SLI.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 24, 2008 - 02:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thermalright thinks big, and makes bigger. Two of their coolers are up for review at Driver Heaven, both weighing in 1.75 lbs and taking up a lot of space with at least one dimension over 6" on both coolers. The
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 24, 2008 - 01:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The GeForce 9800 GTX is an interesting beast. It has a 1.688GHz shader clock, but the memory subsystem is slimmed to a 512MB framebuffer and a 256-bit memory bus. That let [H]ard|OCP discover that Crysis wants a fast shader clock more than it wants bandwidth. The performance doesn't scale as well as we might want in SLI, but it does add enough performance to be easily noticeable.
Subject: Storage | April 24, 2008 - 12:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Almost three years ago, Gigabyte launched the i-RAM solid state storage device. There hasn't been an update to this product since, even though DDR2 has come and gone in that time and there is a new generation of SATA ; an updated version would be nice Gigabyte. You can see why this product needs an update in X-bit Labs latest storage article. They compare the new Solid State Disks we have seen relea
Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2008 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 23, 2008 - 06:16 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Processors | April 23, 2008 - 06:08 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Chipsets | April 23, 2008 - 06:04 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 23, 2008 - 05:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
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:
Subject: Systems | April 23, 2008 - 02:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Processors | April 23, 2008 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2008 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 23, 2008 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Processors | April 23, 2008 - 11:10 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Processors | April 23, 2008 - 11:06 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.