AMD's new chipset strikes again

Subject: Motherboards | August 2, 2007 - 12:07 PM |

The AMD 690G chipset is undergoing a revision, specifically it's the BIOS that is being tweaked.  The onboard graphics will have proper support for HD quality video and significant improvements to the overclocking potential.  The Tech Report has some pictures of a new Gigabyte board, and a bit more details on what to expect from this chipset's second wave.

Zero recall

Subject: General Tech | August 2, 2007 - 11:51 AM |

After news broke yesterday about defective HD2400 & 2600 making it into the resellers channel, AMD has stated that there is no need for a recall.  The defective cards have not been sold to anyone, simply shipped to retailers according to the story they released to DigiTimes.  Unfortunately we are still in the dark as to whether the review models released to PC Perspective and other review sites suffered from this defect.

Source: Digitimes

Tell VIA what you think!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 2, 2007 - 11:42 AM |

On VIA Arena they have posted a link to the VIA VP of Marketing's blog and email.  If you want a chance to give VIA an idea what you think of them, or even just see what is up on his blog, drop by this thread in their forums for a link, and a chance to see what other people are saying.

Source: VIA Arena

New Economic Study Finds Intel Extracted Monopoly Profits of $60 Billion Since 1996

Subject: General Tech | August 2, 2007 - 11:30 AM |

Sunnyvale, Calif. - August 2, 2007 - A new economic study issued today by Dr. Michael A. Williams, Director, ERS Group, found that Intel has extracted monopoly profits from microprocessor sales of more than $60 billion in the period 1996-2006. Dr. Williams' analysis explains why pro-competitive justifications for Intel's monopoly profits are implausible.

Source: AMD

Corsair Introduces Eco-Friendly Power Supply Family

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 1, 2007 - 03:51 PM |

FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 1 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer memory and peripheral components, today unveiled the environmentally friendly Corsair VX Series of power supplies. Designed and engineered for mainstream computer users, both the VX450W and VX550W supplies support the Energy Star 2007 Standard and feature the industry's most efficient power-management and ultra-quiet design available.

Logitech Announces the G15 Keyboard and G9 Mouse

Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2007 - 03:46 PM |

FREMONT, Calif. - Aug. 1, 2007 - Logitech (SWX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) today introduced the newest addition to its award-winning line of G-series peripherals for PC gaming.

Source: Logitech

Compact storage

Subject: Storage | August 1, 2007 - 02:40 PM |

HEXUS just posted a video from Computex 2007 with 2 of the most compact flash drives around.  The first is no bigger that the USB plug, and offers up to 4 GB of storage, although we only get to see the 1 GB version, and a second that is the size of a business card, though about twice as thick.  That business card USB drive comes in a 64GB model, and you can customize the outside!

Source: Hexus

Dolly, the motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | August 1, 2007 - 01:41 PM |

ASUS is the next manufacturer to offer a pair of P35 motherboards, the Blitz Extreme which supports DDR3 and the Blitz Formula which is a DDR2 board.  These boards are essentially twins, in Techgage's review, they have a picture of the boards side by side, and there are no visual clues as to which board is which.  Check out the surprises these clones have!


Tasty eye candy, or just molasses?

Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2007 - 12:56 PM |

Crysis has been beaten to the punch for the first retail DX10 game by Lost Planet: Extreme Conditions.  Now that the final (barring patches) version is available, [H]ard|OCP tries out some of the latest graphics hardware to see if DX10 makes it worth switching to Vista for gaming.  We already know that performance takes a hit under DX10, but the quality should increase.  Take a look at their comparison shots, and see what you think.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The curse of the HD 2x00 series

Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2007 - 12:31 PM |

AMD is having incredible luck with their HD2x00 series, all of it bad.  From the lackluster performance of the top end, to the confusion about UVD, and now it turns out that some of the 2400 and 2600s that hit the market are defective, due to an error in the BIOS.  Read more about this latest chapter in the sad story of AMD's new graphics series at DigiTimes.

Source: Digitimes

Occlusion and obstruction obfuscation

Subject: General Tech | July 31, 2007 - 04:35 PM |

The Tech Report has been try to get a hold of Realtek to discuss some missing EAX features for quite a while now.  The original inquiry was back in November, and they revisited it in May with the 1.66 driver.  There was no change in the driver's EAX implementation in that version either.  Today they try the 1.71 driver, so you can find out if Realtek has addressed their concerns.

Breaking the 4GB barrier

Subject: Memory | July 31, 2007 - 03:10 PM |

OCZ's DDR2 PC2-6400 Vista Performance Platinum 4GB Dual Channel is not limited to Vista, but it is limited to 64-bit systems.  They are sporting OCZ's Xtreme Thermal Convection heatspreaders and the timings are relatively tight at  5-4-4-12 making these DIMMs easily overclockable.   Rea

Source: HotHardware

A very active 12V rail

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 31, 2007 - 01:33 PM |

OCZ's ModXStream 780W gives you a very feature rich, as well as powerful, power supply.  OCZ's EZMod cable management system makes for a clean install and the black mesh will fit in with the interior of most PCs.  Four 20A 12V rails, with a max 755W will ensure that even multiple graphics cards get enough power, and the overall efficiency is good.  Modders-Inc will take you through a tour

Source: Modders-Inc

Cooler Master Introduces the CM 690 PC Chassis

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 31, 2007 - 01:11 PM |

When it comes to PC chassis, no one does it better than Cooler Master. For years now, Cooler Master has been on the leading edge of PC chassis design. Today, Cooler Master is pleased to announce its latest creation - the CM 690 PC chassis. By utilizing a unique mesh design, the CM 690 effectively blends together both form and function, offering users a mid-tower chassis without compromise.

When looking at the CM 690, it's easy to be taken in by its bold lines and superb styling.

Linebacker might be more appropriate

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 31, 2007 - 12:22 PM |

Sunbeamtech's Quarterback case seems a little larger than your average Quarterback, but it is a great case to build a system with.  It weighs just over 9kg, and has four 120mm fans to go with the large openings in the front of the case.  It is also very inexpensive for a tool-less case, but Big Bruin had some concerns about being able to use the core fan setup and longer graphics cards at the same

Source: Big Bruin

Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot powered by VIA

Subject: General Tech | July 31, 2007 - 11:59 AM |

The BEAR from Vecna Robotics is a 6 foot tall tracked robot that is designed to retrieve casualties from areas too dangerous for medics to enter.  It is currently powered by a VIA EPIA M10000G with a C3 processor, and there are plans to make this robot semi-autonomous.  Currently it is remotely piloted by a human, as we are still much better at decision making, but it may well be that the first Terminator ends up being a combat medic.  Read more about it at the repository of all things VIA, VIA Arena.<

Source: VIA Arena

ATI's elephantine graphics card

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 30, 2007 - 05:47 PM |

Just how much graphics memory do you need?  The Tech Report does their best to determine the answer, by testing Diamond's 1GB HD 2900 XT.  The theoretical memory bandwidth tops any card out there, the sheer amount of memory on the card is unique to consumer graphics, which makes it seem like this card can take on all comers.  The question is, can the so far disappointing GPU take advantage of the memory?

Semi-portable heavyweight

Subject: Mobile | July 30, 2007 - 02:51 PM |

At 8lbs, and enough high powered components to drain the battery in no time the Alienwaire Aurora m9700 notebook isn't terribly portable.  As a desktop replacement however, this notebook has more than enough power for any gamer in it's most expensive configuration.  The Tech Lounge couldn't resist picking one up to review, and you just know they didn't get the basic model.

Intel Endorses Industry Specification to Simplify Blade Server Design

Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2007 - 02:39 PM |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 30, 2007 - Intel Corporation joined more than 40 server technology providers
today in support of the new Server Systems Infrastructure (SSI)
industry specification for modular server platforms. The Modular Server
Specifications simplify and lower the cost of product development by
providing design guidance that enables server builders to develop
compliant and interoperable building blocks at the blade, chassis and
manageability software level.

Wireless NAS with extras

Subject: Storage | July 30, 2007 - 01:09 PM |

OvisLink's AirLive WiFi NAS handles SATA and PATA drives, and lets you use them over it's 802.11g WiFi connection.  It comes bundled with software that can turn it into a perfect BitTorrent server or an FTP downloader, as well as functioning as a normal NAS.  Unfortunately it cannot function as a FTP server.  techPowerUp! decided that this is a great value for Bit Torrent users, as well as anyone wanting a wireless storage solution. 

Source: techPowerUp!