A sneek peek at AMDs roadmap

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2006 - 08:48 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 - 02:50 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 - 11:54 AM |
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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 - 11:05 AM |
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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 - 08:56 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 - 08:48 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 - 04:05 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

2 takes on Core 2 motherboards

Subject: Motherboards | September 20, 2006 - 03:02 PM |
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In one corner you have the less expensive Foxconn board, with a slightly less powerful southbrigde.  It does a little of everything, but doesn't provide as many extras in the way of SATA channels, RAID and PCI Express 16x.  In the other corner you have Gigabyte, with the better southbridge that costs about double.  The Tech Report gives you the lowdown on which board can give you the better value and why.

Passive extremes, the new XFX 7950 GT

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 20, 2006 - 12:56 PM |
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XFX passed on a GeForce 7950 GT 570M Extreme to [H]ard|OCP, who pitted it against the toughest competition they could find.  One of the most noticable things about this card is the passive cooling system, which begs the question as to what you could achieve with a 3rd party cooling solution.  Head over to see what this card can do right out of the box.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Revenge of the iPod Mini

Subject: General Tech | September 20, 2006 - 12:44 PM |
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The new 2nd Generation iPod nano is different from it's predecessor.  With 24 hours of playback time and an aluminium casing, these changes are in the rigth direction as well.  Ars Technica can tell you all about it.

Source: Ars Technica

Intel Chairman Unveils The World's Most Remote Digital City

Subject: General Tech | September 20, 2006 - 12:35 PM |
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PARINTINS, Brazil, Sept. 20, 2006
In one of the most remote inhabited places on Earth, the Amazon,
Intel Corporation has created a wireless, high-speed Internet network

for residents to access vast resources of medical, educational and
commercial knowledge through computers.

Are you a golf addict who's allergic to grass?

Subject: General Tech | September 20, 2006 - 09:49 AM |
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Thanks to Shot Online, you can now participate in a MMO golf game.  Gamepyre reviews the free online version that is available right now, as well as the bought version which opens up more features for those who fall in love with the game.

Source: Gamepyre

Thinking about the C02 your PC spews out

Subject: General Tech | September 20, 2006 - 09:25 AM |
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Leaving your PC on 24/7 sucks up a noticable amount of power, the generation of which which tends to cause pollution.  VIA Arena takes a moment to think about what a person can do to eevn out the damage ... without giving up PCs or Distributed Computing altogether.

Source: VIA Arena

Fill this laptop with booty of your own choosin

Subject: Mobile | September 19, 2006 - 03:58 PM |
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[H] be impressed mightily by a barebones laptop from the lads at ASUS.  It be an empty chest, just awaitin some swabbie ta fill it with their best booty.  It be beating burying your swag by many a fathom.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Sailin' a Core 2 Duo with tha help of Gateway

Subject: Systems | September 19, 2006 - 10:55 AM |
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Our mates at [H]ard|OCP be doing a review of the Gateway FX510XG system o' gaming.  She be rigged out for a hard sail into whatever realms o' tha imagination you might be venturing towards.

"Gateway couples an Intel Core 2 Duo with one of ATI's most powerful graphics processors. Could this be a match made in heaven?"

Here are some more Systems articles from around the web:

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The cool ionic breeze be more tangy than salty

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 19, 2006 - 09:04 AM |
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Thar be a new way to be keeping your PC cool.  Tha scurvy dogs at
Slashdot be noticing some bright swabs tearing apart an ionic air
purifier.  They be puttin' in in tha front of thar PC in place o' tha
intake fans.  They be using charges both negative and positive ta be
movin' air 'round.

Source: Slashdot

That use for tha radio be a good one

Subject: General Tech | September 19, 2006 - 08:49 AM |
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Thar' be some swabs from Germany been inventing stick on electronics.  Ye can pump the bilge water and extend tha plank with one switch, and ye aren't forced to run wires through your entire ship.

Intel Ramps Up New 'Multiply' Campaign For Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo

Subject: Processors | September 18, 2006 - 12:54 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 18,
2006 — Intel Corporation
today announced a new integrated branding
campaign named 'Multiply,' which is focused on Intel® Core™ 2 Duo, the
world's best processor. The campaign represents Intel's most
significant marketing campaign in size and scope since the launch of
Intel® Centrino® mobile technology.

Intel, UC Santa Barbara Develop World's First Hybrid Silicon Laser

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2006 - 12:53 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 18,
2006 — Researchers from Intel Corporation and the University of
California, Santa Barbara
(UCSB) have built the world's first
electrically powered Hybrid Silicon Laser using standard silicon
manufacturing processes. This breakthrough addresses one of the last
major barriers to producing low-cost, high-bandwidth silicon photonics
devices for use inside and around future computers and data centers.