Battling over your eyes

Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2008 - 06:49 PM |
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It's been a tumultuous week in the tech world, with Intel and nVIDIA going at it like a group of vi fans going after emacs users.  The stakes are big, the future of PC graphics could be decided, but both parties are ignoring AMD, and by extension the old ATI crew.  Ryan feels that this is not the brightest move, AMD could well become the major player in the PC graphic industry.  Do you think he is right; or do you have a different view?  There is

Drive switching made easy

Subject: Storage | April 18, 2008 - 02:50 PM |
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Mitron's Duplus DUP-35 HDD Selector lets you switch between two hard drives with the twist of the wrist.  Unlike the USB docks, the Duplus requires you to shut the PC off to switch between modes; the modes being either drive singly or both active at once.  You can set up two completely isolated PC configurations for safety or privacy, or give yourself a dual boot machine without playing with LILO or any of the other tricks needed to get two OSs on one machine.  Drop by Overclocker's Online fo

Saving the planet, one IGP at a time

Subject: Motherboards | April 18, 2008 - 01:27 PM |
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AnandTech is testing three chipsets with integrated graphics, the 780G, GF8200, and G35, to see which deserves to claim the title of greenest motherboard.  You might assume that with nVIDIA's usually power hungry chipsets they would not even be in the running against AMD and Intel, both of whom are pushing power consumption as a major factor in computing.  The test results may surprise you.

Source: AnandTech

Farewell Q6600, we barely got to know you

Subject: Processors | April 18, 2008 - 12:30 PM |
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Intel's new chips, the Q9300 and the E7200 are under the spotlight at The Tech Report.

We'll all have minature breeder reactors in a year anyways

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 18, 2008 - 12:06 PM |
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According to DigiTimes, the next generation of PSUs will have a new efficiency target to reach; 90Plus.  The inception of the 80Plus standard has gone well, with major PSU manufacturers having models that meet or beat that standard at most loads.  If high end machines end up wanting a 5000W PSU, an extra 10% efficiency might help you pay for the electrical work needed to put in a dual phase, 40A, 240V plug for your PC.

Source: Digitimes

AMD Reports First Quarter Results

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2008 - 05:58 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- April 17, 2008 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported first quarter 2008 revenue of $1.505 billion, a net loss of $358 million, or $0.59 per share, and an operating loss of $264 million. These results include an impact of $50 million, or $0.08 per share, from ATI acquisition-related charges. First quarter revenue decreased 15 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2007 and increased 22 percent compared to the first quarter of 2007.

Source: AMD

OCZ Technology Announces DDR3-2000 Featuring Flex II Water-Cooling

Subject: Memory | April 17, 2008 - 04:19 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA - April 17, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled a blazing fast DDR3 addition to the new Flex II memory series. These premium modules run at incredibly fast 2000MHz speeds at CL8-8-8 timings for added performance to high-end systems with integrated water-cooling.

Xaser Xaser Xaser Xaser Xaser Xaser

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 17, 2008 - 03:17 PM |
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Thermaltake's Xaser series has hit it's sixth model this year, continuing to improve on one of the classic PC enclosures.  Still with the same aesthetics, still with an absolutely huge interior and more refinements for you to take advantage of.  Big Bruin would like to see some wheels added though, this case is heavy; even more so if you pick up the watercooled variant.

Source: Big Bruin

Make sure you know what you are getting

Subject: Mobile | April 17, 2008 - 02:58 PM |
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Sure, UMPCs are designed to look great, are very light and seem like a great idea.

Source: AnandTech

Demanding more from DDR3

Subject: Memory | April 17, 2008 - 12:26 PM |
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The Patriot Viper 1866,OCZ Platinum 1800, Super Talent ProjectX 1800 and Kingston HyperX PC1800 are all being tested to their limits over at Pro-Clockers.   They undertook a lot of testing, not only to peg down the highest FSB, but also determining optimal voltage and timings.  DDR3 users looking for that little bit of extra performance should take note.

Crysis, now with added depth

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2008 - 11:58 AM |
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Zalman's Trimon has been a long time in the works.  If you are willing to use really old drivers and the older games that are supported by those drivers, you can have a 3D
gaming experience, maybe.  The Inquirer has found out that they have a brand new nVIDIA driver to offer, although at 91.31 it is by no means one of the newest.  The Trimon is also supposed to be able to add depth to pictures and movies, as long as you are wearing the funky glasses.

Source: The Inquirer

Winner of the Dam Good Value Award

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 16, 2008 - 06:15 PM |
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The Enermax Pro82+ 625W is priced quite reasonably, and sits in a class of PSUs along with OCZ and Silverstone that provide ample power without breaking the bank.  As it is an Enermax PSU, a certain level of quality is expected, and from the results of the tests at Hardware Canucks, this PSU has no problems living u

ATI Catalyst Software Suite Version 8.4

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 16, 2008 - 02:57 PM |
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The Catalyst software suite 8.4 contains the following:

    * Radeon display driver 8.476

    * Multimedia Center™ 9.16 (Windows XP only)

    * HydraVision (Windows XP only)

    * HydraVision Basic Edition (Windows XP only)

    * Remote Wonder 3.04 (Windows XP only)

    * WDM Driver Install Bundle

    * Southbridge/IXP Driver

Source: 3DCenter

A tough summit to scale

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 16, 2008 - 01:04 PM |
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The GeForce 9800 GX2 is having some trouble with scaling.  Elite Bastards put the card singly and in Quad-SLI through the usual benchmarks and found evidence of problems we saw when SLI first made an appearance.  Put in the second $500 card, and watch the performance drop.  That's not to say the performance becomes unb

The AMD 790GX chipset pops up to surprise us

Subject: Chipsets | April 16, 2008 - 12:19 PM |
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I saw a post on Fudzilla that shows the first shots of a motherboard based on the AMD 790GX chipset - a product that hasn't really made its official introduction yet.  The chipset offers most of the features of the 790FX chipset but with the added benefit of having integrated graphics on it as well; slightly better than the 780G platform that we were initially pretty impressed with. 

ASUS Eee PC 900 series gets official

Subject: Mobile | April 16, 2008 - 12:09 PM |
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It has been no secret that ASUS was releasing a new version of the Eee PC with a 9" screen (or nearly 9") and other changes.  Well today ASUS made the announcement official even though the product won't be available in the channel for a bit longer. 

Dogmeat!!!

Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2008 - 12:06 PM |
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Fallout 3 screenshots thanks to [H]ard|OCP!

Go!  Why read about the return of Dogmeat, feral ghouls, supermutants without a leg to stand on and your birthday party?  You would be much happier looking at the pictures.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Folding@Home GPU2 Client

Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2008 - 11:46 AM |
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Folding@Home is certain leading in innovation when it comes to distributed computing.  The PS3 turned out to be a great platform to Fold on, and then they added support to allow R600 cards from ATI to Fold as well.  There is now a beta version of the GPU2 client, the next generation in Folding on a GPU, which adds support for the newer cards and carries some optimizations as well.  ExtremeTech was told that the newer HD 3870 X2 is capable of handling more parallel streams than there are atoms in

Source: Extremetech

VIA ARTiGO Pico-ITX Kit Highlighted at ESC Silicon Valley Keynote

Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2008 - 11:20 AM |
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San Jose, California, 16 April 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of embedded silicon and platform technologies, today announced that the VIA ARTiGO Pico-ITX builder kit has been selected as the platform for the Build Your Own Embedded System track, a new hands-on embedded system development lab at Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley, taking place in San Jos

S3 Graphics Announces Ultra Energy-Efficient Embedded Multimedia Graphics Processor at ESC 2008

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 16, 2008 - 11:15 AM |
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Fremont, California, April 16, 2008 - S3 Graphics today announced the S3 Graphics 4300E graphics processor for embedded markets, bringing the latest in HD video playback, graphics rendering, display connectivity, and power management to developers of gaming, digital signage and other multimedia intensive embedded applications.

The S3 Graphics 4300E will debut at Embedded Systems Conference, taking place at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California on April 15-18th, at the VIA booth (2110).

Source: S3 Graphics