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Subject: Graphics Cards | March 23, 2008 - 10:27 PM | Ryan Shrout
Despite the fact that NVIDIA "launched" Hybrid SLI during CES in January, and has continued to push Hybrid SLI to the media in EVERY DAMN meeting, it looks like NVIDIA's technology is going to be pushed out several months. This is very unfortunate considering their competition at AMD has had Hybrid CrossFire up and running since December and was launched with the 780G chipset earlier this month
Subject: Systems | March 21, 2008 - 06:25 PM | Ryan Shrout
So, do you think you might get funny looks for parking your junker car on someones lawn, then asking for $50 to remove it? Yeah, Sony doesn't seem to think so....
Opinion – A “Fresh Start” is something many users give their PCs
anyway once in a while. But why exactly would you need a Fresh Start
with a new PC. Sony is offering that option for a $50 premium – and
promises that you won’t get hit with loads of crapware in return.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 21, 2008 - 06:19 PM | Ryan Shrout
We know about as much as you do abut this, but news hit me that S3, a company that many had forgotten, launched a new GPU recently. It's a $60 graphics card that is sold through S3 directly that offers DX10.1 support and runs on PCI Express 2.0 with a 256MB frame buffer.
As for performance: S3 compares it to the AMD HD 3450 and the NVIDIA 8400 GPUs:
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 21, 2008 - 05:49 PM | Ryan Shrout
Digitimes is hearing that AMD is going to be releasing a new card in the Radeon HD 3800-series that will be the HD 3830. Definitely an entry level card, it is rumored to have the full 320 stream processors, 16 texture units and 16 RBEs that the HD 3850 and 3870 have but will have a 128-bit memory interface and will top out at 256MB of memory. Performance is a mystery, but with prices around $129, this could be a GREAT value card for a cheap system upgrade.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 20, 2008 - 05:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD is really moving along in their efforts to make their graphics cards and source code open source. As Phoronix reports, Radeon R100 to R600 microcode has been released. It is nice to see a company opening up as much as AMD has, and it signifies great things for the Linux community.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 20, 2008 - 03:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NZXT, a company built on realizing the dreams of gamers worldwide, is proud to announce the NZXT Tempest. Tempest features breakthrough features in every category satisfying the high performance demands of PC Enthusiasts and Gamers worldwide. Tempest stakes its claim as Airflow King with 6 fans including dual intake(120mm), dual exhaust(140mm) with additional side and rear fans(120mm) all included.
Subject: Mobile | March 20, 2008 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Don't like the taste of Mac OSX, but still want something nice and light like the Macbook Air. Why not go with the familiar texture and taste of Windows? It's a Santa Rosa notebook, so it really isn't that hard to do, assuming you've got a USB optical drive to plug into it.
X-Bit Labs did a full install with Bootcamp and a bit of work, find out how.
Subject: Memory | March 20, 2008 - 02:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent
world leader in memory products, today announced it
is releasing a family of 800MHz DDR2 fully-buffered
dual-inline memory modules (FB-DIMMs) designed
for systems using Intel's Seaburg S5400 chipset.
Launching first with its industry-standard ValueRAM
modules, KingstonR 800MHz FB-DIMMs are shipping
in capacities ranging from 512MB to 4GB.
"Today's dual XEON systems using the new 1600MHz
front-side bus quad-core processors demand a robust
memory solution to match processor band
Subject: Storage | March 20, 2008 - 01:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Seagate Momentus 5400.4 250GB really showed off the speed possible, even on a 5400RPM drive. In Bjorn3D's testing, it outperformed a Hitachi Travelstar 80GB 7200RPM. The price is awfully close to several 320GB drives, but they will lack the speed of the Momentus. If quick copying time and relatively economical drain on your battery are important to you, this may be perfect for your needs.
Subject: Motherboards | March 20, 2008 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's nice to see that nVIDIA has finally caught up to Intel in motherboard features. The new nForce 790 chipsets support 1600MHz FSB, DDR3 memory and PCI Express 2.0, as Intel has been offering for almost a year now. They did surpassed Intel's X38 boards in one area, check out th
Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2008 - 11:34 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel is focusing on entry level mobility platforms with their upcoming Centrino 2 chips. The two Celerons that Digitimes knows about are both very inexpensive parts; the Atom is even cheaper. With the Eee from ASUS and Walmart's offering, entry level mobility is an important market. Intel's ability to produce these bottom of the line and dirt cheap processors may get them a huge share of the processors you will find in low cost laptops.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 19, 2008 - 05:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While it is usually best to stay as far away from PSU and case bundles, there are some manufacturers that put serious effort into ensuring the quality you get. Cooler Master is one such company and their Stacker 830SE and Real Power Pro 1000W PSU package is absolutely stellar. [H]ard|OCP loved both the case and the PSU. Since the PSU retails for $299.99,
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 19, 2008 - 05:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TG Daily announced that there will indeed be a BioShock 2. Although they refer to it as a sequel, it is unknown whether it will actually follow after the events of BioShock. Indeed, if it follows it's predecessor, System Shock, there is no telling what the game will actually focus around.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 19, 2008 - 02:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
- Watercooled Intel Core 2 Quad QX9650 overclocked to 4GHz - CHECK!
- EVGA 780i SLI that supports Quad SLI - CHECK!
- 4GB OCZ Reaper X PC6400 DDR-2 4-4-3-12 - CHECK!
- WD Raptor 150GB 10,00RPM SATA - CHECK!
- Zalman 1000W Modular PSU - CHECK!
- Forceware 174.53 driver - CHECK!
- Two GeForce 9800 GX2's in SLI - CHECK!
Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2008 - 12:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Rocketfish Wireless Universal Rear Speaker Kit sounds absolutely perfect, until you read what it actually is in the review at I4U. It brings to mind a device that sits beside your receiver, and two small devices that can hide behind your 2 rear speakers; it is not. The device that plugs into the receiver is still there, and it broadcasts the wireless signal to a second device, twice as large as the first, which is in turn wired to your two rear speakers, as well as to AC power. Sure, there are no wires
Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2008 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Is it FUD, is it real? It's hard to say for sure right now, but it does seem inevitable that someone will buy VIA. Perhaps the rumour from DigiTimes is right on the ball, and VIA is about to become part of the great beast nVIADIA or nVIDVIA. Or, maybe it's just yet another rumour. Ars Technica attempts to thin the fog that has rolled in since the story yesterday. Sure nVIDIA has about $1.8 billion burning a hole in their pocket, but ma
Subject: Mobile | March 18, 2008 - 05:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The most interesting feature of the U3S is that it has two separate on-board graphics chips, not to be used for SLI or Crossfire. The Intel GMA X3100 is for low powered usage and will extend battery life, the nVIDIA 8400M is for when you need graphical power and are plugged into a wall socket. Drop by X-Bit Labs for more information on this 'stylishly mobile' ultra portable laptop.
Subject: Memory | March 18, 2008 - 05:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CA - March 18, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled blistering fast PC3-16000 DDR3 modules that are also NVIDIA SLI-certified to run at an extreme 2GHz on the next generation NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI motherboards also released today.
Subject: Memory | March 18, 2008 - 04:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
"Collaborating with the world's best of class chipset
manufacturers and industry alliance partners, Kingston
is proud to launch a new family of auto-overclocked
memory designed, tested, and certified to meet
NVIDIA's standards," said Mark Tekunoff, senior
technology manager, Kingston.