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Subject: Processors | January 10, 2008 - 08:58 PM | Josh Walrath
Since the original Lake Tahoe event where AMD first showed off Phenom based systems for the press, we have had essentially nothing but bad news concerning the new processor architecture. The first news was that the 2.4 and 2.6 GHz versions would be launched sometime late Q1 2008, then we had the TLB errata issue, then the pushing back of the tri-core Phenoms, then the pushing back of the revision B3 Phenoms hitting the market, and it seemingly has gone on ad nauseum.
Subject: Storage | January 10, 2008 - 03:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
UltraSCSI 320 has been the king of the interfaces when it comes to HDDs in the enterprise world for a very long time, but it's reign has come to an end. With the advent of Serial Attached SCSI, we see faster speeds and new technology like Idle Read After Write. The two kings of enterprise storage are currently Seagate and Hitachi (who bought IBM's storage), and Boot Daily has a review of their two flag ship models; the
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 10, 2008 - 02:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new Coolermaster case, based off of the Cosmos, will be appearing at the end of February. Also, they will be introducing a new watercooling system with a waterblock for just about every component in your entire system. A brand new fan design goes with the waterblock for your GPU, and your memory modules and power regulators get waterblocks as well.
Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2008 - 01:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Witcher, a new 3rd person view RPG is loved for it's graphics and atmosphere almost as much as it is cursed for it's bugs. [H]ard|OCP takes a quick look at the gameplay, and provides some screenshots, but the focus of their review is performance. They try this game on a GeForce 8800GTS 512 MB and the 8800GT 512 MB as well as the Radeon HD 3870 512 MB and 3850 256 MB. Read on to see how well these cards can handle the load.
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 10, 2008 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Instead of getting all excited about a wafer at the Intel booth, look at this picture from the Sharp display. According to MAKE:Blog, monitors are made in a similar fashion to CPUs, with a substrate of panels all coated at the same time and then separated after. A two by four substrate of eight 57" displays is really impressive to see.
Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2008 - 11:35 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Take a look at these pictures of the new USB 3.0, due to arrive soon. The sockets are deeper, but still backwards compatible and the new standard should transfer around 4.7Gb/s which is faster than a SATA drive. I wouldn't hold my breath waiting to see it reach that speed, but it is likely going to feel a lot faster than current USB 2.0 speeds. The Register also links back to the optical version that we have seen earlier.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 10, 2008 - 11:09 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS, NV (JANUARY 5, 2008) - ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook computer design and manufacturing, today announced theplan to showcase the long-anticipated 11-inch 2lb all-in-one notebook featuring a 32GB solid state drive (SSD). The integration of SSD allows the ASUS U2E to be shock resistant and reliable. As a part of the effort to introduce eco-friendly notebook designs, the upcoming U2E is energy efficient thanks to both its SSD and the LED back-lit panel.
Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2008 - 02:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
January 9, 2008 - The most recent Steam Hardware Survey shows more Steam gamers play on NVIDIA GeForce hardware than any other graphics platform. In an effort to further support this popular PC gaming configuration - Steam games plus NVIDIA hardware - Valve and NVIDIA have entered into an agreement to collaborate on development, distribution, events, and more.
Subject: Mobile | January 9, 2008 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new mobile Penryn processors didn't gain an incredible amount of speed or power along with their die shrink, in fact they use less power which should translate into longer battery life. AnandTech had the chance to test this theory and it turns out to be true. The added time you can expect does depend on your chosen application, but the lowest increase AnandTech saw was a gain of 23 minutes in Reader 2007. You even get a boost in the benchmarks they ran to make the deal even more a
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 9, 2008 - 02:10 PM | Josh Walrath
While the 8800 GT has been widely lauded for being an amazingly fast product for a very attractive price, complaints about the heat it creates as well as how loud the fan can spool up has spawned a 3rd party cooling market to address those needs. EVGA is now showing a dual slot cooling solution on the 8800 GT that should address this burgeoning market. They also up the core clock on the 8800 GT to a nice and even 700+ MHz to boot.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 9, 2008 - 01:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has really enjoyed seeing Ultra's X3 line of PSUs excelling and giving them a great reputation for powering enthusiast's rigs. Unfortunately the new Ultra X3 600W breaks that record, although it would make an outstanding 480W PSU. While creating the review, [H] realized that they have reviewed this PSU before, and were disappointed by it then.
Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2008 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new Auzen HDMI 1.3 board looks mighty impressive, offering significantly more options than other cards on the market currently. One of the biggest steps is the inclusion of more than just SPDIF for output, which helps out anyone who owns newer equipment and wants to get off of that antiquated interface. Head to Hardware Canucks for more details on what this card can do for your ears.
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 9, 2008 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If CES has you going into gadget overload, with too many new things to see, the melange of PC and other electronics too much for you? Follow Think Computers over to the Digital Experience, an event that occurred Sunday, in the humble little venue called Caesar's Palace. The displays there are smaller and sparser, as the event focuses solely on the PC world. You can see Lenovo's new IdeaPad F11, some snazzy systems from Alienware as well as speakers, monitors , mice and more.
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 8, 2008 - 10:30 PM | Ryan Shrout
After stopping by the EVGA booth today, I came away very impressed with how the company is choosing to innovate rather than duplicate.
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 8, 2008 - 05:55 PM | Josh Walrath
Intel is showing off their Skulltrail setups in both air cooled and water cooled configurations. The big news is that these systems are shown running at 4 GHz. Too bad Ryan didn't bring along his Kill-a-watt to see how much power they were sucking up.
Yes Virginia... there is a 1337 Case Modder. Would you like some rhinestones with that?
Subject: Motherboards | January 8, 2008 - 05:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new nVIDIA 780i chipset is appearing on some motherboards, like the ASUS Striker II Formula up for review on Overclock3D. As you would expect from the Republic of Gamers line, this motherboard comes bundled with a huge amount of accessories, including a removable sound card in case you want to upgrade from the onboard sound, and an astronomical price. nVIDIA is up against some stiff competition from the P35 and X38 chipsets, especially when i
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 8, 2008 - 05:25 PM | Josh Walrath
The next stop along Ryan's tortuous way through CES brought him to AMD's doorstep. He was able to snap off some pics though he was still reeling from the rowdy evening at "Little Budda's" filled with alcohol and sushi.
Here are a few MXM modules sporting the latest Radeon mobile parts.
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 8, 2008 - 05:10 PM | Josh Walrath
Our own intrepid Ryan is braving the wilds of Las Vegas to get the latest and greatest news from CES. He had the chance to stop by and chat with the nice Thermaltake folks, and he was able to send a few snapshots of what he has found.