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

Dell Now Offering Five Server Platforms Based on Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors

Subject: Systems | April 16, 2008 - 11:13 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 16, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) is now offering five server platforms based on high-performance, energy-efficient Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors. This news follows last week's announcement that Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors are generally available, and brings the number of available global OEM platforms based on the new processors to 13.

Source: AMD

Intel Posts Record First Quarter Revenue of $9.7 Billion

Subject: General Tech | April 15, 2008 - 05:48 PM |
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    * Record Server Microprocessor Revenue

    * Revenue up 9 Percent Year-over-Year

    * Gross Margin up 4 Points Year-over-Year

    * Operating Income up 23 Percent Year-over-Year

    * Net Income $1.4 Billion; EPS 25 Cents

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 15, 2008 - Intel Corporation today announced record first-quarter revenue of $9.7 billion, operating income of $2.1 billion, net income of $1.4 billion and earnings per share (EPS) of 25 cents.

Introducing the First 1 Gigabyte HD 3870 Graphics Card

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 15, 2008 - 05:04 PM |
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CHATSWORTH, CA - April 15, 2008 - Diamond Multimedia, a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications products, introduced today the 1 gigabyte, overclocked version of the ATI Radeon HD 3870 graphics card. This card offers maximum speed and power at an incredible value. Utilizing 55nm technology, this card runs cool and quiet.

The HD 3870 is a dual slot card, PCIE 2.0, with 1024MB of DDR3 memory and an overclocked speed of 825 MHz. The memory speed is 900 MHz.

Looks like an iBall to me

Subject: General Tech | April 15, 2008 - 03:17 PM |
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The mStation 2.1 Stereo Orb
is about the size and shape of a bowling ball, but is an iPod dock with integral 2.1 stereo sound.  At Overclockers Online they were rather impressed by the quality of sound that it produced, as well as the inclusion of USB to allow the use of devices other than an iPod.  On the negative side, like most other iPo

Not just a direct port

Subject: Motherboards | April 15, 2008 - 01:09 PM |
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The 780a chipset from nVIDIA has been a long time coming, but finally we are seeing some up for review.  The name implies that it is simply a re-do of the 780i chipset for AMD, but Hardware Secrets has found that a lot of work went into the chipset to make it more than that.  The ASUS M3N-HT Deluxe/Mempipe board looks physically similar to the 780i boards, with additional cooling around the memory and HybridSLI.  The features you would expect are there as well, PCI Express 2.0, solid state capacitors and Ex

My kernel; she is feeling much calmer now

Subject: Processors | April 15, 2008 - 12:07 PM |
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Running Linux makes living at the edge of technology even more frustrating fun, as your kernel may react quite hysterically to hardware it has never met before.  Such was the case with the Phenom 9500, until Ubuntu upgraded to 8.04.   The Opteron 2356 has had a smoother entrance, with PowerNow!

Source: Phoronix

I don't think they quite get it

Subject: General Tech | April 15, 2008 - 11:54 AM |
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AT&T has, for some bizarre reason, created a web browser and called it Pogo.  Pogo wants a 1.6GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and a video card with at least 256MB of VRAM.   Crysis only wants a C2D 2.0GHz or an Athlon 2800+, 1GB RAM and 256MB VRAM.  So you have a browser that is almost as resource intense as Crysis, which is capable of crippling any machine going right now.

Source: Ars Technica

With the 0dB ASUS EN9600GT SILENT, "Noiseless Gaming" Never Sounded So Good

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 15, 2008 - 11:30 AM |
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FREMONT, CA (April 15, 2008) -  ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today released the ASUS EN9600GT SILENT/HTDI/512M graphics card. Incorporating our latest thermal solution - the V-Cool Heatsink, which features the V-Engine concept and Intercooler technology, the EN9600GT SILENT is the perfect solution for users who want a quiet system that doesn't compromise performance. This exclusive innovation guarantees an absolutely quiet operating environment, and an efficient means of heat dissipation, resulting in extraordinarily stable performance.

Source: ASUS

Lian-Li's new blow hard

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 14, 2008 - 05:44 PM |
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The Lian-Li Armorsuit PC-P60 sports some serious intake capability with three 80mm fans on the front that draw in air over your drives.  It is also very spacious, allowing you to fit in the larger graphics cards that need that type of cooling if you move the hard drive cage a bit.  Unfortunately, it sports a price to match it's features, but techPowerUp

Source: techPowerUp!

A swing ... and a miss

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2008 - 02:49 PM |
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AMD has recently turned their team, that used to be ATI, into a much more productive part of their business.  The HD3870 X2 proved very powerful and affordable for enough consumers that it is considered a success.  Add the flexible CrossfireX into the picture and things start to look rosy for AMD's graphics.  Then we start to see cracks, specifically the

Supersized portable storage, with extras

Subject: Storage | April 14, 2008 - 01:51 PM |
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The Western Digital 160GB Passport offers you 160Gb of portable storage, at an affordable price.  The drawback compared to solid state drives is the relative fragility of the drive.  BCCHardware found the external shell is very easily breakable, but the fact that this uses platters to hold the data makes it very vulnerable to impact.  There is also a large number of pre-installed utilities that may be a positive or a neg

Source: BCCHardware

NVIDIA GPU implementation of PhysX nearly here

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 14, 2008 - 01:02 PM |
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When NVIDIA purchased AGEIA at the beginning of February, we saw many ways in which NVIDIA could use the technology to their advantage.  Obviously their main goal is to get the PhysX engine up and running on NVIDIA's GPUs using CUDA; NVIDIA's C-like programming model for their GPUs.  This will allow gamers to run PhysX-enabled games (there still aren't many) on NVIDIA graphics cards rather than those poorly accepted dedicated PhysX cards. 

Source: TG Daily

AMD Phenom X4 9950 to dissipate 140W

Subject: Processors | April 14, 2008 - 12:56 PM |
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The Phenom X4 9850 processor that was recently released was a good processor despite the fact that it used a lot of power compared to Intel's competitively priced quad-core processors.  According to this report only one more 65nm Phenom quad-core processor, the 9950, but that it will push out more than 140W of power to get to its target 2.6 GHz clock rate.  That's pretty damn hot and I imagine tha

Source: fastlanehw

Blockbuster to buy Circuit City: Um, what?

Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2008 - 12:51 PM |
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I think most people will have my first reaction when reading this headline, but Blockbuster is indeed making a bid to purchase Circuit City.  Why?  So that they can become the "most convenient source for media entertainment."   Uh, sure....

Source: 3DCenter

Sales cease on Dell 3008WFP 30-incher

Subject: Displays | April 14, 2008 - 12:48 PM |
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Well, don't I feel foolish for buying a 30" monitor that now has a "technical issue" and has been removed from Dell's website?  I wonder how long it will take for people to revolt and want an exchange for all the existing 3008WFP monitors...

Source: engadget

What rhymes with Eee?

Subject: Mobile | April 14, 2008 - 12:20 PM |
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If you are looking for a second opinion on the new ASUS Eee that comes with Windows XP, drop by The Tech Report.  Otherwise, if you skipped Ryan's review of it, go read that one first and then head to The Tech Report.  For good or for bad, the hardware layout of the Eee XP is unchanged from the original, the only difference is that it is running XP, not Linux.  If you looked longingly at the original, but were scared off by the commitment learning a bit of Linu

Monday morning pop quiz

Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2008 - 12:00 PM |
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Ars Technica has two questions you should try to answer in your own mind before heading to read their full article on the supposed exaflood that should be choking the internet soon.  The story that everyone should panic because the net won't be able to handle the flood of data is not new, the only thing that changes is the app that will supposedly cause it's downfall.  Currently the predicted murder is video transfers over P2P software.  There is straw involved with P2P, but is it th

Source: Ars Technica

If you stare into the circuit diagram long enough ...

Subject: General Tech | April 11, 2008 - 06:01 PM |
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Technology is bad for your mind; would you ever run into this hanging out with non-technical minds?  Can you even begin to explain why it's so funny to someone who didn't get it right away?  Is there any enthusiast that you know off that isn't able to explain their favorite processor to use when dabbling in the dark arts of overclocking, up to and including the difference between non-Black and Black Editions of Athlons, and who is

Trying out the 750i chipset

Subject: Motherboards | April 11, 2008 - 02:33 PM |
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MSI's P7N SLI Platinum motherboard is based on nVIDIA's 750i SLI chipset, with a 430i SPP.  [H]ard|OCP found that overclocking this board was a little tricky, it is rather choosy about the combinations it will run stably with, but it is rewarding with a 1900MHz FSB being reachable as well as the memory being able to hit 1275MHz.  This

Source: [H]ard|OCP