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Subject: Processors | December 24, 2007 - 05:51 AM | Ryan Shrout
According to this Digitimes report, the upcoming revision of the Phenom 9600 and 9900 CPUs with the TLB fix to address performance issues is going to be pushed back until Q2 of 2008. Their sources claim that AMD hasn't been able to solve the bug and if this turns out to be true will be very bad news indeed for a product that hasn't even seen day one of sunlight.
Subject: Mobile | December 24, 2007 - 05:46 AM | Ryan Shrout
Taking a tip from the band of the same name, the upcoming Asus U2 notebook is going to cure cancer and stop worldwide poverty. Or maybe it just "Reinvents Luxury Computing Experience with Delightful Detailing and Advanced Performance." You decide:
Well, I've been off my feed for a few months and I have a backlog of
interviews to get out. I hope you will forgive me my slacking off. We
will be getting right back in the saddle with a real gem!
I have the extreme pleasure in posting an interview with a member
who has consistently been a sincerely valuable asset to us....3dfxrain So, without wasting any more of your Saturday:
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2007 - 09:11 PM | Ryan Shrout
Well, this is cruddy news. If you read my recent 3-Way SLI review you'd have noticed I used an early copy of the Crysis 1.1 patch to try and increase SLI scaling. Well, if you were ready to get your hands on that release....SORRY! Delayed again according some Crysis-based forums.
Patch #1 Delayed – The Reason
Subject: Processors | December 21, 2007 - 08:21 PM | Ryan Shrout
No real surprises here, though the news coming from Intel directly is uplifting for upcoming mobile technologies. If only there was more news besides partnering with Apple...
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2007 - 07:50 PM | Ryan Shrout
As an enthusiast reading this article your brain will probably implode, as usually happens when the mainstream media tries to be "hip" and "modern" in the world of gaming, but the news for NVIDIA is good none the less.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 21, 2007 - 07:46 PM | Ryan Shrout
Just about everyone can get some new drivers for their NVIDIA GPU today - just in time to load on your system for that pending holiday gift you are SURE you are getting.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 20, 2007 - 10:16 PM | Josh Walrath
AMD has now released the final Cat of the year. 7.12 is the number, and the amount of fixes are... minimal. Better DX10 performance in Company of Heroes on HD 38x0 cards, and improved Overdrive functionality with HD 2900 cards. On the Linux side there are quite a few more fixes. Support for RedFlag 6.0 and OpenSUSE 10.3, as well as a handful of major fixes under OpenGL.
Subject: Mobile | December 20, 2007 - 06:05 PM | Ryan Shrout
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 20, 2007 - 05:51 PM | Josh Walrath
It wasn't all that long ago that OCZ bought up PC Power and Cooling and started marketing those power supplies as their own, and even before that OCZ was making their own power supplies which caught a lot of attention. Corsair also released a few impressive products of its own. It seems that a new name is entering the power supply field, and one you really would not expect.
Subject: Processors | December 19, 2007 - 05:03 PM | Josh Walrath
Digitimes is reporting that Intel is backing off of its introduction of the lower clocked 45 nm quad core parts. These would have included the Q9300, Q9450, and Q9550. The official story is that Intel does not feel the need to release these due to all of the issues AMD is having getting their quad cores out. Since Intel feels there is no real competition in this space, they can let their current 65 nm quad core parts handle the demand.
Subject: Processors | December 19, 2007 - 03:26 PM | Ryan Shrout
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Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 18, 2007 - 09:37 PM | Josh Walrath
OCZ certainly picked a heck of a company to buy when they decided to jump into the power supply industry. PC Power and Cooling has long been a well respected name in the industry, and products such as the Silencer 750 have been staples in the high end power supply market. Today they are announcing a new member of the venerable Turbo-Cool family. The Turbo-Cool 860 has a whopping 64 amps on a single 12V rail, and can handle up to 72 amps of peak performance. It is NVIDIA SLI certified up to 2 x 8800 Ultras.
Subject: Motherboards | December 18, 2007 - 08:22 PM | Ryan Shrout
ASUS P5N-T Deluxe Motherboard Raises the Bar for Enthusiasts Motherboards
-- The latest NVIDIA 3-way SLI capable motherboard is complemented by the energy-saving ASUS Energy Processing Unit --
Subject: General Tech | December 18, 2007 - 08:18 PM | Ryan Shrout
ASUS Xonar Returns Hardware Accelerated Audio to Windows Vista
-- Latest Xonar D2 Drivers Revive EAX Functionality and Eliminate Microphone echo --
FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (December 18, 2007) – To satisfy demand for high-fidelity audio while gaming in Windows Vista®, ASUS®, worldwide leader in notebooks, consumer electronics and PC components, today released DirectSound® 3D Game Extensions (DS3D GX) and Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) technologies in the latest Vista drivers.
(Available at http://support.asus.com/download/ )
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 18, 2007 - 08:08 PM | Ryan Shrout
That would appear to be the case according to Charlie at The Inquirer. Many of his points are valid, but lines like "A two generation old ATI
X1300 low end card can drive two 30" monitors" are obtuse. Sure, they can do that with 2D and basic Vista screens but you won't be pushing dual 30" 2560x1600 displays with any gaming involved. Also, much of the debate is based on resolutions and it doesn't completely address the fact that even if resol
Subject: General Tech | December 18, 2007 - 06:19 PM | Josh Walrath
One of the primary movers and shakers of advanced process technologies is none other than Intel. The company spends more money then most of the other companies out there combined. Even the mighty IBM does not push as much cash towards advanced process nodes, nor do they have as much fab space as Intel. It used to be that most semiconductor companies that ran fabs would develop their own process, or license one from another manufacturer. But as the nodes have shrunk, the financial burden of pursuing these advanced processes have proven to be too much for most companies.&
Subject: Processors | December 18, 2007 - 05:21 PM | Ryan Shrout
According the "we get it now" genius at the New York Times, coding multi-threaded software is hard. Go figure! Other than making it easy to make fun of mainstream media again, this article does bring up some good points. Multi-threaded coding is completely different than the coding models used since the beginning of time and software engineers are having to completely re-learn their art in order to keep up with hardware advancements. And so, becaus