Gaming Network Accelerator in the works

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 8, 2006 - 12:04 PM |
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How would you feel about an add-in card that reduces lag?   A Gaming Network Accelerator card is in the works from a new firm by the name of Bigfoot Networks, and they are promising a working beta version in time for E3.  Read more about it at The Inquirer.

"START-UP Bigfoot Networks plans to peddle a PC card which it reckons will reduce the in-game lag

for online video games.

The company has been given $4 million in financing for the project, which has its roots at the

McCombs School of Business at

Source: The Inquirer

Coming Sooner Than You Think: Intel NextGeneration Enterprise Platforms

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2006 - 11:26 AM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, March 7, 2006 — Pat Gelsinger, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Digital Enterprise Group, today showed how Intel will deliver superior computing performance and energy efficiency this year while reducing the total cost of IT ownership.

Intel & Microsoft Outline Plans for Advancing Benefits of New Management and Virtualization

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2006 - 11:24 AM |
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NTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, March 7, 2006 — Intel Corporation and Microsoft Corporation today outlined plans to connect computer network management technologies and also to work together to advance promising virtualization technology that will bring businesses new capabilities and cost savings.


In a move to bring unique management benefits to the broad number of users of Microsoft® Systems Management Server 2003 (SMS) for the first time, Intel plans to connect its new Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel®

Energy-Efficient, High Performing and Stylish Intel-Based Computers to Come with Intel® Core(TM)

Subject: Processors | March 8, 2006 - 11:21 AM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Calif., March 7, 2006 — Intel Corporation today disclosed details of its forthcoming Intel® Core™ microarchitecture, a new industry—leading foundation for Intel's multi—core server, desktop and mobile processors for computers later this year.

Intel Brings More Affordable Data Protection to Small Businesses and Homes

Subject: Storage | March 8, 2006 - 11:20 AM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, March 7, 2006 — From email and word processing to file retention and disaster recovery planning, a growing mountain of digital information has small businesses and consumers seeking an affordable means to protect their data from loss. Addressing this demand, computer resellers today began offering a new storage platform from Intel Corporation designed with the unique needs of small businesses and consumers in mind.

Intel and Vmware Expand Collaboration to Accelerate Adoption of Virtualization

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2006 - 11:19 AM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, March 7, 2006 — Intel Corporation and VMware, Inc. today announced a broad collaboration to bring the benefits of virtualization to enterprises and new market segments. In a keynote at the Intel Developer Forum, Intel Senior Vice President Pat Gelsinger and VMware President Diane Greene announced expanded product support and a global joint marketing campaign to increase awareness and adoption of the technology.

It's the little things that count

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 7, 2006 - 06:27 PM |
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Drop by Legion Hardware to see what effect adding some well though out extras to a X1800XT can have.  The ASUS Extreme AX1800XT features an external power source and custom Arctic-Cooling heatsink, so it performs better than you might expect. 


Plus, follow the never ending ATI vs nVIDIA controversy, this time involving NForce4 bandwidth in SLI, in Ryan's article here.


"The ASUS Extreme AX1800XT TOP is an amazing product simply because it is different; the

Quad core details being released from Intel

Subject: Processors | March 7, 2006 - 04:07 PM |
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CNET has posted an article about Intel's upcoming quad core CPUs, likely targeted at server applications and image rendering, as well as other processor intensive tasks.  While they haven't revealed everything, it does give you a good overview.


For even more info, check Ryan's article on Merom and Conroe from the IDF.


"Dual-core makes sense right away because there's almost some back task that's executing while

y

SLI for your SFF

Subject: Systems | March 7, 2006 - 03:14 PM |
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AnandTech has a head to head review of 2 tiny SLI systems.  The Monarch Hornet Pro SLI Revenge Micro-ATX and Shuttle's SN26P SFF, both fully capable of running 2 high end cards in SLI, so they fit a lot of power into a very small space.

"The twist comes in the inclusion of a system that isn't a Small Form Factor design in the

strictest sense of the word.

Source: AnandTech

Powering Quad-SLI the easy way

Subject: Systems | March 7, 2006 - 11:58 AM |
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3dGameMan has snuck a peak at Hiper's newest upcoming PSU, a Quad-SLI ready 730W PSU.  Now you can stop worring about running 2 PSU's in tandem, just to support your video cards, as long as the PSU becomes available about the same time the Quad-SLI motherboards do!

"HPU-4x730 series is the flagship HIPER PSU for 1st half of 2006, it is enclosed with our PATENTED

MESH & Industry's fist Stainless Steel PSU Body.

Source: 3dGameMan

S1 and AM2 and F, Sockets galore from AMD

Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2006 - 11:52 AM |
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If you have no clue what the title means, the quick and dirty is, S1 (754 pins) is aimed at notebooks, AM2 (940 pins) is the new desktop socket and F (1207 pins) will be targeted at server applications.  Read a lot more about them at AnandTech.

"The Intel Developer Forum doesn't officially start until later today, but we hit the ground

running with a handful of meetings shortly after landing in San Francisco.

Source: AnandTech

ATI Introduces Mobility Radeon X1800

Subject: Mobile | March 7, 2006 - 11:37 AM |
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Today ATI is rolling out the ATI Mobility Radeon X1800 and X1800XT GPUs for mobile users which follows the release of the X1600 mobile part in December (which we previewed here). The X1800 has 12 pixel shader pipelines and 8 vertex shaders, and the X1800XT has 16 pipelines and 8 shaders. In contrast the X1600 mobile has 12 pipelines and only 5 shaders.


The Mobility Radeon X1800 parts are clocked slightly slower than their desktop cousins.

Want IDF Live?

Subject: Processors | March 7, 2006 - 11:15 AM |
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If are sitting around your computer waiting to see what is coming out of IDF this year, then you need to keep an eye on my blog, as I'll be posting live updates from keynotes and tech talks as they happen (and as long as the batter on this laptop lasts!)


Check back often!!


IDF Keynotes About to Begin

Subject: Editorial | March 7, 2006 - 11:13 AM |
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I am sitting here at the IDF keynotes this morning waiting for them to begin.  We have some decent Internet access this time around so I'll try to make some updates here in my blog when interesting news bits come out.  Read it here first!

NVIDIA To Showcase New MCP Products at CeBit

Subject: Chipsets | March 7, 2006 - 11:11 AM |
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NVIDIA is going to be showing off some new MCP products at CeBit, aimed at AM2 platforms and beyond.

NVIDIA TO DEMONSTRATE NEXT-GENERATION NVIDIA® NFORCE® 500 FAMILY OF CORE-LOGIC SOLUTIONS AT CEBIT

WHAT: NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced the Company will be conducting technology demonstrations this week of its new family of NVIDIA nForce family media and communications processor (MCP) which will be available mid-2006.

That's not a subwoofer ... this is a subwoofer!

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2006 - 06:34 PM |
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There is such a thing as a 5 foot tall subwoofer.  You might want to consider getting it before your neighbour does, or you will lose every stereo fight you get into.  If you haven't seen this monster floating around the web yet, head over to Digital Grabber to get the scoop.

"The 60-inch subwoofer absolutely has the capability to produce SPL levels well above 180 dB.

Waiting for IDF and So Much More

Subject: Editorial | March 6, 2006 - 04:59 PM |
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To say I have been busy as of late would be a slight understatement.  I am in California for third time in three weeks today, getting ready for the spring 2006 IDF to begin tomorrow morning.  Actually I am going to an Intel mobile product showcase here in a little bit, but I think it's going to be stuff we already saw announced at CES.


This week will see the launch of not one, not two but four new GPUs from our friends in red and green.  Also, since the RD580 launch I have been doing some testing and investigate into all those benchmarks that ATI sent to the media abo

Fast is one thing, but fast and stable is better

Subject: Memory | March 6, 2006 - 04:04 PM |
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Lots of modules can reach very impressive speeds, and handle high voltage without outright melting, but what kind of bragging rights can you get from a machine that crashes in the middle of some bench marks?  Corsair comes to the rescue with the 3500LL Pro TwinX 2GB kit.  Head to Motherboards.org to see just how many ways you can choose to overclock these DIMMs.


"Fast, Beautiful, Stable and Spacious.

Hard drives create heat too

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 6, 2006 - 03:05 PM |
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When trying to get the heat down in your case, don't forget that HDD create heat as well, and it is usually in a dead zone as far as air circulation goes.  In order to get that hot air moving, and extend the life of your HDDs, consider the Vantec Vortex 2.  DriverHeaven has the full run down of what this HDD cooler can do.

"Of course cooling is not going to make any hard disk drive invulnerable, but can dramatically

lengthen its lifespan and increase its reliability.

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ATI's Mid-Range monster

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 6, 2006 - 02:11 PM |
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LOSTCIRCUITS has tested ATI's current mid-range card, the x1600 Pro, offered in an AGP flavour.  If you are still putting off that total systems upgrade for a bit, but find yourself barely able to play some of the newer titles with any bells or whistles enabled, this card might give your PC a new lease on lfe.

"In the middle of ATI's current GPU lineup is the X1600 series, based on the R530 GPU and

described by ATI as the "Absolute in Mainstream Gaming Performance".

Source: LOSTCIRCUITS