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Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2007 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Rumours flying around that Hector Ruiz is stepping down as head of AMD to be replaced by Dirk Meyer are exaggerated. The Inquirer has been snooping around and bothering their usual sources, and no one except for those who don't have any inside sources, seem to put any faith in the rumours.
Subject: Motherboards | November 8, 2007 - 05:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tech-Hounds has posted a review that is not short on choices by any means. Seven P35 based boards are reviewed, with ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI all represented. If the price of DDR3 and an X38 chipset is scaring you away from a Christmas upgrade, then peek through these boards, you are bound to find at least one that tempts you to pull out your wallet.
Subject: Systems | November 8, 2007 - 02:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With new parts coming out for almost every component in your PC in the recent past, low priced parts to build a PC have undergone a significant change. Some parts that were considered high end have had their prices reduced to levels the budget PC builder can reach, and there are lower cost parts that did not exist until now. AnandTech has revamped their budget PC builders guide, and one of the biggest surprises is the cheap DDR800.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 8, 2007 - 01:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The VIZO Master Panel II Expansion Interface offers a way to control fans and plug USB and audio etc ... into their sockets without needing give your PC a reacharound. It even gives you an eSATA plug for easing high speed removable storage swapping. Benchmark Reviews couldn't find a kitchen sink attachment, but it can certainly do everything else.
Subject: Systems | November 8, 2007 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The NEC Home Entertainment Concept is a different take on the HTPC. The POWERMATE P5000 looks like the new iMacs, it is a large monitor that conceals an AMD Turion 64 X2 processor and RS690MC chipset with integrated ATI Radeon X1200 graphics. The POWERMATE X is a more traditional looking box, playing the role of a powerhouse media server with a C2Quad processor and a NVIDIA GeForce 8600-series GPU plus 2TBs of storage. Read on at Hardware Zone to see how CyberLink's SoftDMA and Media Server applications are used in tandem with these units to get you your music, TV and movie f
Subject: General Tech | November 8, 2007 - 11:36 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Once again, those Chilehardware fellows have managed to sneak some pictures of upcoming products, this time the reference design for the AM3 chipset from AMD. Slashdot has a link to both there and an English site that is easier to understand than using Babelfish to translate the Spanish forums. AMD is certainly looking at expanding their onboard audio and video solutions with the reference board used to make the diagram.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 8, 2007 - 12:43 AM | Ryan Shrout
This looks like it could be a coup for AMD's GPGPU area -- as NVIDIA has said their own double precision floating point hardware won't be around until mid-2008.
Visit http://www.amd.com/ for more info.
AMD Delivers First Stream Processor with Double Precision
Floating Point Technology
AMD FireStream 9170 and supporting Software Development
Kit unlock Stream-based Accelerated Computing
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 7, 2007 - 03:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FSP has been making power supplies for other brands for a long time now, but have never really sold them by themselves. The Everest 1010 PSU is a break from that tradition, and unsurprisingly it is a well executed kilowatt power supply. It has plenty of 12V power, modular cabling and it was able to take what the Guru of 3D threw at it without displaying increased heat, or noise
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 7, 2007 - 01:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We know the prices of the 8800GT and 8800GTS are rather far apart, but the performance is not. nVIDIA has tried to remedy that by releasing a special edition GTS that has 112 shader processors, as opposed to the original 96, but still remains on t
Subject: Memory | November 7, 2007 - 12:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs has gathered RAM at several different speeds and latencies to see how well DDR3 is doing at taking over DDR2s spot in the hearts of enthusiasts. You shouldn't expect to see a clear cut victor though, even though DDR3 has jumped from 1333MHz to 1800MHz in a very short time, many tests depend on low latency, and that doesn't begin to touch on the current pricing of 1800MHz modules.
Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2007 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It looks like even though you are old enough to legally vote while drunk, you are going to have a tough time buying Manhunt 2. At some point the idea has become commonplace that it is the retailer or service provider that has responsibility for raising children, not some other person, like say the parents ...
Subject: Memory | November 7, 2007 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CA - November 6, 2007 - OCZ
Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and
high reliability memory, today announced the ReaperX memory series, aninnovative memory solution that utilizes highly effective heat transfer
Subject: Motherboards | November 6, 2007 - 06:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The brand new P5E3-ASUS-Deluxe-0512 BIOS will allow you to run QX9x50 series processors from Intel on both the Deluxe and WiFi@n models. If you are considering an upgrade to these impressive new processors, this new 0512 BIOS will get you up and running.
Subject: Storage | November 6, 2007 - 03:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have decided that using a thumb drive is a bad idea when it comes to transporting data you would prefer to keep private based on how easy they are to lose, then A-Data may have the perfect solution for you. The FP1 drive offers both password protection as well as fingerprint scanning and can keep the data fairly secure even if you lose it. The Tech Report tried it out, and while it isn't cheap or fast, it does give you some peace of mind.
Subject: Storage | November 6, 2007 - 01:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 6, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced a new storage platform to ease the management of growing digital information, from protecting critical data in small businesses to safeguarding digital content in the home.
Subject: Mobile | November 6, 2007 - 01:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS has rebuilt the idea of a notebooks physical construction with the U1F Ultra Compact notebook. The shell is formed from carbon fibre, giving it great strength without adding to the weight, extras like a backlit LCD that is 1366x768 and treated with some special goop from ASUS that is designed to make the image much better than other screens. Drop by X-bit Labs to
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 6, 2007 - 12:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As [H]ard|OCP rightly points out in their huge cooler roundup article, the CPU coolers of just a few years ago would feel quite inadequate next to the ones enthusiasts use today. They would probably only feel comfortable around chipset coolers, something that didn't need to exist in the days of the K7. Now though, coolers are huge, and the biggest and baddest are represented, and [H] shows you which are the best.
Subject: General Tech | November 6, 2007 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As if the grief that has been plaguing early adopters of Leopard wasn't bad enough, now Quicktime has run into some serious problems as well. The Inquirer has a link to upgrade to the newest version which will do the job of plugging the holes that are currently wide open.
Subject: Systems | November 5, 2007 - 06:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, Calif. - November
5, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high
performance and high reliability memory and power supplies, today announced PC
Power & Cooling's adoption of ESA (Enthusiast System Architecture), the new
and exciting initiative to enable PC components to communicate operational
information in real-time and provide enthusiasts with unprecedented software
control to manage the conditions within their high-end system.
Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2007 - 05:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Asus Maximus Formula (Special Edition) sports a list of features as long as it's name and a price to match. The cooling for the chipsets takes what we have seen on P35 and 680i to a whole new level, both from the complexity of the heatsinks and the fact that it has built in watercooling nozzles. It also comes with an LCD display to give you POST information, no more will you be straining your ears for beeps or the faint voice of Bi