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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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 8, 2008 - 01:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
On paper the new Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 Atomic sports the same features as the RV600, apart from the die shrink. What is new(ish) is the Vapour Chamber Technology, which is claimed as a break through new cooling for graphics cards. It sounds really neat until you see the graphic in the Elite Bastards review, where you realize that this breakthrough is pretty much a heatpipe flattened into a plate. The new architecture does reveal some improvement
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 8, 2008 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Day 2 of CES 2008 has started off, and some sites are catching up on yesterdays news, while others are already trying to get the new finds from today up and published. Legit Reviews started off their Tuesday at Foxconn's table looking at an extended ATX motherboard with the codename F1 or Transformer. The most arresting feature of this board is the four ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT all hooked up in Crossfire, and thanks to the larger form factor, the cards are spaced apart nicely. Take a look!
Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2008 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Slashdot has linked to an article that covers an MBR rootkit that was found in the wild at the end of '07. Sporting such wonderful features as the ability to be undeleteable, short of repairing your MBR; as well as undetectable through your registry or file system, this could be a bad time to be a hard drive. Unless the MBR moves to a more secure mode this vulnerability cannot be fixed, and who knows what effect having a protected MBR would have on the formatting process.
Subject: Systems | January 8, 2008 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The XPS 630i from Dell is making an appearance on the floor of CES. It is a relatively small case that hides an Intel C2D processor, the choice between SLI or Crossfire and a choice between air and watercooling. All for around $1300, Dell is moving into gaming in a much more serious way than we have seen from them in the past. The 630i won't put paid to more powerful gaming rigs, but it does offer an easy entrance into PC gaming.
Subject: Systems | January 8, 2008 - 11:16 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- January 8, 2008 --AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced AMD LIVE! Ultra, a new PC brand to help consumers identify forthcoming desktop and notebook PCs designed to deliver the ultimate visual entertainment experience. AMD LIVE! Ultra-branded PCs will be powered by AMD multi-core platforms for desktop and notebook PCs, codenamed "Spider" and "Puma", respectively.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2008 - 05:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Although Ryan is sharing pics of the new graphics card that we will be seeing from AMD, he is keeping the game play to himself. If we don't see any more updates from CES today, it's probably fair to assume that Ryan got 'stuck' at that table.
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 7, 2008 - 05:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at the ASUS table you can see a scratch 20" proof monitor, apparently Ryan talked them into hitting it with a storage box several times, and it suffered no ill effect. There is also an pre-built HTPC with a built in amplifier as well as a shot of the digital Xonar D2X.
Subject: Displays | January 7, 2008 - 05:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Dell's new 22" Crystal display gives you a rather attractive way to watch HD content and to game, check out Ryan's pics from the floor of CES.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 7, 2008 - 04:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new acrylic Water Box Plus case and cooling kit from Danger Den are simply marvelous. Not only have they created a rather sharp looking acrylic case, but all the water blocks are edged in acrylic and the tubing also fits in, giving it a nice look very reminiscent of Orac. Even better, 3dGameMan reveals that the high level performance you expect from Danger Den was not compromised while they were working on the aesthetics