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Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2008 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
G94 is here, with the introduction of the 9600GT, and it is a chip refresh like we saw in the good old days. The performance gains are not like we have been used to seeing between refreshes recently, when you had to squint to be able to make out the performance improvements. As the graphs at [H]ard|OCP show, this new GT blows the 8600GT out of the water, and it takes out the HD3850 and 3870 easily as well. It is also nice to see that 8800GT owners will not be upset either, as the newcomers performance is still below the 8800GT's performance.
Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2008 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Digitimes has heard from an unspecified source that ASUS has placed a large order of Sempron chips from AMD, possibly as many as one million chips. This rumour has started a large ball rolling, spawning speculation that the ASUS Eee will not continue to be an Intel only platform, in the future it is possible we may see some Eee's with AMD inside. Others think that is unlikely, as Intel has a long history of threatening to stop supplying chips to manufacturers for a variety of reasons, up to and inclu
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 20, 2008 - 05:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's the b-Tarantula 650 Watt PSU of course! It has a pair of 20 amp 12V rails, an oversized cooling fan and a different take on modular cabling. When Modders-Inc threw a pair of XFX 8800GTS 320MB cards in; the system was drinking up to 410W and the rails stayed nice and level. The biggest drawback to this PSU that I can see is that I can't find it for sale anywhere.
Subject: Systems | February 20, 2008 - 03:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Techware Labs takes on the mystery of the HTPC, and why it hasn't caught on. Sidestepping the Linux issue, as learning even the small but of Linux needed to set up an HTPC can be daunting, they focus on the 4 flavours of Windows Media Center Edition. One the biggest mysteries that they touch on, and that has always bothered myself, is the cost. To buy a DVD player, DVR and cable box costs far more than building a pre assembled HTPC. See what light they can shed on the mystery in the full article
Subject: Motherboards | February 20, 2008 - 02:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
780i based motherboard reviews are still fairly rare, and we haven't really seen a representative sample yet. [H]ard|OCP's review of the XFX nForce 780i SLI board proves that point, the overclocking results they saw were very different from the EVGA board they tested earlier. This board also has a new version of the nVIDIA system monitor, aka Enhanced System Architecture. Read on for the full review of this triple SLI capable board.
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2008 - 12:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
These raw stats are probably the most telling. Crysis on high quality @ 1920*1200 with a pair of 8800 Ultras is 34.5 fps, with the third in it goes all the way up to 35.0fps. The story for very high quality and 4XAA @ 1920*1200 is 19.0fps to 27.0fps, which is almost playable. Check out The Tech Report for a full look at how games play on a PC with over $2000 of graphics power.
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2008 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you can tell a lot about what someone thinks of you by the gifts they give you, then what do these tell you about what Microsoft thinks of PC users? Seriously, follow the link at Slashdot! Find out what these sub-par Lego people (minifigs) consider their favourite foods and music.
Do you feel more appreciated now?
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2008 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
I share Ars Technica's concerns about this group. Made up of hardware manufacturers and resellers with two huge, borg like gaming companies and Microsoft, who treats their gaming division as a hobby; praising Walmart and Best Buy for their contributions to PC gaming.
Does anyone besides me remember the locally owned gaming store, or play games from more obscure companies that don't get shelf space in the electronics chain stores?
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 20, 2008 - 11:22 AM | Ryan Shrout
There are a lot of rumblings about the NVIDIA 9600 GT today, and not all of it from NVIDIA and its partners. First up, AMD has apparently been on the war trail talking about how the company is "not fazed by impending Nvidia 9600 launch" and that it has "had cards offering similar, if not better, features on the market for the past three months." This all comes from Digitimes, that also points out that the 9600 GT will lack features like DX10.1 support, integrated DVI-to-HDMI supp
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2008 - 11:03 AM | Ryan Shrout
If you are curious about this new "PC Gaming Alliance" that was announced at GDC as a partnership between Microsoft, Intel, NVIDIA, Epic, AMD, Acer, Activision, Razer, and Dell. What is it going to DO exactly? They are looking to give the PC its single-voice champion to communicate to the gamer, to help in communicating requirements and also....well we aren't quite sure. And Ben at Ars Technica seems to have the same inquisitive reaction.
Subject: Systems | February 19, 2008 - 06:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE, San Francisco, Feb. 19, 2008 - For those who crave more performance than what four processing cores and a single graphics card can deliver today, Intel Corporation has introduced the Intel Dual Socket Extreme Desktop Platform.
Subject: Memory | February 19, 2008 - 02:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Patriot Viper Extreme 2GB PC3-15000 kit run at 1866MHz and timings of 8-8-8-24 and while it hasn't appeared on Pricegrabber or NewEgg, some smaller retailers seem to be selling the kit for over $500. Overclockers Online pushed the voltage up to 2.06V and managed several overclocks, some with tighter timings and some with higher frequencies, which they compare performance wise. Along the way they made some interesting discoveries about XMP on the ASUS Maximus Extrem
Subject: Mobile | February 19, 2008 - 01:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lenovo's T-Series ThinkPads have arrived at Think Computers. The widescreen T61p is 1.1-inches thick, weighs only 5lbs and comes in both 14.1" and 15.4". Apart from the screen size, the two biggest differences are that the 15.4" model comes with a C2D T7700
and Nvidia Quadro FX 570, while the 14.1 has a C2D T7300 and Nvidia Quadro NVS 140M. Check out the full review for more.
Subject: Systems | February 19, 2008 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Uberclok is a relatively new PC builder, who offers prebuilt overclocked PCs for a fair amount less than what you pay at other suppliers. AnandTech did the math, and there is only a $400 difference between building one of these rigs yourself. The premiums Uberclok offer are a 3 year warranty, 30 day guarantee and a tech support line, so it's up to you to decide your preference. Take a look at the full review of the Ion to see how well it performs.
Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2008 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the mood to pick up a mid-range nVIDIA card? Well, don't! At least not until the 21st, when we see the debut of the 9600GT, and a drop in the price of the 8600GTS. Unless the rumoured delays we heard about yesterday turn out to be true. Wen it does arrive, a 64 pipe 500MHz GPU with 512MB of 2000MHz RAM for under $200 seems to be a challenge to AMD's lower priced cards.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 18, 2008 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS is getting into everything nowadays. They are not content with holding a huge portion of the motherboard market, they also do graphics cards and are now getting into coolers. [H]ard|OCP reviews three ASUS heatsinks, the Silent Knight, Triton 77 and Silent Square EVO. The design of these heatsinks are very unique and their performance might be better than you think.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 18, 2008 - 03:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The EVGA e-GeForce 8800 GS 384 MB offers a nice challenge to the HD3850, and even the 3870 in some cases. With a 550MHz GPU and 800MHz RAM, it can keep up with most of it's competitors, the cutbacks happened in the bus width which has been throttled back to 192 bit. With a bit of work, TechPowerUp!
Subject: Motherboards | February 18, 2008 - 02:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASRock Penryn 1600SLI-110dB is a budget board that packs some surprises. The 650i chipset isn't usually associated with SLI, but this board has 3 PCI-E slots, one that is full 16x for running single cards and a pair that will run at 8x if two cards are plugged in. Placing the single slot solution between the paired PCI-E slots is a good idea, as it gives you space for oversized coolers. Check out the surprise AnandTech received when they started to overclock.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 18, 2008 - 02:48 PM | Ryan Shrout
It would appear that its possible the 9600 GT is seeing FURTHER delays and a possible recall, at least according to this story at The Inquirer. There is no reason given for the delay.