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Subject: Editorial | January 3, 2007 - 04:34 PM | Ryan Shrout
Believe it not, this year's CES is actually shaping up to be quite a busy one for me. Not because of some elaborate launch plans from NVIDIA, AMD or Intel, but mostly because of the alarmingly high amount of meetings that I have setup for a three day time span. Currently I am 28 -- that's nearly 10 a day and considering all the issues involved with getting around the city of Las Vegas in a timely fashion, I have a feeling I am going to be doing quite a bit of sprinting.
Subject: Storage | January 3, 2007 - 04:16 PM | Ryan Shrout
By 2010, it looks like Seagate is aiming for 300 terabyte hard drives for your systems!
PLATTER SPINNER Seagate thinks that it will be able to create a 300 TB hard-drive by 2010.
According to Joystick, Seagate boffins are apparently working on a hard-drive which uses heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) techniques.
Subject: Mobile | January 3, 2007 - 04:13 PM | Ryan Shrout
If the LCD screen on your notebook just isn't the quality you demand, then the upcoming releases of LED-based notebooks from both HP and Apple is likely to peak your interest.
HP's new LED-based notebooks will feature Microsoft's Vista operating system (OS) and will aim at high-end, multimedia uses, the sources said, adding that using LEDs as the backlight source for large-size applications will become more popular thanks to more models of such kind from US-based notebook brands.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 3, 2007 - 04:12 PM | Ryan Shrout
I don't think this is a suprise to most of us, but the Inq is reporting more info stating a March release for their DX10 GPU.
The last revision of the prototype chip - upon which a certain "pre-review" is based - also suffers from problems which are serious enough to get another re-spin, sources tell me. This re-spin puts a hold on the launch for another couple of weeks, and now R600 is looking like an early March launch, probably the week before SnowBIT in Hangover.
Subject: Processors | January 3, 2007 - 04:11 PM | Ryan Shrout
The guys at Tech Report noticed that even though the Quad FX parts are available for sale now, they aren't the prices AMD quoted to everyone last month.
Of course, we should point out that neither AMD nor Asus have control over retail prices. Still, at those prices, someone looking to build a machine with a pair of Athlon 64 FX-74 chips will have to pay with a premium of either $129 or $181, depending on the retailer.
Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2007 - 04:07 PM | Ryan Shrout
Want to make sure you are in on the upcoming Halo 3 beta? Then just buy a specially marked "Crackdown" game.
On page 61 of the February 2007 issue of GamePro sits the second of two pages promoting the bright and shiny new world of destruction called Crackdown. As if this game's explosive mayhem didn't look sweet enough already, the lower right corner of the advertisement reads: "Includes invitation to Halo 3 multiplayer beta.
Subject: Motherboards | January 2, 2007 - 01:51 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you have ever wondered exactly how a motherboard is made, PC Stats has a good article that will show you how.
Finally the motherboards undergo an 'in-circuit test' which involves testing each motherboard's circuit paths, electrical characteristics and the chips that have just been added by applying electrical current to certain specific test points on the board.
Subject: Motherboards | January 2, 2007 - 01:44 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tech Report has a review up that looks at the MSI P965 and 975X motherboards and how they compare with one another.
Apparent overclocking potential is one of very few differences between MSI's P965 and 975X Platinum. Price is another, and given just how similar the boards are, I'm not sure the 975X is worth the extra $20â€”not unless you really want Viiv support. That's not a knock against the 975X Platinum, mind you; it's the cheapest enthusiast-oriented 975X board on the market.
Subject: Motherboards | January 2, 2007 - 01:43 PM | Ryan Shrout
Speaking of Asus, Digitimes is reporting that Asus will be showcasing some new products at CES next week.
Asustek Computer will showcase its XG Station, an audio-visual workstation for notebooks at the upcoming 2007 International CES in Las Vegas, according to the company.
The XG Station, equipped with discrete graphics chips, Dolby output and USB 2.0, give users better graphics and audio-visual effects when co
Subject: Motherboards | January 2, 2007 - 01:41 PM | Ryan Shrout
The guys at HardOCP have taken the new Asus P5N-E SLI motherboard for a test run.
However, there are a few areas of improvement that became more apparent during the overclocking test runs. My biggest complaints center on the board cooling mechanisms, or lack thereof. The northbridge passive chipset cooler was barely adequate for stock running, but quickly became too hot to handle when any overclocking was attempted. This was easily remedied with a low speed fan.
Subject: General Tech | December 31, 2006 - 06:50 PM | Ryan Shrout
Head on over to Shacknews to get the scoop on their picks for this year's game awards.
It is December 31st, and that means its time to tally all the votes and present to you the Shacknews Game of the Year 2006 Winners as voted on by our audience. As we switched voting formats this year, results are based on total points per category where a game got 3 points for a first place vote, 2 for a second place and 1 for a third place vote.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 31, 2006 - 06:45 PM | Ryan Shrout
Apparently, a new site by the name of Level 505 was able to get a hold of the specs and some early benchmarks for the new R6000 GPU coming from ATI early next year. Dailytech has coverage of the news as well:
This time around it appears AMD is going for a different approach by equipping the ATI R600 with less unified shaders than NVIDIA's recently launched GeForce 8800 GTX.
Subject: General Tech | December 29, 2006 - 02:21 PM | Ryan Shrout
This is a really interesting look at the "grey" market for PS3s -- mainly on Ebay.
Within two days of the system's launch the going price dropped by over $1000. eBay prospectors across the country were stunned at the rapid depreciation of their investment. While they were still looking at $600 profit on average, it was a far cry from the windfall everyone had been expecting.
The smart thing to do in that situation would be to wait, right?
Subject: Motherboards | December 29, 2006 - 02:10 PM | Ryan Shrout
I got an email from BFG mentioning an updated BIOS for their 680i branded motherboard to help with the SATA disk problems users are reporting.
Some BFG customers using the BFG nForceÂ® 680i SLI motherboard have reported experiencing disconnect or write error issues with SATA disk drives. To address this, we have worked with NVIDIA to release a BIOS update for this motherboard that eliminates this bug.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 28, 2006 - 09:34 PM | Ryan Shrout
Well, that didn't take too long. After the news post I made earlier in the day (right below!) OCZ Technology has gone ahead and launched their product.
Sunnyvale, CAâ€”December 28, 2006â€”OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced their exciting return to the world of graphics cards.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 28, 2006 - 04:01 PM | Ryan Shrout
Say what? Yep, OCZ is entering the graphics card market!
OCZ said that it will launch its graphics card later today. Newegg is suppose to have some limited quntity of the cards as early as today and as soon as the West Coast wakes up.
The card comes at default Nvidia clocks, but OCZ endorses you to overclock the heck out of it. OCZ will handtest each card and will sell you the best overclocked ones. It comes clocked at 575MHz core and 1800MHz memory.
Subject: Motherboards | December 28, 2006 - 03:59 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you are on the prowl for a new AMD-based nForce 590 SLI motherboard, you should definitely check out Tech Report's round up.
Picking our Editor's Choice from this lot is tough, but we can prune a few options right away. The KN3 SLI2 is out of the running for obvious reasons, and while the M2N32 WS Pro is a great single-socket workstation board, it's too expensive for enthusiasts who don't need PCI-X.
Subject: Mobile | December 28, 2006 - 03:57 PM | Ryan Shrout
Using fuel cell technology, Samsung was able to build a dock that could power a notebook for a full month. Sign me up for one of these.
Fuel cell-based notebooks are nothing new to frequent readers of DailyTech. In early June, we reported on Toshiba's early efforts with a fuel cell notebook dock that was able to power a Portege notebook for 10 hours.
Subject: General Tech | December 28, 2006 - 03:55 PM | Ryan Shrout
You have GOT to love it when idiot sales reps are left explaining away problems!
"So dude over there," I said pointing to the busy clerk, "says he keeps the kiosk off because it keeps freezing up."
"Nope. No it doesn't."
"Well, actually, yeah. It does. I've seen it happen myself."
"No. It doesn't. We did that on purpose," he said.
"You make the entire console lock up on purpose because ...