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Subject: Processors | August 20, 2007 - 12:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
AMD snuck out another new processor today, though getting your hands on one might take an act of divine intervention -- they didn't seed samples to any media that I am aware of so maybe the "black edition" refers to its stealth like qualities?
In any event, the CPU is a 200 MHz bumb over the previous fastest Athlon X2 processor, still at 90nm process technology, and that's about it. Pricing has it about $240 (just about the $250 I said they would be limited to in my podcast last week).
Subject: Processors | August 20, 2007 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the lead up to Barcelona's release date, as we all wait for the first CPU benchmarks, we can still get an idea what new features we will be seeing in the retail models. X-bit Labs has put together every scrap of information they have managed to get from AMD into an 11 page article covering the architectures specifications, instruction set and more.
Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2007 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to the Skype blog, the outage many are still experiencing came about because of Microsoft's Patch Tuesday. The details are still a little sketchy as to exactly what happened, and why this particular patch had more effect on the Skype network than previous Patch Tuesdays. Keep an eye on Ars Technica's article for updates.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 20, 2007 - 09:47 AM | Ryan Shrout
I'm sure we all knew that Asus was going to get this out sooner rather than later, but Dailytech has some new information on the availability of the upcoming Asus P5E3 motherboard:
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2007 - 05:34 PM | Ryan Shrout
Intel has launched some new drivers for the G965 chipset; doesn't sound too exciting until you realize these are the drivers that enable hardware vertex shaders. Finally! Sorry, Windows XP only for now.
Subject: Processors | August 17, 2007 - 04:59 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you frequently use the SiSoft Sandra software for testing your own system, you'll be interested in see what the new version of SiSoft Sandra is going to offer.
So what's in it for you:
Subject: Systems | August 17, 2007 - 04:51 PM | Ryan Shrout
Get suckered into buying a Dell XPS 700 system? This news is for you! :)
The upgrade kit includes the motherboard from Dell’s latest XPS 720 system. Dell also includes the required front panel I/O assembly, cables, mechanical assemblies, resource CD, owner’s manual, XPS mouse pad and DTS audio upgrade in the kit.
The Dell XPS 720 motherboard features NVIDIA’s nForce 680i SLI MCP chipset.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2007 - 04:48 PM | Ryan Shrout
I took a look at the new BFG Technologies 8600 GTS OC2 graphics card last month, but it's worth another look. Kyle over at HardOCP has taken the cooler apart to show you the detailed changes inside and whether or not the new cooler is up to snuff.
The BFG ThermoIntelligence unit has an obvious advantage in terms of heatsink surface area.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2007 - 04:45 PM | Ryan Shrout
Rage, the upcoming racing, battle, role playing game from id (yes, the same id as Doom 3) is getting some more build up as the gang at Shacknews pull in an interview with two of the head honchos.
Shack: You mentioned you could talk about the setting a bit.
Tim Willits: Oh, yeah. That's important to mention. It's set in a post-apocalyptic world.
Subject: Processors | August 17, 2007 - 04:41 PM | Ryan Shrout
Digitimes is reporting that nine 45nm Penryn-based processors are going to be launched for desktop users. The amount of quad-core processors is going up with nearly half of the nine running with three of their buddies. The report also indicates a return of the 0.5x multiplier to allow for more CPU choices (and more overclocking with us!).
Within the nine CPUs, five will be dual-core processors (Wolfdale) and the remaining four will be quad-core (Yorkfield).
Subject: Processors | August 17, 2007 - 04:37 PM | Ryan Shrout
The CPU developers at VIA Technologies are about to introduce a new product in their ultra low voltage lineup: a 500 MHz frequency chip at 1W.
VIA Technologies is about to introduce a new addition to its Eden ULV (ultra low voltage) processor lineup, the company announced at a press conference yesterday (Aug 16).
Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2007 - 05:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
My weekend may coming early, but that's no excuse for everyone to miss out on the happenings in the PC Perspective Forums. It's not all gaming, there is still plenty of other topics to see, such as the problems you can run into with removing beta software, or any type of software that doesn't want to come off your PC. Head to the Cases'n'Cooling forum to learn more about heatsink testing methods and ther
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 16, 2007 - 05:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, CA - August 14, 2007 - Antec, Inc., the leading global
provider of high-performance computer components for the PC upgrade
and Do-It-Yourself markets, has launched its VERIS series of media components.
The VERIS series features the Fusion Black 430, an updated version of
Antec's original Fusion home theater PC (HTPC). It boasts an IR
receiver compatible with Microsoft WindowsR MCE and VISTA to enable
the use of a remote control. In addition, the LCD display remains
bright and accessible even in a darkened home theater.
Subject: Memory | August 16, 2007 - 03:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Kingston's new Low Latency DDR3 DIMMs run at 1375MHz @ 5-7-5-15 and 2T, the lowest stock latency on DDR3 modules yet. Legit Reviews spent quite a bit of time overclocking it to various degrees, one of the most impressive being 1411MHz @ 5-7-4-14 and 1T. DDR3 is evolving rapidly, but it's pricing still remains in the neighborhood of the now defunct RD-RAM.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 16, 2007 - 02:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thermoelectric cooling offers a very powerful way to cool your PC, but it does come with a hefty price. OCIA looks at a scaled down version of the Freezone, the CoolIT Systems Eliminator. They found the installation to be totally problem free, although the power draw that the TEC needed when the system was at full power added to the overall noise.
"The idea behind thermoelectric co
Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2007 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The X-Arcade Tankstick is a very unique device, though the people who will enjoy it are not so rare. It looks like the front of an old MAME arcade that has been forcibly removed and had USB and PS/2 ports attached to the back. Plug it into your PC and get gaming by yourself or with a friend, because there are two joysticks and button sets, as well as a fair number of full arcade games to choose from.
Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2007 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD is planning on extending the life of the x86 instruction set, which they claim will make it easier on programmers planning on switching their code to run optimally on multicore processors. This is a good sign for that part of AMDs development team, they stole the thunder from Intel by being first with a 64-bit instruction set. Read more about their plans at Slashdot.
Subject: Mobile | August 15, 2007 - 05:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The PC Club Enpower ENP660 is essentially an HP dv6500t, with different options available. What does make it stand out is the full-size keyboard that includes a numpad. On a 15.4" notebook, that is a rarity, but it also the only thing that really stands out on this notebook. AnandTech spent a bit of time with this system, and you can see what they learned about it in their review.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 15, 2007 - 04:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TV-Out functionality has been added to the Linux driver for ATI/AMD cards. If you are hoping to build a PVR or even just watch one of your DVDs on a TV using a Linux box as the source, drop by Phoronix to see just how easy it is now.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 15, 2007 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you don't need 1000W, and most PCs do not, then it's better to go with a high quality PSU that meets your needs, as opposed to just getting the cheapest, most powerful PSU you can find. To address the needs of those systems Corsair sells their VX450W PSU, and [H]ard|OCP has reviewed it. Much like in Lee's review they found it to be a