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Subject: Processors | December 18, 2006 - 12:36 AM | Ryan Shrout
The gang at Anandtech has published their tests looking at the new Opteron Socket-F processors and the new Xeon processors from Intel as well.
Some might wonder if a different - read Intel - motherboard for the Woodcrest system could have significantly altered the outcome of these tests. We do not think so. Although the Intel motherboards do tend to show slightly lower power consumption, it is not a significant difference.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 16, 2006 - 11:20 PM | Ryan Shrout
The Inquirer seems to have gotten the smell of a new rumor that ATI/AMD might be moving high end graphics configurations OUTSIDE of your case into another one in order to improve heat issues....do we really need this??
This brings the story back around to separate cases with one for CPU/memory/drives and one for graphics. It would solve a lot of problems. Separate power, separate cooling, plenty of space, etc.
Subject: Processors | December 16, 2006 - 11:17 PM | Ryan Shrout
While the 65nm processors from AMD should soon be hitting the streets for everyone to buy, Anandtech got a set of them a bit early and put them to the test to see if power/performance was improved.
Overall we're left with mixed feelings after playing with AMD's first 65nm chips. Power consumption is definitely reduced compared to its 90nm offerings; in our tests we saw an average reduction in total system power consumption of 14.6W thanks to the new Brisbane core.
Subject: Processors | December 16, 2006 - 11:14 PM | Ryan Shrout
The tech wizards at The Tech Report have compiled a review comparing the latest in Intel's server/workstation line to the Socket-F AMD Opteron processors released earlier in the year. They do a fantastic job looking at the power and performance of almost exactly configured systems and this article is definitely worth a read!
You might also want to see what the Tech Report found out about AMD's upcoming processor
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 16, 2006 - 11:06 PM | Ryan Shrout
XFX has just become the first NVIDIA GPU company to offer overclocked GeForce 8800 graphics cards. Both an 8800 GTX and 8800 GTS model are offered.
The new GeForce 8800 GTX XXX Edition runs at 630 MHz core clock and 2.0 GHz memory clock, compared to the reference speeds of 575 MHz core and 1.8 GHz memory. The 8800 GTS XXX Edition runs at 550 MHz instead of 500 MHz and at 1.8 GHz memory instead of 1.6 GHz memory speeds.
Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2006 - 06:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you buy a controller specifically to make navigation easier. ExtremeTech reviews 3Dconnexion's SpaceNavigator, a device perfect for moving around in 3D spaces like Google Earth. It won't do you much good in X3:The Reunion, but for other, less action packed galaxies, it makes a very interesting controller.
Subject: Memory | December 14, 2006 - 02:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
R&B Mods tests OCZ's 1066MHz DDR2 Platinum modules. They come clocked with 5-5-5-15. They manage to push the FSB from 200 to 240, but couldn't tighten the timings beyond 5-5-5-14 on their MSI K9N Neo-F testbed.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 14, 2006 - 01:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has links to get the last Catalyst driver for 2006. Don't expect any mind blowing speed increases, but the bug fixes are nice and so is Crossfire DirectX with multi-GPUs which fixes a big problem some users had.
Subject: Storage | December 14, 2006 - 12:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Future of Things has posted an in depth look at Samsung's flash based hard drive and also posts an interview with Don Barnetson, Director of Flash Marketing for Samsung. You can find out about why Samsung chose the mobile 2.5 form as the flash standard as opposed to 3.5, and when to expect SATA support.
Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2006 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has a VERY active thread about the problems people are encountering with the 680i chipset. They also have a news post that talks about what is known for sure, and what is likely the cause. Unfortunately, right now it seems to be luck of the draw when it comes to problem free motherboards.
Subject: Motherboards | December 13, 2006 - 05:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The majority of budget boards, if they support dual graphics cards, tend to have SLI. Motherboards.org reviews the ABIT IL9, a budget board for ATI fans based on Intel's 945p. Head over to find out how well this board can compete in it's target market.
If you are looking for more power, and want to stay with ABIT, consider Wes Patison's review of the AB9 Pro 965P.
Subject: Mobile | December 13, 2006 - 03:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Laptops have come a long way in the past 6 years. With Alienware and others putting high end gaming components into their systems, it quickly becomes apparent that battery technology just hasn't kept pace. The Tech Zone looks at batteries in general, and the top 5 technologies that are most likely to take us into the future.
Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2006 - 02:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
7.1 sounds adds up and down to your surround sound, and Auzentech provides it with the new X-Meridian. With a 120dBA dynamic range, and many, many other features, this commercial level sound card provides professional level options. Guru of 3D did find some problems with it though, so read on to find out if this is a must have for you.
"It's HERE! We originally heard about the release date for Auzentech's X-Meridian waaay back in June.
Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2006 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at OCMODSHOP, they've broken a sweat about Zelda: Twilight Princess and it's not just because of the anticipation. Using the Wiimote gives you a great workout while fishing, fighting and using ranged weapons, and it does it all without missing a beat when you try the special moves. Read on to find out if this game will convince you to buy a Wii.
Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2006 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware gives some advice on how to get a little heat beneath your tree, in the form of 3 Core 2 Duo systems. Running from the top $4,200 system, a $2,500 and a $1,000 system, even if you don't want to pick up one to the exact specs, you can get some good component ideas.
Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2006 - 11:30 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 13 December 2006 â€” VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced full support for Microsoft Robotics Studio, a new Windows-based environment that simplifies the creation of robotics applications, across all VIA processor platforms and the acclaimed range of ultra compact VIA EPIA mainboards. Whether for academic, hobbyist or commercial robots, the flexible VIA EPIA mainboards powering Microsoft Robotics Studio makes development
Subject: Motherboards | December 12, 2006 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the introduction of nForce2, VIA has an immense hurdle to overcome to position itself as attractive to gamers. The Foxconn motherboard that TweakTown recently reviewed implies that they may be thinking in a different direction. The board is as stable as it is inexpensive, and with an AM2 Sempron, you almost have most of a system built without breaking the $100 mark.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 12, 2006 - 02:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP contrasts the 7300GT OC against an X1300 Pro, in a contest that is more than just about FPS, it is also about image quality. Neither card's performance will blow you away, but when you consider the price, they are both good values. If you need some advice on a cheap upgrade, or an interim card in a new PC build, you owe it to yourself to visit.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 12, 2006 - 01:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MODTHEBOX continues their review of 7zoneUSA's DIY kits. From fan adapters to upsize heatsink fans from 70 to 120mm, to ducting and rubber fixings and silica gaskets, 7zoneUSA has everything you could possibly need to increase cooling and reduce noise. They will even sell you a stylish blue anti-static wrist strap, for those who are into them.