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Subject: Mobile | September 19, 2007 - 03:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
... or in some cases maybe a bribe. Ars Technica examines the Lenovo ThinkPad T61, the HP Pavilion dv6500t , Sony's VAIO VGN-FZ180 and the Toshiba Satellite A205-S4617, all priced between $1,200 to $1,400, if you don't count the Blu-Ray player on the Sony. They rate the laptops on a number of different areas, focusing more on portability and productivity than gaming, which is a good thing in the case of the Toshiba.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 19, 2007 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tagan CS-Monolith is huge! Huge as in it has a pair of 250mm fans on the side, five 5.25" bays and seven 3.5" bays. It will have no troubles fitting a kilowatt PSU, with space leftover to make sure the PSU stays cool. OCIA is wondering if they can fit a radiator over those two 25cm fans, something that would seriously improve an internal watercooling rig.
Subject: General Tech | September 19, 2007 - 02:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer has managed to get Crytek to talk about the differences between the DX9 and 10 versions of Crysis, and they have left more questions than answers in their wake. Physics will not be supported for DX9 gamers in multiplayer, but we don't know what that will mean for the single player game. Will there be segregated maps, or will DX10 gamers get advantages over the DX9 people they are playing against?
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 19, 2007 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Have you heard about the HD 2900Pro? A new graphics card by AMD just released with the new R630 GPU?
Neither has anyone else, but The Inquirer found one for sale. It's clock is reduced to 600MHz, the memory to 800MHz and with a 256-bit memory interface.
It is awfully quiet over at AMD compared to the Intel's currently running festival for developers and enthusiats.
Subject: Shows and Expos | September 19, 2007 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Check in on The Tech Report's review of a "Stoakley" dual processor system. There are some impressive updates, a FSB that can run at 1.6GHz and support up to 128GB of 800MHz FB-DIMMs. When you see what these Xeon E5472 3.0GHz can do against the newer Opterons, you get the feeling that AMD really has to step up their Performance/Power ratio.
Subject: Shows and Expos | September 19, 2007 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 18, 2007 - Intel Corporation and other industry leaders have formed the USB 3.0 Promoter Group to create a superspeed personal USB interconnect that can deliver over 10 times the speed of today's connection.
Subject: Shows and Expos | September 19, 2007 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 18, 2007 - Intel Corporation executive Patrick Gelsinger today gave a variety of updates on Intel's work with the industry on the company's processors, surrounding technologies and "tick-tock" design cadence, including new details on Intel's upcoming 45 nanometer (nm) products.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 18, 2007 - 06:55 PM | Ryan Shrout
We have been hearing about Intel's Skulltrail platform for some time now, off and on thoughout the year. Recently here at IDF, Pat Gelsinger mentioned the Skulltrail platform during his keynote, pictured here below:
The system uses dual Yorkfield processors that are liquid cooled (stock and to be supplied by Intel) and has four graphics card slots for potential quad-GPU usage.
The word "SLI" has been mentioned several times duri
Subject: Storage | September 18, 2007 - 06:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The PQI Intelligent Flash Drive i810 is an example of small thinking at it's best. 512MB-2GB of storage in a 2 gram, 1.18 x 0.6 x 0.2 inch package, with a normal sized loop to feed a clip or string through and a retractable USB port. ExtremeMhz was already impressed with the compactness of this tiny storage solution, and were blown away by the performance.
Intel Demonstrates Industry's First 32nm Chip and Next-Generation Nehalem Microprocessor Architectur
Subject: Shows and Expos | September 18, 2007 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 18, 2007 - 01:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sure, having a 1300W PSU is impressive, but the chances are very good that even the dream righ you have in your head isn't going to need that much power. 600W seems to be enough to power most systems, as long as that 600W PSU is of high quality. The KingWin Mach 1 600W PSU fits that bill and more, it has modular cabling and some seriously bright blue LEDs. PC
Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2007 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP had a chance to check out MSI's new production facility in Shanghai. Get a sneak peek at the new laptops for 2008 and a glance at the production of motherboards and laptops. This is only day one, so keep an eye out for the rest of the tour. And stuffy stuff!!!
Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2007 - 11:10 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- September 17, 2007 --Delivering a multi-core triple threat, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the addition of AMD Phenom triple-core processors to its desktop roadmap. AMD Phenom triple-core processors, expected to be the world's first PC processors to integrate three computational cores on a single die of silicon, can help deliver the visual experience, performance and multitasking capabilities of true multi-core technology to a broader audience.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 17, 2007 - 05:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has a review of the fastest air cooled graphics card on the planet. MSI overclocked a 8800 Ultra, but stuck with air cooling, which means the overclock isn't that impressive, only 48MHz on the core and 70MHz on the memory. The big news is that it is the cheapest 8800 Ultra you can buy. Read on to see if the extra money is worth it, or if you are still better off wit
Subject: Memory | September 17, 2007 - 03:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Boggled by the purpose of L1 and L2 caches (or even the new L3)? Never figured out why the PCU never really talks directly to your HDD or other components, and want to find out? Hardware Secrets has published an easy to understand explanation of what a processors memory cache is for, and why it is the solution that was decided on in the industry. Along the way you will learn about the different types of RAM, branch prediciting and more.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 17, 2007 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Thermaltake SwordM has a very unique feature, that will probably be the make or break feature for enthusiasts ... it has a hydraulic lid that lifts up. It is 16kg of aluminium and absolutely huge, referred to as a Super Tower. There is a lot going on in this ~$500 case, you will have to read the full review at Hardware Zone and look at the pics to believe it.
Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2007 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Frogpad Bluetooth one-handed keyboard offers a unique way to still have a keyboard when space or weight is an issue, and it comes in both left and right handed models. Although it could be used for gaming, the purpose built keypads are more efficient, Pro-clockers found it much more useful with a Bluetooth enabled cellphone or a Blackberry.
Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2007 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
That's a serious amount of downloading, but it would appear that when AMD's open specs were posted to X.Org's server it was downloaded over 70,000 times. This means two things, there are a lot of people working on the associated projects to get ATI's cards working on Linux, and that there will be a lot of Linux geeks phoning in sick today. Phoronix's story also takes a look at Revenge, a reverse engineering program.