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Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 15, 2006 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
New eo™ Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) equipped with advanced connectivity, easy to use touch panel interface, and enhanced battery life though the ultra-low power VIA UMPC Platform
Taipei, Taiwan, 15 May 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced that TabletKiosk, a leader in Tablet PC computing solutions, has selected the VIA UMPC platform to power eo, its new Ultra Mobile PC.
eo is one of the first of a new breed of UMPC devices that fuse traditional PC functionality, with unpreced
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 12, 2006 - 04:52 PM | Jonathan Hung
Since posting videos of the PhysX PPU in action on FileShack, downloads for three of the four movies have exceeded 3.3 Tera Bytes. That's over 3.5 million MB of data transferred over 10 days. I'm not sure about you, but that's a lot of data!!
Check out the screen grabs below.
Subject: Processors | May 12, 2006 - 01:20 PM | Jonathan Hung
Evidence that the AMD AM2 publicity machine is gearing up is showing up everywhere it seems. Today Asus has posted their new M2NPV-VM motherboard supporting GeForce 6150 / NF4 430 chipset and of course AM2.
Subject: Mobile | May 12, 2006 - 10:22 AM | Jonathan Hung
Hot on the heels of Alienware's announcement of a 19" SLI notebook two days ago, Japanese laptop manufacturer PC-Koubo is launching a 19" GeForce Go 7800 GTX SLI unit. It comes loaded with a 100GB 7200RPM HDD, 1GB of RAM, and a Turion MT40. Akihabara News has additional details as well as some pictures.
Also, Engadget has a hands-on preview of a concept Dell XPS mobile PC.
Subject: Motherboards | May 11, 2006 - 06:07 PM | Joe White
Abit had their AM2/nForce 590 based motherboard on display at their booth at E3. The Fatal1ty Professional AN9 32X is their latest addition to the Fatal1ty line of motherboards and boasts dual x16 SLI support, dual GB lan, six SATA-II ports for dual raid 5 and more. Legit Reviews was there to get some first hand info and pics.
Walking through the ABIT/Fatal1ty booth at E3 this year we spotted one of the upcoming NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI MCP motherboards on display in plain site.
Subject: Mobile | May 11, 2006 - 12:50 PM | Jonathan Hung
The guys at The Inq snapped some pics of the new Toshiba Qosimo laptop with HD-DVD built in. The pictures show a new touch-pad design that has tap-sensitive areas that macro to actions (i.e. e-mail, web browser, print) and to top it off the pad is also backlit. It's not a huge innovation, but it's still good to see something different on a laptop.
"The best of the bunch was the backlit trackpad function buttons.
Subject: Motherboards | May 11, 2006 - 11:40 AM | Chuck Smith
According to unnamed motherboard manufacturers it appears that AMD is still on track to release the Turion 64 X2 mobile and Socket-AM2 processors in May.
The availability of AMD's next-generation CPUs — the Turion 64 X2 mobile and Socket-AM2 processors — will still follow the chip vendor's May schedule, according to unnamed motherboard makers that have recently received this confirmation from AMD, in response to speculation, on the part of some PC maker
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 11, 2006 - 08:30 AM | Jonathan Hung
There's a nice review of the Silver Stone LC20M HTPC case. For the money, no one else makes a nicer HTPC enclosure than Silver Stone.
"The VFD, IR, power LED and HDD activity LED are all behind the acrylic strip beside the drives. The LEDs that were chosen for this case do not fit well, as they are bright blue and very noticable from your sofa. Even behind the darkened acrylic, I found them to be distracting when watching a movie in a dark environment.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 11, 2006 - 08:00 AM | Jonathan Hung
Bit-tech has a dual review today of the Sapphire and Connnect 3D Radeon X1900XT video cards. They're affordable, but comes with a mixed bag of good and bad performance when compared to X1800, 7800GT and 7900GT cards.
"It is designed to compete head-to-head with NVIDIA's GeForce 7900 GT and is expected to fit into the very attractive sub-Â£250 market.
Subject: Motherboards | May 11, 2006 - 07:28 AM | Jonathan Hung
Almost as relentless as the news pouring out of E3, ABIT has let go some more details on upcoming products. This time it's a Intel 945G mATX motherboard that supports both your standard VGA and HDMI. On top of that, it uses Yonah / Merom packages which runs relatively cool.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 10, 2006 - 06:43 PM | Joe White
LOS ANGELES and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — May 10, 2006 - AGEIA™ Technologies, Inc., the pioneer in hardware-accelerated physics for games, announced today at E3 that Kuju Entertainment is supporting the AGEIA PhysX processor in its upcoming Rail Simulator. Rail Simulator lets players take charge of steam, diesel and electric trains on real routes in the United Kingdom and Germany.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 10, 2006 - 06:35 PM | Joe White
Legion Hardware takes a look at the MSI GeForce 7600GS. With its $115 price tag, it looks to be a great value oriented card. Though it is a fair bit slower than the 7600GT, the $65 price difference is nothing to sneeze at. Is the card worth it? How much slower is it compared to the 7600GT?
Subject: General Tech | May 10, 2006 - 06:15 PM | Joe White
Legit Reviews takes a look at the DataTraveler Elite - Privacy Edition from Kingston. You can find the DataTraveler Elite in 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB in size and is the first to secure 100% of data on the fly. Check out the full article for more.
"If you enter a wrong password a small window will pop up informing you that you have entered an invalid password. If you enter an invalid password more than 25 times the drive will lock the user out and need to be formatted.
Subject: General Tech | May 10, 2006 - 09:00 AM | Jonathan Hung
This time of year is always one I would love to hate -- E3 completely eclipses everything with a unyeilding barrage of announcements, teasers, videos, and booth babes. The big news from E3 yesterday was from Sony. Not only did they announce a release date for the PS3, they also pegged it with a whopping $599 USD. Excuse me? Yeah, that's a whole lot of cheddar for a console and I hope it's worth all the delays (though Sony never promised a ship date).
Subject: Mobile | May 10, 2006 - 02:30 AM | Jonathan Hung
HP has gone with a new process to make the exterior shells for their laptops. Starting with their next generation Compaq V3000 series and HP DV2000 consumer-level units, HP will apply advanced molding techniques provided by Nissha Printing Co. in Japan. The laptops look pretty sharp and is a nice step from the typical bulky HP notebook.
Alienware also has announced some new SLI notebooks for your gaming pleasure.
Subject: Motherboards | May 9, 2006 - 11:40 PM | Jonathan Hung
It's been a rough few months for ABIT, but it appears the worst is behind them. They are hitting back with some new products. Following Ryan's review of the AN8 32X last week, ABIT has revealed their next nForce motherboard based on the nForce 5 chipset. The Inquirer has the scoop along with some pictures and the new company logo!
"The company will unveil the board around Computex time, but it looks quite finished to us.
Subject: Shows and Expos | May 9, 2006 - 05:49 PM | Ryan Shrout
As I sit here in my West Hollywood hotel, I thought I would post up some links to latest news that has been happening, mostly on the console front.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 5, 2006 - 06:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The AGP X1600Pro is a very inexpensive card, but is it one you should run out and purchase if you are running a card just reaching middle age? Legion Hardware compares it to an X700 Pro, to find out if it is a worthy upgrade.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 5, 2006 - 03:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Plasma is on it's way out and SEC is on it's way in, according to Auphan Online. The technology in a Surface-conduction Electron-emitter Display is like a CRT, but instead of an electron gun it uses surface conduction electron emitters to make the phosphur glow, allowing it to remain as thin as an LCD.
"First there was rear projection LCD, then DLP, then came Plasma. What's the next big TV technology just on the horizon?