Intel, Yahoo! Announce Strategic Agreement to Deliver Content to Intel® Viiv(TM) technology-based PC

Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2006 - 11:50 AM |
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CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS — January 6, 2006 — Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO), a leading global Internet company, and Intel Corporation today announced a joint effort to deliver compelling digital entertainment services to consumers on media devices with Intel® Viiv™ technology. Yahoo!

CES 2005/06 - Wish I'd been there

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 9, 2006 - 11:48 AM |
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This year's CES had something for every enthusiast, and a lot of great sneak peeks at the newest things coming out this year.  Start at Techware Labs for their look at the final day, and then scroll through all the news that was published over the weekend.

"Another year has passed, and another CES is complete. Don't be too sad, though; the final day did

include visits to some exciting booths and events.

G71 Well Behind X1900 XT

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2006 - 04:43 PM |
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According to the The Inq, ATI has a big lead of next-gen GPUs as the R580 is supposedly nearly ready and the G71 is still some time off.

IT SEEMS that Nvidia might not be out with its G71 as soon as expected. We heard that it might sample as soon as next week, but major OEMs and partners confirmed that they still haven't seen the hardware and that they've all had R580, Radeon X1900 XTX for some times now.

Source: The Inquirer

GeForce 7800 GTX 512 Stock Coming Back

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2006 - 04:40 PM |
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According to sources at CES, NVIDIA will have much more quanitity of hte 512 parts in the coming weeks. 


I CAN sell as many 7800 GTX 512 as I can get and that's a very good product for us," an Nvidia partner told us at the show. He, she or it wants to remain incognito but the very big partner said that it actually sold all of the cards and still has back orders to fulfil.
Source: The Inquirer

Some CES Coverage

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 7, 2006 - 04:39 PM |
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Here are some links to some other CES coverage from the last couple of days below.  I am still working on mine, but since I was trying some new thing with video this year, uploading is taking quite a bit longer than expected.  :)


Source: General

Toshiba HD-DVD Player Spotted

Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2006 - 09:08 PM |
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The Inquirer got a glance at the first HD-DVD player of the year!

It looks thick to us but so did the first DVD players. This device should probably see the light of the consumer shelves sometimes in summer time but we will try to learn more. Its called HD XA1 and it has support for HD content up to 1080I trough HDMI and can also scale down to 720P and 1080P. It plays conventional old DVD's.

As you can see it has lot of connectors at the back including multi channel decoder with 5.1 out.

Source: The Inquirer

Intel's Core Duo Notebook Performance

Subject: Mobile | January 5, 2006 - 09:05 PM |
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Anandtech has a review up today of the recently announced Intel Core Duo technology behind the Yonah processor. 

Today's article is very much a look at Yonah and Centrino Duo as they were intended to be viewed - as members of a mobile society.  The primary point of comparison here today will be Dothan and the previous generation Centrino.  While we would like to compare to AMD's Turion 64, we only had a very limited time with the notebooks in this review and we could not get a Turion 6

Source: AnandTech

No Playstation 3 at CES 2006

Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2006 - 09:02 PM |
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ShackNews discusses the lack of anything PS3 at CES this year...

More time was spent talking about the success of PS2 and PSP. While there was understandably no actual news about PS2, with most of the talk about the machine being on its continually strong sales and continued market dominance, Sony did seem very interested in bolstering the media capabilities of the PSP.

Source: Shacknews

Clear WD Raptor HDD Announced

Subject: Storage | January 5, 2006 - 09:01 PM |
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Western Digital announced another new addition to the Raptor family -- this one with a clear cover on it for case modders!

http://www.wdraptorx.com/

HardOCP Water Cools the Xbox 360

Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2006 - 11:52 PM |
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Those nuts at HardOCP have ripped apart an Xbox 360 and water cooled it -- and they say its easy to do!!!

Overall, I am extremely satisfied with our Xbox 360 H20 project. We met most of the goals we set forth four years ago with our original mod, and we are — once again — the first people to water cool an Xbox.

In the end, we set out to water cool an Xbox 360 simply 'because we could' but it turned out to be a fantastic venture, and overall a huge benefit to the Xbox 360 cooling.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA Already Ready with G71?

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 4, 2006 - 11:51 PM |
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NVIDIA apparently has the new G71 up its sleeve and ready for ATI's X1900 product...

NVIDIA'S latest graphic offering should start sampling as soon as next week. It's all in the promises now but we have a reason to believe that Nvidia is on the schedule with this one. We also heard that the chip should work around 700 MHz frequency and as we reported before it should feature 32 pixel pipelines.

Source: The Inquirer

ATI's Upcoming Chipset to be Dubbed 3200

Subject: Chipsets | January 4, 2006 - 11:49 PM |
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ATI's upcoming X16 chipset is going to be called the XPress 3200 according to the InqWell.

The 3200 number is there because the chipset features 32 lanes for dual PCIe 16X graphic cards and the rest of the name is logical.

Motherboard manufacturers are making these boards as we speak and there should be some retail boards at launch time. The boards are scheduled for a double jeopardy launch with the new graphic chip R580, known as Radeon X1900XTX.

Source: The Inquirer

ATI's X1900XTX name game explained

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 4, 2006 - 11:47 PM |
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Do they really think people are falling for this?

Its Platinum Edition, or PE, appeared in such short supply it became known as the 'Press Edition' or even 'Pathetic Edition' such was its scarcity. It was so rare that you could barely get it. We'll applaud ATI for actually learning something from past mistakes.

Competitor Nvidia had a similar branding problem with its Ultra line, which was dumped in favour of the GTX label.

Source: The Inquirer

CES 2006 in Las Vegas

Subject: Editorial | January 4, 2006 - 09:40 PM |
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Well it's that time of the year again -- the annual Consumer Electronics Show is going live tomorrow morning in Las Vegas.  If you have watched the news at all, you've probably already seen some plugs and coverage of it on channels like CNN and CNBC.  I got here this morning and have been prepping for the event and already met up with a few of the industry reps to chit chat.  I'll have some cool news stories as they develop throughout the week.


One other thing I am going to try at this years show is to bring you all some HD video footage from the show floor.  Of

Western Digital Announces 150 GB Raptors

Subject: Storage | January 3, 2006 - 08:45 PM |
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Yes!!!  More information available at their website.  These new drives will support NCQ, have a 16 MB buffer, spin at the same 10k RPM and come at a cost of $309 MSRP.


WD DOUBLES WD RAPTOR® CAPACITY TO 150 GB


World's Highest Performance SATA Hard Drive Also has Double the Cache, Additional Features for Enterprise Applications


LAKE FOREST, Calif. Jan. 3, 2006 Western Digital Corp.

PC Perspective 2005 Hardware Reader's Choice Voting

Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2006 - 01:05 PM |
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Well it's 2006....and that means it's time for the 2005 awards all across the web!  We here at PC Perspective are going to make sure that the awards we hand out are based on the opinion of YOU, the reader.  It's your money that is spent on all of these vendors goods and we think it should be YOUR voice that gets to vote.  Our categories include:



  • GPU

  • GPU Designer

  • CPU
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Dell Soaking up AMD Processors

Subject: Processors | January 3, 2006 - 11:13 AM |
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It looks like the AMD processor sales on Dell's website is starting to have an adverse affect on the rest of AMD's distribution channel.

Last year we reported that Dell was flogging AMD chips on its web site and it appears to be doing quite well. We're still totally unsure whether these chips are sourced through traditional AMD distributors like Avnet or whether Dell has a special deal with the firm to flog them. AMD is expected to rebound with additional stocks before the end of this month.

Source: The Inquirer

939 Opteron Prices Increasing

Subject: Processors | January 3, 2006 - 11:10 AM |
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It looks like the prices on the AMD Opterons with 939-pin counts are steadily going up...?

If it's ever going to get better, that will happen if these backordered processors we mentioned actually show up towards the end of January.

In the meantime, the latest processors that have shown up don't seem to be quite as good as the ones that started the uproar. They aren't bad, but an easy 3GHz is no longer a given.

Personally, if you haven't bought one by now, you may want to consider waiting until CPUs containing these IBM/AMD SOI improvements come out.

Asus Radeon X1800 XT TOP Review

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 3, 2006 - 11:07 AM |
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Firingsquad has put together a review of the new Asus X1800 XT TOP graphics card that I also have in house for testing. 

At first glance, ASUS' Extreme X1800 XT TOP looks like no other Radeon X1800 XT card on the market. Sitting next to ATI's own Radeon X1800 XT reference board, the ASUS Extreme X1800 XT TOP looks massive. It even looks large sitting next to a GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB. But actually, the board is based entirely on ATI's reference board design for the Radeon X1800 XT.

Source: Firing Squad

Best of 2005 Awards

Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2006 - 11:05 AM |
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The gang over at The Tech Report have complied a list of the best and worst of 2005, with the worst being the most entertaining options of course. 

Biggest sign of the coming apocalypse: Apple goes for Intel inside
On June 6 of 2005, Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that the company would pull a switch of its own and start using Intel processors.