Clear WD Raptor HDD Announced

Subject: Storage | January 5, 2006 - 06:01 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 - 08:52 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 - 08:51 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 - 08:49 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 - 08:47 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 - 06:40 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 - 05:45 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 - 10:05 AM |
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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 - 08:13 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 - 08:10 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 - 08:07 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 - 08:05 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.

Several nForce4 SLI Motherboard Tested

Subject: Motherboards | January 3, 2006 - 08:03 AM |
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Anandtech has put together a review of four nForce4 SLI motherboards that they consider to have "bargain" pricing. 

The Albatron K8SLI is a very interesting board as it offers good performance with a minimal feature set. The board layout is very compact while still providing SLI capability. If you want to set up a LAN party system with SLI, then this board will allow you to use the smaller ATX cases without issue.

Source: AnandTech

**CRITICAL** Windows Meta File Vulnerability. READ ME!!

Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2005 - 08:31 PM |
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A serious exploit has been found that takes advantage of the Windows Meta File Vulnerability. Please drop by this thread that Ned Slider put together in our SVT forum. It contains steps that can help you protect your system from this exploit.

The exploit uses specially crafted Windows Metafiles (WMF) to execute malicious code, usually a trojan downloader, to download and install malicious software onto the users computer. At present, these WMF's are being hosted on a number of malicious websites.

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Will NVIDIA's G71 Chip Use 32 pipelines?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 29, 2005 - 12:29 PM |
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Lot's of questions in today's news...this time about NVIDIA's upcoming 90nm opposition to ATI's R580 in the form of the G71. 

As the G71 will be able to process 32 pixels per clock, it will physically have 32 pipelines but will have just 16 ROPs. This is no surprise to us as Nvidia's G70, Geforce 7800 GTX actually has 24 pipelines and 16 ROPs.

Source: The Inquirer

More Details on R580 and ATI's X1900XT?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 29, 2005 - 12:27 PM |
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The Inquirer claims to have some good knowledge of the upcoming R580 specifications include a 695 MHz core clock and 1550 MHz memory clock!

OUR CHINESE colleagues have reported that R580 comes in a couple of flavours and our Theo wrote about this before. But this time these guys have a picture of the actual hardware and have some of the clock details. The card looks very much like the previous R520 based chip.

Source: The Inquirer

ATI's R580 Spotted

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 29, 2005 - 11:29 AM |
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It looks like the first images of ATI's upcoming R580 chip have hit the web over at HKEPC.  Nothing incredibly exciting really, though.  Check out this quote:

時ATi的尚未向廠商提交R580核心的正式規格,只知道將會分為3個版本,最高階的為Radeon X1900XTX,取代舊有以PE命名的方法,核心時脈為650MHz,記憶體時脈則為1550MHz。Radeon X1900XT核心時脈為625MHz,記憶體時脈則為1450MHz。而CrossFire版本亦會在同日發佈,æ 

Source: HKEPC

New 150 GB Raptor Drive Coming?

Subject: Storage | December 28, 2005 - 02:53 PM |
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According this write up at The Inquirer, it looks like Western Digital might be making my dreams come true by releasing a new Raptor driver with a 150 GB capacity, SATA-II support and NCQ as well!

The new model, the WD1500 addresses the biggest problem everyone had with drives: capacity. In today's world, where author of this article can download eight gigs in a single night, a 36GB capacity seems laughable. Especially when you can get 250GB for the very same price as a 36GB model.

Source: The Inquirer

Asus P5N32-SLI vs Gigabyte's 975X Board

Subject: Motherboards | December 28, 2005 - 02:51 PM |
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t-break has combined two Intel motherboards into a single article and some good old fashioned chipset-bashing. 

Performance-wise, both boards are good as we saw in the previous pages, however, gaming AMD's baby at the moment and we're a bit skeptical about using that term to promote Pentium4 boards at the moment. With overclocking, ASUS managed to take the lead providing a higher overclock.

Source: t-break

Wired Picks Worst Comments

Subject: General Tech | December 28, 2005 - 02:48 PM |
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These kinds of articles always crack me up -- Wired has gathered the worst/best comments from tech execs in the year 2005. 

"I'm going to f***ing bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again.

Source: Wired News