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Subject: Displays | September 10, 2007 - 02:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-Bit Labs is on a roll. In their latst batch of monitor reviews, number 4 in a long series, they compare 20" 13 LCD monitors, covering widescreen and regular sized, cheap entry level and the more expensive side. You can see just how important Response Time Compensation is, and differences between VA, TN, S-IPS and the other matrices that LCDs are built with now.
Subject: Storage | September 10, 2007 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The first time you encounter them, RAIDs can seem a bit overwhelming, from having to buy two or more HDDs to figuring out the types 1 or 5 or 0+1, and then people start asking about stripe sizing. AnandTech can give you some help figuring it all out, and get you started on building your own array, be it for safety, speed, or a bit of both.
Subject: Processors | September 10, 2007 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Check out the hard work that The Tech Report put in over the weekend, benchmarking a Barcelona based server.
Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2007 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DigiTimes has a story on two new graphics chips that AMD is working on, though AMD has no comment on them, as is usual. If the information is correct, the die will be shrunk to 55nm, and it will be DX10.1 and PCI Express 2.0 compliant. The odd thing about this news is that there is no talk of a new high end graphics card to compete with nVIDIA's 8800GTX and Ultras, and we are starting to hear rumours about nVIDIA's new series already.
Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2007 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 10, 2007 - As a result of stronger than expected worldwide demand for its computing products, Intel Corporation now expects revenue for the third quarter to be between $9.4 billion and $9.8 billion as compared to the previous range of $9.0 billion to $9.6 billion.
The gross margin percentage for the third quarter is expected to be in the upper half of the previous range of 52 percent plus or minus a couple of points. All other expectations are unchanged.
Subject: Processors | September 10, 2007 - 12:50 AM | Ryan Shrout
AMD is officially taking the wraps off the new Barcelona, native quad-core processors today; at least for the server market. First, head on up and read over my Barcelona preview article then you can check out the AMD PR below:
AMD Introduces the World's Most Advanced x86 Processor, Designed for the Demanding Datacenter
Quad-Core AMD OpteronTM processors Deliver Breakthrough Performance-Per-Watt
Sunnyvale, Calif. - Sept.
Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2007 - 06:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When members of PC Perspective need some portable computing power on the go, do they prefer a BlackBerry, or a PDA. Let us know which, and why ... and also what you would do if you can access all of the internet, except for the one particular page you want to visit.
Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2007 - 02:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Get your reflexes and team spirit ready, the Quake Wars demo comes out on Monday. We don't know exactly what you will be missing graphics-wise, but apparently it should be perfectly playable on a 9800 or equivalent graphics card. Check out The Tech Report for the links you will want to bookmark.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 7, 2007 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When we first started seeing non-conductive fluids being sold for watercooling setups, the advantages seemed obvious. Unfortunately, the first products to hit the market were very expensive, didn't cool as well as water, and some even proved to be able to conduct electricity. PC Apex has revisited the non-conductive coolant market to see how it has improved.
Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2007 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Storm Worm that has been driving security folks up the wall recently has reached a point where it is much more powerful than any supercomputer out there. It has become the largest zombified PC grid in history, which offers the creator an incredible amount of raw power to do whatever.. It looks like they are playing with it now, so they may well have an idea what it is they want to do. Check out more about this story at Slashdot.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 7, 2007 - 11:12 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, Calif -- September 7, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced a major strategic initiative to support the Open Source development community for ATI Radeon graphics processors. The week of September 10th, AMD plans to provide an open source information and development package supporting the ATI Radeon HD 2000 series as well as ATI Radeon X1000 series of graphics processing units (GPU) on Linux desktops. To accelerate this initiative, AMD partnered with Novell’s SuSE Linux engineering team.
Subject: Processors | September 6, 2007 - 07:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Sept. 6, 2007 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today
announced that it will hold its Premiere Event for the launch of the
Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor at approximately 6:30 pm Pacific
Time (9:30 pm ET) on Monday, Sept.
Subject: Systems | September 6, 2007 - 06:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hewlett Packard has released a very powerful machine that stems from VoodooPC. The Blackbird 002's components are hugely modifiable, allowing an AMD X2 or you can go with an Intel C2D or Quad, and the other components are just as customizable. There is a completely self contained watercooling system inside of it, and installation of all components are totally tool-less.
Plus, the case is able to support 600 pounds ... just cause.
Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2007 - 05:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The SteelSeries Steelkeys 6G Professional Gaming Keyboard is very similar to a basic Danish keyboard, as opposed to being a total workover of a US style one. With 18K gold plated key switches, each rated for 60 million clicks, this keyboard will not fail you when trying to manage your bases and armies in a RTS game, and the ability to process 8 simultaneous clicks offers an interesting advantage.
Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2007 - 03:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD has just started a site devoted to gamers everywhere. It covers all the latest games, as well as some older ones, and it has everything from links on where to buy them to the latest tips and tricks to help you master them. There is a community that lets you chat with other gamers and join or create your own clans. They have lists of LAN Parties and Tournaments, so you can find events near you, or if you are trying to organize one for yourself.
Subject: Systems | September 6, 2007 - 02:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's hard to say that either the AMD 4X4 platform, or Intel's V8 lack in performance, as they are going to be a huge jump from current platforms. Not that motherboards.org is going to let that stop them. They take reference models of both out for a test drive and benchmark them. Head over a get a good look at what these platforms will be capable of when they are released to market.
Subject: Mobile | September 6, 2007 - 02:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ultraportable Dell XPS M1330 is up for review at the Hardware Zone. It sports a widescreen 13.3" WXGA TrueLife LED monitor, NVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS, and a T7700, all in a 2kg package, including the battery. As you would expect, the notebook is customizable depending on whether you need a more powerful version, or just a portable workstation. Along with the new chipset comes a new shell design,
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 6, 2007 - 12:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP spent a long hard couple of days and nights playing through BioShock in the name of research. They tried 5 different 8800 cards,
Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2007 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you don't turn your PC off at night, and you don't actually have it doing anything during that time, PC Mechanic has some suggestions for you. They range from basic automated maintenance tasks to setting up downloads and rendering machines.