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Subject: Editorial | May 17, 2005 - 11:42 PM | Ryan Shrout
Well, in about 6 hours I'll be on a plane to LA for this years Electronics Entertainment Expo, otherwise known as the mecha of the gaming world. While the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Nintendo Revolution announcements have all already been shown, now its time to get the nose on the floor and hunt out information on the hardware behind these beasts!
Look for updates in my weblog and on the main site during the show!
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 17, 2005 - 07:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
A whole lot of press releases from Ageia, the pioneers of the PhysX physics processing unit, hit my inbox a bit ago.
First up, it looks like the Playstation 3 is going to have some Ageia Physics middleware to aid in development of games on the new console. Fans of City of Hereos and those looking forward to City of Villians will be interested to know that the Ageia NovodeX physics software is going to be used in the engine for the g
Subject: Motherboards | May 17, 2005 - 11:40 AM | Ryan Shrout
I have yet to see the first AOpen 915-based motherboard that was "released" but the company is already planning a second one.
The i915GA-HFS will support a number of improved features over the recently released 915Mm-HFS motherboard, which is based on the mobile Intel 915GM Express chipset.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 17, 2005 - 10:40 AM | Ryan Shrout
ATI just sent this PR out over the wire.
ATI and Microsoft Usher in the HD Era of Gaming
Xbox 360 redefines the visual experience: unparalleled performance drives new levels of realism and immersion
E3 - LOS ANGELES, CA— May 17, 2005 — The era of HD gaming is in full effect at E3 2005 with ATI Technologies Inc.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 17, 2005 - 10:36 AM | Ryan Shrout
Beyond3D.com has taken a look at a notebook featuring the ATI X700 Mobility part to see how it stacks up as a gaming machine.
As well as comparing the performance of the Mobility Radeon X700 with relatively freshly taken scores from the desktop X700 PRO and X600 XT we'll also compare it against the previous performances of the Mobility Radeon 9800 and X800, where we can.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 17, 2005 - 10:34 AM | Ryan Shrout
Chris Angelini has written up a review of the BFG 6800 Ultra 512 MB card for Firingsquad today. If you feel a need to spend $1000+ on a graphics card, you're in luck! ;)
This is a tough one to call, and it took collaboration between a couple of FS staffers to determine if spending one grand on a graphics card represents the epitome of hardcore or the depths of foolishness. In the end, we fell right about in the middle.
Subject: Motherboards | May 17, 2005 - 10:31 AM | Ryan Shrout
HardwareZone has a review up of the Gigabyte 955X motherboard, dubbed the "Royal".
Performance-wise, the GA-8I955X Royal was able to perform as well and in some cases outperform the Intel 925XE Express reference board, meeting our expectations for the new chipset. It also showed some exceptional performance in the hard drive subsystem testing.
Subject: Processors | May 17, 2005 - 10:16 AM | Ryan Shrout
The gang at Tech Report have a review up of the 3800+ Athlon 64 Venice core processor.
Perhaps we saw relatively lackluster results because we used Prime95's stringent torture test with small FFTs, which will cause a shaky CPU to throw an error even when it will run other programs with no apparent problems. We also used Windows XP x64 Edition for testing, which make uses of transistors that would be dormant in a 32-bit OS, potentially exposing a problem. Or maybe our chip was just a dog.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 16, 2005 - 08:37 PM | Ryan Shrout
You can get the whole PR at the NVIDIA site.
NVIDIA PRESENTS BREAKTHROUGH NEXT-GENERATION GRAPHICS AT SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT'S PLAYSTATIONÂ®3 PRESS CONFERENCE
SONY PICTURES STUDIOSâ€”CULVER CITY, CAâ€”MAY 16, 2005â€”NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processors, provided a first look at the power
Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2005 - 08:34 PM | Ryan Shrout
Gamespot has some good coverage of what has happened in the Sony Playstation 3 launch thus far. The specs for this piece of console hardware look just as impressive as the Xbox 360! 3.2 GHz Cell processor, Blu-Ray Disc support, 256 MB of XDR system memory running at 3.2 GHz (4 x 800 MHz) and 256 MB of GDDR3 at 700 MHz.
Update: Here are some photos of the system!
Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2005 - 05:48 PM | Joe White
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 16, 2005 — Intel Corporation today opened the 100th Computer Clubhouse, a milestone for the unique, technology-based learning program which has served more than 50,000 youth since it began in 1993. Fueled by a $32 million investment by Intel in 2000, the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network has continued to grow to 100 around the world. 'The Intel Computer Clubhouse Network offers youth access to computers, but its uniqueness lies in its learning model,' said Intel CEO Craig Barrett.
Subject: Editorial | May 16, 2005 - 04:35 PM | Ryan Shrout
I happen to come across an Athlon 64 X2 4400+ processor in my mail box today and am currently engrossed in attempting to test it. I say attempting because the motherboard I am using and the one I have an updated BIOS for is giving me fits. Somehow, when using the X2 processor, any use of the USB bus locks the system, but with the same board, bios, bios settings, etc and an FX-55 or a 3700+, the system is just fine with USB usage. I have no idea what is going on, but I am pretty sure we have a BIOS issue not a processor issue.
In other news, I found out that my clos
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 16, 2005 - 01:40 PM | Ryan Shrout
I saw this thread in our forums this morning and tried to dig up some more info on it, but came up empty thus far. Albatron has apparently released something called the "ATOP" that allows current AGP video card users to upgrade to a PCIe motherboard without buying a new video card. Based on the photo I see on the Albatron website, this is not giong to be a universal option for AGP cards at all. The AGP video card that is shown is very
Subject: Processors | May 16, 2005 - 01:24 PM | Ryan Shrout
Its an oddly slow news day from a hardware review perspective. Maybe everyone is recovering from all the Xbox 360 crap that went on last week? In any event, until something crosses my wire, I only have an update on finding some Venice core Athlon 64 processors for sale in our Pricegrabber engine.
- Athlon 64 3000+ Venice - from $149
- Athlon 64 3200+ Venice -
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 16, 2005 - 11:08 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Mountain Mods U2-UFO Brushed Aluminum Case is not like too many other cases out there. It is a basic box that is just beggin to be modded and tricked out. Plus, as SystemCooling shows in it's review, adding any type of cooling system to it is almost ridiculously easy.
"For the computer enthusiast and modder there never seems to be enough room inside your computer case.
Subject: Motherboards | May 15, 2005 - 10:59 PM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like some motherboard vendors are predicting a stagnant market even with both AMD and Intel pushing dual core processors to anyone and everyone. With the AMD X2's only needing a BIOS update and Pentium D platform pretty high on the price scale, this makes a lot of sense.
However, AMD's new dual-core Athlon64 X2 CPUs will be Socket 939 solutions, and can be supported by current K8 motherboards, which will only need to have their BIOS upgraded, the makers said.
Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2005 - 07:13 AM | Joe White
PHOENIX, May 13, 2005 — Projects on a navigational system for the blind, possible discovery of an ancient coastline on Mars and a lower-cost technology to analyze compounds used to protect against disease were the student projects that won top awards today at the 2005 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF).
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