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Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2006 - 05:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of our members is off to college, so the planned $2000 desktop has become a laptop, with less of a budget, and the advice on a good system just keeps coming. The guys in our overclocking forum are helping another member get the most out of an A64 3800+. UncleBob, a moderator and resident old fart here at PCPer feels the cases these days are too small, so he built his own. At 36" wide x 68" hig
Subject: Motherboards | October 13, 2006 - 02:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA has sent us a look at the reference board for the soon to be released nForce 680i SLI. Motherboard manufacturers have the actual board, so it should not be too long before we start seeing previews of their versions. Notice the passive cooling on the two chip north and south bridge combination, as well as the three PCIe x16 slots for graphics cards....what could NVIDIA be up to now?
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 13, 2006 - 02:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware gives you a sneak peek at the GeForce GO 7950 GTX. Although still a single core graphics card (like the 7950 GT), you do get a 75MHz increase in core frequency and 100MHz in memory compared to the previous GeForce Go 7900 GTX.
Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2006 - 01:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MARKHAM, Ontario - October 13, 2006 - ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) shareholders voted overwhelmingly today to approve the proposed acquisition of all outstanding common shares of ATI by an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD). More than 99 per cent of the votes cast by shareholders were in favor of the transaction. No ATI shareholders have exercised rights of dissent in connection with the proposed acquisition.
ATI will seek final court approval for the arrangement at a hearing on October 17, 2006.
Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2006 - 01:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BCC Hardware sets out to reveal that by benchmarking many games in a system. They benchmark the system with 2GB of RAM and and with 4GB. Drop by to see what effect it had on the FPS.
Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2006 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
These new features, according to a link on Slashdot, will really help you out when you are using your computer. The home versions won't let you install via virtual machines, the migration policies are even tighter than XP's and an equivalent to WGA comes pre-installed. Read the full article to get a better idea what this will mean, apart from higher sales of Ultimate Edition.
Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2006 - 11:36 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. and MARKHAM, ONTARIO - Oct. 13, 2006 - Advanced Micro
Devices, Inc. (NYSE: AMD) and ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ:
ATYT) today announced that the proposed acquisition of ATI by AMD has
been approved by the Minister of Industry under the Investment Canada
Act, satisfying one of the conditions to the closing of the acquisition.
"We are confident that our plans for the combination of AMD and ATI will
deliver world-class customer-centric solutions and will benefit Canada
and its future role in the technology industry," said AMD Chairman and
CEO Hector Ruiz.
Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2006 - 06:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan has a brand new 1U server from Tyan with dual AMD Opteron 275 dual cores. Follow the link to find out what else is in it that has made browsing the forums better recently.
Innovative Schools Earn $2.5 Million in Grants and Prizes from Intel and Scholastic Schools of Disti
Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2006 - 06:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 5, 2006 -
The 2006 Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction Awards named Don
Pedro Albizu Campos Elementary School/P.S. 161 in New York and Chisholm
Middle School in Newton, Kan. as the "Best of the Best" winners.
WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 5, 2006 -
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 12, 2006 - 02:03 PM | Ryan Shrout
Dailytech has the announcement and some images of the new Sapphire liquid cooled X1950 XTX and CrossFire cards. Bother use the same design that keeps the water cooling components inside the case.
Sapphire has announced the release of its new TOXIC X1950XTX and TOXIC X1950 CrossFire Edition graphics cards catered towards enthusiasts and silent PC aficionados.
Subject: Processors | October 12, 2006 - 02:01 PM | Ryan Shrout
It seems that the Woodcrest processor, the server / workstation version of the ever popular Core 2 Duo from Intel, is having trouble gaining ground without a solid high performance chipset.
Intel's own Greencreek platform does allow for a single PCI-E X16 slot - sufficient for a typical midrange workstation. But that is far from enough for 3D powerhouse workstation systems, where SLI or CrossFire may be mandatory to get the 3D performance required.
Subject: Mobile | October 12, 2006 - 01:58 PM | Ryan Shrout
Well, not on all of them, but on some of them it seems; namely the new XPS M1710 notebook that we reviewed back in July. This new model will feature the Core 2 Duo T7600G or T7200 CPUs and 512MB GeForce Go 7950 GTX or 256MB GeForce Go 7900 GS cards from NVIDIA. And if you get the daddy-mack configuration, Dell is going to give you the keys to overclocking that dual core processor all on yo
Subject: Processors | October 12, 2006 - 01:52 PM | Ryan Shrout
Way back in the day, Transmeta was the first processor company to push performance per watt indicators at the technology leaders. Of course, no one really listend to them, so look what we have now... The Crusoe processor was released in 2000 and found mild success with some vendors, but it quickly evaporated. Now they plan on cashing in on patents, like some other nit-wits we have seen.
Santa Clara, Calif.-based Transmeta alle
Subject: Mobile | October 12, 2006 - 01:49 PM | Alex Marsters
DIGITALLIFEâ€”NEW YORK, NYâ€”OCTOBER 12, 2006â€” NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) has once again raised the bar for notebook graphics performance with the release of the NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX graphics processing unit (GPU)â€”the world's fastest notebook GPU on the marketi. Notebooks with the new GPU are available for order from select top gaming notebook makers in North America and Europe. Gamers can experience the power of this new GPU in Dell notebooks at DigitalLife 2006 in New York City.
Subject: Processors | October 12, 2006 - 01:47 PM | Ryan Shrout
VIA has a couple of new announcements today, the first on the C7-M processor powered SafeBook notebook.
The second is on VIA's partnership with UK system builders for the first carbon-free personal computer.
Mobility Meets Security in VIA C7-M Powered SafeBook by DevonIT
Secure SafeBook looks to dri
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 12, 2006 - 01:38 PM | Ryan Shrout
Digital Life, one of the smaller shows for the tech community, opened today in New York City. I just got an email that AGEIA is on-site there with some new annoucements and showing off some new technology. They have some software on display, as well as the first public showing of the PCI Express version of the PhysX card.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — October 12, 2006 — AGEIA™ Technologies, Inc.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 11, 2006 - 06:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SPCR seems to be a little enamoured of Seasonic's M12 700W PSU. It is very similar to the S12, but has modular cables and a second fan (60mm). Unless the PSU hits 40C or higher, the second fan never turns on, and doesn't really add any noise to the system. With an efficiency that stays above 80% in normal operating situations, and less than 3% variance on the voltage, this system will be well at home in a power hungry dual core, dual video card system.
Subject: Motherboards | October 11, 2006 - 03:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Abit may well be turning into the comeback kid. After fading to relative obscurity, these last few months have seen them releasing quite a few new boards. The newest are up for review at The Tech Report, the AB9 Pro, based around the P965 northbridge is a very solid board, and the AW9D Max with it's P975X offers support for Crossfire and also features solid state capacitors instead of electrolytic ones. That last feature may decide anyone who has had problems with leaking caps in the past.
Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2006 - 02:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
WIMAX WORLD, Boston, Oct. 11, 2006
— Accelerating the availability of broadband wireless access, Intel
Corporation today announced the availability of the IntelÂ® WiMAX
Connection 2250, the company's next-generation system-on-chip and its
first designed to support mobile networks in addition to fixed networks.
WIMAX WORLD, Boston, Oct. 11, 2006
Subject: Processors | October 11, 2006 - 01:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech is sharing everything they know about the upcoming quad-core processor from AMD, currently known as Barcelona. Taking a different aproach than Intel, they did not widen the instruction pipe, instead optimizing the current one with a 512-entry indirect branch predictor, a 32-byte instruction fetch, a sideband stack optimizer and out-of-order load execution.