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Subject: Editorial | June 24, 2005 - 09:19 AM | Ryan Shrout
Just one more day until moving day. Tomorrow, bright and early, my helpful friends and I will pack up the UHaul truck and I will hopefully drive it safely an hour and half north to where my new house is finished and waiting. I closed on it nearly 2 full weeks ago, but because of my recently trips and the 7800 GTX article that needed to be completed on time, I waited to move-in. The office is now completely packed up with the expection of this single computer that I am typing on now; its a barren wastela
Subject: Processors | June 24, 2005 - 09:11 AM | Ryan Shrout
I forgot to post this last week, but GDHardware has a review of the new Athlon 64 FX-57 processor that will be announced on the 27th of this month.
The real target audience for the FX-57 is going to be the ultra-gamer who insists on nothing but the absolute fastest gaming CPU money can buy. It simply crushes everything in its path in game performance and handles most of today's common applications with power to spare.
Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2005 - 09:04 AM | Ryan Shrout
Anandtech has a published an article that goes into some detail comparing the Sony PS3 and the Xbox 360's hardware specifications including the CPU and GPU.
On a purely hardware level, ATI's Xbox 360 GPU (codenamed Xenos) is quite interesting. The part itself is made up of two physically distinct silicon ICs. One IC is the GPU itself, which houses all the shader hardware and most of the processing power.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 24, 2005 - 09:02 AM | Ryan Shrout
It seems almost crazy to hear, but it just might happen. After news about the cancelled 6800U dual chip card hit the streets (as we expected) the rumors are starting about Asus' next move.
Instead, the company is looking forward to utilize two GeForce 7800-series chips on a single graphics card targeted for hardcore enthusiasts. The cancellation of the project is suggested to be the launch of the new-generation GeForce 7800 GTX graphics processing units.
Subject: Systems | June 24, 2005 - 09:00 AM | Ryan Shrout
The gang at HardOCP has posted a quickie guide called the "HardOCP 1500" that looks at what system they could buy with a $1500 budget today. They ended up choosing nearly the same components as I did in our High End System Leaderboard.
While holding true to our upgradeability that has become the cornerstone of our guides, we have built the ultimate gaming upgrade that $1500 can buy.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 23, 2005 - 06:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The FX57 is geared towards gaming and the X2 will cater for those engaged in Content Creation. AMD will put even more emphasis in the future on this segmentation so that there is no overlapping of the two products in people's minds. The FXers will always be the best for gaming: designing games, distributing them and playing them.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2005 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMDGamer has some pictures of Innovatek's brand new Cool-Matic G70, and a link to Innovatek for more info. The G70 is a water based cooler (block) for both the GPU and the memory on the just released 7800. Before you ask, there are pictures of what look to be a 2 card SLI setup, so the G70 takes full advantage of the card's smaller footprint to make sure both cards can be cooled with 2 seperate G70's.
"Parallel to the upcoming Launch of the new Nvidia G70 Graphic Card -Monster (Geforce
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2005 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Coolermaster has re-imagined the classic Hyper 6 into a Hyper 6+, and it is put through some testing at Insanetek. Not only does it provide some respectable cooling power, but it is small enough to fit into most cases, unlike many of the other high performance heatsinks that have come onto the market recently. If it's your videocard that's overheating, you can find help here too!
"The Hyper 6 is probably considered Cooler Master's first high performance cooler.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 22, 2005 - 09:40 AM | Ryan Shrout
For the first time I can remember, we have availability of a new GPU on launch day! Below are some press links to vendors supplying them.
Here are some places where you can buy these cards right now!
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 22, 2005 - 09:34 AM | Ryan Shrout
After you have perused my GeForce 7800 GTX Review you can head on out and check out some other site's take on this new GPU release. More as they come in...
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 22, 2005 - 09:30 AM | Ryan Shrout
You can read the entire release at NVIDIA.com.
NVIDIA REDEFINES HIGH-END PC GRAPHICS WITH NEW-GENERATION GEFORCE 7800 GTX GPU Redesigned Architecture Delivers Stunning Image Quality and More than Twice the Pure Graphics Performance of its Previous Generation's Top GPU
SAN FRANCISCO, CAâ€”JUNE 22, 2005â€”NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), a worldwide leader in graphics and digital media processing, today unveiled the NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX graphics processing unit (GPU), the new flagship of the NVIDIA GeForce GPU line-up.
Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2005 - 08:17 AM | Dave Phelps
TechSpot has a few tidbits about Quake 4 for your viewing pleasure.
You can discuss the article in our own forums.
The Quake series is undoubtedly one of the most popular in the first-person-shooter (FPS) genre ever.
Subject: General Tech | June 20, 2005 - 06:12 PM | Dave Phelps
You can discuss the F.E.A.R. MP demo in our very own forums.
The guys at Monolith have found a new way to approach the traditional first person shooter genre.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 20, 2005 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Maybe you have heard of Sytrin, and their Nextherm ICS 8200 airconditioned case, but if you haven't InsaneTek has a review you should read. The Nextherm has a thermoelectric cooler sitting on its intake, and has a significant impact on the temperatures in the case, including the video card. Of course, the case will also have a significant impact on your wallet, but think what you can save by overclocking.
"Summer is around the corner an
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 17, 2005 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Extreme Cooling Technologies new Mach II GT might sound like a razor, but it is the coolest thing in phase change technology. It will let COC run an A64 3500 at a stable 2991Mhz, and do it with an average core temp of -18C! It's not cheap though, the MSRP is $949. If that's a little too rich, a review of Titan's economically priced Bianca is just b
Subject: Processors | June 16, 2005 - 10:58 AM | Ryan Shrout
Anandtech is looking at the near future of Intel's roadmaps including the Presler and Cedar Mill cores.
As we mentioned earlier, two Cedar Mills running at lower clock speeds will compose a Presler dual core processor (Smithfield's replacement). HyperThreading, EIST, XD and EM64T are enabled on all of these new processors. Furthermore, all Cedar Mill chips will also receive VT technology, with the exception of the Pentium 4 631. The Pentium 4 631 and 633 are identical except the absence of VT in the 631.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 16, 2005 - 10:52 AM | Ryan Shrout
I missed this one yesterday, but our friends at Tech Report have posted a review of the X800 XT All-in-Wonder card that offers a healthy does of gaming performance along with great video input and output capability.
ATI used digital tuners back in the days of the Radeon 8500DV, but switched to analog tuners from Philips for more recent All-in-Wonders. For the AIW X800 XT, ATI has returned to silicon-based digital tuners, which supposedly offer higher quality and quicker tuning.
Subject: Mobile | June 16, 2005 - 10:49 AM | Ryan Shrout
If you ever wanted a super fast, and super hot notebook desktop replacement part, this looks like it could be it. The Dell Inspiron XPS Gen 2 is powered by a Dothan core Pentium M processor but that is countered by the use of the NVIDIA GeForce Go 6800 Ultra GPU!
Considering that this is a notebook that is supposed to be mainly running on AC, we were pleased with the results.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 16, 2005 - 10:45 AM | Ryan Shrout
NVIDIA has just cut their budget GPU prices according to Digitimes today perhaps an indication of their upcoming new GPU launch this month. Hopefully we'll see the same kind of price reductions on the 6800 series of cards soon too.
Nvidia recently lowered the price of its GeForce 6200 with TurboCache by US$15, according to sources at Taiwan graphics-card makers.