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Subject: Shows and Expos | January 7, 2006 - 04:39 PM | Ryan Shrout
Here are some links to some other CES coverage from the last couple of days below. I am still working on mine, but since I was trying some new thing with video this year, uploading is taking quite a bit longer than expected. :)
Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2006 - 09:08 PM | Ryan Shrout
The Inquirer got a glance at the first HD-DVD player of the year!
It looks thick to us but so did the first DVD players. This device should probably see the light of the consumer shelves sometimes in summer time but we will try to learn more. Its called HD XA1 and it has support for HD content up to 1080I trough HDMI and can also scale down to 720P and 1080P. It plays conventional old DVD's.
As you can see it has lot of connectors at the back including multi channel decoder with 5.1 out.
Subject: Mobile | January 5, 2006 - 09:05 PM | Ryan Shrout
Anandtech has a review up today of the recently announced Intel Core Duo technology behind the Yonah processor.
Today's article is very much a look at Yonah and Centrino Duo as they were intended to be viewed - as members of a mobile society. The primary point of comparison here today will be Dothan and the previous generation Centrino. While we would like to compare to AMD's Turion 64, we only had a very limited time with the notebooks in this review and we could not get a Turion 6
Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2006 - 09:02 PM | Ryan Shrout
ShackNews discusses the lack of anything PS3 at CES this year...
More time was spent talking about the success of PS2 and PSP. While there was understandably no actual news about PS2, with most of the talk about the machine being on its continually strong sales and continued market dominance, Sony did seem very interested in bolstering the media capabilities of the PSP.
Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2006 - 11:52 PM | Ryan Shrout
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 â€” once again â€” 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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 4, 2006 - 11:51 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Chipsets | January 4, 2006 - 11:49 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 4, 2006 - 11:47 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Editorial | January 4, 2006 - 09:40 PM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: Storage | January 3, 2006 - 08:45 PM | Ryan Shrout
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 RAPTORÂ® 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.
Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2006 - 01:05 PM | Ryan Shrout
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 Designer
Subject: Processors | January 3, 2006 - 11:13 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Processors | January 3, 2006 - 11:10 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 3, 2006 - 11:07 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2006 - 11:05 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Motherboards | January 3, 2006 - 11:03 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2005 - 11:31 PM | Joe White
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 29, 2005 - 03:29 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 29, 2005 - 03:27 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.