Dial up you preferred frequency on MSI's new 890FX board

Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2010 - 03:08 PM |
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The 890FX chipset is hitting the market in many different forms and from many different manufacturers.  Since this is the high end version of their new chipset the prices seem high for an AMD motherboard but consider it against the high end X58 Intel boards and you see that they are still reasonably priced.  The MSI 890FXA-GD70is one example of these new boards and it j

Source: PCStats

The Power Glove returns?!?

Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2010 - 11:48 AM |
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It would seem that the Nintendo Power Glove was not a big enough fail to scare a company called Iron Will Innovations from attempting to repeat their mistake.  The Peregrine is a neoprene glove with five contact points on three of your fingers, the pinky has only three.  You touch one of those contact points to your thumb, or the pad on the palm of your hand to indicate a keystroke.  Ars Technica tried it out and found it ranged from awful to bea

Source: Ars Technica

Phenom II X6 Post-Release and More 800 Series Chipsets

Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2010 - 06:25 PM |
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    Now that the dust has settled after the avalanche of Phenom II X6 reviews have hit the web, it is time to move on to greener pastures.  Which means more AMD news.

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Fermi 460, GTX 470/480 Availability, and SLI

Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2010 - 06:16 PM |
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    Though NVIDIA has had a rough road with the GF100 chip, which powers the GTX 470 and 480 graphics cards, it seems as though they may be having some better results with the upcoming chip which powers the GTX 460 (not currently announced).  This will be a cut down version of the GF100 chip, though details are sketchy if this is a new design or if these are just scavenged GF100 chip with portions fused off.

ASUS fleshes out their audio line with the Xonar Essence STX

Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2010 - 02:32 PM |
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Soundcards are slowly going extinct as onboard audio improves to the point where just about any feature the casual audio user could want becomes available.  This has refocused the soundcard makers toward the audiophile card as they are the only ones with standards high enough to desire a discreet soundcard.  This means that many of the soundcards on the market are around the $200 mark and sport features most gamers aren't even aware of.  The

Source: Tweaknews

Starcraft 2 hasn't been released and the nerf bat is already a swingin'

Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2010 - 12:33 PM |
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Blizzard is swinging away with the Nerf bat, most smacking around the Protoss as they are having difficulty determining what to do with Zerg that seem more powerful depending on what culture they are from.  This is based on studies of the multiplayer beta that has been out for a while now, but Ars Technica will tell you about the single player side to StarCraft II.  The good news is that what they played felt entirely different from multiplayer.  From the Hub between missions to upgrading troops and especially the hiring of mercenaries, the mechanics feel very different from the

Source: Ars Technica

Don't count your SB850's before they hatch

Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2010 - 11:59 AM |
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The arrival of the 800 series chipset from AMD marks a happy time for anyone looking to build a decent machine at a modest price.   The reviews of the high end version of this chipset, the 890FX, have been positive and one of the big winners has been the totally redesigned SB850.  Now that AMD's southbridge must handle a serious amount of bandwidth from not only SATA2 channels but also SATA 6Gbs, there needs to be the ability to share resources when that much data transfer saturates the pipe.  Unfortunately,

Source: Digitimes

ASUS brings down the price of USB 3.0

Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2010 - 12:25 PM |
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You might have noticed there is a jump in price with boards sporting USB 3.0, as the controller that is provided by NEC/Renesas
is a tad expensive.  There is currently a cheaper alternative on the market but it is limited to PCIe 1x, it really is not a good alternative.  SemiAccurate now reports ASUS has confirmed that one of their subsidiary companies, ASMedia, will be producing a full speed USB 3.0 controller and at enough of a reduced that ASUS is switching ne

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Intel is readying two more Atoms

Subject: General Tech | April 26, 2010 - 11:50 AM |
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Just a few months ago we saw the first 2nd generation Atom parts from Intel, the Atom N450 and N470 both single core dual thread 45nm parts with 612KB cache, the N450 clocked at 1.66GHz and the N470 at 1.83GHz and using DDR2.

Source: Digitimes

Jon Peddie Research announces first quarter shipments of PC graphics increase 44% year over year

Subject: General Tech | April 26, 2010 - 11:20 AM |
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TIBURON, CA-April, 26 2010 - Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, announced today its estimated graphics chip shipments and supplier's market share for Q1'10.

The year, 2009 came in above expectations with an 11% year to year growth, an amazing comeback. Q1 of 2010 showed traditional seasonal slowdown with everyone except Nvidia and SiS showing decline.