It's a GPU refresh for October

Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2010 - 02:31 PM |

Source: Digitimes

Get out and enjoy your long weekend ... assuming you are one of the lucky ones

Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2010 - 04:50 PM |

You may have noticed a few changes to our Forums over the past few months as Joe does a yeoman's job of restructuring and updating the Forums organization.  You will notice that our long list of motherboard forums, which were broken down by brand as well as divided between AMD and Intel motherboards have become a single mega-forum that should be able to solve just about any problem you could find with its combined wisdom and

Of Zacate and other AMD codewords

Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2010 - 12:27 PM |

While Zacate does seem imply that AMD is making Spanish Hay it is equally likely they are continuing their Age of Aquarius and referencing a certain creek that runs through Laredo, Texas.

Source: SemiAccurate

More speculation on the GPU side of Sandy Bridge

Subject: General Tech | September 2, 2010 - 12:06 PM |

Looking into the near future and what we know about Sandy Bridge and its integrated graphics AnandTech tries to determine what we will be seeing.  We do know that there will be two types, the single core GT1 and the dual core GT2 with the GT1 parts having 6 execution units and the GT2 doubling that to 12.  Though he cannot confirm the fact, the assumption is that the CPU tested was a GT1 part, leaving us to wonder what the performance of the GT2 will be, the chip that will be found in all Sandy Bridge laptops and some desktops. 

Source: AnandTech

More news from the Global Foundries GTC 2010

Subject: General Tech | September 2, 2010 - 11:08 AM |

There is quite a bit of news that came out of the Global Foundries Global Technologies Conference that shows what the future of GF looks like.  You may have heard of Freescale, whose thin film storage technology is found in non-volatile flash memory called FlexMemory are partnering with GF to start to produce 90nm EEPROM flash memory.  This represents another non-AMD contract that AMDs semi-detached manufacturing arm will be working with.

Is it still a demo when it costs $5? Dead Rising 2 prequel arrives

Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2010 - 01:11 PM |

If you are a fan of dispatching zombies in new and interesting ways, such as with a kayak paddle, duct tape and chainsaw Darth Maul-ish kludge then you have probably been following the Dead Rising series.  For those anxious for the release of the sequel or those curious about what all the hype is, for 400 Microsoft points you can have a few hours of fun in a post-apocalyptic world filled with zombies for you to torment.  Take a peek over at Ars Technica.

Source: Ars Technica

nVIDIA eyes integrating graphics into a southbridge

Subject: General Tech | September 1, 2010 - 11:28 AM |

Speculation over how the three main competitors for market share are going to manage to create a general purpose processing unit capable of handling the duties of both CPU and GPU have been keeping tech analysts busy over the past year and a bit.  With AMD and Intel it has been obvious the path they are most likely to take as they currently have both CPU and GPU products and experience developing them is to find a way to combine their two existing products into a single die or at least a single ZIF chip. 

Source: Digitimes

ASUS Xense, a new soundcard bundled with headphones

Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2010 - 02:47 PM |

Don't let your first glance of the ASUS Xense fool you, that shiny shroud is more than just decoration, it is an EMI shield as well.  It is a PCI Express card that will give you a use for those molex power connectors that are hanging around not doing much thanks to SATA and PCIe power connectors.  Bundled with the sound card is Sennheiser's PC350
headset, using 6.30mm jacks for the mic and headphones and is collapsible into a nicely compact form.  Head on over to Overclock3D to see how they

Source: Overclock3D

Don't buy that i7 950 quite yet, there's a price cut coming

Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2010 - 12:20 PM |

The 3.06GHz Core i7 950 is a rather nice LGA 1366 processor though at the price of $600 not everyone could afford to drop it into their system.  DigiTimes has some good news for those eyeing a processor upgrade as Intel has announced that the price is coming down almost 50% to an MRSP of $294. 

Source: Digitimes

Corsair Launches High Performance USB Headset for Gamers

Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2010 - 11:36 AM |

FREMONT, California — August 31, 2010 — Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced the launch of their inaugural audio product, the Gaming Audio Series HS1 USB gaming headset.