x48 is coming soon

Subject: General Tech | February 29, 2008 - 11:38 AM |
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DigiTimes has news on the upcoming 4x series of chips for Intel motherboards, including a rough look at their pricing and some details on the P43.  Also nice to see is more confirmation that the X48 will be shipping in March, good news for those wanting dual PCI-E 8x slots.

Source: Digitimes

Dolby Digital 5.1 versus TrueHD

Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2008 - 03:13 PM |
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Tweaktown looks at TrueHD on the PC, something that AACS' DRM has made sure we can't do currently.  See, if you aren't using HDMI 1.3, you aren't allowed to hear TrueHD, and you can't currently get HDMI 1.3 compliance on a PC.  There is hope though, Auzentech was showing off the X-Tension at CES this year; it's simply a HDMI 1.3 audio signal processing daughter board to stick onto your X-Meridian or X-Fi Prelude.  Check out the whole story.

Source: TweakTown

NEW ENTHUSIAST SYSTEM ARCHITECTURE HITS KEY INDUSTRY MILESTONES

Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2008 - 02:34 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 28, 2008 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the world leader in visual computing technologies and the inventor of the GPU, today announced that the Enthusiast System Architecture (ESA) extensions have now officially been adopted by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), paving the way for widespread industry adoption.

Source: NVIDIA

Sempron Fi

Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2008 - 11:39 AM |
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While we still have no definite news on where the million or so Semprons that ASUS is rumoured to have bought will end up, but we do know that China will be seeing them for sale.  DigiTimes predicts that Intel will drop prices in reaction to the release, a tactic we will likely see in North America once the chips make it over here.  Maybe we should look out for low priced Lenovos soon.

Source: Digitimes

AMD Collaborates With Microsoft on Windows Server 2008

Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2008 - 12:22 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - February 27, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it has worked closely with Microsoft throughout the Windows Server 2008 development process, to deliver the ultimate server solution.

Source: AMD

Multiple personality disorder

Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2008 - 11:48 AM |
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X-bit Labs picked up a Santa Rosa based Apple MacBook Pro, and for some reason they installed Vista on it.  Not only did it work, they compared it to an ASUS Lamborghini VX2S in several benchmarks.  The Apple even beat out the Lamborghini in all gaming tests except Crysis.  The pairing isn't really that strange if you compare the price of the

Source: X-Bit Labs

Meet the future of games

Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2008 - 03:38 PM |
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Ars Technica spent some time at this years GDC, which had a lot of new independently
created titles on show.  Ranging from customized controllers to games for all the consoles as well as the PC, there is a lot happening this year in gaming.  Microsoft will have a huge impact on what makes it big, if you are designing a game for the PC or the XBox, you are already working with Microsoft.  Check out the big hits from the GDC here.

Source: Ars Technica

Not coming soon to a store near you

Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2008 - 03:23 PM |
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According to DigiTimes, it will not be easy to get our hands on a triple-core Phenom.  All of their stock is going to OEMs to go inside full systems.  This move is not unprecedented, but it is worrying when you think about the rumours of low yields with the B2 stepping.

Source: Digitimes

Joysticks on a mouse?

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2008 - 02:45 PM |
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The next step in the eternal search for the perfect input device comes to us from Sandio, with their 3D O2 Gaming Mouse.  It promises keyboard free gaming, as well as better control over 3D programs like Google Earth and Sketchup.  BCCHardware was brave enough to try it out, even risking their reputation with some online gaming. 

Source: BCCHardware

Xbox 360 HD-DVD Drive canned - but you can buy it cheap!

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2008 - 12:07 PM |
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I guess it had to happen; Microsoft officially announced the end of the Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive.  Too bad we found it to be the best and most practical HD content drive during the entire format war; you could even use it on your PC for HD playback if you wanted.  Well, if you still want one, apparently places like Amazon and Best Buy are just giving them away.  Just be sure you realize the format is, well, DEAD.