Intel's new quad-core is a little pricey

Subject: General Tech | October 18, 2006 - 12:08 PM |
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... but if you work it out, it is only $250 per core.  Keep in mind that the $1000 figure is probably lower than what you will have to pay, unless your local retailer or online shop is in the habit of buying lots larger than 1000 units.  DigiTimes has more here.

Source: Digitimes

It's a NAS jukebox

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2006 - 06:21 PM |
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The Rapsody N35 Home Media Center is a network media storage system allowing playback of audio or video, in a variety of formats.  The fact that it uses normal 3.5 IDE hard drives lets you keep a lot on this box, and you can set up RAIDs to help with the speed.  Find out the whole story at Hardware Zone.

Intel's Ultrawideband Wireless Personal Area Network

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2006 - 04:01 PM |
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It's quite a mouthful, but Intel's WPAN is kind of like Bluetooth on steroids.  You get 480Mbps at a range of 10 meters or less, but no further, and Intel refers to it as wireless USB.  Tweaktown can give you more from the demo at IDF Taiwan.

Source: TweakTown

Intel Opens Up Key Server Acceleration Technology to Industry

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2006 - 03:47 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Taipei,
Oct. 17, 2006
— Intel Corporation announced today that it will
encourage networking companies to benefit from a key server data input
and output acceleration technology designed and added to its server
product lines earlier this year.

AMD'S ACQUISITION OF ATI RECEIVES ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT APPROVAL

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2006 - 03:46 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. and MARKHAM, ONTARIO - Oct. 17, 2006 -Advanced Micro
Devices, Inc. (NYSE: AMD) and ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ:
ATYT) today announced that the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has
issued the final order approving the arrangement under which all of
ATI's outstanding common shares will be acquired by an indirect wholly
owned subsidiary of AMD. The proposed acquisition, announced on July 24,
2006, is expected to be completed during the week of October 23, subject
to satisfaction or waiver of customary closing conditions.

Source: AMD

A mouse that goes a little overboard?

Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2006 - 06:00 PM |
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You can tell by the name, the Fanatec Heäd$h0t, that this mouse is a little unusual.  The fact that it comes in a clear plastic briefcase, just to hold the mousepad/USB hub, the power brick you need to run the thing, oh, and the mouse too.  ExtremeTech attempts to figure out what this 200dpi beast does, and if it will help you get more "Heäd$h0ts".

"What happens when someone throws in the kitchen sink?

Source: Extremetech

It's a Digtial Life

Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2006 - 12:30 PM |
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HotHardware visited New York and the Digital Life show.   They brought back a lot of pictures and sneak peeks at upcoming tech from AMD, Nokia, nVIDIA and much more.

Source: HotHardware

Gems of wisdom from our forum this week

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2006 - 05:25 PM |
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One of our members is off to college, so the planned $2000 desktop has become a laptop, with less of a budget, and the advice on a good system just keeps coming.  The guys in our overclocking forum are helping another member get the most out of an A64 3800+.  UncleBob, a moderator and resident old fart here at PCPer feels the cases these days are too small, so he built his own.  At 36" wide x 68" hig

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ATI Shareholders Approve Acquisition by AMD

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2006 - 01:36 PM |
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MARKHAM, Ontario - October 13, 2006 - ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) shareholders voted overwhelmingly today to approve the proposed acquisition of all outstanding common shares of ATI by an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD). More than 99 per cent of the votes cast by shareholders were in favor of the transaction. No ATI shareholders have exercised rights of dissent in connection with the proposed acquisition.

ATI will seek final court approval for the arrangement at a hearing on October 17, 2006.

Source: AMD

How memory hungry is Vista

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2006 - 01:14 PM |
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BCC Hardware sets out to reveal that by benchmarking many games in a system.  They benchmark the system with 2GB of RAM and and with 4GB.  Drop by to see what effect it had on the FPS.

Source: BCCHardware