All's well that Haswell

Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2009 - 12:07 PM |
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We have a name for the processor that Larrabee will first make its home on, in about three years we will see Haswell.  By 2012 Intel is hoping to have settled down in the 22nm process and hopefully gotten over their GenX chipsets and replaced it with something newer as it will be ready for retirement by then. 

Source: SemiAccurate

Video from PC Perspective Hardware Workshop is LIVE

Subject: Editorial | August 20, 2009 - 01:38 AM |
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I have had quite a few people asking for it, but it just FINALLY got finished uploading and converting - so here is the full video from the PC Perspective Hardware Workshop 2009 that we hosted at QuakeCon 2009!!  Enjoy!

The sound of dollars and sense

Subject: General Tech | August 19, 2009 - 04:34 PM |
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If you are looking for over the top quality, you should introduce yourself to Naim as they have a certain $20,000 CD player you might covet.  That particular CD player shares components with the piece of equipment that Hardware Zone reviewed, but it is not what is being reviewed.  Instead it is the $5000 NaimUniti, a small little device that can handle input from a CD, USB flash drive, Internet radio stations, or streamed music broadcasted
over WiFi and output it to a pair of speakers.&nb

DirectX 11 previewed in DiRT 2 trailer

Subject: General Tech | August 19, 2009 - 03:50 PM |
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While we were spending some time at QuakeCon 2009 we got a chance to watch this new trailer for DiRT 2 coming out soon.  Why did we care about this particular trailer?  Well, the game is being built with DirectX 11 technology so obviously AMD is proud to show it off since they will have the first DX11 hardware available this year
Keep in mind that all the footage you are seeing in this trailer is IN-GAME!

Quake Live will add subscription options, still free to play

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 19, 2009 - 03:12 PM |
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While we didn't get a chance to get the news up during the show, there were a couple of interesting news bits to come out of QuakeCon 2009 - not the least of which was word that the advertising-based business model for Quake Live was not panning out as well as hoped.  John Carmack, in his opening day keynote, stated as much:

Zune HD and Tegra come out of the closet

Subject: Mobile | August 19, 2009 - 03:04 PM |
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Sure, we told you about the news of the Tegra being the powerhouse behind the upcoming Zune HD from Microsoft, but apparently NVIDIA wanted to make a press release about it anyway.  We also have known about the various technologies and processors in the tiny chip since June of 2008 - we posted an overview of the SoC that you should definitely be checking out.

nForce chipsets could return with Intel Lynnfield processors

Subject: Chipsets | August 19, 2009 - 02:56 PM |
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You will likely recall that a large portion of the tech world in 2008 called for the demise of NVIDIA's chipset division with the approach of the Intel Core i7 processor that FINALLY moved the memory controller from the chipset to the CPU.  At the time Intel had decided to NOT allow NVIDIA to get a license for QPI (the new interface for Core i7 Nehalem processors) and NVIDIA also started to drift away from AMD-platform chipsets, so the composition of those two factors pushed many to theorize the end of nForce.

Source: techPowerUp!

Remember this?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 19, 2009 - 02:22 PM |
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Empty it weighs in over 10kg or 22lbs and it stands 2" tall or 609mm for those dedicated metric types, sports 7 fans of which the smallest is 120mm and fit ungodly amounts of storage and expansion cards.  It is Corsair's first case and the Obsidian Series 800D is poised to make a huge splash in the market, entering at the $280 mark.  What can this monumental case manage? 

Source: Hexus

I'm locked in here tighter than a frog's butt in a watermelon seed fight.

Subject: General Tech | August 19, 2009 - 12:42 PM |
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If you haven't heard by now, you are probably burrowed and forgotten about because the net is flush with news about StarCraft 2.  The biggest news is that it is still coming and set for release next year, unlike some other StarCraft games who have become less that ghosts.  It is not going to be your average RTS base building game with a thin story for wrapping, from the looks of the video and previews around the web, it is going to have much more story and unique paths to reach the end of the single player campaign. 

Source: Ars Technica

The good, the bad and the smugly

Subject: General Tech | August 19, 2009 - 12:21 PM |
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There is news from three of the biggest tech companies up on DigiTimes, in a mix of good, bad and pretty much as expected.   To get the bad news out of the way; all those new Intel P55 motherboards that you have seen previewed will not have the fancy new Braidwood memory technology that the existence of the NVRAM slot implied.  It would have been nice, but it looks as though the P55, H57, Q57 and H55
will all be missing the new version of Turbo Memory 'due to to issues with the software side of Braidwo

Source: Digitimes

Opa! Time to toss out the platters.

Subject: Storage | August 18, 2009 - 07:07 PM |
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Apart from the form factor and the use of a much faster transfer bus, flash drives are becoming the defacto standard for data storage.  The 120GB+ tend to prefer a SATA or eSATA interface, while the smaller drives tend to use USB for transfer and lack sophisticated controllers.  The A-DATA 32GB XPG
is one of the smaller drives, both in storage capacity and in physical size and it is up for review at Legit Reviews.  Can it live up to its Xupreme name? Follow the link to find out.

Mobile mice should be cute

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2009 - 02:53 PM |
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Verbatim is a fairly well known name, but not for computer peripherals which is what is up for review at Overclockers HQ.  The Verbatim Nano Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse
is a tiny mouse, available in a multitude of colours, for taking with you in your laptop bag.  The receiver is barely bigger than the USB slot that it uses and the mouse should be good up to 4' away from the receiver.  If you are sick of the trackpad on your laptop and don't want

The fresh smell of ASUS

Subject: Mobile | August 18, 2009 - 01:49 PM |
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The ASUS N50Vn is a 15.4" notebook with a native 1280 x 800 resolution and comes with a "Air Ionizer" button.  Push the button and the notebook will purify the air around you, though it won't clean up what you choose to display on the screen.  Inside the model that InsideHW reviewed you will find a C2D T5850 @ 2.16GHz, 4GB of DDR2 and a nVIDIA GeForce 9650M GT, all

Source: InsideHW

'Little people' GPU wrestling

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 18, 2009 - 12:45 PM |
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In one corner you have AMD's fast card, the $200 Radeon HD 4890 1GB and in the other corner a pair of
HD 4770s that together add up to $220
.  The pair of cards have access to more shaders, while the single card has better memory bandwidth making the contest look inter

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Come see our travel slide show

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2009 - 12:04 PM |
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The pictures are up from PC Perspective at Quakecon and you can see them all here.  There are shots of just about everything you could imagine, starting with a quick look at the BYOC event and a new game from id that had a lot of people excited.  Two different breeds of modders showed up, one who excel at designing modifications to cases or simply creating their own from scratch.  The second group were much cooler, seeing as how they are carting around exotic cooling liquids as they search for the highest overclock.  The hu

A great addition to any HTPC

Subject: Systems | August 17, 2009 - 05:14 PM |
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The ASUS My Cinema EHD3-100 Dual Hybrid TV Card is a PCIe card, giving it that extra bandwidth necessary for HD video.  It can handle both digital and analog signals, in case you have elderly appliances that are not up to handling digital input.  Its dual nature comes from the ability to let you watch one program while recording another to your PC or a TiVO and other PVRs. 

Source: Gamepyre

The ASUS Superhighway

Subject: Motherboards | August 17, 2009 - 04:46 PM |
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The ASUS P6T7 WS SuperComputer motherboard sports an incredible seven PCIe 16x slots along with a $450 price tag, making it attractive to only a few of the most driven enthusiasts.  In order to manage that feat ASUS placed two NF200 chipsets
on the board to provide the extra PCIe lanes.  The gaming performance of those NF200s did not impress [H]ard|OCP overly, what

Source: [H]ard|OCP

It's not all about the frags, you have to have style too

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 17, 2009 - 04:04 PM |
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Legit Reviews offers a quick look at the case mods which appeared at QuakeCon's BYOC event.  15 different mods running from barbecues to Lego, there are some interesting sights to see.  There are inexpensive mods like the system in a milk crate design to the expensive Quad in One system which houses four complete systems in one oversized box.  Drop by for a look.

Micron's miniaturization

Subject: General Tech | August 17, 2009 - 03:37 PM |
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Micron will be undergoing a lot of product changes over the next year as they switch from their current 68nm process in favour of smaller technologies.  In 2010 you should expect to see both Micron's direct products as well as the chips from Inotera, their joint venture with Nanya, move to a 50nm process.  The year after that they will make the move to 40nm.  That move will help reduce their manufacturing costs as well as bringing down the heat produced. 
Hopefully they will avoid the problems we h.ave seen in other companies 40nm process. 

Source: Digitimes

Of Peace, Love, Rockets and the Gaylord

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2009 - 06:46 PM |
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The most interesting topic in the forums this weekend is, and will continue to be, Ryan, Josh and Steve representing PC Perspective at QuakeCon 2009.  Ryan already has some shots up from John Carmack's keynote speech and a look around of the first full day of QuakeCon.  Even more popular is Ryan's post in the forums about the PC Perspective Hardware Workshop, with a list of the prizes he his giving out.  The list is a little short,