NEW NVIDIA-POWERED DELL LAPTOP FEATURES KILLER HD VIDEO AND GAMING TO GO

Subject: Mobile | May 28, 2009 - 05:47 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA-MAY 28, 2009-Todays students and young professionals need a versatile notebook that can serve as their workhorse by day and entertainment center at night.

Source: NVIDIA

Sounds like a gateway drug

Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2009 - 04:05 PM |
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We have all heard great things about in ear headphones, and how the sound quality and noise isolation are worth every penny it costs you to get a hold of them.  Of course, they work better if the rubber nub that heads into your ear canal is custom fitted, and being able to pick your own colours and styles is nice as well.  The drawback is that it will cost you several hundred dollars to try them out.  techPowerUp has a review of some less expensive in-ear headphones which might make trying out t

Source: techPowerUp!

My buffer crack was fully healed

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 28, 2009 - 03:43 PM |
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Windows 7's kernel is zipped up tightly against buffer overflow attacks, or at least more so than previous OSes.  Microsoft has added safe unlinking to the already in use protections known as Data Execution Prevention and Address Space Layout Randomization which help prevent against overflow attacks.  The basic idea in this new preventative
measure is to check each memory block before it is deallocated, and returning a fatal error if that blocks integrity has been compromised.  Dro

Source: The Register

Recording LIVE NOW!! PC Perspective Podcast #58

Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2009 - 02:06 AM |
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Update: Thanks to all who tuned in for the (longer than normal) show!!

Thursdays at 10pm ET you get to us record the PC Perspective Podcast LIVE!!

AVADirect First USA Company to Offer Core i7 Notebook

Subject: Mobile | May 27, 2009 - 05:51 PM |
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Twinsburg, OH (MMD Newswire) May 27, 2009 -- AVADirect, a leading customer computer integrator, has begun offering a Core i7 notebook for sale on its website. AVADirect will be the first official consumer and business retail outlet for this new notebook. AVADirect has already begun taking pre-orders as of last week and plans to ship out the notebooks to expecting customers first week in July.

This new notebook being offered is a big step toward a truly workstation replacement.

Source: Email

Toss in an extra 24, just in case

Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2009 - 05:28 PM |
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The brilliant white finish on this Sparkle GTX260 isn't the most unique thing on this card, it is the 216 shader processors, 24 more than a standard GTX260 that stands out.  The heat management isn't anything to laugh at, PC Stats hit a rather impressive overclock, reaching 682MHz core and 1221MHz memory.  It doesn't qui

Source: PCStats

Kingston Technology Releases First 12GB Triple-Channel Memory Kit

Subject: Memory | May 27, 2009 - 04:48 PM |
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Fountain Valley, CA - May 27, 2009 - Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is first to market with DDR3 1600MHz 12GB triple-channel memory kits. The HyperX kit of three 4GB modules allows enthusiasts to get the most out of their Intel Core i7 and X58 platforms.

"Kingston was first to release 2GHz kits and has continued to lead the memory charge with more DDR3 offerings since Intel created the triple-channel architecture," said Mark Tekunoff, senior technology manager, Kingston.

That doesn't really deserve a new name

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 27, 2009 - 04:07 PM |
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Steam is hosting another free weekend, this time featuring Unreal Tournament 3 Black Edition.  Don't get too excited about the Black label as that simply indicates you have downloaded and installed the free Titan Pack.  If, like some who have purchased UT3 when it first came out and haven't touched it in months, you can install and activate the full Black Edition over Steam by providing your CD Key.  Who knows, maybe enough people will see the game on Steam or in HEXUS' quick article here that ther

Source: Hexus

800 in 1

Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2009 - 03:43 PM |
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Users of some versions of Windows Vista and Server 2008 can grab Service Pack 2 from TechNet or Windows update if they are so inclined.  It is not an automatic update, so you won't have to worry about it sneaking onto your system if you would like to wait to see how stable the update is, but expect to see it there on June 30th.  About 800 fixes are rolled up into this service pack, from virtualization
improvements, to networking changes to native Blu-Ray recording, there is a lot to look forward to. 

Source: Ars Technica

Silence is Golden in the Office with Shuttle's First VIA Nano-Based Mini PC

Subject: Systems | May 27, 2009 - 03:07 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, May 27, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the adoption of its VIA Nano processor by Shuttle Inc. in its latest ultra small form factor PC, the fanless Shuttle XS29F.

Source: VIA Arena

Friendly, but powerful

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 26, 2009 - 07:12 PM |
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If you are building a new greener machine, one of the key areas to focus on is the PSU.  If it has lousy efficiency it doesn't matter that it is not a 1000W PSU, it will drain a lot more energy than is needed.  Stepping up to the challenge is the

ECS Showcases the Latest Intel P55 Chipset Motherboard at Computex 2009

Subject: Motherboards | May 26, 2009 - 05:54 PM |
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Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) announces the latest Intel P55 chipset based Black Series motherboard in Computex 2009 held in Taipei, Taiwan June 2-6. The brand new Intel P55 chipset based Black Series motherboard, ECS P55H-A, is designed to deliver Intel's first mainstream performance platform supporting the revolutionary Nehalem architecture.

Source: ECS

Cooling a chip you can't buy

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 26, 2009 - 05:35 PM |
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Assuming Intel does eventually manage to release the Core I5 and other LGA1156 socket chips, Cooler Master will be ready.   Their new Hyper 212 Plus will work with LGA 775, 1156 and 1366
as well as s939, AM2 and AM3 though a case may be a problem at it's overall size is 116x51x159mm.  As a large sized cooler, fitting a 120mm fan is easy which will lower both noise and temperatures, in theory.  The Guru of 3D's testing proved that this new improved Hyper 212 sits on the good si

Source: Guru of 3D

Fast SSDs for under $200?

Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2009 - 04:59 PM |
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JMicron might just become the most beloved storage controller company on the planet if Daily Tech is right.  This may seem a little odd as the rushed out JMF602 and JMF602B have been destroying the random write performance of cheaper SSDs.  Some companies figured out a fix, SSDs like OCZ's Apex and G.Skill's Titan
depend on two controllers and a RAID chip to deal with the performance problems without raising prices into the land of the Intel X25-M.  The next generation of SSD will use a new type o

Source: Daily Tech

Tesla gets a friend

Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2009 - 03:43 PM |
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nVIDIA's Tesla card hasn't been in the news lately, once the initial buzz from its release wore off it faded into the background.  Transtec may reverse that with their CUDA supercomputers, built off of the Tesla cards.  One model offers 4 teraflops of computing power for all your mainframe level needs.  This is a big score for nVIDIA, as up until now there have been few companies willing to build using the new GPU based machines and the power that nVIDIA bragged about was only being used for their own PR. 

Source: Digitimes

VIA Nano Processor Platform Receives Coveted 'Best of Computex' Award

Subject: Processors | May 26, 2009 - 07:46 AM |
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Sure, the show won't even start until next week, but why can't they give out the awards BEFORE hand?

VIA Nano Processor Platform Receives Coveted

'Best of Computex' Award

High performance, low power VIA Nano processor, together with the new VIA VX855 Media System Processor, is recognized for excellence

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Is Dell dropping NVIDIA from all its products?

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 26, 2009 - 07:36 AM |
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NVIDIA might have thought it was all going to be rosy news over the weekend, what with the announcement of the Lenovo S12 notebook integrating the NVIDIA ION chipset, but not if this story pans out.  Apparently Dell is on the edge of removing NVIDIA from its entire lineup of desktop and notebook PCs.  If true, this could be very bad news for NVIDIA.  The Inquirer believes that NVIDIA's probl

Source: The Inquirer

Intel Core i5 processor delayed until September

Subject: Processors | May 26, 2009 - 07:22 AM |
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An odd little story is popping up at Digitimes tonight that seems to contradict itself by claiming that Intel's Lynnfield processors (we are still calling them the Core i5 until told otherwise) are being delayed until September of of this year though both motherboards and CPUs will be available in August. 

Source: Digitimes

Small wonder

Subject: Mobile | May 25, 2009 - 09:32 PM |
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Although very difficult to find on sale, the Acer Aspire One Linux Netbook
will run you about $100 less than the Windows powered version, so slightly over $200.  At that price you cannot expect a supercomputer, but this 8.9-inch netbook runs Linpus Linux Lite on an Atom N270 processor with 512MB RAM, and 8GB flash NAND storage, Intel 945GME graphics, Wi-Fi and numerous other features common to netbooks so you are not missing out on anything. Drop by The Tech Zone for a look at t