ASUS' HTPC slimming program

Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2009 - 03:43 PM |
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For a true audiophile, an onboard sound solution just won't cut it, nor will it get the most out of high end speakers.  The ASUS Xonar HDAV1.3 Slim can help, thanks to a pair of HDMI ports, Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound formats are both fully supported.  The card also drops CPU usage to almost zero for sound processing, a great advantage if you are running a low powe

I like big buffers and I cannot lie!

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 24, 2009 - 01:59 PM |
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At $250 the Sapphire HD4890 Vapor-X 2GBruns about $40 more than the vanilla version, but also sports twice the memory as well as a nice improved cooler.   That cooler has allowed Sapphire to raise the core GPU speed by 20MHz to 870MHz and the memory by 100MHz to 1050MHz and is capable of hitting 950MHz and 1200MHz with a little tweaking.  In addition, the cooler is significantly quieter tha

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Breaks Ground at Luther Forest Technology Campus

Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2009 - 01:14 PM |
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(Saratoga Springs, NY) - Luther Forest Technology Campus Economic Development Corporation (LFTC) today welcomed GLOBALFOUNDRIES as they held their official groundbreaking in Malta, NY for the construction of an approximately $4.2 billion microchip fabrication plant, called Fab 2. This marks the beginning for the construction of the most advanced chip fabrication plant in the world.

AMD Ready with Unified, WHQL-Certified Graphics Drivers for Windows 7 RTM

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 24, 2009 - 12:23 PM |
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AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the release of the company's first WHQL-certified ATI Catalyst graphics drivers for Windows 7 Release to Manufacturing (RTM), an important milestone in the development of Microsoft's next generation operating system. For ATI Radeon customers, the ATI Catalyst 9.7 driver is immediately available for download from game.amd.com.

Source: AMD

Cost effective CPU collision

Subject: Processors | July 24, 2009 - 11:49 AM |
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At under $50, the Intel E1400 is not often seen on the headlines of review sites.  Clocked at a modest 2.0GHz, with an 800MHz FSB and 512KB of L2 cache, this 65W TDP dual core chip is perfect for low cost systems.  Phoronix has pitted it against a single 2GHz core, 45W TDP AMD Sempron LE1150 which can be had for

Source: Phoronix

How much do you trust your iPhone 3GS

Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2009 - 11:32 AM |
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If you are using the shiny new iPhone to conduct your business, there is something you ought to know.  Purple Ra1n and Red Sn0w are two readily available programs that, along with a quick kernel customization installed on the iPhone, allows you to transfer an entire image of the phone to a PC in under an hour, or you can use them to grab live data with about 2 minutes work.  That remote kill feature?  Pop out the SIM card and the iPhone won't receive the signal to turn off.  

Source: The Inquirer

A new chipset may mean a new price

Subject: Mobile | July 23, 2009 - 05:20 PM |
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The new ASUS Eee PC 1004DN is a 10inch (1024x600) netbook with a keyboard 92% normal size, which will be a big plus to those with standard sized hands.  A 1.66GHz Atom N280 along with 1GB of DDR2 help the GN40 chipset to provide high quality video and a 6-cell battery to allow you to watch more than a single movie.  Head over to InsideHW for a look at its other features; just don't ask for a price as they haven't been told what it will be.

Source: InsideHW

Dethroned!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 23, 2009 - 03:40 PM |
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Trying to beat the long time champion, the Thermalright TRUE, are the ZALMAN CNPS10X Extreme, the Noctua NH-U12P SE1366, the Titan Fenrir and the COGAGE TRUE Spirit.  Each have the same look, with the contact plate being connected to a large tower of fins by a series of heatpipes.  In the final verdict, [H]ard|OCP gives the title to the COGAGE product, not just for it's stellar performance but also for it's price tag of $38.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Win win with Intel's new SSD

Subject: Storage | July 23, 2009 - 01:14 PM |
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If you watched the live Podcast last night you got a sneak preview of the results of Allyn's testing of the 2nd generation Intel X25-M.  Today the hard numbers have arrived in his full review.  Write speeds remain the drives Achilles Heel, the Indilinx controlled drives still end up on top though this new drive from Intel now has less than a 0.1ms Random Access time.  It is better than its predecessor across the board, and cheaper to boot!

Don't fence me in

Subject: Systems | July 23, 2009 - 12:16 PM |
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There is no rule stating that an HTPC has to be cramped, it is just that most people prefer it that way.  The SilverStone Sugo SG04 mATX Case is a little different, being the only mATX case that will let you slip in multiple 10.5" graphics cards.  If you so wish to run dual GTX 280s, in SLI, you can.  Even if you have no plans for multiple GPUs, this case also gives you a lot more freedom when you are choosing components.  You don't have to hunt down 1/2 height cards or agonize over storage options, there is some room to manoeuvre there.

Source: hardCOREware

7600.16385 marks the spot

Subject: General Tech | July 23, 2009 - 12:02 PM |
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Windows 7 is on its way to manufacturers as Microsoft has finally signed off on it.  October 22 is still the release date when you can actually get your hands on the disk you pre-ordered a few months back.  OEMs get to play with the English version July 24 and the remaining languages on July 28 and various other groups receiving advanced copies.  One group that will not be receiving a present from Microsoft are the beta testers.  Unlike Vista, testers who actively participated in the public beta will not be receiving a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate Edition. 

Source: The Register

This Week in Computer Hardware (TWiCH) #33 now available to stream

Subject: Editorial | July 23, 2009 - 12:50 AM |
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This Week in Computer Hardware (TWiCH), live every Wednesday at 6pm ET / 3pm PT on http://live.twit.tv/.  If you missed yesterday's episode here is your chance to see us discuss Intel's new G2 X25-M SSDs, the new Core i5 pricing and speed information as well as the difference between various ATX and ITX form factors.

PC Perspective Podcast - LIVE at 10pm ET

Subject: Editorial | July 22, 2009 - 10:00 PM |
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PC Perspective Podcast, episode #66, is getting ready to start at 10pm ET / 7pm PT!! Start the stream below!   Tonight we will announce the winner of our Smooth Creations / PC Perspective AMD Dragon System Contest!!!

Source: 3DCenter

Larrabee now needs HD decoders to keep up

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 22, 2009 - 09:51 PM |
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In a move that is surely going to raise some eyebrows, Intel has apparently decided to add a pair of HD video decoders to the logic on-board the Larrabee graphics chip; this according to a story over at SemiAccurate.  This would definitely go against the whole premise of the Larrabee architecture: to do as much work as possible in x86 software without the need for dedicated hardware to any one specific task.  Intel said from the beginning that textures required special hardware to run m

OCZ Colossus early testing data, now with ETA and pricing

Subject: Storage | July 22, 2009 - 09:15 PM |
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You may remember us talking about the upcoming OCZ Colossus SSD - the first standard 3.5-in form factor solid state drive first shown at Computex 2009.  As it happens, some preliminary performance results happened to swing by our email this morning. 

 
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The EVO Revolution

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 22, 2009 - 05:38 PM |
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At first glance, the Enermax Galaxy EVO 1250W is very similar to the Revloution 1050W, not a bad thing as the Revolution has received very good reviews.  The problems, which are not serious, seem to come from the extra peak power output, as it turns out that the voltage delivered is a littl

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QuakeCon 2009 Gets Supercharged with the Ventrilo Ultimate Power Up Sweepstakes

Subject: Shows and Expos | July 22, 2009 - 04:47 PM |
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MESQUITE, TX - July 22, 2009 - Ventrilo, the premier group voice communications program used in tournaments and multiplayer games, is ready to blow the doors off of QuakeCon 2009 with the sponsorship of its second annual "QuakeCon Ultimate Power Up" Sweepstakes. One extremely lucky attendee will rocket away from QuakeCon 2009 in a brand new supercharged 2010 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 Coupe, valued at approximately $52,000.

Source: QuakeCon

Intel G2 X25-M: In The Lab (with earlly testing data!)

Subject: Storage | July 22, 2009 - 04:11 PM |
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Our Intel X25-M G2 sample just arrived.  I promptly threw it on the storage testbed and got some initial data.  I'll let the pics do the talking:

X25-M G2 in the lab.

Corsair Re-launches Dominator GT Ultra-Performance DRAM Modules

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 22, 2009 - 03:07 PM |
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Fremont, CA. July 22, 2009 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer memory, power supplies, and flash memory products including solid-state drives, today re-introduced the popular Dominator GT line of memory modules.

AMD Releases New Athlon II's and a Lower TDP Phenom II

Subject: Processors | July 22, 2009 - 01:49 PM |
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While it is no surprise that AMD was going to offer lower clocked Athlon IIs, it is nice to see that they have done so in a timely manner and with a very nice eye towards price.  As we well know, the Athlon II is based on the Phenom II architecture, but with double the L2 cache but no L3 cache to speak of.  This gives the Athlon II very good performance, but at a remarkably smaller overall die size.  These dual cores are slower than the Phenom II X2s, but the difference in overall performance is not all that great compared to the huge disparity in die size (and considering that

Source: AMD