OCZ Plans USB 3.0 based SSD for CES 2010

Subject: Storage | November 19, 2009 - 07:30 PM |
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I am a big proponent of USB 3.0 technology - I had an early test and experience with USB 3.0 hardware last month.  In that article I evaluated the performance of the ASUS P7P55D-E Premium motherboard that used the NEC 720200 USB 3.0 controller paired with a USB 3.0 HDD dock.  The results were pretty impressive:


Eee Box 1501 nettop brings ION to just about anywhere

Subject: Mobile | November 19, 2009 - 05:00 PM |
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The Eee Box line has become quite popular as the low-cost desktop versions of ASUS' popular line of netbook computers.  As the name kind of implies, the Eee Box machines aren't laptops but instead are small form factor computers that can be attached to a TV as a basic HTPC or even to a standard keyboard/monitor setup if this is all the power you need.

Don't look now, the Network Media Tank is a comin'

Subject: Systems | November 19, 2009 - 03:51 PM |
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The Popcorn Hour C200 bills its self as a Network Media Tan, theoretically able to manage anything you could accomplish by building your own HTPC, but without needing to set it up.  Once you strip off the marketing speak, what you are left with is a NAS optimized for local networked media sources as well as YouTube, Blip.tv, Revision 3
and the like.  The list of supported formats and sources on the second page of the Techware Labs review is impressive and you can catch a video of

How about a little SSD envy

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 19, 2009 - 01:47 PM |
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Skip the Intel X-25 Extreme, those in need of pure storage satisfaction should talk to ViON who have produced a 100TB DRAM SSD.  Think 100TB of storage that provides five million IOPS and speeds along with 60GB/sec of bandwidth. 
Not impressed yet?  It uses ECC DRAM, so no bits will be flipping on you and it is set up as a RAID so your data redunadncy is covered.  How much would that run you to pick up is a bit of a mystery as no price tag was included, but as The Register puts it "six figure

Source: The Register

Shame about the early death rate, though

Subject: Mobile | November 19, 2009 - 12:47 PM |
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All-In-One PCs like the HP TouchSmart 600
fall in between mobile and stationary systems, just like netbooks straddle the line between ultraportable PC and glorified calculators.  Powered by a C2Duo P8700 @ 2.53 GHz with 4GB of DDR3, an NVIDIA GeForce 9300 mGPU and even a 1TB HDD, the TouchSmart is fairly powerful but its all-in-one build keeps it fairly portable.  A TV in as well as audio are wonderful but with its built in Blu-ray drive and an HDMI port you can also stream content from the TouchSmart. 

Ninth time is the charm

Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2009 - 12:18 PM |
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When there were only a handful of browsers around, one proprietary to the competition and a text only browser or three,  the default winner was Internet Explorer.  Years later there are many browsers out there snatching market share from IE and even the coding standard are moving away from IE's interpretation and now favour the ones who stick to a generally accepted standard.  IE9 is looming on the horizon, which will support CSS 3, but it will also use the new Direct2D and DirectWrite found in Windows 7 only.  Of course, there will also be improvements to Javascript. 

Source: Ars Technica

Radeon HD 5970 cards - first day stock update

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 19, 2009 - 02:47 AM |
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So the first full day of supposed Radeon HD 5970 graphics card availability has come and gone - what do we have thus far?


OCZ Colossus officially released

Subject: Storage | November 19, 2009 - 02:31 AM |
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It's been a bumpy road for the OCZ Colossus.  We caught our first glimpse of it back in June, and posted up some exclusive early testing data and pricing back in July.  We've spent the past few months evaluating firmware performance, and have spent the past week torturing the prospective shipping firmware.  I'm finishing up my long-term performance evaluation and will have a full review up shortly for your viewing pleasure.

AMD 40th Anniversary Giveaway - 20 Xbox & Wiis

Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2009 - 10:08 PM |
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May 1, 2009, marked AMD’s 40th anniversary. Formed by Jerry Sanders and seven co-founders in 1969, AMD is a company with a rich and colorful history. AMD's 40th anniversary is a testimonial to our longevity, our employees, our customers and our unique business approach. AMD takes great pride in our role of igniting next-generation technology solutions, as well as our ability to see where customer and end-user needs are headed next and then collaborate with the industry accordingly.

Source: AMD

In case you missed it: Modern Warfare 2 working on AMD Eyefinity

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 18, 2009 - 09:55 PM |
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In case you haven't read through my entire article on the Radeon HD 5970 graphics beast from AMD (shame!), you might be interested in seeing a video that was embedded in our section on Eyefinity.  Curious to see that new PC gaming title (that only sold 4 point something million copies across all platforms in one day) on a set of THREE 30-in monitors?

ASUS EeePC 1201N Seashell Netbook sports NVIDIA ION chipset

Subject: Mobile | November 18, 2009 - 08:00 PM |
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ASUS couldn't have picked a better time to release a netbook based on the NVIDIA ION chipset.  With the release of the first public beta of Flash 10.1, which supports GPU accelerated Flash for the first time, the usage models for a netbook or nettop computer have shifted pretty dramatically.  Prior to this release, the benefits of the ION chipset were somewhat muted - better gaming support (but who gamed on a 10" netbook anyway?), support for H.264 video file decode acceleration (cool but no Blu-ray drives on netbooks) and support for GPU-accelerated applications like Badaboom and vR

A full helping of multimedia with a side of extreme

Subject: Motherboards | November 18, 2009 - 05:30 PM |
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Intel's chipsets are as famous as their processors, but finding an Intel branded board seems to be becoming rarer.  The Intel DP55WG is out there however, and motherboards.org tested it out.  It is a full ATX board with a P55 Express chipset and it uses a custom BIOS setup designed in house by Intel.  The board its self is not a great overclocker, but it is worth pointing out that the using the Turbo button will work to get you to the upp

ASUS and NVIDIA showcase new notebook with 3D Vision integration

Subject: Mobile | November 18, 2009 - 03:36 PM |
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Yesterday I got to spend some time with an interesting new notebook from ASUS - the G51J 3D.  As the name implies, there is something special about the gaming notebook in that it supports NVIDIA 3D Vision technology.  If 3D Vision is a new term for you, you should definitely check out my reviews of other 3D Vision offerings in the desktop world to get some background.  The basic premise is that a user wears NVIDIA-built active shutter glasses in conjunction with a true 120 Hz LCD panel to produce real-time 3D effects that are in

Sorry for the inconvenience! (Intel X25-M G2 160GB for $414.99!)

Subject: Storage | November 18, 2009 - 02:46 PM |
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Right now at NewEgg you can pick up an Intel X25-M Mainstream 2.5" 160GB SATA II MLC Internal SSD(SSDSA2M160G2XXX) at an incredible price

The OEM
price is $639.99 but there is a $50.00 instant rebate that brings the price down to $589.99.

But wait, there's more!

We're going to need a new benchmark

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 18, 2009 - 02:31 PM |
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When a single graphics card beats 10,000 points on the Extreme 3DMark Vantage and refuses to dip below 100fps on every game Ryan tested, even at 2650 x 1600 with every single feature turned up to 11, you know you have unprecedented performance.  Even a triple SLI rig would have trouble keeping up, and if it did then there is no reason you can't toss a second HD5970 into your system, apart from the $599 entrance fee.  Join Ryan as he shatters benchmarks and sees games in a way never seen before.

New NVIDIA Tesla GPUs Reduce Cost Of Supercomputing By A Factor Of 10

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 18, 2009 - 02:24 PM |
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PORTLAND, Ore.— SC09—Nov. 16, 2009—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today unveiled the Tesla 20-series of parallel processors for the high performance computing (HPC) market, based on its new generation CUDA processor architecture, codenamed “Fermi”.

Designed from the ground-up for parallel computing, the NVIDIA Tesla 20-series GPUs slash the cost of computing by delivering the same performance of a traditional CPU-based cluster at one-tenth the cost and one-twentieth the power.

Source: NVIDIA

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD7 featuring 333 Onboard Acceleration, 3-Way SLI and CrossFireX

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 18, 2009 - 01:49 PM |
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City of Industry, CA, November 18, 2009 – GIGABYTE Technology CO., LTD., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, is pleased to launch their latest flagship motherboard, the GA-X58A-UD7.

Will the gaming studios never learn

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 18, 2009 - 01:06 PM |
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There are many rules to Star Trek, such as only watch the even numbered movies or you cannot make a good Star Trek game, unless you were very very lucky and worked on the 1992 Star Trek: 25th Anniversary
game.  For the most part they ranged from the electronic equivalent of a root canal to slightly better than just quietly watching a turned off monitor.  Now thanks to Cryptic Studios, we will soon have a Star Trek MMORPG set in the J.J.

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Taking a hacksaw to a large Persian rug

Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2009 - 12:27 PM |
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You may remember back in the days when we were all eagerly awaiting an OS named Longhorn, mention of a project called MinWin.  The idea was to put the Windows kernel on a serious weight loss program after its original NT kernel bloated itself while transforming into Win2K and WinXP.  We had hoped to see the MinWin kernel, as well as a new file system with Vista but that just didn't happen.  The MinWin project its self is alive and well, focusing on minimizing and compartmentalizing server code along with possible applications in mobile devices. 

Source: Ars Technica

Intel pushing for X25-M G2 firmware re-release by November's end

Subject: Storage | November 18, 2009 - 02:01 AM |
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I've been tracking the release and subsequent recall of the new TRIM firmware for the Intel X25-M G2 SSD.  A recent update came from the Intel NAND solutions group to reflect an estimated release date set to ha