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Subject: Graphics Cards | May 26, 2009 - 07:36 AM | Ryan Shrout
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
Subject: Processors | May 26, 2009 - 07:22 AM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: Mobile | May 25, 2009 - 09:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: Memory | May 25, 2009 - 06:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At over $200 the Crucial Ballistix Tracer Blue DDR3-1600 DDR3 kit isn't the cheapest on the market, but speeds above 1066MHz are still a small enough niche to demand a high price. The voltage is right on Intel's spec of 1.65V and the timings are fairly impressive for the overall frequency at 8-8-8-24. The biggest change from previous Tracer DIMMs is the colour, these guys have blue LEDs for those who like that
Subject: Systems | May 25, 2009 - 05:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCMODSHOP decided it was about time to take a shot at building an inexpensive HTPC system. In order to keep the costs down they opted to go with a system designed to either stream video from the web or from a DVD, BluRay need not apply. In some cases, old tech from that system you were totally planning on using in the future sometime can be harvested, and there is always online trading and buying to pick up anything you don't have for less than new prices. The build isn't finished, but the amount of
Subject: Motherboards | May 25, 2009 - 04:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In case you missed it while preparing for the weekend Steve's review of the solid ECS A790GXM-AD3
went up on Friday. For a hair over $100 you can pick up a board with support for AM3 chips and DDR3 up to 1333MHz, HD audio, a pair of PCIe2.0 16x slots and quite a few SATA channels. Perhaps one of the most interesting features is the new AMD OverDrive utility, which allowed him to soar past his old record on
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 25, 2009 - 04:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Global Foundries has been a star manufacturer recently, with sites focused on this new/old player and the changes Asset Lite means for AMD both product wise and legally. We know their 28nm process is in the works and how they plan on going about overcoming the lead that the grand old manufacturers have, but we haven't heard a lot from those older players. This morning there is news about TSMC from DigiTimes, who plan on large volume production of 28nm chips at the beginning of 2010. This is good news for graphics enthusiasts as nVIDIA uses TSMC and will be buying their 28nm to build next years cards.
"Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is set to unveil Reference Flow 10.0 for the 28nm process at the upcoming Design Automation Conference (DAC) in July 2009, according to industry sources. The world's top contract chipmaker is expected to deliver its 28nm process as a full node technology on schedule.
TSMC in September 2008 said its 28nm node, which will offer the option of high-k metal gate (HKMG) and silicon oxynitride (SiON) materials, will enter volume production in the first quarter of 2010. The pure-play foundry has successfully ramped in 40nm, supported by its latest production-proven design infrastructure Reference Flow 9.0."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Don't Panic, It's Towel Day! @ Slashdot
- Lenovo and NVIDIA Announce Ion-Based IdeaPad S12 Netbook @ Hot Hardware
- LN2 Overclocking At Alternate - Hello 8Ghz CPU @ Madshrimps
- Windows Vista Service Pack 2's Latest Release Schedule @ TechARP
- The TR Podcast 43: Troublesome SSDs, tired rhetoric, and a podcast exclusive
- Budget Gadget Screw Kit @ Hardware Bistro
- A HardwareZone Special: PlayTest May 2009
- Save The Economy - HardwareZone's Guide to Getting the Right Tech Gift!
- The Wicked Guru Photo Contest
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 23, 2009 - 04:12 PM | Ryan Shrout
It would seem that nearing the one year anniversary of the Antec Skeleton case's 'unearthing' (wow, it must be a good weekend with puns like that) the power supply and case vendor is finally preparing for release another addition to the family for Computex 2009. According to techpowerUp!
Subject: General Tech | May 23, 2009 - 03:22 AM | Ryan Shrout
Windows licensing has always been a complicated topic, but never more so than with the new "netbook" market of PCs. Once Microsoft finally got the hint and offered a version of Windows XP for netbooks (cleverly known as Windows XP for Ultra Low Cost PCs - ULCPC) they decided they needed to put some hardware restrictions on this license so OEMs wouldn't take the low-cost software to higher cost PCs. My guess is that most of you didn't even know that such an arrangement existed at all; not something they really advertise.
Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2009 - 10:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Buying a pre-built system can be wonderful for someone who wants something to work out of the box, and that comes with a magic 'make it work again' disk. The parts are all tested and confirmed to work together, the BIOS and driver setup are done for you and it means you can get to use your new PC within minutes, not hours of purchase. On the flop side, when you outgrow the system and want a better one, you have to either buy an entire new PC or jump through quite a bit of hoops to figure out how to upgrade a box that was designed to prevent upgrades.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 22, 2009 - 10:20 PM | Ryan Shrout
It's not that often that news of a new power supply really makes us perk up our ears, but a whole new entrant into the market will do that. It would seem that XFX, once known as simply an NVIDIA card partner, is looking to expand its product line outside of even AMD Radeon graphics.
We happened to find a presentation in our inbox a few minutes ago that clearly shows XFX is serious about getting into the enthusiast, high-end power supply business.
Subject: Displays | May 22, 2009 - 06:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For a bit under $200 you can pick up Nvidia's GeForce 3D Vision
googles and enjoy a somewhat 3D experience alone, on some games. An alternative has popped up; one that does not require you to don the glasses and that will show the 3D view to everyone. The iZ3D H220Z1 3D Mo
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 22, 2009 - 05:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The XFX Radeon HD 4890 XXX
is the overclocked version of the 4890, with a whole 50MHz bump on the GPU and nothing else. Mind you, when Elite Bastards tried to overclock the card they manage to squeak another 40MHz out of the core and bumped the memory by 35MHz. That
Subject: Storage | May 22, 2009 - 04:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If TWiCH and the video version of the PC Perspective Podcast on TWiT haven't scared you off, Ryan has a video enhanced version of the Thecus N200B NAS device. This little box can hold up to five 500GB drives, cooled by a loud 100mm fan that was Ryan's least favourite part. The remainder of the construction of the NAS was top notch and the software and setup reasonably simple and represents the t
Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2009 - 03:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sometime in Q3 2009 we will start to see 45nm parts rolling out for AMD desktop lineup to compliment the Phenom II server series. You don't have to wait until fall to get excited though, before the trees start to shed their leaves there will be the better part of 20 chips arriving. A good half of those are low power Phenom IIs and and Athlon, the remainder are spread between dual, triple and quad core Phenom IIs and a similar spread of Athlons. DigiTimes also mentions that three quad-core Lynnfield CP
Subject: Editorial | May 22, 2009 - 04:22 AM | Ryan Shrout
If you missed our live recordings of either This Week in Computer Hardware (TWiCH) with myself and Leo Laporte or the 57th PC Perspective podcast, you can now get watch the recordings below. ENJOY!
And if you want to watch the streaming of these two programs LIVE, tune in on Wednesdays at 6pm ET for TWiCH and 10pm ET for the podcast!
This Week in Computer Hardware #25
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 21, 2009 - 08:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Cooling roundups are a fairly common type of review, allowing the reviewer to demonstrate the performance differences of heatsinks on a system that remains exactly the same. Most of those round ups are for air cooling, but not many deal with more esoteric cooling like TECs or water cooling. That has changed as watercooling becomes more necessary and also more popular. Boutique built systems are now including watercooling as an option and case designers add inlet/outlets and space for reservoirs. MADSHRIMPS have taken this opportunity to compare seven popular watercoolin
Subject: Processors | May 21, 2009 - 06:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The easy way to upgrade a system is to throw as much money as you can manage into the system in the hopes of overcoming bottlenecks. This is not the most efficient way, but if all you are a power at any cost type of enthusiast it can certainly work. Others are more concerned about performance per dollar, and that is when scaling reviews like this one at [H]ard|OCP come in very handy. They've taken a Core i7 920, a QX9650, and AMD's Phenom II X4 810 & and X3 720 BE, ov
Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2009 - 04:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
RAM companies building PSUs, motherboard companies making coolers, CPU makers building graphics cards, storage companies making mice and now Gigabyte has thrown themselves into the keyboard market. They have quite a selection to their name; the one Bjorn3D chose to focus on was the GK-K6800 Luxury
Multimedia Keyboard. The glossy finish, stylish lines and extra media buttons are all present as you would expect on a high en
Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2009 - 04:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bigfoot Networks is back with the second incarnation of the Killer NIC, this time calling its self the Killer Xeno Pro and selling for ~$140. It's a PCIe card sporting a 400MHz processor and has 128MB of RAM, all improvements over the original; meanwhile its main competitor, the onboard NIC, hasn't changed that much and is still essentially free. ExtremeTech put it up against the onboard NIC on an ASUS Rampage