EVGA looks to be planning on joing Intel for Larrabee

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 10, 2009 - 03:55 PM |
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There is a story over at The Inquirer that is speculating once again that EVGA will find its way into the arms of Intel when the Larrabee product is released late in 2009 or early in 2010. 

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Good things come in pairs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 10, 2009 - 03:16 PM |
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At $420 the Ikonik Ra X10 Liquid case is a serious investment, but one which will not disappoint the hardcore overclocker.  Built right into the case is an aluminium box which houses a pump and a reservoir, and there are two big radiators included as well.  Everything you need to set up a cooling loop comes with the case, and there are quite a few fans as well to ensure everything stays nice and cool.&

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Thank you for calling Ghostbusters, to ensure quick service please remain on hold ...

Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2009 - 01:38 PM |
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Driverheaven got their mitts on the console version of the new Ghostbusters game and posted a quick review of the gameplay along with some trailers.  If you can't wait for the PC version, the Playstation seems to be the better choice as it has content which is not included in the Xbox version.  Along with the single player storyline comes multiplayer support with several different game types to try.  Interestingly, one of the big features on the PC version seems to be missing from this conso

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AMD grabs the mobility market from under Intel

Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2009 - 12:43 PM |
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Even with the Atom powering netbooks all over the planet, Intel has lost a chunk of their market share and it seems to have gone directly to AMD.  AMD's growth was spread out over all its various processors, which is a bit of good news in and of its self.  The extra growth in the mobile sector is icing on the cake, as Intel's Atom was a big concern.  Read more about AMDs low power, low heat and high payback move in the mobility market at The Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

New Hyperion Pro driver out

Subject: Chipsets | June 10, 2009 - 11:19 AM |
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Every time one of the drivers that makes up the VIA Hyperion Pro package gets updated, you can be sure the full package will be updated soon after. The IDE Falcon Storage driver has been updated to version 2.80A so now the Hyperion Pro package has been updated as well - to version 5.24A.

Version 5.24A of the Hyperion Pro drivers includes the following components:

INF V3.10A

AGP V4.60A

V-RAID V5.80F and RAID Tools v5.85

VIA and ArcSoft Bring Full HD Audio to Home Theatre PCs

Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2009 - 11:15 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, June 10, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that the recently launched VIA Vinyl HD Audio codecs, the VIA Vinyl VT1818S and 1828S, are now supported by ArcSoft's universal multimedia player, ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre.

With the rising demand for a realistic cinema experience in the comfort of the home, along with the growth in adoption of the Blu-ray Disc video format, VIA and ArcSo

Source: VIA Arena

Power supply autopsy

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 9, 2009 - 05:23 PM |
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Hardware Secrets stumbled upon the Akasa Paxpower 500 W
PSU, a company they had never heard of before offering a PSU who's statistics make it attractive to most users.  The pair of 12V rails offering 18A each will power most graphics cards and the 500W peak power should keep the rest of the system content.  First they dissected the PSU and checked each component for quality, then they proceeded to test the PSU in a system.  They did run into an interesting snag when they fully loaded both 12V rails at 500W, the PSU would not switch on until they removed the load from one of th

All the cool kids have them

Subject: Mobile | June 9, 2009 - 02:33 PM |
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AnandTech has a quick peek at the new Pre as well as the iPhone 3G, though not the new 3GS as those are fairly difficult to get a hold of right now.  They talk you through the internals of these devices and how they differ.  They also take a close look at battery life, as that is one of the most important things to a user on the road, topping even speed in many cases.  Drop by for a brief look at the brand new Pre and how it stacks up to the competition.

Source: AnandTech

Low power but high enthusiasm

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 9, 2009 - 01:42 PM |
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You might recall seeing the Galaxy 9600 GT LP back in May when Ryan reviewed it, but now that the temperatures have started to go up while prices are going down, it is worth a second look.  The card is 1" shorter than the normal model at 8" and almost half as wide at 2.25" as opposed to 4".  It also deserves its low power moniker as the system [H]ard|OCP placed it in drew 31 Watts

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Show offs!

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 9, 2009 - 12:14 PM |
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The Tech Report have been posting Computex updates like mad and still are having a hard time keeping up due to the huge volume of information from this years expo.   Lynnfield processors and the P55 boards they will run on were showing next to nVIDIA's Tegra processor and Ion platform.  Various PSU makers were showing off their 80+ lineups, including this very impressive beast.  There were some interesting new tricks with notebooks and the motherboard makers were showing off too

There is a lot more to see there but don't tire your eyes out as Ryan has a newly minted article on his travels at Computex as well.

"We have even more Computex news and photo galleries from the latter part of the show. Join us for the latest official and unofficial news about Intel's next quad-core processors, Tegra and Ion systems from Nvidia, ultra- efficient power supplies from Seasonic and Enermax, next-gen netbook touchpads, AMD processor core unlocking from Gigabyte, and much more."

Here are some more Shows and Expos articles from around the web:

  SHOWS AND EXPOS

Tips for the preoccupied

Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2009 - 11:52 AM |
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As a gamer, you don't necessarily want to read through a 15 page article on tweaking the Windows 7 RC from boot to shutdown.  Some of the tips do help, but a lot have to do with usability, security or other mundane improvements; what you want is tips on making your games go faster and you want them quick.  ExtremeTech has what you need in a quick three pager on getting the most from your gaming experience on Windows 7.  Little gems like the return of msconfig will trim the background tasks to

Source: Extremetech

Open Patent Alliance Expands 4G WiMAX with Addition of Beceem, GCT Semiconductor, Sequans, UQ Commun

Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2009 - 11:19 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 9, 2009 – Building on worldwide 4G WiMAX technology momentum, Beceem Communications, GCT Semiconductor, Sequans Communications and UQ Communications have joined the Open Patent Alliance (OPA).

Formed in June 2008, the OPA is dedicated to offering intellectual property rights (IPR) solutions that support the development and widespread adoption of WiMAX around the globe, further boosting the open industry standard approach to 4G wireless broadband.

Computex 2009: Lenovo silently introduces VIA-powered S12 netbook

Subject: Mobile | June 9, 2009 - 02:10 AM |
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I know Lenovo has been making a big deal about the new S12 netbook that implemented the ION chipset with the Atom processor just this past month, but there was another revision of the S12 on display at Computex.  VIA was proudly showing this model of the S12, that has been looked over almost entirely, that uses all VIA-based chips. 

Computex 2009: Gigabyte shows slick, dockable notebook

Subject: Mobile | June 9, 2009 - 12:29 AM |
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We aren't quite done with our Computex coverage quite yet - after a weekend of recovery I am still going through my memory cards to find what pictures are most interesting to present.  This time I found a really cool little Gigabyte notebook with a stand up docking station.


In the market for twins

Subject: Memory | June 8, 2009 - 05:28 PM |
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Shopping for DDR3 for an AM3 system is a little different that for a Core i7 system, as AMD has opted to go with dual channel as opposed to triple channel.  Arguments about the exact cause of that decision still goes on; that is not the purpose of iXBT Labs review however.  They are looking at a mix of 1600MHz and 1800MHz dual channel kits paired with Phenom II X4 955BE
on an

Source: iXBT Labs

GIGABYTE Announces GO OC 2009 Champions

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2009 - 03:51 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, June 4, 2009 - The GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship (GO OC) 2009, the world's largest Overclocking competition, successfully took place June 3, 2009.

Apple's Pre-launch announcement

Subject: Mobile | June 8, 2009 - 03:33 PM |
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If you aren't happy with the speed or battery life of your new iPhone, has engadget got an announcement for you.  The new iPhone 3GS was announced today at the WWGS and it is faster and longer lasting than it predecessors.  That speed comes at a premium, so for those looking for a basic model, the entry fee has been reduced to $99, not counting the contract.

Source: engadget

Watch out for the Quantum Force

Subject: Motherboards | June 8, 2009 - 02:29 PM |
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There are two members to Foxconn's Quantum Force so far, their equivalent to series like ASUS' RoG.  The first is the BloodRage and the second is called the FlamingBlade.  The FlamingBlade is slightly cheaper and is missing some features, like support for triple SLI/CrossfireX, though it will hand

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Onboard isn't always enough

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2009 - 01:21 PM |
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If you have a good ear, the difference between onboard audio and audio from a high def source over a high end sound card stands out enough that the entrance price is worth it.  Others might not hear much of a difference, but that may also be because they've never heard high def audio.  A Blu-ray disk is capable of providing incredible audio quality, assuming the sound card is Advanced Access Content System compliant, otherwise it downgrades the signal to quality even onboard sound can handle. 

E3 for the PC

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 8, 2009 - 12:14 PM |
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The four PC gaming stars of E3 in Futurelooks opinon are a pair of sequels and a pair of new games.  The sequels are to Modern Warfare and Bioshock, both games were very well received by fans of their respective genres, Bioshock more for the story and interesting use of Plasmids, CoD: Modern Warfare for its more realistic take on combat.  The two new games are very different, one covers the exploits of a famous Navy SEAL; the other is a designed as a multipl

Source: futurelooks