Your P55 may have some hot pin on pad action goin' on

Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2009 - 11:47 AM |
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Click over to AnandTech and take a very close look at the first picture in this article.  You might not notice the one pad on the first picture until you look at the second one where the damage is much more obvious.  Through extreme overclocking, headed towards the 5GHz mark and over, they have damaged several boards and processors.  You probably won't see this on air cooling as the power draw required for those kind of overclocks tends to involve liquids that are more usually gases.  It is worth

Source: AnandTech

Never mind the netbooks, here comes the power

Subject: Mobile | October 14, 2009 - 04:51 PM |
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AnandTech grabbed three of the most powerful laptops on the market, all powered by the new mobile Core i7 Clarksfield processors.  Two of the three offer a single GTX 280M
to provide graphical power; one offers you the chance to have an SLI laptop.  The benchmarks are impressive and the prices even more so, the only low numbers come from the battery lifespans.  If you need mobile gaming power, these are the laptops you should be looking at.

Source: AnandTech

The shallow end of the LAN Party

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 14, 2009 - 01:59 PM |
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DFI's LANParty series is more known for the high end features they sport, but there is a low cost end to the line as well, currently held by the BloodIron.  It is a G41 based board, which supports the ageing socket 775 and it sports onboard video supplied by the Intel X4500 Media Accelerator
and an ICH7 chip for onboard audio.  A retail socket 775 processor a hard drive and some DDR2 and you have a running system.  NinjaLane gave it 5 out of 5, not for its 3D performance but because it let

Source: NinjaLane

Just another face in the MMORPG crowd?

Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2009 - 12:23 PM |
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Aion The Tower of Infinity is a new MMORPG with a few interesting twists, the most noticeable is that just about everyone is a flying supermodel.  The graphics are impressive for an online game and Aion takes advantage of that when you create the face of your character.  They do not skimp on the scenery and atmosphere either, all of which are much more detailed and interesting than others in this genre.  The levelling system allows you to avoid grinding, crafting will also help you gain experience to help you reach level 25, when you sprout wings and can start PvP play. 

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nVIDIA's new friends will display in Tegra

Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2009 - 12:06 PM |
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Ryan spotted a bit of news yesterday which places Tegra in the upcoming Nintendo hand held, currently called Nintendo TS.  There is more good news for nVIDIA spotted by SemiAccurate, the new Mobinnova
3G Smartbook, named the Beam, will sport a Tegra 650 SoC and run Windows CE.  It will be interesting to see if the battery life is indeed as long as they claim; any system that can provide a full days work without a recharge is going to be very popular

Source: SemiAccurate

Silverstone's grand piano

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 13, 2009 - 07:04 PM |
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SilverStone is known for gorgeous cases, usually small and purpose built for HTPCs but almost always sporting a piano finish.  Their newest, the Grandia GD03 keeps the styling but is scaled up to handily fit a full AtX board inside.  That size increase has enabled them to rethink their front panel and the way the internals are installed.  Find out how well they pulled it off at Phoronix

Source: Phoronix

GIGABYTE Unleashes Next-Gen Performance GPU Powered by RadeonTM HD5700 Series Graphics Accelerators

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 13, 2009 - 04:31 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, October 13, 2009 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards today is pleased to announce the latest GV-R5700 series graphics cards. GIGABYTE’s GV-R577D5-1GD-B and GV-R575D5-1GD are built on the highly anticipated ATI RadeonTM HD 5700 Series GPUs ­­­­­­­─which utilizes the latest 826 million transistors on 40nm fabrication process and GDDR5 memory.

Corsair Announces Updated Flash Voyager GT Family

Subject: Storage | October 13, 2009 - 02:35 PM |
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FREMONT, Calif., Oct. 13, 2009 — Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced a revamped Flash Voyager GT product lineup.

NextWindow, Sony touch PC news

Subject: Mobile | October 13, 2009 - 02:30 PM |
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Pleasanton, CA – October 12, 2009 – NextWindow, the market and technology leader in optical touch screens for desktop PCs, monitors and large-format displays, today announced that a fourth leading PC maker has begun selling a desktop PC using NextWindow touch screens. Sony this week unveiled its new touch-enabled, multi-media machine- the VAIO L Touch HD PC/TV - which includes a 24" wide screen panel.

Source: Email

BFG Tech Announces Deimos X-10 - 18.4-inch SLI Gaming Notebook

Subject: Mobile | October 13, 2009 - 02:26 PM |
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Libertyville, IL - October 12, 2009 - BFG Technologies, manufacturer of the stunning high performance gaming/home theater system - Phobos, is excited to announce the new Deimos X-10 SLI Gaming Notebook. Deimos X-10 delivers super fast frame rates similar to an SLI desktop rig, but offers gamers the convenient portability of a notebook. Deimos X-10 can be configured with dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M 1GB (SLI) graphics cards, which pump out ultra-lifelike graphics on the gorgeous 18.4" full 16:9 HD (1920x1080) LCD screen.

NVIDIA Tegra rumored to be included in new Nintendo handheld

Subject: Mobile | October 13, 2009 - 02:02 PM |
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I have had a slight tip off on this for a while but didn't think the information was strong enough to report on yet, but enough people are verifying the rumors that I thought it was worth a post.  My first indication of this news was an insider pointing me to this article on Yahoo! Games website that claims executives were showing off an NVIDIA Tegra-powered Nintendo handheld at Gamescon:

Two GPU companies, 2 takes on new cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 13, 2009 - 02:00 PM |
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From AMd we have the new mid-ranged HD47xx series, the HD5780 and HD5750. 

Message in a BIOS

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2009 - 12:27 PM |
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It is very important not to lose your sense of play as you work and somehow the tech community has no problems doing so, as evidenced by the amount of easter eggs that have accompanied our hardware and software.  Software easter eggs are most often found in games, but there have been a few office applications that either have them in obvious spots or hidden away in the code.  Hack a Day wants to gather all of the best hardware hacks, messages on tracings on PCBs or inside cases, but somewhere you wouldn't notice unless you were actually working with the hardware. 

Source: Hack a Day

It's Leif Erikson Day! Please note that normal Viking activities are still frowned upon

Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2009 - 06:11 PM |
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This week has been about nVIDIA, but not in the way they might want.  From the predictions of nVIDIA's complete withdrawal
from the high end market by an infamous member of the tech community to the article 

They sound better than they look

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 9, 2009 - 03:02 PM |
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If you are in the market for a set of full headphones, the Sennheiser HD 438 are worth a look at $89.  Even if you tend to move around a bit the 10' cable should keep you happy and the quality of sound impressed Digital Trends.  Unfortunately, the build quality of the headsets leaves a bit to be desired, they are fairly fragile and they are not exactly the most attractive set of can

AMD and CyberLink Acclerate Applications with DirectX11 and ATI Stream

Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2009 - 02:25 PM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. - Oct. 8, 2009 - AMD (NYSE:
AMD) and CyberLink Corp announced the
companies are expanding their existing engineering engagement with a
strategic focus on Microsoft DirectX 11 DirectCompute, taking advantage
of the capabilities of AMD's new DirectX 11-capable graphics
architecture.

Source: AMD

Verbatim's second shot at the DVR

Subject: Systems | October 9, 2009 - 01:22 PM |
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The Verbatim MediaStation HD DVR
is an all in one digital video recorder, with many input and output ports, including antennae.

Source: InsideHW

Some things old and some new; OCZ may have a power supply for you

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 9, 2009 - 12:28 PM |
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The new OCZ Z Series Z850Mis an 850W PSU that holds on to some of PC Power & Cooling's original specs and adds some new features as well.  The single 12V rail remains, this one delivering 850W or 71A maximum; what is new is the modular cabling and the 80+ Gold rating.  [H]ard|OCP tested this middle weight PSU and in the

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD tells about its horoscope

Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2009 - 12:04 PM |
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Abandoning the river theme, AMD seems to be looking to the stars to see its future platforms, Dragon being replaced with Leo next year and Scorpius to follow in 2011.  Scorpius will feature a 32nm Zambezi CPU
sporting four cores at the very least, along with an integrated DDR3 controller and fit into a Revision 2 AM3 socket, just to make CPU sockets even more confusing.  SemiAccurate also touches on their plans for an Accelerated Processor Unit which brings a GPU on board. 

Source: SemiAccurate

More information on NVIDIA's chipset business

Subject: Chipsets | October 8, 2009 - 07:00 PM |
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It would appear I stirred up quite the dust cloud when I wrote that NVIDIA was essentially exiting the chipset business in my recent "State of NVIDIA" editorial.  Everyone from the Wall Street Jou