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Subject: General Tech | January 28, 2009 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Virage has been a fair sized name in Intellectual Property in the semiconductor business, a gripping and exciting business for lawyers and accountants, but not really the target of much attention for enthusiasts. A deal between Virage and AMD may be worth more than a glimpse, as it could change the face of the market a bit by introducing a new player. Virage has a solid ability in R&D, but no physical product for sale and no experienced infrastructure get products into the channel. AMD has a large channel, but R&D can be slow, especially developing both CPUs and GPUs.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 27, 2009 - 03:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Owners of the HD4850 that have set up a CrossFireX system had a nasty surprise when upgrading to the new 8.12 Catalysts. The lucky ones only saw a drop in performance, the unlucky ones became plagued with BSODs. AMD has since released a hotfix for affected users, which Big Bruin has installed and tested. The performance gain is not awe inspiring for those who could still use the card; the total lack of BSODs will certainly cheer up others however.
Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2009 - 01:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong January 27, 2009 - Galaxy Microsystems Ltd a leading global manufacturer of graphics accelerators, today announced that it has shipped product to Best Buy. Galaxy graphic accelerators will be available in top-selling stores immediately.
"Galaxy has private labeled for years for many of the US graphics companies and now they are excited to offer their superior quality, great service, and aggressive prices under their own name.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 27, 2009 - 12:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's not that you should not run out and buy four 32Gb Intel X-25E SSDs and a high end RAID controller; however unless you are running a multi-user database, you might feel like you are wasting your money. The Tech Report can show you exactly why that is in their testing, both real-world and synthetic benchmarks. For sustained writes, these drives in a RAID 0 are untouchable.&nbs
Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2009 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The biggest problem about multi-core processors is the high amount of heat that can be produced in small areas, like the interconnects; as evidenced by the 2lb slabs of copper and model helicopter rotors we strap to them to keep them cool. Intel in cooperation with several other research groups have discovered a way to incorporate TECs inside the actual chip packaging. The idea is to target the hot spots on processors, as opposed to housing the entire chip on a TEC, which may keep costs down as well as energy consumption.
Subject: Storage | January 27, 2009 - 11:26 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Jan. 27, 2009 - WD (NYSE: WDC) today announced the first 2 terabyte (TB) hard drive - the world's highest capacity drive and the latest addition to WD's popular, environmentally friendly, cool and quiet, WD Caviar Green hard drive family.
Subject: Mobile | January 27, 2009 - 11:20 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA - January 26, 2009 - MSI Computer, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, is pleased to announce the newest addition to its Gaming Notebook Series - GT627. The new GT627 is the first in the MSI Gaming Notebook series to feature the NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GS graphics processing unit (GPU).
Last year (or so...) I had been publishing a series of interviews. Questions are all the same, for Moderators, Members, etc. Well, I got too darn busy and fell off...but the interviews are back by popular demand. We'll start with some I had backlogged. Then we will move on to the newest ones.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 26, 2009 - 05:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not only is the Prolimatech Megahalems a mouthful to try to say, at 790g and 130mm x 74mm x 158.7mm
it is also a tight fit in a lot of cases. In [H]ard|OCP's testing they found that it's maximum fan speed of 1600rpm couldn't tumble the 120mm TRUE completely off of it's cooling throne but many would happily sacrifice a couple of degree of heat for 10dB less noise. The lower price may also attract more customers, assuming one can find it for sale.
Subject: Processors | January 26, 2009 - 02:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The arrival of the Phenom II X4 940 heralds a slew of overclocking articles
as tech reviewers try to figure out just how hard AMDs new line can be pushed. TechSpot limited themselves to air cooling, which meant they topped out at a hair over 3.6GHz. As with previous AMD chips, it is the Black Edition CPUs and their unlocked multiplier that the dedicated overclockers are going to want to grab. AMD may not have taken the performance
Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2009 - 01:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It certainly seems counterintuitive, but there is now such a thing as an entry level SLI machine. The ASRock N7AD-SLI Socket 775 nForce 740 SLI Motherboard can give you the base of the system, and a pair of 9800 or 8800 cards can give you some nice performance. On the other hand you may have a better experience with a single higher end card, but that wouldn't give you much in the way of bragging rights.
Subject: Memory | January 26, 2009 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legit Reviews shocked themselves with the results of their testing 12Gb of RAM set up in triple channel. Six 2GB memory modules at 1600MHz with 8-7-7-20 1T, and only 1.6V, pushing the kits harder resulted in 1700MHz with 8-8-8-24 1T. Check out their full review to see the incredible bandwidth benchmarks that these modules can handle.
Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2009 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech sacrificed the last week playing a through a long list of games on the Windows 7 beta. A lot of the features, like Game Explorer will be familiar to Vista users. One big difference is that just about every game they tested work perfectly, or with a minimum of problems. They even go fairly far back into the past, resurrecting games you may not have thought about in years, which you can still play on Windows 7.
Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2009 - 06:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It seems amazing that the memory of one bad occurrence
can stick in the memory and be pulled out years later to refute current fact. You still run into claims that VIA chipsets are horribly unstable and inefficient and that ATI drivers are bad. In the Processor forum, an old video of Tom's has reared it's head in a thread talking about how AMD chips have a higher failure rate than Intel. Thankfully, the fellows here on the forums set the record straight.
Subject: Systems | January 23, 2009 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Building an HTPC can lead to frustration as you realize a mATX board might not offer all of the connections you desire, or when the video card you want to use is a 1/2" inch too long to fit inside the HTPC case you picked. The nMEDIA HTPC 2000B can solve any spacial difficulties, it will fit a full ATX board in it's 17" x 6.3" x 15.4" casing, though you should still think small for your heatsink. Think Computers like this casing a lot and recommend that anyone buyig the case should spend the extr
Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2009 - 01:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 23, 2009 - Intel Corporation today announced that Craig Barrett intends to retire from active management and his role as chairman and member of the board of directors in May at the company's annual stockholders' meeting.
Barrett joined Intel in 1974 and has served in many capacities including CEO from 1998 through 2005. In recent years, Barrett has been active in Intel's World Ahead Program bringing information technology to emerging economies and has been active in issues as far ranging as education, health care and U.S. competitiveness.
Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2009 - 01:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sleek-Audio has released a new W1 Wireless Kit, consisting of a pair of earbud headphones and a receiver at one end and a small transmitter to plug into a portable music device, like an MP3 player or music phone. It is broadcast using proprietary technology, not Bluetooth and has a throughput of approximately 2.4 Mbps, enough to ensure no degradation in audio quality. If that interests you at all, check out the full review at techPowerUp!
Subject: Displays | January 23, 2009 - 12:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Displaying off their expertise, X-bit Labs has created a brief overview of the current LCD market. Having published numerous roundups of various sized monitors over the past year, they have several recommendations for sizes ranging from 17" to 30". Having monitored the performance of more than a few dozen LCDs, with the ones in this article being their favourites.
Subject: General Tech | January 23, 2009 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechARP is all about Vista Service Pack 2; first by reporting on the likely release dates, and now on the features that SP2 will add. You will see support for 64-bit CPUs from VIA, more Wi-Fi features, even improvements to DirectX. If Windows 7 releases according to schedule, Vista is in for a very short run; hopefully SP2 will help people remember it in the future with a little less loathing.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 23, 2009 - 02:12 AM | Ryan Shrout
A quick little shout out to a sponsor of ours - it looks like the small-time player in the US market is playing catch up, and fast, with a new deal entering retail chain Microcenter.
Galaxy Expands Retail Business with Partnership with Microcenter