A good day to be a graphics fan

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 23, 2009 - 01:57 PM |
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AMD is once again at the top of the silicon hill with the release of the fully DX11 compliant HD5870; yours for only $379!  This single GPU card does more than just beat the GTX285 at the same price point, it can use EyeFinity!  This will let you turn three LCD monitors into one virtual monitor with an odd resolution, for

IDF 2009: Two more Larrabee videos shown

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 23, 2009 - 01:49 PM |
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While Larrabee information is still incredibly sparse just months from 2010 (the still purported release date of Larrabee), during Renee James' keynote today she demonstrated a couple of new examples of Larrabee at work.


The Intel Domination Forum

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2009 - 11:53 AM |
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The one theme that Ars Technica has taken away from the IDF is that Intel has some serious plans for the PC industry.  From the dozen low power, low heat system on a chip projects that are currently on the go to a Moblin based mobile internet device doing a clever imitation of a phone, Intel is spreading its sites to new areas that they have been weak in previously.  That is not all, on the application side they are working on a new UI for Atom based netbooks as well as support to develop apps for the netbook. 

Source: Ars Technica

AMD Eyefinity Demonstrations on Batman, Left 4 Dead, Far Cry 2 and more!

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 22, 2009 - 07:15 PM |
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I know that a lot of you are very eager to get all the information you can about AMD's upcoming graphics card as well as the AMD Eyefinity multi-monitor gaming technology.  Well as I was sitting here this evening, I decided to share some of the videos I had been creating for our upcoming review since they are no longer under NDA.

Live from IDF: Maloney keynote and first Larrabee demonstration!!

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2009 - 04:09 PM |
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We are here at the Intel Developer Forum and are ready for the second keynote of the day from Sean Maloney.  We are hearing this one will have the first public showing of Larrabee, Intel's upcoming discrete graphics technology!!!  Stay tuned!

UPDATE: There wasn't much new information from Maloney and Baker on Larrabee, though they did indeed demonstrate it working for the first time.

A P55 two-fer

Subject: Motherboards | September 22, 2009 - 03:50 PM |
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You can catch a review of two P55 based motherboards, the $150 Asus P7P55D and the $170 Gigabyte GA-P55-UD4P over at The Tech Report.  The capabilities and
compatibilities of
the two boards are very similar, with the Gigabyte having a bit of an advantage in its onboard audio, the real difference shines ou

Moore's Law Marches on at Intel

Subject: Processors | September 22, 2009 - 02:28 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 22, 2009 – Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini today displayed a silicon wafer containing the world's first working chips built on 22nm process technology. The 22nm test circuits include both SRAM memory as well as logic circuits to be used in future Intel microprocessors.

"At Intel, Moore's Law is alive and thriving," said Otellini.

AMD VISION Bay Area Meet-Up

Subject: Shows and Expos | September 22, 2009 - 02:24 PM |
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AMD is back in the bay area with another free event; from 5:30-7:30pm on September 23rd, at the St.Regis Hotel in the Vitrine Restaurant.  Of you are in the area, drop by this website for registration details and hang out with Ryan and AMD tomorrow.

Come join AMD Social Media mavens and some of our cooler executives for an informal and entertaining meet-up/tweet-up at the St. Regis Hotel.

Of course, it wouldn't be a fun meetup without complimentary cocktails and appetizers. Come down, hang out, have a beverage and geek out on the next generation of gadgets and technology that AMD has been cooking up.

We will have some signed copies of Chris Brogan and Julien Smith's New York TImes Best Selling book "Trust Agents" as well.

 

Source: AMD

So what if it is dual channel - 2.4GHz @ 9-9-9-24!

Subject: Memory | September 22, 2009 - 12:39 PM |
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Sure, Legit Reviews did have to push the voltage over spec to 1.75V and bump the QPI up to 1.35 but they hit a huge memory overclock.  It wasn't even necessary to go that far to get to 2200MHz; they simply asked for it from the DIMMs and they provided, no voltage tweaks or any other BIOS tinkering needed.  Read about Kingston's insane HyperX DDR3 4GB 2133MHz Memory, but

Live from the Intel Developer Forum: Paul Otellini Keynote

Subject: Processors | September 22, 2009 - 12:22 PM |
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The Wi-Fi connection here at IDF is sketchy at best we'll do our best to cover the keynotes for you live from the event!


The three flavours of Fiorano

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2009 - 12:13 PM |
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The first motherboard chipset AMD has developed since the acquisition of
ATI was to be for not just the Magny-Cours processors but also in different forms for the eventual release of Maranello and San Marino.  Instead of only releasing the SR5690 chipset for Magny-Cours, they have also paired the SR5670, and SR5650 I/O hubs to the SP5100 southbridge and launched them today.  We don't know the full specs of these chipsets yet but we do know certain things about what they have been designed for.  The SR5690 is specifically for the 12 core Magny-Cours in 2 or 4 CPU socket motherb

Source: The Register

Ultimate Mini-ITX HD Multimedia Platform Combines DX10.1 and Dual HDMI

Subject: Systems | September 22, 2009 - 11:18 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, September 22, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the first ever Mini-ITX board to feature a dedicated on-board graphics processor and dual HDMI ports. The VIA VB8003 is ideally suited for a range of advanced digital media applications, supporting the latest advanced HD codecs and DX10.1 graphics.

Thankfully this case has nothing to do with Goku

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 21, 2009 - 05:36 PM |
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Lian Li wants those who are buying an AMD Dragon platform to be able to announce it to the world and have

Speaking of 6 Gigabits per second ...

Subject: Storage | September 21, 2009 - 02:51 PM |
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The aforementioned SATA 3.0 Seagate Barracuda XT (aka ST32000641AS) sports 4 platters each with 368 Gb/in2 aerial density has appeared at Benchmark Reviews.   It has a 64MB cache and claims 132MBs of sustained read, a 4.16ms latency an MSRP of $299 and an availability of
October-ish.  Take a look at their preview.

I'm not dead yet!

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 21, 2009 - 02:09 PM |
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The AGP slot has some serious staying power and the folks at VisionTek have ensured that it will stay around in old systems sitting around chugging on Distributed Computing projects and in low heat and noise situations like streaming video and recipe websites in the kitchen.  VisionTek has managed to convert an HD3650 into an AGP card, and while the AGP bus is inherently slower than PCI Express, the sheer power of the new DX10.1 card blows away the old competition.  Bring some life back to an old system with some help

Source: Bjorn3D

It needs to come with a magnifying glass

Subject: General Tech | September 21, 2009 - 12:35 PM |
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While not really in the same category as the Zune, the 5th generation iPod Nano has arrived on the scene with camera and LCD in tow.  Features new to this tiny MP3 player are varied, a full-featured FM tuner application, a pedometer, a Nike+ receiver and a voice note app have been added, while keeping the ability to store and play your music.  The screen is 2.2" @ 240x320 pixels, more useful to young eyes but still handy to keep track of which app you have been using.  Ars Technica was a little disappointed with the camera it lacked auto-focus as well as the ability t

Source: Ars Technica

Hurrah for the CBC and the Plains of Abraham

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2009 - 06:53 PM |
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There are those who hold that an easy install is best; put everything together and have the PC build run perfectly from the first time you touch the power button.  While it certainly makes everything smooth, you really aren't going to learn anything from a nice build.  It is the nightmare installations, the bizarre hardware incompatibilities and
the purely unique problems that teach you the tricks it takes to deal with PCs that do everything they can to leave your mind feeling bent, spindled, folded mutil

I dream of an HTPC with the long ASUS flair

Subject: Systems | September 18, 2009 - 05:31 PM |
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ASUS bills their M4A78-HTPC/RC HTPC motherboard as a basis for which to build a Dream HTPC.  It's a well laid out 780G based mATX board that comes with a remote plus a USB IR-receiver.  Four DDR2 slots with dual channel capability, 5 SATA channels, a single IDE as well as the ability to provide your sound card with a separate power supply to reduce noise.  Drop by Bjorn3D for a look at what features should not be left off of an HTPC motherboard.

Source: Bjorn3D