Return on investment

Subject: Processors | May 21, 2009 - 02:08 PM |
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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

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Everybody's doing it!

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2009 - 12:23 PM |
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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

Source: Bjorn3D

It's a lot like those X-Ray glasses you ordered from the back of old comics

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2009 - 12:07 PM |
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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

Source: Extremetech

Corsair Dominator GT DDR3 Memory Hits 2533MHz, Sets World Record for DDR3 Memory Frequency

Subject: Memory | May 21, 2009 - 11:14 AM |
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Corsair Labs achieved an astounding speed of DDR3-2533MHz with the aggressive memory timings of 7-8-7-20 using a triple-channel 6GB memory kit. This new world record, verified and validated by CPU-Z, the industry-standard tool for verifying overclocking results, is the first time this frequency has been achieved on a Core i7 system with 6GB of memory using three modules; most world record attempts use only a single 1GB module.

VIA Offers Customized Security Solution Service to Embedded Customers

Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2009 - 11:10 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, May 21, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that it will be showing examples of its customized security solution service at Computex 2009, helping customers to employ a comprehensive and effective security infrastructure in all segments.

VIA Nano, VIA C7 and VIA Eden processor platforms are the only processors that currently offer a built-in Advanced Cryptographic Engine.

ASUS really excited about Eee PC Seashells

Subject: Mobile | May 21, 2009 - 12:26 AM |
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Yeah, ASUS is really excited about the upcoming release of the ASUS Eee PC 1008HA Seashell notebooks...

USB 3.0 is here and it can beat SATA 2.0

Subject: Chipsets | May 20, 2009 - 04:13 PM |
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Long story short, old and busted USB 2.0 hits 480 Mbps in a perfect world,  new and shiny USB 3.0 will hit 5Gps.

In contrast a SATA drive hopes for 3Gbs at peak, so that gives you an idea just how fast this new USB could be.

Digital Storm's wide selection of PCs

Subject: Systems | May 20, 2009 - 03:53 PM |
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AnandTech had a hard time choosing what system to review from the boutique Digital Storm.  With systems ranging from a $1200 Phenom II and DDR2 system to above $6000, there was a lot of choice and AnandTech decided to go with the high end.  The system they chose is watercooled with a Core i7-965 @ 4.00GHz on an EVGA X58 3X SLI, 6GB of triple channel Corsair DDR3-1600
and three GTX 285 1GB
cards all of which push the price up, along with some other interesting components.  

Source: AnandTech

Hassle-free Hardware-based Overclocking with the ROG OC Station

Subject: Systems | May 20, 2009 - 02:58 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan; May 20, 2009 - ASUS, the world's leading producer and innovator of motherboards, today shed brilliant light on the dark art of overclocking with the introduction of the ROG (Republic of Gamers) OC Station. The OC Station is a pure hardware-based, bay-mounted device with a large 3-inch display that takes OCing to a whole new level of ease, accuracy and sophistication.

Source: ASUS

VIA Nano finds itself in a curious place: Dell 'Fortuna' servers

Subject: Processors | May 20, 2009 - 02:44 PM |
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The VIA Nano processor is going where no ultra-low-power processor has gone before: the Dell server market.  In what is probably one of the most interesting uses of all this "low power" technology we have seen take over the netbook market in the last couple of years, Dell's 'skunkwork'-like team has developed a solution to incredibly dense server environments they are calling "Fortuna" but what is officially now known as

AMD to showcase Tigris notebook platform next month

Subject: Mobile | May 20, 2009 - 02:22 PM |
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During Computex next month, AMD is apparently going to be showcasing the new Tigris mobile platform that features a host of new chips.  The heart of the platform is the CPU codenamed Caspian, of which little is known.  We know it will be built on a 45nm process and will likely still be a dual-core part but other than that, we are currently in the dark.  The chipset it uses is the RS880M that is likely a 55nm chip that supports integrated graphics with DX10.1 technology. 

ASUS isn't afraid to show off its size

Subject: Mobile | May 20, 2009 - 01:26 PM |
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In a world of mobile tech that is trending towards lighter and lighter devices, the ASUS W90 18.4" Notebook
almost seems to not fit in.  There is a subset of mobile users who are quite willing to tote around 12lbs or more of laptop if it is powerful enough.  The W90 certainly has that power, an HD4870 X2 powers the graphics and a C2Q 9000 along with 6GB of DDR2-667 power the rest of the notebook.  Techgage took it gaming, and it had no problems with current generation

Source: TECHGAGE

NVIDIA claims Intel Atom pricing unfair for ION

Subject: Processors | May 20, 2009 - 01:06 PM |
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Apparently AMD isn't the only who thinks that Intel is playing dirty in the world of technology.  Just a few days after Intel was hit with the largest fine in history from the EU For anti-competitive practices, NVIDIA's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is telling the world that Intel is pulling the same stunts with them.

 

Dysfunctional underwater family

Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2009 - 12:44 PM |
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If you haven't spotted it yet, there is a 9 minute preview of BioShock 2 at IGN.  Watching it confirms that you do indeed play a Big Daddy, the original prototype that could use plasmids.  Your relationship with the Little Sisters has some similarity with the first game, but with a rather interesting twist apart from the basic binary decision.  Splicers aren't quite the challenge they were in the first game, but don't worry; there is a Big Sister out there i

Source: IGN

A quick look at the new DFI

Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2009 - 12:05 PM |
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TweakTown had a peek at engineering samples of DFI's UT P55-T3eH8 and DK P55-T3eH6 boards, both running off of the Intel P55 Express chipset.  These boards will support the soon to be released LGA-1156 Core i5 quad-core Lynnfield processors, as well as the Havendale family which will have an on-die GPU.  Don't hold your breath for the Havendale processors, according to this article they will be delayed until the beginning of 2010 because Intel is shifting them to 32nm. 

Source: TweakTown

VIA Nano Processor Brings Higher Performance to Media Servers

Subject: Processors | May 20, 2009 - 11:30 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, May 19, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the adoption of the VIA Nano processor platform in the latest high-density server product from Dell's Data Center Solutions Division.

Source: VIA Arena

Pending price approval

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 19, 2009 - 05:36 PM |
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The ASUS ENGTX260MATRIX
might be an incredible value, dependant on the price tag that comes with it.  The dual fans allow ASUS to pump this card
to a 576MHz core with 999MHz memory, the maze of heatpipes that are underneath the fans certainly help as well.  What that translates into is performance similar to the heavily overclocked MSI Black Lightning Edition GTX260, within a few fps of the performance of a stock GTX275.  It is possible that a true GTX275 might have a bit more overhead when it comes to overclocking, but for those who would rather leave things alone

OCZ Technology Introduces Summit Series SSDs

Subject: Storage | May 19, 2009 - 04:58 PM |
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San Jose, Calif. - May 19, 2009 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today released the highly anticipated Summit Series 2.5" Solid State Drives, tailored to meet the stringent demands of business professionals, enthusiasts, and entry-level enterprise applications.

For those whose USB doesn't sound very good

Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2009 - 02:52 PM |
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When you pick up a higher end headset and mic combo, it tends to be based on a USB connection.  Not only is it handy to have one single plug to find, the USB connection usually allows the use of that headset without having to install any drivers.  Unfortunately some rigs have problems with audio over USB, and an older style TRS plugs are the way to go.  While the Saitek GH30 Vibration Headset doesn't have a high end microphone, it will give you s

Highlights of the ATI Catalyst 9.5 Windows release

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 19, 2009 - 02:37 PM |
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Performance improvements

  • Unigine Tropics DX9 - performance gains of up to 11% for single GPU and ATI CrossFireX configurations with anti-aliasing enabled.
  • Company of Heroes - performance gains of up to 10% for both single GPU and ATI CrossFireX configurations.
  •  BattleForge- performance gains of up to 10% for ATI CrossFireX configurations.

New Features

ATI Catalyst 9.5 - Unified Microsoft WHQL certified graphics driver for Windows 7 and Windows Vista

Source: AMD