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Subject: Processors | July 21, 2009 - 11:30 PM | Ryan Shrout
When I say HUGE roadmaps that's what I really mean. PC Watch has done their usual thing and drawn up some damn impressive tables with the future of Intel written all over them. We are just going to look over the desktop versions for right now, but they come in two parts: one is the roadmap that lays out CPU release dates and frequencies while the other is a good overview of what code names and model numbers indicate in terms of feature sets.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 21, 2009 - 10:34 PM | Ryan Shrout
So I guess simply knowing all the codenames isn't going to make up for a possible delay to AMD's new DX11-based RV870 GPU, but I was trying to keep things civil here. I saw over on Tech Report that there are reports of a delay to the Evergreen series of GPUs that AMD is building on the TSMC 40nm process technology targetting Windows 7 and a potential launch date inside September. Now according to someone "in the know" AMD has been angling to push the launch back to November instead - blame is being placed on TS
Subject: Processors | July 21, 2009 - 10:18 PM | Ryan Shrout
We have been building up a LOT of news recently on the pending release of Intel's new processor, the Lynnfield-based Core i7 and Core i5 CPUs, including CPU release dates, specifications and of course at least a couple P55 motherboard previews. Now it looks like we might have the answer most of us are waiting for (besides performance of course): pricing.
Subject: Storage | July 21, 2009 - 06:56 PM | Allyn Malventano
Earlier today Intel announced their second generation SSD line. Models will retain the X25 and X18 names, but will contain "G2" at the end of their model numbers. The G2 drives are based on new Intel 34nm flash, which promises to bring speeds up a bit. The smaller process will enable more units per wafer and will ultimately bring costs down. New processes normally take some time for the lower costs to trickle down to end users, but Intel plans to undercut the current market. This is especially significant when you consider the X25 series are among the best perform
Subject: Processors | July 21, 2009 - 05:09 PM | Josh Walrath
If you are interested in upgrading our building a whitebox server with the latest AMD Opteron processors based on the Istanbul core, you are in luck. Newegg has just posted the 2.2 GHz and 2.4 GHz processors on their site, and the prices for these products are very reasonable. The 2.2 GHz offering is listed at $450 US and the 2.4 product is at $699. Both have the 75 watt ACP rating, as well
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 21, 2009 - 03:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Accelero Xtreme 4870 X2 GPU cooler
is a perfect idea for anyone with a 4870X2 as it will drop your temps by a serious margin. There is a downside which may keep many people from purchasing this cooler, the 4870X2 is very different from a single GPU card when you are trying to remove the stock cooler so you can use the Accelero Xtreme. The Guru of 3D takes you through the steps required to install the cooler as well as a very important tip at the end. The original kit has a strong
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 21, 2009 - 01:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sick of the water oatmeal colour that a lot of components ship with as the default, or the wonderful yellowy colour of aged plastic? It may seem counterintuitive, but picking up some dye can solve your woes. Normally dye works on porous materials but certain types of automobile dyes are specifically designed for plastics. The trick is a solvent which allows the dye to get into the plastic, as opposed to sitting on top of it where it can look uneven and will eventually get scratched. The drawback is a loss of sheen, the solvent will remove some of the gloss from the surf
Subject: Storage | July 21, 2009 - 12:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We now have a bit more information on Intel's new 34nm NAND SSDs, the X25-M and eventually the X18-M. The names remain the same but the technology behind it does not, which results in two very nice gifts to the consumer. The first is a price slash, these brand new drives will be cheaper than the originals by a fairly large margin. The second is improved performance in certain random writes, which seem to improve the larger the drive is. Random read speed is unaffected, though latencies are reduced across the board.
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 21, 2009 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong July 20, 2009 - Galaxy Microsystems Ltd. a leading global manufacturer of graphics accelerators, today announced that it has become a NVIDIA Authorized Board Partner in North America and Latin America.
"Galaxy has been an authorized partner overseas for many years and we are looking forward to continue success in the American region through our retail, e-tail and channel partners," stated Kevin Poon, Galaxy Executive Vice President.
Subject: Storage | July 21, 2009 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 21, 2009 - Intel Corporation is moving to a more advanced, 34- nanometer (nm) manufacturing process for its leading NAND flash-based Solid State Drive (SSD) products, which are an alternative to a computer's hard drive.
Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2009 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
80 column punch cards were used to store programs back in the days before 1TB HDDs were common, and that is exactly what took Apollo 11 to the Moon. The majority of the ground based programming done previous to launch was in Fortran and compiled on an IBM 360 with an huge 1MB of memory, up from the 64K IBM7904 used in Apollo 1. Once in the air and sporting what is essentially hard coded software, there was no way to change the programs; the only control the ground had was to change the order in which they ran, allowing for adjustments in the flight path.
Subject: Storage | July 21, 2009 - 01:46 AM | Ryan Shrout
UPDATE: Yeah, the new Intel SSDs were announced as expected.
Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2009 - 03:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tweaktown received an odd package containing the Zowie IO1.1 Professional Gaming bundle, a $90 set including a repainted Intellimouse, a large mousepad, extra feet for the mouse and a PS/2 adaptor. Can an optical mouse and a pad that is described as uncomfortable meet with your expectations, or are you just going to end up chafed? Here i
Subject: Mobile | July 20, 2009 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At just $599, the 13.3" Gateway UC7807u contains a 2GHz T640, 3GB DDR2-667 5-5-5-15 and uses the Intel 4500MHD to provide its graphical power. Perhaps because of the choice of graphics, the screen is limited to 1280x800, which may prove a little small for some users. TECHGAGE found the included software, especially the Norton products was a little over the top, but overall were quite happy with it.
Subject: Memory | July 20, 2009 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Nanya is one of the less recognized names in the memory industry but that doesn't mean that they should be avoided, just that they are less flashy than Corsair and others. Sitting right at the JDEC specs for PC3-12800 this dual channel kit runs 1600MHz with timings of 9-9-9-24, translating into an easy installation for newcomers to PC building.
Subject: General Tech | July 20, 2009 - 12:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You are digging through your old tech closet and you come across a cable that seems vaguely familiar but you can't place it. Worse, someone hands you an old PC from a system builder that has long gone extinct with some sort of bizarre looking PCI slot that has a very important and very dead expansion card in it. Thanks to MAKE:Blog you can access the handy Computer Hardware Poster that will show what the cast majority of slots, sockets and assorted other hardware looks like.&nb
Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2009 - 07:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PC users have entered a new state of power consciousness, something that is probably a good idea as some high end PCs probably use more energy than the sum of the rest of the appliances in the house in which it is situated. Mind you, with the cost of a pair of dual GPU cards and an i7 965, the only appliances in said house may well be a beer fridge and a coffee maker.
Subject: Systems | July 17, 2009 - 02:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Although the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard has just been updated, it is never a bad idea to get a second opinion. This time try PC Stats, and their 3 current recommended systems. Their $500 budget system is based around an Athlon X2 7750 BE with an HD4850 and 2GB of DDR2-800. The $1000 mainstream features a 3GHz C2D E8400 with an HD4890 and 4GB of DDR2-1066. Lastly the $2000 performance machine has a Core i7 920, a GeForce 285GTX and 6 GB of DDR3-1600 in triple channel.
Subject: Motherboards | July 17, 2009 - 02:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The DFI LANPARTY DK X58-T3eH6 comes with some rather interesting extras, like fluorescing PATA and SATA cables to go with the bright green and yellow. The CPU has 6-phase power and all the capacitors are solid state and both the south and north bridge sport heatsinks. In the end, it is the performance profiles. X-bit Labs found that this board would either run with a high power efficiency at the cost of performance or with