Revisiting the P55 family

Subject: Motherboards | September 14, 2009 - 02:48 PM |
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Now that the NDA is lifted, [H]ard|OCP is revisiting the P7P55D Deluxe
motherboard
for the new Lynnfield based chips.  We already have a good idea of the features and abilities of the board but now it is time to get down to the actual results of benchmarks and overclocking.  If you are a manual overclocker, then this board might be attractive, as the auto-overclocking did not work as well as MSI's implementation.  The BIOS may not be as comprehensive as an ROG C58 boar

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Congo the Congo, if that's what you want from me

Subject: Mobile | September 14, 2009 - 01:22 PM |
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AMD's new mobile platforms target mainstream and ultraportable users but never quite cross the line into netbook territory.  The core of these platforms is the 65nm AMD Turion Neo X2 but the real star is the chipset.  Netbook users are suffering with Intel's IGP as it struggles with HD video; whereas AMD's new RS780M is based on the DX10 compliant 780G chipset whose performance we are already familiar withCheck out the new face of AMD mobility in Josh's preview.

IDF takes a look at Westmere

Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2009 - 12:36 PM |
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Sept. 14 in San Francisco is the beginning of this years Intel Developer Conference and it is shaping up to be a great one.  This will that be the introduction to Intel's 32nm processor family with Clarkdale on the desktop, and Arrandale for the mobile side, and we are expecting a lot.  As well there will be information on new transistor technology and news on Intel's System on a Chip projects.  Head to ExtremeTech for a preview of what is to come.

Source: Extremetech

Intel Announces Organizational Changes

Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2009 - 11:23 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., September 14, 2009 - Intel announced a number of important organizational changes today and expansion of some key executive responsibilities.

The changes align the business around the core competencies of Intel Architecture and world class manufacturing, placing operating responsibility for them in three senior executives.

Never let the marketing department name your silicon

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2009 - 07:03 PM |
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This week has been busy, mostly with the release of Lynnfield finally upon us.  Ryan has done an outstanding job explaining how some Core i7s now fit LGA1156 motherboards while others are on the older LGA1366.  We also delved into the repercussions of losing the third memory channel and
moving the PCIe controller directly onto the processor, along with many other tech topics in this weeks PC Perspective Podcast.  There are still other CPU discussions of interest, f

It shouldn't give you PAX Mouse Pox

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2009 - 06:03 PM |
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Steel Series was showing off their new mouse, the Xai at the latest hot vacation spot for H1N1, the Penny Arcade eXpo.  While it is a gaming mouse, with 8 buttons and a variable DPI it has two interesting features you might not expect.  It can function without a driver, meaning that all its buttons will work; something that cannot be said of all mice though it is becoming much more common.  The second is that it is an ambidextrous mouse, leftys and rightys
should both find this mouse comfortable and disease free. 

Source: OCMODSHOP

Multi-talented prebuilt HTPC from ASUS

Subject: Systems | September 11, 2009 - 05:18 PM |
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The ASUS O!Play HDP-R1 is a tiny little Linux based HD Media Player, with both eSATA and USB as well as a network connection available for you to provide the media by.  Outputs include HDMI, composite AV and S/PDIF optical to give you a choice in how you connect the device into your AV setup.  The list of supported codecs is impressively long; InsideHW could not find anything it would not play.  Engadget found one for sale in Taiwan for $169, but is hard to guess what price we will see

Source: InsideHW

The bad news is you will want to buy at least three

Subject: Displays | September 11, 2009 - 04:58 PM |
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Thanks to AMD's new Eyefinity, LCDs may start coming in six packs in order to give you a huge screen, but in the mean time you can pick them up singly.  Take the Samsung 2233SW Black 21.5" Widescreen LCD, which ascribes to the new widescreen standard of 16x9 offering a perfect 1080p display.  It is currently available as a refurbish for $132, so pick up a few!  The 5ms response time might seem

Chances are you won't even notice

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2009 - 04:38 PM |
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In a move that is being ascribed to poor popularity, third party extensions to Skype, called Skype Extras are being phased out.  They included services like emoticon enhancements, backup services, and music player plug-ins.  No new addons will be certified and existing ones will be phased out
as their certificates expire.  If you work with Skype Extras, take the advice of this Slashdot link; either stop developing your next killer Skype app or find a different source of i

Source: Slashdot

Fast and secure USB HDD storage

Subject: Storage | September 10, 2009 - 05:47 PM |
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We have seen many ways of securing data, from software based cryptography tools to biometrics like face and fingerprint recognition.  Vantec has chosen a rather physical way to secure any data kept on a HDD housed within its NexStar Vault.   Along with some rather impressive transfer speeds, the integral keypad ensures that the secure partition stays secure.  Without the proper 6-digit key you cannot get at the data, removing the drive from the Vault does not disable the encryption.  Take

Source: techPowerUp!

Not just for AMD fans anymore

Subject: Memory | September 10, 2009 - 05:24 PM |
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With the arrival of Lynnfield comes a new interest in dual channel DDR3.  Many may opt for a pair of 3GB DIMMs, or four 2GB DIMMs there are quite a few that will settle for 4GBs of total system memory, especially if it is fast.  Take Kingston's  HyperX KHX1600C8D3K2
which is designed to run at 1600MHz, but was easily pushed to over 2000MHz by Overclockers Club.  The latencies and voltages had to be changed so little that it seems the memory multiplier lock that stopped the

Still no sign of the elusive 860

Subject: Processors | September 10, 2009 - 05:10 PM |
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As we mentioned in last nights podcast, only two of the three Lynnfield processors have appeared for review, with the sweetest one of all MIA.  Hopefully this means that the i7-860 is on its way into the channel in large numbers as it sits in the price point of the i7-920 and does about the same thing with less power needed and less heat produced.  While we are awaiting its arrival why not see how professionals like the folks at [H]ard|OCP h

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Matrox was so ahead of its time

Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2009 - 04:48 PM |
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Ryan is not the only one impressed by the new multi-display technology AMD was displaying today, may sites had the exact same reaction.  Take The Tech Report's initial thoughts on Eyefinity, for instance.  They watched Dead Space being played on six Dell 30" monitors, @ 2560x1600, or in another way of speaking, more than 24 megapixels of 3D action @ 7680x3200.  No details forthcoming on the GPU or memory yet, but it won't be long before we get to see some sol

ATI Eyefinity Press Release: AMD Demonstrates the PC's Next Act

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 10, 2009 - 04:34 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif.

Source: AMD

AMD to announce multi-monitor gaming soon: EyeFinity

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 10, 2009 - 01:13 PM |
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A card with 6 DisplayPort outputs on a single card.

Sneaking a peek into Radeon's future ... and getting caught

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 9, 2009 - 05:36 PM |
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One of the most exciting things about the ypcoming Evergreen family is multiple monitor support and Nordic Hardware managed to get a glimpse at how the Radeon HD 5870 Six will do it.  As the implies, the 5870 six will support up to 6 displays at a time and its secret weapon will be familiar to Apple users, it will be the Mini DisplayPort
interface. 

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Cooler Master takes the value market by Storm

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 9, 2009 - 04:40 PM |
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Cooler Master has a new series out that all bear the moniker 'Storm', indicating their new Storm Tactics in their construction.  The idea is to provide a compact, rugged case with security features useful when you find yourself at a LAN Party.  The smaller chassis is the Storm Scout which is priced just under $90, an incredible value for the features the case has.  There is an integral handle to make carrying the case a snap, i

Source: InsideHW

Something to kill while you are waiting

Subject: General Tech | September 9, 2009 - 04:08 PM |
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Those anxiously awaiting the announcement of the release date for Diablo III might want to take a look at Torchlight.  At PAX it was announced that the game will ship October 27th, giving dungeon crawlers everywhere a chance to feed their need.  Rock, Paper, Shotgun
are hosting a trailer which you can see right here
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Foxconn changes directions

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 9, 2009 - 03:53 PM |
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Foxconn is abandoning the graphics market altogether according to DigiTimes.  The majority of employees will be shifting to the OEM division and plan on upping the amount of motherboards that they ship over the coming year.  Their new BloodRage X58 board has received positive reviews, while reviews of their graphics cards are hard to find as they haven't been keeping up with the insane pace of GPU refreshes from nVIDIA. 

Source: Digitimes

ASUS Hybrid Motherboards Deliver Fast Performance and Uncompromised Stability

Subject: Motherboards | September 9, 2009 - 03:34 PM |
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Fremont, CA, Sept. 8th, 2009 - ASUS, the leading innovator of advanced motherboard solutions, today launches the ASUS P7P55D Series motherboards. Featuring the Intel P55 Express chipset, the P7P55D Series supports the latest LGA 1156 socket for Intel Core i7/Core i5 Processors for maximum performance.

Source: ASUS