Say goodbye to an old friend

Subject: Processors | June 2, 2009 - 01:39 PM |
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The Brisbane core has been with us for quite a while now, powering the majority of new AMD builds and now it is finally time to retire.  New on the stage is the 3GHz Athlon II X2 250, the 3.1 GHz Phenom II X2 550 (Black Edition), and last but not least is the Phenom II X4 905E.  Not only are we seeing new chip designs; we are also seeing a new manufacturer, as this is our introduction to chips fabbed my Global Foundries.  To get the bad news out of the way, when Josh tested it against the 3.16GHz E8500, the Intel chip still maintained a performance lead.

Sing along with Jen-Hsun

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 2, 2009 - 12:49 PM |
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"C is for CUDA, that's good enough for thee!"

Source: The Inquirer

VIA Nano Processor Powers New Tongfong Thin and Light Notebook

Subject: Mobile | June 2, 2009 - 11:53 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, June 2, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the adoption of the VIA Nano processor platform by Tongfong, one of China's leading notebook providers, for their new Tongfong S30A 13.3" thin and light notebook.

The Tongfong S30A includes the high performance yet power efficient 64-bit 1.3GHz+ VIA Nano U2250 processor coupled with the unified VIA VX800 MSP and discrete S3 Graphics Chrome 435 ULP graphics for an HD video proficient, DirectX 10.1 certified notebook.

NVIDIA TEGRA-BASED DEVICES REVOLUTIONIZE THE 'MID' MARKET

Subject: Mobile | June 2, 2009 - 11:49 AM |
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COMPUTEX 2009 - TAIPEI - JUNE 2, 2009 - NVIDIA Corporation and industry partners today unveiled 12 new high-definition mobile Internet devices (MIDs) all powered by the NVIDIA Tegra processor, the world's smallest and lowest power computer-on-a-chip. These new Tegra-based devices, which include netbooks and tablets, deliver desktop-class Internet browsing with Flash video and animation acceleration, and up to 1080p video playback.

Source: NVIDIA

Intel and AMD CPUs Just Got Cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 2, 2009 - 11:32 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan R.O.C., June 2, 2009 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer memory, power supplies and flash memory products, including solid-state drives, today debuted the new Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H50 high-performance CPU cooler at Computex 2009.

Working in concert with ASEtek, a worldwide leader in liquid cooling systems for high-performance computing, Corsair has developed an eas

Corsair launches Obsidian Series 800D high-performance chassis

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 2, 2009 - 11:25 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan R.O.C., June 2nd, 2009 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today at Computex 2009 announced its entry into the PC chassis category with the launch of the Corsair Obsidian Series 800D.

Flexible, roomy and sturdy, the Obsidian Series 800D full tower chassis was designed exclusively by Corsair and incorporates features demanded by the enthus

UCP 900W is certified 80 Plus Gold!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 2, 2009 - 11:20 AM |
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May 26th 2009 - Cooler Master proudly announces the 80 Plus Gold Certified high wattage power supply, the highest rated 80 Plus power supply to-date by achieving a typical efficiency of 90.05% .

Cooler Master has long built a strong reputation based on industry-leading designs in coolers and computer cases, while its power supplies have often been over-shadowed. Today, marks a new era in the company's foray into the market of power supplies. With the UCP reaching new 80 Plus Gold specifications, Cooler Master has put itself at the cutting edge of PSU design.

Computex 2009: Gigabyte shows 4890 OC and 4650 AGP cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 2, 2009 - 11:10 AM |
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While wandering around the nearly-deserted Hall 1 of Computex, we ran into some friends at Gigabyte that had a couple of interesting things to show us. 

First up was a custom built Radeon HD 4890 1GB graphics card that will come overclocked to 900 MHz compared to the 850 MHz stock frequency.


Computex 2009: NVIDIA gives away 3D Vision, but not really

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 2, 2009 - 06:33 AM |
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Imagine my excitement when I heard the words "free 3D vision" muttered by the CEO of NVIDIA at a recent press conference!?!  After all, in my testing of the active-shutter glasses-based 3D Vision gaming accessory I found the experience to be simply awesome and I urged every user to give this technology a try for themselves, even if it meant hunting down a demo.  And now to get it for FREE??

Unfortunately what NVIDIA was referring to was this:

Computex 2009: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D Chassis Revealed!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 2, 2009 - 05:39 AM |
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Though this isn't the first unveiling of the Corsair Obsidian 800D case, it might be the first time any of you have seen it.  The chassis is due out in late June / early July and shaping up to be one of the most impressive components for an enthusiast system we have seen in a while. 

The case is BIG and it is HEAVY - but has all the fit and finish to make me want to transfer my components on over to it.  And I will in fact be doing that this summer.

Computex 2009: NVIDIA and Adobe finally announce GPU-accelerated Flash!

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 2, 2009 - 02:09 AM |
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In what will likely be one of the biggest boons for the ION platform and the netbook/nettop market, NVIDIA and Adobe just announced a partnership for GPU-accelerated Flash content: both games and video.


Computex 2009: ASUS shows off new EeeNAS, EeePC Tablet and Eee Seashells

Subject: Mobile | June 1, 2009 - 11:09 PM |
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ASUS is having a press event today to announce a host of new products focused on the Eee brand as you might have guessed. First up  is the touch screen tablet EeePC, the T91:


Computex 2009: Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H50 self-contained water cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 1, 2009 - 09:01 PM |
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Corsair has a few new goodies to share at Computex this year including a new self-contained CPU water cooling product called the H50.  Though it is quite obviously based on an Asetek unit, Corsair claims that this is the best performing unit Asetek has ever developed and that Corsair has exclusive rights to sell it.

Worth a second look

Subject: Motherboards | June 1, 2009 - 05:26 PM |
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If the words 'microATX' discouraged you from checking out the

Source: [H]ard|OCP

BFG Upgrades Phobos with new Intel Core i7 950 & 975 Processors

Subject: Systems | June 1, 2009 - 02:43 PM |
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BFG Technologies' Phobos, the only gaming system featuring one-touch overclocking, to offer new Intel Core i7 950 & 975 Processors

Lake Forest, IL - (June 1, 2009) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, and award-winning power supplies announced today that the Phobos Advanced and Elite Editions Gaming/Home Theater System now come standard with Intel's Core i7 950 and 975 processors respectively.

Tom Clancy likes multi-GPU setups

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 1, 2009 - 02:01 PM |
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For those who have chosen an uncommon upgrade path or who simply spent every penny they could on their graphics subsystem, some of the results from X-Bit Labs multi-GPU benchmarks will be familiar.  For the rest of us, it is a bit of an eye opener to see just how multiple GPUs perform in three way.  The final conclusions compare performance differences between SLI and 3x SLI, 3x SLI versus 3x Crossfire and 3x SLI versus 4x Crossfire, and you can see that there can be a huge difference

Source: X-Bit Labs

Six-Core AMD Opteron Processor Product Brief

Subject: Processors | June 1, 2009 - 12:52 PM |
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Source: AMD

PC Marathon Season

Subject: Shows and Expos | June 1, 2009 - 12:20 PM |
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Computex has barely gotten underway for those who flew all the way to Beijing and E3 starts tomorrow in Los Angeles, making this a bad time to be a hardware or software reviewer, but a great time to be an enthusiast.  Ryan is on point at Computex, with frequent updates going up to the front page.  However as it is midnight there, it is worth taking a break from Computex to see what Ars Technica has in the way of a preview of E3.  EA and Activision ar

Source: Ars Technica

More about Microsoft's Starter pack

Subject: General Tech | June 1, 2009 - 12:04 PM |
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The 3 application limit that has been a part of Starter versions of Windows has been confirmed to have been dropped for Windows 7, as we expected from last weeks rumour.  Even more interesting is the fact that you will actually see netbooks running the Starter Edition as Microsoft plans on releasing it to the world at large as opposed to just certain markets.  It won't be a perfectly replacement for the full version however, many features like DVD Playback are not enabled. 

Source: The Inquirer

Introducing the new ATI Radeon E4690 Discrete GPU

Subject: Chipsets | June 1, 2009 - 11:50 AM |
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Unprecedented Embedded Graphics Performance

Source: AMD