Apple upset about NVIDIA's bad GPUs...gulp

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2008 - 04:09 PM |

This story over at TGDaily seems to indicate that not only does Apple now have some of the defective mobility GPUs that have been absolutely destroying NVIDIA's consumer confidence as of late, but that Apple took some of its internal displeasure and posted it for the world to see.  What was said?

Source: TG Daily

Galaxy increases warranty on VGA card products to two years

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 10, 2008 - 03:56 PM |

One of our new supporters sent along a note that they are increasing their warranty length as a direct result of users in our forums and elsewhere.  See, sometimes you do get what you want!

October 10, 2008Galaxy Microsystems Ltd announced
today that it has increased the warranty period on its
VGA card products from one year
to two years.

Time to dump the PS3?

Subject: Storage | October 9, 2008 - 03:04 PM |

Futurelooks tried out the newest Samsung Blu-ray player, the BD-P150 which is slightly cheaper than a new PS3.  Currently the PS3 is one of the best choices for a Blu-ray player, and when you remember it is also a full console, the choice seems obvious.  See if there is anything Samsun

Source: futurelooks

Look ma, no wires!

Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2008 - 01:43 PM |

Audioengine's AW1 Wireless Audio System is a way to provide a wireless transfer of data between two audio systems.  Don't let the USB plugs fool you, the receiver can send signal along a usual 35mm analog audio plug.  Wireless audio is handy in it's reduction of wires running everywhere, but it's quality tends to be lesser than a wired system.  TECHGAGE tested this set out to see how well AudioEngine fixed the problem.


Pick up some nice kit for your DDR3 system

Subject: Memory | October 9, 2008 - 12:14 PM |

Speaking of low powered, high speed RAM; MektuMods have finished a round-up of high speed DDR3 of which only one DIMM, the CSX Diablo3 2000 2GB Kit requires 2V, the rest were designed to run between 1.8V - 1.95V, making them safe for the Core i7.  Once they got into overclocking, the voltages did start to rise which could prove to be a problem for people really wanting to push Intel's upcoming chip.  Drop by to see the strengths and weaknesses of each kit.

Source: MetkuMods

Lower your power consumption or the processor gets it

Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2008 - 11:57 AM |

If you set up a new Corei7 and X58 platform the same as you set up your current Penryn and X48 DDR3 PC, with 2.0V+ high performance RAM, you can expect to see that new Intel processor go off to the great silicon graveyard in a week, maybe less.  Before you start the wailing and gnashing of teeth phase let AnandTech tech tell you about why this is probably not a problem.  DDR3 is about to start coming with lower voltage requirements, while still retaining and continuing to increase it's already high spee

Source: AnandTech


Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 8, 2008 - 02:36 PM |

The EKL Alphenfohn GroB Clock'ner Blue Edition is quite the mouthful to try to order if you can find it for sale.  It's claim to fame is the inclusion of a Coollaboratory Liquid MetalPad to use instead of thermal paste or a TIM pad.  FrostyTech's testing shows it to be a midrange cooler with a quieter fan than most of the competition.  It won't find a home in a dedicated overclockers system, but many others could certainly consider it for all but a Socket 1366 based PC.

Source: Frosty Tech

G92 isn't dead yet

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 8, 2008 - 01:17 PM |

Why would you want to invest in a 9800 GT at this point?  A few reasons come to mind, like running Folding@Home on it or using it as a PhysX accelerator instead of using it as your main graphics processor.  Take the Inno3D GeForce 9800 GT Twin Turbo that Guru of 3D reviewed.  For $150 you get a pre-overclocked card with an impressive Accelero cooling system that will let you push the card even further than Inno3D did.  How does bumping the shader clock from 1512MHz to nearly 19

Source: Guru of 3D

You call that new and improved!?!

Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2008 - 12:15 PM |

If you remember the original Deus Ex you were probably utterly disgusted with it's sequel.  The third instalment won't be any better from what Slashdot has found out.  The original game was skill based, with four levels to each of the various skills, and you never got enough points to max out your character, you had to chose which skills you focused on.  If you didn't spend points in sniping, your aiming reticle moved significantly when you tried to zoom in and hitting things was incredibly d

Source: Slashdot

XOHM, Intel and WiMAX Partners Celebrate New 4G Broadband Era in Baltimore

Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2008 - 11:52 AM |

Baltimore - Oct. 8, 2008 - Catalysts of a new 4G wireless broadband era gathered today in Baltimore as Sprint (NYSE: S), Intel and their WiMAX ecosystem partners celebrated the recent launch of XOHM mobile 4G service, and announced new access devices and retail strategies at an Inner Harbor event. The occasion marked a business model transformation for the wireless industry and innovation in the way mobile services are accessed and enjoyed.

Backyard Fusion

Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2008 - 11:50 AM |

ExtremeTech was able to get their hands on a beta utility that represents the first incarnation of AMD's Fusion.  It's not the finally version of what is supposed to be a marriage of CPU and GPU, it is a software utility that helps make your gaming experience better.  One of it's tricks is to hold profiles for overclocking, so you can use Overdrive and and AutoTune to automatically find your PC's sweet spot and save the speeds.  It can also disable certain Windows services while you are gamin

Source: Extremetech

Meet the first 1 Gigabyte ATI Radeon HD 4670 Graphics Card

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 7, 2008 - 04:50 PM |

CHATSWORTH, CA - September 30, 2008 - Diamond Multimedia (, a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications products, launched today the ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics card. The 4600 series of cards boast up to 3 times the performance of the previous generation of GPUs.

The HD 4670 is a single slot card, PCIE 2.0, with 1024MB of DDR3 memory and a clock speed of 750 MHz. The memory speed is 900 MHz, designed with 320 stream processors.

Super Talent Launches SSDs for Asus Eee PCss

Subject: Storage | October 7, 2008 - 04:43 PM |

San Jose, California - October 7, 2008 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced a new line of mini PCI-Express SSDs, available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities, that were designed explicitly for the Asus Eee PC.

Standard Eee PCs have maximum 20GB of storage. These cost-effective upgrade cards offer up to 64GB of solid state storage.

Open source and the 790GX

Subject: Motherboards | October 7, 2008 - 02:44 PM |

Josh's look at the 790GX chipset covered it's performance in Windows, concentrating on it's gaming performance as well as it's abilities to power an HTPC.  Most PCPer readers are Windows users on their main rig, or their gaming rig at the very least; our HTPC users and general Linux fans are not.  That's the perfect cue for Phoronix to step in and see just how well the 790GX chipset works, specifically on Ubuntu 8.04 with the Catalyst 8.9 driver, Linux 2.6.24 kernel, and X Server 

Source: Phoronix

Lightweight, bullet resistant lap protection

Subject: Mobile | October 7, 2008 - 02:19 PM |

The LapLogic G800 Aerogel Extreme is a pad to place between your laptop and your lap to prevent your legs from being slow cooked while you are working.  It's outer shell is ballistic nylon and it's interior is two layers, one of Aerogel and one made from LapLogic's own special heat resistant material.  Those layers protect you and do a great job of removing heat from your laptop as well. 

Bird on a high powered wire

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 7, 2008 - 12:13 PM |

TopPower has a pair of new PSUs out, under the name PowerBird.  Available in 900W and 1100W varieties, both sporting high efficiency ratings and 120mm fans to keep the temperature and noise levels down. Both PSUs did manage to pas [H]ard|OCP's torture tests, though there was a little bit more action on the 12V rails during the full power tests.  See if that is enough to turn you off this brand by reading the full review.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Less filling, or tastes great?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 7, 2008 - 11:50 AM |

AMD has finally gone with their long discussed 'Asset Light' program, now in new improved 'Asset Smart' flavour, in partnership with a Saudi Arabian company based in Abu Dahbi, called ATIC.  Ryan has already weighed in on this topic, and you can read the official press release from AMD as well.  If you are still starved for more information, or confused and trying to get as much information as you can before buying as much AMD stock as possible, or using it as napkins,

AMD and Advanced Technology Investment Company of Abu Dhabi to Create New Leading-Edge Semiconductor

Subject: General Tech | October 7, 2008 - 11:15 AM |

NEW YORK - October 7, 2008 - AMD and the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) of Abu Dhabi today announced the creation of a U.S.-headquartered, leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing company to address growing demand for independent, leading-edge foundry production capabilities.

Source: AMD

Big News: AMD to finally spin off manufacturing on Tuesday

Subject: Processors | October 7, 2008 - 12:37 AM |

So, if you make an announcement the night before you make an announcement about making an announcement, doesn't that just beg the press to find out what that same announcement is early?  That is what happened to the fine folks at AMD tonight when they sent out a press release about a "significant corporate announcement" tomorrow.

Source: General

Remote HTPCing

Subject: Systems | October 6, 2008 - 05:07 PM |

An HTPC can really add a lot of functionality to your current TV and stereo system, but the cases aren't always the perfect shape for your current home theatre stand.  If you have a snazzy HTPC that doesn't fit, or are not particularly interested in picking up a purpose built HTPC case, consider the SageTV HD Media Extender.  I4U took a look at this device which supports inputs including MPEG1, 2, 4, H.264 up to 1080p, and many more.  It outputs via HDMI, component, composite and S-Video and it's audio include

Source: I4U News