Larrabee now needs HD decoders to keep up

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 22, 2009 - 09:51 PM |

In a move that is surely going to raise some eyebrows, Intel has apparently decided to add a pair of HD video decoders to the logic on-board the Larrabee graphics chip; this according to a story over at SemiAccurate.  This would definitely go against the whole premise of the Larrabee architecture: to do as much work as possible in x86 software without the need for dedicated hardware to any one specific task.  Intel said from the beginning that textures required special hardware to run m

OCZ Colossus early testing data, now with ETA and pricing

Subject: Storage | July 22, 2009 - 09:15 PM |

You may remember us talking about the upcoming OCZ Colossus SSD - the first standard 3.5-in form factor solid state drive first shown at Computex 2009.  As it happens, some preliminary performance results happened to swing by our email this morning. 

SSD Type

The EVO Revolution

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 22, 2009 - 05:38 PM |

At first glance, the Enermax Galaxy EVO 1250W is very similar to the Revloution 1050W, not a bad thing as the Revolution has received very good reviews.  The problems, which are not serious, seem to come from the extra peak power output, as it turns out that the voltage delivered is a littl

Source: [H]ard|OCP

QuakeCon 2009 Gets Supercharged with the Ventrilo Ultimate Power Up Sweepstakes

Subject: Shows and Expos | July 22, 2009 - 04:47 PM |

MESQUITE, TX - July 22, 2009 - Ventrilo, the premier group voice communications program used in tournaments and multiplayer games, is ready to blow the doors off of QuakeCon 2009 with the sponsorship of its second annual "QuakeCon Ultimate Power Up" Sweepstakes. One extremely lucky attendee will rocket away from QuakeCon 2009 in a brand new supercharged 2010 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 Coupe, valued at approximately $52,000.

Source: QuakeCon

Intel G2 X25-M: In The Lab (with earlly testing data!)

Subject: Storage | July 22, 2009 - 04:11 PM |

Our Intel X25-M G2 sample just arrived.  I promptly threw it on the storage testbed and got some initial data.  I'll let the pics do the talking:

X25-M G2 in the lab.

Corsair Re-launches Dominator GT Ultra-Performance DRAM Modules

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 22, 2009 - 03:07 PM |

Fremont, CA. July 22, 2009 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer memory, power supplies, and flash memory products including solid-state drives, today re-introduced the popular Dominator GT line of memory modules.

AMD Releases New Athlon II's and a Lower TDP Phenom II

Subject: Processors | July 22, 2009 - 01:49 PM |

While it is no surprise that AMD was going to offer lower clocked Athlon IIs, it is nice to see that they have done so in a timely manner and with a very nice eye towards price.  As we well know, the Athlon II is based on the Phenom II architecture, but with double the L2 cache but no L3 cache to speak of.  This gives the Athlon II very good performance, but at a remarkably smaller overall die size.  These dual cores are slower than the Phenom II X2s, but the difference in overall performance is not all that great compared to the huge disparity in die size (and considering that

Source: AMD

Gigabyte isn't the only LGA1156 board around

Subject: Motherboards | July 22, 2009 - 01:22 PM |

In amongst all the

Source: eTeknix

High definition graininess

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 22, 2009 - 12:33 PM |

If you are looking for a little Wild West action on your PC, and a Clint Eastwood marathon just won't cut it, pick up the second iteration of Call of Juarez; Bound in Blood.  Shotguns and six shooters replace SMGs and BFGs and there is no crying allowed.  [H]ard|OCP picked up a copy to test the experience that people will have with eight of the top current video cards.  Their testing showed that even a HD4770 can manage 2560x1600, though perhaps the most interestin

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Play with the penguin

Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2009 - 12:04 PM |

Setting up a Linux box doesn't mean you are limited to the few games that have been released to run on Linux, there are other alternatives.  One of the most familiar is WINE, which sets up a translation layer allowing you to run Windows programs, successfully most of the time even.  There are choices specifically designed to get you gaming on Linux and of course there is always the multiple OS solution.  Check out to see how to become less productive


AMD Continues 40th Anniversary Celebration with Shipment of 500 Millionth x86 Processor

Subject: General Tech | July 22, 2009 - 11:40 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the shipment of its 500 millionth x86 processor, a milestone enabled by the company's 40 years of innovation.

Source: AMD

Huge (literally) Intel roadmaps show 2010+, Turbo Mode scaling

Subject: Processors | July 21, 2009 - 11:30 PM |

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.

Source: PC-Base

AMD DX11 parts could be delayed, but we know what they are called!

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 21, 2009 - 10:34 PM |

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

Lynnfield Core i5 prices supposedly leaked - might finally be in your future

Subject: Processors | July 21, 2009 - 10:18 PM |

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.

Source: TweakTown

Intel announces 34nm flash X25-M and X18-M SSDs

Subject: Storage | July 21, 2009 - 06:56 PM |

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

Got a Hankering for Istanbul?

Subject: Processors | July 21, 2009 - 05:09 PM |

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

Source: AMD

Keep your cool when you install these fans

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 21, 2009 - 03:13 PM |

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

Source: Guru of 3D

Dying to change the colour of your PC components?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 21, 2009 - 01:45 PM |

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

Source: MAKE: Blog

The story so far

Subject: Storage | July 21, 2009 - 12:36 PM |

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. 

Source: AnandTech

nVIDIA and Galaxy tie the knot

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 21, 2009 - 12:16 PM |

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.