Updated AMD 45 nm Info

Subject: Processors | September 30, 2008 - 04:00 PM |

It is no secret that AMD has been feverishly working on both their 45 nm designs and the 45 nm process that these products will be produced on.  Today we have received word from our friends at C-Net that AMD has apparently overcome most of the hurdles to producing large quantities of these 45 nm parts.  Pat Patla, general manager of AMD's server and workstation processors, went on record saying that production of the Shanghai part is now going full speed ahead.  While the first chips from this production run have not made it out of the fab, they are expecting to ship the first p

Changing our tune about integrated audio

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2008 - 03:54 PM |

Using Integrated Audio used to be a source of shame for those that had to use it in the not too distant past.  That started to change with nVIDIA's Soundstorm and it has only improved since then.  InsideHW has rounded up a fair number of onboard sound solutions, representing the market as it stands today.  They tested them on multiple uses, including gaming, so that you can see the difference in performance between the various chips as well as how they fare against the Cr

Source: InsideHW

Dell goes Atomic

Subject: Mobile | September 30, 2008 - 02:42 PM |

The new Dell Inspiron Mini 9 is an 8.9" netbook powered by an Atom N270 (1.6GHz) with 1GB of DDR2-533 RAM.   It's 60GB SSD drive runs a flavour of Ubuntu and it features wireless support as well as a host of input and output plugs.  Hardware Zone did find out that it is expected to sell at $799, but they didn't manage to get a firm number for the battery life of the netbook.

There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 30, 2008 - 11:54 AM |

The graphics card market is developing a distinct pear shape as it's lower end swells with more and more value priced cards.  There are only two species at the pinnacle, the GTX280 and HD4870 X2, who along with their assorted sub-species rule the market.  From there however the choices available swell as each price point has more and more cards created to fill any gap between the prices.  The newest are AMD's HD4350 and HD4500.  There is a reason that they are both under $60, the number of stream processors has been reduced to 80 from over 300 for the 4650, the memory bus s

Source: AnandTech

Wi to the Max

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2008 - 11:39 AM |

Chicago and the Washington-Baltimore area have been a testing ground for Sprint and Clearwire's new WiMax/ODFM technology, which will hopefully leave the previous failed attempts far behind.  The newest spot you can test this technology out is in Reno, which is where it was tested against 3G wireless.  With throughput of 1.5 - 2.0Mbps down and 275 - 325Kbps up, the speeds are approaching boradband and the 240 mile range is certainly a nice touch.  On the other hand, you can pick up a 3G signal in a lot more places that you can pick up a WiMax, and the reviewer found that they co

Source: Slashdot

Super Talent Shatters SSD Affordability Barriers

Subject: Storage | September 30, 2008 - 11:12 AM |

San Jose, California - September 30, 2008 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today launched a pair of new high quality SATA-II SSDs that shatter previous price barriers.

Super Talent's MasterDrive SSDs have become legendary for their many advantages over hard drives. MasterDrive SSDs offer five times better resistance to shock and vibration, consume less power, support a wider range of operating temperatures and altitudes, and are completely silent.

Scatterbrained storage

Subject: Storage | September 29, 2008 - 06:16 PM |

If you have a hard time deciding which drive you want to save your data on, or maybe you like to have a half dozen or so HDDs with different types of files on them, you might really need a four disk hot swappable SATA rack.  You could also use it to start up an incredibly intricate back up regimen.  PC Stats thought it would be perfect for a dual RAID-1 configuration, read through the review and think what you might do with the IcyDock MB454SPF-B.

Source: PCStats

Corsair Introduces 64GB Portable USB Flash Drive

Subject: Storage | September 29, 2008 - 03:44 PM |

Fremont, CA, September 29, 2008 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, announced today that it is expanding its best selling Flash Voyager USB family lines with a new 64GB capacity offering.

AMD's Advanced Clock Calibration

Subject: Motherboards | September 29, 2008 - 02:53 PM |

AMD based motherboards tend to take second place on the reviewers bench, behind the various models and chipsets that run Intel processors.  That is too bad in a way, as the new 790G chipset is a rather impressive step forward for AMD.  Don't take my word for it though, read through what Josh has to say and see how his benchmarking turned out.

Finding gold at the bottom of the barrel

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 29, 2008 - 12:01 PM |

The Tech Report investigates whether you can spend less than $100 on a graphics card and still be able to play your favourite games.  The short answer is that if your monitor is stuck at 1280x1024, then go right ahead and buy one of the many lower end video cards you can pick up from AMD and nVIDIA.  If you can go to 1920x1200 and want to see at least a few effects, or play some of the more intensive titles, up the budget to the $150 and you won't be disappointed.  You won't be playing at maximum settings, but

Nice schwag from the PDC

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2008 - 11:42 AM |

Head to the Intel Professional Developer Conference in Los Angeles this October and you will walk out with a 160GB HDD with a pile of programs on it, including an alpha of Windows 7.  The rest of us still have to wait until sometime in 2009; though Ballmer would prefer you would buy a couple of copies of Vista in the mean time.  Ars Technica gives a run down of what we know about Windows 7 along with the information on the 'pre-beta'.

Source: Ars Technica

NVIDIA renaming GeForce 9-series and killing 8-series

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 26, 2008 - 02:01 PM |

Well, I hope none of you were attached to the GeForce 8-series or GeForce 9-series names; it looks like the G100-series will be taking over all the 55nm product names.  Nothing too dramatic here but perhaps a new way for partners to market, right?

Following a recent announcement that the companywould lay off about 7% of its staff, it seems that Nvidia is busy bringing the company back on track.

Source: TG Daily

The Diamond HD 3870 fiasco

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 26, 2008 - 01:52 PM |

Ah, this is why we love the Internet and its ability to spread stories at such speed.  On Wednesday TGDaily reported that "thousands of Diamond multimedia graphics cards potentially defective" and that the company "may have shipped between 15,000 and 20,000 AMD/ATI HD 3800-series with design/manufacturing defects to system builders and the retail market."  Of course as you'd imagine the S hit the F after that and since then some of the information has been adjusted.

Source: 3DCenter

Rumors of AMD's Bobcat demise over blown?

Subject: Processors | September 26, 2008 - 01:36 PM |

There have been some rumors circulating in recent days that AMD's Bobcat project, a CPU made for the Atom/Nano market, might have been taken behind the wood shed for a little "project culling."  According this very short but sweet post at The Inquirer, the deal is done.  Another post at EE Times claims that the project is dead as well.  

Source: Ars Technica

Round up your heat for disposal

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 25, 2008 - 05:35 PM |

Lee has been busy putting the Zalman CNPS9300 AT through the paces.  The cooler continues in Zalman's preferred style, with bright copper fins in a circular design.  The cooler it's self performs well, and Lee has no problems recommending it as a cooler; for those looking for performance and quiet simultaneously, you may wish to look elsewhere.  If you haven't read the full review yet, get busy

You got serial all over my SCSI

Subject: Storage | September 25, 2008 - 05:18 PM |

The HighPoint Technologies RocketRAID 2640x4 is a ~$150 PCI-e RAID controller card that will let you operate SAS drives in your PC.  There are a few differences between SATA and SAS storage, some are more arcane like the difference between SAS's Tagged Command Queuing and SATA's Native Command Queuing, other qualities like the 15,000 RPM speed of SAS drives are easier to understand.

Source: Beyond3D

And there was great rejoicing

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2008 - 05:05 PM |

Jack Thompson will have to torment game makers and players as a regular citizen now, he's gotten to the point where even lawyers don't want to be associated with him.  Drop by [H]ard|OCP for a look at how the disbarment happened, as well as Jack's response.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA Forms Strategic Partnership With MotionDSP

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2008 - 04:58 PM |

MotionDSP has taken the same multi-frame video technology that powers FixMyMovie.com and ported it to NVIDIA's CUDA architecture, with stunning results, (as demonstrated at last month's NVISION '08 show). Now, MotionDSP is creating a version that will run on your home PC -- out in early Q1 '09 and tastily running in real-time on NVIDIA graphic cards, as well as standard CPUs (albeit much slower).

MotionDSP's new software product, codenamed 'Carmel', is one of the first mass-market consumer applications to use NVIDIA's CUDA architecture, which makes this all possible in real-time.

Source: NVIDIA

OCZ Technology Introduces the HydroFlow CPU Waterblock

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 25, 2008 - 04:53 PM |

Sunnyvale, CA-September 25, 2008-OCZ Technology Group, Inc. a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled the "HydroFlow" HF-MK1 Waterblock for superior CPU watercooling.

Good things come in micro packages

Subject: Systems | September 24, 2008 - 04:40 PM |

Checking out the GMC Noblesse AVC-S1 HTPC case is a great idea if you are looking for a case that doesn't take up much room, and can still manage to show HD content.  On the other hand, if you are looking for an HTPC that can fit normal sized components and heatsinks, you may not want to go this route.  Drop by R&B Mods to see why.