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Subject: Chipsets | June 17, 2009 - 02:19 PM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like news about AMD's upcoming chipset plans for 2009 and 2010 have been unearthed by Digitimes this week. Though not a lot of details are revealed quite yet about the chipsets themselves, we did learn that AMD plans to have the RD890 chipset available in January of 2010 as a replacement for the 790FX (RD790) chipset that is currently the company's top offering for desktop users. The RD890 would likely be paired with the AM3-based processors that have support for DDR3 memory and will not have a
Subject: Displays | June 17, 2009 - 01:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At first glance, when you are shopping for an LCD it looks like you have a lot of choices beyond simply choosing a size. There are dozens of vendors with several models in at each display size, which adds up to a fairly long list when you are trying to decide. Look a little closer and you might notice that almost every single one of these displays uses a TN matrix.
Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2009 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Demigod is a multiplayer RTS with a few twists from the original recipe. Perhaps the most noticeable one is your complete lack of control over units, they manage to kill themselves off without any help from you. Resources are also changed, instead of hordes of workers farming resources, you need to capture specific points on the map in order to receive the various resources. This leaves you plenty of time to strategize how to best to remove your opponent's demigod from the game. This is one of the few recent games that bears AMD's logo instead of nVIDIA's during the spl
Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2009 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Feeling confident after the huge success of slipping nVIDIA graphics into Apple's mobility line, Jen-Hsun Huang is now setting his sights even more firmly on Intel. In an interview reported on by The Inquirer, he claims that nVIDIA will soon be an equal partner with Intel. The reasons include the longer running time of a Macbook Air with a GPU, the ARM-based Tegra processor which may make up half of nVIDIA's sales in the relatively near future and of course OpenCL. He does
Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2009 - 03:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Those with long memories might find EVGA's recent claim to be the undisputed leader in watercooling solutions when they describe the GTX 295 Hydro Copper.
BFG feels that their claim might be a little bit off, as they point out that they've been making watercooled cards since the 6800 Ultra. You can read [H]ard|OCP's review of that card from July 27th, 2004 here.
Subject: Mobile | June 16, 2009 - 03:04 PM | Ryan Shrout
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 16, 2009 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Before you dive into Benchmark Reviews latest thermal interface material roundup, you must realize that there are 80 different TIMs being tested. They run from popular cooling companies to tubes bundled with heatsinks to TIMs lifted from other applications; no Cheez Whiz though. To make the roundup a little easier to deal with, they've graded the results, running from 'D' which is poor for enthusiast applications to 'A' which is the best that you can get.&nb
Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2009 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you want to make sure that your mouse can keep up with you, as well as have a unique look then the Roccat Kone might be what you are seeking. It is a 3200 DPI gaming mouse, with adjustable weights, 10 buttons and a 4 way scroll wheel; it does also sport lights all along it's edges and logo. It also has a little extra trick in its driver, called Tracking Calibration Utility, which proved useful on less than perfect surfaces though had no effect on performance when using a mat.
Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2009 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Global Foundries has been showing off some nice wafers at the Symposium on VLSI Technology, displaying just how low they can go. Their work on high-k metal gate transistors seems to have paid off as they showed of some seriously tiny tech. The sizes they've reached have been seen before, Global Foundries trick is to overcome the leakage problem to keep these chips power requirements low. Drop by The Inquirer for a look.
Subject: Motherboards | June 16, 2009 - 11:18 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan; June 15, 2009- ASUS, the leading manufacturer of innovative motherboards, today achieved another industry first by enabling PC system builders to meet Energy Star 5.0 compliance with its energy-efficient motherboards.
Industry's First Energy Star 5.0 Compliance through Innovations in Motherboard Efficiency
ASUS enables PC system builders to comply with Energy Star 5.0 standards with its leading motherboard designs. ASUS motherboards optimize savings from energy-efficient operations and contribute to global energy conservation. Initiated in 1992 by the U.S.
Subject: Systems | June 15, 2009 - 05:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Leave it to ASUS to create an Eee PC that beats the iMac for looks. All you really see is the 15.6-Inch touchscreen LCD, the Atom N270, 1GB of DDR II and a 160GB
HDD are all nestled within the screen, invisible to the user. The touchscreen is you main interface, though ASUS also includes a mouse and a cut down keyboard with the numpad inexplicably missing. When you fire it up, you are greeted with a very odd sight, what looks like Linux is actually WinXP in 'EasyMode' sporting an Eee bar that bears a remarkable resemblance to a different OSes toolbar.
Subject: Motherboards | June 15, 2009 - 03:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The price of the ASUS M4A79 Deluxe might seem a little steep compared to some AM3 boards at around $180 when other boards sell for about 1/2 as much, which prompted motherboards.org to investigate. The build is solid, with four PCI-Express x16 slots, 8+2 phase power and the bundled tools are nothing to sneer at either.&n
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 15, 2009 - 02:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
- Company of Heores - performance gains of up to 25% for the ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series, and performance gains of up to 10% for the ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series.
- Crysis Warhead - performance gains of up to 11% for ATI CrossFireX configurations.
- Crysis - performance gains of up to 13% for ATI CrossFireX configurations.
Subject: Mobile | June 15, 2009 - 02:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If Microsoft wants to rename netbooks as "low cost small notebook PCs", then someone should rename the huge 18" bricks like the ASUS N90S Multimedia Notebook
that was recently reviewed at I4U. Something weighing over 10lbs and sporting an 1920 x 1080 18.4" LCD and a pair of 5400 rpm 500GB HDDs along with a Blu-ray drive and more really doesn't have mobility as it's primary purpose. You could carry it around all day, along with a cooler to place it on when it is in use and a small diesel generator to power it, but you really are not likely to.
Subject: Storage | June 15, 2009 - 12:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The review of the G.Skill Falcon at Hardware Canucks comes with an interesting fact that may help some SSD's reputations. It seems very possible that any built using the Indilinx Big Foot Controller will come with jumpers, which means hardware flashing will be possible. Considering that the Falcon supports the TRIM command right out of the box, this shows a plan for steady improvements to the co
Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2009 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are two very obvious facts that have been realized about the HD4770; it is an incredible value, and it is incredibly hard to find. HEXUS has been doing some digging trying to find even a single card for sale, let alone the pair you need for CrossfireX which can really make this card shine and as it turns out they are sold out across Europe and North America. It seems the problem lies with TSMC's volume of 40nm chips, which hasn't been able to keep up with unexpected demand. We did hear that t
Subject: Processors | June 15, 2009 - 01:11 AM | Ryan Shrout
Reports are coming in from Digitimes that Intel has laid plans for its processor updates pending for Q4 of this year and they include changes not only to the low-power Atom lineup but Celeron and even Core i7 CPUs.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 12, 2009 - 06:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Of the many joys that our PCs offer, from shotgun troubleshooting to BSODs claiming your IRQ is some sort of lesser being, there is one process guaranteed to put a chill down your spine ...
Subject: Processors | June 12, 2009 - 04:48 PM | Ryan Shrout
If this story turns out to be correct, it looks like AMD isn't the only one planning a 6-core processor for this fall. According to Bit-tech's sources, Intel not only has plans to release a 6-core derivative of their Nehalem architecture (codenamed Westmere) in a few months but that it will be aimed at the desktop market and will work in existing LGA1366 X58 motherboards with a simple BIOS update.