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Subject: Mobile | January 6, 2009 - 07:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Samsung has placed a Intel Atom N270, 1GB of DDR2-800 and a 160GB 5400RPM HDD into a shell with a 10.2" WSVGA 1024 x 600 display and called it the NC10 Netbook. Even with it's diminutive size, Samsung has managed to fit an almost full sized keyboard, as well as a 6 cell battery that will keep you going for a long while. Phoronix being who they are, quickly installed Linux to see how compatible the netbook was. See the results here.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 6, 2009 - 06:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If there is one place on this planet that absolutely screams wealth, it is Dubai and it's architecture. Why not show off your own style with the Lian Li PC-888 which looks almost exactly like one of the most famous hotels in Dubai. It will even hold a full sized system and cool it as well. You can see the pictures of this case at bit-tech.
Subject: General Tech | January 6, 2009 - 05:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD isn't interested in competing directly with the Atom, instead they seem to want to marginalize it. Atom has taken a bit of a beating due to it's lack of support for high quality video, though on tiny screens it could be argued that high definition is not a real possibility. Their new low power processor will be the Neo and according to the specs you can see on The Inquirer, an HDMI output handling 1080p is within the Neo's power. It should also be significantly faster
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 5, 2009 - 08:51 PM | Ryan Shrout
A post over at Expreview is indicating they have source spilling some proverbial beans about the upcoming NVIDIA GT212 GPU update due in mid-2009. Here's the table of interest:
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 5, 2009 - 08:40 PM | Ryan Shrout
XFX sent out a PR email blast letting the whole world know that the XFX Radeon HD 4000 series of graphics are official and should be available any day now. The company has its Radeon products website up and running at has quite a few new cards on the table including:
Subject: Storage | January 4, 2009 - 06:58 PM | Ryan Shrout
I have always been a fan of options, especially when it comes to computers and computing in general. We were big fans of the X58 chipset because it now allows us to CHOOSE between SLI and CrossFire on the same motherboard. I really liked some OCZ SSD hard drives as they had both SATA connections and USB connections allowing you to use them internally or as external drives. This new Verbatim hard drive takes it another step further by offering FOUR connectio
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 4, 2009 - 06:50 PM | Ryan Shrout
AudioFreak39 points out in a thread in our forums that the pending GeForce 9-series rebranding process has now been unearthed as the GeForce Gx00 series:
GeForce G110 (rebranded 9400GT):
GeForce G120 (rebranded 9500GT):
Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2009 - 06:44 PM | Ryan Shrout
As absolutely nerdy as this sounds, I actually WANT THIS in my next washer / dryer combo. An enterprising hacker has taken an old wash machine and added twitter support - it actually will twitter when its done with a load of laundry so you can get off your lazy ass and move it to the dryer and continue on with your chores.
Subject: Storage | January 4, 2009 - 06:40 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you are anything like me, you've very often wanted to yell at, kick and smash your computer when it starts to act up on you. Maybe it won't POST, maybe it has some nasty spyware or maybe it is just locking and freezing - either way we now have PROOF that yelling at your PC won't do any good. And in fact, we have PROOF that yelling at it actually slows it down.
Subject: Processors | January 4, 2009 - 06:35 PM | Ryan Shrout
While perusing the always fun and impressive PC Perspective Forums, I found an interesting thread looking at some overclocking fun with the new Intel Core i7-920 processor.
BlackDragon24 is the guy doing the overclocking - jump into the discussion and see whats going on and if maybe the Core i7-920 should be your next purchase.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 2, 2009 - 05:22 PM | Ryan Shrout
A very interesting discussion has started in the graphics card forum about some leaked NVIDIA drivers (revision 185.20) that adds a new feature called "ambient occlusion". This enhancement apparently is adding some nice visual lighting effects but causes a lot of stress on gaming hardware; HonestJohn saw his Far Cry 2 performance go from about 60 FPS to 45 FPS with the option enabled. There are screen shots included in the thread as well.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 2, 2009 - 05:15 PM | Ryan Shrout
A post in our graphics card forum is indicating news about a closer-than-expected release time for XFX's own ATI Radeon graphics cards. It has barely been 3 weeks since we first learned that XFX was going to add a little red to their green but based on the speed of this release the project has been in the works for a while.
Thanks goes to AudioFreak39 for the tip.
Subject: Storage | January 2, 2009 - 05:10 PM | Ryan Shrout
What's that? You are tired of just having ONE of the Intel X25-M solid state drives in your system and just need to spend that $500 you got for the holidays from grammy? Good news for you then: engadget is showing off news of an upcoming A-Data product that will allow you to use a pair of SSDs (or any 2.5" HDDs) in a RAID configuration an
Subject: Processors | December 31, 2008 - 10:55 PM | Ryan Shrout
A source at Digitimes is reporting that VIA plans to have upgraded Nano processors ready late in 2009 and in early 2010. Apparently the Nano 3000 series will be released in Q3 of 2009 and will add support for SSE4 instructions and dual-core Nano 3000-based processors should begin mass production in Q1 2010. While this is definitely good news, we had really been hoping to dual-core processors from VIA much ealier than that in order to keep Intel's line of products in check.
Subject: Mobile | December 31, 2008 - 10:50 PM | Ryan Shrout
We have posted a fewnews bits over the past weeks about NVIDIA's Ion platform and the company's attempt to get into the world of netbooks by offering up a new chipset solution for more graphics-savvy mobile computing. While the technology is compelling, at least a few sources are saying that Intel is preventing NVIDIA from entering the market by forcing OEMs to buy Intel's core logic chipsets as well as the Atom CPU in a bundle.
Subject: Mobile | December 30, 2008 - 10:09 PM | Ryan Shrout
Color me confused, but I just don't get all the excitement I am seeing online today for the announcement of the new "hybrid" storage solution Wind U115 netbook. The system is nice enough:
- 10" LED back lit LCD
- 1024x600 resolution
- Intel Atom Z530 CPU @ 1.6 GHz
Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2008 - 04:57 PM | Ryan Shrout
As CES approaches, more and more companies are going to start "leaking" information about what will be on display at their booths attempting to drum up some enthusiasm. One such "leak" comes from the gang at Dailytech that is reporting that many TVs will be on display that use the Intel and Yahoo technology first demonstrated back at IDF in September.
Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2008 - 04:45 PM | Ryan Shrout
Powerline networking is still getting a lot of attention in various segments of the market and even I have been smitten by the idea of no-new-wires communication that is more reliable and than traditional Wi-Fi. However, my previous experiences with the latest powerline networking technology from Cisco/Linksys were pretty disappointing and I would be hesitant to actually recommend it to anyone.
Subject: Mobile | December 29, 2008 - 07:24 PM | Ryan Shrout
An interesting report over at Digitimes, quoting a Chinese tech news source, claims that VIA accounts for as much as 10-15% of the technology shipped in netbooks through 2008. That's pretty much all there is to the news - but I am personally surprised to see this number so high and yet VIA's profits have continued to fall into the red over the last sevaral quarters.
Subject: General Tech | December 29, 2008 - 06:36 PM | Ryan Shrout
As if there was any other way this would pan out... Microsoft gave out copies of an early build of Windows 7 to developers and media this month and now, *gasp*, copies of the OS have found their way online at torrent sites, etc. What? No way?