Update: Upcoming Catalyst 9.3 last to support R500 and below

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2009 - 12:00 AM |
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I just found out with the upcoming release of the Catalyst 9.3 driver (sometime in mid-March), ATI will officially stop supporting Radeon cards based on the R500 architecture and earlier with the monthly driver releases.  Instead, those older GPUs will be supported on a quarterly driver release schedule.  (Note: Catalyst 9.3 will support ALL Radeon GPUs - 9.4 and beyond will implement "legacy status" on the aforementioned cards.)

Swiss army drive

Subject: Storage | March 4, 2009 - 06:30 PM |
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It is hard not to like the Cavalry Pelican 32GB SSD.  Not only is it's MSRP sitting at about $100, it has both a SATA connector and a USB plug, making it perfect as an external drive as well as feeling right at home ensconced in a 3.5" bay.  Maximum CPU's reviewer also found that it performed above spec on his machine, and did so as you would expect a SATA drive to; absolutel

Source: Maximum CPU

It probably makes a decent space heater as well

Subject: Mobile | March 4, 2009 - 03:24 PM |
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Eurocom is a company that believes in overkill; their upcoming laptop, the Clevo D900F Phantom i7 can support a Core i7 965.  It also handles triple channel DDR3, up to and including 12GB of DDR3-1333 if you feel so inclined.  If that impressesyou, then how about the pair of GTX 280M in SLI it will also run?  If you want a desktop replacement that sacrifices battery life in the name of sheer power, then save up for this release.  Check out the pictures and the original press release at AnandTech

Source: AnandTech

Integrated graphics chip market to disappear by 2012 according to Jon Peddie Research

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2009 - 02:44 PM |
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TIBURON, CA - March 4, 2009 - Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, today announced a new study that indicates the end of the market for the popular integrated graphics processor chipset, known as the IGP.

After fifteen years of stellar growth the IGP, will cease to exist, replaced by graphics embedded in the processor.

CM Storm Deploys the Scout: The True Gaming Chassis

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 4, 2009 - 02:12 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, March, 2009 - Today, CM Storm is celebrating the deployment of the Scout true gaming chassis, created in close cooperation with the world's leading professional gaming teams and eSports organizers, including Kode5, Team Fnatic and mousesports.

Now that is the way it was meant to be played

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2009 - 01:38 PM |
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It's free, there are crazy mutants in red robes that can make the car you are driving in go flying while it is smashing up zombies and there are no bloody impenetrable fences to stop you from seeing what is over the next hill.  It is the originally conceived S.T.A.L.K.E.R., or Oblivion Lost as it was once known, and you can download the entire game in all it's glorious buggyness via Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN.  Check out the movie recording of a flyover, t

Gentlemen, start your lawyers

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2009 - 01:20 PM |
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In one corner looking good in green and black is a plucky graphics company that doesn't feel a need for friends and certainly doesn't care whose business they might impinge on.  In the other corner is a 9.5 billion (GB)Pound leviathan in silver and blue that already has a bone to pick about the Ion platform and who is probably feeling more than a little irate at the contenders announced plans

Source: The Inquirer

Absolutely Fabulous

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2009 - 12:46 PM |
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Source: AMD

Global Foundries Launches; AMD no more

Subject: Processors | March 4, 2009 - 12:00 AM |
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News of the completion of the AMD split started to appear on the streets earlier this week, but it wasn't official until tonight, with the complete unveiling of the new GLOBALFOUNDRIES corporation. 

AMD returns to The Tech Report

Subject: Systems | March 3, 2009 - 06:09 PM |
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It has been a little while since The Tech Report has placed an AMD processor in anything but their value machine, but the Phenom II X3 720 BE was just too irresistible a
bargain to leave out.  It now has a place of honour in their Utility Player, a machine that will let you play all the new games without even breaking $1000.  Another new feature is the kitchen PC, design to "let you look up recipes, run instant messaging softwar

The high flying dragon

Subject: Processors | March 3, 2009 - 02:57 PM |
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Out of the box the new Phenom II X4 940 runs a nice 3.0GHz, a nice speed for a $240ish investment.  For many enthusiasts that is merely the beginning, there are higher frequencies so close that it is irresistible to
overclock at least a little.  Seeing as how this is a new architecture, the added challenge of being the first to hit an enormous overclock or to discover a BIOS tweak that has significan

Source: iXBT Labs

ASUS at CeBIT

Subject: Shows and Expos | March 3, 2009 - 02:41 PM |
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ASUS, a leader in innovative industrial design, today presented the new U and UX Series, a new range of notebooks that celebrate contemporary styling and effortless elegance. Each of them a masterpiece so immensely desirable, the U and UX Series takes modern day computing to the streets, bringing delight to the users' senses and allowing them to work or play in style.

Immaculate Design for the Discerning Individual

Source: ASUS

Could someone please put the marketers back where they belong

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 3, 2009 - 12:39 PM |
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Apart from the die shrink and a small increase in the memory size and default clocks, the newly announced NVIDIA GTS 250 is an 8800GTS that spent a short while as the 9800 GTX (sometimes with a +).  Knowing that, it really comes as no surprise that the card performs almost identically to it's previous incarnations in Ryan's testing; there is really no benefit to be seen until you look at power consumption and heat.  The GTS 250 does require noticeably less power at idle and full load thanks to the smaller die process and the PCB is e

Last time to see?

Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2009 - 12:03 PM |
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The Microsoft Research Techfest may be in for a troubled future, but for 2009 it is going strong.  One of Bill Gates' favourite projects in the company he started was Microsoft Research, in which highly paid PhDs
were able to experiment and develop to their hearts content.  Much good has come out of those projects, but in the current economic trend it is a little too expensive to gamble on spending a lot of money in an investment with a small chance at a big return; especially when you consider who is going to be able to buy a totally new product.  With Bill gone, a lot of tho

Source: Ars Technica

VIA Unveils Em-ITX, the First Form Factor Standard with Dual I/O Coastlines

Subject: Motherboards | March 3, 2009 - 11:39 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 3 March 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced its latest board form factor for embedded system developers; the Em-ITX form factor.

NVIDIA GPUs Now Available For All Macs

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 3, 2009 - 11:26 AM |
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NVIDIA announced today that Apple's entire Mac lineup now features GeForce GPUs to provide a superior computing experience for Mac users. Today's news is further proof of the necessity of having an NVIDIA GPU to accelerate the most popular visual computing applications like HD video, image editing, video transcoding, and games.

Source: NVIDIA

Apple releases new iMacs, Mac Mini, Mac Pro, proves PCPer right!

Subject: Systems | March 3, 2009 - 10:04 AM |
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Okay, so we were exactly two months early on the news, but just about everything I predicted would happen for the Mac line in 2009 basically came true today.

AMD Closes "Asset Smart" Transaction

Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2009 - 06:08 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Mar. 2, 2009 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it has closed its Asset Smart strategic transaction with the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) and Mubadala Development Company of Abu Dhabi, setting the stage for the formal launch of the world's only U.S.

Source: AMD

It's not a card, it's a SIM case

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 2, 2009 - 06:02 PM |
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If you are looking for a new company with a rather fresh idea, try Ikonik and their Ra X10 Liquid case.  It is a well designed case with liquid cooling in the form of a pair of radiators, 13 fans and a proprietary System Intelligent Management
program, sort of along the lines as nVIDIA's ESA.  Essentially the SIM is a software controlled voltage regulator for the fans and pumps, and as such it is very handy but perhaps not ground breaking.  Drop by the Guru of 3D for a look at how well this ca

Source: Guru of 3D

New Specialized Intel Atom Processor Targets Cars, Internet Phones

Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2009 - 05:21 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 2, 2009 - Advancing innovation around the Intel Atom processor with a goal to target additional market segments, Intel Corporation today announced four unique versions of processors and two new system controller hub additions to the company's "embedded" business division product line-up.