A quick and simple explanation of CPU features - Part 7

Subject: Processors | February 25, 2010 - 03:17 PM |
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Taking on what seems a monumental task, iXBT Labs is compiling descriptions of all of the available features and how they effect actual performance.  This particular piece concentrates on the memory subsystem and how it will work for you with gaming, video processing and more.  The model they are examining is the Intel Core i7 950.  Prepare yourself for quite a few benchmarks and numbers.

Source: iXBT Labs

Four new systems to choose from

Subject: Systems | February 25, 2010 - 01:22 PM |
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While we would prefer you to use the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard, it is not your only source of information for possible builds.  The Tech Report puts together four recommended builds including a double stuff work station for those doing creative and productive work on their PCs along with the usual delimitations of performance.  You will even find a Core i5 in their recommended media machine.

Radeon offers something for the mid ranged and something for the extremes

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 25, 2010 - 12:29 PM |
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AMD released two cards today, one is brand new and one we have seen before, but they have added a little something.  The new card is the mid ranged HD5830 which was hoped to bring performance close to a HD5850 while keeping the price down.  What was delivered is a card closer to the HD5770 that costs close to the HD5850.  Still there certainly is a place for this card in quiet systems that still want a little graphical power hidden inside.

It's a long, long road to 22nm; but TSMCs heart is there

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2010 - 11:58 AM |
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Fall 2012 might seem like a long way especially if you are an executive at TSMC, but that is the target for the switch to a 22nm process.  There is good news as well for 2010, we will see silicon oxynitride based 28nm at the end of June, its first high-k metal gate at the end of September and they hope to introduce low power HKMG before the end of the year.  This does put them behind Global Foundries, who were showing off actual 28nm product to Josh and Allyn

PC Gaming Update - Metro 2033, Supreme Commander 2 Demo, and DRM

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2010 - 11:20 AM |
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While a lot of attention has been given to Star Craft 2 in the past few days, the other "SC2" yearns for your love and affection too. Supreme Commander 2, is not far from release and Gas Powered Games has given us a demo to play with on Steam. The 1.6GB demo should give you a taste of what this game is all about.

Source: General

The pink front panel must be why it is for girls

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 24, 2010 - 05:42 PM |
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In a market with 100s of cases to choose from, ranging from huge boxy constructionist styles to sleek little LED bearing cases that would look at home beside a stereo system, no one has dared to slap on a big sparkly pink front panel and replace the power switch with a Swarovski crystal ... until now.

RiiZE, LLC. Announces that its Industry First Gaming Service has entered the Free Open Beta Phase

Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2010 - 05:10 PM |
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Aurora, IL – February 23, 2010 – RiiZE, the groundbreaking new service that gives gamers a real chance at making a living doing what they love, gaming, is excited to announce that it has entered the open beta phase of testing. Gamers who play Counter-Strike: Source and Team Fortress 2 are invited to try out this new service at no charge.

CompuLab's Fit-PC2 NetTop is more of a palm top

Subject: Mobile | February 24, 2010 - 12:48 PM |
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At 101 x 115 x 27mm (4 x 4.5 x 1") it is almost hard to believe that the CompuLab Fit-PC2 NetTop hides a US15W SCH and GMA 500 chipset with WiFi, a 1.6GHz Atom Z530, 1GB of DDR2 system memory, one Gigabit Ethernet port and six USB 2.0 ports.  The power draw is equally incredible, less than 1W idling and when playing a 1080p H.264 video it is pegged at 7W or less. As you might expect from a review at Phoronix, this is a Linux box specifically Ubuntu 8.04 LTS and there is a gu

Source: Phoronix

So you didn't get a beta key

Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2010 - 11:47 AM |
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There are only a few thousand people to be jealous of and as some of them do publish reviews, you can have a sneak peek or visit YouTube to enjoy the game vicariously.  From most of those that did get a beta key for StarCraft II, the general consensus is
that this game was designed with new players in mind.  Instead of the daunting learning curve of the original, especially when it comes to multiplayer.  Wired talks about the new Battle.net and how they will match you according to the skill

Source: Ars Technica

AMD's Magny-Cours gets priced

Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2010 - 11:20 AM |
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Yesterday Josh gave a summary of what we know about the upcoming Magny-Cours CPU from AMD, including some thoughts on the what AMD will be required to do to have a reasonable TDP.  Now from SemiAccurate we have some new information about the possible pricing and speeds of the various line ups of 8 and 12 core Magny-Cours, which oddly enough seem to be priced below what the 6 core models are pegged at.  The 8 core models will suppo

Source: SemiAccurate

Toshiba Begins Shipping 12" Intel Core i7 Tablet PCs

Subject: Mobile | February 24, 2010 - 10:13 AM |
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Not to be outdone by Lenovo's announcement yesterday of the X201 Tablet, Toshiba has begun selling a new Portege M790-S7240 tablet PC. Besides the awkward product name, the Portege M790-S7240 has some interesting features notably an Intel Core i7-620M CPU, 4GB RAM, 1280x800 12.1" touch/pen screen, and a DVD burner (the ThinkPad X201 Table does not have an optical drive).

Source: Toshiba

Memory Cards Enter Next Generation - Sandisk 64GB SDXC and New CF Spec 5

Subject: Storage | February 23, 2010 - 10:51 PM |
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Are you ready for the next generation of memory cards? Sandisk has just announced their first SDXC memory card carrying a 64GB capacity and a Class 4 read speed of 15 MB/s.

To quote the Sandisk press release:

Source: General

Lenovo Unleashes High Performance ThinkPads

Subject: Mobile | February 23, 2010 - 10:15 PM |
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Yesterday we shared a bit of news about some updated specs on the Lenovo ThinkPad X100e. Today, Lenovo has let loose with some high performance mobile PCs all carrying the signature ThinkPad trappings.

Announced today are four new mobile products:

Source: Lenovo

A mouse to match your CM Stacker case

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2010 - 05:39 PM |
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If you are a fan of fashion and want a mouse with the same trademark lines of CoolerMaster cases and maybe a nice LED as well, the CM Storm is the way to go.  Not only do you get a little desktop bling, Tweaknews thought this was the best mouse they'd run into in a long time.  There is also the chance for pranksters to

Source: Tweaknews

Military Hawks make a fine HD5770

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 23, 2010 - 03:34 PM |
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The MSI HD R5770 Hawk sports military class components, a 7+1 phase unit and a Twin Frozr II GPU cooler all of which points towards great overclocking potential.  Out of the box it has an 875MHz core clock and memory at 1200MHz, but with a little tweaking OCC managed to hit a stable 1025MHz and 1410MHz; not a bad jump at all.  Of course at those speeds the fan does get a little noisy and those with big monitors will be upset to learn that there is only a

Source: 3DCenter

Which SATA 6G controller do you have?

Subject: Storage | February 23, 2010 - 12:27 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP tests the two controllers that offer native SATA 6G support on motherboards, the Marvell 88SE912and the Marvell 88SE9123.  They compare it to the Intel ICH10R which is of the previous 3Gb/s generation of controller and the results are enlightening.  The ICH10R should be about half the speed of the Marvell transfer rates but the testing does not bear that hypothesis out.  When they tried RAID0 the results become even more interesting, you definitely want to check this

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD Releases 12 Core Opterons to Select Customers

Subject: Processors | February 23, 2010 - 11:36 AM |
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Blogging seems the thing to do anymore, and even John Fruehe of AMD has decided that it would be an excellent idea to keep people informed of some of the inner workings of the server and workstation division of AMD.  His latest blog has revealed that the 8 and 12 core Opterons, code named Magny-Cours (pronounced many cores... get it?), have been shipped to certain select partners.  This was supposedly a response to some overseas company announcing that it is selling 12 core based products (they in fact are not).

Source: AMD

Apologies for ... our most recent GF100 update

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2010 - 11:35 AM |
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The Inquirer noticed an update on nVIDIA's Twitter feed that pegs the launch of Fermi to March 26th, just a bit over a month from now.  Most likely we will see them first at this years PAX as the first date of Gabe & Tycho party coincides with that date.  Hold out hope that they are useful for more than running the Heaven benchmark and cooking a roast simultaneously. 

Source: The Inquirer

Monuel MonCaso, a castle for your HTPC

Subject: Systems | February 22, 2010 - 05:19 PM |
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If you are looking for a unique and compact HTPC case you should consider Moneual's MonCaso 600.  If you are not into building SFF PCs you may have never run into Moneual before as their entire line up is based around that.  This case includes a 350W TFX form factor PSU, a good idea as the long skinny PSUs can be difficult to find.  At 3.8 x 16.9 x 13.8" you will not be fitting anything other than an mATX board inside (perhaps the Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD4 LGA Steve just reviewed) and any extra cards you want to add will have to be s

Lenovo to Update ThinkPad X100e with 10.1" screen and Atom 450? Seems Likely.

Subject: Mobile | February 22, 2010 - 03:34 PM |
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The sharp-eyed folks at Netbook News have spotted that Lenovo has listed a new variation of the Thinkpad X100 netbook which includes an Intel Atom 450 processor, and a smaller 10.1" screen. This in itself is interesting and exciting news for those seeking an above-average netbook, or those with a ThinkPad fetish.

Source: Lenovo