Worry about eye strain, not back strain

Subject: Mobile | September 15, 2008 - 06:37 PM |
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If you are headed back to school and find yourself in need of a notebook that doesn't take up much space or add weight to your backpack you have probably at least considered a netbook.  These have become quite popular over the last year and there are a huge amount of models and manufacturers to choose from.  Dropping by The Tech Report may help you out.  They've compiled stats on the best that are out there, plus they take a look at what will be available to you soon.

The new sound of ASUS

Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2008 - 02:55 PM |
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The newest discrete soundcard from ASUS is the Xonar HDAV 1.3 Deluxe,
still based on the AV200 HD audio processor but with added support for formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.  This card goes far beyond what is required for an immersive gaming experience and heads deep into audiophile territory.  You can find out just how much ASUS packed into this card at Elite Bastards.

Less graffiti; more specs

Subject: Memory | September 15, 2008 - 02:00 PM |
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CompuStocx is not a name you have probably heard of unless you tend to shop in the EU, but hopefully they will make it to North America soon.  According to NordicHardware, one of the best things about this company is that instead of covering the DIMMs in advertising, they print the original product code right on the memory. That makes it a lot easier to ensure compatibility and specifications.  Drop by to see how well it performs once it is installed.

Plus sized graphics cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 15, 2008 - 12:29 PM |
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In an attempt to bridge the gap between the 9800GTX and the GTX260 the 9800GTX+ was created.  [H]ard|OCP gave the card a fair shot and found it to be slightly better than the original, but not enough to recommend it.  Simply shrinking the die was not enough to make this card shine.  It is also hard to locate on online retailers, nVIDIA chose a + symbol, which most search engines treat as an operator, not a model number, and drop it from your search

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Moore's law got you down?

Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2008 - 12:06 PM |
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Are you sad to see that the next process size shrink is so far away?  Don't despair, many researchers are simply following a different path.  Systems on a chip have been around for a short while now and have gone through a few revisions, each more powerful than the next.  Through Silicon Vias (TSVs) are the next big thing and may successfully lead
to 3D processors.  Learn more about how they are trying to connect these stacks of silicon at DigiTimes.

Source: Digitimes

Potential Intel roadmaps leak out - show all of 2009

Subject: Processors | September 12, 2008 - 03:41 PM |
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This post over at techPowerUp! actually was posted last week but I just came across it and thought it was worth a post.  The original images surfaced from Japanese website PC Watch but the good news is that roadmaps are pretty universal. 

Source: techPowerUp!

NVIDIA's GT200: Inside a Parallel Processor

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 12, 2008 - 03:07 PM |
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RealWorldTech.com has a new article up that deep-dives into the world of GPGPU computing and NVIDIA's GT200 architecture.  Keep in mind this is not an article for the feint of heart - if lines like "Each cycle the issue logic selects and forwards the highest priority 'ready to execute' warp instruction from the buffer.

Source: General

NVIDIA sued by shareholders over GPU failures

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 12, 2008 - 03:00 PM |
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I saw this post over at Tech Report that discusses a new lawsuit filed against NVIDIA due to the GPU failures that have been plaguing the company for months.  The basis of the suit lies in the fact that NVIDIA knew about the potential problems as early as August 2007 yet hid that fact from the public for as long as 8 months.  Considering the stock has gone from around $18 to the today's price of $10.16 its easy to see why those involv

Intel Dunnington hexa-core CPU coming next week

Subject: Processors | September 12, 2008 - 02:53 PM |
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TGDaily is reporting that Intel's hexa-core Dunnington CPU (for those of you in the dark, that means 6 cores) for the server/workstation market could be launched as early as next week.  This wouldn't be surprising at all considering we first heard about Dunnington in March during the IDF in Shanghai.  Don't expect to see these cores in the consumer level products though - your next update will be with Nehalem-based Core i7 in the coming months.

Source: TG Daily

NVIDIA MCP79A Chipset Coming end of the month

Subject: Chipsets | September 12, 2008 - 02:48 PM |
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Well, this is an interesting report.  According to this post over at Digitimes, NVIDIA is going to be launching their MCP7A IGP chipset by the end of the month.  For those of you that don't know, the MCP7A is NVIDIA's updated Intel-platform intergrated graphics chipset that I believe will likely find its way into the Apple line of MacBooks and iMacs later this year.  Is it a coincidence then that Apple is

Source: Digitimes

AMD RS880 Coming in March 2009

Subject: Chipsets | September 12, 2008 - 02:41 PM |
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According to some leaked slides over at VRZone that focuses on the "planned desktop software roadmap" we learned that AMD should be readying a new desktop chipset, known as RS880, for March/April 2009 release time frame.  All we know about it right now is that it will bring "improved multimedia capabilities".  Duh.

Source: VR-Zone

Analyst: Intel's Larrabee chip needs reality check

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 12, 2008 - 02:32 PM |
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CNet is reporting, on a report from Collins Stewert investment banking (??), that both AMD and NVIDIA have quite a bit of lead on Intel on the graphics front and that Larrabee will not be the runaway success that many people assume it will be.  While this point is obvious to most of us in the media, while we are excited abou

OCZ Technology Unveils the Gladiator and Gladiator Max CPU Coolers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 11, 2008 - 05:29 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-September 11, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. a worldwide
leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory
and computer components, today unveiled the OCZ Gladiator and Gladiator
Max
, the latest CPU cooler line designed for supreme thermal management
and efficiency.

More of what you want, less of what you need

Subject: Processors | September 11, 2008 - 02:37 PM |
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More processing power for less energy is what Intel's new Xeons are all about.  The top model,a Xeon X5492 runs at 3.4GHz on a 1600MHz FSB and has a 150W TDP.  Others are available now, and models with even more impressive stats will be available in the near future.  Drop by the Tech Report for a sneak preview.

Platinum Express now departing at platform P45

Subject: Motherboards | September 11, 2008 - 01:34 PM |
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X-bit Labs takes a look at the P4 Express offerings from MSI, paying particular attention to the

Source: X-Bit Labs

Sado-mouseochism

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2008 - 12:23 PM |
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Somewhere in the world is a gamer who want their mouse to do degrading things to them, and OCZ is willing to cater to that market with the OCZ Dominatrix gaming mouse.

Source: TweakTown

Look ma! No glasses!

Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2008 - 12:12 PM |
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Phillips is busy showing off four monitors that are capable of showing 3D content without the need for funky glasses.  The Inquirer doesn't have much information on the displays, and it is inherently difficult to show you 3D pictures unless you have one of these monitors ... or some funky glasses.  It is nice to know that the difficult process of rendering 3D on a 2D display without accessories still has a few bright minds working away at solving it.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD Empowers Professional Graphics Users with Must-Have Features and Price-Performance Leadership

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 11, 2008 - 11:16 AM |
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Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS (IBC 2008) - Sept. 11, 2008 - Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Digital Content Creation (DCC) professionals who require maximum performance from their workstations can turn to AMD (NYSE: AMD) and the powerful new ATI FirePro V8700 graphics accelerator, which provides a 40 percent performance gain for memory intensive applications. Additionally, the new ATI FirePro V3750 delivers superior performance in an entry class professional graphics accelerator.

Source: AMD

Radeon HD 4670: It costs WHAT?

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 10, 2008 - 05:30 PM |
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Today AMD has released its latest graphics processors, and this time they are aimed at the budget to lower-mainstream markets.  The release of the Radeon 4800 series certainly turned some heads, and AMD had probably the best performing parts (under pretty much every circumstance imaginable) at the $200 and $300 price levels.  To say that the Radeon 4870 and 4850 not only leveled, but overturned the playing field is not an overstatement.  In reaction NVIDIA reduced the price of their GTX 260 from $450 down to $300, and the high end GTX 280 went from $650 to $499 or so.

Source: AMD

Thermal conquistador

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 10, 2008 - 05:17 PM |
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The Tech Report, having just finished a review of the Osiris case took a look at the similar Conqueror from Rosewill.  The case has a  rather sparse design, with a lot of space for installing your components and to fit in fans.  In the configuration TR tried, they had a pair of 120mm intake fans in front of the HDD bays and a single 120mm exhaust fan.  For only $80 you can pick up a case whose cooling performance beats the Osirus.