PhysiX is all in the software

Subject: General Tech | July 21, 2008 - 11:46 AM |

nVIDIA is getting one up on AMD, without having to even lift a finger.  NGOHQ has received support from nVIDIA to get PhysX working on AMD graphics cards.  AMD, a little late to the race has now started to also help coders try to get PhysX to run, but The Inquirer makes it sound as if the NGOHQ guys are having great success.  It does make one wonder how specialized Ageia's hardware in the original release of the PhysiX card, if AMD's cards can support it with the help of

Source: The Inquirer

Sigma's sweet spot

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 18, 2008 - 01:40 PM |

[H]ard|OCP found a 700W PSU from Sigma which proved to be far superior to the unit they reviewed just a little while back.  At 700W it can handle most hardcore gaming systems needs, and [H] has no problems recommending this particuar PSU.  Give them a visit and see what you think of it.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Widen your horizons

Subject: Displays | July 18, 2008 - 12:11 PM |

Are you still stuck on an old CRT or regular ratio LCD screen?  Does the price, quality or just the sheer amount of choice of widescreen monitors
have you holding off on your upgrade?  Check out X-Bit Labs, who have gathered together ten 19" widescreen LCDs from seven different manufacturers.  See if one of these might convince you to take the step and widen your world.

Source: X-Bit Labs

$5000? Seriously?

Subject: Mobile | July 18, 2008 - 11:57 AM |

It is hard to place all of the blame on Alienware or on Dell who bought them, but the high powered gaming laptop seems to be going extinct very quickly.  Even with the high end components in the Area-51 m15x, it can't keep up with a desktop system of less than half the price.  Trying to display 1920x1200 on a 15.4" screen is a bad idea, there is no way to keep the components reasonably cool, and don't even think of using the battery, it will be flat in half an hour.  ThinkComputers recently reviewed model was a bit less expensive, though still prohibitive. 

Source: Tech Spot

Dirk the Daring

Subject: General Tech | July 18, 2008 - 11:27 AM |

In a somewhat surprising and very big move for AMD, Hector Ruiz has stepped down as CEO and Dirk Meyer, former president and COO has stepped in to fill that role.  The Inquirer got a chance to listen in on his first conference call, and you can read what they learned about the short term future of AMD and a bit on what his focus will be on.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD Board of Directors Elects Dirk Meyer President and CEO

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2008 - 05:36 PM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - July 17, 2008 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that its board of directors elected President and COO Dirk Meyer as the company's chief executive officer. Meyer succeeds Hector Ruiz, who will become executive chairman of AMD and chair of the board of directors.

Source: AMD

The coming Renaissance

Subject: Motherboards | July 17, 2008 - 05:32 PM |

TechARP would love to share the information they managed to get out of Foxconn about the upcoming X58 chipset from Intel.  Drop by for a look at some of the specs you can expect to see on boards with this chipset; unfortunately this is not a final revision nor do they know if the NVIDIA nForce 200 SLI processor will be included, or not.

Source: Tech ARP

Cool to be square?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 17, 2008 - 01:46 PM |

With a 92mm fan, you might not expect too much from Asus' Lion Square CPU Cooler, but don't judge it too fast.  It can handle the heat coming off of a Phenom without breaking 50dB, which is a fair accomplishment.  It won't beat the Ultra120 in an overclocking contest and isn't the cheapest heatsink going, though [H]ard|OCP does see it being

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Classy chameleon acoustic chassis

Subject: Systems | July 17, 2008 - 12:07 PM |

Thermaltake's DH102 Home Theater PC Case offers a front panel that will fit in with any stereo system, thanks to the brushed aluminium, analog dial and
the LCD display.  Of course, it had better do it's job well at $500 for an empty case.  As long as the price hasn't scared you off, try checking out [OC]ModShop's full review.


AMD's new sandwich

Subject: General Tech | July 17, 2008 - 11:51 AM |

After maligning Intel for not creating a true quad core processor, but simply mashing two dual cores in some unholy Reese's Peanut Butter Cup like process, AMD has decided it's not such a bad idea after all.  According to The Inquirer the upcoming Sao Paolo processor sounds a lot like a pair of quad cores who have undergone a reverse Siamese twin separation operation and are now joined at the hip.  Unfortunately, it will be a while before we start to see the results of this e

Affordable DDR3?

Subject: Memory | July 16, 2008 - 05:33 PM |

If you are looking for DDR3, but do not want to pay the price that the top of the line DIMMs demand, you could try Kingston's HyperX 2GB PC3-12800.   At 1.9V it will give you a full 1600MHz, but at 2T 9-9-9-27 timings and with a bit of work you can pump it up to 1800MHz, though don't expect the timings to tighten up very much.  Drop by ASE Labs for a look at this kit

Source: Aselabs

BFG is making a big splash with their H2OC

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 16, 2008 - 03:02 PM |

BFG took a GeForce 9800 GTX, overclocked it, added a waterblock to it and called it the H2OC
The reference speeds are GPU core of 675MHz, shaders at 1675MHz and the memory at 2.2GHz, the H2OC runs at 783MHz, 1944MHz and 2.32GHz, but the Guru of 3D managed to push it all the way to 790MHz, 2067MHz and 2.49GHz.  If you have a

Source: Guru of 3D

Mega mobile drive roundup

Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2008 - 02:22 PM |

Gifted with an overabundance of energy, The Tech Report rounded up 7 mobile drives.   There are three SSDs; OCZ's 64GB SATA II, the Samsung FlashSSD 64GB and Super Talent's MasterDrive MX 60GB, plus four platter based drives, the 250GB Seagate Momentus 5400.4 and 320GB versions of the Seagate Momentus 7200.3 and Western Digital's Scorpio Blue and Caviar Scorpio Black 320GB.  See which drives will give you the best mobile experience in their full review.

On the trail of Fallout 3

Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2008 - 12:22 PM |

The official E3 trailer for Fallout 3 is available for your viewing pleasure, boingboing was nice enough to embed it here.  Watching it doesn't really explain the mutant blend of turn based and real time that Bethesda claims will be it's main mode of play, but it does give you a very quick glance at the action.  It also looks like Bloody Mess will be a very popular trait.

Source: boingboing

Tough day to be nVIDIA

Subject: General Tech | July 16, 2008 - 11:47 AM |

Ars Technica spoke with nVIDIA about the rumours surrounding the problems with their next generation of G84 and G86's.  nVIDIA believes that the increased rate of failure is limited to notebooks only, and a limited number of those.  Not only is the problem very limited, but it will only occur in specific configurations and they have already released a software update that will increase the speed of the fans that cool the effected chips; problem solved.  On t

Source: Ars Technica

The best Crossfire money can buy

Subject: Motherboards | July 15, 2008 - 05:26 PM |

If you want to set up a great Crossfire system, choosing the graphics cards to put in it is only half the battle.  You also have to choose between four different chipsets; the P35, X38, P45 and X48 all support Crossfire.  Legion Hardware set out to determine which is the best to use to build your PC on, a task made more difficult because some use PCI Express 1.0 and others the new 2.0. 

Great news for some GTX 280/260 buyers: cash back!

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 15, 2008 - 04:01 PM |

Did you buy one of the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 or GTX 260 cards when they initially launched?  Did you pay $649 for the GTX 280?  $499 for the GTX 260?  Were you pissed when you found the prices drop to $499 this week?  Well if you bought GTX 200 series cards from XFX, today is really going to be a stellar day for you: XFX is going to help you by giving you free money.

Creative takes the X-Fi on the road

Subject: General Tech | July 15, 2008 - 03:10 PM |

Creative has expanded their Zen MP3 player line to include the X-Fi series which offers some of the same digital audio enhancement that the X-Fi audio cards possess.  Add to that support for Wi-Fi on the 16GB and 32GB models, and you have one serious MP3 player.  Hardware Zone can give you the specifications here.

Multi-tiered enclosure

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 15, 2008 - 01:57 PM |

Hardware Secrets managed to get a hold of Lian-Li's soon to be released Tyr PC-X500 case, slightly shorter than a traditional full tower case with a ~$350 price tag.  Able to hold up to four 120mm fans, sporting washable dust filters and an uniquely placed PSU bracket, this case will stand out; as you might expect from Lian Li.  The review wasn't all positive though, see what Lian-Li neglected.

Thinking like Rommel

Subject: Mobile | July 15, 2008 - 12:07 PM |

Intel's been talking up their Centrino 2 for so long that not a lot of what we are hearing today is news; most are things we;ve known about for quite a while.  The focus is apparently on "performance, battery life, form factor, wireless and security", extending some, but attempting to shrink the form factor.   Get the full story in Ryan's article, with slides from Intel as well as his perspective on Intel's second go at dominating the mobile world.