It's all fabrication

Subject: General Tech | August 27, 2008 - 11:11 AM |
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nVIDIA has
no plans to get into the x86 CPU business according to one of their SVPs, Chris Malachowsky.  They are quite happy to be the bigger fish in a pond with only two fish and a few minnows, as opposed to opening themselves up to the fierce competition in the CPU marketplace.  See as how they are currently having trouble defending their place at the top of the GPU food chain from
AMD, that seems like a smart plan.  Follow the link at Slashdot for more information on this as well a

Source: Slashdot

Kuma is Coming: AMD's Updated Fall Lineup

Subject: Processors | August 27, 2008 - 10:51 AM |
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Yesterday AMD sent out a nice little email to their channel partners detailing some upcoming products that will be detailed more thoroughly on September 1.  The first bit of info is that an updated version of the Phenom 9950 is going to be released, and the big news about this is that the TDP has been dropped from 140 watts to a much more palatable 125 watts.  I have a sneaking suspicion that the 9950 that AMD sent me with the 790GX motherboard is one of these 125 watt processors, because at full bore it is approximately 64 watts higher in power at the socket than the 9350e (which is

Source: 3DCenter

Soggy memory

Subject: Memory | August 26, 2008 - 04:02 PM |
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As watercooling becomes a more popular solution, we are seeing more components that are built with watercooling in mind.  One of the more recent is the OCZ DDR3 PC3-16000 Flex II Water Cooled Memory, running at 2Ghz with 8-8-8-30 timings @ 2T.  Not only did OCZ set these modules up to allow for watercooling, they include a full set of water-cooling adapters and tubing.  Head to Madshrimps to see how these modules perform.

Source: Madshrimps

Eight motherboards you may want to meet

Subject: Motherboards | August 26, 2008 - 01:48 PM |
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Over at DriverHeaven, you can get a quick look at the state of the motherboard market.  They compare eight motherboards, from different manufacturers and using different chipsets to give anyone looking to upgrade a good idea what is on the marketplace.  The range covers a lot of ground, from the $85 Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3P to the $440 Asus Striker II Extreme.  See which ones might find a home with you.

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OCZ goes with DIY laptops

Subject: Mobile | August 26, 2008 - 01:04 PM |
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One segment of the market that just hasn't grown the way enthusiasts would like is the ability to make your own laptop.  The 15" laptop chassis that OZC provides is fairly customizable, except for one small component.  You are stuck with a 8600M GT as your graphics chip, that is not customizable.  Check out the full deal at PC Mechanic.

Source: PC Mechanic

GEFORCE 9-SERIES GPUs NOW AS LOW AS $59

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 26, 2008 - 12:02 PM |
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NVIDIA continues to offer consumers more choice with the addition today of the GeForce 9400
GT.

Source: NVIDIA

The new and improved liveblog from NVISION

Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2008 - 11:55 AM |
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On the second day of Ryan's second foray into live coverage of a show, new features have been added, along with new content.  First off you enter your email for a reminder to arrive before his coverage starts, secondly we have been promised live video, to make it feel even more like you are there.  If you missed yesterdays coverage of Jen-Hsun's keynote, it is still available.

NVISION 08: NVIDIA PHYSX TECHNOLOGY TO POWER NEW GAME FROM FUTUREMARK GAMES STUDIO

Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2008 - 11:38 AM |
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NVISION 08-SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 26, 2008 - NVIDIA Corporation today announced that Futuremark Games Studio has selected NVIDIA PhysX technology for its upcoming first-person shooter game, Shattered Horizon, which was officially unveiled last week at the Leipzig Games Convention in Germany.

"Shattered Horizon has a real space setting that offers gameplay, tactics, and freedom of movement that cannot be found in any other shooter," said Jukka Mäkinen, Head of Futuremark Games Studio.

Source: NVIDIA

NVISION 08: ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre Univeral Media Player Now Supports NVIDIA CUDA

Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2008 - 11:31 AM |
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ArcSoft, Inc. announced today that ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre, its universal multimedia player, now supports NVIDIA CUDA which provides DVD upscaling through Graphics Processing Units (GPUs).

Devising its SimHD post processing technology with NVIDIA CUDA, ArcSoft is accelerating TotalMedia Theatres DVD upscale performance on GPUs to deliver viewers a close-to-HD video from the standard definition multimedia files and DVDs, offering them a sharper and more vivid picture in real time.

Source: NVIDIA

Microsoft's odd mouse aesthetics

Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2008 - 05:54 PM |
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If you remember the original SideWinder, you have good idea what the new X5 model looks like.  Otherwise, ExtremeTech's description of it being "loosely inspired by Master Chief from Halo and the Mazda Senku concept car" is fairly apt.  The new model includes the ability to program macro buttons and higher DPI, but retains the originals extra large size.  As a MMORPGer or FPSer you may like the idea of the "spin on a dime" button, and if you have hands that swallow smaller mice, you may want

Source: Extremetech

80mm twins

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 25, 2008 - 02:42 PM |
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Thermaltake's DuOrb CPU cooler bears a resemblance to their DuOrb VGA cooler, save for the size.  This cooler is large enough to fit a pair of fans and looks a little like a Chinook helicopter, if said helicopter had differnet coloured LEDs on it's blades.  Techware Labs liked the performance they saw, though you may find some careful measurem

Drama! Leaflets of Doom Passed Out at NVISION!

Subject: Shows and Expos | August 25, 2008 - 01:54 PM |
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It seems there are some cranky people just waiting to get the attention of attendee's to NVIDIA's NVISION 08 conference!  We are not sure who is passing these leaflets out, but Ryan was accosted by them and forced to take pictures of their propaganda!  Ok, maybe he wasn't forced, but Ryan does appreciate a bit of drama now and then!


There is inexpensive, and then there is cheap

Subject: Systems | August 25, 2008 - 01:31 PM |
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mCubed has just released an HFX Mini HTPC case, which promises a cheap alternative to other passively cooled HTPC cases.  Unfortunately, from bit-tech's testing it looks like they managed to get both meanings of the word cheap to apply.  While certainly less expensive that other similar cases, the use of riser cards and the inconveniently tight design mean you should read through the article carefully before running out and buying one.

Source: bit-tech

Showing off nVIDIA's pair

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 25, 2008 - 12:30 PM |
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At [H]ard|OCP, you can catch two reviews of nVIDIA's best offerings, the ASUS ENGTX280 TOP and ASUS ENGTX260 TOP.  The GTX280 will set you back

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Ryan heads to nVIDIA

Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2008 - 12:09 PM |
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With his notebook in hand, to liveblog a second conference, this time NVISION08.  The conference isn't due to start until 1pm PDT, so there is still a bit of a wait for it to begin.  Don't forget about it, they're announcing a 3D 22" LCD, and have guests like Buzz Aldrin, Jamie Hyneman & Adam Savage, Alex Albrecht and Kevin Rose.  Even better is the always inflammatory Jen-Hsun Huang, who will be opening up the conference.  If you miss the liveblog, you can always read the full text after the fact, and talk about it in

Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2, 4870, 4850 H2O Edition

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 25, 2008 - 11:41 AM |
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Prague, Czech Republic - August 23, 2008 - Diamond Multimedia (www.diamondmm.com), a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications products, launched today, the Neptune line of water cooled Radeon graphics cards. the Diamond Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB - HD 4870 512MB - HD 4850 512MB H2O Edition Graphics card all come with Danger Den & Smoothcreations custom cooling capabilities. These card offers exquisite gaming capabilities combined with state of the art efficiency.

DIVE INTO THE GAME WITH 3D STEREO AT NVISION

Subject: Shows and Expos | August 25, 2008 - 11:31 AM |
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Source: NVIDIA

Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processor Sets New Benchmark for Virtualization Performance

Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2008 - 11:14 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -  August 25, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it has achieved the top spot on the VMware VMmark virtualization benchmark for x86 servers with the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based HP ProLiant DL585 G5. AMD now holds the top three spots on the 16-core VMmark benchmark.

Source: AMD

This Week in Tech to Showcase their UGM at NVISION08

Subject: Shows and Expos | August 25, 2008 - 05:28 AM |
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I might be a little biased since I was involved in the project, but I thought I would post one of the first shots of the appropriately named Ultimate Gaming Machine from the fine folks at TWiT, This Week in Tech! 

Colleen / DigitalKitty of the TWiT team has been hard at work on the system build, overclocking and then case modding it for the first day of NVISION08 on Monday the 25th of August.

It's Storm's one year anniversary

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2008 - 05:38 PM |
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iIntel's latest iCPU, the i7 is iGenerating a lot of iInterest, though not from iGamers.  The new core is certainly a significant step from the Core2, as the Core2 was from the Pentium, but