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.

New hot graphics deal has just arrived

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 2, 2009 - 04:22 PM |
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There are Galaxy GeForce 9800 GT video cards available at Tiger Direct for the low price of $84.99.  Really, they are $114 with a $30.00 mail in rebate, valid between 02/16/2009 -  04/01/2009; the good news being that the rebate applies to multiple cards so that you can get 2-way SLI going for under $200.  Head on over and pick up your 9800 GT at Tiger Direct!

NVIDIA Unveils Low Power GPU in New ASUS Notebook at CeBIT

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 2, 2009 - 04:09 PM |
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  • NVIDIA today introduced the GeForce G102M notebook GPU featured in the new ASUS K40IN notebook at the CeBIT tradeshow in Germany.
  • The GeForce G102M is designed to provide a superior graphics experience for thin, affordable notebooks. It uses 8 watts less power when running stressful applications than typical discrete notebook GPUs.
  • The new GPU has 16 processor cores which provide up to 4 times faster graphics performance than Centrino 2 systems1.
Source: NVIDIA

The strange case of Corsair's business model

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 2, 2009 - 03:42 PM |
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At the upcoming CeBIT conference, Corsair will be extending it's product line even further.  They will be showing off a prototype ATX enclosure that is aimed at the enthusiast.  There are numerous fans visible, including one installed on the barrier between the PSU housing and the main cavity where the motherboard will be located.   There is not much information on the prototype, not even a name, but sources at Corsair expect to have the case for sale by summer.

Something for those other graphics intense programs

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 2, 2009 - 03:08 PM |
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For some PC users, there really hasn't been a new graphics card released in quite a long while.  Sure, the gamers have never had it so good, no matter how much they have to spend.  Those who use their graphics cards to create those games, or movies, or TV, etc ...

Asus and MSI's P55 boards gets pictured

Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2009 - 02:10 PM |
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PC Games Hardware has managed to snap some pictures of both Asus' and MSI's P55 motherboards and although neither company seems to be quite ready at this point in time, we have a feeling that Computex could well be the launch time for socket 1160 processors and motherboards.

Asus is showing off two models, the P7U and P7U Pro, with the difference between the two being that the Pro model has a pair of x16 PCIe slots.

Source: Fudzilla

Intel, TSMC Reach Agreement to Collaborate on Technology Platform, IP Infrastructure, SoC Solutions

Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2009 - 01:09 PM |
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Santa Clara, CA & Hsin-chu, Taiwan, March 2, 2009 - Intel Corporation and TSMC today announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on addressing technology platform, intellectual property (IP) infrastructure, and System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions. Under the MOU, Intel would port its Atom processor CPU cores to the TSMC technology platform including processes, IP, libraries, and design flows.

Seagate's growth spurt

Subject: Storage | March 2, 2009 - 12:38 PM |
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The big news in the 12th iteration of Seagate's Barracuda 7200RPM drives is the platters, each weighing in at 500GB.  With the larger drives, you also get 32MB of cache which should help you use up a bit more of the bandwidth on the eSATA connection.  The Tech Report found that the extra cache was most helpful in reading, this drive was looking more like a VelociRaptor than a Barracuda in those tests.  When writing or coping, the drive was not nearly as impressive and fell more into the middle of the pack.&nbsp

TSMC will put out for anyone

Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2009 - 12:12 PM |
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TSMC has a voracious appetite for company.  It is currently partnered with AMD in helping the graphics portion of that company develop GPUs after they purchase ATI.  The strong reputation and proven track record of TSMC has also attracted nVIDIA when the major GPU producer was looking for someone to share the load.  Now we are expecting them to pay a call to Intel later today, though TSMC is being very demure and not saying what is planned for this nooner.  DigiTimes and other industry sources don't

Source: Digitimes

PC Perspective on TWiT Live: Episode 15

Subject: Editorial | February 28, 2009 - 02:16 AM |
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If you aren't tuning into TWiT Live on Thursdays at 6pm ET to watch me and Leo Laporte talk about PC hardware, you are missing out.  I have uploaded our latest episode to my Viddler account for easy viewing here on the site.

Ryanair can be bad for your bladder

Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2009 - 06:23 PM |
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You might be surprise just how much information piles up on your PC over time, from your browsing history and passwords straight through to credit card information for you online shoppers.  One of our members is constructing a series of articles to increase your knowledge of networking, and to help you protect your vital information.  Give the article a read and let Slayerhawk know what you think.

Computer Shopper uploads its self

Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2009 - 02:06 PM |
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It looks like Computer Shopper Magazine will soon only be available online, according to our sources.

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Lunar memory

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 27, 2009 - 01:55 PM |
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Apogee is not a name that one would associate with RAM, unless said RAM was attached to a video or sound card.  That has not stopped them from producing a new line of DDR3, of which the Walton Chaintech Apogee GT 3x2GB DDR3 1866 kit has been tested at Overclockers Club.  The 8-8-8-24 timings are fairly tight for DDR3 at 1866MHz and can reach 1980MHz with too much fiddling, though the voltage does have to be raised fairly high.  Overclockers Club liked this new offering from Apogee, maybe we will s