NVIDIA pushing 55nm products out sooner

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 9, 2008 - 04:40 PM |

When we initially saw the die size that GT200 was released at last month, we knew that NVIDIA would be trying to get it moved from a 65nm process technology to 55nm very soon - money talks as the saying goes.  It looks like the green GPU giant is going to get 55nm running by the end of the quarter and could even have 40nm tape outs by the end of the year!

Source: Digitimes

Sparse info, but promising

Subject: Motherboards | July 9, 2008 - 02:20 PM |

There isn't all that much to go on, just a pair of slides from an AMD presentation, but if the tests were not too terribly biased AMD's 790GX chipset is going to be quite impressive.  Just scroll down from the top of the page on CHW to see the slides.

Source: CHW

A (Thermo)Intelligent decision

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 9, 2008 - 01:30 PM |

The sub $200 market is getting incredibly crowded, and most of those cards will bring you more performance than you might expect.  The newest cards are from BFG, the GeForce 8800 GT and 9600 GT OCX ThermoIntelligence.  The ThermoIntelligence label denotes some serious cooling and a complete disregard for specified clock speeds.  Read Ryan's reivew in full here.

There's gold in them thar hills

Subject: General Tech | July 9, 2008 - 12:05 PM |

Battlefield: Bad Company is an attempt to bring the Battlefield series to the console as a single player experience.  Gamepyre did have some fun playing through it and discovering rare collectible weapons, but they also felt very disappointed by the multiplayer experience. 
There is only one multiplayer mode, and it is not Conquest, not is there any way to play the single player campaign co-operatively.

Source: Gamepyre

AMD's busy product line

Subject: Processors | July 8, 2008 - 06:02 PM |

Not only is AMD pushing out a brand new line of graphics cards, it also launched several CPUs in the recent past.  LostCircuits focuses on a pair of these processors, the 2Ghz X4 9350e and the 2.6Ghz X4 9950.  Drop by to see how well they compete with other systems, including Spider versus SkullTrail.


There's something fishy about this shark

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 8, 2008 - 03:06 PM |

On the one hand the Sigma Shark SP-635 did pass every test that [H]ard|OCP put it through, including the torture test.  On the other hand, it displayed some very active rails, and emitted a very high pitched scream once it hit it's peak temperature of 76C.  It also has a fairly low efficiency compared to some other popular models, and a weak 12V rail, so don't expect it to so well in an SLI/Crossfire configuration.  It should be fairly stable for other applications, and the

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Erecting a Dispenser!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 8, 2008 - 02:22 PM |

Over at bit-tech you can see the build process and the final product of one serious case mod.  A dedicated Blue engineer has gathered enough supplies to erect a dispenser powerful enough to run Team Fortress 2.  Even if you aren't a fan of the game, thequality of this build makes it worth checking out!

Source: bit-tech

Swing and a miss

Subject: Storage | July 8, 2008 - 11:53 AM |

Silicon Power is a company that hopes to make it's name in the storage market, but they are off on the wrong foot with their Silicon Power 64GB SATA SSD.  While the price of the disk is below $1000, the performance that Benchmark Reviews saw in their testing placed it firmly in the middle of the previous generation of SSDs.  It does have a nice metal shell that looks a little more impressive than the plastic covers seen on other SSD

Coming soon to an overclocker near you

Subject: General Tech | July 8, 2008 - 11:36 AM |

The Inquirer stumbled upon some screenshots of an unreleased 45nm chip from Intel.  The current chip with the closest specs is the E2200, which retails for about $80.  This new chip, being a little faster should run about $100.  If these screens are to be trusted; the chip is capable of hitting 4GHz with a FSB of 1280MH.

Source: The Inquirer

Eee PC 901, 1000, and 1000H to Hit Shelves in North America

Subject: Mobile | July 8, 2008 - 11:07 AM |

FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (July 8th, 2008) - ASUS today introduces the new generation of Eee PC. The new models include revolutionary features that are designed to enhance efficiency and connectivity. With up to 7.8 hours of battery life, Eee PC users can enjoy portability while work, learn and play on-the-go.The all new Eee PC 901 and 1000 are equipped with built-in SSD (Solid State Drive) while the 1000 H adopts a 3.5" Hard Disk Drive (HDD).

Enhanced Connectivity

Source: ASUS

Stayin' alive

Subject: Memory | July 7, 2008 - 05:02 PM |

Aeneon is another of the companies trying to keep DDR2 competitive, having just introduced the XTune DDR2-1142 2GB kit.  With timings of 5-5-5-12 and that extra bit of speed, these modules can compete with some of the other top name brands.  Unfortunately, they are not for sale yet but you can see how they perform at Tweaktown.

Source: TweakTown

Designing a good UMPC is a breeze for MSI

Subject: Mobile | July 7, 2008 - 02:58 PM |

The MSI Wind is the newest model in that strange new world of subnotebooks/UMPCs that has become a very competitive market.  It is running an Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz on a Intel 945GSE and ICH7M chipset and supports 1024x600 on it's 10" LCD, so you don't have to squint to badly to see text.  HEXUS' favourite
feature has to be the keyboard, it's not full size but it is certainly bigger than the Eee's!  Read on to see how well it fares.

Source: Hexus

nVIDIA leaps onboard, knocks AMD off

Subject: Motherboards | July 7, 2008 - 02:07 PM |

nVIDIA does have one market in which it holds an advantage over AMD, assuming that it's hardware problems are under control with the 8300.  In The Tech Report's testing of the Zotac built mATX-sized board with the new GeForce 8300, the nVIDIA offering beats the AMD 780G in almost all tests, including HD playback.  There are some heat and CPU utilization differences beween the two onboard graphics solutions, but if all you are concerned about is great HD from onboard, check this review out.

AMD's design on the future of graphics

Subject: Graphics Cards | July 7, 2008 - 12:14 PM |

InsideHW takes a step back before reviewing AMD's new 48xx graphics cards.  Instead of putting up benchmarks and maximum playable resolutions, they focus on some of the technology that allows the cards to perform well and produce the quality of graphics we have seen.  Read through their full article for a deeper look into the architecture that has helped AMD so much with this generation of graphics cards.

Source: InsideHW

Power assisted packing

Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2008 - 11:42 AM |

If you have a spare $1400, why not splurge on some powered luggage.  The LiveLuggage PA is a hard shelled suitcase with the ability to help push it's self along when it is pulled by it's handle, therefore destroying the most attractive feature for many, you can't ride it and you can send it chasing after people.  With only 2 hours of power it won't help you on a road trip, but if you like carting around 70lbs of gadgets whenever you travel, you take a look at it on Digital Tr


Subject: General Tech | July 3, 2008 - 05:57 PM |

If you miss the old IBM Model Ms, that gave you a nice juicy click every time you pressed a key and every time you release the key, then try the Das Keyboard Professional.  Not only does it have the right feel to it, it is sturdy enough to defend your cubicle when co-workers come over to try to take it, and it's sound effects away.  If you have any idea what I mean, drop by ExtremeTech, otherwise invest in some earplugs.

Source: Extremetech

Return of TV Wonder

Subject: Systems | July 3, 2008 - 02:57 PM |

techPowerUp has snagged one of the new AMD PCIe TV Wonder 600s, which along with its' 650 brother are the first AIW products we have seen in quite some time.  The is the less expensive model, so it is missing some of the features of the higher end model such as a slim profile and HD support.  It does handle digital cable, so you don't have to worry about the death of analog TV. 

Source: techPowerUp!

Give your RAM a summer outfit

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 3, 2008 - 01:02 PM |

Drop by Tweaktown for a walkthrough of removing stock heatspreaders from RAM and replacing them with 3rd party coolers.  Their article specifically pertains to Kingston DDR2 and a Nexus heatpipe cooler, but the theory does carry over to other models.  Especially seeing as how they cover 3 different methods of removing the stock coolers, which is really the hardest part.

Source: TweakTown

Take your time and do it right

Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 3, 2008 - 11:56 AM |

Lee has just finished up a review of the Corsair HX1000W PSU, a very well made PSU with nothing not to recommend it.  The price is in line with the quality and the power provided, but if a PSU can impress Lee this much, you know every penny is well spent.  Besides, how can you complain about the price of your PSU after sticking 3 graphics cards in your system, which is what the HX1000 is designed for.