The Voodoo that you knew

Subject: Mobile | June 13, 2008 - 12:43 PM |

Now that HP owns Voodoo, they have been changed into a 'lifestyle' brand and are targeted at a market similar to Apple.  The Envy 133 is the first notebook produced from this new focus, and apart from the lack of any citrus themed logos, it is a carbon fibre version of a Macbook Air.  They also have a full sized system, the Omen, which will run about $10,000 and require an invitation from Voodoo to purchase.  Otherwise; no Omen for you.  Check out the full specs at AnandTech.

Source: AnandTech

It worked well the first time

Subject: General Tech | June 13, 2008 - 12:02 PM |

Intel's Q6600 found it's way into the systems of a lot of gamers when it arrived.  While not their top performing part by a long shot, it was a quad core with some overclocking potential and a dirt cheap price.  They will be doing it again with the Q8200 according to DigiTimes.  The exclusion of VT and TXT is amusing, just how many gamers want the re-reincarnation of Palladium in their PCs to begin with?

Source: Digitimes

The best monitor for play and productivity?

Subject: Displays | June 12, 2008 - 03:22 PM |

The ASUS MK241 is 1920x1200
24" monitor with a claimed 2ms (gray to gray)
response time, 3000:1 contrast ratio and a 130% colour gamut.  They also claim that this monitor will be perfect for both gamers and graphics pros, a serious achievement if it is true.  ExtremeTech has some positive things to say, but can't call the monitor perfect.

Source: Extremetech

Technicolour caviar

Subject: Storage | June 12, 2008 - 03:06 PM |

Western Digital now offers their Caviar series of drives in three flavours; blue, green and black.  Blue are the professional series, lacking any interesting features.  The green are the eco drives, with reduced power consumption and noise.  Black is for the enthusiasts, and is also the only drive with a 5 year warranty, the other two colours sport only a 3 year warranty. Find out what has changed in The Tech Lounge's full article.

Hand picked for freshness

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 12, 2008 - 01:48 PM |

The XFX 9800 GTX Black

Edition are cards that displayed an ability to go further and faster than the average 9800 GTX from XFX.   Just how much faster?  Read the full review at Driver Heaven, you won't be disappointed by the
performance, nor the included copy of Assassin's Creed.


Download Day

Subject: General Tech | June 12, 2008 - 12:19 PM |

Firefox 3, which we have heard a lot about, is to be available next Tuesday.  No point in lining up early, even if you did decide to participate in the promise to download it the first day it becomes available.  The mozdev site is holding up to todays Slashdotting, but how will it handle serving up the full Firefox 3 download?

Source: Slashdot

AMD's 75 watt Quad Core Opterons

Subject: Processors | June 11, 2008 - 07:02 PM |

Last week AMD made an announcement that made the rounds, but was not reported as being terribly important.  After having read it, and thought about it some more, the release actually says quite a bit about the health of AMD and what they are concentrating on now.

Source: AMD

More mind readers

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2008 - 05:36 PM |

LostCircuits are the next to try out OCZ's Neural Impulse Actuator, and they liked it!  As we have heard, the headband of doom takes a little getting used to, but after that you begin to get the hang of it.  It sounds like UT3 is a great game to try this thing out on, but at what price will it come?


Intel 'Show and Tell' Highlights 70 Projects, Offers Glimpse of Computing Fu

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2008 - 03:41 PM |

RESEARCH@INTEL DAY, Mountain View, Calif, June 11, 2008 – At the Computer History Museum today, Intel Corporation unveiled more than 70 futuristic projects and concepts underway in its labs in the areas of the environment, healthcare, visual computing, wireless mobility and more, reflecting areas where the company is investing some of its annual $6 billion in research.

The Wrath of Crom

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2008 - 12:24 PM |

Drop in for a quick visit to Hyboria with [H]ard|OCP.  Armed with 6 graphic cards, they decided to see which would give you the best way to experience your inner barbarian.  Drop by to find out, and for a good look at what to expect from this game.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Phenoms benched!

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2008 - 12:02 PM |

If you were waiting with baited breath for the two dual core Kuma CPUs from AMD, you are going to be waiting for a while yet.  It's not all bad news over at DigiTimes for you; when they do arrive they will be 45nm processors.

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Tech Talk

Source: Digitimes

AMD halts new Phenom CPU models

Subject: Processors | June 11, 2008 - 11:43 AM |

I think this was something we all pretty much saw coming, but it seems to be getting more official as rumors like this start to circulate that AMD's 65nm production has just reached its limit.

AMD originally planned to launch two 65nm dual-core
Phenom processors codenamed Kuma for the desktop PC market in May or
June this year, however the company has recently suspended the plans
and will let its Athlon X2 5600B processor cover the market until the
company enters 45nm production, accord

Source: Digitimes

ASUS Announces First-Ever Republic of Gamers Convention

Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2008 - 11:40 AM |

FREMONT, CA (June 10, 2008) - ASUS, a worldwide leader in Open Architecture Product and notebook design and manufacturing, today officially unveiled its first-ever gaming event in North America. Named after its successful line of gaming-focused products, the Republic of Gamers, the Republic of Gamers Convention (ROGCon) will bring gaming sizzle to Dallas, Texas this July. The ROGCon is the first joint gaming initiative by ASUS and Intel in North America.

The goal of ROGCon is to bring classic LAN gaming back, and to honor the gaming enthusiasts who help fuel technology advancements.

Source: ASUS

AMD Next-Generation OpenGLR ES 2.0 Graphics Technology Achieves Industry Conformance

Subject: Mobile | June 11, 2008 - 11:22 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - June 11, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it has reached a new milestone in the mobile graphics industry as the first 3D graphics technology provider to achieve OpenGL ES 2.0 conformance certification.

Source: AMD

For those who speak in analog

Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2008 - 06:47 PM |

If you need to change your digital signal into high quality analog, then look no further than the SilverStone Ensemble.  Hardware Canucks found
it to produce very accurately in certain applications, but don't expect EAX support, that's not really what the Ensemble is for.  On the other hand, if you have some old, high quality speakers that only accept analog signals, then the Ensemble may fit right in.

The major leagues

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 10, 2008 - 03:50 PM |

Benchmark Reviews have grabbed the three most powerful coolers that they know of, the OCZ Vendetta 2, Thermalright's Ultra-120 eXtreme and Xigmatek's HDT-S1283.  The competition is re

NZXT Wreaks Khaos with New Ultra-Premium Gaming

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 10, 2008 - 02:58 PM |

El Monte, CA - June 10 2008 - NZXT, a company built on realizing the dreams of gamers worldwide, is
proud to announce the Khaos, a high-performance premium gaming chassis in the NZXT Classic Series.

Source: NZXT

Battered OS included

Subject: Systems | June 10, 2008 - 11:43 AM |

As strange as it may sound after the original experience most had with Vista and it's hardware requirements, it is now possible to set up a Vista PC for ~$350, with a copy of that much maligned OS included.  ExtremeTech has the list, and some quick pictorial instructions on installing the hardware.  Don't expect to be using the Aero interface though, Solitaire will be fairly graphics intense for this budget PC.

Source: Extremetech

The hardy heron is on the move

Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2008 - 11:35 AM |

Ubuntu has had a version designed for use in mobile devices, and it has received a significant upgrade thanks to Canonical.  Phoronix took a look at Netbook Remix, you can see pictures of the interface in their article.  It will be a while before we see mobile devices shipping with it, but they will arrive and Phoronix is looking forward to testing at least one Intel Atom-powered device in the near future.

Source: Phoronix

Intel roadmap details a few Nehalem processors in Q4

Subject: Processors | June 10, 2008 - 11:28 AM |

The folks over at Expreview got their mitts on an Intel roadmap that shows not just one Nehalem processor, but three. 

Source: General