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Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 17, 2008 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
bit-tech noticed a drop in the price of the GTX260 actually hitting retailers, as opposed to just being something we are still waiting for. In some cases the GTX260s are down to the $230 range, putting them at
Subject: Processors | November 16, 2008 - 07:04 PM | Ryan Shrout
Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2008 - 04:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As you might assume, the recent AMD announcements and Intel's Core i7 almost here, the Processor Forum is busy with comparisons between the two new processor lines.
The folks in the Overclocking forum are also excited, it's been a while since the last new overclocking challenge appeared. Any overclocking will require a good heatsink, the topic in the Cas
Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2008 - 04:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Canucks got their mitts on an ASUS Xonar Essence STX Engineering Sample, their upcoming audio card release. The list of options will daunt all but the devoted audiophile, ASUS is definitely aiming at the high end of the market with this card. They have yet to put the card through their full battery of tests, so you shall have to content yourself with pictures and feature discriptions for the moment.
Subject: Displays | November 14, 2008 - 04:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you need perfect colour representation that can show colours other monitors only wish they could display, a backlit LCD might be your best choice. ViewSonic now offers a VLED221wm, which is a 22-inch 1680x1050 widescreen LED backlit LCD monitor for not too steep a price. It will certainly set you back a bit more than a regular LCD, but this screen is not really aimed at the casual gamer. Think Computers were absolutely blown away by this displa
Subject: Systems | November 14, 2008 - 03:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's a LANShark and it's from Smooth Creations, which means two things. One is that the exterior of the PC has an incredibly well done airbrushing job, this particular model having a nice surfing motif on a clear acrylic case. The second thing is the power of the PC it's self. Inside the LANShark you will find an overclocked Q9550 and a pair of HD 4870 1GB in CrossFire
and a 4GB kit of Patriot DDR2 clocked to 900MHz. Take a gander at all the pictures over at Legit Reviews.
Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2008 - 03:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Instead of having to sit through all eight hours of the presentation, AnandTech offers you a short cut into the news that broke from AMD yesterday. There are plenty of pictures to capture the important slides from the conference covering new chips as well as information on their new Foundry Company. Click on over and see what the fuss was about.
Subject: General Tech | November 13, 2008 - 03:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Nov. 13, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today hosted its 2008 Financial Analyst Day at its headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. Senior executives, including President and Chief Executive Officer Dirk Meyer, reported on the company's progress toward sustainable profitability by sharing information on AMD's product, marketing, manufacturing and operational initiatives.
As a part of today's event, AMD also launched its 45nm
Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processors.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 13, 2008 - 03:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Before Ryan started in on a marathon session listening to AMD present technical data to a bunch of suits with a lot of money, he had the time to post about AMD's plans for stream processing. Among all the announcements expected today, the idea of utilizing the GPU for an incredibly varied list of tasks is maybe the most interesting. Read his full article to see why that is.
Subject: Processors | November 13, 2008 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Shanghai is here and it is incredibly power efficient. AnandTech has published their look at this new server chip and it is going to make a lot of people very happy (unless they work for Intel
Subject: General Tech | November 13, 2008 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It seems that until recently it was frowned upon for someone to stand outside of a party screaming about how much that party sucks and how much cooler they are than anyone else. That is exactly what has been happening any time a CPU or GPU manufacturer announces a new product. Today it is the AMD Financial Analyst day, with a lot of news from AMD being announced, including the first Shanghai reviews. Of course, somehow timed to break at the exact same time is a story on DigiTimes about Nehalem chips becoming available soon. The chips range from ten Xeon5500 models to se
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 13, 2008 - 11:20 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Processors | November 13, 2008 - 02:08 AM | Ryan Shrout
Tonight at midnight AMDsent out the press release with the formal announcement of their new
45nm 'Shanghai'-based Opteron processors for the server and workstation
markets. There is a lot of great information in this release including
specs of the CPU that show a much better outlook for AMD's processors
than previously expected. Frequencies will be offered as high as 2.7 GHz with TDPs of only 75 watts theoretically indicating that high clock rates should be inbound for both server and desk
Subject: Mobile | November 12, 2008 - 05:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA – November 12, 2008 - MSI Computer, a leading manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions, is pleased to announce the newest addition to it Gaming Notebook Series – the GX630-028US.
Subject: Motherboards | November 12, 2008 - 04:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The introduction of the X58 chipset brought a lot of new features to the PC, none more desired than a board that can handle both SLI and Crossfire. The first X58 board to do so, the ASUS P6T Deluxe, ended up on Ryan's test bench recently. Not only does it have that advantage over the Intel DX58SO board, it also overclocks a lot better straight out of the box. Read on to see how the board tested against previous generations of board as well as the Intel X58 .
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 12, 2008 - 03:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When FrostyTech can set you up with a list of coolers 132 models long. Every LGA775 compatible heatsink worth mentioning is included, from the incredible Prometeia Mach2 GT that will keep you 50C below ambient to the dangerous to run Igloo 5058 Light E that ran at over 60C above ambient. Read through and see where your cooler sits, and which models might be better. Too bad they may have to start from scratch with the Core i7.
Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2008 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sure, Fallout, Far Cry, CoD and Gears of War may have all been great games, but how many sequels can you make before you hit the quality level of the Police Academy series? Are we doomed to see games reduced to several family lines that dominate, with a small selection of independent games done on the cheap? Story line replayability and conversion mods can keep an older game alive, so you could always just replay it with a completely different outcome or with a completely different take on the game entirely.
Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2008 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's invited me to its annual Financial Analyst Day in Sunnyvale on Thursday, where I expect the company's executives to announce its netbook processor strategy.
The company is bringing out all of its heavy hitters to try and impress the financial community and bolster its faltering stock price. AMD's CEO, COO, CMO and several other execs will give presentations and have lunch with analysts and members of the media.