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Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2008 - 11:15 AM | Ryan Shrout
We love us some rumors - and no one stirs them up better than Charlie at the Inquirer. Today's big story: Google buying Valve. At first glance that might sound pretty odd, until you consider that Valve's Steam product is the most successful and profitable digital gaming distribution system in the world. Google would LOVE to be able to control the future of gaming, put some AdWords on those many pages you see before your game launches and control just ONE MORE aspect of your compu
Subject: Storage | September 16, 2008 - 05:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Thermaltake Vi-on will attract a lot of fans thanks to it's ability to transfer via USB and e-SATA, especially when you see the benchmarked speeds. It can handle any drive up to 1TB, and has an exhaust fan to keep your drive cool. Overclockers Club has the full rundown on this handy place to keep your backed up data.
Subject: Displays | September 16, 2008 - 03:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are setting up a killer gaming rig, with multiple graphics cards and a gig or more of video memory then you won't be getting your moneys worth unless you play at very high resolutions. If you stay with 1680x1050 you won't be much better off than with a single card. If you go big, like 2560 x 1600, then you will be using the graphics power to it's utmost. To be able to run those resolutions you will need a 30" monitor, like the
Subject: Storage | September 16, 2008 - 02:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
San Jose, California - September 16, 2008 - Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today added two new series of SSD products in their MasterDrive family that deliver substantially faster performance than existing SSDs.
These new SSDs are based on a sophisticated new multi-channel SATA-II (3.0 Gbits per sec) controller. The MasterDrive OX uses MLC NAND Flash to transfer data at speeds up to 150 MB/sec (sequential read) and 100 MB/sec (sequential write).
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 16, 2008 - 01:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS tried out four different coolers for LGA775 processors. The coolers run from fancily named expensive coolers with funky features like heatpipe direct touch, to an inexpensive and very simple heatsink. The supposedly higher end heatsinks prove that money spent on advertising really isn't a good investment when a competitor can beat your best at a much lower price.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 16, 2008 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Unlike the ASUS Trinity, you will be able to buy the BFG MAXCORE cards very soon. The MSRPs are $300 for the OC model, the OC2 at $320 and the OCX model at $330 MSRP; the original GTX 260 can be had for almost $100 less. In [H]ard|OCP's testing, a pair of conclusions seemed clear; the first is that the new GTX260 outclasses the HD4870. Secondly, while it does beat the old GTX260, the price is going to have to come down because it doesn't beat it by that much.
Subject: General Tech | September 16, 2008 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The engineers at ASUS had enough free time to create the Trinity, a triple 3850 card and one that you won't getr to play with. It simply exists to prove that it can be done, this card won't make it to retail. DriverHeaven was lucky enough to get a chance to play with the card as well as trying out some synthetic benchmarks against three 3850s in Crossfire. The performance is about equal to the Crossfire setup and shows up a single GPU, not bad for one oversized PCI-e card.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 16, 2008 - 11:24 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL - (September 16, 2008) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG GeForce GTX 260 MAXCORE graphics cards in three factory overclocked versions; OC, OC2, and OCX.
BFG's GeForce GTX 260 MAXCORE graphics cards boast 216 processing cores- 24 more cores than a standard GeForce GTX 260.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 16, 2008 - 09:00 AM | Ryan Shrout
I just wanted to make note of a new NVIDIA release that is happening today - a revision of the GeForce GTX 260 GPU will be hitting the streets this week to increase competition on the AMD Radeon HD 4870. We'll have our full review up for you tomorrow - BFG sent us an overclocked OCX model we are putting through the paces as I type this.
Subject: Mobile | September 15, 2008 - 06:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are headed back to school and find yourself in need of a notebook that doesn't take up much space or add weight to your backpack you have probably at least considered a netbook. These have become quite popular over the last year and there are a huge amount of models and manufacturers to choose from. Dropping by The Tech Report may help you out. They've compiled stats on the best that are out there, plus they take a look at what will be available to you soon.
Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2008 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The newest discrete soundcard from ASUS is the Xonar HDAV 1.3 Deluxe,
still based on the AV200 HD audio processor but with added support for formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. This card goes far beyond what is required for an immersive gaming experience and heads deep into audiophile territory. You can find out just how much ASUS packed into this card at Elite Bastards.
Subject: Memory | September 15, 2008 - 02:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CompuStocx is not a name you have probably heard of unless you tend to shop in the EU, but hopefully they will make it to North America soon. According to NordicHardware, one of the best things about this company is that instead of covering the DIMMs in advertising, they print the original product code right on the memory. That makes it a lot easier to ensure compatibility and specifications. Drop by to see how well it performs once it is installed.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 15, 2008 - 12:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In an attempt to bridge the gap between the 9800GTX and the GTX260 the 9800GTX+ was created. [H]ard|OCP gave the card a fair shot and found it to be slightly better than the original, but not enough to recommend it. Simply shrinking the die was not enough to make this card shine. It is also hard to locate on online retailers, nVIDIA chose a + symbol, which most search engines treat as an operator, not a model number, and drop it from your search
Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2008 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Are you sad to see that the next process size shrink is so far away? Don't despair, many researchers are simply following a different path. Systems on a chip have been around for a short while now and have gone through a few revisions, each more powerful than the next. Through Silicon Vias (TSVs) are the next big thing and may successfully lead
to 3D processors. Learn more about how they are trying to connect these stacks of silicon at DigiTimes.
Subject: Processors | September 12, 2008 - 03:41 PM | Ryan Shrout
This post over at techPowerUp! actually was posted last week but I just came across it and thought it was worth a post. The original images surfaced from Japanese website PC Watch but the good news is that roadmaps are pretty universal.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 12, 2008 - 03:07 PM | Ryan Shrout
RealWorldTech.com has a new article up that deep-dives into the world of GPGPU computing and NVIDIA's GT200 architecture. Keep in mind this is not an article for the feint of heart - if lines like "Each cycle the issue logic selects and forwards the highest priority 'ready to execute' warp instruction from the buffer.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 12, 2008 - 03:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
I saw this post over at Tech Report that discusses a new lawsuit filed against NVIDIA due to the GPU failures that have been plaguing the company for months. The basis of the suit lies in the fact that NVIDIA knew about the potential problems as early as August 2007 yet hid that fact from the public for as long as 8 months. Considering the stock has gone from around $18 to the today's price of $10.16 its easy to see why those involv
Subject: Processors | September 12, 2008 - 02:53 PM | Ryan Shrout
TGDaily is reporting that Intel's hexa-core Dunnington CPU (for those of you in the dark, that means 6 cores) for the server/workstation market could be launched as early as next week. This wouldn't be surprising at all considering we first heard about Dunnington in March during the IDF in Shanghai. Don't expect to see these cores in the consumer level products though - your next update will be with Nehalem-based Core i7 in the coming months.
Subject: Chipsets | September 12, 2008 - 02:48 PM | Ryan Shrout
Well, this is an interesting report. According to this post over at Digitimes, NVIDIA is going to be launching their MCP7A IGP chipset by the end of the month. For those of you that don't know, the MCP7A is NVIDIA's updated Intel-platform intergrated graphics chipset that I believe will likely find its way into the Apple line of MacBooks and iMacs later this year. Is it a coincidence then that Apple is
Subject: Chipsets | September 12, 2008 - 02:41 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to some leaked slides over at VRZone that focuses on the "planned desktop software roadmap" we learned that AMD should be readying a new desktop chipset, known as RS880, for March/April 2009 release time frame. All we know about it right now is that it will bring "improved multimedia capabilities". Duh.