Queer as a three dollar bill

Subject: Processors | April 28, 2008 - 02:40 PM |

Triple core processors have allowed AMD to sell a lot more Phenoms, as any Quad Cores that have one core that is not up to spec can have the troublemaker disabled.  Now they have a fully functional Triple Core, which runs at the speed they had expected it to.  Of course, things are never that easy.  In this case it is the assumption that many programs make, that the number of cores available will be divisible by two, so a triple core is identified as a single.  Lost Circuits tries to pin down where yo

Source: InsideHW


Subject: Systems | April 28, 2008 - 01:53 PM |

Matching the AMD 4850e and the ASUS M3A78-EMH HDMI Micro ATX board will not help you break any performance records.  It will however give you a great HTPC system that is fairly cheap to set up, very cheap to power and easy to cool quietly.  While we would all like to see AMD processors at the top of the performance char

Source: TweakTown

Cray and Intel Collaborate to Develop Future Supercomputing Technologies

Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2008 - 01:04 PM |

SANTA CLARA, Calif. and SEATTLE, April 28, 2008 - Cray Inc. (Nasdaq GM:
CRAY) and Intel Corporation announced today they signed a multi-year
agreement to advance high-performance computing (HPC) on Intel
microprocessors while delivering broad new Intel and Cray technologies
in future Cray server systems. The collaboration of these two industry
leaders will result in HPC systems that will help solve some of the
world's most complex scientific, engineering and humanitarian

Conjoined Twin Myslexia Monitor Week

Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2008 - 11:57 AM |

The SyncMaster2263DX is a 22" widescreen with a little friend attached; a removable 7" LCD widescreen attached to the side of it's face.  Benchmark Reviews doesn't have a picture of the side display working, but it could obviously do a good job as a secondary display to keep your Photoshop controls or other tools on.  It will also do the job for a lot cheaper than the cost of a second monitor, though there are some performance drawbacks.

Good news for AMDs move to GDDR5

Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2008 - 11:43 AM |

After having so much difficulty with the Phenom, it is nice to hear some good news about AMD's fabs.  According to what The Inquirer has heard, the yeilds on the RV770 are higher than expected.  This will mean the XT version, which uses GDDR5; as opposed to the Pro's GDDR3, will be appearing sooner than expected.  Lets hope for some better than predicted performance as well.

Source: The Inquirer

New Hyperion Pro drivers released

Subject: Chipsets | April 28, 2008 - 11:22 AM |

New Hyperion Pro drivers have just been released - the drivers for all VIA chipsets (so long as they're not too old) and all Microsoft operating systems. This new version, 5.17a has had the built in VIA Falcon IDE driver updated to version 2.50A. The full list of components includes:

INF V3.00A

AGP V4.60A

V-RAID V5.70A and RAID Tools v5.40

VIA IDE Falcon Storage Device driver v2.50A

Source: VIA Arena

AMD Introduces AMD Business Class, Designed With Business in Mind

Subject: Systems | April 28, 2008 - 11:13 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 28, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced AMD Business Class, an initiative dedicated to developing AMD processor-based commercial desktop and notebook solutions designed specifically for businesses.

Source: AMD

Friday forum highlights, Hubble edition

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2008 - 06:30 PM |

The PC Perspective community is build from a diverse range of people, with different backgrounds and cultures, but a shared love of hardware and community.  Our members have found PCPer through a variety of means, for instance I was looking to end an abusive relationship with the ASUS NetQ forums and was welcomed to this community when I unsuspectingly followed a link from there almost 7 years ago.  However I doubt many people came via BoardReader, who seemed clueless when it came to our community.  Th

Energy efficiency on a motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | April 25, 2008 - 03:29 PM |

ASUS' P5K PRO claims to be a green board, having three different modes in which you can run and save power.  While the claims that ASUS makes are upwards of 50% savings, the total system power draw doesn't actually dip by that much.  It does certainly save power when compared to the P5KC, especially when placed into the

Source: Big Bruin

Keeping your mobile Radeon up to date

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2008 - 01:19 PM |

Driver Heaven has had a tool that lets you keep the graphics drivers on your laptop up to date for a while, but Vista has proved to be a problem until recently.  The new version of their Mobility Modder works with XP and Vista and supports a wide range of mobile Radeon GPUs.  Tired of shouting yourself hoarse trying to get your OEM to update their supported drivers?  Worry no more.


Larrabee team member speaks on rasterization for the future

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 25, 2008 - 12:00 PM |

We have talked many, many times about Larrabee in the last several years and we consider ourselves to be pretty knowledgeable on the subject.  It's always interesting to see some new comments on the topic though and it turns out one of Larrabee's developers at Intel posted a bit on their blog on the subject of rasterization on the new GPU architecture.

Let's page through his comments if we can:

What if I don't want you to stick mold in my ear

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2008 - 11:50 AM |

Perhaps it is because I am hard on earphones, killing them off frequently enough that it is not worth getting a good pair, but the LiveWires T1 Custom In Ear Monitors just don't make sense for my listening habits.  They are about half the price of other custom IEMs, running about $249 plus the cost of your ear molds.  Yes, ear molds.  According to techPowerUp!, it is best to go to an audiologist and pay to get a mold of your ears made, as the "home kits are not nearly as reliable or safe". 

Source: techPowerUp!

The Larrabee team speaks

Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2008 - 11:32 AM |

... or blogs, anyways.

Source: The Inquirer

BioStar's multiply talented new board

Subject: Motherboards | April 24, 2008 - 06:20 PM |

InsideHW looks at the BIOSTAR TF8200 A2+ which has an nVidia GeForce 8200 and Realtek's ALC888S, and a classic BioStar look.  We really haven't seen many boards from BioStar recently, but that does not mean they've forgotten how to make a good one.  Check it out if you are looking for an HD compatible board that can support 4 displays, or want to try a little onboard SLI.

Source: InsideHW

That's no moon, it's a heatsink

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 24, 2008 - 02:30 PM |

Thermalright thinks big, and makes bigger.  Two of their coolers are up for review at Driver Heaven, both weighing in 1.75 lbs and taking up a lot of space with at least one dimension over 6" on both coolers.  The


The finer parts of graphical performance

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 24, 2008 - 01:14 PM |

The GeForce 9800 GTX is an interesting beast.  It has a 1.688GHz shader clock, but the memory subsystem is slimmed to a 512MB framebuffer and a 256-bit memory bus.  That let [H]ard|OCP discover that Crysis wants a fast shader clock more than it wants bandwidth.  The performance doesn't scale as well as we might want in SLI, but it does add enough performance to be easily noticeable.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

I want my i-Ram

Subject: Storage | April 24, 2008 - 12:31 PM |

Almost three years ago, Gigabyte launched the i-RAM solid state storage deviceThere hasn't been an update to this product since, even though DDR2 has come and gone in that time and there is a new generation of SATA ; an updated version would be nice Gigabyte.  You can see why this product needs an update in X-bit Labs latest storage article.  They compare the new Solid State Disks we have seen relea

Source: X-Bit Labs

Let's benchmark everything again

Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2008 - 12:04 PM |

It's time for hardware reviewers to panic, there is a new 3DMark coming next week.  Every piece of kit lying around gathering dust because it has been benchmarked dozens of different ways needs to be pulled out and tested again.  This version will be Vista only, so at least there is only one OS to test the hardware on.  Follow the link at The Inquirer for more info.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD Radeon HD 4800-series details appear to have leaked

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 23, 2008 - 06:16 PM |

The big news circulating in the forums is that apparently the entire specs of the upcoming AMD Radeon 4800-series GPUs has leaked out.  The GPU is internally known as the RV770 and the end version will sport 480 stream processors and consist of 800+ million transistors while maintaining the 256-bit memory bus and will be built on the same 55nm process technology that the RV670s used.

Source: TG Daily

HP purchases 100,000 VIA CPUs for low-cost systems

Subject: Processors | April 23, 2008 - 06:08 PM |

News is circulating that HP has purchased an allotment of 100,000 VIA C7-M processors for their mini-notebook and Gigabyte will be buying some for another UMPC model.  This is good news for VIA as the Isaiah architecture will soon be making rounds and these kinds of relationship will setup for better deals down the road.

Source: Digitimes