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Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2008 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In a desperate bid to make SanDisk too big to pick up, Toshiba is buying 30% of SanDisk's current equipment. They hope this will make SanDisk too expensive for Samsung to take over; either willingly or as a hostile bid.
Toshiba isn't looking to good right now either, they are being pinched by the same price drop in memory, which is probably why they are ensuring SanDisk will purchase at least some of that equipment back from Toshiba. Read more about their financial
Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2008 - 11:30 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 20, 2008 - NVIDIA's engineering team was given a challenge: deliver a desktop GPU which integrates full system I/O and discrete-level performance in half the size of previous integrated graphics solutions.
Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2008 - 11:20 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Taipei, Taiwan, Oct.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 17, 2008 - 06:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of our forum members is less interested in the merging of the CPU and GPU as they are in the merging of SSD hard drives and RAM. Do you think it's possible we will soon see HDD with the speed of RAM, and RAM that keeps it's data when the power goes off, similar to how MRAM does currently? Others are torn between being doing a good job and not really wanting to monitor their fellow employee's internet usage; not to mention how mu
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 17, 2008 - 05:30 PM | Ryan Shrout
While we aren't sure of the validity of these specs yet, they sure do look interesting and put into question the idea that NVIDIA would be leaving the chipset business.
Subject: Storage | October 17, 2008 - 03:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Western Digital RE3 and Hitachi's E7K1000 are the best terabyte HDDs that either company has to offer. Their stats are very similar as far as seek times, number of platters and cache and the differences in performance are just as close. ExtremeTech has their work cut out for them in picking a winner.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 17, 2008 - 02:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fremont, California, October 17, 2008 - S3 Graphics, a leading provider of graphics and HD Multimedia technologies, today announced the availability of S3FotoPro, a GPGPU application using the latest programmable architecture powered by the Chrome 400 Series GPUs.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 17, 2008 - 01:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If your main gaming machine spends a lot of time on the road, SFF cases and mATX motherboards are probably something you are quite familiar with. The NZXT Rouge series has been a solution for LAN party fans and gamers that cart their systems around and the new Rouge Crafted Series will not dissapoint. It's bigger and heavier than it's competition, though that does allow the use of the oversized graphics cards and CPU coolers tha
Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2008 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Altec Lansing Soundbar is a little box with two active speakers and a passive one in the middle to sort of act as a subwoofer. The idea behind the Soundbar is to offer a way for even the most crowded desk to cram a sound system in. It's price is in line with a midranged 2.1 system, and Think Computers thought the sound was certainly on par as well. The passive driver does manage to provide enough bass that the overall sound is not too anaemic. Check them out if you are low on spac
Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2008 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has had a long conversation with nVIDIA about those small little problems that were popping up in certain Dell laptops. It would be naive to expect nVIDIA to come completely clean with the public about the exact nature of the problems as well as their cause(s). On the one hand it can honestly be difficult to pin down the root of the failures and on the other ...
Subject: Memory | October 16, 2008 - 06:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, Calif. - October 16, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a
worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high
reliability memory, today unveiled the industry's first triple channel
memory kit designed specifically for the impending Intel Core i7
processor/Intel X58 Express Chipset. Optimized for the Core i7's
triple channel mode, these new 3GB and 6GB kits ensure optimal
performance via an ideal combination of low voltage requirements,
speed, and latency.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 16, 2008 - 05:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs has just finished an indepth look at four of Corsair's PSUs; 450W, 550W, 650W and the 1kW. The pair of lower end modules are the VX series, the higher end is the TX, model numbers which denote the size and features of the PSU as well as the overall power supplied. There are more differences between the various PSUs than the amount of power delivered, components and
features change significantly as well.
Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2008 - 02:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A Das Keyboard Ultimate is a letterless keyboard that offered some serious geek credit if you could actually type that way, but it also had a rather high price. The price hasn't changed for the Das Keyboard Professional, but at least the keys are actually lablelled. It retains the basic shape of the classic IBM keyboard, with some changes that make it much more unique and solid, the keyboard weighs almost 3lbs. There does seem to be some changes that occur in users of this keyboard, of which you can see an example
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 16, 2008 - 01:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CA-OCTOBER 16, 2008 - Today NVIDIA introduced its new accelerator for Adobe Creative Suite 4 software, the NVIDIA Quadro CX. This new GPU provides creative professionals with a faster, better, more reliable way to maximize their creativity. Quadro CX was architected to deliver the best performance for the new GPU-optimized features of Adobe Creative Suite 4.
"Adobe is at the forefront of the Visual Computing Revolution," said Dan Vivoli, executive vice president of marketing at NVDIA.
Subject: Mobile | October 16, 2008 - 12:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At about 3lbs and 1" thick, the Lenovo X300 13.3" ultraportable laptop designed along the same lines as the Macbook Air. The inclusion of a DVD burner is going to make a lot of people prefer Lenovo's model to the Air, the Intel Core 2 Duo SL7100 and 64GB SSD just make the deal sweeter. Think Computers was very happy to see that the keyboard remains the same as on other larger Lenovo laptops, preferable to the shrunken, flexible keyboard some ultraportables possess.
Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2008 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Using the web, or more specifically searching the web, gives your brain a good workout according to some research that Slashdot dug up. More importantly, the biggest benefits were seen among the so-called 'internet-savvy' group, who used the web regularly and were at least somewhat familiar with successful searching techniques. So the next time you are caught idly Googling, make sure to let them know that you are exercising your brain and that you have to do it regularly or you will lose the b
Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2008 - 01:32 AM | Ryan Shrout
If you have been problems with your Flash player, or just want to have the latest version of everything, jump over to Adobe's Flash Player 10 page to get the newest version. What I am HOPING to see if a halt to the very annoying issue I have under FireFox and Chrome where Flash video playback halts after a few seconds in a browser that has been opened for a while.
Subject: Mobile | October 16, 2008 - 01:26 AM | Ryan Shrout
An interesting discussion is starting between Intel and press/analysts on what they are going to do about losing the design win for Apple's MacBook's and MacBook Pro's choice chipset, as we predicted and saw this week.
Subject: Storage | October 15, 2008 - 06:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 15, 2008 - Intel Corporation has begun shipping
its highest- performing solid-state drive (SSD), the IntelR X-25E Extreme
SATA Solid-State Drive, aimed at server, workstation and storage systems.
Unlike mechanical drives, the SSDs contain no moving parts and instead
feature 50nm single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash memory technology. Systems
equipped with these drives will not suffer from the performance bottlenecks
associated with conventional drives.
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 15, 2008 - 03:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
- Unreal Tournament 3: Performance increases of up to 15% are seen when using the ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series or ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series of products
- Prey: Performance increases between 2% to 5% are seen on ATI CrossFire configured systems when using the ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series, and ATI Radeon HD 3800 Series of products
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