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Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2008 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer has broken the news that at some point today Apple will announce that iTunes will start carrying DVDs on the first day of their release. If people can grab their favourite movies the day of their release, instead of waiting up to a month, Blockbuster and other stores lose their major advantage over digital distribution sites like iTunes.
Subject: Mobile | April 30, 2008 - 05:30 PM | Ryan Shrout
ASUS was kind enough to send over one of the soon-to-be-released M50S notebooks for our perusal - and this is a hell of a machine at first glance. While not as powerful as notebooks like the Dell XPS M1730 or the Alienware M9750, it's also not nearly as heavy and should actually be considered PORTABLE to most people.
We'll have a review up of the system pretty soon but for now I just thought you all would like to see some shots of the sexy M50S beforehand.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 30, 2008 - 05:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TIBURON, CA-April 30, 2008-Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the
industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia,
today announced estimated graphics shipments and supplier market
share for the first calendar quarter of 2008.
Traditionally, the first quarter has flat to negative growth
for the computer industry as retailers and OEMs sell what's left from
the holiday season; and this year was no different, in fact the
quarter saw the biggest drop since 2005.
Subject: Systems | April 30, 2008 - 05:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Spring is here, time to toss out that old system and get a fresh new one, or at least to cherry pick some prime new components to put in your system. To help you with that, The Tech Report has updated their System Guide, with 4 updated systems including a totally reworked HTPC system.
Subject: Memory | April 30, 2008 - 02:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
8Gb kits are uncommon, but you can find kits for sale like the OCZ Quad 2Gb that Madshrimps tested. They start out by looking at the rumours surrounding the usage of 8Gbs of RAM in a system, and then dispel them. They felt the only sticking point was the price, but at $200, 2Gb of DDR3 will cost almost as much.
Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2008 - 12:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Almost as anxiously awaited as Halo 3, GTA 4 has arrived. Gaming Heaven somehow managed to get a hold of a copy early, and have posted a glowing review of the latest disaster to befall Liberty City. The gameplay has deepened, physics have been expanded and there is even multiplayer now. Check out the full review.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 30, 2008 - 12:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
EVGA's e-GeForce 8800GT AKIMBO incorporates two features that will be very attractive to overclockers, three phase power and a dual slot cooler. While Gamepyre's testing did not include maximum overclocking abilities, they did find that nVIDIA's claims of a 20C temperature difference from the reference model were fairy accurate. That leaves you
Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2008 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While Jen-sun Huang was on a brilliant tirade at the nVIDIA Analyst Day, not much was heard from David Kirk, nVIDIA's chief scientist. bit-tech managed to track him down for an in depth interview. They cover the hot topics you would expect, like Larrabee and ray tracing as well as CUDA. They also dig into other topics, like how Intel's focus on the process of making chips has helped them overcome their architectural deficiencies.
Subject: Memory | April 30, 2008 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CA - April 29, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the Special Ops Edition DDR3 Series, available in both PC3-8500 and PC3-10666 kits featuring the high densities and stability gamers demand. These DDR3 kits are ideal for users advancing to the next generation of memory platforms, offering the speeds, density, and reliability required for the latest DirectX 10 PC titles.
Subject: Mobile | April 29, 2008 - 05:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS has put a lot of extras into their M51S laptop, without pricing it beyond the value market. With four USB ports, support for both DVI/VGA and TV-Out, webcam and a lot more, keeping the price of this 15" notebook at the $1000 is no easy task. The laptop is billed as being mostly a multi-media machine, but TECHGAGE fired up Crysis at 1280x800 and it was playable, as were other newer titles. All that power does have a price; you won't see the battery make it to the 2 hour mark, even with light
Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2008 - 04:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If there is one thing that the Cyber Snipa Stinger Gaming Mouse is not, it would be "the final step in the evolution of gaming mice." That is Cyber Snipa's claim, but considering the incredible growth in mouse features over the past year and a half, there is going to be a lot more 'evolution' to come. As far as the Stinger's new talents, it sports 4 DPI settings, o
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 29, 2008 - 02:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Nobody seems to want to do one thing well anymore, especially in the PC world. Sunbeam's subsidiary Tuniq is a prime example. They made their name with the Tuniq Tower, but have since branched out into cases, and now PSUs. The Tuniq Miniplant 950W packs some serious power, and claims the highest wattage 80+ Power supply in a standard PS2 form factor.
Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2008 - 12:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BEAVERTON, Ore., April 29, 2008 - Infineon Technologies, Intel Corporation, Panasonic and Texas Instruments today announced the creation of HomeGrid Forum, which aims to promote and influence a single, next-generation worldwide standard for networking digital content, such as movies, music and pictures, over home wiring.
Subject: Processors | April 29, 2008 - 12:30 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to this report coming out of CNet.com, AMD has admitted to problems with their 780G chipset motherboards and "high end" Phenom X4 processors. The problem seems to arise from 780G board makers not properly building in support for 125W TDP processors; what is more upsetting about this issue is AMD's response:
Subject: Processors | April 29, 2008 - 12:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to an article over at Electronista, Intel is having problems providing as much as 50% of their Atom orders with actual product. If this is the case, it could be an opening for VIA's Isaiah architecture to really move into the market and win over some of these high-value OEMs.
Subject: Processors | April 29, 2008 - 12:20 PM | Ryan Shrout
This report on Digitimes goes over quite a few new processors that AMD will supposedly be releasing in the coming months including new quad-core and triple-core SKUs. Basically outlining the plans for AMD's move to 45nm process technology, here's the bullet points outlined in the text:
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 29, 2008 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new Futuremark is here, and while Ryan's score of P4129 may seem strange and upsetting to those familiar with 3DMark, but if you got over the switch to Vista, this shouldn't be too hard. Futuremark 3DMark Vantage is Vista only, to do a proper job of benchmarking DX10 as well as the gamut of other tests included in this suite. Take look at screenshots from several of the tests, including new physics tests that can take advantage of an Ageia PPU card.
Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2008 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to DigiTimes, they have a pretty good idea of the new members in AMD's lineup over the coming seasons. A few older processors will be retired but the 45nm Deneb's should be out to replace them soon. Of course, if you ask AMD, all you will hear is "We know nothing!"
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 28, 2008 - 06:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The CoolIT Freezone Elite is a Phase Change Cooler, an incredibly expensive but thoroughly effective way of cooling PC components. Working with multiple peltiers, it is second only to exotic cooling like LN2 or phase change, but tends to be a bit easier to set up and maintain. Bjorn3D tried it out on a QX9650 which produced brilliant idle temps, but the chip actually overwhelmed the capacity of the Freezone on the overclocked test; it was beaten by a custom watercooling setup.
Subject: Processors | April 28, 2008 - 02:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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