Black Edition - the best friend of gamers

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2009 - 01:58 PM |
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When you hear the words 'Black Edition', most immediately think of a multiplier unlocked AMD CPU, a very overclocker friendly
chip.  Now XFX has co-opted the moniker for their new GTX 285, a seriously overclocked card; the core is bumped 46MHz to 648MHz, the shader clock up 180MHz to 1.476GHz and the memory is now 270MHz faster at 2.484GHz.  The card is currently for sale for $0.01 cheaper than $40

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Try some of this green caviar

Subject: Storage | February 12, 2009 - 12:12 PM |
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The latest hard drive from Western Digital is the 2TB GreenPower Caviar, sporting four 500GB platters a 32MB cache and a reported sustained data rate of 100MB/s.  The Tech Report tested out that stat and it seems that the high density platters help put this drive right in the middle of the pack as far as performance goes.  While it will not beat out a

Trade in your copy of Vista

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2009 - 11:48 AM |
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Good news for owners of Vista Home Premium, Business and Ultimate Editions, if you purchased them within the Eligibility Period which is July 1, 2009 through January 31, 2010.  The plan is not to allow everyone to trade in their Vista disks for new Windows 7 disks, but to help OEMs sell PCs during the interim instead of waiting to purchase a new PC until after Win7 is released.  From the looks of the screenshots at TechARP, the upgrade process should be fairly painless.

Source: Tech ARP

Shallow and narrow, but still likeable

Subject: Displays | February 11, 2009 - 05:44 PM |
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If you have been putting off upgrading to a 22" monitor because of price, the Samsung Syncmaster 2243BW might be right up your alley.

Source: PCStats

NVIDIA Quarterly Driver Update for Notebooks is Now Live

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 11, 2009 - 03:40 PM |
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Today NVIDIA made it possible for notebook owners with GeForce 7 Series graphics processing units (GPUs) to upgrade their systems with the click of a button. When NVIDIA changed the way notebook GPU customers received driver upgrades by putting a driver on NVIDIA.com, we promised quarterly driver updates for GeForce owners. As promised, NVIDIA delivered the second notebook driver release on February 11, 2009.

The first NVIDIA.com notebook driver was wildly popular, with over 1 Million downloads to date.

Source: NVIDIA

First they came for the southbridge, now they're after the northbridge

Subject: Processors | February 11, 2009 - 02:18 PM |
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With Intel finally spilling the beans on Westbridge, the successor to the Core i7, Ryan has put together the slides and his thoughts on the release into a quick article on our front page.  Just as the current chips have the uncore, and directly handle the memory interface, Westmere also adds even more functionality directly to the CPU, takig away a lot of the functions of the northbridge.  We won't see a complete dissapearance anytime soon but the integrated graphics controller certain speaks volumes about Intel's plans for the futur

NVIDIA SLI Technology NOW AVAILABLE for Intel Branded X58-Based MOTHERBOARDs

Subject: Motherboards | February 11, 2009 - 01:31 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 11, 2009 - NVIDIA Corporation today announced that Intel Corporation has licensed NVIDIA SLI technology for inclusion on the Intel DX58SO motherboard for the Intel Core i7 processor.

Source: NVIDIA

NVIDIA Collaborates with Microsoft on ION platform

Subject: Systems | February 11, 2009 - 01:22 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 11, 2009 - In an effort to deliver an outstanding computing experience on small, low power PCs, NVIDIA announced today that NVIDIA ION has been Certified for Windows Vista. With NVIDIA ION and premium versions of Microsoft Windows, small form factor notebook and desktop PCs will have rich media capabilities and full graphics support for the first time.

Microsoft Corp. has validated NVIDIA ION with certified Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) drivers for Windows Vista Home Premium.

Source: NVIDIA

Battlefield addicts rejoice

Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2009 - 12:11 PM |
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Slashdot has information on two upcoming Battlefield releases, Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 1943.  Bad Company will be on PS3, Xbox and PC and should follow the same free style combat and unique graphical styling as the original, but with more ...

Source: Slashdot

Fab fight

Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2009 - 11:42 AM |
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AMD's plans to strip down and go fab-less have run into a small snag in the form of a vote which fell short of a quorum.  Only 42% of shareholders showed up to vote yesterday, though 97% of those who voted did vote in favour of the fab spin off to the Foundry Co.  Currently the next vote is scheduled for next Wednesday, Feb.

Source: The Inquirer

Splitting the Atom

Subject: Processors | February 10, 2009 - 03:12 PM |
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The new 533 MHz FSB, 1.6 GHz Intel Atom 330 that Ryan tested is rather interesting due to the fact that it is a dual-core processor.  He tested the Atom's performance in an nVIDIA Ion motherboard, against the same Atom 330 with one core disabled as well as a VIA Nano L2100.  The scaling he saw in his testing was quite incredible, under certain tests that second core more than doubled the performance, with only one test suffering thanks to the storage subsystem.  Read on to see just how much power Intel can fit in the same size as a

Sunbeamtech's powerful division

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 10, 2009 - 02:14 PM |
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Tuniq is certainly not the first name that comes to mind when you think of PSUs, but they have been dabbling in that market and their newest offering is the Ripper 1000W PSU.  900W of that power is sent to four 20A 12V lines, which is sensible on a PSU targeted for those with as many graphics cards as will fit in thier case.  [H]ard|OCP had mixed feelings about this PSU, it did pass all their tests but som

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Hey big spender

Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2009 - 12:19 PM |
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Intel isn't letting the economy slow them down, having just announced a $7 billion plan to build or upgrade manufacturing facilities within the USA over the next 2 years.  It would seem that the majority of Intel's 32nm chips will be fabbed in the USA, perhaps pushing their overall american manufacturing above the 75% mark.  Drop by The Inquirer for more details on their plan and some pictures of the proposed fab upgrades

Source: The Inquirer

When the power you need won't fit inside the box

Subject: Mobile | February 9, 2009 - 05:09 PM |
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You can always get more functionality or storage by adding external devices, but an external graphics processor is a fairly unique item.  The Amilo SA3650 Laptop with XGP Graphic Booster is a joint project between Fujitsu Siemens and AMD, a laptop with an external Radeon HD 3870 that still manages to run as a PCIe 8x card.  Using the external box will give you good gaming performance and the ability to push out 1080p to multiple monitors; pretty impressive for a small laptop.  Guru of 3D did have some suggestions, as well as a bit of good news at the end of the article,

Source: Guru of 3D

Gigabyte's multi-tiered X58 series

Subject: Motherboards | February 9, 2009 - 03:09 PM |
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The top of the line X58 motherboard from Gigabyte is the GA-EX58-UD5, and the lower end is the P45 based GigaByte GA-EP45-UD3P.   Now their is a middle brother in the series, the new EX58-UD4 which has almost all the extras that the UD4P model has except support for multiple nVIDIA graphics cards, basic Crossfire will work just

Source: CPU3D

Keeping it simple

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 9, 2009 - 02:31 PM |
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LeadTek's WinFast GTX 285 runs at the reference clock speeds, 648MHz GPU and 1GB of 2484MHz GDDR3.  You can expect to see it sucking down about 380W under full load, and a temperature of 80C with the fan at 40%.  If you are OK with the extra noise it creates, cranking the fan up to full power will drop your temperatures to 67C, still fairly warm but certainly reasonable for the fastest single GPU card going.  You will need that extra cooling if you want to overclock the card as much as Bjorn3D did in their

Source: Bjorn3D

The new kid comes cheap

Subject: Processors | February 9, 2009 - 12:43 PM |
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Before you start off on Josh's detailed review of the new Phenom II processors, consider the good side of this release; the 2.8GHz X3 720 BE should sell for a bit over $150, the 2.6GHz X4 810 (not unlocked BE) will be under $200.  That puts them in competition with the Intel E8500 and similarly priced chips, it is not a Corei7 killer, the cheapest Core i7 920 is still almost $300 and that doesn't include the price of the motherboard.  Any AM3 chip will fit in any AM3 or AM2+ socket, making this an incredibly painless upgrade.  Now that you are armed with the knowledge of what AM

nVIDIA is picking what looks to be a lose - lose battle

Subject: General Tech | February 9, 2009 - 12:14 PM |
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It has been rumoured for a while now that nVIDIA will be developing an x86 processor, backed up by their recent headhunting activities.  PC Authority has gathered a couple of links on the history as well as a theory on how they will try to develop the chip.

Source: PC Authority

The integrated circuit turns 51 today

Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2009 - 06:01 PM |
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The middle child always has it rough and the Corei7 family is no different.  Those who can afford it buy the 965, while every one else chooses the 920.  One member wonders why exactly it is that no one buys the 940.  Even if you know the answer it is worth a drop by to compare your clock speeds to others.  The faster CPU can help out when you are gaming, as it does take a lot to keep a GTX 295 fully fed, which is why a membe