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Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2009 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD has reduced the price of its quad-core Phenom II X4 940 and 920 CPUs from US$275 and US$235 to US$225 and US$195 in thousand-unit tray quantities, respectively.
In addition to reducing the price of current CPUs, AMD also plans to launch the Phenom II X4 950 in the second quarter with a core frequency of 3.1GHz.
AMD commented that the price drop provides consumers products with a better price/performance ratio.
Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2009 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is an undead monster in the closet which is having some serious issues. For quite a while now, the license to the Ghostbusters franchise has been possessed by a number of different companies, each sucking a little more life out of it, either doing nothing with it, or worse, by releasing pathetic games or. Now unless Atari can trap the spirit of the game it may never be anything but a phantom release. Ars Technica has details on the whole sordid story.
Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2009 - 11:29 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel still isn't saying that they will be taking a loss, but they aren't suggesting it will be a positive quarter either. The Register's coverage suggests that Intel employees are worried about job security at this point, and are advocating a solution like AMD has recently adopted; salary cuts for everyone.
Subject: Systems | January 20, 2009 - 04:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For just over $200 you can get your hands on the Thermaltake DH-101 VF7001BNS, an HTPC case with the styling you would expect from Thermaltake. Not only is it pretty on the outside, there was plenty of room inside to fit a HD 2900XT. Motherboards.org takes you through their whole experience, from unboxing to final assembly in their review.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 20, 2009 - 01:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The reason the Thermaltake BigTyp 14Pro has a 14 in it's name is thanks to the 140mm fan providing the airflow on this enormous heatsink. The sheer size, 140mmx140mmx30mm may prevent it from working in some cases and it's 800g weight will want a solid mount. Join Overclockers Club in admiring the performance and the lack of noise from ThermalTa
Subject: Storage | January 20, 2009 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The USB flash drive has a competitor with the release of OCZ's Throttle 32GB eSATA drive. It may look like your every day thumb drive, but this one plugs into a powered eSATA port. If you wonder how that might affect your day, consider that Legit Reviews tested the drive by copying 29.3GB worth of files onto the Throttle and an OCZ ATV usb drive and then copied them back.
Subject: General Tech | January 20, 2009 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Our next virtual Chicken Little is Conficker, a voracious and evolving worm spreading thanks to unpatched Windows systems. Unfortunately for those responsible people who have patched their systems, it can still infect you via an infected USB drive and a little time to brute force your password. If you are infected, you may not notice as the little bugger is being polite, for the moment. Slashdot's story covers the invetible outcome, at some point this worm is going to go active as a
Subject: Motherboards | January 19, 2009 - 06:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fans on MSI motherboards may be interested to read about their new Click BIOS, a UEFI BIOS which allows the use of a mouse, among other things. It has taken until Vista x64 SP1 to make a Windows machine work with a UEFI BIOS, previously only found in Apples. The MSI P45D3 Platinum is the first motherboard to feature this BIOS, head over and take a look.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 19, 2009 - 02:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lee recently finished reviewing the Antec Signature Series 850W PSU, and gave it an Editors Choice Award thanks to Antec's incredibly well done design. 850W total, with four +12V delivering up to 65A combined load
and four PCI-E connectors will ensure even high end gamers with multiple graphics cards will not run out of power. The total power of the unit isn't it's only
Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2009 - 01:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS has released another Xonar audio card, this time the $200 Essence STX. Some serious hardware has gone into this card, which goes beyond the quality expected by a gamer and heads more into the realm of the audiophile. Tweaktown feels this card would be much happier living in an HTPC syst
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 19, 2009 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's a fair jump for the graphics core to go from 648MHz to 702MHz, the stream processor from 1.476GHz to 1.584GHZ and the memory from 2.484GHz to 2.646GHz, but that is exactly what EVGA did with their GeForce GTX 285 SSC Edition. Even more impressive is [H]ard|OCP's final numbers when they try overclocking this card even further. Architecturally the GTX 285 does not really differ from the 280 it replaced, but the die shrink has really opened up the maximum clock speeds. Read
Subject: General Tech | January 19, 2009 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to The Register, AMD will be cutting 1,100 more workers, as well as reducing the wage of anyone who still finds themselves with a job. A lot of these jobs will be in the handheld and TV chip portions of the ATI purchase, which AMD is looking to sell to a nice home. There will also be cutbacks in benefits, such as the companies matching of 401K/RRSP contributions. The news on Thursday, January 22 does not look to be very positive.
Subject: General Tech | January 16, 2009 - 05:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Perhaps it is not the best sign for your safety that the Virus Alerts/Security Warnings/Solutions in our networking forum has been very active over the past few weeks, but you can be assured that the advice you find in the thread will keep you from being sorry. Several dedicated members are continually vigilant for the latest nasties running amok on the net, as well as the best ways to avoid them. They can't do it alone, there are
Subject: Displays | January 16, 2009 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs has hit the thirteenth iteration of their series of comparisons of 19" monitors, this time with seven models from four different companies. Thanks to the popularity of larger sized monitors, and general reduction in the price of LCDs, you can get a 19" display for very little money. Perhaps even better is that for a little more money, you can get very nice features on that 19" monitor. Those same features on a 22" or larger display make the cost prohibitive.
"In our today’s article we are going to discuss another seven displays with 19-inch diagonal from Acer, Asus, Samsung and ViewSonic. Among them are a couple of pretty unusual solutions: one based on PVA matrix and another one with a built-in web-cam."
Here are some more Display articles from around the web:
- Viewsonic's VX2260WM 22-inch Full HD monitor @ bit-tech
- Asus VK246H LCD Monitor Review @ Rbmods
- Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR6 LCD TV Review @ Digital Trends
- Sony Bravia KDL-52XBR6 Review @ TechReviewSource
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 16, 2009 - 01:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you read through the review of the AVC Black Samurai on Frosty Tech, you get the idea that the cooler is bipolar. One personality is almost silent and offers mediocre cooling, though certainly better than a stock cooler. The second personality is very loud and can cool just about any processor you feel like putting under it. The dark nickel plating makes this heat sink attractive, regardless of which personality you prefer.
Subject: Shows and Expos | January 16, 2009 - 12:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Just about every possible CES 2009 display and booth has been captured from every angle. We have seen spotlighted vendors and broad highlights, even shots of a nearby and totally unrelated expo. Finish up the last of the show with Big Bruin and their take on the most fun electronics at the show.
Subject: General Tech | January 16, 2009 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica recently took a look at the slowing economy and how it will effect the IT industry in general and PC sales in particular. Intel is not immune to that in any way, as you can see in their reported earnings at DigiTimes. One of the biggest hits was thanks to Clearwire; falling just short of $1 billion in costs. Atom based netbooks were good news for Intel's
Subject: Processors | January 16, 2009 - 11:29 AM | Josh Walrath
Just yesterday our intrepid Jeremy had reported that Digitimes was reporting that there were issues with AMD's DDR-3 controller in their latest 45 nm parts. I was actually somewhat surprised by this information, as I keep my ear pretty close to the grindstone looking for those two birds in a bush, and even I had not heard of such a thing. So I sent a couple of emails off to other folks, and they too had not heard so much of a peep about potential problems with AMD's DDR-3 memory controller.
Subject: Motherboards | January 15, 2009 - 08:30 PM | Ryan Shrout
Gigabyte just passed over this information to us today about its event around CES including a great overclocking competition that saw new records with both AMD and Intel platforms and the Build Your Own PC Race during CES!
City of Industry, Calif., United States, Jan. 15, 2009 – GIGABYTE today is pleased to announce the success of its product showcase at this year’s CES 2009, January 8 to January 11, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Subject: Storage | January 15, 2009 - 05:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new SD1A firmware for the 1.5TB Seagate Barracuda is intended to fix the intermittent freezing that is plaguing those who bought one of these large drives. The fix it's self works fine, but The Tech Report wanted to test for any unforeseen consequences the fix may have caused. They checked the speed through a large array of testing, even testing for changes in noise and power requirements. Long story short, the fix had no appreciable effect on anything but the problem it was intended to solve.