AMD has a vision; but it is a secret

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 24, 2009 - 11:50 AM |
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If what DigiTimes has heard from an unnamed source is correct, come September AMD will have a new open platform strategy for their mobile lineup.  The introduction of Tigris will see Better By Design, the sticker that comes on AMD based mobile devices replaced by three tiers of Vision branding.  There is a good chance you will see this new branding on Gateway mobile PCs as well as HP's products.

Source: Digitimes

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Announces New Fab 2 Executive Leadership Team

Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2009 - 11:30 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - June 24, 2009 - GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced the appointment of Norm Armour as vice president and general manager and Eric Choh as vice president of operations to lead an expanding team dedicated to developing Fab 2, the company's next semiconductor fabrication facility, or "fab," at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Saratoga County, New York.

No price too high for performance

Subject: Memory | June 23, 2009 - 05:59 PM |
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The OCZ Blade 3x2GB PC3-16000 isn't just about raw speed, though 2GHz memory certainly does that, it is also about not sacrificing timings, and at 7-8-7-20 they have achieved that goal too.  The sacrifice that did need to be made is the price; at $450 the entry fee is pretty steep.

AMD still keen on the importance of DX11 in 2009

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 23, 2009 - 05:42 PM |
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It would seem that AMD execs are still out for blood when it comes to the pending battle for Windows 7 and DX11 gaming.  In a story posted over at the Inquirer, AMD's Rick Bergman is quoted as saying that developer support for DX11 will be much quicker than the adoption of DX10 and should come even before the end of the year. 

Intel working on 320GB SSDs for Q4

Subject: Storage | June 23, 2009 - 04:33 PM |
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According to a story over at Fudzilla, Intel is working on some upgrades to their line of solid state drives this winter.  Apparently Intel is converting their flash drives to use 34nm NAND and will introduce a 320GB version in addition to the 160GB and 80GB model based on the new memory technology.  While the cost per GB will surely go down with this memory change, the price on the 320GB model could be pretty staggering - well over the 160GB model you can

Source: Fudzilla

This power supply looks funny

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2009 - 02:32 PM |
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Following in the spirit of the 2new diversified market in which every company strives to make at least one of every possible product on the planet, Overclockers Online introduces the Enermax Aurora Premium & Aurora Micro Keyboards.  Both are made with brushed aluminium and use a patented SCISSORS switch for their keys.  These are serious keyboards, the Micro weighs almost 2lbs and the Premium almost 3lbs, so they are not about to move

It's not all about the Eee

Subject: Mobile | June 23, 2009 - 02:02 PM |
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The Asus Pro61s
is a 15.6" notebook sporting a C2D T5850, 3GBs of DDR2-800 and an HD4870.  The full size keyboard will come in handy if you decide to use this as a gaming machine, the DVD RW is handy if you are more into watching movies.  R&B Mods found in their testing that the battery is good for over 2 hours, so while it last longer than a lot of notebooks with this kind of design, it won't last you on a long flight.  See it here.

PGI and NVIDIA Team To Deliver CUDA Fortran Compiler

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2009 - 12:49 PM |
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Fortran support for NVIDIA CUDA GPUs to be incorporated into a new version of the PGI Fortran compiler
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Hamburg, Germany, June 23, 2009- The Portland Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of STMicroelectronics and a leading supplier of compilers for high-performance computing (HPC), today announced an agreement with NVIDIA under which the two companies plan to develop new Fortran language support for CUDA GPUs.

Source: NVIDIA

Do you suffer from the heartbreak of CVS?

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2009 - 12:43 PM |
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For those who've never heard of it before they read this review on [H]ard|OCP, Computer Vision Syndrome would be that headache you pick up after a long day of working at a PC followed by an evening of surfing, fragging and other activities.  A company called GUNNAR thought they saw an opportunity and have developed Optiks Digital Performance Eyewear
to relieve you from the suffering caused by staring at millions of little pixels for more than

Source: [H]ard|OCP

It's a crisi-tunity

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2009 - 12:20 PM |
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While the world is dealing with shrinking wallets in what is being quaintly referred to as an economic downturn, Intel and Global Foundries are working on shrinking their chips.  Intel has plans in motion to hit 32nm in the next 2 years and is shopping around for the tools they will use to begin work on their 22nm process.  Global Foundries is already playing with working 32nm parts and is optimizing their processes and their 28nm chips should hit volume production some time in 2010.  Intel, as well as many other fabs are switching to 450mm wafers to increase the number of dies

Source: The Inquirer

Intel and Nokia partner on new mobile devices

Subject: Mobile | June 23, 2009 - 12:00 PM |
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Today Intel and Nokia announced an expanded partnership with the goal of creating a "new class" of Intel-Architecture mobile computing device.  Details on what exactly that means were scarce, but there were a couple of specific points brought up during this morning's conference call. 

PC Perspective Podcast #61 video finally available!

Subject: Editorial | June 22, 2009 - 11:02 PM |
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In a move we are hoping to make a regular feature for the podcast, we
now have a more "polished" version of the podcast recording on VIDEO
for you to view/listen to.  Just a warning: we aren't pretty and the
content is unedited so there MIGHT be the occasional flub up!  We'll
start posting the video along side the audio at our new URL: http://pcper.com/podcast

Not that GMC

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2009 - 06:53 PM |
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At first glance, the name GMC X7 X-Station makes you think of hybrid station wagon or
maybe one that can go off-road, but it is indeed a PC case, or more specifically a gaming case.  It sports some features that might make you scratch your head, like a pair of power buttons and the ability to swap 3.5" bays for 5.25" bays, but in a way these features do add to the overall usefulness of the case.  Hardware Bistro thought it resembled the Bulldozer case from the same manufactures, not to say that it is a bad thing. 

Hitting the big time

Subject: Storage | June 22, 2009 - 06:08 PM |
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Picking up a terabyte sized drive is nothing special today, they are rather inexpensive and come in various flavours of energy savings and performance.  Hardware Secrets has rounded up a dozen different 1TB HDDs (sorry none are SSDs), ranging from the speed at any cost to those who see power savings as their main focus.  Drop by and see which one(s) catch your interest.

The sweet sounds of summer

Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2009 - 03:31 PM |
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If you are a burgeoning audiophile, or just shopping around for audio equipment for your stereo or PC, it is worth dropping by Tweaktown for their latest audio roundup.  From headphones and headsets, both wired and wireless to sound cards and speaker systems, they've got it covered and you can see it right here.

Source: TweakTown

LucidLogix Hydra chip shows up in ELSA Japan Remote renderer

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 22, 2009 - 03:00 PM |
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It is beginning to seem like forever ago now, but LucidLogix and its HYDRA platform are finally starting to get off the ground.  My

The branding of power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 22, 2009 - 02:06 PM |
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Lee is at his test bed again, this time with a review of the OCZ Fatal1ty Champion Series 700WPSU.  It sports a single 12V line, not that you will have problems with load as it can handle 56A and it claims 80+ certification
so it shouldn't add too much to your electrical bill.  Find out how it picked up a PC Perspective Gold Award in the full review.

True plug and play?

Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2009 - 01:25 PM |
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Shutting a server down can be enough of a chore as those you work with scream and bellow that they cannot access network resources, even after a week of constant reminders to them that there will be maintenance happening at a specific time.  Upgrading or reinstalling an OS and putting data back can ruin an entire weekend.  AMD is attempting to make it possible to do a simple upgrade, theoretically going from a Shanghai core CPU to a 6-core Instanbul should be a quick and easy upgrade.  Just shut down your server, remove the cooling, swap CPUs and put the heatsink(s) back on and

Source: Extremetech

Never a dull moment

Subject: General Tech | June 19, 2009 - 07:19 PM |
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When you are looking for a deal, it is really hard to beat AMD's newest Black Edition chip, the X2 550, not only is it $102 to pick up, with some luck or a nearby store with a friendly return policy you will end up with 4 working cores, even if it won't

Worth installing?

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 19, 2009 - 03:39 PM |
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AMDs drive to produce a new graphics driver has resulted in some lackluster updates for users.  In many cases it is not worth the reboot to install the new driver and in some cases it might actually hurt your performance in specific games or CrossfireX setups.  June has brought the Catalyst 9.6 to the public and again those using Radeon cards are scratching their heads wondering if they should install it or not.  X-bit Labs has your answer right here, as they examine the performance im

Source: X-Bit Labs