Windows XP-based Eee PC Preview

Subject: Mobile | March 31, 2008 - 01:13 PM |

Laptop Magazine has posted a quick preview of the new version of the ASUS Eee PC that will be shipping with Windows XP rather than Linux.  Not much as changed though...

Short On Storage Space

This means war

Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2008 - 01:11 PM |

Creative and ASUS really aren't getting along very well.  Creative and most consumers aren't too fond of each other either.  With Vista's changes to the way it handles the sound processing to popping issues with XiFi's, Creative has been taking a beating.  TECHGAGE looks into this battle and will be testing the EAX emulation under DS3D GX 2.0.


AMD Delivers Industry's First Commercially Available 3D Workstation Graphics Card with DisplayPort S

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 31, 2008 - 11:35 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 31, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it is advancing application performance with stunning imagery through the introduction of the first commercially available 3D workstation graphics card with DisplayPort support. The ATI FireGL V7700 professional graphics accelerator provides superior rendering speed, 3D performance and color fidelity for Computer Aided Design (CAD), Digital Content Creation (DCC) and Medical Imaging professionals.

Source: AMD

Intel, STMicroelectronics and Francisco Partners Close Transaction to Create Numonyx

Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2008 - 11:31 AM |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 31, 2008 - Intel Corporation today announced that the company has finalized and closed its transaction with STMicroelectronics and Francisco Partners to create a new independent semiconductor company Numonyx B.V. that will design, develop and manufacture NOR and NAND flash memory products.

Abit to re-enter GPU market with NVIDIA parts

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 28, 2008 - 07:11 PM |

Hey, what do you do when you need to improve your corporate profits and you happen to notice the NVIDIA GPU market is saturated with a bunch of other companies?  Apparently, you are supposed throw your hat into that ring as well.  Honestly, with companies like BFG, EVGA and XFX really dominating the US market and struggling to differentiate from each other Abit is going to need some unique angle to make any kind of impact.

Second-tier motherboard maker Abit is preparing to begin

Source: 3DCenter

Intel P45 chipset has problems with modern graphics cards

Subject: Chipsets | March 28, 2008 - 07:08 PM |

According to this report on Digitimes, Intel is delaying the P45 chipset until mid-June due to some compatibility issues with its primary x16 PCIe slot and modern graphics cards.

Intel is delaying the launch schedule of its P45 chipset
from originally in May to mid-June, according to sources at motherboard

Source: Digitimes

We were all new here at one point

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2008 - 05:55 PM |

At one point or another, all of us have strayed into unknown territory with our PCs.  For some it was the switch to Intel from AMD, and the different ways that the system was set up.  Others might be poking around at the strange beast bearing the name Linux, or teaching their brain how to parse HTML tags for the first time.  Whatever it was that triggered it, we went searching through the internets for the information we needed, and we ended up in the PC Perspective forums.  Most of us have stayed and we can repay the kindness of strangers by doing the same in turn, and hel

A big improvement in midrange mobile performance

Subject: Mobile | March 28, 2008 - 02:47 PM |

The Gateway P-6831 FX offers some impressive performance for a sub $1500 laptop.  With a Core 2 Duo T5450, 3GB of Samsung DDR2-667,an nVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTS 512MB and a 17" screen with a native resolution of 1440x900.  All that in a package that weighs under 10 lbs.  AnandTech was really impressed at the value that this laptop offers, hopefully some of the other manufacturers will take the hint and offer some of their own.

Source: AnandTech

A stressful display

Subject: Displays | March 28, 2008 - 01:49 PM |

Buying monitors has change a great deal in a small amount of time.  With three competing LCD types, a plethora of aspect ratios, response times and resolutions, it bears little resemblance to purchasing a CRT monitor.  Drop by Madshrimps for some advice on choosing the technology that is best for your viewing needs.

Source: Madshrimps

New Corsair 16GB "GT" High Performance Flash Voyager USB 2.0 Drives

Subject: Storage | March 28, 2008 - 01:34 PM |

The new Corsair 16GB "GT" high performance Flash Voyager USB 2.0 drives are now available for review.  Flash Voyager GT USB drives provide data transfer rates that are up to 4X faster than standard USB 2.0 drives.  Whether transporting office files, pictures or even full-length movies, you can "store-n-go" faster with the Corsair GT USB line.  The drive has been optimized to take full advantage of its advanced flash controller technology as well as the screened and hand-selected NAND flash chips.

3DMark 06: 24,909 points

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 28, 2008 - 12:11 PM |

Not a bad score for a single card, although it is a bit of a Frankenstein
design.  Three HD 3850's have been forced into cohabitation on a single card, with a watercooling "thingy" stuck on the end of the card to keep things from getting too hot.   You can get a good look at the card at NordicHardware, as well as the results of a few other benchmarks they performed.

Intel decides not to push their luck

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2008 - 11:54 AM |

After gifting retailers with the X48 chipset, which resulted in those retailers having huge inventories of suddenly unattractive X38 based boards, Intel will not do the same thing with the P45.  Intel will be delaying the release of the new chipset until mid-June and retailers are probably grateful they have a chance to start unloading P35 boards.  The end user should also take heart, the near simultaneous release of the X38 and X48 helped motherboard prices to soar to the levels we are seeing right now.

Source: Digitimes

Xonar soundcards and EAX Support

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2008 - 11:32 AM |

The Xonar series driver update for DS3D GX 1.0 to DS3D GX 2.0 is our response to feedback/criticism favoring compatibility with games that feature EAX 5.0. DS3D GX 2.0 allows gamers to enable EAX sound options/schemes in games on Vista and legacy Windows XP.

The solution involves:

1. Enabling EAX5.0 sound setting in games

2. Redirecting DirectSound3D Hardware and EAX calls to the DS3D GX core

3. Upgrading the DS3D GX engine.

The updated engine:

Source: ASUS

Sounding the death knell for audio cards

Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2008 - 06:31 PM |

ExtremeTech takes a look at a piece of hardware that may be destined for destruction, the stand alone audio card.  Audiophiles who are happy to drop $1000 on a studio grade card not included.  Gamers and casual users on the other hand seem satisfied with onboard audio solutions, as they have come a long way.  What would you say to Creative creating a software version of their XiFi?

Source: Extremetech

Movie night on the move

Subject: Systems | March 27, 2008 - 02:37 PM |

Bluegears' b-Envi Gaming/HTPC Enclosure gives you a choice in usage thanks to it's snazzy design.  The perfect size for an HTPC system, it will also serve you well housing a system that you take to LAN Parties.  Touch sensitive buttons and an integrated card reader and a 120mm fan are just some of the features this case has to offer.  Drop by Virtual-Hid

Gaming on a budget

Subject: Systems | March 27, 2008 - 01:41 PM |

It would be nice to be able to spend $1200 on your graphics sub system alone, but most people can't really afford a pair of 9800 GX2s.  Many can't even afford to spend a full $1200 on the entire PC.  Legion Hardware has been doing some hard core research, and have put together a budget conscious gaming PC for just under $1000.  If that is your financial sweet spot, the check out this build. 

Everyone who actually experienced a TLB bug related crash ...

Subject: Processors | March 27, 2008 - 12:49 PM |

Please put your hands in the air.   Anyone?  Anyone at all?

The TLB bug disappearing really isn't the big news when you look at AMD's B3 stepping Phenoms.  The X4 9850 runs at 2.5GHz, the fastest quad core we have seen from AMD, and the MSRP is around $250, giving it a nice seat when talking about performance for price.  Other improvements are the upping of the memory controller and system bus to 2000MHz.  Get the full story from Ryan's review.

Long live the lesser of two evils

Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2008 - 12:16 PM |

If you are like many PC enthusiasts, the only way they are getting you to switch to Vista is to destroy every copy of XP in existence. 
Life support is currently planned to be removed April 8, 2014, giving Microsoft almost enough time to get Windows 7 into beta, assuming that the date the Mayan calendar was set to end on was not picked because that is the official release day.  In the meantime, SP3 is still coming out, saving everyone the joys of either rebuil

Source: Tech ARP

AMD Extends Energy-Efficient Processing Leadership with World's First

Subject: Processors | March 27, 2008 - 11:28 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 27, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of the world's first energy-efficient desktop quad-core processor, providing customers with a cool and quiet digital media workhorse.

Source: AMD

High Performance AMD PhenomT X4 Processors Lead the Charge to HD Desktop Gaming and Video

Subject: Processors | March 27, 2008 - 11:26 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 27, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced immediate availability of four new high-performance AMD Phenom(tm) X4 processors for PC users in search of the Ultimate Visual Experience. Led by the AMD Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition processor, each CPU features true quad-core design, and when matched to AMD 790 series chipsets supports up to four award-winning ATI Radeon(tm) HD 3800 series graphics cards.

Source: AMD