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Subject: Editorial | June 10, 2009 - 09:44 PM | Ryan Shrout
Last week I was in Taipei for Computex 2009, which you can read all of our coverage about here, but we still attempted to record our weekly shows, This Week in Computer Hardware and the PC Perspective Podcast. If you missed those shows (shame on you) I have them posted below in their live VIDEO versions below. Of course, if you haven't subscribed to our podcast feed, you definitely should do so RIGHT NOW!
Subject: Storage | June 10, 2009 - 06:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have never heard the term overburning before, at least in terms of how it applies to CDs and DVDs you are probably safer staying far away from it. On the other hand, if you have managed to physically damage an optical drive by overburning, this overview from OCMODSHOP will seem like familiar territory. Overburning takes advantage of the roughly 10% of the disk that remains unused in a normal burn. The reason that there is unused space is to prevent damage to burners as well as to help with compatibility.
Subject: Processors | June 10, 2009 - 05:49 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to a very brief report on Digitimes, the Intel Pine Trail platform could arrive as soon as October. You might remember our first look at the Pine Trail technology last month; Intel is essentially updating the Atom processor to including an on-die memory controller and graphics core.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 10, 2009 - 04:17 PM | Ryan Shrout
Charlie D., formerly of The Inq, has a new site and he wants you to know that all the codenames you heard for the upcoming 40nm DX11 parts from AMD are wrong. We first showed you the wafer shot and details of the 40nm DX11 parts last week during Computex - definitely check that out if you haven't already.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 10, 2009 - 03:55 PM | Ryan Shrout
There is a story over at The Inquirer that is speculating once again that EVGA will find its way into the arms of Intel when the Larrabee product is released late in 2009 or early in 2010.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 10, 2009 - 03:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At $420 the Ikonik Ra X10 Liquid case is a serious investment, but one which will not disappoint the hardcore overclocker. Built right into the case is an aluminium box which houses a pump and a reservoir, and there are two big radiators included as well. Everything you need to set up a cooling loop comes with the case, and there are quite a few fans as well to ensure everything stays nice and cool.&
Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2009 - 01:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Driverheaven got their mitts on the console version of the new Ghostbusters game and posted a quick review of the gameplay along with some trailers. If you can't wait for the PC version, the Playstation seems to be the better choice as it has content which is not included in the Xbox version. Along with the single player storyline comes multiplayer support with several different game types to try. Interestingly, one of the big features on the PC version seems to be missing from this conso
Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2009 - 12:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Even with the Atom powering netbooks all over the planet, Intel has lost a chunk of their market share and it seems to have gone directly to AMD. AMD's growth was spread out over all its various processors, which is a bit of good news in and of its self. The extra growth in the mobile sector is icing on the cake, as Intel's Atom was a big concern. Read more about AMDs low power, low heat and high payback move in the mobility market at The Inquirer.
Subject: Chipsets | June 10, 2009 - 11:19 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Every time one of the drivers that makes up the VIA Hyperion Pro package gets updated, you can be sure the full package will be updated soon after. The IDE Falcon Storage driver has been updated to version 2.80A so now the Hyperion Pro package has been updated as well - to version 5.24A.
Version 5.24A of the Hyperion Pro drivers includes the following components:
V-RAID V5.80F and RAID Tools v5.85
Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2009 - 11:15 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, June 10, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that the recently launched VIA Vinyl HD Audio codecs, the VIA Vinyl VT1818S and 1828S, are now supported by ArcSoft's universal multimedia player, ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre.
With the rising demand for a realistic cinema experience in the comfort of the home, along with the growth in adoption of the Blu-ray Disc video format, VIA and ArcSo
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 9, 2009 - 05:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Secrets stumbled upon the Akasa Paxpower 500 W
PSU, a company they had never heard of before offering a PSU who's statistics make it attractive to most users. The pair of 12V rails offering 18A each will power most graphics cards and the 500W peak power should keep the rest of the system content. First they dissected the PSU and checked each component for quality, then they proceeded to test the PSU in a system. They did run into an interesting snag when they fully loaded both 12V rails at 500W, the PSU would not switch on until they removed the load from one of th
Subject: Mobile | June 9, 2009 - 02:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech has a quick peek at the new Pre as well as the iPhone 3G, though not the new 3GS as those are fairly difficult to get a hold of right now. They talk you through the internals of these devices and how they differ. They also take a close look at battery life, as that is one of the most important things to a user on the road, topping even speed in many cases. Drop by for a brief look at the brand new Pre and how it stacks up to the competition.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 9, 2009 - 01:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You might recall seeing the Galaxy 9600 GT LP back in May when Ryan reviewed it, but now that the temperatures have started to go up while prices are going down, it is worth a second look. The card is 1" shorter than the normal model at 8" and almost half as wide at 2.25" as opposed to 4". It also deserves its low power moniker as the system [H]ard|OCP placed it in drew 31 Watts
Subject: Shows and Expos | June 9, 2009 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report have been posting Computex updates like mad and still are having a hard time keeping up due to the huge volume of information from this years expo. Lynnfield processors and the P55 boards they will run on were showing next to nVIDIA's Tegra processor and Ion platform. Various PSU makers were showing off their 80+ lineups, including this very impressive beast. There were some interesting new tricks with notebooks and the motherboard makers were showing off too.
There is a lot more to see there but don't tire your eyes out as Ryan has a newly minted article on his travels at Computex as well.
"We have even more Computex news and photo galleries from the latter part of the show. Join us for the latest official and unofficial news about Intel's next quad-core processors, Tegra and Ion systems from Nvidia, ultra- efficient power supplies from Seasonic and Enermax, next-gen netbook touchpads, AMD processor core unlocking from Gigabyte, and much more."
Here are some more Shows and Expos articles from around the web:
SHOWS AND EXPOS
- Nvidia pulls one over on AMD at the Microsoft booth @ The Inquirer
- Computex 2009 Day 2 @ Ninjalane
- Computex 2009 Day 3 @ Ninjalane
- Computex 2009 Day 4 @ Ninjalane
- Computex 2009: Show Girls @ techPowerUp
- Best of E3 2009 @ Digital Trends
- E3 Expo 2009: The Great Video Game Accessory Round Up @ Futurelooks
- E3 Expo 2009: Cool New Games for the Nintendo Wii @ Futurelooks
- E3 2009: Who won? Who lost? Who wins a golden Ars?
Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2009 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As a gamer, you don't necessarily want to read through a 15 page article on tweaking the Windows 7 RC from boot to shutdown. Some of the tips do help, but a lot have to do with usability, security or other mundane improvements; what you want is tips on making your games go faster and you want them quick. ExtremeTech has what you need in a quick three pager on getting the most from your gaming experience on Windows 7. Little gems like the return of msconfig will trim the background tasks to
Open Patent Alliance Expands 4G WiMAX with Addition of Beceem, GCT Semiconductor, Sequans, UQ Commun
Subject: General Tech | June 9, 2009 - 11:19 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 9, 2009 – Building on worldwide 4G WiMAX technology momentum, Beceem Communications, GCT Semiconductor, Sequans Communications and UQ Communications have joined the Open Patent Alliance (OPA).
Formed in June 2008, the OPA is dedicated to offering intellectual property rights (IPR) solutions that support the development and widespread adoption of WiMAX around the globe, further boosting the open industry standard approach to 4G wireless broadband.
Subject: Mobile | June 9, 2009 - 02:10 AM | Ryan Shrout
I know Lenovo has been making a big deal about the new S12 netbook that implemented the ION chipset with the Atom processor just this past month, but there was another revision of the S12 on display at Computex. VIA was proudly showing this model of the S12, that has been looked over almost entirely, that uses all VIA-based chips.
Subject: Mobile | June 9, 2009 - 12:29 AM | Ryan Shrout
Subject: Memory | June 8, 2009 - 05:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Shopping for DDR3 for an AM3 system is a little different that for a Core i7 system, as AMD has opted to go with dual channel as opposed to triple channel. Arguments about the exact cause of that decision still goes on; that is not the purpose of iXBT Labs review however. They are looking at a mix of 1600MHz and 1800MHz dual channel kits paired with Phenom II X4 955BE