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Subject: Graphics Cards | August 20, 2008 - 03:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The newly announced Hydra Engine from Lucid seems to have trumped both Crossfire and SLI in a single swipe. Not only do they seem to imply that their task oriented approach will outperform the brute force style that the current solutions use, the technology will allow a lot of other tasks to be accomplished that are beyond SLI and Crossfire. It also able to combine any mix of cards from the same vendor, though you can't mix AMD and nVIDIA ...
Intel Introduces First IA System on Chip for Consumer Electronics, Expands Internet to TV Experience
Subject: Systems | August 20, 2008 - 02:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Aug. 20, 2008 - At the Intel Developer Forum, Intel Corporation introduced the Intel Media Processor CE 3100, the first in a new family of purpose-built System on Chips (SoCs) for Consumer Electronics devices based on the company's popular Intel architecture (IA) blueprint.
Executives on Wednesday also provided updates on the Mobile Internet Device (MID) category and Intel Atom processor, unveiled a brand with DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc.
Subject: Mobile | August 20, 2008 - 02:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new Eee PC 1000 has a 10.2" display and measures 10.5 x 7.5 x 1.5, slightly larger than the original, and much blacker. Inside is a Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz, 1GB of DDR2-533, an 8GB SSD for storage along with a 32Gb internal SDHC card. See what The Tech Report thought of this Xandros-based Linux netbook.
Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2008 - 02:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
First, the bad news ... "It's too early to estimate Diablo III's release date." ... though that does mean they aren't announcing an unreachable deadline; something that has damaged all too many games. The good news is that HEXUS has published an informative interview covering a lot of the questions inquiring Diablo fans want to have answered. Drop by if you are one of them.
Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2008 - 01:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan is at it again, giving live updates from the IDF, Day 2. Today is about entertainment and the digital home. Keep your eyes peeled for the news as it happens; if you miss it live, this new format will let you look through what was posted, though you do miss the chance to comment and offer suggestions for Ryan during any Q&A sessions.
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Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2008 - 01:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 19, 2008 - NVIDIA Corporation and Emergent Game Technologies have expanded their relationship resulting in NVIDIA PhysX technology being directly integrated into all upcoming versions of the Emergent Gamebryo game development platform.
Subject: Processors | August 19, 2008 - 07:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Aug. 19, 2008 - In his Intel Developer Forum keynote today, Pat Gelsinger detailed the roadmap for Intel's continued march toward pervasive, higher performance and power efficient computing.
Subject: General Tech | August 19, 2008 - 06:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
LEIPZIG GAMES CONVENTION, GERMANY August 19th, 2008 - Futuremark Games Studio today revealed Shattered Horizon, a new game where players fight to survive in the aftermath of a catastrophic Moon mining accident that throws billions of tons of rocky debris into near-Earth space.
Subject: Motherboards | August 19, 2008 - 06:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (August 19, 2008) - ASUS, a leading name in high quality computer components and solutions, received an Intel Server and Storage Innovation Award for the Z7S WS workstation motherboard. Positioned for power users, the Z7S WS features dual socket 771 and utilizes the Intel 5400 chipset to deliver high speed performance and wide expansion capabilities.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 19, 2008 - 06:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The PCX-500 and PC-K1 are both Lian Li cases, but they have completely different form and functionality.
The PCX-500 is very tall, 23" but only 9" deep and 15" long, which forces a rather unique technique to install the optical drives. The PC-K1 has more standard dimensions, it's special feature is it's very lightweight design. That can come in very handy if you use the case for LAN parties.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 19, 2008 - 03:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs has figured out a way to get the 9800 GTX to outperform the HD4870 in almost half of the benchmarks they threw at it. All you have to do is attach a 1,000Ohm resistor, so that you can bump the voltage to 1.528V and the frequencies to 875MHz and 2188MHz for GPU and RAM, respectively. Even if you aren't willing to try the modification, the benchmarks results are quite impressive to see.
Subject: Storage | August 19, 2008 - 02:58 PM | Ryan Shrout
We knew Intel was entering into the world of solid state hard drives from our news of it at Computex in June of this year but now we have the official announcement and part number data from IDF 2008. You can see our live blog from the SSD briefing by click here that details all the notes on the data Intel provided today as well as images from the press event.
Subject: Memory | August 19, 2008 - 02:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Corsair's new DIMMs are outpacing the ability of chipsets to keep up. With stock settings of 2133MHz @ 9-9-9-24 and running at 2.0V it is hard to find a motherboard that can handle the default settings of this RAM, let alone allow an overclock. Legit Reviews did have some success when they pushed the FSB up to 462MHz, check out the results here.
Subject: Storage | August 19, 2008 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are two big benefits to the ATP EarthDrive, and one small one. The small benefit is an increase in speed compared to previous ATP models, though the bump was not big enough for this drive to win any speed awards. The biggest benefit is the almost indestructibility of this drive. We have seen other companies offer drives that can be run over with a car and still probably work, but waterproof drives are rare. As well as bei
Subject: General Tech | August 19, 2008 - 11:35 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you didn't notice from his link at the very top of the page, Ryan is currently at the IDF, and is live blogging the entire thing. Check out what he has seen, the pictures he has uploaded and make comments or suggestions directly to him. Keep an eye out for his updates, the conference just started with Pat Gelsinger's address, and will continue on from there. There is also a forum thread where you can comment on the IDF as well as this new style of reporting at PC Perspective.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 18, 2008 - 05:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA has been trying everything to make the GTX 280 more attractive to gamers, mostly by dropping the price by about $200. BFG is taking it one step further with their BFG GTX 280 OCX, an overclocked version of the already fast card. Hardware Canucks tested it against AMD's 4870 X2, as well as the 4870 and 4850 in Crossfire. nVIDIA does retain some top spots, but not by much of a margin.
Subject: Motherboards | August 18, 2008 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the introduction of the 780a chipset came Hybrid SLI, a way to turn off your video card when you are not using it. Unfortunately it only works with the new 9800s as well as GT200s, both of which are relatively good at not using much power when in an idle state. [H]ard|OCP's reviewers had very different experiences with this Phenom board, so read through carefully before you think about running out and buying one.
Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2008 - 01:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for a cheap way to get you MP3 collection to play in your car, then drop by Tweaknews. They have just finished a review of the MERCONNET MP3 PLAYER/FM MODULATOR, which will accept USB drives and SD cards and stream them to your cars radio. Listening to your MP3's while on the road has never been simpler.
Subject: Mobile | August 18, 2008 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech was rather impressed by the Gateway P-6831, a powerful gaming notebook with a $1300 price tag. Gateway has updated that model with the P-7811, which not only has updated components, but also offers longer battery life. Their testing didn't all go smoothly however, read on to see what problems they encountered.
Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2008 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS will be the first to get an X58 board with SLI on the market according to Fudzilla. The reps were still under an NDA, so we don;t know exactly when these boards will first appear, the most detail they could give was Q4 some time. See what other little gems of information came up in the full article.