Sapphire's Toxic Avenger

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2008 - 04:17 PM |

SAPPHIRE Technology has just announced global availability of its exciting new HD 3870 TOXIC edition high performance graphics accelerator.

Source: Sapphire

Asus GeForce EN9600GT - Multimedia options galore

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2008 - 02:45 PM |

By now you have surely seen the NVIDIA 9600 GT release today - our review of it is easy to find on the site: right here.  But not to be outdone, Asus has also sent in a new 9600 GT part for us to play with: the Asus EN9600GT. 

EVGA announces the EVGA e-GeForce 9600GT Family GPU's

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2008 - 02:32 PM |

Brea, California and Munich, Germany - February 21, 2008 - EVGA, a market leader and premier provider of high-performance graphics solutions and motherboards today announced a new Price/Performance DirectX 10 card, the EVGA e-GeForce 9600 GT Family.

Source: EVGA

$17 a gigabyte, but almost indestructable

Subject: Storage | February 21, 2008 - 02:26 PM |

The OCZ 64GB SATA 2.5" Solid State Drive runs about $1100, which is about 2/3 the current pricing for SSDs you will see from other manufacturers; even better is the fact that you can actually buy this drive.  As you might expect, the random access times are tiny, running about 0.23ms; not the fastest, but certainly better than platter based HDD. 

Playing with OS X Leopard on the PC

Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2008 - 01:51 PM |

I have been toying with running a copy of Mac OS X Leopard on the PC recently and I have to say that after getting over the initial installation issues, it seems to have worked pretty well.  The disc basic tricks the OS into thinking it is running on Apple hardware, so while its not exactly 100% legal, it's fun to play around with.

AMD Previews on nVIDIA's day

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2008 - 12:47 PM |

Pay attention to the P ... this article at AnandTech is not a review of CrossfireX, it is a very limited preview with restrictions on the platform they were to use to do the testing, as well as the software they were allowed to test.  On the other hand, seeing what two Radeon HD 3870 X2 cards can do is a bit of a treat.  Head over and see what having 3 or 4 GPUs does to gaming performance.

Source: AnandTech

Right speed, wrong price

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 21, 2008 - 12:17 PM |

G94 is here, with the introduction of the 9600GT, and it is a chip refresh like we saw in the good old days.  The performance gains are not like we have been used to seeing between refreshes recently, when you had to squint to be able to make out the performance improvements.  As the graphs at [H]ard|OCP show, this new GT blows the 8600GT out of the water, and it takes out the HD3850 and 3870 easily as well.  It is also nice to see that 8800GT owners will not be upset either, as the newcomers performance is still below the 8800GT's performance. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Eeet's only a rumour

Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2008 - 11:46 AM |

Digitimes has heard from an unspecified source that ASUS has placed a large order of Sempron chips from AMD, possibly as many as one million chips.  This rumour has started a large ball rolling, spawning speculation that the ASUS Eee will not continue to be an Intel only platform, in the future it is possible we may see some Eee's with AMD inside.  Others think that is unlikely, as Intel has a long history of threatening to stop supplying chips to manufacturers for a variety of reasons, up to and inclu

Source: Digitimes

The perfect PSU for the Spider Platform

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 20, 2008 - 05:30 PM |

It's the b-Tarantula 650 Watt PSU of course!  It has a pair of 20 amp 12V rails, an oversized cooling fan and a different take on modular cabling.  When Modders-Inc threw a pair of XFX 8800GTS 320MB cards in; the system was drinking up to 410W and the rails stayed nice and level.  The biggest drawback to this PSU that I can see is that I can't find it for sale anywhere.

Source: Modders-Inc

O HTPC, where art thou?

Subject: Systems | February 20, 2008 - 03:15 PM |

Techware Labs takes on the mystery of the HTPC, and why it hasn't caught on.  Sidestepping the Linux issue, as learning even the small but of Linux needed to set up an HTPC can be daunting, they focus on the 4 flavours of Windows Media Center Edition.  One the biggest mysteries that they touch on, and that has always bothered myself, is the cost.  To buy a DVD player, DVR and cable box costs far more than building a pre assembled HTPC.  See what light they can shed on the mystery in the full article

nVIDIAs chipset refresh

Subject: Motherboards | February 20, 2008 - 02:02 PM |

780i based motherboard reviews are still fairly rare, and we haven't really seen a representative sample yet.  [H]ard|OCP's review of the XFX nForce 780i SLI board proves that point, the overclocking results they saw were very different from the EVGA board they tested earlier.  This board also has a new version of the nVIDIA system monitor, aka Enhanced System Architecture.  Read on for the full review of this triple SLI capable board.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Three's company too?

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2008 - 12:42 PM |

These raw stats are probably the most telling.  Crysis on high quality @ 1920*1200 with a pair of 8800 Ultras is 34.5 fps, with the third in it goes all the way up to 35.0fps.  The story for very high quality and 4XAA @ 1920*1200 is 19.0fps to 27.0fps, which is almost playable.  Check out The Tech Report for a full look at how games play on a PC with over $2000 of graphics power.

You've got to be kidding!

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2008 - 12:05 PM |

If you can tell a lot about what someone thinks of you by the gifts they give you, then what do these tell you about what Microsoft thinks of PC users?  Seriously, follow the link at Slashdot!  Find out what these sub-par Lego people (minifigs) consider their favourite foods and music. 

Do you feel more appreciated now?

Source: Slashdot


Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2008 - 11:47 AM |

I share Ars Technica's concerns about this group.  Made up of hardware manufacturers and resellers with two huge, borg like gaming companies and Microsoft, who treats their gaming division as a hobby; praising Walmart and Best Buy for their contributions to PC gaming.

Does anyone besides me remember the locally owned gaming store, or play games from more obscure companies that don't get shelf space in the electronics chain stores?

Source: Email

Lots of NVIDIA 9600 GT rumors and information

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 20, 2008 - 11:22 AM |

There are a lot of rumblings about the NVIDIA 9600 GT today, and not all of it from NVIDIA and its partners.  First up, AMD has apparently been on the war trail talking about how the company is "not fazed by impending Nvidia 9600 launch" and that it has "had cards offering similar, if not better, features on the market for the past three months."  This all comes from Digitimes, that also points out that the 9600 GT will lack features like DX10.1 support, integrated DVI-to-HDMI supp

Creation of the the PC Gaming Alliance leaves questions

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2008 - 11:03 AM |

If you are curious about this new "PC Gaming Alliance" that was announced at GDC as a partnership between Microsoft, Intel, NVIDIA, Epic, AMD, Acer, Activision, Razer, and Dell.  What is it going to DO exactly?  They are looking to give the PC its single-voice champion to communicate to the gamer, to help in communicating requirements and also....well we aren't quite sure.  And Ben at Ars Technica seems to have the same inquisitive reaction.

Source: Ars Technica

Intel Delivers 'Hard-Core' Eight-Core Platform for PC Performance Aficionados

Subject: Systems | February 19, 2008 - 06:51 PM |

GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE, San Francisco, Feb. 19, 2008 - For those who crave more performance than what four processing cores and a single graphics card can deliver today, Intel Corporation has introduced the Intel Dual Socket Extreme Desktop Platform.

Leaving your chipset in the dust

Subject: Memory | February 19, 2008 - 02:56 PM |

The Patriot Viper Extreme 2GB PC3-15000 kit run at 1866MHz and timings of 8-8-8-24 and while it hasn't appeared on Pricegrabber or NewEgg, some smaller retailers seem to be selling the kit for over $500.  Overclockers Online pushed the voltage up to 2.06V and managed several overclocks, some with tighter timings and some with higher frequencies, which they compare performance wise.  Along the way they made some interesting discoveries about XMP on the ASUS Maximus Extrem

An IBM by any other name

Subject: Mobile | February 19, 2008 - 01:19 PM |

Lenovo's T-Series ThinkPads have arrived at Think Computers.  The widescreen T61p is 1.1-inches thick, weighs only 5lbs and comes in both 14.1" and 15.4".  Apart from the screen size, the two biggest differences are that the 15.4" model comes with a C2D T7700
and Nvidia Quadro FX 570, while the 14.1 has a C2D T7300 and Nvidia Quadro NVS 140M.  Check out the full review for more.

Guaranteed overclock for less

Subject: Systems | February 19, 2008 - 12:09 PM |

Uberclok is a relatively new PC builder, who offers prebuilt overclocked PCs for a fair amount less than what you pay at other suppliers.  AnandTech did the math, and there is only a $400 difference between building one of these rigs yourself.  The premiums Uberclok offer are a 3 year warranty, 30 day guarantee and a tech support line, so it's up to you to decide your preference.  Take a look at the full review of the Ion to see how well it performs.

Source: AnandTech