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Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2008 - 05:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the new Phenoms drawing 125W, making sure your motherboard can support one is a bit more than a BIOS flash. Multiphase power is becoming necessary, not optional, on many AMD boards and some have experience problems because of that.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 6, 2008 - 02:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When talking about graphics cards, the focus tends to be on gaming and fps stats. That isn't the only type of use out there though, there are many professional level cards like the Quadro FX and FireGL series. These professional level cards are the focus of X-bit Labs review, which does happen to include a bit of gaming as well. The race between nVIDIA and AMD is much closer in this field.
Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2008 - 01:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 6, 2008 - Intel Corporation today issued the following statement in response to the issuance of a subpoena from the United States Federal Trade Commission (U.S. FTC):
Subject: Memory | June 6, 2008 - 01:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech has been doing some rather difficult testing of DDR3; by modding an ASUS P5E3 Premium X48-based motherboard. They were specifically changing the clock signaling and frequency of the crystal oscillators. This isn't quite as easy as upping the voltage and reducing the timings without changing MCH clock skew settings, this is some serious overclocking. The results are very promising as well.
Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2008 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Albatron felt brave enough to show off a monitor and driver that isn't quite ready for prime time, but will be great when it is. Windows 7 will introduce multi-touch input, a la iTouch and iPhone, allowing much better control over what you are doing on a touch screen. Albatron's R&D team didn't feel like waiting, so they created a driver that will allow their 22", 1650 x 1080 display to accept multi-touch on Vista. TweakTown was there with a camera, check
Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2008 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
"Believe it or not, there seems to be some Duke Nukem Forever gameplay video available on the Web.
Jace Hall hosts his own show at Crackle.com, and as a former chief executive at Monolith Studios (No One Lives Forever, F.E.A.R)
it's fair to say that he should at least know what he's doing in the games space.
Subject: General Tech | June 6, 2008 - 11:13 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Santa Monica, CA - June 5, 2008 - New battle zones are emerging on the Windows PC front and Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) is putting out the call for new recruits starting today as Infinity Ward's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Variety Map Pack for Windows PC is now available online. Sponsored by NVIDIA, the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Variety Map Pack is available for download, free of charge.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 5, 2008 - 03:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HP's 2133 Mini-Note subnotebook has an almost full sized keyboard and a 8.9" display at 1280x800. At 2.8lbs and 10" wide, 6.5" deep, and 1.3(ish)" thick (255 mm x 165 mm x 27 mm) it is slightly larger than the Eee. It also has a fair amount of power, a VIA C7 processor and Chrome 9 integrated graphics and support for up to 2GB of DDR2-667, explaining why The Tech Report thinks it is the first real competition for the Eee.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 5, 2008 - 01:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Thermaltake Bigwater 760i 2U Drive Bay Liquid Cooling System gives you a rather handy way to incorporate watercooling into your life. You may not have quite as much fun as Think Computers did when they installed this kit, but you will like the temperatures and the simplicity of the design and installation.
Subject: Shows and Expos | June 5, 2008 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS found a few more things worth noting today as they traveled the floor of Computex. Gigabyte was showing off sneak peeks of the unreleased HD4850 and nVIDIA and VIA were getting quite friendly at another booth. Acer was showing off their Aspire One, designed to take on the Eee from ASUS, and not doing to shabby a job either. There was als
Subject: General Tech | June 5, 2008 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The research being done at IBM into cooling stacked or 3-D chips is focusing on water. They have managed to pipe water into cooling structures as thin as a human hair (50 microns) between the individual chip layers. They are getting some impressive results, which you can read about over at [H]ard|OCP.
Subject: Systems | June 5, 2008 - 11:30 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Computex, Taipei, Taiwan, 5 June 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced a new standard for Mini-ITX boards to ensure an optimized multimedia and computing experience in small form factor desktop PCs.
Subject: Motherboards | June 5, 2008 - 11:27 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
City of Industry, CA - MSI, a leading manufacturer of mainboard products, proudly unveils its latest high-end P45 series mainboard which is powered by Intel P45 Express chipsets. MSI has recently developed the mainboard with a server-class 'DrMOS" which delivers highest efficiency, zero noise, and best performance into the P45 series. The MSI P45 series mainboards come with several unique technologies, including Circu-Pipe Liquid and Circu-Pipe 2 cooling solutions. It offers a perfect combination of ECO-friendly features and overclocking performance.
Subject: Motherboards | June 5, 2008 - 11:19 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
XFX's new GeForce 8200 motherboard introduces a new feature on motherboards HybridSLI with GeForce Boost Technology. XFX claims that it will increase graphics performance by 45%, hopefully that will show up in reviewers benchmarking.
Subject: Mobile | June 5, 2008 - 12:10 AM | Ryan Shrout
While touring the ASUS booth this morning I noticed a notebook on display that didn't have a name attached to it or a PR person assigned to guard it. It was big, it looked new and at first glace had no outstanding features. But there was one VERY interesting little addition seen upon further review...
Subject: Displays | June 4, 2008 - 06:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS has spotted a Sapphire monitor that is worth showing off! A native resolution of 3,840x2,160 (16:9) will pretty much cripple any graphics card if you could find a game that supported it, and your system might actually need this fan if you actually managed it.
Subject: Motherboards | June 4, 2008 - 02:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechARP's sharp eyes have spotted some fairly detailed info on the new Eaglelake chipset that Intel shold be spawning soon. You will have a lot to choose from with this chipset family, the five members include the P45,
G43 and the
Subject: General Tech | June 4, 2008 - 01:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FarCry 2 already has two things going for it, no mutants and no aliens. The game really doesn't have anything to do with FarCry at all, apart from dropping you into a lush sandbox, giving you guns and a mission and then sitting back and letting you do whatever you want to complete the mission. It is a little early to tell, but the lack of mutants may help make the latter parts of the game actually fun, as opposed to the exercise in frustration that the last few levels of FarCry became. C
Subject: Shows and Expos | June 4, 2008 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today Computex is in full swing, with a lot of things to see, and a lot of people seeing them. Grab a fresh caffeinated
beverage and a snack, it is going to take you a while to get through it all. Start off with Ryan'shighlights and then speed off to The Tech Report to see what they found most interesting so far.
Ryan will have updates as they happen, so don't worry about seeing everything today, there is more to come.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 4, 2008 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
OCMODSHOP has put up a list of Vista features, some of which were new to me, and have finally won a place in my heart for Microsoft's newest operating system. Some of the facts are just trivia, some could help you be more productive, though if you are trying to get something done quickly you probably aren't using Vista. However, being able to make any key on the keyboard dead easily, or spawning BSoD at any time may have certain uses around the office.