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Subject: Mobile | April 19, 2008 - 02:24 PM | Ryan Shrout
Though we have already covered the official launch of the new ASUS Eee PC 900 series in the Asia and Europe markets, the US branch decided to get in on the action finally as well. Apparently those of us in the US aren't worthy of the larger screened, and multi-touch-pad version of the popular notebook until May 15th - nearly a full month after its release in the far east and far west.
Subject: Processors | April 18, 2008 - 11:20 PM | Ryan Shrout
The battle between Intel's Atom processor (previously known as Diamondville) and the upcoming VIA Isaiah processor architectures is going to be heating up as we approach Computex this June. Some initial performance numbers are leaking out, and as you would expect, they are just about worthless thus far. Our first story on Atom and Isaiah told a story of Atom's advantage in power
Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2008 - 10:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's been a tumultuous week in the tech world, with Intel and nVIDIA going at it like a group of vi fans going after emacs users. The stakes are big, the future of PC graphics could be decided, but both parties are ignoring AMD, and by extension the old ATI crew. Ryan feels that this is not the brightest move, AMD could well become the major player in the PC graphic industry. Do you think he is right; or do you have a different view? There is
Subject: Storage | April 18, 2008 - 06:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Mitron's Duplus DUP-35 HDD Selector lets you switch between two hard drives with the twist of the wrist. Unlike the USB docks, the Duplus requires you to shut the PC off to switch between modes; the modes being either drive singly or both active at once. You can set up two completely isolated PC configurations for safety or privacy, or give yourself a dual boot machine without playing with LILO or any of the other tricks needed to get two OSs on one machine. Drop by Overclocker's Online fo
Subject: Motherboards | April 18, 2008 - 05:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AnandTech is testing three chipsets with integrated graphics, the 780G, GF8200, and G35, to see which deserves to claim the title of greenest motherboard. You might assume that with nVIDIA's usually power hungry chipsets they would not even be in the running against AMD and Intel, both of whom are pushing power consumption as a major factor in computing. The test results may surprise you.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 18, 2008 - 04:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to DigiTimes, the next generation of PSUs will have a new efficiency target to reach; 90Plus. The inception of the 80Plus standard has gone well, with major PSU manufacturers having models that meet or beat that standard at most loads. If high end machines end up wanting a 5000W PSU, an extra 10% efficiency might help you pay for the electrical work needed to put in a dual phase, 40A, 240V plug for your PC.
Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2008 - 09:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- April 17, 2008 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported first quarter 2008 revenue of $1.505 billion, a net loss of $358 million, or $0.59 per share, and an operating loss of $264 million. These results include an impact of $50 million, or $0.08 per share, from ATI acquisition-related charges. First quarter revenue decreased 15 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2007 and increased 22 percent compared to the first quarter of 2007.
Subject: Memory | April 17, 2008 - 08:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CA - April 17, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled a blazing fast DDR3 addition to the new Flex II memory series. These premium modules run at incredibly fast 2000MHz speeds at CL8-8-8 timings for added performance to high-end systems with integrated water-cooling.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 17, 2008 - 07:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thermaltake's Xaser series has hit it's sixth model this year, continuing to improve on one of the classic PC enclosures. Still with the same aesthetics, still with an absolutely huge interior and more refinements for you to take advantage of. Big Bruin would like to see some wheels added though, this case is heavy; even more so if you pick up the watercooled variant.
Subject: Memory | April 17, 2008 - 04:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Patriot Viper 1866,OCZ Platinum 1800, Super Talent ProjectX 1800 and Kingston HyperX PC1800 are all being tested to their limits over at Pro-Clockers. They undertook a lot of testing, not only to peg down the highest FSB, but also determining optimal voltage and timings. DDR3 users looking for that little bit of extra performance should take note.
Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2008 - 03:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Zalman's Trimon has been a long time in the works. If you are willing to use really old drivers and the older games that are supported by those drivers, you can have a 3D
gaming experience, maybe. The Inquirer has found out that they have a brand new nVIDIA driver to offer, although at 91.31 it is by no means one of the newest. The Trimon is also supposed to be able to add depth to pictures and movies, as long as you are wearing the funky glasses.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 16, 2008 - 10:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Enermax Pro82+ 625W is priced quite reasonably, and sits in a class of PSUs along with OCZ and Silverstone that provide ample power without breaking the bank. As it is an Enermax PSU, a certain level of quality is expected, and from the results of the tests at Hardware Canucks, this PSU has no problems living u
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 16, 2008 - 06:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Catalyst software suite 8.4 contains the following:
* Radeon display driver 8.476
* Multimedia Center™ 9.16 (Windows XP only)
* HydraVision (Windows XP only)
* HydraVision Basic Edition (Windows XP only)
* Remote Wonder 3.04 (Windows XP only)
* WDM Driver Install Bundle
* Southbridge/IXP Driver
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 16, 2008 - 05:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The GeForce 9800 GX2 is having some trouble with scaling. Elite Bastards put the card singly and in Quad-SLI through the usual benchmarks and found evidence of problems we saw when SLI first made an appearance. Put in the second $500 card, and watch the performance drop. That's not to say the performance becomes unb
Subject: Chipsets | April 16, 2008 - 04:19 PM | Ryan Shrout
I saw a post on Fudzilla that shows the first shots of a motherboard based on the AMD 790GX chipset - a product that hasn't really made its official introduction yet. The chipset offers most of the features of the 790FX chipset but with the added benefit of having integrated graphics on it as well; slightly better than the 780G platform that we were initially pretty impressed with.
Subject: Mobile | April 16, 2008 - 04:09 PM | Ryan Shrout
It has been no secret that ASUS was releasing a new version of the Eee PC with a 9" screen (or nearly 9") and other changes. Well today ASUS made the announcement official even though the product won't be available in the channel for a bit longer.
Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2008 - 04:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Go! Why read about the return of Dogmeat, feral ghouls, supermutants without a leg to stand on and your birthday party? You would be much happier looking at the pictures.
Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2008 - 03:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Folding@Home is certain leading in innovation when it comes to distributed computing. The PS3 turned out to be a great platform to Fold on, and then they added support to allow R600 cards from ATI to Fold as well. There is now a beta version of the GPU2 client, the next generation in Folding on a GPU, which adds support for the newer cards and carries some optimizations as well. ExtremeTech was told that the newer HD 3870 X2 is capable of handling more parallel streams than there are atoms in