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Subject: General Tech | April 10, 2008 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS and Creative just can't get along nicely right now, and need to spend some time in the corner thinking about what they've done. Creative's new tactic of attacking anyone that even looks at one of their cards a little funny started about the time people started using Vista and it's new audio processing stack.
Subject: General Tech | April 10, 2008 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Clearflow is a new online service at Live.com that is supposed to help you avoid traffic jams. Right now they cover 72 US cities, including the side streets. The improvement that brings is that instead of blindly switching your route to side streets, and hoping the traffic isn't as bad, Clearflow will know. That may lead to some routes that keep you on heavily backed up main streets, while others are trapped unmoving in a side street packed with those who bailed from the highway. Read on
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 9, 2008 - 05:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thermaltake's DuOrb takes the adage that two heads are better than one literally. Instead of one oversized fan cooling the CPU, you get a pair of 80mm fans, one that glows red and one that glows blue. At only 202mm x 106mm x 86mm, it is much smaller than the average high powered cooler available on the market, and Legit Reviews proves that it has the performance to
Subject: Memory | April 9, 2008 - 02:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Kingston's PC2-9600 DDR2 (1200MHz) kit runs 5-5-5-15 timings at 2.3V and is just begging to be pushed farther. Big Bruin had no troubles using this RAM to push an E6850 to 400Mhz with a FSB:DRAM ratio of 5:8. Considering how cheap these modules are, if you even suspect your RAM is holding back a better overclock, you might want to invest in this kit.
Subject: Memory | April 9, 2008 - 01:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fountain Valley, CA 4/9/08--Kingston Technology
Company, Inc., the independent world leader in
memory products, today announced the launch
of 1600MHz HyperXR DDR3 mid-range memory
for gamers and mainstream users alike.
Subject: Processors | April 9, 2008 - 01:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We know the stats, the AMD Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition running 2.5GHz (12.5x) with a 200MHz bus and the Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 at 2.5GHz (7.5x) with a 333MHz. The cache sizes differ greatly as does the process used to manufacture them. ExtremeTech tested them both to see what the difference in performance is; unfortunately for AMD, there is a great difference there as well.
Subject: General Tech | April 9, 2008 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Much like William Black in a certain Kevin Smith movie, I just can't see the DX10 sailboat, even if I squint. Sure, if you take hundreds of screenshots and go over them with a light meter and pantone pallet, you might find some lighting differences. You won't notice it in a crisis, while aliens are trying to eat you and freeze your planet. You will notice the frame rate hit easily, especially on AMD's cards. Don't believe it? Read what [H]ard|OCP found when testin
Subject: Motherboards | April 9, 2008 - 12:17 PM | Ryan Shrout
Interesting information has filtered out about NVIDIA nForce 790i Ultra SLI chipset recently on the subject of cost and how NVIDIA's pricing scheme is forcing board vendors to charge extremely high prices for 790i solutions. According some reports NVIDIA is charging as much as $115 per chipset for the 790i Ultra SLI - for comparison Intel apparently charges about $60 for their super-end product, the X48 chipset. That is a HUGE difference of more than 90% and we
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 9, 2008 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HP has a problem on their hands after selling HP USB Floppy Drive Keys with an infection already on them, target at the very ProLiant servers that the Drive Keys were for. Plug in the drive and you will have a worm spreading to every networked drive and beyond. This hybrid floppy/flash drive is not exactly common hardware, so the premise that this is a targeted attack seems to be the simplest explanation. Read more about the report on Slashdot, and if you have HP ProLiant servers that you fee
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 9, 2008 - 11:57 AM | Ryan Shrout
It looks like the RV770 chip is coming along pretty well and at least according to this report could be out in time for Computex in June.
We learned that the RV770 GPU already went to production and
there is a big chance to see R700 generation much earlier than anyone has
expected. TSMC is already in pilot production and the chips are, as we
reported earlier, developed in 55nm machitecture.
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 9, 2008 - 11:48 AM | Ryan Shrout
Fudzilla is showing pictures of the upcoming ASUS Triple Radeon HD 3850 card - that's three GPUs on a single card. With 1.5GB of memory, ASUS is actually using mobility-based MXM cards for the design and is using water-cooling to keep the GPUs in line.
Subject: Processors | April 9, 2008 - 11:17 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The widespread availability of the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor marks a new era in the server processor market in terms of performance, virtualization, energy-efficiency and investment protection. The Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor sets a new pace for meeting the needs of today's most demanding datacenters. Conceived from its inception with a close eye on customer needs, the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor design and architecture gives server customers cutting-edge computing performance in an energy-efficient design.
Subject: Processors | April 9, 2008 - 11:15 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- April 9, 2008 --Delivering new levels in performance scalability, virtualization performance and energy efficiency, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced customers can get the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor today in systems from HP as well as other system providers. The recently-launched HP ProLiant G5 platforms represent the first of many systems that are expected to be available in the coming weeks from global OEMs and system builders based on the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 8, 2008 - 06:42 PM | Ryan Shrout
The gang at TG Daily has a good article that looks at a new benchmark being launched by Futuremark that is fast, and online only. No need to download a several hundred MB installer here - just allow the plugin to load and off you go. Obviously the detail you get from this kind of report is VERY basic and Futuremark uses the results page to litter you with advertisments and purchasing recommedations on how to "increase your score". G
Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2008 - 06:38 PM | Ryan Shrout
In a move that should probably surprise no one, but will still disappoint most, one of the better PC gaming magazines is shutting down its doors to the print department and moving everyone online to the 1UP.com website to cover PC games there. I was never a subscriber, but love listening to their podcast, and hope that it continues as well. This is yet another indicator that gaming on the PC is in some odd state of downward motion though
Subject: Processors | April 8, 2008 - 06:25 PM | Ryan Shrout
Though Jeremy already alluded to this news in an earlier post today, I thought it was worth mentioning again, unfortunately. AMD continues to struggle with the finances and has confirmed in a press release that it plans to cut 10% of its work force by Q3 of this year and has pulled back Q1 2008 revenue estimates to $1.5 billion. Though that is an increase over over 2007, it is still much lower than expected
Subject: Mobile | April 8, 2008 - 05:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Now that you can get pre-overclocked and SLI or Crossfire capable gaming notebooks, the mobile cooling industry is taking off. Don't even consider letting one of those notebooks even get close to your lap, you'll be feeling more than just the pain of defeat. At Madshrimps, they have gathered coolers from six different manufacturers, and you can see just how well these coolers do at keeping your notebook, and yourself, at reasonable temperatures.
Subject: Storage | April 8, 2008 - 03:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The JBOD (Just a Bunch Of Disks) used to be one of the easiest ways to set up a large sized storage drive without spending much money. In the array is a logic chip that allows any two drives, regardless of size, make or manufacturer; to be combined into a single large disk. With HDD prices dropping quickly and RAID controllers being built into motherboards the JBOD has lost it's previous popularity. It hasn't disappeared completely, the brand new and bright yellow Eagletech I-Series JBOD Enclosure is up f
Subject: Motherboards | April 8, 2008 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The once envied P35 chipset has fallen fast, with the X48 and P45 taking it's place of honor. It isn't completely phased out yet, it is enjoying a lengthened lifestyle on value priced boards, like the
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 8, 2008 - 01:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Austin, Texas, 8 April 2008 - Today at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, announced a new initiative to improve support for the Open Source development community.