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Subject: General Tech | December 18, 2007 - 01:19 PM | Josh Walrath
One of the primary movers and shakers of advanced process technologies is none other than Intel. The company spends more money then most of the other companies out there combined. Even the mighty IBM does not push as much cash towards advanced process nodes, nor do they have as much fab space as Intel. It used to be that most semiconductor companies that ran fabs would develop their own process, or license one from another manufacturer. But as the nodes have shrunk, the financial burden of pursuing these advanced processes have proven to be too much for most companies.&
Subject: Processors | December 18, 2007 - 12:21 PM | Ryan Shrout
According the "we get it now" genius at the New York Times, coding multi-threaded software is hard. Go figure! Other than making it easy to make fun of mainstream media again, this article does bring up some good points. Multi-threaded coding is completely different than the coding models used since the beginning of time and software engineers are having to completely re-learn their art in order to keep up with hardware advancements. And so, becaus
Subject: Chipsets | December 18, 2007 - 12:13 PM | Ryan Shrout
This is interesting news considering that we had at least one motherboard partner attempt to send us an X48-chipset motherboard this month. I say "attempt" because the board didn't show up because "sales took it back" or something. Perhaps then that is indicative of this delay on the chipset? Perhaps Intel didn't want to piss off the motherboard vendors that bought tons of X38 product quite yet??
Intel was originally going to launch the X48 c
Subject: Motherboards | December 17, 2007 - 05:45 PM | Josh Walrath
One thing I am rather confused about is why AMD and its partners are not pushing the AMD 770 based boards more than they currently are. There are six manufacturers that have AMD 770 based boards available (or at least will be available shortly). So far only ECS has chosen to send out review samples, while the rest of the manufacturers are sitting back and letting the more expensive 790X and 790FX boards take all the limelight.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 17, 2007 - 01:33 PM | Ryan Shrout
In somewhat surprising news, the gang at Shacknews has found that sales for Crysis and Unreal Tournament 3 are substantially lower than we'd have predicted. Apparently Crysis has only sold 87,000 copies while UT3 sold only 34,000 units as of last month. Considering the huge success of UT2003 and the cult classic that was Far Cry, both of these sales results are very troublesome for a PC gaming industry that has seen the console creep up on it for years.
Subject: Editorial | December 17, 2007 - 10:25 AM | Ryan Shrout
Just a heads up to everyone that our news will be done different through the rest of the holidays as Jeremy is MIA. Missing in the Arctic.
For your news coverage, I will be doing some and our new Josh promised to help out as well (and is now called out in public).
Send any news tips or coverage ideas to us here!!!
Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2007 - 05:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Those of you who have been around for a while will recall our Christmas
giveways of yore, when we handed out some killer prize packages of top-notch
PC components in the spirit of the season. Those past attempts have been
good, but this year's prize haul blows 'em all away. We have well over five
grand worth of PC hardware on ready to spring on unsuspecting TR readers.
Not only that, but we've teamed up with our sponsors to support a very good
cause at the same time.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 14, 2007 - 02:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The box that the ABS BZ800 800w Power Supply comes in has all sorts of odd marketing speak about the new technologies that this PSU offers, but we do know that there is a 64A 12v rail. The cabling features REMI filters and bead cores, which haven't been shown to do anything apart from making the cables too thick to easily work with. The negatives don't have an effect on the power though, and apart from the questionabl
Subject: Motherboards | December 14, 2007 - 01:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ECS A770M-A isn't really the motherboard you want if you are putting together a Spider platform. The new AMD 770 northbridge will give you support for Phenom, Athlon FX, Athlon64, and Sempron processors, and support for HT 3.0 and PCI-E 2.0 make it an attractive board, but the lack of 4 PCIe slots might put a damper on your plans. Even so, Overclockers Club d
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 14, 2007 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PC Stats mentioned an interesting statistic about the SuperTalent FSD28GC25M 128GB 2.5-inch SATA Solid State Drive, it can handle 1500Gs during operation. Solid state drives are obviously tougher than their platter based competition, but 1500 Gs during operation is beyond tough and when you add the fact that it can operate under far hotter conditions as well, these drives will probably be showing up in places you would never expect electronic storage to survive. Too bad they cost $4000.
Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2007 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Reviewers had a chance to meet with AMD at the 2007 Analyst Day. They did discuss more than just the problems they have had with their recent releases and look to the upcoming year and what we can expect to see. Check out The Tech Reports take on this media event, and find out if they discussed Ruiz's raise.
Subject: Mobile | December 13, 2007 - 02:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's been a long time since we've seen a Turbo button, but that is exactly what you will find on the MSI GX600 gaming laptop, and if you are plugged into the wall you can get a jump from 2GHz to 2.4GHz. BCC found that while this will never be a favourite when it comes to gaming, there are a lot of other applications it is quite proficient at.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 13, 2007 - 12:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Want to run Crossfire but have very little money to spend? Check out the news over at [H]ard|OCP, where they take the new chipset from AMD, the RS780 which sports a type of R600 integrated GPU that has it's own integrated 16MB or 32MB chip of RAM to act as part of the framebuffer, and also add in an AMD graphics card and run them in hybrid Crossfire. They managed to run Crysis @ 1024*768 on Medium settings, a relatively impressive feat for a graphics card and a half.
Subject: General Tech | December 13, 2007 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today will be a busy day for anyone running Windows who likes to test out beta updates or make sure they keep their systems totally up to date. The first update is the one the vast majority of people will want to try, but is also the hardest to get. If you are a Microsoft TechNet Plus subscriber (as in you've given Microsoft money for a subscription) then you can get your hands on Windows XP Service Pack 3. Unfortunately, if you only have a regular TechNet subs
Subject: Memory | December 12, 2007 - 05:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Patriot's Extreme Performance 2GB PC2-9600 DDR2-1200MHz seems to be running as fast as it can go on it's factory defaults. No matter what Overclockers Club tried, they could not get the DIMMs to be stable at even a 5MHz frequency bump. That's not to say you shouldn't consider this RAM, it's EPP function worked perfectly on the 680i motherboard t
Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 12, 2007 - 03:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you upgrade your video system, or slap in a second card, you may find your old power supply gagging under the load and not giving you the reliable power that you had before. You can go out and buy a bigger PSU and relegate your previous one to the 'might use one day' pile, or you can check out the Ultra Power Partner. Overclockers Club slipped one into their case
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 12, 2007 - 01:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you don't think you have found out everything you can possibly know about the new 8800GTS, or want to see how different vendors handled this new card, check out the Tech Report's review of the EVGA 8800GTS. The SLI testing they did offers even more confusion into nVIDIA's naming scheme, as now we have a GTS model that can outperform GTX cards, and GT that can out perform the older GTS. Just try figuring out which card you need, can afford, and most of call ... can actually find for sale.
Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2007 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One MMO that has received a lot of attention, and had many waiting impatiently, is Tabula Rasa. While DriverHeaven doesn't think it lived up to the high bar that it set for it's self as a totally fresh start, the Sci-Fi aspects and incorporation of Logos (a type of magic) can be quite enthralling. They also found that the group combat is a more friendly affair, and helping out some poor sap who's bitten off more than they can chew will offer you an experience reward.
Subject: General Tech | December 12, 2007 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over at Dan's Data, your mother's advice about ears and noses is being ignored, as Dan tests out the ETime Home Endoscope, aka the Digital Pen Camera. While exploring your earwax for signs of civilization, proving the existence of that last hair on your head or spelunking through your sinuses for the piece of Lego you lost long ago are fine activities to perform on your own, there is something you must remember.