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Subject: Editorial | December 31, 2007 - 09:11 PM | Ryan Shrout
I just wanted to quickly wish everyone a very Happy New Year and to ask you all to please be safe with whatever you are doing to celebrate!
Here's to a great 2007 and an even better 2008!!
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 31, 2007 - 02:21 PM | Ryan Shrout
Charlie at TheInq seems to think that AMD's R700 has taped out already. If that's the case, those that claimed it wasn't coming in 2008 would surely be laughed at and mocked.
Subject: Displays | December 31, 2007 - 02:00 PM | Ryan Shrout
DisplayPort is coming, and very soon. Dell is going to be one of, if not THE first to get a high quality DisplayPort capable monitor on the market in the form of an updated 30" display. The Dell 3008WFP adds more than just a DisplayPort connection though; it combines the 30" and 2560x1600 resolution with the features of the multimedia-based 24" monitors released in 2007.
Subject: General Tech | December 31, 2007 - 01:38 PM | Josh Walrath
Some weeks back D-Link sent me their latest DIR-655 Gigabit/802.11n router for testing, and during Christmas I had the chance to actually start working with the wireless functionality. The DIR-655 is a nice router by itself, but the main selling point is the 802.11n (Draft 2.0) performance. This wireless standard offers a max of around 250 Mbit/sec, which is well beyond the standard 100 Mbit/sec wired specification which comprises the standard ethernet connection. More often than not though, the average wireless throughput should be around 70 to 80 Mbit/sec. Still, this
Subject: General Tech | December 31, 2007 - 01:29 AM | Ryan Shrout
Not exactly, but more or less. This is why big stupid governments are well, stupid.
Any person who tries this is going to have a lot of time to recover from
singed pride in a maximum security jail. So, the idea is to stop fires, fair
Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2007 - 11:58 PM | Ryan Shrout
It would appear that maybe MP3s ARE the reason for lower music sales, just not in the way you think... Are your compressed audio files driving you away from music???
Subject: Mobile | December 30, 2007 - 11:55 PM | Ryan Shrout
Looking forward the absolute ONSLAUGHT of product announcements at this year's CES? You can get an early start by checking out Dailytech's coverage of a few Penryn-based notebooks that will be shown.
Subject: Chipsets | December 30, 2007 - 11:48 PM | Ryan Shrout
Upcoming battles between the IGP chipsets from AMD, the RS780, and NVIDIA, MCP78S, are apparently leaning towards AMD for performance. This is all according to motherboard makers in Taiwan.
Subject: Processors | December 28, 2007 - 01:39 PM | Ryan Shrout
The guys at Tom's Hardware, as reported by Engadget, are saying that the "drop in upgrade" of Phenom processors into existing AM2 motherboards isn't working as well as we originally hoped.
Subject: Chipsets | December 28, 2007 - 12:10 PM | Ryan Shrout
NVIDIA is getting all the headlines this morning, though maybe they don't want to. Digitimes is reporting that the MCP72 chipset, otherwise known as the nForce 700 series for AMD platforms, is being delayed until the first of next year. Being as it is now December 28th, this makes sense, no? Still bad news is bad news.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 28, 2007 - 12:07 PM | Ryan Shrout
Taking note of the news post below, maybe this information from Digitimes has already been answered? Apparently NVIDIA was the board designers to find ways to cut costs on the G92 designs to better allow them to compete with the likes of the AMD HD 3800 series of cards.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 28, 2007 - 12:03 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to Expreview, NVIDIA planning another SKU based around the G92 architecture known as the 8800 GS. I am more than a bit confused by the specs though, including a 192-bit memory bus of all things that reintroduces memory sizes of 384MB and 768MB. The two models showcased run at similar clock speeds to the 8800 GT (one higher and one lower) while the memory sizes and shader clocks border either side of the GT as well. Color me confused:
Subject: Processors | December 27, 2007 - 11:06 AM | Ryan Shrout
Fans of Athlon X2 processors, and huge OEMs that use them, are set to place their final orders for K8 parts next quarter. But no worries! They are going to release a dual-core version of Phenom in Q1 of 08 as well in the form of the Athlon 6000 series.
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 25, 2007 - 06:52 PM | Ryan Shrout
The first part from the upcoming GeForce 9-series looks to be the G94, or D9P, and will be coming in February. Set to compete with AMD's RV670 HD 3850, it will apparently have a 256-bit memory bus, 64 stream processors and be built on the same 65nm process as the G92 cards.
Nvidia will launch the mid-range part for its GeForce
9600 GPU series, codenamed D9P or G94, in February 2008, according to
sources with graphics cards makers.
Subject: Processors | December 25, 2007 - 06:47 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to this report at Digitimes, the first triple-core processors from AMD in their Phenom 8000-series are going to be released this coming March. First up will be 2.1 GHz and 2.3 GHz models known as 8400 and 8600 respectively.
AMD will launch two B2 stepping triple-core CPUs, Phenom
8600 and 8400 in March of next year, while in the second quarter, the
company will launch three more models, Phenom 8700, 8650 and 8450.
Subject: Processors | December 24, 2007 - 12:51 AM | Ryan Shrout
According to this Digitimes report, the upcoming revision of the Phenom 9600 and 9900 CPUs with the TLB fix to address performance issues is going to be pushed back until Q2 of 2008. Their sources claim that AMD hasn't been able to solve the bug and if this turns out to be true will be very bad news indeed for a product that hasn't even seen day one of sunlight.
Subject: Mobile | December 24, 2007 - 12:46 AM | Ryan Shrout
Taking a tip from the band of the same name, the upcoming Asus U2 notebook is going to cure cancer and stop worldwide poverty. Or maybe it just "Reinvents Luxury Computing Experience with Delightful Detailing and Advanced Performance." You decide: