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Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2008 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Interplay is finally doing something right. According to The Inquirer, not only will we see a new Earthworm Jim game, they are talking about reviving both the MDK and Descent series. Perhaps the Earthworm Jim TV series and movie (stay away, Uwe) are not much to get excited about, but a game in which lawyers are a main opponent, cows fall from the sky and you have to fight villains like Prof. Monkey for a Head to get back Princess What's-Her-Name can't be all bad.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 23, 2008 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lawrence Lessig spoke at Stanford about Network Neutrality, and posted a recording of the speech, just over 25 minutes long. Instead of focusing on the scare tactics and dark prognostications of many Net Neutrality proponents, instead he takes a look at how the net has grown and matured, and how neutrality has been one of the founding principals of the net. That lack of control made it very attractive to venture capitalists, which helped the net to grow; the possibility of new controls makes i
Subject: Processors | April 23, 2008 - 11:10 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 23, 2008 - Building on its long-term
leadership in promoting energy efficient computing for both consumer and
business solutions, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced two new 45-watt
processors, the Energy Efficient AMD Athlon(tm) X2 4450e and AMD Athlon
Subject: Processors | April 23, 2008 - 11:06 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- April 23, 2008 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of three new AMD Phenom X3 triple-core processors that, when combined with the AMD 780 series chipset, can give consumers a full HD experience and visually stunning gaming and digital performance.
Subject: Memory | April 23, 2008 - 11:03 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
San Jose, California - April 23, 2008 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of DRAM memory modules and flash storage solutions, today launched a DDR3-1800 4GB kit (2x 2GB) in their extreme performance Project X family.
Subject: Mobile | April 22, 2008 - 05:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A few years ago, the majority of laptops came with onboard memory, and that was about it. There were a few specially designed mobile graphics cards, but they were rare, expensive and rather disappointing.
Fast forward to today and you need a huge list to keep track of all the cards available. Thankfully TechARP is up to the challenge with their list of 133 GPUs, from old Radeon IGPs to 9800M GTXs are covered.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 22, 2008 - 02:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
No tech company wants to be a one trick pony anymore. Graphics companies that leased the reference designs from nVIDIA and ATI are now doing the same with motherboard chipsets. Memory makers are getting into cooling and power, to the point where they are buying up other companies to expand their product lines, like OCZ and PC Power and Cooling. Corsair is no different, and are starting to make a name for themselves as a PSU supplier. [H]ard|OCP takes a look at their first kilowatt PSU, the
Subject: General Tech | April 22, 2008 - 12:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the not too distant past, a mouse was pretty much a mouse, as was a keyboard; the real effort was put into designing joysticks and racing wheels that one upped the competition. Now you have too look hard just too find one, while keyboards and mice are sporting LCDs and other fancy improvements. If you are still a fan of the wheel then take a look at Benchmark Reviews take on the Thrustmaster RGT For
Subject: General Tech | April 22, 2008 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SwiftShader 2.0, designed by TransGaming is designed to allow DX9 shader processing on a CPU. Right now it is only impressive as a future technology, gamers will not be impressed by the performance in benchmarks, even on a quad-core processor. Once Nehalem arrives on the scene, the processing power might increase to the point where it is usable for more than just tech demos. Of course dedicated GPUs will continue to increase in power as well, and the software solution will probably lag behind in terms of pure bandwidth.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 21, 2008 - 05:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Check out the OCZ Vendetta 2 CPU Cooler, the bigger, badder follow up to the first Vendetta. Instead of a 92mm fan, this version opts for a 120mm fan, and from OCIA's testing it is an impressive fan. Pulling 80cfm at 31dB is rather impressive and OCIA did test the cooler with other 120mm fans; the result was more noise, no more cooling. Keep
Subject: Processors | April 21, 2008 - 12:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Intel price cuts for April are finally out and Intel passed on this official pricing table to help us get all the information together in one place. The first point is obviously that not ALL processors are seeing a price drop - anything over the Q600 price point is left unchanged. That doesn't mean that the Q6700 and Q6600 don't become much better deals now; the Q6700 that runs at 2.66 GHz on the 1066 MHz FSB gets a 50% price drop!
Subject: Storage | April 21, 2008 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Who knew VelociRaptors would be so well received, after all that bad press they got from Spielburg? Western Digital's new take on the Raptor series is a 2.5" drive in a 3.5" container, most of which is heatsink. The burst speed on this drive isn't quite double that of the RaptorX, but it is close enough; HD Tach 220.127.116.11 puts it at 247.8MB/s compared to 132.7, and the Random Access Time has dropped by 1.2ms at the same time. Read Ryan's full review of this brilliant SATA 3.0 GB/s update to WD's Raptor lin
Subject: General Tech | April 21, 2008 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
WORLD HEALTH CARE CONGRESS, Washington, D.C., April 21, 2008 - Intel Corporation today announced Intel SOA Expressway for Healthcare, software that provides an efficient way to exchange healthcare information inside hospitals and with health information networks. The product will allow healthcare providers to more easily connect with one another so that each can provide better care while benefiting from reduced integration costs.
Subject: General Tech | April 21, 2008 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Processors | April 19, 2008 - 10:54 AM | Ryan Shrout
Even though the NDA doesn't expire until next week, a
Subject: Mobile | April 19, 2008 - 10:24 AM | 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 - 07:20 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 - 06:49 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