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Subject: Graphics Cards | March 18, 2008 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The GeForce 9800 GX2 has arrived, with XFX supplying the card that Ryan tested. The big news for nVIDIA is performance; Crysis at 1024X768 with 4xAA ran with a higher average frame rate than any previous cards maximum. This card doesn't beat the competition by a small margin, it is far in the lead. The performance does come with a price, and I don't mean the $600 it goes for on NewEgg. The ca
Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2008 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Drop by The Inquirer to see what AMD's response to Nehalem, Dunnington and Larabee. They sound quite confident, pointing out that AMD has been doing all the new features of Nehalem, and that Larrabee may pose huge problems for programmers. Unfortunately, we are still waiting to see how AMD's Shanghai will perform.
Subject: Chipsets | March 18, 2008 - 09:24 AM | Ryan Shrout
Apparently NVIDIA and VIA are in talks to merge, with the larger NVIDIA obviously doing the buying and the aging, struggling VIA looking to sell. We recently talked with VIA about their upcoming processor line and can't help but think that NVIDIA still desperately wants to get into the general purpose processor world to have a snowball's chance of competing with Intel in the long run.
Subject: Processors | March 17, 2008 - 05:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The details are still a little sketchy from Intel about Tukwilla, Dunnington, Nehalem and Larrabee, but we do know a bit more than we did. Ryan gathered the slides and info from the preview to the IDF and has posted them for your enjoyment. Check out what we do know about Intel's upcoming projects.
Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2008 - 05:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
San Jose, California – March 18, 2008 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today launched The Memory Challenge, a fun, interactive web 2.0 game that educates visitors on memory technology while testing the limits of their knowledge.
Super Talent Marketing Director, Joe James commented "The Memory Challenge is a fun learning tool, kind of a reverse-FAQ where we ask the questions and you give the answers. It will challenge even the sharpest tech gurus."
Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2008 - 03:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
March 17, 2008 -- Intel Corporation today discussed upcoming leading edge microprocessors and technologies. Intel's 45nm high-k metal gate leading manufacturing technology is enabling the industry to move to multicore processors in all market segments, and Intel discussed future products with four, six, eight and many computing cores coming to the market.
Pat Gelsinger, Intel Senior Vice President and General Manager, Digital Enterprise Group:
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 17, 2008 - 03:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Arctic Cooling Accelero S1 Rev. 2 is a great deal, and you can look at it in two ways. If you want to play it safe, the cooler temperatures you can reach on your GPU with this cooler ought to extend it's life; or you can use it to overclock the bejesus out of the card. Either way, there is a good chance you will like this cooler as much as [H]ard|OCP does.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 17, 2008 - 01:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Antec's P190 is one serious mid-sized tower. With a 200mm side fan and a pair of 140mm on the top and a 120mm fan in the back, you can get some good air cooling. Otherwise, as they have included rubberized outlets on the back, you could go with watercooling. Power is also not going to be an issue, this case ships with two PSUs installed. Check ou
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 17, 2008 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Three of FSP's PSUs were reviewed at BCCHardware, the 500W Blue Storm II PSU, 700W FX-Epsilon and 1000W Kingcraft PSUs. The wattage ranges from the lowest, aimed at an entry level machine to one that could power a three way SLI rig. Reading through the review gives you a sense of FSP overall, and will help you decide if this
Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2008 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to DigiTimes, AMD has no less than seven new chips coming out in March. Five are quad-core Phenoms and the other two are extensions to the Black Edition lime up. Triple cores should be arriving by April, and there are likely more models that we will see in the near future.
Subject: General Tech | March 14, 2008 - 06:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Much of the internet lies in dangerous wilderness, abounding with beasts ready to turn your computing life into a horror show of frustration. The best defense is to know your enemy, and you can find a great bestiary in our Networking and Associated Security forum, and in the thread that Jim built, and that Ned fed today. For a significantly more obscure issue, have you ever properly grounded your equipment, or just
Subject: Storage | March 14, 2008 - 02:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Solid State Drives, ultra fast, ultra durable and super-duper mega-ultra expensive. So you could spend close to $20 per Gb, or you can build your own RAID array out of CF memory. The Guru of 3D did just that, and found that the performance was a bit low, lower than a standard IDE drive in most tests, but it is possible. Quiet, low power storage for about $2 per Gb
Subject: Mobile | March 14, 2008 - 02:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gaming notebooks are really benefiting from SLI, perhaps more so than PCs. Many PC cards can be overclocked, or have an oversized cooler slapped on them, and there is always liquid cooling and other arcane heat management techniques. With mobile platforms, the tolerances are much tighter and large internal cards are simply not an option. With SLI, there is a way to get more graphics power inside a small(ish) laptop, and let users have a good gaming experience. AnandTech has reviewed the
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 14, 2008 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sapphire's HD 3870 Toxic has Vapor-X cooling technology, which translates to "I can fully cool the card in a one slot form factor, but I will deafen you and your neighbours." 46.3dB is going to be noticeable, although it does work very well for a single slot cooler. The full review at techPowerUp! will let you see how it performs in your favourite games.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 13, 2008 - 03:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new hotness in cooling is selling your own thermal goop as well as heatsinks, as we have seen coolers like the Tuniq Tower and their bundled goop. OCZ is also getting in on the act, offering Freeze thermal compound along with the Vendetta CPU cooler. DriverHeaven tried them both out, and found one to be quite good;
Subject: Memory | March 13, 2008 - 02:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Going with the highest speed DDR3 you can find is an expensive proposal. Kingston's HyperX DDR3-1625 2GB Memory Kit isn't cheap by any means, but it does provide you with 1625MHz RAM and a low latency for a DDR3 module. Think Computers did find some issues when using this memory at full speed on X38 and P35 m
Subject: Motherboards | March 13, 2008 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Newest in the Republic of Gamers line of motherboards from ASUS is the X48 based Rampage Formula. One of the most noticeable features are the heatpipes and sinks on the motherboard itself, they are even bigger than what you would see on a 6/780i board. When you tie that effective cooling with some powerful overclocking features, you get performance that earns respect; as it did over at [H]ard|OCP. There is a darker side to the ROG series though; they are almost impossible
Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2008 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you somehow missed the interview Ryan posted yesterday, click over and read it or we will take your FPS license away. John Carmack, who is responsible for designing of the original mainstream FPS and is arguably the reason we all need to buy graphics cards spoke with Ryan about ray tracing and the future of graphics. They cover a lot of ground, and Ryan has picked up a lot of information about the future of graphics at id.
OCZ Technology Introduces High-Speed SATA II Solid State Drive to their High-Performance Mobile Solu
Subject: Storage | March 12, 2008 - 06:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CA - March 12, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today unveiled ultra-fast OCZ SATA II 2.5" Solid State Drives, a lightweight and efficient alternative to conventional hard disc drives. The OCZ SATA II drive is designed to stay abreast of the performance features of high-end notebooks, and is ideal for energy-efficient mobile computing.