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Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2007 - 04:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Sandio 3D Game O' Mouse has an interesting addition to it, as far as mice go. It has three four-way HAT switches that allow you to bind a lot more functions to it than you would expect from a mouse. There is a trade off, there is a lot of weight to the mouse, and lefties won't be able to enjoy using it. You can find out how had it was for The Tech Lounge to get used to the extra buttons in their full review.
Subject: Memory | September 11, 2007 - 02:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
I am not sure why Kingston named their new 2GB PC3-8500 DDR3 kit as ValueRam. For one thing, it costs over $400, and more importantly when Virtual-Hideout was doing their testing it performed incredibly. It looks like the comparisons between DDR2 and DDR3 are becoming much closer as DDR3 matures and DDR2 hits the ceiling in terms of speed.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 11, 2007 - 01:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Rhodium, the metal, is very similar to platinum, though not in the way cubic zirconium is to diamond. It is also Revoltec's newest full tower case. The pair of 120mm fans helps keep the noise down, and there is plenty of space for a big PSU and heatsink. The only thing that Bjorn3D held against the design is the hex bolts that keep the front panel on, and make it difficult to get off for installation or cleaning.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 11, 2007 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new model from Antec adds another 12V line, 200W and racing stripes to the old 650W TruePower Trio. They have managed to put the performance into the 80+ category, and it offers relatively stable power. Read the full story at Benchmark Reviews.
Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2007 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Commodore 64 offered many people a way to play games, back when the PC was still a pipe dream, and only the Amiga fan-boys didn't desperately want one. Commodore is coming back as a computer builder, and plan to compete with Dell, HP and the other manufacturers. They make some very interesting claims, and when [H]ard|OCP tried to contact them about those claims ...
Read the email exchange, and their thoughts about what was revealed.
Subject: Editorial | September 11, 2007 - 11:22 AM | Ryan Shrout
I know we have lots of tech news abound today, and we will still be bringing it to you throughout the day. But, I do ask that every takes a bit of time out of their busy schedule to do some reading and remembering of the events that occurred 6-years ago today. Be proud of where you live, be proud of our society even if you don't agree with it all the time.
Subject: Mobile | September 11, 2007 - 11:18 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 10 September 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced that OQO Inc. is the first manufacturer to ship the 1.6GHz VIA C7-M ULV processor in the latest configurations of its award-winning model 02 product line.
The higher-speed processor in this update of the OQO model 02 - the world’s smallest full-featured Windows Vista PC – further increases the device's performance and thus enables mobile professionals to enhance their anytime/anywhere productivity.
Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2007 - 11:15 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
San Francisco, Calif. - September 10, 2007 - At the launch of the
new Quad Core AMD Opteron(tm) processor at Lucasfilm Ltd.'s Letterman
Digital Arts Center (LDAC) today, AMD (NYSE: AMD) and Lucasfilm announced an
expansion of the companies' relationship focused on building the world's
most advanced and energy-efficient datacenters for producing digital arts
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 11, 2007 - 10:59 AM | Ryan Shrout
You have to love it when the company itself is responsible for information leak as is the case here. It appears that AMD put in the names for a few unannounced graphics cards in the driver release files of Catalyst 7.9.
The latest driver revision, numbered 7.9, includes fixes for all
versions of Windows as well as specific improvements related to Enemy
Territory: Quake Wars, the demo for which is out this week.
Subject: Motherboards | September 11, 2007 - 10:53 AM | Ryan Shrout
In a rather confusing news post, Digitimes seems to be reporting that NVIDIA's Drew Henry has said the "Designed by NVIDIA" motherboard program is going to come to an end. I don't know if the reasoning behind this is anger from the Taiwan-based motherboard makers that have taken the time to design their own boards or just a lack of sales with partners like EVGA, XFX and BFG.
Subject: Graphics Cards | September 10, 2007 - 05:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Memory | September 10, 2007 - 03:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, Calif. September 10, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group (LSE: OCZ), a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced production of the industry's first Intel Extreme Memory modules, a new memory solution that implements a high-performance specification optimized and predefined for the impending Intel X38 chipset.
Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2007 - 02:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 10, 2007 - RadiSys Corporation and Intel Corporation today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for Intel to sell certain assets of its modular communications platforms business to RadiSys. The acquisition will further RadiSys' global leadership position in ATCA platforms and solutions for telecommunication equipment manufacturers worldwide and is expected to close in September, subject to normal closing conditions.
Subject: Displays | September 10, 2007 - 02:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-Bit Labs is on a roll. In their latst batch of monitor reviews, number 4 in a long series, they compare 20" 13 LCD monitors, covering widescreen and regular sized, cheap entry level and the more expensive side. You can see just how important Response Time Compensation is, and differences between VA, TN, S-IPS and the other matrices that LCDs are built with now.
Subject: Storage | September 10, 2007 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The first time you encounter them, RAIDs can seem a bit overwhelming, from having to buy two or more HDDs to figuring out the types 1 or 5 or 0+1, and then people start asking about stripe sizing. AnandTech can give you some help figuring it all out, and get you started on building your own array, be it for safety, speed, or a bit of both.
Subject: Processors | September 10, 2007 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Check out the hard work that The Tech Report put in over the weekend, benchmarking a Barcelona based server.
Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2007 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DigiTimes has a story on two new graphics chips that AMD is working on, though AMD has no comment on them, as is usual. If the information is correct, the die will be shrunk to 55nm, and it will be DX10.1 and PCI Express 2.0 compliant. The odd thing about this news is that there is no talk of a new high end graphics card to compete with nVIDIA's 8800GTX and Ultras, and we are starting to hear rumours about nVIDIA's new series already.
Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2007 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 10, 2007 - As a result of stronger than expected worldwide demand for its computing products, Intel Corporation now expects revenue for the third quarter to be between $9.4 billion and $9.8 billion as compared to the previous range of $9.0 billion to $9.6 billion.
The gross margin percentage for the third quarter is expected to be in the upper half of the previous range of 52 percent plus or minus a couple of points. All other expectations are unchanged.
Subject: Processors | September 10, 2007 - 12:50 AM | Ryan Shrout
AMD is officially taking the wraps off the new Barcelona, native quad-core processors today; at least for the server market. First, head on up and read over my Barcelona preview article then you can check out the AMD PR below:
AMD Introduces the World's Most Advanced x86 Processor, Designed for the Demanding Datacenter
Quad-Core AMD OpteronTM processors Deliver Breakthrough Performance-Per-Watt
Sunnyvale, Calif. - Sept.
Subject: General Tech | September 7, 2007 - 06:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When members of PC Perspective need some portable computing power on the go, do they prefer a BlackBerry, or a PDA. Let us know which, and why ... and also what you would do if you can access all of the internet, except for the one particular page you want to visit.