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Hello Everyone.  We've got some more pre-show coverage from Computex to share with you. We've got more details regarding Shuttle's upcoming Intel-based XPCs, pics and info regarding X38-based motherboards from Abit, DFI, and Gigabyte, and a number of other pics from booths still under construction. You'll especially like a couple of the pics from XFX. Click the link below and check 'em out...Computex 2007 Preview... Read more...
Yesterday we ran through the Taipei convention center to see how construction of the booths for this year’s Computex trade show were progressing. When we walked by Shuttle’s booth in hall 2 of the convention center, we saw pictures of three un-announced barebone small form factor systems, the X38 based SX38P3 Deluxe, the G33 based SG33P3, and the P35 based SP35P3 Deluxe. Although the show is still one day away, we came back to the Shuttle booth and were able to see all three of these new systems.         The first system we looked at was the SX38P3 Deluxe, Shuttle’s new flagship barebone system. The SX38P3 will replace the SD37PV2 as the Shuttle’s... Read more...
Size isn't everything. At least when it comes to electronics. Driven by popular demand and semiconductor process technology, cell phones, MP3 players, motherboards, and other devices have evolved to become smaller, more powerful, and more portable. At just 10cm x 7.2cm, the pico-ITX VIA EPIA PX10000 motherboard is currently the smallest commercial motherboard available. Of course, it seems that one must always sacrifice performance for a smaller package, and the PX10000 does indeed have many ups and downs. It supports the VIA C7 NanoBGA2 Processor, which runs at just 1.0 GHz. Moreover, the board only has 1 x SATA input, 1 x 10/100 LAN input, and 1 x IDE (UltraDMA) input. UniCrome Pro II AGP graphics... Read more...
If you want high-performance PC gaming action in a portable package, a laptop equipped with a GeForce Go 7 series chip has been your best bet for the last year or so. From the modest GeForce Go 7600 to the monstrous GeForce Go 7950 GTX, NVIDIA has most mobile gaming needs covered. If you were really serious, you could even get SLI in a (barely) mobile platform. However, with several highly anticipated DirectX 10 titles right around the corner, many mobile gamers have been eagerly awaiting DX10 capable GPUs for notebooks, a luxury that desktop gamers have enjoyed since November '06 with the release of the GeForce 8800 series. Today marks an industry first of sorts,... Read more...
Vijay Sharma of the combined AMD/ATI companies, is Director of Desktop Discrete Graphics Product Marketing.  We've spent time talking with Vijay many times and he always offers an insightful perspective on not only what's going on in 3D Graphics technologies for ATI but also within the industry in general. Our German comrades at PCGamesHardware.de got an earful of good the good stuff from Vijay at a recent meeting with him at Cebit.  Though the translation is a bit spotty, there are some juicy bits in here... " I don't want to get too far into the architecture at this stage. But certainly as you increase the compute capabilities of the graphics engine, you'll... Read more...
ExtremetTech takes a look at the Bigfoot Killer K1. This is a scaled down version of original Killer NIC and lacks the ability to run FNA Apps without a pay-for upgrade. Staying with ExtremeTech and moving from the world of high powered network cards to CPUs, have a look at their review of the AMD Athlon X2 6000+. For reference, HotHardware also took a look at one of these CPUs recently.  Without a doubt it is one fast piece of silicon. Staying with AMD but moving to another site, and the world of motherboards: OCWorkbench takes a look at a new ASUS motherboard based on the new AMD 690G chipset. While we're on the subject of motherboards let's go from mini-ATX and AMD to full blown... Read more...
ExtremeTech has an interesting interview posted today with AMD/ATI's Phil Rodgers. They talk about Vista driver performance, the future of the Catalyst Control Center, and there's also a lot of talk regarding DX10.   "Well, I believe we still have 10+ years of active development left in GPU architecture before we come close to catching up with offline rendering for movies. So there is lots of scope. However it is way too soon to look beyond DX10 in terms of game usage of graphics. Frankly we have seen very few games yet make full use of DX9 shader model 3.0. And DX10 game development is still in its infancy. I think you, ISVs and gamers are going to be amazed once ISVs really get... Read more...
Good Morning All.  Today we've taken a preview look at AMD's new 690 series chipset with integrated Radeon X1200 graphics. Poised at taking on NVIDIA's long since mature nForce 430 chipset, AMD has provided a competitive new offering in the IGP space. Here's a snip from the piece: "It has been a long time since we saw a chipset released under the AMD name and the 690 series appears to be a solid offering in the IGP market. However, it does appear that AMD is still playing catch-up with NVIDIA, as the nForce 430/61xx series has been out for quite a while and NVIDIA is poised to release their MCP68 in the not too distant future. With the promise of an integrated GeForce 7 class... Read more...
With no major processor architecture updates in the immediate future and their DX10-capable graphics solutions still a few months away, the new AMD seems to be slowly picking up slack as we roll through the first two thirds of Q1 '07.  Today, AMD is officially introducing their first new chipset since the ATI acquisition, the AMD 690G/V Series.  Comprised of an RS690 Northbridge and SB600 Southbridge, the 690 series chipset's goal is to provide a full-featured motherboard backed by a solid integrated graphics solution, thanks to an integrated ATI Radeon x1250 with AVIVO support.  What makes the 690G unique, at this point, is its support for VGA and DVI... Read more...
ChileHardware has put together an interview with the CEO of AGEIA, Manju Hedge, regarding current and long-term plans for the company's PhysX PPU.  It looks like AGIEA could be jumping on the general purpose bandwagon, ala GPGPU, and had plans to support multiple PPUs working in parallel. "We got the oportunity to interview AGEIA, the manufacturer behind the first specialized physics calculation card. In the following article you will see what is AGEIA planning on subjects like their PPU technology, Windows Vista, Overclocking, all of this from the CEO itself." The CEO also hints that AGEIA has plans to integrate the PPU into other devices from partners AMD, NVIDIA, and Intel (among... Read more...
Hello Everyone. Just in case you missed the fresh link at the top of the page, we're writing to let you all know that we've just posted a new article in which we evaluate the features and performance of Asus' powerful EN8800GTX GeForce 8800 GTX. Here's a snip from the piece: "Today, we are going to take a look at ASUS' take on the GeForce 8800GTX, the EN8800GTX. Following closely with NVIDIA's reference design, ASUS brings a potent graphics solution to market that is complemented with a well rounded retail package to help feed those insatiable gaming desires." Read The Rest Right... Read more...
The crew at Xbit labs have posted an interesting review of the DFI LANParty UT ICFX3200-T2R/G motherboard. What makes this article a bit more intriguing that some other mobo reviews, is that the ICF3200-T2R/G is based on ATI's (now AMD's) RD600 chipset. "The mainboard we are going to talk about today is the most unusual platform for the Intel Core 2 processors. It is not only based on the rare AMD Crossfire Xpress 3200 chipset, but also offers the enthusiasts an unprecedented set of overclocking-friendly options." Unfortunately performance wasn't quite up to par with competing solutions... Read more...
Good Morning All! Intel gave us some details on their next gen manufacturing process today and we thought we'd share them with you.  We also got a sneak peek at their next gen "Penryn" core processor.   Have a look and enjoy!  ... Read more...
Intel's impressive manufacturing process capabilities and fab resources are well known throughout the industry. In fact, most would argue that their manufacturing prowess has played a large part in the company's success. They've had many "firsts" over the years due to process advancements, the most recent of which was their successful cross-over from 90nm to 65nm mass production.  Due to that success Intel has already shipped millions of processors manufactured at 65nm. Today, Intel is announcing a breakthrough that will affect future products scheduled to be manufactured using the company's even more advanced 45nm process. A major issue... Read more...
Jeremy from ArsTechnica has an interesting review posted of AmigaOS 4.  He covers everything from the installation to productivity and multitasking, and came to some surprising conclusions. "Because the OS and its applications take up so few resources, it is possible to run an entire suite of programs - my typical usage is ten or so pages up in a browser, an IRC client, an MSN client, a text editor, a command shell, a 2D graphics editor, an e-mail client, a word processor, and a media player - and still have all these elements fit in a mere 256MB of RAM. Because the system never pages out to disk, switching between these applications is... Read more...
Hello Everyone. We're writing to let you all know that we've just posted a new article at HotHardware.com where we evaluate the features and performance of MSI's NX8800GTX-T2D768E GeForce 8800 GTX. We even spent a little time with the card hooked up to a 65" 1080P-capable DLP TV. Here's a snip from the piece: "The GeForce 8800 GTX is definitely the top performing card on the market right now, and MSI's offering is a great example. Overall, nothing else can touch the 8800 GTX at the moment, especially when you look at its performance versus other single-GPU solutions." Read The Rest Right Here... Read more...
Systems: Alienware Aurora 7500 Review @ Bootdaily.com CPU & Motherboard: MSI K9N Diamond nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review @ PCStats ASUS P5N-E SLI Motherboard Review @ [H]Enthusiast Memory: OCZ PC2-6400 2GB ATI CrossFire Dual Channel Memory Review @ ThinkComputers.org OCZ Technology PC2-8500 Platinum SLI-Ready Dual Channel DDR2 2GB Kit Review @ Bigbruin.com Sound: Razer AC-1 Barracuda 7.1 Sound Card Review @ Virtual-Hideout Video: XFX GF 8800GTX XXX Overclocked Video Card @ Motherboards.org HIS X1650XT @ LANAddict.com @ LAN Addict Power: ETASIS ET850, 850 Watt Power Supply @ Bjorn3D OCZ GameXStream 850W SLI-Ready PSU Review @ Virtual-Hideout Chasis: Ultra X-Blaster @ techPowerUp AeroCool... Read more...
The gang over at PC Perspective have taken a look at Bigfoot Networks new Killer NIC ethernet card to see if it is worth the hefty $250 price of admission. Although the Killer NIC showcased some impression performance gains on an Intel 975X platform, the performance gains seen on an old nForce2 platform were the largest and easily most surprising. Now the real question is, would your $250 upgrade for an AthlonXP platform be best spent on the CPU, memory, GPU, or on a Killer NIC ethernet card? It is obvious that the Killer NIC is not for everyone, but the potential for the card is actually quite compelling. And unlike some other recent additions to the gaming add-in card market, you... Read more...
Systems: Lenovo Thinkpad X60 Tablet Review @ XYZ Computing Sony Vaio VGN-SZ3XP @ TrustedReviews CPU & Motherboard: ASRock 775Dual-VSTA @ Phoronix ASUS M2R32 MVP Motherboard @ LostCircuits Memory: PC2-6400 OCZ Special OPS Urban Elite Review @ hi-techreviews.com Buffalo Firestix PC6400 2x512MB RAM @ APH Networks Sound: Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1 Sound Card @ nV News Video: Sapphire TOXIC X1950 XT-X @ TrustedReviews Biostar GeForce 7600 GS V-Ranger Edition @ Guru3D PowerColor X1950 Pro Extreme Graphics Card @ X-bit Labs Power: Enermax Galaxy Gamer 1000W DXX PSU @ PCApex... Read more...
CPU & Motherboard: Abit IL9 Pro 945P @ Virtual-Hideout Abit AB9 Pro 965P @ PCPerspective Abit SG-95 @ Bjorn3D ASUS Striker Extreme NVIDIA 680i SLI @Virtual-Hideout Abit IL9 Pro @ Motherboards.org Foxconn G9657MA-8KS2H @ Overclockers Online ASRock ALiveNF6G-DVI Motherboard @ Legit Reviews Sound: Bluegears b-Enspirer @ Penstarsys Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1 @ ThinkComputers.org Video: BFG GeForce 8800 GTS Video Card @ TrustedReviews  ... Read more...
Hello All! We're writing to let you all know that we've just posted a fresh article where we evaluate the features, bundle, and performance of EVGA's e-GeForce 7950 GX2 card. Here's a snip from the piece: "As you would expect form a card with a pair of G71 GPUs and 1GB of frame buffer memory running in tandem, the EVGA e-GeForce 7950 GX2 performed much like a pair of GeForce 7900 GT cards running in SLI mode. The EVGA e-GeForce 7950 GX2 was clearly much faster than any of the other single-GPU based cards we tested, and it traded the top spot in most tests with the 7900 GT SLI setup."... Read more...
CPU & Motherboard: Abit AN9-32X AM2 NVIDIA 590-SLI Motherboard Review @Virtual-Hideout ASUS P5N32-SLI Premium @ Bjorn3D Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3 Motherboard Review @ Legit Reviews Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Quad-Core Processor @ GamePC Labs Sound: BlueGears b-Enspirer Sound Card @ A True Review Auzentech X-Meridian 7.1 Sound Card Review @ NVNEWS Razer Barracuda AC-1 Gaming Sound Card @ Phoronix Video: GIGABYTE GeForce 7900GS Review @ Motherboard.org XFX GeForce 7900 GT 470M 256MB VIVO @ Modders-Inc.com Three 7600GT budget Graphics Cards reviewed @ MetkuMods Gateway FPD2485W 24in LCD Video Tour @ Digital Trends  ... Read more...
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