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Earthlink has won a number of municipal wi-fi contracts, including San Francisco (!), but it still needs to find ways to balance its ISP business, which is struggling, with the high cost of building its municipal Wi-Fi and cellular phone businesses.  The solution, at least for now, is a layoff. On Tuesday, EarthLink announced that it would shed 900 employees. The reason was simple, said Rolla Huff, CEO of the company. EarthLink, which has had four solid quarters of losses and a sinking stock price, needs to return value to its shareholders. And this means eliminating jobs that don't help the company add subscribers or increase revenue.EarthLink's traditional dial-up Internet access business,... Read more...
We reported yesterday that NVIDIA has taped out their next generation GPU, the 9800, or so the rumor goes.Now we’re picking up new details, such as the the rumor that the new cards are said to run much quieter than current generation cards such as the 8800 Ultra.As with all rumors, take this with a grain of salt until we actually get a card to review and give you the straight scoop. “As it turns out, in preliminary audio tests, the new card is more silent than not just 8800Ultra, but it is also less noisy than 8800GTX. It turns out that we are slowly approaching the era of silent monsters - computers that will emit less noise that your typical 15.4-inch laptop.” While it seems like we might... Read more...
While there are no details on exactly what the new GeForce 9800 series is going to bring to the party in terms of features and performance, the word has come down that the first chips have now officially taped out.The 9800 isn't the only chip that's allegedly taped out, but sadly there isn't much in the way of details on what else has come back.  Do note that just because a chip has taped out doesn't neccesarily mean that it is ready for production as there could be further revisions to do anything from add features/performance to resolve potential functionality issues. “Knowing Graphzilla's brilliant record of accomplishment and 100 day "tape-out to retail shelf" policy, the new GeForce... Read more...
It's no secret that despite the unveiling of Windows Vista, many continue to purchase Windows XP with their computers.  For some, it's the lack of drivers or compatible software that forces them to stay with Vista; for others it may be the fact that Vista simply doesn't add enough for them to move from an OS they've used and (more or less) trust.It seems that the continued popularity of Windows XP has forced Microsoft to release a new Service Pack: SP2c.  The reason: they were running out of activation keys. The new build, dubbed SP2c, includes no fixes or feature changes, but was created simply to address the shrinking pool of product keys. XP Pro SP2c, which has been released to manufacturing,... Read more...
As hardware enthusiasts, our enthusiasm for the latest and greatest PC gear often surpasses our bank account's ability to fund another upgrade. That's when we fall back on the always practical approach to maximizing our bang for the buck. Thankfully, this usually doesn't equate to buying products we're too ashamed to put in a modded case. Many companies cater to the more value conscious crowd while still bringing in enthusiast-oriented features. One example of a product that offers a lot of bang for the buck yet maintains a fair amount of enthusiast-oriented features is the NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI chipset. MSI and Abit both offer nForce 650i SLI motherboards that pack a lot of great... Read more...
NVIDIA's ever-potent line of 3D Graphics processors for Notebooks has been added to today, with the introduction of the new GeForce 8700M GT.  While details are still a bit sketchy, this variant of the mobile GPU is most likely a ramped-up clock speed version of the GeForce 8600M GT that has 32 stream processors, is DX10/Shader Model 4.0 and HDR capable and infused with NVIDIA's PureVideo HD video processing technology. "SANTA CLARA, CA—June 12, 2007— NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced the GeForce® 8700M GT graphics processing unit (GPU) for notebook PCs, a new high-end GPU designed for the most demanding notebook users. The GeForce 8700M GT GPU extends the award-winning... Read more...
The United Kingdom plans to make its PCs go green after the realization that PCs across the globe contribute significantly to carbon buildup in the atmosphere. As a result a task force named "Green Shift" has been created in the city of Manchester with the goal of reducing computer energy use in the UK by 98 percent. Green Shift will offer environmentally friendly services such as hosting e-mail, office applications, and web surfing on data centers to consolidate the jobs of individual PCs. Local Government Minister Phil Woolas described cyber-warming is a "massive issue". He said the taskforce was the first of its kind in the world and a sign of how serious the UK is about tackling this threat... Read more...
OCZ and PC Power & Cooling Join Forces to Revolutionize Power Management PC Power & Cooling Joins the OCZ Technology Group Sunnyvale, Calif.—May 25, 2007—OCZ today announced immediate plans to bring PC Power & Cooling into the OCZ Technology Group. As a worldwide leader in high performance computer hardware, OCZ acquired PC Power & Cooling to utilize their keen expertise in power management and take the organization to the next level. This compelling partnership between the two like-minded companies will create a powerful fusion of patented technologies, innovative, high quality PC components, and improved accessibility... Read more...
PNY TECHNOLOGIES PLUGS IN THE POWER OF THE XLR8 GEFORCE 8800 ULTRA OVERCLOCKED AND 8800 ULTRA STANDARD PARSIPPANY, N.J. – May 24, 2007 – PNY Technologies, Inc. today announced the addition of two, new XLR8 graphics cards based on the NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series of GPUs.  The XLR8 GeForce 8800 Ultra and 8800 Ultra OC (Overclocked) round out PNY's graphics card line up, so gamers have more choices to select a high-end card based on their particular needs and budget. "These cards push the limits of graphics performance featuring the best-in-class technological advancements from NVIDIA,” said Nicholas Mauro, senior marketing manager... Read more...
Just in case you missed the new link at the top of the page, we wanted to let you all know that we've just posted an article in which we evaluate the features, bundles, and performance of three mainstream GeForce 8 series cards, the MSI NX8600GT T2D256E, the Gigabyte GV-NX86S256H with Silent-Pipe III, and the MSI NX8500GT TD256E. All three of these cards fall within the sub-$200 price range, but they don't perform at similar levels due to difference GPU and memory clock speeds. Click the link below and check them out, it's interesting to see how these current DX10-class cards stack up to last-generation's mainstream offerings. You may just be sirprised by the results... Read The Entire... Read more...
The premium graphics card market is in a lopsided state.  NVIDIA's GeForce 8800 series is still relatively unchallenged in the high-end space, a position which has been futher solidified with the addition of the 8800 Ultra.  By giving the GeForce 8800GTX a nominal speed bump, NVIDIA continues to maintain its lead.  ATI, on the otherhand, is still trying to get their R600 on store shelves in mass quantities, after receiving a lukewarm reception at launch.  The Radeon HD 2900 XT we recently reviewed turned out to be a decent performer, but is nowhere near the challenger to the GeForce 8800 as we all thought it might be.  While "who's the fastest" may be the most popular and exciting topic, it's... Read more...
While they are still not known as a tier 1 player in the motherboard market, on par with the likes of MSI, Asus, or Gigabyte, DFI is a still a highly regarded name in many circles. DFI is one of the few companies in the market which are genuinely in tune with what overclockers and enthusiasts are interested in. Their LANParty series in particular has garnered piles of awards and is often used in many "extreme" overclocking projects due to the flexibility provided by their products. LANParty boards are flashy and over-the-top, but at their core, they have been solid through and through. DFI has been somewhat quiet as of late, their last major board to receive a lot of attention... Read more...
NVIDIA is unveiling a new line-up of GeForce 8 class mobile GPUs today, aptly named the GeForce 8M Series  The GeForce 8M series will initially consist of five devices, the GeForce 8600M GT, 8600M GS, 8400M GT, 8400M GS and the 8400M G.    We’ve got all the pertinent details and specifications available right here.... 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...
BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES TWO NEW GRAPHICS CARDS BASED ON THE NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 ULTRA GPU Lake Forest, IL – (May 4, 2007) – BFG Technologies, Inc., a leading North American and European NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra 768MB PCI Express and the BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra 768MB PCI Express Water Cooled Edition graphics cards. "We’re excited to bring an Ultra class product back to BFG’s product line-up,” said Dean Brady, Sr. Director of Marketing for BFG Technologies.... Read more...
NVIDIA has officially taken the wraps of their new flagship GeForce 8800 Ultra graphics card. As you probably expect, it's similar to the GeForce 8800 GTX it replaces at the top of NVIDIA's GPU line-up, but it offers better performance thanks to its higher clock speeds and improved cooler. We took a pair of GeForce 8800 Ultra cards for a spin in SLI mode and have our thoughts and performance data posted for all to see. You can check everything out using the link below. See NVIDIA's GeForce 8800 Ultra Right Here.... Read more...
It's springtime here in the United States.  The rain is pouring, the trees and flowers are blooming, and as usual NVIDIA is ready with a new product to refresh their existing high-end GPU line up. A few weeks ago we showed you the new mid-range GeForce 8600 GTS, GT and 8500 GT cards, which expanded NVIDIA's DirectX 10-compatible offerings to include products with price points ranging from $89 all the way on up to $649.  But today we've got something for the hardcore enthusiasts among you, and along the way we'll have to revise the upper end of that price range a bit. Despite the fact that their main competition - AMD/ATI - hasn't launch a new product in months and that they... Read more...
Nvidia based motherboards and SLI technology typically go hand in hand. In the past, SLI technology was only featured on high-end Nvidia platforms, although throughout the years Nvidia has moved this technology down to lower and lower price points. In years past, one would only purchase an SLI enabled motherboard if they had a specific need to run SLI graphics cards. Nowadays, with SLI boards so cheap, even those who don't need this feature will grab SLI-enabled motherboards, simply because there is a small price variance between SLI and non-SLI platforms and the future expansion options are attractive. This was evident of Nvidia's nForce 600-series motherboards for Intel Core 2 processors.... Read more...
Blackberry wireless e-mail service is a mighty useful thing.  Many business people rely on it for all their communications. A great many voices cried out, and then were silenced, when Blackberry service was lost over most of the Western hemisphere last night at around 5 PM PDT. And the bad news is that restoration of service  might be just as exasperating for Blackberry users as no service at all. "Officials with RIM said they are trying to reset the system and told NewsChannel4 that they are concerned that the backlog of data, which will rush through when it comes back on line, could cause a bigger problem," the news channel reported on its Web site. RIM officials advised... Read more...
Hello Everyone. Today is the day NVIDIA chose to officially announce their new DX10-class GeForce 8600 GTS, 8600 GT, and the rest of the mainstream GeForce 8 family of products. We pulled together a few GeForce 8600 GTS and GT cards, tested them with some popular games and benchmark tools, and have posted our thoughts for all too see. Head on over to the main site and take look...Check out the new GeForce 8600 GTS and GT right here.... Read more...
Today's announcement by NVIDIA should come as no surprise to PC enthusiasts. The company's modus operandi has been to launch a new flagship GPU and over the course of the next year or so scale back the design to flesh out a complete top-to-bottom line-up of products, all with essentially the same feature set. We saw this scenario play out with the GeForce 6 series, which began with the high-end GeForce 6800 Ultra and ended with the GeForce 6100 series IGPs. The GeForce 7 series too began its life with the GeForce 7800 GTX and is now comprised of a whole host of products at various price points, many of which will soon be overshadowed by their GeForce 8 series couterparts.... Read more...
Nvidia has released version 97.94 of their Windows XP GeForce 8800 drivers. The update includes some game compatibility fixes, and a few PureVideo improvements. You can read the release notes here(pdf), and download the drivers here.... Read more...
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