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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...
What would a World Economic Forum in Switzerland be without a discussion of Google paying video uploaders for videos of people doing interesting, humorous, or Darwin-tempting things? Smoke belching factories are so twentieth century. ... analyst Josh Bernoff suspects that YouTube could launch a channel filled with advertiser-friendly videos that have been screened by both audio-fingerprinting technology and Google employees for objectionable or copyrighted content. Advertising revenue could then be shared between Google and the producers whose videos generate significant attention on the channel. "This might be filled with content that is safe... Read more...
In a weeks time, the highly anticipated release of the next version of Windows will be here. Windows Vista is the latest major overhaul of Microsoft's operating system since Windows 2000/XP, and with a revamped graphics system and security improvements, you can bet some people just can't wait to get their hands on it. Retailers understand this, however as CNET reports, many retailers won't be staying open late for the new software. "Releases of new operating systems may not have quite the same appeal as in years past, but Microsoft has a couple of things going for it this time around. First of all, a new version of Office--Office... Read more...
Sun and Intel Announce Landmark Agreement SAN FRANCISCO , Jan. 22, 2007 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) and Intel Corporation today announced a broad strategic alliance centered on Intel's endorsement of the Solaris Operating System (OS) and Sun's commitment to deliver a comprehensive family of enterprise and telecommunications servers and workstations based on Intel Xeon processors. The scope of the agreement spans Solaris, Java and NetBeans software and Intel Xeon microprocessors, as well as other Intel and Sun enterprise-class technologies. The alliance also includes joint engineering, design and marketing efforts. As part of today's announcement, Intel is embracing Solaris... Read more...
According to a report at CNET, Intel is in the process of launching a new fabrication facility in China. The new facility will focus on producing multi-core processors at the 65nm level. Inside sources were unable to give exact details on date and costs of the facility, but considering previous facility projects, the new plant is estimated to cost Intel roughly $2.5 billion to $3.5 billion USD. Just several years ago, a full plant would cost Intel nearly $5 billion. Intel already has an established presence throughout China, making the new 65nm plant its third major operation in the country. Shanghai and Chengdu are two locations where Intel branches staff roughly 6,000 employees. CNET's... Read more...
The crew over at Joystiq.com recently sat down and talked with Games for Windows (GFW) Marketing Director Kevin Unangst and PR Manager Michael Wolf about the affects Windows Vista, and the "Games for Windows" initiative will have on PC Gaming. "By making gaming a priority in the Vista experience, Microsoft is molding a powerful pairing of the Games for Windows and Xbox 360 brands. To some extent, this is based on a hope that Live Anywhere will be embraced by GFW developers and publishers, pulling Xbox Live (and your Gamertag) outside of the 'Box, in turn encouraging an unrivaled virtual community. But there are simpler touches that... Read more...
Our friends at the Tech Report sat in on AMD's four hour financial presentation today and gathered some information regarding AMD's future plans to introduce custom "Accelerated Processing Units" in next-gen multi-core processors. "During its four-hour Financial Analyst Day presentation today, AMD revealed new elements of its processor roadmap spanning the next couple of years, as well as its plans to scale beyond the current multi-core model. Intel talked about processors with "tens to hundreds of cores" at IDF earlier this year, but AMD believes the core race is just a repeat of the megahertz race and that adding more cores... Read more...
Speculation that Intel is planning to make a bid for NVIDIA caused NVIDIA shares to surge by over 8% today. AMD's planned purchase of ATI was the catalyst for the renewed speculation, but there's been no official announcement yet, even though an analyst quoted by Reuters was under the impression something would be said tonight... "Investors have been speculating that Nvidia might be acquired since July, when Advanced Micro Devices agreed to buy Nvidia rival ATI Technologies for $5.4 billion. Rumors of such a transaction resurfaced on Wednesday, spreading quickly across Wall Street trading desks, according to three options market participants. "There is speculation that Intel will make... Read more...
Hello Everyone. We're writing to let you all know that we've just posted an article at HotHardware.com where we evaluate the features and performance of DFI's LANPARTY UT CFX3200-DR motherboard. Here's a snip from the piece... "DFI has earned a reputation over the last couple of years for producing feature-rich, enthusiast friendly motherboards. DFI's decked out LANPARTY family of motherboards in particular has become known to many around the world as a family of products that cater to the unique needs of the enthusiast and overclocking communities. Today we present to you DFI's LANPARTY UT CFX3200-DR. Build around the CrossFire... Read more...
DFI has earned a reputation over the last couple of years for producing feature-rich, enthusiast friendly motherboards.  DFI's decked out LANPARTY family of motherboards in particular has become known to many around the world as a family of products that cater to the unique needs of the enthusiast and overclocking communities. Today we present to you DFI's LANPARTY UT CFX3200-DR. Build around the CrossFire Xpress 3200 chipset and with a plethora of BIOS options and integrated peripherals, this board has "enthusiast" written all over it.  We'll take a look at whether or not there are other aspects of this product, however, that really make it... Read more...
Anandtech has posted an interesting bit of news from IDF regarding the highly anticipated upcoming title Alan Wake and its apparent need for a dual-core CPU or better. Used as a demonstration to showcase the power of Intel's new quad-core CPU's, the exceptionally detailed game was actually running no less than five independent threads. Most surprising was the fact that using the Havoc physics engine, 80% of an entire core from the quad-core CPU in the test system was being dedicated strictly to physics. For all of the skeptics wondering why the industry was excited about quad-core processors, it appears as though Remedy and Intel have made a strong statement. Beyond Alan... Read more...
AMD ANNOUNCES SOCKET COMPATIBILITY PLANS TO DRIVE INDUSTRY COLLABORATION Sunnyvale, Calif. - Sept. 21, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that its Torrenza Initiative is serving as a collaborative force toward achieving future processor socket compatibility in the server industry.  By leveraging the advantages of AMD64 with Direct Connect Architecture and HyperTransport(tm) technology, OEMs will be able to standardize on a Torrenza Innovation Socket for many of their current and future server platforms. This game-changing approach to server design will enable OEMs to consolidate server offerings for multiple processors to potentially a single platform, reducing datacenter disruption... Read more...
In response to the numerous reports of defective laptop batteries that could pose a fire hazard risk, Virgin Atlantic has banned the use of certain laptops from their flights. The ban covers certain Dell and Apple laptops, ones which contain the faulty batteries manufactured by Sony. The laptops are still permitted to be brought on the flight, though people are being asked to remove the battery before boarding the plane. "All seats in Virgin's Upper Class sections are supplied with power sockets allowing travellers in these cabins to plug in their laptop. Also some seats in Premium Economy in some newer Virgin aircraft also have power... Read more...
BBC News is reporting on the details Microsoft has released on its upcoming "Zune" music player. Microsoft hopes the promising new device will be a direct rival to Apple's iPod, and will feature wireless connectivity, a radio, video playback, a three-inch screen, and will initially have a 30GB hard drive. With the release of the player, Microsoft will also be releasing it's own downloading service to compete with Apple's iTunes store. "This online store will allow users to choose to buy songs individually, or alternatively sign up to a subscription service to download a certain number of songs for a flat... Read more...
Digitimes reports that Intel is preparing to use some additional price cuts in October to help phase out the stock of the budget-oriented Celeron D CPU's. As these processors are taken off the market, Intel will be replacing them with a single-core variant of the new Core 2 processors. Dubbed Conroe-L, these new processors will be released in the second quarter of 2007. An exciting new product for the value segment will also be the release of the Core 2 Duo E4300 dual-core processor in the first quarter of 2007. The Core 2 Duo E4200 processor which was originally aimed to launch in the fourth quarter of this year will be scrapped in favor of launching the E4300 processor with a healthy 200Mhz... Read more...
More breaking news in from the Inq... The collective ears of ATI fans worldwide can rejoice as Fudo over at The Inquirer has confirmed that ATI will be changing to a new heatsink assembly design for the company's upcoming R600 flagship GPU. Although effective, the dual-slot heatsink assembly on all high-end R520/R580 graphics cards is painfully loud and obnoxious and is nearly on par with the infamous GeForce FX 5800 cooler. ATI's engineers will have to be creative in their design however as recent flagship GPU's have already taken advantage of the performance benefits allotted by heatpipes, blower fans, and using copper in place of aluminum. "We have confirmation that ATI plans to do something... Read more...
For about $90USD, you can add three extra(hot swappable) hard drives to your machine using the IcyDock MB453SPF-B Multi-Bay Backplane Module. In their latest review, PCStats checks to see if this new device is a handy piece of hardware, or just another electronic dud. "The IcyDock MB453SPF-B multi-bay backplane module is a box the size of a couple optical drives stacked on top of one another that stores a handful of serial ATA hard drives in compact, individually hot swappable drive caddy's. When internal hard drive space in a computer case is full, or if quick access to hard drives is called for, this box will allow you to add up to three... Read more...
We're going through a little bit of an overhaul with one of the server databases this evening folks and unfortunately downtime will be unavoidable.  We should be out for only about an hour or so if all goes well. After that, hopefully things will be a bit faster around here. Faster is good... for most things.... Read more...
Altec Lansing Announces the SUV of Its inMotion Line of Portable Speakers inMotion iM9 provides ideal companionship for your rugged adventures MILFORD, PA - Altec Lansing announces the newest addition to its inMotion family of portable audio products – the iM9, appropriately recognized as the SUV of portable iPod speakers. Its hardy shell and backpack-style carrying case allow users to keep up with the bumps and bruises of their active lifestyles. And, while the iM9 was designed to act as a rugged companion, it also was engineered to deliver a more powerful, richer sound experience in any environment. Lightweight and compact – about the size of a lunch box – the iM9 offers consumers... Read more...
Tech Report has taken DFI's LANParty UT NF4 SLI-DR for a spin on the testbench and have walked away more than impressed. The board received top marks in every category with the performance results showing this model as the fastest Socket 939 motherboard Tech Report has tested to date. Add to that a stunning 425MHz HyperTransport clock speed as well as an impressive number of ports and peripherals and it appears as though DFI is an excellent choice for those looking for a new SLI motherboard. However, we've yet to encounter a Socket 939 motherboard that can match the Expert's performance, features, and overclocking prowess.... Read more...
SFF vendor Shuttle is spreading word that the company will be introducing a new SFF platform that is even smaller than their conventional XPC systems. Aimed squarely at the living room, it is likely that these new systems will place a large emphasis on aesthetics and low-noise such that the PC belnds nicely with the other home theater components in the room. Unfortunately, no significant details have been shared thus far, though we imagine the rumor mill will be coming up to speed shortly."We have introduced the world's first SFF PC five years ago and thus have invented the small form factor. The time to set another milestone has arrived: a new form-factor will help Shuttle to make the new Shuttle... Read more...
The benefits of watercooling, without the risks? It's a big claim to make, and one VoyeruMods is willing to bet on. GruntvillE takes a look at PC Ice, a non-conductive coolant, which could soon be finding it's way into systems everywhere. "Previously you could find water-replacements and add-ins that would help with lubrication or corrosion, or even cooling. However, many of them are conductive, meaning that a leak in a system with them is just as dangerous as one in a pure water system.. Needless to say I was very interested to see if the PC Ice lived up to these claims."... Read more...
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