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The most mundane store has doors that open when you approach. We all have personal communicators now, but ours take pictures, play music, and have GPS. My PDA puts a tricorder to shame. Full body non-invasive scans? Check. All that was left really, from Star Trek's original kit of technology was teleportation. Well, the scientists at Neils Bohr institute in Copenhagen have got that figured out too. Until now scientists have teleported similar objects such as light or single atoms over short distances from one spot to another in a split second. But Professor Eugene Polzik and his team at the Niels Bohr Institute at Copenhagen University... Read more...
Intel gave access to quad-core Kentsfield-based systems to select members of the press yesterday at IDF.  Today the embargo has been lifted on a preview of performance numbers with the new 2.66GHz Core 2 Extreme QX6700 processor.  HotHardware: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800 quad-core performance Preview Discuss Digg To Share... Read more...
  Though we're running the risk of sounding a bit platitudinal, this is definitely the IDF moment we're sure many of you have been waiting for.  We've reported to you on Intel's various technology announcements and architectural initiatives over the past few days.  And, from what we could garner from our sessions with Intel at this fall's IDF, the company certainly has a lot of bleeding-edge technology on tap that by all rights should dramatically affect the computing industry landscape for years to come. We've heard from both sides of the fence, nearly all year long, that the age of the multi-core processor is upon us and multi-threaded applications... Read more...
Last Tuesday it was reported that Hewlett-Packard was having an ongoing internal investigation over who was leaking information to the press, and the source was assumed to be one of the company's directors. CNet news is now reporting that HP may have illegally accessed the phone records of the companies directors, as well as a few journalists, and possibly others. With the current turmoil going on, HP Chairman Patricia Dunn has announced her resignation from the post, with current CEO and President Mark Hurde to take over. "Dunn's departure caps a tumultuous episode for HP, one of the country's largest companies and a Silicon Valley... Read more...
If you're interested in how your computer might fare with the still-in-development Battlefield 2142, AMD Zone has a preview of the game's performance with the latest beta build of the game. When looking at the scores, keep in mind "beta build". "For our testing we ran Fraps for the same length of gameplay, recreating the same gameplay. There was no way to make a demo unless you have a server, and you can not currently make one with 2142. This means there could be some error in these results, but looking at them we feel they should be accurrate. Settings we pushed to maximum for everything, and AA was set to 4XAA or off... Read more...
LostCircuits has an informative article on-line today that focuses on a number of popular audio and video encoding applications.  They pit a handful of Intel processors against similarly priced counterparts from AMD. If encoding performance is important to you, this article will likely be of interest. "Arguably, the biggest factor driving the computer industry is gaming. However, the home entertainment sector, especially encoding of audiovisual content, is becoming increasingly important as well. Ripping and editing software ranges from super-expensive studio editions to free downloads. Each program has its own quirks, favoring either Intel's... Read more...
  As computer enthusiasts, we all love to see PC components get more and more powerful. Unfortunately, with this increasing power often comes an increase in power demands. This is especially true of video cards. In fact, it can be reasonably argued that if it weren't for the high-end video card market, power supplies probably wouldn't be anywhere near the 600W or more that we see in typical enthusiast-level PSUs these days. When you begin to crave high-end dual or quad GPU configurations, you must realize that a high quality and high capacity power supply is probably in your future. Fortunately, both NVIDIA and ATI make your search for an acceptable PSU a little easier as both companies... Read more...
Intel is looking for details from AMD in the Antitrust case that was started last year. Now that the AMD-ATI merger is complete, Intel is requesting all sorts of info from both AMD and ATI, and is questioning whether AMD will make ATI chips. Intel is specifically looking for financial details from the merger, as well as document's that could possibly affect AMD's semiconductor manufacturing. "Interestingly, Intel want to see documents provided to ATI or any initiative by AMD to improve performance or competitively position against Intel's Stable Image Platform (SIP). Interestingly, because AMD has collaborated with fierce ATI competitor... Read more...
Being strictly strictly towards the ultra enthusiast, 1000W power supply's aren't very common sight. Fortunately 3DGameMan has a video review of Enermax's Galaxy 1000W PSU, which isn't cheap, but does provide stable rails. "Who would have thought that 1000W power supplies would have been required to power computer gaming systems? Well, that is the case if you have a dual or quad video card setup with lots of hard drives. The other scenario is a server with 20+ hard drives. This power supply would have no problem powering the most demanding computer system that's currently on the market. This product also stands out from many... Read more...
When Nvidia realized that two graphics cards couldn't always do the job, they moved to Quad-SLI. While the money needed for a Quad-SLI system is beyond what most people are willing to pay for a gaming rig, there will always be those looking to have the best of the best, regardless of the cost. Whether you're seriously interested in obtaining this technology, or you just like to dream, PC Perspective takes a fairly in-depth look at Quad-SLI and what you can expect from it. "Quad SLI is a gamer's dream and is able to bring the highest possible image quality along with the highest resolutions on all of today's major titles. Yes, as of now, there are some limitations that need to be... Read more...
After finally getting an official BIOS from Asus that supports Core 2 Duo processors, PCPer is re-testing the new Core 2 Duo T7400 mobile processor to see how performance and battery life of the Core architecture compares to the original Core Duo CPU lineup. "A big improvement here in terms of battery life! Just by upgrading the BIOS to v901, we were able to boost our battery runtime to almost the same duration as the Core Duo. The Core 2 Duo does take more voltage to run, so it's a given that battery life is going to suffer a bit, but the differences are small."... Read more...
AMDZone has a summary of Carmack's two hour heart-to-heart at Quakecon.  In that time he gave his thoughts on a broad range of industry topics, from Physics Cards, Multi-Core CPUs and the ATI/AMD merger to name a few.   "Multicore/multithreading he does believe that there is more benefit to it than widening SIMD. He sees the end to the great CPU clock up, and that threading is the way to go. They have had success to using threading with graphics renderer, but can improve it. Sound is another good possibility. The process of multithreading is difficult, but there are benefits. But when you can only thread 20% of a game you do not get a huge increase in peformance. Multicore... Read more...
If you read our launch article from a couple of weeks ago, you already know how Intel's high-end Core 2 Duo E6700 and Core 2 Extreme X6800 processors perform.  But what about the lower-end model's in the product line-up?  Well, GamePC has the scoop for you, using the first full-retail Core 2 Duo E6400 and E6400 processors to hit the streets. "Today at GamePC, we've managed to get our hands on the first retail boxed Core 2 Duo processors to hit the market. While demand is at an all time high for their products, they've been able to get their low-end Core 2 Duo E6300 and E6400 models on to the market. These models run at 1.86 GHz and 2.13 GHz respectively, and feature a smaller... Read more...
For the past few years, Intel's desktop processors have been playing second fiddle to AMD's Athlon 64 in a number of ways. Both single and dual-core variants of the Athlon 64 have been at the top of most benchmark charts essentially since their introduction, and AMD's processors have been more energy efficient as well.  Conversely, since the introduction of the Prescott core, Intel's processors have earned a somewhat notorious reputation for running hot and consuming more than their fare share of power. This scenario has played out since September of 2003, when AMD first released the Athlon 64 FX-51. But it all ends today. A while back Intel announced that they would be abandoning... Read more...
The Toughpower series is Thermaltake's premium line of power supplies, aimed at the enthusiast crowd. With models starting at 600W, they should be able to handle even extreme applications with ease. The guys over at PC Perspective have a nice review of the flagship model, the Thermaltake Toughpower 750W. "If you are in the market for a power supply in the 600~750 watt range, one of the new Thermaltake Toughpower units deserve a close look. The 750W model exhibited very good voltage regulation and stability and was quiet, especially while operating under moderate loads. The overall efficiency is very good and Active PFC, sleeved cables, and a 3-year warranty are added pluses. The... Read more...
ATI has another driver release ready before the months end, bringing the latest Catalyst version to 6.6, and also bring some improvements to the use of Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic filtering. TweakTown has the usual performance comparisons for the release, comparing it to Catalyst 6.5 in a few different benchmarks. "We weren't too sure if a new Catalyst driver version was coming this month but they ended up delivering and ATI has produced quite as useful driver for the lovers of AA and AF - although mostly for Radeon X1900XT(X) owners who love AA and AF." And in case you Nvidia fans haven't heard, version 91.31 of Nvidia's Forceware driver was released on the 23rd.... Read more...
Though we've had the chance to run a few Intel-sanctioned Conroe numbers and have given you our thoughts here and here, some folks were lucky enough to find a friend in Taiwan that didn't mind sliding pre-launch CPUs out to the press, even against strict Intel embargoes.  Obviously this situation is a bit frustrating for those of us waiting for "official" launch kits from Intel (shipped so I'm told), but what can you do?  All's fair in love, war and business right?  Sort of...  Stay tuned for our full-view Conroe analysis in the coming weeks.  In the mean time, check out our buds at PCPer for an early... umm... perspective. "For all of those... Read more...
Phoronix has a 12 page article posted today detailing the performance of Intel's platform with DDR2 FB-DIMMs.  Some very interesting numbers to say the least -- FB-DIMM DDR2-533 memory outperformed higher-clocked standard DDR2 in many tests. "Intel was first to adopt DDR2 memory when they had launched their LGA-775 socket nearly two years ago with the Grantsdale and Alderwood Chipsets. Intel Corporation is first again to introduce the latest in memory technology: FB-DIMM. FB-DIMM is short for Fully Buffered Dual Inline Memory Module, and is primarily designed for mission-critical server environments that require maximum performance... Read more...
If you want to see how the latest build of Vista performs with some of today's popular benchmarks, Techage has the scoop for you this evening. We urge you all to approach the results and writer's opinion with caution, however. We don't question the validity of the results, but Vista's performance has changed quite a bit from build to build, and driver support and optimizations will likely be worlds ahead of where they are now. "Windows Vista is system intensive, as we knew it would be. We set out to find out just -how- system intensive it is. We run a slew of benchmarks and gaming runs on both the 32-Bit and 64-Bit versions to see how they compare to XP."  ... Read more...
Staying back state-side, opting to miss out on this year's Computex extravaganza over in Taiwan, we've been hard at work with Intel Product Managers, Architects and Senior PR Managers, exploring the performance and architecture of Intel's forthcoming Conroe core CPU.  This week, in an intimate closed-door session at an exclusive meeting with Intel in New York, we got in some quality time with Conroe and we have more performance characterization results for you here.... Read more...
Earlier this month we gave you a taste of what AMD has to offer in their next generation AM2 platform launch for the Athlon 64.  While AMD's new DDR2-based platform seems to offer smallish incremental performance gains, and increased memory bandwidth, it is widely agreed that it is high-time that Intel responds to AMD's consistent re-occurring competitive threat, with something more on an exponential level.  It's also widely understood that Intel response will finally come with the imminent release of Intel's Core 2 Duo CPU, code named Conroe. Staying back state-side, opting to miss out on this year's Computex extravaganza over in Taiwan, we've been... Read more...
Another driver release from ATI spawns another performance comparison for TweakTown. Along with the addition of Adaptive Anti-Aliasing, ATI promises some performance improvements in a couple of games. Probably not the games you were hoping for though. "Apart from the performance improvements you can see below, Adaptive Anti-Aliasing has been added to the Radeon 9550 and above models. Originally Adaptive AA, which is a feature which adjusts its detail level depending on the performance, was only seen in the X1000 series of cards."  ... Read more...
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