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The Inquirer reports that AMD/ATI's upcoming RS690T IGP chipset will have its own local memory to increase performance. The main issue being overcome here is the latency between the IGP and memory. On the AMD platform, this latency is extremely small thanks to the integrated memory controller for the CPU. By comparison, the latency between the GPU and memory is extremely large. By hijacking the PCIEx16 interface, the chipset can supposedly support up to 128MB of local memory which will significantly reduce latencies. Time will tell how big of a performance differential the inclusion of a local frame buffer will make in terms of real-world performance. Regardless, I don't think... Read more...
Sony announced that they're so pleased with the performance of Ken Kutaragi in bringing you the Playstation3 late and over budget, that they're not going to  let him manage the unit that makes it any more. You or me? We'd be fired. He gets a big raise and a new office. On Nov. 30, Sony Computer Entertainment announced that Kutaragi, known as the father of PlayStation, would hand daily management of the unit to his deputy in the U.S., Kaz Hirai. Kutaragi will retain the title of division CEO, but he'll also assume the chairman's post, while the 45-year-old Hirai becomes president. "Kutaragi is still the top executive and, knowing... Read more...
Futuremark, the creator of the popular benchmarking suites 3DMark and PCMark, has updated their site with new versions of 3DMark06 and PCMark05. The updates bring not only a few bug fixes, but added support for Windows Vista. Benchmarks native to Windows Vista should be out in 2007, and will take advantage of the latest DirectX features. "To support performance analysis on PC's running Microsoft(R) Windows Vista operating system Futuremark's 3DMark06 and PCMark05 will be Vista enabled. Updated benchmark performance results on Windows Vista systems have been tested and verified by Futuremark as valid and fully comparable. Next generation... Read more...
It looks like some spy photos of ATI's upcoming R600 DX10-class GPU have hit the web. Zol.com has some photos posted of a chip that is allegedly an R600. According to the site the chip is comprised of over 500 million transistors and it's manufactured on TSMC's 80nm half-node. If this information is correct, that would make the R600 about 180 million transistors "smaller" than the G80 and about 116 million transistors "bigger" then R580. This coupled with the news that the chip is built at 80nm, means the R600 should be cheaper to produce than the G80. And it also means that the die is a bit larger than R580's, despite being manufactured on the more advanced... Read more...
Finally someone asks the correct question about Microsoft's new Vista OS. It's not "How well does it work?" It should be: "How well will it work on the musty old rig I'm going to try to run it on?" Arstechnica does us all a favor and tests Vista on three different computers, including "Momma's five year old workhorse." The Vista train is running full steam to its release date on November 30 to businesses and January 30, 2007 to store shelves. Is Vista really ready? That depends on what it will be ready for. We expect that the biggest headache for users will be so-called in-place upgrades. While Vista was reasonable on all the machines where we performed... Read more...
Have a pair of ATI Radeon X1900 series cards and want to put them to good use when you're not gaming? FAHInfo.org has the g2 on maximizing your WU processing... "Now you need to get the GPU ID in order to tell the GPU client which GPU to send the cores to. The GPUs are numbered starting from zero so the GPU ID number is always one less than the screen number. In the example above, where monitor 1 is attached to the primary output of card 1: GPUID=0, and monitor 2 is connected to the primary output of card 2: GPUID=1. If you have all 4 outputs active, and your Monitors are arranged such that the Primary output of card 2 is connected... Read more...
As reported earlier this month in Unauthorized Access Denied, Lenovo is shipping encryptable hard drives in its ThinkPad series. Now we see hard drive manufacturers starting to eliminate the middleman and offer this functionality themselves. Seagate is the first to announce encryptable drives with their DriveTrust Technology. DriveTrust Technology delivers new levels of simplicity, transparency and cost- effectiveness for securing digital information. The Seagate security platform automatically protects all drive data, not just selected partitions or files, at all times, and its security functions operate independently of the hard drive, preserving... Read more...
Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that supply of NVIDIA's upcoming G80 GPU (rumored to be the GeForce 8800 series) will be severely limited until the end of the year. Specifically, the cards are expected the first week of November with extremely tight supply in the channel for at least six weeks. Just like in economics class, this will surely teach the market about the law of supply and demand with prices initially going upwards of MSRP until more volume gets into the channel. Then again, fate could smile on us and prices could remain at MSRP or lower. Per usual, time will tell in this case. G80 chips are selling like hot cakes. Well not in etail or retail, but Nvidia's partners... Read more...
No, the headline isn't a mistype. Apple as revealed that a small number of video iPods contain the Windows RavMonE.exe virus, which they say found it's way onto iPods shipped after Sept. 12th. This virus won't be any trouble for Mac customers, and can be removed by using free Anti-Virus software found on Apple's site, and also with some popular Windows Anti-Virus tools. "The iPods were infected with the virus at one of Apple's contract manufacturers. The virus does not affect Mac customers. "As you might imagine, we are upset at Windows for not being more hardy against such viruses, and even more upset with ourselves for not... Read more...
CNN Money is reporting that Google has entered talks with Youtube about a potential purchase agreement.  Youtube has become an internet sensation over the past year with users from around the world posting random videos for viewing.  With viewership ranging in the hundreds of millions, Youtube is not without its own controversy.  Universal Studios has recently begun challenging the content on Youtube as being in violation of copyright laws and hint at possible legal action in the near future.  Todays report indicates Google would pay $1.6 billion dollars for the company. YouTube, based in San Mateo, Calif., allows viewers to upload and share video and it estimates that... Read more...
AMD Validated Solutions Program Empowers Channel To Deliver Best-Of-Breed Commercial Platforms SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- October 2, 2006 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unveiled AMD Validated Solutions (AVS), a new initiative that represents a significant evolution of the company's channel offerings. Designed to help solution providers deliver competitive, leading-edge commercial systems based on AMD64 technology, AVS addresses a growing need for best-of-breed platform provider solutions. The new program provides rigorous platform validation and testing, as well as post-sales service and support, all directly from AMD.  READ MORE...... Read more...
We all know Al Gore invented the internet. Did you know Bush invented Google? Search Marketing Info has a fascinating history of search engines, chockablock full of useful information about both their history and the nuts and bolts of how they work. And according to them, back in 1945, Bush came up with the idea of a searchable database, and published it in the Atlantic Monthly. No silly, not George Bush; Vannevar Bush: Specialization becomes increasingly necessary for progress, and the effort to bridge between disciplines is correspondingly superficial. The difficulty seems to be, not so much that we publish unduly in view of the extent and... Read more...
College ain't cheap. And if college bores you, or wastes your time, it's adding injury to the insult of loading you up with debt. So if you're going to go to school, why not look for schools that prepare you for the world you're going to inhabit when you get out, not some broken down version of 1970? Popular Mechanics has a list of ten University programs that will get you that Will Hunting offer right out of the gate. Here's an example of one I'd like to go to; and if I wasn't already poorly educated and loaded up with debt, I might: GAMING THE SYSTEM Game Culture and Technology University of California, Irvine Computer and video gaming these days is analogous to... Read more...
Anandtech has just posted a follow-up article to their initial preview of Apple's new Mac Pro flagship desktop / workstation. Here, Anand focuses primarily upon the Mac Pro's upgrade path as well as overall performance when running Windows XP. Although there are relatively few GPU options at this time for the system, the Mac Pro still turns in a respectable performance in the latest and greatest titles. Now if Apple would just release a Core2Duo (Conroe) equipped desktop system with NVIDIA and ATI's latest GPU's available as options, we would likely see a healthy volume of users running to jump over the fence from the bland standard" PC. The upgrade path offered by the... Read more...
Yesterday AMD updated their prices across their entire range of CPU's. AMD Athlon 64 FX Processor PIB Price Athlon 64 FX-62 - $827 AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor PIB Price Athlon 64 X2 5200 - $403 Athlon 64 X2 5000+ - $301 Athlon 64 X2 4600+ - $276 Athlon 64 X2 4600+ - $240 Athlon 64 X2 4200+ - $215 Athlon 64 X2 4200+ - $187 Athlon 64 X2 3800+ - $176 Athlon 64 X2 3800+ - $152 A quick scan on Pricegrabber found that most AMD OEM/Retail CPU prices are approximately 10-20% lower than AMD's official pricing.... Read more...
HKEPC has learned that NVIDIA's first 80nm GPU is expected to be released sometime this September. Two versions of the G73-B1 GPU, the G73-N-B1 and the G73-H-B1, will be manufactured by TSMC (Fab12), and will be a direct competitor to ATI's X1650 series. The G73-N-B1 is very similar to NVIDIA's 90nm part, even sharing the same PCB design, however the G73-H-B1 will be geared towards the home theater market. The G73-H-B1 will be available to the OEM market, though NVIDIA has yet to announce any plans for the retail market. "As home theater is becoming the trend of future, products with build-in HDMI Signal Mixing function is an essence... Read more...
Twelve FireFox fans, mainly Oregon State University students, created a large FireFox crop circle with a diameter of 220 feet on Saturday. The crop circle took two weeks to plan and was constructed in under 24 hours in an oat field near Amity, Oregon, with the permission of the land owners. The circle is completely invisible from the road, but clearly visible from the sky, as shown in the following picture. Visit the project page for a photo gallery and videos documenting the project.... Read more...
Some people might cringe at the idea of an operating system which features built in advertising. However those people probably have enough money to afford a non ad-supported OS, or are tech savvy enough to understand Linux. The ones who don't fit into either category, such as public buildings like libraries and schools, might find the idea of a cost reduced, ad-supported OS a bit intriguing. Though Linux offers a decent amount of free versions, the familiarity the general public has with Windows is undeniable, and works well in Microsoft's favor.  "By now most people who are interested in operating systems have probably had a chance... Read more...
The folks at HKEPC have managed to get their hands on the AsRock AM2NF6-VSTA motherboard which is based upon NVIDIA's next generation MCP61 IGP chipset. Utilizing a single chipset package, the new NVIDIA IGP platform is passively cooled despite featuring a new graphics core based around the GeForce 7 series of GPU's. Although the review has yet to be translated, those looking for the latest details on NVIDIA's new chipset can use their favorite online translator such as Babblefish and see what they have to say about the AsRock board in question. One thing is certain, you can expect to have an in-depth analysis of NVIDIA's new IGP chipset here at Hot Hardware... Read more...
Google has been under fire from a few different news organizations recently, as they claim Google violates Copyright laws with its Google News service. Google has struck a payment deal with the Associated Press, though details have yet to be disclosed. Agence France Presse, a French news agency, is still seeking $17.5 million through their suit, and hope Google's decision to pay the Associated Press will work in their favor. "On the surface, paying the Associated Press seems to conflict with the stance Google has traditionally taken regarding its Google News service. Because Google News is an aggregator, the company has argued, Google... Read more...
The MCP61S is an all-in-one integrated graphics processor (IGP) from NVIDIA that is designed for AMD's AM2 platform. It will combine the capabilities of a traditional northbridge and southbridge into a single chip along with a DirectX 9.0c compliant graphics solution. It will replace the GeForce 6100 IGP and will be built on NVIDIA's 90nm process. Digitimes is reporting that motherboards using the MCP61S will be available at the end of August. "The new IGP chipset could help motherboard manufacturers reduce design and production costs, as the unit price of MCP61S-based motherboards could be lowered to less than US$80, the makers estimate." The single chip design of... Read more...
NVIDIA SLI TECHNOLOGY SELECTED BY GLOBAL PC BUILDERS FOR INTEL CORE 2 DUO LAUNCH First Reviews of Intel Core 2 Duo Show NVIDIA nForce Motherboards and NVIDIA SLI Multi-GPU Solutions Taking the Performance Crown SANTA CLARA, CA - JULY 27, 2006 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced that many of the world's leading system builders have elected to launch new enthusiast gaming Intel Core 2 Duo-based systems exclusively with NVIDIA SLI technology. The Intel Core 2 Duo processor combined with an NVIDIA nForce4 SLI X16 or NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI or 570 SLI-based motherboard and one, two, or even four GeForce graphics processing... Read more...
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