Graphics, Hardware

Dual displays are nice? but what about a dual 4K display setup?

As Theo updated us, EVGA finally went ahead with their dual display monitor – yes, the resolution is miserable, and the connectivity setup not the best one, but let’s say it, it’s a unique product. And, no surprise having EVGA make monitors – for heaven’s sake, the company’s name sounds like one of graphics resolution anyways (VGA, SVGA, then why not EVGA?). But, can we go far further in this? During Computex, ASUS and a few others demoed 4K resolution gaming and imaging PC setups, but that’s nothing really new – I used an IBM T221 monitor as early as 2003 with that fantastic ideal

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Business, Hardware

The Bristol Curse: How the UK lost its CPU technology edge

Many of our elder readers, those in their 30’s and 40’s, may remember a really lovely microprocessor family – a kind of wet dream from our days of youth. Transputer was something truly special for a CPU some 25 years ago: they went 32-bit at the same time as Motorola 68020 and Intel 386, had comparable performance despite a unique 3-register & on-chip memory model, and… Every CPU had four full speed links to other CPUs & beyond, something you only see in Intel CPUs in 2007 [even the ever-ahead Alpha only had such stuff in Year of the Millennium Bug 2000]. The 32-bit Transputers

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Hardware

EVGA will overclock the Intel P55 / P57 Flash ONFI module?

If you look at the upcoming Core i5 desktop Nehalem mainboards and the associated P55 – and later P57 – chipset, you’ll notice, next to the usual four DDR3 DIMM slots, another little slot of similar shape but less than half the length. That’s the ONFI (Open NAND Flash Interface) DIMM, the world’s first on a standard PC mainboard. Intel intends to use this socket for an improved version of the previous TurboMemory, with possibly 8 GB capacity and the ability to cache most of the OS and apps used. If a 16 GB version is there, well you’d practically cache ALL of the OS

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Hardware

GeIL brings DDR4 voltage to the world of DDR3!

Buried in the sea of news at the Computex was something really interesting: an ahead-of-time ultra low voltage 1.2 volt DDR3 DIMM module kit. Shown by Geil’s Hank "Hunk" Cheng [yeah the chap got the size of a small mountain, untypical for Taiwan] and his team, it sat next to an otherwise more headline-grabbing DDR3-2133 kit running on the Core i7. To me, though, the low voltage DDR3-1333 kit is interesting as it gives all the necessary speed for a reasonable Core i7 midrange system while saving nearly half on the power and heat vs the same speed 1.5 volt standard DDR3 parts. Heat spreaders

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Hardware

Exclusive: Intel "Skulltrail 2" is based upon 8-Core Nehalem-EX

During Computex, we sat down with Intel and discussed various high-end platforms. There is a possibility of a product akin to a possible successor to the current Skulltrail, that would incorporate dual Nehalem-EX CPU. In our discussions with Intel’s execs and gurus on the both desktop and commercial side, we learned of yet another possible Skulltrail successor. Sean Malone’s statement "Desktop is not Dead" is more than just words, with a true V16 being considered. Also, the possibility is still there for a 32nm Westmere-based follow up to the Nehalem-EP product in the same timeframe, providing for a 12-core normal DP product as an answer

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Business, Hardware

Intel air-cools Core i7 to 5.07 GHz!

During Computex Taipei 2009, Intel’s Sean Malone took his Keynote Speaker role very seriously: the "Desktop Is Not Dead" statement was supported by a slew of very impactful machines, some of which I’ll elaborate on here in detail. Core i7 "1105" – 5.07 GHz! Intel Core i7 975 processor clocked to 5.07 GHz using nothing else but a specially designed air cooler. This is the fastest ever air cooled processor in the history of the IT industry: If you take the 133 MHz QPI base clock and multiply it 38 times, a nice lucky number in Chinese, you’ll get a whopping 5.07 GHz. Eh, that’s

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Audio/Video, Hardware

Lost in Electric Town: Akihabara Denki Gai video

Akihabara Denki Gai [Electric Town] is a fascinating place for anyone who ever encountered the world of electronics. If you want the latest camera, or perhaps a cellphone with more features than you can shake your stick at… or if you belong to the small exclusive world of hardware modders and want to get the best capacitors, chokes and resistors for serious volt modding – Akihabara is a place for you. This is our first travel video, we plan to release many more, as our schedule starts to fill with events…     Sadly, the Yen is continuing its "too strong" rate compared to the

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Hardware

UPDATED: Nehalem-EP Workstation preview: 16 threads, 3.2 GHz, 48GB

UPDATE – Continue to the second page of the article. For a long time, dual processor systems intrigued many high-end desktop users: adding the second CPU propelled your personal PC into the "parallel processing" exotic workstation and HPC [High Performance Computing] realm, without jumping into the overly complex and expensive quad-socket and larger systems. And, two-socket systems can for the most part still fit within the usual high-end PC size and power envelope. Remember the Dual Celeron 300’s running on many overclockers’ rigs at 500 MHz and above, stable for years? That trend was then continued with the Intel D5400XS Skulltrail "extreme desktop" version of their dual

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Enterprise, Hardware

Nehalem-EP workstation Part 3: The First Benchmarks

In the first part of this review, we looked at the hardware, and? continued with the BIOS and Vista boot in the second part. We open the third part with a picture of how Vista welcomes you once that you have this rig: We cannot wait for Microsoft to finally release a Windows 7 Releace Candidate. While Vista is working like a charm on this setup [Nova, should we state only on this setup – Ed.], it is no secret that W7 and its built-in file system optimizations for SSDs would make this setup fly. In the meantime, pictures like this are the reason why

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Enterprise, Hardware

Nehalem-EP Part 2: 16-thread Task Manager pixellated

Following our first preview article, we continue today with article focusing on the BIOS options, as well as the initial Vista 64 findings on this huge 48 GB machine before going into the benchmark realm in the Tuesday’s Part 3. Naturally, this being a workstation machine which can also be used as a departmental server or visual supercomputer cluster node, Super Micro has included a whole range of BIOS options that you’d never, and I mean never, expect to see on any desktop motherboard, no matter how high end. We included some of the BIOS screenshots in the first part of our article, and we’ll

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