Business, Hardware

ASUS officially launches the best sound card… from them

When ASUS entered the world of sound cards, the company had a plan of execution, but of course, things don’t always go perfect. Xonar AV-1 faced numerous delays as ASUS engineers are learning how to create drivers for the professional segment, and the part still isn’t available on market. But, according to some sources, the card should be ready by CES/NAMM (mid-January ’09), three quarters late. It will be interesting to see will ASUS enter that arena on NAMM show, or the company will leave professional music market to its partners, in the same manner as AMD does. But, experiences learned on development of AV-1

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3D, Graphics, Hardware

Zotac releases affordable DisplayPort cards

Since DisplayPort will be the “Flavor of the year” in 2009, and start to replace DVI and analog D-SUB, more and more companies are joining in with their products that feature this connector. Zotac decided to launch the most affordable cards so far – based on GeForce 9400GT and 9500GT, these boards are targeting those entry-level systems that will be inside those “Christmas special” systems that will be equipped with “displays for 2009”. All in all, interesting parts.

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Memory & Storage Space, VR World

US economy melted down, but people bought TVs like there’s no tomorrow

If we read the papers and check our wallets, US economy is in deep turmoil, and the ripple effect spans across the globe. But, good to see that consumer confidence is still on a high, since LCD and Plasma TVs market their best quarter in history. You’ve read it correctly. According to a brand new market research report made by DisplaySearch, Americans bought more than 10 million TV units in Q3’08, marking an increaseof 6% QoQ and 12% YoY, beating Q4’07 (record for now). So, economy might be in shambles, but people want to see America’s Got Talent. Most popular screen size is 32″, in

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Hardware

Overclock the DDR2 memory and win serious money in Gigabyte’s challenge

I woke up this morning to an MSN message from Rita (Gigabyte’s marketing lady from the City of Angels, CA), challenging me to join the GigaByte’s “Can You Beat the Pros” competition. The competiton is quite simple – all you need to do is either beat or come close enough to world record in DDR2 memory clock, set by Fugger and Vapor (hint: Fugger is actually on the right, while Vapor is on the left – for those unaware of these legends of overclcok). Actual world record is set at 1508 “MHz” (Megatransfers/second sounds more realistic), or 754 MHz DDR, which brought my memories to

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3D, AMD, Business, Companies, Graphics, Hardware

UPDATE: 55nm GT206 GPU powers both GTX290 and Quadro FX 5800

The honor of being the first product powered by 55nm G200-302 chip (a.k.a. GT206/212) went to Quadro FX 4800/5800, products that launched with a lot of fanfare earlier today. Besides Quadro FX 4800 and 5800, the new 55nm GPU will also power GeForce GTX 270 and 290. Essentially, we’re talking about the same parts. Quadro FX 4800 is nothing more but GTX270 with double the amount of video memory, while Quadro FX 5800 is equal to GTX290, but with four times the video memory. ATI is not sleeping, as the company is preparing an RV790 part , beefed-up version of already existing RV770 chip. G200-302

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Companies, Hardware, Microsoft

Avoid Microsoft keyboards – “bug” or a “feature”?

I’ve just received word from Eran Badit of NGOHQ.Com fame, who encountered an interesting experience with Microsoft keyboards. Acorrding to Eran, keyboards to avoid are following: –    Wireless Keyboard 6000 –    Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000 –    Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000 It seems that the keyboards are suffering from some sort of keystroke lock, which is pretty bad if you are a gamer or multi-tasker (I can imagine more than one scenario in Photoshop where I am pressing more than 3 keys at the same time). You can follow this developing story here.

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3D, AMD, Companies, Graphics, Hardware

Nvidia officially unveils civil “CX” and FX5800 monster

Last week, I did a short piece about the way how Nvidia is trying to bridge the 32-/64-bit divide, and today, the company officially unveiled Quadro FX 4800 and FX 5800. Quadro FX 4800 shares a lot of similarities with Adobe-oriented CX, but features 216 shaders (yes, GTX-260 brother here, if my sources were correct) and 1.5 GB of GDDR3 memory. But the star of the today’s launch is FX 5800, the new flagship of Quadro fleet. In a way, we already know everything about FX 5800, since Nvidia demonstrated the product back in August at Siggraph 2008, followed by Nvision 08 – so, specs

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Business, Gaming, Hardware, Software Programs

OCZ Brain-thingie hits $99 for Black Friday/Cyber Monday

One of major obstacles that any new revolutionary technology has to overcome is the question of affordability. Recently, I published my four-months-and-counting experience with the OCZ’s NIA, and in the end of the review, my only advice to OCZ was to target $99 price-point as the magical mark. Earlier today, a good friend of mine from Sacramento pinged me and told me that NIA hit $99 on Newegg after MIR check comes at your door. I went to Newegg and checked it out, and is true – now you can get NIA for $119.99 with a $20.00 check “is in the mail” http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=26-100-006 . Now,

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AMD, Business, Companies, Graphics, Intel

AMD keeps on killing its saviors, continues malicious benchmark practice

When it comes to AMD, this is the one company that is really a talent when it comes to destroying its own golden gooses. Sometimes out of knowledge, sometimes out of pure malice, the company’s heart is far from one that was the core when Colonel Sanders was in charge. The company that Sanders lead was always on the edge, but it was that edge that created AMD K7 and K8 architecture (NexGen), it was the edge that went into sponsorship deal with Ferrari and commanded with 45% of 4P server space (for a while). Reactive AMD was the one that stopped investment in 65nm

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Apple, Companies, Hardware, Mobile Computing

UPDATE: Over 7000 iPhones sold in Croatia on Day One

iPhone debuted in Croatia today, and became an instant hit with more than 7000 devices sold in first 8 hours of being on the street. Now, if you had any perception about Croatia being a “country in development”, “emerging market”, “people eat food from cans” (quite popular assumption from my former british colleagues… even though their cuisine was pretty pathetic), think again. Prices for the iPhone 3G range from 25 cents to over $800, depending on your subscription model. Yes, you can buy the iPhone 3G for measily 25 cents, not a typo. But, only if you want to pay monthly subscription of $100, that

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3D, AMD, Business, Companies, Hardware

Power Color brings the “cool” to 4870 series with LCS model

I’ve just got word from Andre Santos, PR rep for most of EMEA region that his company finally entered the world of water-cooling products with style. TUL introduced LCS4870, or ATI Radeon 4870 with water-cooling block slapped on top of it. Engineers went at it, since the core clock is upped to 800 MHz, and memory is set at 950 MHz (3.8 GT/s or “GHz”). Of course, if you decide to void your warranty and install ATI Tool for massive overclocking, this water-block should help you into 1GHz GPU range, and memory should go to 1.1 GHz QDR (4.4 GT/s) and have bandwidth of 138

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3D, AMD, Companies, Graphics, Software Programs

Nvidia plans to bridge the 32-bit and 64-bit divide

When you are designing a workstation product, you’re not designing what your engineers want, but rather what the customer will buy.  Workstation market is much more conservative than consumer one, and a lot of design changes have to be made in order to accomodate this, still much smaller market. Currently, the biggest headache in the workstation world is 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems. While the FX community already went for 64-bit operating system, a lot of organizations are resisting to change and remain in the 32-bit world with its applications and broad compatibility. This was a big challenge for both ATI and Nvidia, who went

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AMD, Companies, Hardware, Intel

CoolIT preparing something new…

Maker of world’s most effective water-cooling setups, CoolIT Systems – is currently putting a pedal to the metal in development of their new product. I managed to learn that the company is working on greatly improving their product and designing robust solution that will be an ideal product for LAN party lunatics, which have to be really careful with their water-cooling setups during transport from their homes to LAN parties and back. You can expect that the new product will also be price-friendly, and hopefully, one day water-cooling will be mainstream. There is nothing better than putting a Noctua 120mm fan on Freezone Elite and

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AMD, Companies, CPU, Hardware

Deneb set to launch end of November, again in Channel

Roughly a year after the debut of AMD’s Spider platform, 45nm processors are coming in the frame. Under codename Deneb (Phenom) and Shanghai (Opteron), these babies are starting to appear from thin air. We’ve received word that the new Phenom is again repeating the history of original Phenom, and that is launching too late for major system design wins from the likes such as Dell, HP and others. So, AMD is going to launch Deneb in channel first, and you can expect those Black Edition processors appearing out of thin air. Overclocking results are really promising, and on 790 boards with SB750 Southbridge, you can

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Companies, Graphics, Hardware, Intel

EVGA’s X58 motherboard is $299, not $399!

EVGA’s first non-Nvidia chipset motherboard brought a lot of attention and is currently #1 story on my blog with 836 souls that came to this site and read the piece. As the time of the launch approaches (Nov 17th), some e-tailers began to list the motherboard for 400 dollars. That would be all nice and dandy, but it is untrue. According to our sources, the motherboard is set to retail for 299 USD in North America, or around 280 Euro in EUrope. The $400 board will probably carry the name Black Pearl, and will come later. Hopefully this clears the confusion.

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3D, Graphics, Hardware

Nvidia relaunches 9600GSO, buyers beware

During previous conference call, Nvidia let analysts know that the company is in the middle of the transition to 55nm and that the future will bring only 55nm GPUs with a transition to 40nm at the end of Q1’09. First victim of this transition is GeForce 9600GSO. As you probably know, 9600GSO is without any doubt, best bang for buck – for as low as 50 bucks after rebate (where available), you can get a renamed 8800GT card with 112 or 96 shaders, and with a bit of cut-down memory controller (192-bits). These cards can overclock as hell, but just like previous GeForce4 Ti4200 and

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3D, AMD, Business, Companies, Graphics, Hardware, Software Programs

AMD’s Folding performance explained, future development revealed

Following the article about Top graphics cards for Folding@Home, it seems that I managed to get some doors opened and receive answers  from the people closely involved with the project. I had that luck of being contacted by people who were or still are involved with the project, and thus their answers were quite interesting. Names will remain unrevealed, of course.;-) In order to keep the clarity of the article, I’ve dumbed down some items that came up in discussions  – I will try to keep it both technical and simple. Impossible task, I know. Onto the matter then – the reason for ATI’s problems

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3D, AMD, Companies, Graphics, Intel

Some Radeon 5870 rumours are BS… some aren’t ;)

I’ve received word from a reader that some Germans wrote a story  containing details about RV870, e.g. Radeon “5870”. Neoseeker brought the translation forward , and while some parts make a lot of sense, some really don’t. First of all, the RV870 is supposed to be a 40nm part, but that’s not something that we didn’t know already. Both Nvidia and AMD are going to bring 40nm half-node parts first, followed by 32 and 28nm full-nodes. According to the story, the GPU is supposed to contain 25% more shaders than Radeon 4800 series, bringing the theoretical computational power to 1.5 TFLOPS. Well, you don’t need

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3D, AMD, Business, Companies, Graphics, Hardware, Intel

Nvidia aims at workstation market, desktops and notebooks

Fudo and his gang discovered MCP7A-GL motherboard over at Chinese Iworkstation.com.cn. This motherboard is “body of evidence” that Nvidia finally found the guts to go after the workstation market with embedded Quadro chipset. Over the course of years, I’ve seen couple of Quadro motherboards, but Nvidia never dedicated themselves to creating a market. Personally, I saw that as a big mistake, and often questioned chipset guys about professional solutions. Nvidia was afraid that the move would cannibalize their cash cow, Quadro series of cards, but that fear just didn’t made any sense – at the end of the day, a company has to increase the

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AMD, Business, Companies, Graphics, Hardware, Intel

OPTiGate: AMD and Intel in the same boat as Nvidia

Earlier today, my friends at Fudzilla ran a story that hit at Nvidia, with claims that Nvidia disabled PCI Prefetch due to patent infringement. That story was true, without any doubt. But that story was actual back in late 2006, as DVhardware confirmed. When OPTi left the PCI chipset market and decided to do what Silicon Valley companies do when they leave the competition world: sue everybody they can. Just like Integraph milked money from their stolen IP from AMD, Intel, Nvidia, Gateway, Dell, HP and others, OPTi decided to cash in by opening negotiations with AMD, Intel, Nvidia and others – VIA included. The

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