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Archive for March, 2021

Samsung launch 1TB Spinpoint hard disk drive

Terabyte Hard Disk Drives are becoming ever more popular in todays computer age, and today, Samsung launched their 1tb Hard Drive called the Samsung Spinpoint HD103UJ. The power usage on this hard drive is around 7.7w to 8.6w, depending on what the hard disk is actually doing. However, the hard disk drive unlike others which uses 4x 250GB platters, uses 3x 334GB platters, so this should make the hard drive run cooler and quieter. Altogether the drive has a total capacity of 1,002GB, or 1.002tb.

AMD Quad FX platform comes to an end

Quote from AMD Has announced that they will discontinue the 8-core enthusiast platform, and all of their effort is now going in to AMD Spider + Energy Efficient processors.

Next generation Radeon’s to be “multi-core”

Citing numerous articles over at Fudzilla, AMD's next generation graphics cards, which will feature the R700 core, will apparently be multi-core. Featuring either one, two or four cores on a single die will reportedly determine if the board is low, mid, or high-end, respectively. The site claim that with four or more "mini cores", one board could offer "three or even more times [the] performance of [the] RV670".

More GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB pictures surface

The G92 refresh of the 8800 GTS has dominated headlines lately, and while we've already seen two sets of pictures (one of which showed the board to have a somewhat inclined cooler), some new pictures have been published over at TweakTown. The reference board pictured has maintained its dual-slot cooler and appears to have one SLI connector, and one 6-pin PCIe power connector. Judging by the first picture, the board does indeed adopt a tilted cooler...

AMD toying with potential Ageia acquisition

Following closely behind Intel's purchase of Havok, word on the street is that AMD is eyeing off physics accelerator and API maker Ageia. In an interview with Custom PC, AMD?s head of developer relations, Richard Huddy, claims that price is the main issue at the present time. "No one would think of us as cash rich at the moment, so splashing an extra $100 million just to get physics, which is a niche market, is quite an issue for us." However, he doesn't rule the company out of the acquisition if the price is right...

nForce 680i doesn’t support Yorkfield, Wolfdale

This rumour has been a hot topic of discussion in many forums lately, however, it's now been made official by Nvidia that all 680i SLI based boards don't support Intel's 45nm Yorkfield or Wolfdale CPU's. As HardOCP report, a "motherboard circuit change is required" in order to use all Yorkfield CPU's. This news originated in the EVGA forums where a BIOS update was mentioned in order to gain Wolfdale support. Though while Nvidia doesn't state whether Wolfdale is supported, HardOCP claim that it simply "will not work"...

Nvidia delays 512MB 8800 GTS to December 11th

Contrary to the early December release date we've been rather hoping for, or December 3rd to be more precise - DigiTimes reports that Nvidia's G92-powered 8800 GTS will now arrive on December 11th, or so say their "sources at graphics card makers". The site note that the board consumes 140W, although unfortunately no other new information was added other than the board's US $299-349 price, and 650MHz/970MHz clocks.

Dell adds a 15″ XPS laptop.

Just in time for the Holiday Season 2007, Dell has introduced a 15" Widescreen XPS notebook computer. The 15" fits in perfectly with the 13" and 17" models already on the market. The base laptop will come with a Intel Core 2 Duo 1.50GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM, 120gb of Hard Disk space, DVD Burner and a Nvidia 8400M video card.

AMD Phemon 2.4GHz CPU postponed

AMD has announced that their 2.40GHz Phenom Processor will be postponed due to a hardware bug, The Inquirer reports. Even though shops got their hands on the Phenom 9700, it has to be recalled! The problem is when all 4 cores are at 100% load, the processor freezes. Apparently once B3 revision comes out, Phenom processors clocked at 2.4, 2.6, 2.8 and 3.0GHz will arrive on shelves.

Asus reducing proportion of AMD-powered notebooks

According to DigiTimes, Intel's Santa Rosa and Montevina platforms will now account for 90% of Asus' total notebook shipments. While this is good news for Intel fans, it comes as a downfall for AMD followers as the move results in decreasing the amount of AMD-based shipments from 30% to around 10%.

G92 8800GTS Features A Tilted Cooler

Nvidia's G92 powered 8800 GTS will feature a 'tilted cooler' according to The Tech Report. They mention it should reduce the amount of space needed, making it better for smaller cases, and that it can bring more air in, effectively cooling the card better.

Windows XP SP3 brings a 10% performance boost

With the launch of XP's third service pack slowly brewing, a report has been published revealing that, whilst using OfficeBench, performance improves by around 10% over service pack two.

Phenom X2, X3 prematurely benchmarked

To date, AMD has rolled out a rather small amount of Phenom X4 processors - some rather slow ones come to think of it - but the company is yet to launch the dual and triple-core alternatives. German hardware site PC Games Hardware has today compared an unnamed Phenom X3 and X2, which were clocked at 2.3Ghz, with a Q6600 and their Phenom X4 sibling. Tested using Winrar, 3DMark06 (CPU-Score) and Cinebench 10, the chip's performance is quite self explanatory...

Firefox 3.0 beta 1 available and reviewed

Whilst Internet Explorer still holds the greatest market share, it's slowly losing ground to Mozilla's baby, Firefox. Now available for download, the first beta for version 3 offers a crisper, faster interface - mainly thanks to the browser's new engine, Gecko 1.9. Mozilla claims that the beta includes "nearly 2 million lines of code changes, fixing more than 11,000 issues." New features include improved zoom functionalities, a downloads pause button, and instant bookmarking.

More Radeon HD 3600 series information, pictures

On Tuesday, we reported some details that confirmed the board’s availability in January/February, and some basic core clocks. HKEPC has today published some new information regarding the two new boards – including the naming scheme. Both boards will include 120 shader processors, 16 texture address units, 8 texture filter units, 4 ROPs and a 128 bit memory interface. Dubbed the HD 3670 and 3650, they’ll be clocked at 800MHz/800MHz and 600MHz/500MHz, respectively.

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