Tech News August 2008

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MSI European Overclocking Challenge 2008 ~ Report from the OC Field
Madshrimps :: Thursday, August 28, 2008
“Overclocking is in, overclocking is hot! At least, that´s what these last few months are telling us. In the contrary to the previous years of overclocking, in which it was a big taboo for many manufacturers, many top notch brands are deciding to support the overclocking community. We took a trip to Amsterdam, where MSI held its first European Overclocking Challenge and due to some unforeseen circumstances, our editor even participated himself. Read out full report, coming to you straight from between the OC trenches”

back-to-school system guide
Tech Report :: Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The back-to-school season is upon us, bringing with it droves of students stocking up on books, school supplies, and something trendy to wear on that all-important first day back. Notebooks are popular at this time of year, of course, but if portability isn’t a priority, desktops can offer substantially more horsepower and flexibility at significantly lower prices. The time is right, then, for another update to our system guide.

It’s been almost two months since the guide was updated, and its contents already read like an ancient Babylonian tale etched on stone tablets. Well, maybe not. But things change quickly in this industry, and the last two months have been no exception. Thanks to falling prices spurred by the introduction of new products, we’ve managed to slip a quad-core processor and a Radeon HD 4870 into our $1,000 Grand Experiment system. The $500 Econobox’s gaming chops have been upgraded with a GeForce 8800 GT, too, and our $1500 Sweet Spot build has been lavished with RAID and other high-end luxuries.

To make things even more interesting this time around, we’ve fashioned a sub-$300 PC based onIntel’s new Atom processor. This system won’t set any performance records, but it should satisfy users looking for basic, no-frills desktop functionality in the kind of small form factor that easily squeezes into cramped dorm rooms. Read on for all the details on this and other builds in our latest system guide.

Interview with Tamas Miklos / Everest
techPowerUp :: Wednesday, August 27, 2008
This month’s interview is with Tamas “Fiery” Miklos who is the brains behind the popular system information software Everest. He talks about his personal background, first experience with computers and how he came to make Everest.

I Know Where You Live [Online Privacy]
PC Mech :: Wednesday, August 27, 2008
“We live in a very inter-connected world today, a world where more and more of our lives take place on the Internet. As a result, pieces of our lives, or at least breadcrumbs of where we’ve been and what we’ve been up to, are left on servers across the Internet. And to illustrate that point, let me relay a quick story from Gnomedex.”

NVISION 08 Day 1: Jen-Hsun Huang’s Keynote 
Hot Hardware :: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
A few months ago, NVIDIA first told us about their plans to organize a massive event called NVISION that focused on all things in the visual computing field. NVIDIA planned to take over a number of major venues in downtown San Jose, including the convention center and a number of adjacent hotels, and invite experts and celebrities from the high-performance computing, gaming, video, movies, and graphics fields, to participate. An ambitious plan to say the least.

Bloo Balls by Cheapskate
Bit-Tech Modding :: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Straight from the forum to our front page, we’ve got a scratch build that anyone interested in plexi, HAL or disaster recovery needs to read. Come on in and take a read over the wonder of Craig’s (aka Cheapskate) Bloo Balls…

NVISION 08: Day 1
Techgage :: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Day one at NVISION kicked off and kept us busy from first thing in the morning until the late into the evening. Though nothing new was announced, we did manage to check out a few interesting sights, such as Jen-Hsun’s keynote, exhibitor booths and more.

Lucid HYDRA Engine Multi-GPU Technology
Techgage :: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
One of the more exciting third-party demonstrations we saw at Intel’s 2008 Developer Forum was by a little-known company called Lucid, who promises highly-efficient multi-GPU performance scaling via their unique “Hydra Engine” technology. We take a look at Hydra Engine, and what it means for ATI’s Crossfire and NVIDIA’s SLI.

NVISION 08: Day 0
Techgage :: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
We’re in sunny San Jose where NVIDIA’s mega-event, NVISION 08, will soon be in full effect. The event is bringing gamers and developers from all over the world to create what NVIDIA hopes to be the first true visual computing convention. We stepped behind the scenes before the official opening to see how things are being set up.

IDF 08 SF: Day 2 Keynote Roundup
Techgage :: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Wednesday’s keynote schedule may not have been as chock-full of new hardware demonstrations as Tuesday’s Gelsinger-Perlmutter marathon, but it wasn’t without some excitement of its own. Here’s our summary of the day’s keynote speeches.

IDF 08 SF: Day 1 Keynote Roundup
Techgage :: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Greetings from the Fall 2008 Intel Developer Forum! Day 1 is done, and we’ve already heard speeches from some of the biggest names at the company, regarding new products and the company’s future direction, as well as the significance of technological progress worldwide. We’ve got your details about what was said, and who said it.

IDF 08 SF: Intel Reveals More About Nehalem
Techgage :: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Intel opened up about their Nehalem architecture at this summer’s IDF, and while we are unable to talk about performance data, what we can talk about is of great interest. Read on as we take a brief look at Turbo Mode, HyperThreading, CPU and Memory overclocking, the triple-channelmemory controller and much more.

ECS “Black Series” P45T-A
Techgage :: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Need to build a new rig on the cheap? Need modest Crossfire support, and a decent feature-set? The ECS P45T-A might be worthy of your consideration, as it packs in a good amount of functionality, solid performance, a cool color scheme and of course, a good price tag, of around $110.

OCZ Alchemy Elixir Gaming Keyboard
Techgage :: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
OCZ prepares to take on the world of gaming keyboards with their new Alchemy Elixir, part of the company’s Alchemy lineup of gaming peripherals. How does it stack up to the competition from established gaming peripheral companies like Razer, Logitech, and Creative?

PC Specialist Apollo System
Driver Heaven :: Monday, August 25, 2008
PC Specialist are a UK based company who concentrate solely on custom PC builds for consumers that do not have the time or expertise to create a system themselves. Trading since September 2003 they may not be the first name that comes to mind but this does not mean they should be ruled out if you need a prebuilt. Using their web configuration tool it is possible to create a system to match your dreams (or budget!) and one such system is the Apollo.

Today we are reviewing one of the higher specification models in that family which features a quad core Intel processor, dual graphics cards and over a terabyte of storage. As well as the standard performance testing we will also be taking a detailed look to see just how it rates in regards to the quality of the build.


NVISION 08: Day 0
Techgage :: Monday, August 25, 2008
We’re in sunny San Jose where NVIDIA’s mega-event, NVISION 08, will soon be in full effect. The event is bringing gamers and developers from all over the world to create what NVIDIA hopes to be the first true visual computing convention. We stepped behind the scenes before the official opening to see how things are being set up.

NVIDIA NVISION 08 Pre-Show Coverage
Legit Reviews :: Monday, August 25, 2008
“The picture shown above with the big screen TV and the PC game title Race Driver GRID is part of the 3D Stereovision Demo that will be shown during the event. This demo shows off the new stereoscopic 3D hardware and software that has never been shown publicly before. You can play some of the hottest new games with new 3D glasses that are sycn’d with brand new Mitsubishi and View Sonic LCD displays. We took a second to try out GRID and found it to be really fun and the 3D glasses worked great and were much nicer than ones we have seen over the past year…”

IDF In Pictures, A Video Slide Show
Hot Hardware :: Monday, August 25, 2008
Last week’s Intel Developer’s Forum was packed with enough sites and sounds to keep any self-respectng Tech Geek’s head turning. So, we’ve put together a video slide show for you, as sort of a final wrap of the event. Enjoy!

Everything You Need to Know About The QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) 
Hardware Secrets :: Monday, August 25, 2008
“Since the beginning of times Intel CPUs use an external bus called Front Side Bus or simply FSB that is shared between memory and I/O requests. The next generation of Intel CPUs will have an embedded memory controller and thus will provide two external busses: a memory bus for connecting the CPU to the memory and an I/O bus to connect the CPU to the external world. This bus is a new bus called QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) and in this tutorial we will be explaining how it works.”

Modders-Inc at NVISION08 
Modders Inc. :: Monday, August 25, 2008
NVISION08 is underway and Modders-Inc is there. Come take a look with us as to what is happening at NVISION08

Live blog from the Nvision opening keynote
Tech Report :: Monday, August 25, 2008
Join us as we live blog from Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang’s Nvision keynote address:

Smooth Creations Trek 08 Preview
Nordic Hardware :: Sunday, August 24, 2008
Smooth Creations is widely known for combining the latest hardware with workmanship of a higher art. While you can buy PCs packing extreme hardware from several system builders, only Smooth Creations will give your case an extreme paint job, where every case has personal variations making every computer unique. We got a chance to test its latest system, dubbed Trek 08. The full review will have to wait though, because after unboxing the case we decided that we wanted to publish a short preview first. It wouldn’t be fair to the artwork not to.

IDF: Inside Nehalem 
Hot Hardware :: Sunday, August 24, 2008
Nehalem is the codename for Intel’s next generation Core microarchitecture–which has recently been given the official processor family name of “Core i7.” Nehalem was one of the big topics of discussion at IDF–and not just because it represents the next generation of Intel’s processors, but also because the clock is winding down quickly on when the chip will make its official, public debut. An official date has not been given yet, but Intel is promising that we’ll see Nehalem systems for sale sometime in Q4 of this year.

Intel claims that Nehalem represents the biggest platform architecture change to date. This might be true, but it is not a grounds-up, completely new architecture design. We’ve got the full scoop from IDF right here…

Gigabyte Previews Intel Canmore DVP Platform at IDF
PC Stats :: Sunday, August 24, 2008
As consumers we want digital access to our media, but at the same time we want big screen displays not to be undone by the noise of a computer. Intel thinks it may have a solution to this problem. Make a computer that is cheap and quiet, and specialized at media playback in high definition. The Intel Canmore Digital Video Player concept was discussed this week at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, and Gigabyte have been quick to highlight its entry into this emerging marketplace.

Student’s Starter Guide to College
Digital Trends :: Saturday, August 23, 2008
“Here are a few items that will make your college dorm room a popular place to be.”

M Festival and i34
XS Reviews :: Saturday, August 23, 2008
The UK isn’t known for massive industry events such as CeBit, but we do hold some fairly large LAN Parties and some small scale events such as the M-Festival.

This year, the M-Festival and the 34th i-Series of LAN Parties were held at the massive Stoneleigh Park, where two halls were being used (one for I34 and one for the M-Festival). Altogether, there were over 2500 Gamers battling it out in various games (the UK’s largest ever LAN) and some of the top leading brands such as Cooler Master and MSI showcasing new products.

Asus Advanced Overclocking Championship Coverage
Overclock 3d :: Thursday, August 21, 2008
With 4870X2’s, QX9770’s and hefty amounts of LN2, ASUS attempt to break some records with the help of the worlds best overclockers.

IDF Day 2: Eric Kim and Renee James Keynotes
Hot Hardware :: Thursday, August 21, 2008
Eric Kim really loves TV. If he ever decides to step down as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s Digital Home Group, he might have a future as a game show host. At least he had fun channeling one as he donned a bright red jacket and asked panelists some media-based trivia questions to prove a point during his keynote address at IDF…

Craig Barrett Keynote: “Inspiring Innovation”
Hot Hardware :: Wednesday, August 20, 2008
This year’s IDF kicked off in typical fashion with Pat Gelsinger, Intel senior vice president and general manager, Digital Enterprise Group, taking the stage and giving an brief overview of what the event has to offer over the course of the next three days, including highlighting key speakers (the Woz on Thursday!), contributors, and sponsors.

Gelsinger equated the childhood book series Where’s Waldo with trying to figure out where in the world Intel chairman, Craig Barrett might be at any given moment. As to “Where in the world is Craig Barrett,” the answer could easily be any one of over 30 countries, where Gelsinger suggested that Barrett has become the chief ambassador for the IT industry. Apparently, Barrett has been on every continent except Antarctica. This served as the segue to play a video the explored the themes of Barrett’s keynote speech: “Inspiring Innovation.” We have full coverage of Craig Barrett’s keynote, complete with numerous images, available here:

Anime Festival Orlando 2008
Techware Labs :: Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Who doesn’t like anime? Our reporter Justin Washick attended the Anime Festival Orlando 2008 to bring you a look at the wild contests, constumes, and video direct from the event. Intrigued? Check out our coverage of AFO 2008.