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New Eee PC models attempt to raise usability bar

Navin Maini | Laptops | Jul 1, 2008 6:05 AM CDT

ASUS is aiming to boost the usability factor of its upcoming Eee PC 904/905 models, as these images from Eee PC News portray.

As we reported yesterday, by combining an 8.9" display unit, with a larger 10" chassis, ASUS is able to make inroads by furnishing the new Eee PC models, with a larger, deemed more usable, keyboard. The larger 10" chassis is a pass down from the Eee PC 1000 that we took an exclusive inside look at recently.

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Diamond HD 4870 XOC Black Edition goes retail

Navin Maini | | Jul 1, 2008 5:24 AM CDT

Diamond Multimedia, purveyor of the HD 4870 XOC Black Edition SKU that has been the talking point of many HD 4800 series enthusiasts in recent days, is stepping up to the challenge of making the product available in the retail channel, according to a report from TechConnect Magazine.

Initially, highlighted as being exclusively available through system integrator, Smooth Creations, Diamond has perhaps been encouraged by widespread positive coverage and decided to open the floodgates, filter the HD 4870 XOC Black Edition through retail channels and thereby, quench enthusiasts' thirst.

Whilst pricing is not known at the time of going to press, cards could be available as early as next week.

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AMD turbo-charges RV770 GPU against NVIDIA

Navin Maini | | Jul 1, 2008 4:41 AM CDT

As reported by TG Daily, AMD is determined to up the ante even further, by capitalizing on the multifaceted attack it has launched against NVIDIA's GTX 260 and GTX 280 solutions.

Reports indicate that AMD is currently binning GPUs on the basis of achieving a satisfactory yield and level of performance, yet, the knowledge that the RV770 is capable of so much more, has fuelled the company to develop a 'derivative' of the RV770, known as the 'SuperRV770'.

The 'SuperRV770' will be an AIB/OEM exclusive, featuring a water cooling solution and boasting an unlocked BIOS, offering the tantalizing ability to overclock the GPU up to a, heady, 950 MHz. The GDDR5 memory won't be left out of the equation either, as it will be given a chance to polish its shine, with speeds of up to 1.2 GHz (QDR).

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AMD steps up enthusiast game against Intel, NVIDIA

Navin Maini | Gaming | Jun 30, 2008 4:29 AM CDT

TG Daily, features an account of AMD's fight to make leaps and bounds in the enthusiast sector of the market.

Sunnyvale, CA based AMD's CPU offerings, have been lagging behind Intel's Core 2 processor family which, literally, has been obliterating offerings from AMD in sheer performance stakes. With Intel in their target and by launching, what they deem as highly overclockable, yet affordable CPUs, AMD aims to match, if not exceed, their successes against NVIDIA.

On the GPU battlefield, AMD's turnaround in late 2007, with the HD 3800 series, marked the turning of the tide in price to performance ratios and this, has been heightened with the recent launch of the RV770 GPU, which has taken birth as the HD 4800 series.

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X-Fi branding morphs into ZEN MP3 player line-up

Navin Maini | | Jun 30, 2008 4:09 AM CDT

epiZENter, a fan site for Creative Labs MP3 Players, has revealed images and details of Creative's X-Fi branding, amalgamating into its ZEN line of MP3 players.

The Creative ZEN X-Fi, by accounts, perhaps leaves innovation fighting for a back seat and isn't, necessarily, a revolutionary step upwards from Creative's current ZEN line-up.

However, peering beneath the surface, Creative's X-Fi branding contributes more than just its name, by adding Crystallizer and Expand effects to the mix.

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RV770 based Radeon HD 4870 X2 stripped naked

Steve Dougherty | Video Cards & GPUs | Jun 29, 2008 7:41 PM CDT

Many of us are in strong anticipation of AMD's upcoming Radeon HD 4870 X2 (RV770) dual-GPU graphics card, especially now that we've seen what the HD 4850 and 4870 is capable of.

It's been mentioned that the 4870 X2 is expected to arrive towards the end of Q3 this year. Apart from that, we've heard or seen very little about the RV770 monster thus far.

However, the folks at Chiphell have a nice treat for us early on; some nicely presented nude shots of the card, revealing some of its inner talents.

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ATI All-In-Wonder has been revived

AMD has today resurrected the once highly popular All-in-Wonder lineup of hybrid solutions. The new card is simply dubbed the All-in-Wonder HD; the first ATI based graphics card ever with HD tuner support embedded.

The graphics card itself is based around the 55nm Radeon HD 3650 with 120 Stream processors, a 128-bit DDR2 memory interface, DirectX 10.1 support and a unified video decoder for HD video decoding at the hardware level.

The tuner implementation comprises support for analog TV, free-to-air HDTV and ClearQAM unencrypted cable. Furthermore, there is the added benefit of hardware MPEG-2 encoding.

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PhysX on NVIDIA only? - Not anymore!

Steve Dougherty | | Jun 26, 2008 7:39 PM CDT

One of the big marketing points in reference to NVIDIA's latest GT200 Series graphics cards is the embedded PhysX support, enabled by means of a recent ForceWare driver update.

It has been assumed for a while now that the advancement of PhysX support on graphics cards was primarily at the hardware/technology level, with corrosponding drivers to make use of it; however, Eran Badit of NGOHQ heavily indicates this is most definitely not the case.

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ASRock giving away P43/P45 motherboards

Steve Dougherty | Motherboards | Jun 23, 2008 11:00 PM CDT

ASRock are feeling rather generous at the moment, and as such they have decided to fire up a P43/P45 motherboard Lucky Draw! - If you're excited about the prospect of picking up a new ASRock P45 or P43 based motherboard for free, you'd be silly to turn your back on this one.

Three different motherboards are up for grabs and there will be two seperate rounds (taking place on 7th and 21st July) to double your chances of winning.

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