Intel to add DDR3 support to P45 and G45

Sean Kalinich | RAM | Jan 27, 2009 7:45 AM CST

Intel's i7 is a performance powerhouse, there is no denying that. However the price premium has hurt its sales and the need to switch out the whole platform is not helping either.

To help combat this Intel is going to continue the Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad line until 2011. There will be no new Chipsets but the P45 and G45 will be improved to allow for this extended life cycle.

According to Fudzilla this means improved support for DDR3 on the P45 and the inclusion of DDR3 1066 support and Windows 7 enhancements on the G45.

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Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 RC1 available

Steve Dougherty | Software & Apps | Jan 27, 2009 1:02 AM CST

Microsoft has just made available the first release candidate (RC1) of Internet Explorer 8 which brings some interesting new features such as web slices and Accelerator as well as a bunch of security related enhancements. It can be installed on both 32-bit variants of XP and Vista as well as Windows Server.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 RC1 available

IE8 focused on how people really use the web. Consumers want a browser that makes the tasks they do every day faster and easier. The activities people spend their time on define real-world performance: navigating to websites, working with tabs, searching, keeping track of changing information (like traffic or an auction), and using the information from one site with another (as in getting a map).

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MSI suits up GT627 notebook with GeForce 9800M GS

Steve Dougherty | Video Cards & GPUs | Jan 26, 2009 10:37 PM CST

MSI has just introduced the latest edition to its gaming notebook series, dubbed the GT627. This is MSI's first model to use NVIDIA's GeForce 9800M GS GPU for unprecedented mobile graphics performance.

MSI suits up GT627 notebook with 9800M GS

The styling is bound to get a fair few thumbs up with its anodized brushed aluminum finish and well matched color-scheme.

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ATi Catalyst Beta Program

Sean Kalinich | | Jan 26, 2009 12:35 PM CST

AMD/ATi might be looking to improve its increasingly awful driver support.

It seems they have started a beta program and would like people to sign up.

The link was sent to me by a friend who has become more and more unhappy with their ATi 4870 X2. With a slew of issues surrounding the 8-12 drivers he has been checking the AMD site for news of a fix.

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Intel Preps 3.5GHz Core 2 Duo

Sean Kalinich | | Jan 26, 2009 12:30 PM CST

Seems Intel is getting ready to drop a 3.5GHz Core 2 Duo on the market. The new CPU will feature a 1333MHz FSB, 6MB L2 Cache, and a TDP of 65 Watts.

A quick scan of Intel's website shows the new CPU as launched but with no pricing established. According to Techconnect Magazine this could be Intel waiting on price cuts that are sure to happen over AMD's upcoming launch of Dual and Tri-Core Phenom IIs.

Read more here.

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How do games run on Windows 7 Beta 1

Sean Kalinich | Software & Apps | Jan 26, 2009 11:59 AM CST

When Microsoft launched Vista there were complaints of compatibility problems galore. People claimed that everything from their printer to their favorite game did not run right under Vista.

With Windows 7 on the near horizon many people are wondering the same things, will my apps and games work. Extremetech has taken a look at 22 games from old to new and has the scoop on just how much compatibility you can expect from Windows 7 if you are a gamer.

Read more here.

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AMD Phenom II OC'd to 6.5GHz at -230c

Sean Kalinich | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Jan 26, 2009 10:43 AM CST

What do you do if your product line lags behind the competition? Well if you are AMD you get a bunch of crazed overclockers with access to some super cooling and have them push your latest CPU as far as they can.

This group was able to cool a Phenom II down to just above absolute zero (-230 degrees) using a combination of Liquid Nitrogen and Liquid Helium. Once at a good temp they notched the Phenom II up to an amazing 6.5GHz.

They even managed to break the 3dMark05 record.

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Belkin fake reviews common practice

Sean Kalinich | | Jan 26, 2009 10:14 AM CST

After Belkin got caught trumping up good product reviews; Mark Reynoso, President of Belkin was quick to denounce the event and state that it was not in line with company policies.

It seems that Mark might not have been honest either according to two people (one claiming to be a former employee and the other claiming to be currently employed by Belkin) that choose to remain nameless.

These two claim that this is indeed in line with the way Belkin does business. What is more they both go on to state in different terms that Belkin has done much worse than pay people to write bogus evals on Amazon.com. Both point the finger at Mr. Reynoso as the person behind it all and even state "NOTHING at Belkin gets approved or done without his stamp of approval"

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Does AMD need a new CEO?

Sean Kalinich | | Jan 24, 2009 6:58 AM CST

AMD is hurting; there is no doubt about that. Ever since Hector Ruiz took the helm the company has been hemorrhaging cash at a rate that would make most accountants gibber.

But what is the root cause of this problem? It is true that AMD has failed for the last several launches to make a product that can compete head to head with Intel. After going from the days of having a slower clocked yet faster CPU than Intel, AMD is now asking for a Price to Price comparison. Oddly enough their CPUs are the ones that are slower per clock now and there is no end in sight.

Why is all of this happening? Well According to Theo Valich it is due to extremely poor leadership. While we all know that AMD paid far too much for ATi (about twice what ATi was actually worth) and it promised too much wealth to its CEO (Hector) we do know it has some great minds in there that can make fantastic products. But there does not seem to be anyone at the top capable of leading them back to profitability.

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