Phenom II 950 3.1GHz to launch in Q2

Sean Kalinich | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Jan 20, 2009 9:48 AM CST

I am not sure what AMD is up to. Anymore I am beginning to think that the Phenom II AM2 CPUs were just to get something to market to compete with Intel on any level at all.

Despite hints and rumors that AMD would drop the AM3 DDR3 Phenom IIs on the market in February it looks like we might not see them until Q2.

When we do see them we will see the launch of the PhenomII 950 this will be a 3.1GHz quad core part and the fastest Quad Core AMD will have.

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Thermaltake launches two new HTPC cases

Sean Kalinich | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Jan 20, 2009 7:46 AM CST

Thermaltake are pushing a few new HTPC cases out of the door in the next few weeks.

The announcement follows on the heels of Thermaltake's MeOrb low profile cooler and looks to be part of an HTPC line up to come.

The new line will have the RSI H designation with the first two (RSI H SD200 and SD100 mini) to hit stores in the next few weeks. Both will ship with stands for vertical or horizontal setups.

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Antec unveils the Nine Hundred Two gaming chassis

Steve Dougherty | Gaming | Jan 20, 2009 12:46 AM CST

If you were a fan of Antec's Nine Hundred gaming chassis, you'll love the new Nine Hundred Two which the company has announced today.

Antec unveils the Nine Hundred Two gaming chassis

With superior cooling characteristics being the main focus for improvement, the Nine Hundred two includes a perforated front bezel design for maximized air intake (assisted by two front mounted 120mm TriCool blue LEd fans) as well as a top-mounted 200mm Big Boy exhaust fan and rear mounted 120mm TriCool fan.

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Obama still won't give up the BlackBerry

Sean Kalinich | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Jan 19, 2009 10:03 AM CST

President-Elect and CrackBerry addict Barack Obama is at it again.

Despite being informed that keeping his BlackBerry will be a violation of the Presidential Records Act of 1978 (since there is no real way to make those phone conversations and emails available) and the dozens of security issues surrounding him keeping it he still is going to try.

His stated reason for this is that he wants to keep in touch with the world outside the Presidential Staff. However I personally do not buy it. I think that he just can't get along without it. If he really wants to keep in touch then get out amongst the people and talk to them. How many regular people are going to have this e-mail address or phone number.

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Steve Jobs' health all the buzz with the press

Sean Kalinich | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Jan 19, 2009 10:00 AM CST

The world just can't get enough Steve Jobs. Despite taking a leave of absence for health reasons the press has gone mad with speculation over his health.

The Sydney Morning Herald has an extremely speculative two page article on what may (or may not be) happening to Jobs now that he is out of the office.

To be honest with you I think he did the right thing be stepping out for a while. I hope the time off does him some good and he is able to get past his current health issues whatever they really are.

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Kingston Launches SSDNow Solid State Drives

Sean Kalinich | Storage | Jan 19, 2009 8:17 AM CST

Kingston is jumping into the SSD market now with a new product line aimed at the enterprise.

Dubbed SSDNow Kingston will launch two versions to start the SSDNow E and SSDNow M. The E will be for Enterprise class servers while the M is aimed at corporate laptops.

The SSDNow is based on the Intel X25 SSD and should offer some serious performance.

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Seagate admits to mass HDD failures - firmware bug

Steve Dougherty | Storage | Jan 19, 2009 6:35 AM CST

After having acknowledged there's recently been a massive surge in the number of hard disk failures across its desktop Barracuda 7200.11, DiamondMax 22 and Barracuda ES.2 SATA drive families (with the 1TB 7200.11 drives fairing worst), Seagate has found that the fault was caused by a bug in the firmware shipped with these drives, making the disks inaccessible when the host system is powered on.

Seagate admits to mass HDD failures

However, a statement from the mass HDD manufacturer suggests it's highly unlikely this particular issue will cause data loss, but should that have been the case, Seagate says it will provide a free data recovery service to get the data back and will do everything in their power to minimize any disruption to you or your business.

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nVidia rethinking graphics cards

Sean Kalinich | Video Cards & GPUs | Jan 16, 2009 1:56 PM CST

nVidia is going back to its roots; at least according to Fudzilla they are.

The green team is going to try and simplify the way their cards are built. This means cleaner PCBs single phase power regulation and fewer components on the card.

This means the cards will be less expensive to build, run cooler (and use less power too), and still will be able to maintain performance. This new direction comes after many years of simple refreshes and renaming. Maybe we can expect great things from nVidia in the not too distant future.

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Apple investors may sue over Jobs' Health Issues

Sean Kalinich | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Jan 16, 2009 11:42 AM CST

It looks like quite a few Apple Shareholders are upset at not being better informed about Steve Jobs' health. In fact some are considering legal action.

Apple has always been notoriously tight lipped about the goings on at the main cult office. However, the withholding of health information on the one person linked to the company's success might be going too far.

Over the years we have watched Apple's stocks go up and down with each new rumor about Steve's health, as of Wednesday the cat was fully out of the bag. Jobs admitted that his health problem was more complex and serious that he originally thought (or disclosed) and would be taking a six-month medical leave. Once that announcement was out Apple's stock value dropped nearly $10 Billion US Dollars.

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