Catalyst 8.12 to bring more than faster games

Sean Kalinich | | Nov 25, 2008 6:00 AM CST

We have all heard about the recent driver updates for nVidia's GPUs and the performance they bring. In fact it has been all over the net in review after review with handpicked cards and game titles.

Now it seems that ATi is going for a counter attack. This attack will be a two front assault. Not only will we see improved performance but ATi is going to revive its streaming processing initiative to compete head to head with Cuda in the GPGPU video encoding arena.

Fudo over at Fudzilla talks more about ATi's claims here.

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Xen Support for Server 2008 Follow On

Sean Kalinich | Computer Systems | Nov 25, 2008 5:22 AM CST

Yesterday I wrote that Citrix's XenServer and XenDesktop 5.0 do not have native support for Microsoft's Windows 2008 Server. I have received a couple of e-mails disputing that statement. I thought I would clear some items up.

First: In September 2008 Microsoft and Citrix announced they were working on inter-operability between Server 2008 and Xen this was in relation to the HyperVisor product only. Meaning they were working on ways of porting VMs between the two products and allowing VM's on Server 2008's Hyper-V to be "Virtualized" (or delivered) through XenDesktop.

Second: I referred to "the desktop version of XenServer" I should have said XenDesktop. XenDesktop is not literally speaking a Desktop VM product. It is a means for delivering a virtualized Dekstop to remote users.

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Xen Server 5.0 lacks Server 2008 Support

Sean Kalinich | Computer Systems | Nov 25, 2008 5:18 AM CST

**Edited November 25 2008 for clarity**

Software is a funny thing sometimes. When you buy a piece of brand new software you think that you are going to get the latest and greatest compatible with all the other latest and greatest software out.

Sadly that is not the case with Citrix's new Xen 5.0 Virtual server software. There are issues with XenDesktop's ability to deliver Virtulaized Windows 2008 Server desktops and XenServer will not run the OS Natively. This flaw takes away from the opening up of the RAM support in Xen Express which was limited to 4GB but now supports up to 128GB

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MSI Wind U100 gets LN2 love, overclocked to 2.4GHz

Cameron Wilmot | Tweaking & Overclocking | Nov 25, 2008 4:47 AM CST

Aussie based Youngpro from TEAM.AU got hold of an MSI Wind U100 netbook and presumably saw it as an insult with its Intel Atom processor running at a measly slow clock speed under the two gigahertz range.

MSI Wind U100 gets LN2 love, overclocked to 2.4GHz

He ripped the machine to bits, added an LN2 block cooler to it and with some LN2 and around minus 16 degrees Celsius later, the TEAM.AU overclocker managed to clock the poor little sucker N270 CPU all the way up to 2.4GHz, from its default clock speed of 1.6GHz.

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MSI makes red Wind U100 for Taiwan IT Month

Cameron Wilmot | | Nov 25, 2008 3:50 AM CST

MSI is set to introduce a special edition red version of its Wind U100 netbook on November 29th for the beginning of the famous IT Month here in Taiwan.

IT Month is a event held in the island's largest cities where consumers can pickup bargains on anything from netbooks all the way to flash memory.

Prices are slashed by insane percentages, sometimes up to 80% off - as we saw last year. Trade show halls are packed to the rafters with local crowds looking to pick up their next notebook on the cheap. Wait, that was me last year.

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Plextor refreshes its optical drive lineup

Steve Dougherty | Storage | Nov 24, 2008 7:19 PM CST

Plextor aren't quite the dominant force they once were in the optical drive market, but they are still reknowned for making some of the best quality drives out there and it's this very reason that they still run a healthy business and continue to expand on their product range.

Plextor refreshes its optical drive lineup

Today sees the release of five new optical drives which include the PX-610U 8x external DVD drive, PX-B310SA 6x internal BD Combo Drive, PX-B310Q 6x external BD Combo Drive, PX-850SA 22x internal SATA DVD Drive and finally the PX-850A 22x which is the same as the SA model but uses PATA for connectivity.

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ASUS announces new ROG Matrix HD 4850/4870 cards

Steve Dougherty | | Nov 24, 2008 7:17 PM CST

As mentioned in advance last week, ASUS has now officially expanded its existing R.O.G. Matrix series of graphics cards with two new models, these based on the Radeon HD 4850 and HD 4870. Along with hefty after-market coolers, out-of-the-box overclocks and a bunch of ROG-exclusive technologies implemented, these are far from your average joe reference models.

ASUS announces new ROG Matrix HD 4850/4870 cards

One feature that's sure to be loved; the new EAH4870 MATRIX/HTDI/512MD5 and EAH4850 MATRIX/HTDI/512M will auto-increase their GPU and memory voltages once entering 3D mode, ensuring the cards stay completely stable with their GPU/memory speeds of 855MHz/2014MHz on the 4870 and 752MHz/2057MHz on the 4850 model.

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BFG offer a great incentive for their AGP owners

Steve Dougherty | | Nov 24, 2008 7:16 PM CST

BFG Tech has always shown strong support and loyalty towards its customers, offering longer than normal warranties on its extensive range of NVIDIA based graphics cards along with a prompt and painless RMA process, should anything go wrong.

BFG offer a great incentive for their AGP owners

Another testament to their solid reputation is this generous deal they have going at the moment which allows owners of older AGP based BFG cards to move over to a PCIe based model at no charge. You can see in the below chart what AGP card you need to have to be eligible for the upgrade and what PCIe based card BFG are happy to replace it with.

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Reasons behind the GTX 280 Squealing

Sean Kalinich | | Nov 24, 2008 6:49 AM CST

Have you ever heard your GPU squealing during a gaming session? If you have then you know how annoying this noise can be. I personally had a pair of X1950XTXs that did this as soon as I launched any game.

Theo Valich (formerly of TG Daily, the Inquirer and THG) has taken a look into the reasons behind this and tested a group of older and newer cards to see how things fare.

He notes in his blog that while ATi has made steps to resolve this issue (caused mainly by unshielded copper coils and low quality capacitors) nVidia seems determined to ignore it.

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