Will Sony Ditch nVidia for Intel

Sean Kalinich | | Feb 6, 2009 8:03 AM CST

What GPU will be in the next PS4? That is apparently the big question. If you listen to Charlie Demerjian it will be Larrabee from Intel. However Techradar says otherwise.

The simple fact is that only Sony really knows. However there are compelling arguments on both sides of the fence.

On the Larrabee side Intel would be willing to pay to get into the console market and Sony might be looking to drop nVidia for the pricing issues that prevented them from making the PS3 a viable offering. Using Larrabee in the PS4(if Larrabee works) could open up a new level of console gaming and give Sony a much needed technology lead in the console market.

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NVIDIA Fail BBB Test

Shawn Baker | | Feb 6, 2009 6:01 AM CST

It looks like the team over at NGOHQ got a bit board one night and decided to have a look at the Better Business Bureau website and see exactly what the independent agency thought about two of the more important companies in the technology industry.

Wikipedia says that the BBB is:

"The Better Business Bureau, founded in 1912, is not a government agency, but a network of local BBB organizations based in the United States and Canada, which work together through the Council of Better Business Bureau. The BBB goal is to foster a fair and effective marketplace, so that buyers and sellers can trust each other."

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First benchmarks of Phenom II X3 CPU show up

Steve Dougherty | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Feb 5, 2009 10:22 PM CST

The folks at Donanim Haber have gotten hold of an early Phenom II X3 series CPU dubbed the 720 Black Edition and they've run some tests with it to give us an idea of what the triple cored 45nm Heka based chip with a TDP of 95W is capable of.

First benchmarks of Phenom II X3 CPU show up

Looking over some of the screenshots, we can see it holds 512KB of L2 cache per core as well as 6MB of L3 cache and operates at a stock speed of 2.8GHz (200MHz x 14). As it is one of AMD's "Black Edition" processors, the multiplier is unlocked for some friendly overclocking abilities.

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Corsair Launches Dominator GT for the i7

Sean Kalinich | | Feb 5, 2009 7:09 PM CST

Corsair has launched what they are calling the fastest DDR3 for the i7.

The new DDR3 line will be dubbed the Dominator GT and features new coloring and DHX (Dual Heat-Path eXchange) cooling.

Dominator GT will be the usual Corsair black but will feature removable Racing Red cooling fins along the top edge. The modules will run at 2000MHz with 7-8-7 timings. The Domninator GT will ship in 3 and 6GB tri-channel kits.

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Obama appoints third RIAA lawyer to the US DOJ

Sean Kalinich | | Feb 5, 2009 1:00 PM CST

Well, it looks like President Obama has appointed another RIAA sock puppet to the US Department of Justice.

During the presidential race concerns were raised that Joe Biden (Now US Vice President) was very much in the pocket of the MPAA and the RIAA. It seems those concerns are now bearing fruit.

The latest appointment is Donald Verrilli who is the leach, um I mean lawyer that helped RIAA win $220,000 from a single mother. He will be given the post of Associate Deputy Attorney General. Verrilli's other accomplishments include pulling the plug on Grokster and suing Google on behalf of Viacom.

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Intel on track for 32nm in Q4 this year

Sean Kalinich | | Feb 5, 2009 11:44 AM CST

Despite poor i7 sales, Fab closings, layoffs, and other financial issues Intel is still right on target to release a 32nm CPU this year.

In a recent conference call that EE-Times was in on, Mark Bohr, director of Intel's technology and manufacturing group said that Intel was expecting great demand for the new 32nm process and was lining up Fabs to handle it.

Intel will be presenting 15 papers at the International Solid State Circuits Conference next week and is looking to launch 32nm products in Q4 of this year.

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Fusion-Io names Steve Wozniak as Chief Scientist

Sean Kalinich | | Feb 5, 2009 10:09 AM CST

Fusion-Io is getting a new Chief Scientist. This is going to be none other than Steve Wozniak Co-Founder of Apple. Fusion-Io is a small company that had the novel idea of using Flash memory to allow servers to access data much faster than from SAN arrays.

We had the chance to take a look at Fusionn-Io's offering and were extremely impressed with its performance.

By bringing Steve onboard Fusion-Io will be able to utilize his extensive and often unique engineering expertise to compliment Fusion-Io's already impressive product.

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Time Warner to expand bandwidth caps

Sean Kalinich | | Feb 5, 2009 9:20 AM CST

Time Warner (the third largest ISP in the US) is looking to become the first major ISP to impose billable usage caps.

After what Time Warner is calling a successful test in Beaumont, TX Time Warner is now looking to expand this new cap to other areas. Alex Dudley, a Time Warner Spokes Person said "It's clear to us that customers want online video, which requires substantial investment in the network. We're willing to make that, and we're trying to find an equitable way to distribute the cost of that investment."

The problem is that the people that experienced the cap were not happy at all about it. Time Warner put a 5 Gigabyte cap on their $30 service, any bandwidth used over that was billed at $1 per Gigabyte. I am not sure where Time Warner got the 5GB limit as just downloading the latest BETA of windows 7 would put you at your limit.

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Garmin and Asus team up to build a Smart Phone

Asus and Garmin have joined forces to launch a new smart phone.

The new phone will be called the Garmin-Asus nuvifone G60 and will be the first mobile phone that is Location-Centric.

I am sure you are wondering what that means exactly, well in simple terms it means it is a GPS device at heart and a smart phone 2nd. This is in contrast to most GPS enabled phones where the GPS functions are secondary or an afterthought.

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3D Vision hardware sales explode with WoW patch

Cameron Wilmot | Video Cards & GPUs | Feb 5, 2009 2:27 AM CST

NVIDIA has just sent us news that it has recently seen explosive hardware sales growth of its GeForce 3D Vision 3D glasses.

3D Vision hardware sales explode with WoW patch

The boom in sales comes after the release of the World of Warcraft v3.0.8 patch, which adds support for the 3D glasses. This probably isn't much of a surprise since WoW is such an incredibly popular games with loads of gamers playing it all around the world.

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