Sapphire boards support new 125W Phenoms

Cameron Wilmot | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Apr 18, 2008 4:01 AM CDT

Sapphire alerted us today that its current range of AMD based motherboards all support the latest 125 watt AMD Phenom processors, 9750 and 9850.

PC-AM2RD790 - PURE CrossFireX 790FX, the new mainstream CrossFire board PC-AM2RX780 - PURE CrossFireX 770, and the MATX Hybrid CrossFire board with integrated graphics, PI-AM2RS780G - Hybrid CrossFire 780G will all get your belly's burning with 125 watt AMD processors.

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Apacer has smart 4-port Hi-Speed USB hub

So, are you running out of USB 2.0 ports on your motherboard? Apacer has come up with an interesting and well designed product called PH151. The engineers didn't a fantastic job on the design but the marketing department could have come up with a more exciting name!

PH151 is a 4-port Hi-Speed USB hub supporting transfer rates up to 480Mbps but before you begin to yawn, it is rather interesting. Instead of being a regular flat shaped hub design, it is designed using a Y shape, which means there will be no more port blocking by attached pen drives.

There are two ports on the top and two on the front - I like the top ports as it will allow pen drives to stand vertically which would make for a nice change. Best of all, it will only cost you $20 AUD down under and weighs just 41 grams.

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Larrabee AIB partner negotiations begin

Cameron Wilmot | | Apr 16, 2008 9:49 AM CDT

Fuad Abazovic over at Fudzilla claims that Intel has already started AIB partner negotiations with several Taiwanese graphics card makers for its upcoming Larrabee chips.

If what we are hearing and seeing is in fact correct, Intel won't sell its discrete graphics cards directly but following a similar business model as AMD and Nvidia. It is unclear if Intel will produce the graphics boards and ship to its partners or just ship the chips and spec details.

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Intel Little Falls mini-ITX power tested

Cameron Wilmot | | Apr 16, 2008 9:32 AM CDT

VR-Zone in Singapore managed to get their hands on an Intel Little Falls mini-ITX small budget system platform for some interesting power consumption testing.

The small motherboard is based on Intel's 945G Express chipset with integrated Intel GMA950 graphics. It will be embedded with Diamondville processors (single-core Atom working at 1.6GHz with Hyper Threading enabled, 512KB L2 cache and supporting 533MHz bus) and be based on the Mini-ITX form-factor which measures 170mm x 170mm. It will provide support for up to DDR2-800 SDRAM (one DIMM up to 2GB). It will also include four USB 2.0 ports, LAN, IDE and two SATA ports.

Expect them to go on sale Q2 2008 from popular mobo companies such as GIGABYTE, MSI and ASUS for around $60 USD.

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Diamond releases HD 3870 with 1GB DDR3

Cameron Wilmot | RAM | Apr 15, 2008 4:26 PM CDT

Diamond is today taking the covers off its latest graphics card. It claims to have been the first AIB to introduce 1GB of memory on the HD 2900 series and again is the first to strap a total of 1GB of DDR3 memory to the single GPU Radeon HD 3870.

Not only does it get a boost in memory but it also sees its clock speeds increased to further push performance as high as possible. The core clock is set at 825MHz which is a fair boost over the reference model clock rate and the memory spins its wheels at 1800MHz DDR.

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100% copper 9800 GTX cooler from Aqua

Cameron Wilmot | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Apr 15, 2008 10:51 AM CDT

Aqua Computer from Germany has released its latest graphics card waterblock cooler and this time it is designed specifically for the GeForce 9800 GTX.

Aquagrafx 9800 GTX is made from highly purified electrolyte copper (99,99% - okay, we lied a little and admit not to knowing exactly what "purified electrolyte" actually means) and manages to weigh in at only 600 grams and its height profile measures just 6mm. It's not a lightweight cooler by any means but it probably won't snap your PCI Express x16 port off your motherboard, either.

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PS3 firmware v2.30 out with DTS-HD MA

Cameron Wilmot | | Apr 15, 2008 10:18 AM CDT

You have read about it and heard about it in the streets... heck, maybe even your dog has half an idea of what's going on with all the pandemonium going on inside your home theater!

Yes folks, as promised, Sony has just let loose v2.30 firmware for PlayStation 3. In case you hadn't somehow heard about all the fuss and bother, it brings with it DTS-HD Master Audio decoding (as well as an update to the PS Store - if you even care).

It makes the all ready popular Blu-ray player even more feature rich and future proof as Sony continues to add to its already impressive feature list.

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