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Is Windows 8 worth it?

Windows 8 is great!

Back to Windows 7!

What is windows 8?

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Saturday 04 March 2006
Nforce 5 motherboard spotted in the wild
Christo [PCD] , Saturday 04 March 2006 - 08:03:33 //

IT MAY not be the sexiest board around but that Abit NF5 motherboard is certainly quite an interesting product. First, its name "The DAN 5up4too1", then the fact that it comes with an AM2 socket and the Nforce 5Z chipset. It is compatible with DDR2 1066 memory modules, has dual GbE ports, Firewire, six SATA 2 RAIDable controllers as well as HD Audio. Some say that it is too good to be true and that it might be a trick to catch the leakers.

[Submitted by tanka]

Friday 03 March 2006
Four Hynix Execs Plead Guilty To Price Fixing and Serve Jail Time
Christo [PCD] , Friday 03 March 2006 - 08:38:08 //

Justice Department has collected more than $731 million so far in this investigation

We reported several weeks ago that Elpida was accused of DRAM price fixing and later on pleaded guilty. Unfortunately, Hynix has now been found guilty of the same.

Four executives at Hynix are guilty of conspiring to DRAM fixing and have agreed to serve jail time in the US for their actions. In a world-wide crack down on DRAM price fixing, the US Justice Department investigated four companies as well as nine individuals and found that the price fixing had been carefully orchestrated. The four Hynix executives also agreed to pay a fine of $250,000 each.

Altogether the US Justice Department has gathered over $731 million in fines from the DRAM investigation. Major computer manufacturers such as Apple, Dell, and HP were hurt financially by the price fixing. Hynix Semiconductor is South Korea's second largest maker of DRAM products and unfortunately has admitted to DRAM price fixing in the past.
[Submitted by Kcarrim]

Thursday 02 March 2006
ATI Xpress 3200 Launch for AMD, Similar Intel Part Nearby
Christo [PCD] , Thursday 02 March 2006 - 08:50:59 //

ATI has big plans to unseat NVIDIA's undisputed claim as the definitive AMD core logic

Later today, ATI will officially announce the Xpress 3200 core logic -- a 110nm low-k core logic for AMD Socket 939 and the still unannounced Socket AM2. Xpress 3200 has all of the features found on Xpress 200 (RD480) with a few extra frills from the Southbridge including dual Gigabit Ethernet PHYs, dual 1394 PHYs and eight SATA 3.0Gbps drive support.

This is the first PC chipset to feature dual x16 PCIe lanes from a single core logic. ATI will follow up the RD580 launch with a slightly cheaper RD550 Xpress chipset within the next few months, but RD550 will not feature true dual x16 CrossFire found on the RD580. The documentation we have claims RD580 supports 36 total PCIe lanes; four of which are dedicated to the Southbridge interconnect. The remaining 32 are split 16 and 16 to the PCIe graphics adaptors for CrossFire support.

Interestingly enough, none of the dozen or so RD580 motherboards I have personally seen over the last three months use the ATI SB400, SB450 or SB460 southbridge. Manufacturers mostly claim this is due to the fact that NVIDIA (ULi) has a superior product, although with ULi now becoming an NVIDIA brand all manufacturers have admitted to us they have SB600 on the roadmaps for all future ATI southbridge core logic.

Initial reviews of RD580 motherboards, particularly the ASUS A8R32-MVP, have been extremely favorable. ASUS notified us that A8R32-MVP motherboards have a MSRP of just $30 over the value oriented A8R-MVP motherboard, but merchants are readily selling the boards for over $200. The ASUS A8R32-MVP is a slight bit of a fluke due to the fact that it is one of the few Xpress 3200 Socket 939 motherboards. There will be five or six brands supporting 939 at launch, but the bulk of manufacturers with Xpress 3200 orders expect to wait until the Socket AM2 launch.

Intel users have more to look forward to this year as well. RD600 will launch sometime around March this year with all the features of RD580, but of course on an Intel platform. An IGP version of this chipset, RS600 will launch about the same time. ATI roadmaps also reveal that RS600 will get an HDMI counterpart sometime in Q3'06 -- dubbed RS700.

Abit AT8 32X Xpress 3200 motherboard


[Submitted by Kcarrim]

Saturday 25 February 2006
Goes like Hell! kicks
Biofreak , Saturday 25 February 2006 - 09:10:09 //

I'm sure many of you are aware of Gainward’s new “goes like hell? cards which can only be described as their “Golden Sample? brand on steroids.

It denotes a special version of a specific card that is not just heavily overclocked, but also changes the memory specification (the actual chips are swapped out for faster IC’s). This is then stamped on a custom designed red PCB. Gainward currently have a 6800GS GLH and a 7800GT GLH both based on these principles, and believe me, they are stupendously fast, easily the fastest in there respective categories by a mile.

This brings us neatly to a new card allegedly coming from Gainward soon, a 7800 GTX 512MB “Goes like hell?. This is not a suped up 256MB GTX, this is a suped up GTX 512MB, the card that is nowhere to be seen in the retail channel and is clocked at 550/1700MHz.

Gainward’s GLH version is rumoured to be clocked somewhere around 600-650 MHz on the core and a mind blowing 2.2 GHz on the memory. If this turns out to be more than a rumour it will most likely be faster than a 7900 GTX.

[Submitted by Biofreak]

First real shots of the new Ipod Video
Christo [PCD] , Saturday 25 February 2006 - 08:15:51 //

This images was just sent to us. It follows the description provided by several rumor sites and also appears to be from the same factory where the iPod pictures last November were taken. Come on 28th!

Update: The serial number appears to read “MB719Z/A? and the Chinese characters read “This Side?.


Apple is nearing completion of a completely revamped video iPod that will shed the ubiquitous mechanical click wheel for a touch screen and will sport a 3.5-inch diagonal display.

This video iPod, which has been in development and on the table since before Apple released the 5G iPod last year with video playback, will feature a display that will occupy the entire front face of the device. Sources who have seen the device report that it features a digital click wheel, one that overlays the touch-sensitive display and appears when a finger touches it and disappears when the finger is removed.

Apple has been working with at least two other companies to perfect the digital click wheel display technology. While not all the engineering was completed in-house by Apple, sources have said Apple could hold an exclusive license on the technologies it borrowed from other developers for a period of time, limiting the ability of competitors to copy Apple's design.

Additional details concerning the new iPod have yet to be confirmed, including capacity and a release date, although all indications point to the Spring, possibly as early as late March or early April. During the Macworld Expo in San Francisco, Apple CEO Steve Jobs alluded to a major announcement on or around April 1, Apple's 30th anniversary as a company.

Like previous iPods, sources insist that this video iPod will lack any sort of wireless connectivity, and will continue to connect to televisions using the conventional cabling solution of current models.

While Apple no longer publicly releases the numbers for how many specific iPod models it sells, we has learned exclusively that during Apple's most recent December quarter, the company moved 3.9 million 5G iPods, exceeding internal estimates and confirming that strong demand remains for higher capacity, higher priced iPod models, especially with additional functionality. By comparison, 8 million iPod nanos were sold during the same period.

This forthcoming iPod revision is what sources have said for some time will be the incarnation of a complete video iPod solution.

Source: MacShrine
[Submitted by tanka]

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