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Intel Finishes Their 32nm Architecture.

Intel has confirmed that they have finished the development of their next generation manufacturing process. This will allow them to make the new 32nm processors based on the Core i7 technology. The new processors are due out sometime in quarter four of 2009. Their will be new technology for the 32nm process like immersion lithography which is developed by IBM and AMD.

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Pictures of the GTX295!

Some more pictures have emerged of Nvidia's new GX2 card. Basically it is just going to be either a GTX260 or GTX 280 slapped together like another 9800GX2. If it is going to be anything close to the 9800GX2 then it will shurley be outdated in one to to months like the 9800GX2 was. Anyways the projected specs are going to be 480 sp 289W TDP and also have quad sli support. The cock speeds have not yet been determined, but are soon to be released.

Download Google Chrome Now!

Google Chrome is now up for downloading. This is not the beta or pre-beta, it is the full done version of Google's first Internet Browser tool.

Get it here:

It is also free!!
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Google Chrome Internet Browser!

Google is starting to get into the Internet browser business with there beta version of Google Chrome. After reading some people who have used it already they say that it is really fast, but lacks a pop-up blocker or ad-blocker plug ins.

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ATI 4870X2 Launches next Week!

According to Fudzilla the ATI 4870X2 is going to be released next week with 2gb of GDDR5 memory. As I said before in some of my posts, the 4870X2 beats the GTx280 in almost all of the benchmarks, same with the GTX260. What we still do not know is if it beats it compared to the GTX280 55nm, but there should not be that much of a change from 65nm to 55nm just higher clocks and lower temps.
Fudzilla did not name any of the sources, so we do not know if the release is really going to happen next week but it should come out soon.

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HP+Microsoft offer Touch Screen Monitor!

Ever since Apple unvailed the iPhone with a touch screen display, everybody seems to be want to develope some sort of touch screen device. The computer company HP announced that within 18 months they should have a touch screen monitor for sale.

The technology is going to be brand for for the touch screen device. Simply trying to use the iPhone's touch display will just not cut it with a large monitor for that fact that it will be too expensive. Here is the new technology explained in detail:

HP’s personal computer and Microsoft Surface Table and Touch Wall rely on cameras built into the four corners of the monitors to make their touch screens react. These screens generally use LEDs to shine light across the surface areas. When a finger interrupts that light pattern, the cameras sense where the finger (or fingers) are based upon how the light scatters and react accordingly, all without the need for either a network of chips underneath the screen or pressure-sensitive films.

But between the large-screen touch offerings and the existing capacitive screens on cell phones, notebooks and tablets have languished, with most using resistive screens, which measure touch via pressure applied using a stylus or fingertip. Many tablet and laptop makers have capacitive screens in their product road maps, but in order to really drive adoption, they’ll need to incorporate applications that take advantage of touch.

The market for laptops with touchcreens is probably the ripest one for HP, as people are accustomed to using touchpads and the like with them already. On a dedicated desktop, it will take a lot of extra utility to overcome the mouse as the pointer of choice. But we all often point at our computer, even if it's only one finger, and yell at it too. It's almost inevitable that we'll eventually get rid of the middleman -- the mouse --altogether.
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Nvidia’s “Big Bang II” in September!

After Nvidia released the GT200 + R177 drivers, Nvidia is now set to release the so called “Big Bang II,” which will include OpenGL 3.0 plus SLI with multiple monitors.

Along with the OpenGL 3.0 Nvidia claims that they will have a new set of codec library which will allow 10X faster encoding than a quad core cpu.
The multiple monitor support with sli means that you can have dual monitor display while using SLI for better performance in games or applications.

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Microsoft Sues Primax.

Microsoft has sued the computer mouse maker Primax over patent infringement. Apparently Primax has used Microsoft patent for the U2, Tilt Wheel, and magnifier features in some of the mouses.

This all would have been avoided if Primax would contact Microsoft because Microsoft contacted Primax several time to sign a licensing agreement for the features.
Read More: Here

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Rumor: Apple to use Nvidia Chipset!

Apple will supposedly be switching over to Nvidia chipsets according to NordicHardware. Apple made big news when it first switched over from AMD to Intel because of Integrated graphics.

Also over at PC Perspective , they made a list of possible reason the Apple would want to switch over to Nvidia chipsets. Here they are:

"1. NVIDIA has been developing an answer to Intel’s Montevina chip for a while and has not been shy about it

2. That same MCP79 chip has the ability to scale from ultra-low power versions to small-form-factor machines fitting in with Apple’s range of products

3. A new refresh on mobility discrete GPUs for the fall (and support for HybridPower and HybridSLI) combines with MCP79 for a very impressive mobile lineup

4.Insiders pointing at a switch in Apple’s MacBook hardware"

Apple has shown no interest in Intel's new Centrino 2 platform, which falls into the hands of Nvidia being very quiet about their mobile platfom and chipset.
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Microsoft Touch Screen Globe!

This is the next big thing to hit Microsoft. They have a 360 globe that has a multi-touch inference. This is how Microsoft explained there new technology:

"Our prototype device builds on a commercially available globe projection system (Global Imagination’s Magic Planet). We have added touch-sensing capabilities with an infrared camera that shares the optical path with the projector. This novel configuration permits us to enclose both the projection and the sensing mechanism in the base of the device and allows for easy 360 degrees access to the device and high degree of interactivity without shadowing or occlusion problems. We have also developed a custom graphics projection pipeline that solves the distortion problems and enables projected data to be correctly visualized on the curved surface.

The applications developed for Sphere currently include a picture and video browser, interactive globe visualization, finger painting, globe visualization, and an omni-directional video-conferencing application (360 degree panoramic video from Microsoft RoundTable device). These applications are designed for highly interactive public space environments (e.g., museums, lobbies, information booths) and highlight the appeal of the device as well as its visualization and interaction capabilities."

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Diamond 4870X2 Tested in Vantage!

We can now see the design of the Diamond 4870X2 and how it preforms in Futuremark Vantage. From what I am searching and seeing, it beats the GTX by a far margin. We are still waiting to have a confirmed launch date, but even if that happens ATI/AMD will find something to make them delay the video card.
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Nvidia shapping up for something BIG!

According to NodicHardware Nvidia is planning a big bang like when SLI first came out. Nvidia did not say what, but it is not going to be the GT200B, that is supposed to spoile the 4870X2 debut. The bang might be a very good up-scaling SLI capability almost to the point where two cards would be 2X instead of 1.4X.
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Shappire 4850 TOXIC Review!

Hexus has the first review up for the Shapphire 4850 TOXIC card. The card comes with higher clocks then the stock 4850. As far as the test results, the TOXIC only beats the stock 4850 by around 5-6% of the performance. The only test where it seems to not beat the stock 4850 was with Crysis @ 1680X1050 DX10.
The main difference from the looks of the stock 4850, is Shapphire has added a custom cooler the the TOXIC 4850. With an ambient temperature between 22 C and 21 C the Shapphire 4850 TOXIC averaged 30C lower on idle and load temperatures were 16 C lower. That is a huge difference from the stock cooler.
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Rumor: MacBook Touch Coming in October!

The highly anticipate MacBook Touch is supposedly set to release in October. This new MacBook is fully interactive with a touch screen, hints the name "Touch."
This thing look so nice and sleek to the eye and it will be on my to buy list as soon as it comes out! Reports say that it cost Apple a lot of money to put this new technology together, but they are going to sell it at a very low starting price for the technology it uses. The price was not released, but expect it to be around $2000.
It the reports it states that it will come with Mac OS X, Slot-loading Superdrive,Accelerometer and GPS.
This is a very nice MacBook that every body will be waiting for it they can afford it!

55nm GTX280 To Launch at Nvision 08!

A source close to Nvidia found out that they will be releasing that anticipated GTX280 55nm! It will be launched at NVISION 08 in San Jose, California. NVISION goes from August 25th-27th. With the shrinkage of the die from 65nm to 55nm you can expect that the Core clock, shader, and memory will be set higher.

The 55nm core basically lets the companies run a cooler card and let the costumers overclock the card better and stay cooler.
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One More 4870X2 Preview!

Guru3D has there ATI 4870X2 preview up and so far so good! It is like all of the other previews and almost all of the same games. The 4870X2 was paired up with an:

E8400 @3.0ghz
2gig of DDR3 memory
1000 watt Enermax power supply
Windows Vista 32 bit and XP 32 bit.

The games that were tested were:
Call of Duty 4
Race Driver: GRID
Mass Effect
3DMark Vantage

In all of those tests the 4870X2 and 4870 crossfire beat out the GTX280 in all of the tests. As far as overclocking, the 4870X2 does not overclock very well and Guru 3D put this on the overclocking page

"All in all... do it at your own risk."

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Intel Q6600 below $200!

TC Magazine has news of the Q6600 has just had a 14% price drop over the last couple of days. Along with a price drop ion the Quad Cores there was also a price drop in the 45nm dual core compartment. The E8500 got a substantial reduction by 31% bringing it from $266 to $183. Also the E8400 and the E7200 went down 11% and 13%.
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AMD supports Nvidia's PhysX!

An Israeli website by the name of reported that they have successfully run Nvidia's PhysX on an ATI 3800 video card. The site did not get a hold of the 4800 card because AMD was in short supply of the card and parts and especially short in Israel. This is good news for ATI to take advantage of Nvidia's PhysX.
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Intel Bloomfield prices!

The new Intel Blomfield processors, which are scheduled for release in Q4, are the newest quad core processors based on the Nehalem architecture. There will be three different versions of the processors, Extreme, performance, and upper mainstream. The prices will be $990, $555 and $285 respectively.
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Microsoft Sold over 180 million Vista keys.

Over one year old now, Windows Vista has crossed over the 140 million copies sold. In the first couple of moths Bill Gates announced that Microsoft sold over 40 million. Since then they have sold over 100 million! These numbers come as great news to Microsoft because the have reached their 60 billion annual revenue goal.

Consider that even the Great Windows XP took 51 months the reach the 400 million mark and vista hit 140 million in 18 months!

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ATI 4850 VS 4870 CS GTX260 VS GTX280 Review!

All of these new cards have been bench marked head to head against each other. With the ATI 4870 preforming 75% of the GTX280, and the 4850 preforming within 1-2 fps of the GTX260. In this review they will be testing both Crossfire 4850 &4870.
Being that the 4870 is half the price of the GTX280 and 75% of the performance, It should be interesting how one card preforms as well as a single card.
Nvidia is still trying to get more sales of there new cards, so that is why the had a 30% drop in prices for the GTX280 and 260. The GTX280 will now be around $499 and the 260 will be around $299.
All in all the 4870CF setup beats them all in all of the test except for Crysis at 2560X1600.
The review can be found over at

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XBOX 360 Now $299!

Microsoft has confirmed that they will be selling the 20gb Xbox 360 for $299. This price cut comes to no suprise as Microsoft is set to release a 60gb model of the Xbox 360. Microsoft is still trying to sell more units than Sony and the PS3. Correct me if I am wrong, but I think I read somewhere that Sony is selling more units that the Xbox 360. I also do not think that sony can afford to have another price cut on the PS3. They have already tried to match Microsoft's cuts, but just connot keep up on the price.
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Intel X58 Support SLI/Crossifre!

TweakTown has confirmed that the new Nehlam X58 motherboards will indeed support both SLI and Crossfire video cards. This is great news for everybody in the technology business because we no longer have to decided to get Nvidia video cards and SLIthem or get ATI cards and Crossifre them. Now we can just get what ever we want and use the best motherboard available.
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ATI R700 NDA released!!

ATI said that this card has everything to be be "the worlds fastest card." Although they do not want full reviews out because they have not mastered the drivers. They have in fact released the final stats of the ATI 4870X2. The stats go as followed:

Codename: R700;
GPU: 2 x 55nm RV770, 750/750 MHz (core/shaders);
2 x 10 SIMD cores that include 2 x 800 scalar ALUs;
2 x 10 larger texture units; 2 x 40 texture addressing units;
2 x 160 texture fetch units; 2 x 40 bilinear filtering units;
2 x 16 ROPs; R
RAM: 2 x 1024MB GDDR5, 900 (3600) MHz;
Bus: 2 x 256-bit;
Slot: PCI-Express x16;
Interfaces: 2 x DVI (Dual-Link/HDMI), TV-out;
Hardware support for DirectX 10.1 and Shader Model 4.1.

I just cannot wait for this card to come out. My only problem is that I will not have enough money, but all I have to say is nice black style ans black pcb on the 4870X2!

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Nvidia Slashes prices on GTX260 & 280!

Due to the rising demands of the ATI 4870 and the not so high demands of the GTX 260 & 280, Nvidia has cut prices once again making the GTX 280 $499 and the GTX260 $299.

Nvidia is really feeling the pressure with ATI's new 4800's series. They still have to wait and see what first review,not preview, of the 4870X2 with the right drivers.
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ATI 4870X2 REVIEW!!!

This is the first official review out for the ATI 4870X2(R700). For the most part this card puts a smackin down on the GTX280 over all tests except for Crysis where is loses about 3fps.

It also beats Crossfire 4870 in most of the tests and is the most powerful card of right now. This is really good considering this is only a preview that DriverHeaven and AnandTech

released and the drivers still have to be optimized! I say if ATI releases this card for under $500 everybody will be going crazy and ATI/AMD will pull themselves out from financial dept that they have caused themselves.

I would have to say for anyone who is about to buy the new Nvidia card that they have always been wanting, to wait and really check out this amazing new video card from ATI.
More review previews are up from:

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