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Report: all NVIDIA G84 and G86 chips are faulty
The ongoing rumors and gossip about this topic is getting more and more serious. Inquirer or not (as this is a pretty bold claim), despite NVIDIA's statement, the Inquirer reports all, not just a select batch, of the company's G84 and G86 chipsets used in GeForce 8400M and 8600M graphics cards are suffering from heat-related failures due to an unidentified substrate or bumping material used to help make the video hardware.
They all share the same application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC), which is the source of the problems, in both notebook and desktop PCs. The chips have been failing since last year, and earlier this month has budgeted $200 million for repairs.
According to the report, NVIDIA itself is officially keeping quiet about the specifics related to the problems, sticking to a story about a batch of now-discontinued parts that used a different and faulty bonding process. The report goes on to say the problem causes failures sooner when the number of heat cycles increases, which is why laptops equipped with the affected parts are seemingly failing at higher rates. The company's claims that only HP products are affected also doesn't hold much water, the source says, as Dell and ASUS PCs with the affected chipsets are likewise failing.
Finally, NVIDIA is accused of knowing about the problem for well over a year and not taking any effective actions to address it. The fix NVIDIA is providing to users is a driver that will keep the fans of PCs on to help manage the thermal issue, although critics say such a solution will prolong the inevitable failure and shorten the battery life of notebook models.
I feel strongly that NVIDIA should open up and be transparant about this issue. People need to be able to identify the problem at hand so that if needed they can take appropriate action.
Silicon-Power releases DDR2 800 ECC Unbuffered DIMM 2GB
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- l 240 pin
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Albatron releases low-profile PCI GeForce 8 cards
Oh yeah, read that again ... PCI based graphics cards, not PCIe. Not a bad idea actually. Albatron released a threefold card deck today, the PCI8600GT-256X, PCI8500GT-256X and PCI8400GS-256. Low-profile GeForce 8600 GT, 8500 GT and 8400 GS cards feature active cooling, 256MB of on-board memory and offer DVI and TV-Out connectors.
Albatron Technology recently unveiled three new "PCI" graphics cards at Computex 2008. You read it right - "PCI" and not "PCI Express"! The PCI8600GT-256X, the PCI8500GT-256X and the PCI8400GS-256 are all VGAs that retrofit recent GeForce 8 Series graphics onto older PCI technology. These cards all offer a significant graphics boost along with dual monitor capabilities for an entire generation of integrated-graphics, PCI-only mainboards.
It's a little known fact that there have been millions of Mainboards mass produced in the last 7 years with AGP and PCI Express slots left off in favor of integrated graphics only. Although these mainboards have the traditional PCI-slots, they have been deprived of a chance to upgrade to the latest graphics technology which is almost exclusively for PCI Express these days. The best alternative to experience the latest graphics was for a complete systems overhaul - that is, until now.
Albatron has answered the call with its PCI based VGA cards featuring recent NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series graphics technology. These cards allow these mainboards a chance to make a significant jump from integrated graphics without investing time and money in a whole new system. As mentioned, these PCI graphics cards, with their multiple video adapters, can allow a system, with an integrated GFX mainboard, to configure dual monitors. But it can also give single-PCIe-VGA mainboards (can do up to 2 monitors only) a chance to add on a third or fourth monitor - who needs it you say? You'd be surprised at how you can make use of the extra real estate when you have 3 or 4 monitors. There are applications that can make use of more than 2 monitors such as flight simulation and tracking multiple stock exchanges. But from a more practical perspective, imagine watching a DVD in one screen, browsing the internet in another and doing your work on a third, all without shuffling between overlapping pages or searching your task bar for a program that you have open. Most recent VGA cards can get you dual monitors at best, but add on that third monitor with a PCI graphics card and you've got one very wide virtual panel.
Force3D Radeon 4850 & 4870 review
Force3D Radeon 4850 & 4870
We dropped their name already a couple of times yet with this article I'd like to introduce a new company called Force3D.
Force3D is a Hong Kong based company that opened it's doors earlier this year. Their focus is placed completely at AMD's ATI graphics solutions. Their timing could not have been better with the 4800 release, so today we'll review two of their 4800 series products, the Radeon HD 4850 and 4870.
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ECS G10IL netbook coming to the US, fights MSI Wind
Taiwan-based ECS is preparing to bring its netbook to the US market to compete with the likes of the ASUS Eee PC range and MSI's Wind netbooks. Unlike its other products, the G10IL will be the company's first netbook designed for business use exclusively instead of education. Only a 10.2-inch version of the G10IL will likely make it to the US market, also bringing with it optional and unique to the segment 3G support via the HSUPA and HSPDA mobile broadband networks, as well as EDGE.
The netbook will be renamed by the time it comes to the US, and will be offered with an 8GB SSD drive preloaded with Linpus Lite 9.4 Linux or with an 80GB HD drive with Windows XP. Other specs include an Intel Atom processor, 1 or 2GB of RAM, as well as a six-cell battery good for five hours.
The netbook will also be sold without mobile broadband to keep prices down, while 3G-capable models would likely be bundled with connection cards from data network carriers, said ECS vice president of sales Henry Kwan.
Whatever it will be named, a version of the ECS G10IL will be available for sale in white only this September, starting at $399.
Microsoft to announce DX11 within two weeks?
The big feature of DirectX 11 is Tessellation/Displacement while we also heard that Multithreaded Rendering and Compute Shaders are part of it. DirectX 11 also brings Shader model 5.0 but we don
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EU accidentally orders ISPs to become copyright police
Part of the EU Telecommunications Package, agreed by MEPs on Monday,
could be interpreted to endorse cutting off P2P users after a written
warning or two, even though the author claims that was not the
The disputed text, which some are claiming is deliberately concealed within impenetrable legalese, states that national regulators - such as the UK's Ofcom - must promote "cooperation" between access providers and those "interested in the protection and promotion of lawful content".
This would seem to be beyond the provision of basic information, and could be interpreted to mean regulators have a responsibility to turn ISPs into law enforcement bodies policing the internet for copyright holders.
Arguments about the technical feasibility of such an action are irrelevant. It's not the law-maker's job to know how a law can be enforced, it would be up to the ISPs and copyright holders to work out who to accuse and what action to take, and up to the courts to decide if action was taken inappropriately.
More fundamentally, the question is if ISPs should take responsibility for the traffic they carry.
But one of the MEPs responsible for the text, Malcolm Harbour, was quick to explain that this is not the intended meaning at all:
"The interpretation ... is alarmist and scare-mongering and deflects from the intention which was to improve consumers' rights," he told the BBC. Harbour also found time to debate the text on Radio 5 (mp3 - first item), where he reiterated that the legislation has more innocent intentions, and promised to amend the text before the final vote in September if enough people found it misleading.
Leak reveals Xbox 360 Pro debut due
Microsoft is to release a 60GB Xbox 360 this month, if an allegedly leaked email from the software giant is to be believed.
According to a report by Xboxfamily.com, an email was supposedly sent by Microsoft
Scythe Announces Ninja 2 CPU Cooler
Scythe announced Ninja 2, the improved version of its Ninja fanless CPU Cooler.
According to the press release, the novelty offers 5% performance increase during fanless operation (65W TDP at 25
Samsung ships low-cost 128GB SSDs
Samsung tonight said it has started mass production of 128GB solid-state drives based on multi-level cell (MLC) technology that should dramatically reduce the cost of switching to flash storage in notebooks. By using a new implementation of the format, the Korean firm says it has managed to provide inexpensive storage without hurting the relative speed that would otherwise need a faster but expensive single-level cell drive: any of the new drives can read at 90MB per second and write at 70MB per second, making them faster than most any notebook-class rotating hard drive and faster than earlier SSDs.
While the new drives use typically less reliable MLC, the storage is also more reliable, Samsung argues. A typical example of the new drive should last 80 to 100 years on average compared to just four or five years for most spinning drives, which often die from accidental shock or from physical wear on top of the magnetic storage itself. These SSDs also consume little power at just 0.5W in active use.
The full 128GB is available in both a 1.8-inch Serial ATA II format for ultraportable notebooks and handheld devices, and a larger 2.5-inch format for more common notebooks. A 64GB drive is also available for less expensive systems, while Samsung's promised 256GB model is due towards the end of this year.
Ironically the company hasn't named customers or prices but is a regular supplier of SSDs for several high-profile notebook producers, including Apple for its MacBook Air, Lenovo and its ThinkPad X300, as well as multiple performance systems from Dell and its Alienware label. Samsung also regularly sells its SSDs as stand-alone upgrades through some dealers.
Acer launches $499 Aspire X1200 mini PC
Seriously, say you only Internet on your PC, use a little Word and spreadsheets, watch a movie .. then this might be a win to purchase. Acer introduced three new AMD Athlon X2 powered Aspire X1200 mini PCs. The cheapest model costs $449.99 and features a Athlon X2 4850e processor from AMD, NVIDIA GeForce 8200 IGP graphics, 4GB DDR2, 320GB HDD, DVD burner, Windows Vista Premium SP1 and a 14-in-1 memory card reader.
ACER - Offering powerful desktop components and expansion capabilities in a small box, the Acer Aspire X1200 desktop enables users to enjoy high-definition movies, games and theater-like sound while maximizing space in the home. Featuring AMD dual-core processors, NVIDIA GeForce 8200 on-board graphics and PCI Express 2.0, it
Fanboy makes it into the dictionary
Webinar is "one more example of the significant ongoing trend for electronic technologies to add words to the language," Merriam-Webster publisher John Morse said in a Monday press release about the 100 or so new words in the 2008 edition of the influential reference guide.
That's in line with Merriam-Webster's choice of the term "wOOt"--with its roots in video game culture--as the word of the year for 2007.
The 100 or so new words in M-W's latest dictionary reflect societal trends beyond technology. For example, some stem from culinary arts, such as prosecco (a sparkling Italian wine), soju (a Korean vodka distilled from rice), edamame (immature green soybeans), and pescatarian (a vegetarian whose diet includes fish).
But my favorite new entry, by far, is mondegreen, defined as "a word or phrase that results from a mishearing of something said or sung." According to M-W, the term was first coined by author Sylvia Wright in 1954, when Wright wrote an article for The Atlantic magazine confessing to a childhood misinterpretation of the Scottish ballad "The Bonny Earl of Moray." "When she first heard the lyric, 'they had slain the Earl of Moray and had laid him on the green,' she felt terribly sorry for the 'poor Lady Mondegreen,'" according to the press release.
EVGA nForce 780i SLI FTW motherboard launched
EVGA has released its latest FTW-branded (For the Win) product, the nForce 780i SLI motherboard.
EVGA improved the PCB with a 8 phase power distribution (up from the previous 6), all-solid capacitors, VDroop control, support for 1066 MHz DDR2 memory (was limited at 800 MHz), a more overclocking friendly BIOS and on-board Clear CMOS, Power and Reset buttons.EVGA nForce 780i SLI FTW:
- Reach extreme overclocking speeds supporting 1333MHz FSB and beyond.
- 8 phase power design for superb stability and performance.
- Solid state capacitors and ferrite core chokes allow for better overclocking and stability.
- Convenient layout with on-board Clear CMOS, Power, and Reset buttons.
- Friendly system BIOS features with easy to use overclock and voltage settings.
- Extreme DDR2 speeds of 1066MHz and beyond.
- NVIDIA SLI certified
- Intel socket 775
- 45nm CPU ready (Yorkfield & Wolfdale)
- 8 Phase power design
- PCI Express 2.0 support
- 2-Way and 3-Way SLI support
- 6 SATA-2 ports with support for RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5, JBOD
- On-board buttons for CMOS/Power/Reset
- HD Audio - 7.1 Channel
Lian-Li releases MUSE C36 | C37 HTPC cases
Lian-Li has introduced quite a lot of new products recently and today they add two new HTPC cases: the $159 MUSE PC-C37 and $219 MUSE PC-C36. Both models have a slim 435mm x 94mm x 378mm (W x H x D) form factor with enough room for two 3.5" HDDs and a 5.25" optical drive.
The PC-C37 will support a micro-ATX motherboard, as well as a standard ATX PS/2 power supply and can only use low profile cards. However, the PC-C36 supports the Micro-ATX form factor and will be shipped with a 300W TFX power supply as standard. The TFX power supply which has an 8cm internal fan as well as the usual exhaust fan has been aligned to assist in venting the hot air trapped inside the case. In addition, because of the slim line TFX PSU, the PC-C36 has the extra room internally to cater for two different back panels, which can fit between either 4 low profile cards, or two full size PCI/PCI-e cards via the riser card.
For both Chassis, the solid structure is all aluminum, offering significant cooling functions over standard steel cases, while giving a sleek and superior aspect of elegance. In addition the front mounted I/O ports, including 2x USB 2.0, 1x Firewire 1394 and microphone and headset speaker jacks give the chassis more complete options.
Lian Li attention to detail is paramount, and special anti-vibration spring clips prevent the panels from rattling, while special rubber rings support the HDD
Guru3D Hot Deals
We haven't done this little bit in a while. With all the crazy stuff going on in the graphics arena I figured now's a good time to check some of the best prices:
- Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 Video Card - $184.99 /
Run NV Medusa Demo on Radeon DX10 Hardware
If you have a DX10 class graphics adapter from ATI and just for the sake of it would like to run NVIDIA's latest Medusa technology demo, launched alongside their GeForce GTX 200 series parts, now you can, thanks to a little patch provided by ToMMTi Systems.
You'll need the 239MB Medusa demo executable itself, which can be found on NVIDIA's nZone site. Indeed, this demo is well worth a look for NVIDIA graphics board owners too.
You can then find the tiny update available to 'unlock' the demo on Radeon HD 2/3/4000 series hardware available for download. All of the instructions regarding how to patch and use the Medusa demo on AMD hardware is included within the archive.