Jon over at MaximumPC sent over word of a winter mod contest they got going. Up for grabs are some GTX cards and moolah from Newegg.
"To Enter:No purchase is necessary to win. You must be at least 13 years of age to enter. To enter the Maximum PC Modding Contest (“Contest”), you first need a PC which you've modded yourself, and a selection of photos showing off its finer points. Images should be no larger than 2MB each, and in either JPG, PNG or GIF format."
"Fountain Valley, CA -- December 4, 2008 -- Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is first to market with ultra-low latency HyperX® DDR3 gaming SO-DIMMs. The new DDR3 1066MHz notebook memory modules are pre-programmed to high-performance, ultra-low latency values and built with a new metal heatspreader that further helps promote thermal conduction for added performance.
"Computer makers are releasing more DDR3-based notebook computers into the marketplace and Kingston is pleased to be first to ship ultra-low latency SO-DIMMs to meet the increased performance these laptops can offer,” said Mark Tekunoff, senior technology manager, Kingston®. "Our HyperX DDR3 notebook modules with metal heatspreaders represent new technology for gamers who want every competitive edge possible when pushing system performance.”
Kingston's new HyperX DDR3 SO-DIMM (Kingston part #: KHX8500S3ULK2/4G) joins a family of previously released HyperX DDR2 notebook modules in 800- and 667MHz frequencies. Kingston HyperX is backed by a lifetime warranty and free 24/7 technical support. For more detailed information please visit the Kingston Web site at www.kingston.com."
Press Release | OCZ Technology Introduces the Throttle eSATA Drive
"Sunnyvale, CA—December 4, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today introduced the Throttle eSATA drive, which offers performance and versatility for enthusiasts that demand the best hardware. The integration of eSATA connectivity now extends beyond desktop systems to laptops, offering increased data transfer rates with extreme portability while eliminating extra cords and power cables.
“We are excited to introduce the Throttle eSATA drive, which delivers many of the key benefits of external SATA including faster transfer rates and a cost effective expansion storage for high performance computing,” said Eugene Chang, Director of Product Management for the OCZ Technology Group. “The Throttle is available in high densities and offers exceptional peak interface speeds for high performance notebooks, desktops, consumer electronics and entry level servers. In the case where an eSATA port is not available, the Throttle has the ability to connect via USB as well for ultimate flexibility.”
Hardware | Netbooks causing problems for chip makers?
"Notebook computers are becoming the majority of computer system sales for many computer makers. With notebooks being such a large portion of sales a decline in notebook shipments and overall weakness in the segment can put a significant strain not only on the computer maker, but on chipmakers as well.
Reuters reports that the poor global economy is starting to be felt by chipmakers. Notebook makers and component suppliers in the U.S. and Asia are reportedly seeing declining order amounts and outright order cancellations. The orders that are being placed and the machines that are being purchased by consumers are skewing towards the low-end, low-cost netbook and notebook market.
At first, the netbook was cited by research firm IDC as a savior for the notebook market and was credited with helping to keep the market afloat in the tough economy. It didn’t take long for the realization to set in that the increasing sales of low margin netbooks would eat into the profitability of notebook makers and chipmakers. That reality is now setting in and analysts are changing earnings projections for some of the largest firms in the IT industry.
JoAnne Feeney, a chip analyst with FTN Midwest Securities, told Reuters, "Clearly the economic slowdown is spreading to notebooks and we're seeing it in two ways. One is in lower unit shipments, but also a mixed shift to cheaper units. And that's going to filter down through the semiconductor world."
"December 5, 2008 - According to comments made by an analyst for Kaufman Bros., a market research firm, the release of an economically friendly iPhone is a near certainty. While there is no doubt that Apple will continue to lower costs to some degree for more mainstreamed availability, Kaufman Bros. believes that the golden number is $99.
"While we are not sure of exact timing, we think a $99 Apple-branded cell phone is inevitable," analyst Shaw Wu wrote in a recent report. "As we mentioned in our initiation report, we believe one of the key things Apple needs to do to drive broader iPhone adoption is to build a more complete product line like it has done with the iPod."
"Intel quietly launched a cheaper version of is Core 2 Quad processor over the Labor Day holiday, complementing it with a high-end dual-core Celeron.
The Q8200 is a 2.33-GHz quad-core chip with just 4 Mbytes of level-2 cache, the smallest L2 cache size Intel offers in its Core 2 Quad family. The chip is listed as $224 in 1,000-unit lots, making it the second cheapest Core 2 Quad processor Intel supplies.
The smaller cache size is likely to have a negative impact on performance, as cache memory is used to store frequently-accessed instructions. All of the Core 2 Quad chips contain either 6, 8, or12 Mbytes of level-2 cache. Neither Intel nor any independent testing organizations appear to have evaluated it using performance benchmarks.
Intel also released the Intel Celeron 450, a 2.2-GHz dual-core chip listed on Intel's price list as a "Celeron D," a name Intel once discarded. The Intel Celeron 450 is priced at $53 in 1,000-unit lots, making it the most expensive dual-core Celeron Intel sells.
"In response to the news that Google (GOOG) is releasing its own browser, code-named Chrome, I decide to call John Lilly, CEO of Mozilla, the folks behind the fast-growing Firefox browser. My intention was to find out what Lilly thought about this development, especially since Mozilla has been viewed as a close personal partner of Google's.
The open-source browser maker depends heavily on a lucrative financial deal it has signed with the search company. The pair recently renewed the deal to last through 2011. Was Lilly worried about yet another browser in the market?
After all, the emergence of Linux has had an equally deflationary impact on the UNIX market. Can a Google browser, promoted on Google homepage and pushed through Google's mobile OS, become a sticky wicket for Mozilla Firefox?"
Technology | Lian Li launches the all new MAXIMA Force PSU
"21 August 2008, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian Li Industrial Co. Ltd has launched the MAXIMA Force series of Power supply units (PSU). The MAXIMA Force offers exceptional power regulation and safety features with 80 Plus certification showing Lian Li’s commitment to quality, while exemplifying Lian Li’s attention to detail through craftsmanship. MAXIMA Force complies with the newest Intel standard ATX 12V V2.3 & EPS 12V rail systems, while the environmentally friendly design for energy saving with Active PFC (>0.9) / High efficiency (>80%) complies with the best standards and allows additional full rated power draw during overclocking sessions. Hosting a complete range from 470Watts, 650Watts and 750Watts, the MAXIMA Force PSU’s are designed with the enthusiast gamer in mind.
The features include Power Failure Detection with OVP/OCP/OLP/SCP/UVP/OTP, plus support for multi-core CPU and Multi GPU/graphics cards systems, additional support for over-clocked CPU, GPU, and RAM System hardware with a maximum 100W overpower capability for one hour. The superior Japanese capacitor components bring long lasting durability and quality for the ultimate in stable power output."
Newegg has now stopped collecting NY state sales tax!
"As a result of recent changes in New York State tax law requiring certain out-of-state retailers to collect and remit sales taxes to the State of New York, we began collecting applicable sales tax for all orders shipped to New York addresses starting June 1, 2008.
After careful review and consideration, we are pleased to inform you that we have stopped collecting New York sales tax, effective August 21, 2008. This decision was driven by your direct and candid feedback and our continued commitment to you as our valued customers.
We appreciate your patience as we worked through this process, and would like to reiterate our commitment in offering our customers the broadest product selection, competitive pricing, fastest shipping, and award-winning customer service."