AMD’s Radeon HD2400 and HD2600XT

Posted by Jon Peddie on July 2nd 2007 | Permalink
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Last we told you about AMD shipping the new midrange and entry-level AIBs based on the R600 architecture, and built in 65-nm technology. This week we got a basket full of them and ran some tests.

Revisiting some previous results

Posted by Jon Peddie on June 18th 2007 | Permalink
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We have two follow-up tests to share with you this week: the Toshiba docking station and the R600-Radeon HD2900XT.

Confessions of a digital media junkie

Posted by Kathleen Maher on June 4th 2007 | Permalink
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When it comes to buying media players I just can’t help myself. As readers of this column know, I am in serious love with the Creative ZenW media player. I take it with me everywhere and I have given serious thought to leaving my computer at home and just taking the media player. Why not? I can listen to music, use it for storage, play videos, record podcasts, play the radio. It synchs with Outlook so I have my calendar and appointments and ... okay, it’s not -really a working tool. Nevertheless I love feeding it movies and music, making videos for it, and dressing it. Yep, I have bought it a case and screen protector.

Cyberlink updates its video lineup

Posted by Kathleen Maher on June 4th 2007 | Permalink
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Cyberlink has just introduced its latest version of PowerDirector and Media Deluxe Pro. Cyberlink is a wildly crea-tive company and that adjective is chosen carefully. The company draws from a deep well of creative talent in Taiwan who are associated with the University, thanks to the company chairman Jau Huang and his longstanding relationship with the school. For instance, Cyberlink is pushing the boundaries of PC TV to places that TV would never go alone with its new Media Deluxe Pro.

Dynadock: The almost

Posted by Kathleen Maher on June 4th 2007 | Permalink
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This week we’re testing a nifty little 2001 A Space Odyssey–looking monolithic device from Toshiba called Dynadock. The concept is amazingly clever: simply plug it into a USB 2.0 socket on your laptop (or desktop for that matter), and you’re done. Plugged into the Dynadock is your RJ45 CAT5 Ethernet cable, your DVI second monitor, your optical S/PDIF and/or 3-mm stereo jack, and whatever other (up to six) USB devices you use (e.g., keyboard, mouse, disks, etc.).

Graphics boards and chips

Posted by Kathleen Maher on May 21st 2007 | Permalink
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In the last week of April AMD held a little party first in Tunisia and later in the week in Sunnyvale, because those AMD folks really like to party and stack up the mileage points. To attend either of these shindigs you had to sign a NDA promising you wouldn’t say or write anything about what you might hear at the event until May 14, 2007. On Tuesday April 24 we were given details about the R600 chip and the AIB it would grace, the Radeon HD2900. We were not given any boards (which is normally what is done) and were told they would be shipped to us in a few days.

Want to do more, then you need to see more – AMD’s R690

Posted by Jon Peddie on April 9th 2007 | Permalink
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It’s taken a while, but like “S.T.A.L.K.E.R.,” the R690 has been worth the wait. What’s that? That, son, is the wait for our evaluation of the AMD R690 Asus motherboard. And the reason it took this long, when the web guys had their reviews out almost the same day AMD announced it, was due to two things: (a) the chief geek was involved in an all-consuming trial and couldn’t get to it full time, and (b) we hit some roadblocks and discovered some stuff that’s interesting, plus our test was targeted at a different POV than the yadda-yadda benchmarks. We were interested in displays, lots and lots of displays, and we were interested in Vista.

First impressions of “S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl”

Posted by Jon Peddie on April 9th 2007 | Permalink
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>The long-awaited game based on the nuclear accident at Chernobyl in 1986 and the subsequent movie of the same name are finally here.

AMD likes four

Posted by Kathleen Maher on February 26th 2007 | Permalink
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couple of months ago we reviewed AMD’s 4x4, possibly the most powerful machine that one can still call a PC. Now AMD has brought out the RS690 chipset, and among its many features the one that caught my eye (no pun intended) is the ability to drive four displays—another four for AMD.

Getting back to the future

Posted by Jon Peddie on February 26th 2007 | Permalink
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As your official old-fart, been there-done-that curmudgeon, I’m happy to report that the PC has finally caught up with the Commodore PET (Personal Electronic Transactor) computer I used to write my thesis on back in 1980.