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Intel Nehalem processors getting ‘Smackdown’

Intel Nehalem processors getting ‘Smackdown’

“Smackdown” is the codename for this motherboard that has been fitted for Nehalem processors. Nehalem is Intel’s next micro architecture for their processors and isn’t due out until much later this year.

Spectrum ZX Laptop – blast from the past

Spectrum ZX Laptop – blast from the past

I am no computer historian but when the two computers that made up this beast are referred to as old and older, its pretty obvious this stuff is old. So some guy took a Spectrum ZX and a Toshiba Libretto 110 and smacked the two together.

Alienware updates their Area51 line – now more NVIDIA-ish

Alienware updates their Area51 line – now more NVIDIA-ish

Its not quite their best desktop, I think the ALX still holds that marker, but its their flagship desktop for sure. They are adding the two new products that were announced from NVIDIA the other day, the 790i SLI Ultra motherboard and the GeForce 9800 GX2.

NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 – big, beasty, shiny, and pricey

NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 – big, beasty, shiny, and pricey

This is the perfect card for playing your HD video content and Blu-Ray/HD-DVD movies on, and that’s it. Those 256 stream processors, dual GPU’s, and 1GB framebuffer just isn’t good enough for doing anything more than watching movies.

NVIDIA 790i SLI Ultra – has more radiator fins that my truck

NVIDIA 790i SLI Ultra – has more radiator fins that my truck

I know heat dispersion is a hard thing to control, furthermore, I know that the more power we give these chips, capacitors, and all that jazz, the hotter they get, but look at the picture below, at some point you just need to start bundling liquid cooling and give up on the conventional cooling methods. However, the features are strong with this one and it’s a badass motherboard.

CoolIT Freezone Elite and Pure CPU coolers – they’re as cold as ice

CoolIT Freezone Elite and Pure CPU coolers – they’re as cold as ice

CoolIT is jumping on the ESA or Enthusiast System Architecture bandwagon and has already begun producing component under that architecture. Their first product is the Freezone Elite processor cooler that is a fully enclosed liquid cooling solution that connects to your AMD or Intel processor and then connect to the fan slot just above the backplane of your motherboard.

Asus ARES CG6150 Gaming Desktop – looks like a fragging good time

Asus ARES CG6150 Gaming Desktop – looks like a fragging good time

Its big, its black, and it lights up red and its made by ASUS. ASUS is a company known for making some of the best and most dependable components and with their reach covering motherboards, soundcards, cases, power supplies, and video cards, its no surprise they took the next logical steps and made their own desktop.

Foxconn partnering with DTS – finally integrated audio will sound less awful

Foxconn partnering with DTS – finally integrated audio will sound less awful

DTS is a fairly well respected company when it comes to making audio sound good, so hopefully their new partnership with on of the world’s largest motherboard manufacturers can make the current state of affairs better. The two technologies, DTS Connect, and DTS Surround Sensation, are both to be integrated into the motherboards.

Maingear Ephex desktop gaming rig

Maingear Ephex desktop gaming rig

Maingear is a new company to me, but apparently they make boutique, one off custom gaming PC’s. Word on the streets is they are pretty good at it too since NVIDIA entrusted them to make the computers that they sent around to the press to show off their new 3-way SLI system.

Asus has some new X48 motherboards

Asus has some new X48 motherboards

There are two, the P5E3 Premium WiFi-AP @n, and the Rampage Formula motherboard. They both feature the X48 chipset with the ICH9R Southbridge and Intel Fast Memory access, they both also accept Core 2 Extreme, Core 2 Quad, and Core 2 Duo processors, they both have dual gigabit Ethernet, 8-channel HD audio, and system bus’ up to 1600MHz as well as DDR3 support.

Asus P5E3 Premium WiFi-AP @n green motherboard features Energy Processing Unit

Asus P5E3 Premium WiFi-AP @n green motherboard features Energy Processing Unit

Many companies went green last year, and Asus is being more innovative on their Green initiative. Asus’s new P5E3 Premium motherboard uses a new solution to make it more energy efficient - this solution is called ASUS EPU (Energy Processing Unit).

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iFixit disassembles the MacBook Air

iFixit disassembles the MacBook Air

So it looks like SlashGear just got their first MacBook Air, although I don’t foresee Vincent taking it apart anytime soon, at least not to this extent. So instead we have the pics from the folks over at iFixit as they slowly take apart the computer.

Once you get the initial bottom cover and battery off, everything else seems to be object oriented. What I mean by that is that there is the motherboard, but from there on, everything else is broken down into modules based on what they do, and then they all just connect to the motherboard.

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