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Wednesday Morning (3 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 2-July-2008  10:11:54 (GMT +10) - by DiGiTaL MoNkEY

Anandtech review AMD's Phenom X4 9950, 9350e and 9150e processors. Hot on the heels of the release of the Radeon HD 4800 series AMD has three new Phenom processors, unfortunately this isnít an architectural change, and what we have today are two lower clocked and one higher clocked model.

Tomís Hardware published an article comparing SSDís Power Consumption. We looked at four different flash SSDs (Solid State Drives) and added a 2.5Ē 7,200 RPM conventional hard drive for the sake of comparison. We deliberately selected this hard drive as it delivers high performance and also requires more power than most other drives.

The Tech Report analyse the performance of Nvidia's GeForce 8300 chipset. For a few months now, AMD's 780G has reigned as the only integrated graphics chipset capable of handling high-definition video decoding. Now it has company in the form of Nvidia's new GeForce 8300, so let us find out how it compares!

Using data collected from Google Web searches and security firm Secunia, researches on Tuesday said "637 million Web users are surfing with outdated Internet browsers and therefore at greater risk of Web-based attacks." They did so in an effort to understand why so many recent attacks by criminal hackers have been aimed at the browser, and why those attacks have been so successful.

ExtremeTech have a quick write-up on the present and future of general-purpose computing on the GPU. Research into using the powerful parallel processing of GPUs has been going on for years. They call it "GP-GPU," for general-purpose computing on a GPU, and it's about ready for the mainstream. Here's some of what you can look forward to..

Auzentech has finally released to the public the long awaiting DTS Interactive/DTS Neo beta drivers for the X-FI Prelude soundcard. The drivers have appeared with an open letter from the president of the company outlining some existing bugs for DDL and a fix ETC. And of course, you'll need to be a registered member in order to access the download. Thanks Liam!

For those subscribed to internet service provider iiNet, they have increased the quotas on its range of ADSL plans yesterday for new and existing customers. The increases are quite significant for some plans, with a 50% bump in quota not uncommon. Some high end plans remain unchanged however, and one very popular plan (Home 5) only gained 5GB in peak (less than 10%). The entry level Naked DSL plan has also not seen any change.

Chris sent in word that Microsoft has released a patch for Vista users not wanting to run SP1. It includes a series of performance and reliability updates, which arenít available via windows update at the moment. You can find the download links and details here.

A new version of the CPU-Z has now been released, as well as the latest instalment of GPU-Z. Both packed with multiple bug fixes as well as support for the latest hardware.

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