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1  Hardware / Power Supply - PSU / OCZ buys PC Power + Cooling on: May 25, 2007, 11:18:25 PM
Big news on the PSU front from this one. Heres hoping some prices might drop. Quote starts now...

OCZ and PC Power & Cooling Join Forces to Revolutionize Power Management

Sunnyvale, Calif.—May 25, 2007—OCZ today announced immediate plans to bring PC Power & Cooling into the OCZ Technology Group. As a worldwide leader in high performance computer hardware, OCZ acquired PC Power & Cooling to utilize their keen expertise in power management and take the organization to the next level. This compelling partnership between the two like-minded companies will create a powerful fusion of patented technologies, innovative, high quality PC components, and improved accessibility of premium solutions for customers worldwide. All parties, including the consumer, will benefit from the acquisition; the combined company is now situated to deliver ground-breaking power solutions to meet the growing demand for efficient, high performance components to power the computing needs of gaming, enthusiast, and mission-critical systems builders alike.

With OCZ and PC Power & Cooling joining forces, the result is a solid partnership aimed at delivering superior solutions to end-users. Combining technical strengths, R&D resources, and complementary proficiencies, the new OCZ Technology Group intends to go above and beyond consumer expectations in quality, service, and hi-tech leadership. As the time-honored frontrunner in best-in-class power solutions, only PC Power & Cooling can redefine and develop the market’s standards of performance, as it has done for the past twenty-two years since its inception in 1985. Previously, PC Power & Cooling solutions were only available to US customers through their online store and a few select resellers and retail outlets. Under the OCZ Technology Group, PC Power & Cooling products will gain the exposure of the established OCZ global channel, maximizing the availability of the reputable line to customers everywhere.

All OCZ and PC Power & Cooling product lines will benefit from the new collaboration efforts. Moving forward, PC Power & Cooling’s complete line of power supplies will become the premium-grade PSU collection from OCZ, and will continue to be branded under the PC Power & Cooling brand. In addition to combining current product lines, the focus of OCZ and PC Power & Cooling is to take innovation and industry leadership to new heights. As the founder and CEO of PCP&C, Doug Dodson, moves into the position of Chief Technology Officer at OCZ, the integration of his expertise will set new standards for OCZ product development and innovation. OCZ’s popular high performance memory modules, PSUs, and flash memory will continue to evolve ahead of the times and stay attuned to the needs of the industry. The outcome is a greatly differentiated range of OCZ and PCP&C solutions available worldwide that addresses the complete spectrum of applications.

“OCZ and PC Power & Cooling are both technology leaders that share a common passion for delivering premium solutions to consumers,” said Ryan Petersen, CEO of OCZ Technology Group. “By bringing these two established companies together we are able to leverage the strengths of each organization and accelerate the development of cutting edge products for a variety of markets. We believe that collectively OCZ and PC Power & Cooling will build on our combined heritage to revolutionize high end computing."

"As an expansion partner, I believe we have found in OCZ the ideal fit for the culture and approach of PC Power & Cooling," said Doug Dodson, founder and CEO of PCP&C. "In my new role as Chief Technology Officer, I will focus on maintaining PC Power's lead in proven ultra high-performance with the Turbo-Cool line, and in value and quiet computing with the Silencer line, as well as provide guidance for the continuing improvement of OCZ's power management solutions. I am excited about the improved accessibility of PC Power & Cooling products and I am confident that our rich tradition of reliability and innovation will continue to strengthen as a part of the OCZ Technology Group."

Building on a shared understanding and mutual enthusiasm for leading-edge computer technology, OCZ and PC Power & Cooling will seamlessly unify to represent the pinnacle of performance. Look for all of OCZ Technology Group's current and future products in its worldwide network of distributors, e-tailers, and retail stores.

About OCZ Technology Group, Inc.

OCZ Technology Group, a member of JEDEC, designs, develops and manufactures innovative, high-performance memory and computer components that set industry standards. OCZ products are the first choice for users needing high-reliability, ultra-high performance solutions. In May 2007, PC Power & Cooling was brought into the OCZ Technology Group, forming a partnership that places the organization at the forefront of high-end computing. All of OCZ Technology Group's products are available through its worldwide network of distributors, online resellers and retail stores. For more information visit our website at http://www.ocztechnology.com

About PC Power & Cooling

Over the last 22 years, PC Power & Cooling has produced many innovative computer products including: the first CPU cooler, the first PC heat alarm, the first independently-regulated PC power supply, the first redundant power system, the first NVIDIA® SLI™ certified supply, the first One Kilowatt computer power supply, and the first power supply with its own certified test report (Turbo-Cool 1KW). In May 2007, PC Power & Cooling was brought into the OCZ Technology Group, forming a partnership that places the combined organization at the forefront of the high-performance computing industry.
2  Hardware / Graphics Cards / The 2x00 series may simply be a placeholder series? (Plus, new manufacturers?) on: May 17, 2007, 01:10:35 AM
From http://www.amd.com/us-en/assets/content_type/DownloadableAssets/ ATI_Radeon_HD_2000_Handout.pdf (The handout that ATI made up regarding their HD series)...

No XL cards, no PRO 2900s, no XTXs... Plenty of 2600s, 2400s, and the good ole XT.

Why are these missing cards important? AMD didn't bother to mention any release dates at all. This was put up May 11th. The delays of the HD 2600 series and the HD 2400 series, both prominent on the PDF document linked to, are not being considered on the PDF. If they were, they wouldn't be on it.

Technically, this PDF document lists everything that ATI is going to release in this lineup (HD 2000), even the stuff that might not get out until, say, August. This is bad, because it looks like the series is going to extremely limited in its scope. This means it may quickly fade into obscurity.

What's worst is that there are none of the 2900 XTXs, XLs, or potentially, Pros, listed on this chart, likely meaning they aren't part of the series... Meaning the world may have to wait for the Refresh of the 2900s in the HD 2950 series, potentially coming later.

Oh, and AGP cards make a return. A few manufacturers on the list may also be new to you all, I don't remember hearing that GeCube would be putting out a 2900.
3  Hardware / Graphics Cards / Re: ATi Radeon 2000 Series Launch: X2900XT Review on: May 14, 2007, 08:27:19 PM
Eh, anyways, now we're going to expect some R650 news from Fudo. I'm just going to have to sit on my cash, I guess, wait for some sort of 320 killer (I'll probably have to wait for the HD29(5? 0?)0 Pro ). I'm guessing, 3-5 months (1 month to get the 65nm low end cards out, 3-4 months to bring people back to Nvidia and fix their 65nm process, since it obviously is working at some level, just needs some tweaking or something...)

I patiently await more news, as the R600's price bracket hasn't exactly enticed me, and my need for X64 Vista drivers keeps me the heck away from Nvidia.
4  Hardware / Graphics Cards / Re: ATi Radeon 2000 Series Launch: X2900XT Review on: May 13, 2007, 10:35:37 PM
VR zone used the old drivers.
IT review link was broken but didn't appear to be reputable, had no indication of drivers
OC-Workbench used launch drivers and showed close competition between the GTX/2900XT.
Tweak-town is down.
The Inquirer link, I believe, I thought was proved to be part of some Nvidia attack-marketing? I thought Nvidia released it a while back... I can't remember, though, why I think that. Some search I made I think regarding the power supply... everyone stole their power-specs from the chart in the Inq-link, and it shows ATI failing really badly, when VR-zone's review seems to show that it's on about the same level of the GTX in power consumption...
5  Hardware / Graphics Cards / More R600 tidbits: Power related on: May 11, 2007, 07:27:03 PM
Looks like there are even more things about the R600 that we do not know.
http://common.ziffdavisinternet.com/util_get_image/15/0,1425,sz=1&i=159669,00.jpg (Retrieved from Extreme Tech) appears to show the R600 videocard (The long but short red thing below the two CPU fans).

It's pretty obviously the R600 because it has two power connectors (one that appears to be x6, one that could be x8 but has a x6 power cord going into it. If you look closely, it appears that the x6 PCIe cord that's plugged in is obscuring more parts of the plug it's in.) and it's bright red, with that ubiquitous rounded fan enclosure that has graced the forums of the entire internet by now. As well, the other pictures in that series show R600 tech demos.

If the card only needs one x6 PCIE power cord, the power requirements for the card are going to drop drastically, bringing it possibly in line with the 8800GTS series.

The next thing is that, if it has two power slots, one of which is optional, what is it going to do? You can't really need an extra 75 watts solely for mild dynamic overclocking.

This could mean a few things...
    An aspiring technology photographer unplugged something. (There's a 6 pin PCIE cord lying near the bottom of the case)
    The R600 only needs 1 PCIE power cord, but can use the other one (or the 8 pins) to overclock with extreme prejudice.
    The R600's supposed physics/sound processor runs on the other PCIE power supply, leaving an 8 pin PCIE cord to supply sufficient energy for overclocking or a 6 pin PCIE cord to function mildly well.
    The R600 functions as a taser.

This could be something big, or nothing at all... Just a lot of rambling and a lucky break for me, I guess. We'll have to wait for a NDA lift/ Monday... unless they pull a Microsoft Game Studios Halo 2 Vista.... (And delay for 2 weeks on the day it was supposed to be released)
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