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Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2009 - 06:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
To get the most important forum thread out of the way first, PC Perspective is giving away a Smooth Creations system. You have 7 different ways to enter and Ryan has already disqualified Allyn, Josh and myself so you have no excuses not to enter and win even if you live in Outer Elbonia. This machine is not just pretty on the outside inside you will find a Phenom X4 955, a pair of HD4890s, 4GB DDR2 on a Foxconn 790FX, and dual VelociRaptors, all
Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2009 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Monster Cable has been described in a lot of ways; bizarre, ridiculous, loony and just plain way too freakin' expensive.
Perhaps that is why they picked Ludacris
to be their big name at launches. This particular launch is for the Monster Turbine Headphones, in-ear buds that go for around $150, actually on the low end of the in-ear ma
Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2009 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As we brought up on this week's PC Perspective Podcast, LucidLogix Technologies is finally back in the news after a long delay from their first impressive showing almost an entire year ago. The product that they are showing is not intended to try to displace AMD or nVIDIA, it has the exact opposite goal in mind, to work with them to provide better multi-GPU support. Whether you use Crossfire or SLI, your multiple board system depends on alternative frame rendering. Each card
Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2009 - 04:02 PM | Ryan Shrout
Good news for all those fans of Windows 7, bad news for haters that like to kiss up to Apple. Microsoft is learning how to impress us recently and this is the latest iteration of it. It looks like most any user will be able to upgrade to Windows 7 for only $50 - if you get in early. Preordering the operating system will be able in Home Premium form for $49.99 and in Ultimate form for $99.99. Nor
Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2009 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You can always find a fun web based game to while away the hours stuck in your chair, since doing actual work would just be silly no matter how bored you are. How about trying a persistent player versus player web based fighting game that goes by the name of Disciple. It is totally free apart from one small special area and even the quests are based around finding various players to slaughter. You can hunt NPCs if you wish, but all the quests can also be completed by killing other players. Ta
Subject: General Tech | June 24, 2009 - 11:30 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - June 24, 2009 - GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced the appointment of Norm Armour as vice president and general manager and Eric Choh as vice president of operations to lead an expanding team dedicated to developing Fab 2, the company's next semiconductor fabrication facility, or "fab," at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Saratoga County, New York.
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2009 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Following in the spirit of the 2new diversified market in which every company strives to make at least one of every possible product on the planet, Overclockers Online introduces the Enermax Aurora Premium & Aurora Micro Keyboards. Both are made with brushed aluminium and use a patented SCISSORS switch for their keys. These are serious keyboards, the Micro weighs almost 2lbs and the Premium almost 3lbs, so they are not about to move
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2009 - 12:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hamburg, Germany, June 23, 2009- The Portland Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of STMicroelectronics and a leading supplier of compilers for high-performance computing (HPC), today announced an agreement with NVIDIA under which the two companies plan to develop new Fortran language support for CUDA GPUs.
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2009 - 12:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For those who've never heard of it before they read this review on [H]ard|OCP, Computer Vision Syndrome would be that headache you pick up after a long day of working at a PC followed by an evening of surfing, fragging and other activities. A company called GUNNAR thought they saw an opportunity and have developed Optiks Digital Performance Eyewear
to relieve you from the suffering caused by staring at millions of little pixels for more than
Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2009 - 12:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While the world is dealing with shrinking wallets in what is being quaintly referred to as an economic downturn, Intel and Global Foundries are working on shrinking their chips. Intel has plans in motion to hit 32nm in the next 2 years and is shopping around for the tools they will use to begin work on their 22nm process. Global Foundries is already playing with working 32nm parts and is optimizing their processes and their 28nm chips should hit volume production some time in 2010. Intel, as well as many other fabs are switching to 450mm wafers to increase the number of dies
Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2009 - 03:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are a burgeoning audiophile, or just shopping around for audio equipment for your stereo or PC, it is worth dropping by Tweaktown for their latest audio roundup. From headphones and headsets, both wired and wireless to sound cards and speaker systems, they've got it covered and you can see it right here.
Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2009 - 01:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Shutting a server down can be enough of a chore as those you work with scream and bellow that they cannot access network resources, even after a week of constant reminders to them that there will be maintenance happening at a specific time. Upgrading or reinstalling an OS and putting data back can ruin an entire weekend. AMD is attempting to make it possible to do a simple upgrade, theoretically going from a Shanghai core CPU to a 6-core Instanbul should be a quick and easy upgrade. Just shut down your server, remove the cooling, swap CPUs and put the heatsink(s) back on and
Subject: General Tech | June 19, 2009 - 07:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you are looking for a deal, it is really hard to beat AMD's newest Black Edition chip, the X2 550, not only is it $102 to pick up, with some luck or a nearby store with a friendly return policy you will end up with 4 working cores, even if it won't
Subject: General Tech | June 19, 2009 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For the sake of the argument, assume that adding an onboard NIC adds $5 to the cost of a motherboard. That is certainly high, but let that slide. For
only $129 you can pick up the EVGA Bigfoot Networks Killer Xeno Pro and see your ping times drop by a good 3 to 5ms, and you might even see a slight increase in average frames per second in multiplayer games. For a measly 2500% price increase you will see about a 10% increase in network speed. Check Hot Hardware's revi
Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2009 - 05:14 PM | Ryan Shrout
Many people, including myself, scoffed when reading this article over at 1UP.com that hypothesized a new Xbox console would be coming along with the Project Natal motion sensing technology as soon as next year.
Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2009 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For a very recent spin-off company, Global Foundries is doing well. AMD's 40nm process guarantees them work today, while their 28nm looks after tomorrow. T-RAM, who are working on a new type of transistor called a thyristor are working with them, they are a member of the IBM Technology Alliance and now they are in talks with nVIDIA. TSMC has been supplying nVIDIA's 40nm chips and while they have had yield problems in the past, they now claim to have fixed them. Since AMD's plan is to skip 4
Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2009 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Demigod is a multiplayer RTS with a few twists from the original recipe. Perhaps the most noticeable one is your complete lack of control over units, they manage to kill themselves off without any help from you. Resources are also changed, instead of hordes of workers farming resources, you need to capture specific points on the map in order to receive the various resources. This leaves you plenty of time to strategize how to best to remove your opponent's demigod from the game. This is one of the few recent games that bears AMD's logo instead of nVIDIA's during the spl
Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2009 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Feeling confident after the huge success of slipping nVIDIA graphics into Apple's mobility line, Jen-Hsun Huang is now setting his sights even more firmly on Intel. In an interview reported on by The Inquirer, he claims that nVIDIA will soon be an equal partner with Intel. The reasons include the longer running time of a Macbook Air with a GPU, the ARM-based Tegra processor which may make up half of nVIDIA's sales in the relatively near future and of course OpenCL. He does
Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2009 - 03:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Those with long memories might find EVGA's recent claim to be the undisputed leader in watercooling solutions when they describe the GTX 295 Hydro Copper.
BFG feels that their claim might be a little bit off, as they point out that they've been making watercooled cards since the 6800 Ultra. You can read [H]ard|OCP's review of that card from July 27th, 2004 here.