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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.
Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2009 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you want to make sure that your mouse can keep up with you, as well as have a unique look then the Roccat Kone might be what you are seeking. It is a 3200 DPI gaming mouse, with adjustable weights, 10 buttons and a 4 way scroll wheel; it does also sport lights all along it's edges and logo. It also has a little extra trick in its driver, called Tracking Calibration Utility, which proved useful on less than perfect surfaces though had no effect on performance when using a mat.
Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2009 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Global Foundries has been showing off some nice wafers at the Symposium on VLSI Technology, displaying just how low they can go. Their work on high-k metal gate transistors seems to have paid off as they showed of some seriously tiny tech. The sizes they've reached have been seen before, Global Foundries trick is to overcome the leakage problem to keep these chips power requirements low. Drop by The Inquirer for a look.
Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2009 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are two very obvious facts that have been realized about the HD4770; it is an incredible value, and it is incredibly hard to find. HEXUS has been doing some digging trying to find even a single card for sale, let alone the pair you need for CrossfireX which can really make this card shine and as it turns out they are sold out across Europe and North America. It seems the problem lies with TSMC's volume of 40nm chips, which hasn't been able to keep up with unexpected demand. We did hear that t
Subject: General Tech | June 12, 2009 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2009 - 05:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Back in the days when the mid range ruled, and digital was only for recording studios, the record was king of media. The scratch of a dull diamond coming through speakers that were birthed before Dolby made its appearance, and huge stacks of vinyl and decorated cardboard sleeves dominated the homes of every audiophile. Now those records are collecting dust, or are accumulating scratches through heavy use, but hopefully not sitting beside a furnace. If this sounds familiar, and you have a lot of old vinyl that you want to listen to, but don't want to hurt it nor buy a CD to re
Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2009 - 01:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Anyone who has used a tablet for anything in the past, and quite a few who have never played with one, know the name Wacom. If you have used their Intuos3 tablet you will probably be excited about the new Intuos4 Professional Pen Tablet, available in several sizes. The price is still high and so is the quality, in this case the new version is all about more little extras. For instance the programmable LED shortcut keys to the side of the tablet n
Subject: General Tech | June 11, 2009 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not even a month after the first announcement of the official USB 3.0 standard, we will be seeing the release of the first USB 3.0 controller, coming from NEC. They will be releasing it fairly soon, along with Windows drivers, though we have yet to see a single USB 3.0 device. Not to be outdone, a devotee of the penguin has created a Linux driver, working with both Red Hat and Ubuntu.
Subject: General Tech | June 10, 2009 - 01:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Driverheaven got their mitts on the console version of the new Ghostbusters game and posted a quick review of the gameplay along with some trailers. If you can't wait for the PC version, the Playstation seems to be the better choice as it has content which is not included in the Xbox version. Along with the single player storyline comes multiplayer support with several different game types to try. Interestingly, one of the big features on the PC version seems to be missing from this conso