If you know you are good you don't have to loudly proclaim your superiority

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2008 - 02:36 PM |
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The recently reviewed NuForce Icon-1 Amplifier and S-1 Speakers take a different approach than many other PC sound systems, a fact that did not escape TECHGAGE.  Instead of loading the system with umpteen billion virtual channels and the ability to hear someone playing an FPS game from the next block, they simplified their entire system and focused on quality.  If your ears are offended by the loud and distorted sounds coming out of your current speakers, maybe this amp and speaker combo

Source: TECHGAGE

To titillate without providing any real information

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2008 - 11:56 AM |
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A butterfly hatching out of a barnacle is probably not a good sign, nor a familiar cityscape arising from the sands of the beach.  The grown up Little Sister still bearing a homemade Big Daddy doll hints that whichever ending you chose in the original; there was something that you missed.  Check the HD teaser over at Cult of Rapture; it's not a trailer, it's a teaser, so don't be too frustrated when you don't have any of your theories proved or disproved.

We're not dumping them; we'll just treat them like crap until they go away

Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2008 - 12:10 PM |
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nVIDIA is flat out denying that they will be dumping all but six of their resellers, at least when asked by The Inquirer.  That isn't really going to change ECS and the other companies bottom line much however.  nVIDIA cards are sitting on store shelves, but are not being purchased.  Their high end cards are faster, but also more expensive than AMD's offerings and the huge glut of sub-$200 and even sub-$100 cards available means that their market share is falling there

Source: The Inquirer

Far Cry 2 & XFX Exclusive 9 Series Game Bundle

Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2008 - 11:44 AM |
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Journey deep into a war-torn African state to complete an impossible mission: to find the Jackal. Armed only with a copy of Far Cry 2 and an XFX GeForce 9 Series graphics card, you emerge victorious. Don't you just love a happy ending? We do.

Engineered to generate a mind-blowing gaming experience, XFX GeForce 9 Series graphics cards offer such industry-leading features as PhysX, Cuda, PureVideo and Hybrid Power technology. XFX's 9 Series cards deliver the highest data transfer speeds that generate a more realistic game experience.

Source: XFX

Can I play FarCry 2?

Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2008 - 12:33 PM |
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How much power you will need to play FarCry 2 is a question asked by a lot of gamers, who have not received a good answer until now.  [H]ard|OCP has posted a quick look at the performance of nVIDIA and AMD's top graphics cards to see what you can expect from your system.  The simple answer; if you can play Crysis you can play FarCry2 better.  More specifically at 2560x1600, with all settings at maximum and 16X AF and no anti-aliasing, the sub-$200 HD4850 can average 31fps.&n

Source: [H]ard|OCP

RAID 5 is dead? Oh noes!!!

Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2008 - 12:14 PM |
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If you are some insane masochistic systems admin who loves rebuilding RAID 5 arrays from the ground up every time HDD sizes increase, pay attention; by 2009 you could have a 7 disk RAID5 array built of 2TB drives.  If you connect that 12TB to plain old SATA connections on a discount RAID card and never back-up the drives to any other medium, when one disk on the RAID fails there is a very good chance that a disk read error will travel up the chain of drives and take the whole RAID out.

Source: Slashdot

Is Microsoft on track?

Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2008 - 12:48 PM |
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BlueTrack is the new tracking technology on their
Explorer Mouse and Explorer Mini Mouse; not to be confused with their IntelliMouse Explorer line.  The new way to track movement should be able to handle wood, marble, granite, carpet and other such surfaces that tend to cause problems for mice.  ExtremeTech tested it out on a variety of surfaces, and while it doesn't have the precision of high DPI gaming mice on normal mousing surfaces, it completely shames those gaming mice on the non-standard surfaces. 

Source: Extremetech

Own the galaxy, for free!

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2008 - 06:25 PM |
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That's right you can own the entire Galaxy9600GT for the cost of a single post.  Just head to this thread and post something out of this world* and you can call yourself the ruler of the Galaxy9600GT

As PC Perspective is absolutely enormous, we can afford to give away three entire galaxies, this being the second contest in the series.  Head over and post or you may find someone else in possession of the galaxy you had your eyes on.

Low profile, high performance

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2008 - 01:33 PM |
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Thermalright's new T-Rad2 is a really nice step in the right direction for users looking to use 3rd party cooling and have a dual card setup.  It is thin enough that even with a fan attached Crossfire or SLI is still easily possible, whether you choose a pair of 92mm fans or a single 120mm fan.  When Hardware Canucks attached this cooler to an HD4870, the temps dropped by a mere 30C under full load and by a smidgen more when it was overclocked. 

Preventative pound packing procedure

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2008 - 12:10 PM |
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In a desperate bid to make SanDisk too big to pick up, Toshiba is buying 30% of SanDisk's current equipment.  They hope this will make SanDisk too expensive for Samsung to take over; either willingly or as a hostile bid. 
Toshiba isn't looking to good right now either, they are being pinched by the same price drop in memory, which is probably why they are ensuring SanDisk will purchase at least some of that equipment back from Toshiba.  Read more about their financial

Source: The Inquirer

NEW NVIDIA MOTHERBOARD GPUS PACK BIG PUNCH IN A SMALL PACKAGE

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2008 - 11:30 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 20, 2008 - NVIDIA's engineering team was given a challenge: deliver a desktop GPU which integrates full system I/O and discrete-level performance in half the size of previous integrated graphics solutions.

Source: NVIDIA

Intel Demonstrates World's First Working 'Moorestown' Platform

Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2008 - 11:20 AM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Taipei, Taiwan, Oct.

You want form, or function?

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2008 - 12:12 PM |
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The Altec Lansing Soundbar is a little box with two active speakers and a passive one in the middle to sort of act as a subwoofer.  The idea behind the Soundbar is to offer a way for even the most crowded desk to cram a sound system in.  It's price is in line with a midranged 2.1 system, and Think Computers thought the sound was certainly on par as well.  The passive driver does manage to provide enough bass that the overall sound is not too anaemic.  Check them out if you are low on spac

Source: t-break

Coffee and obfuscation for your morning

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2008 - 11:53 AM |
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The Tech Report has had a long conversation with nVIDIA about those small little problems that were popping up in certain Dell laptops.  It would be naive to expect nVIDIA to come completely clean with the public about the exact nature of the problems as well as their cause(s).  On the one hand it can honestly be difficult to pin down the root of the failures and on the other ...

Side effects may include ...

Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2008 - 02:18 PM |
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A Das Keyboard Ultimate is a letterless keyboard that offered some serious geek credit if you could actually type that way, but it also had a rather high price.  The price hasn't changed for the Das Keyboard Professional, but at least the keys are actually lablelled.  It retains the basic shape of the classic IBM keyboard, with some changes that make it much more unique and solid, the keyboard weighs almost 3lbs.  There does seem to be some changes that occur in users of this keyboard, of which you can see an example

Self help you can really get into

Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2008 - 12:08 PM |
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Using the web, or more specifically searching the web, gives your brain a good workout according to some research that Slashdot dug up.  More importantly, the biggest benefits were seen among the so-called 'internet-savvy' group, who used the web regularly and were at least somewhat familiar with successful searching techniques.  So the next time you are caught idly Googling, make sure to let them know that you are exercising your brain and that you have to do it regularly or you will lose the b

Source: Slashdot

Adobe Flash Player 10 released - possible GPU acceleration

Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2008 - 01:32 AM |
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If you have been problems with your Flash player, or just want to have the latest version of everything, jump over to Adobe's Flash Player 10 page to get the newest version.  What I am HOPING to see if a halt to the very annoying issue I have under FireFox and Chrome where Flash video playback halts after a few seconds in a browser that has been opened for a while.  

Source: General

It's not a shoota

Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2008 - 12:17 PM |
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If you have been looking at the teasers and trailers for the upcoming Dead Space release, Ars Technica may have some bad news for you.  Then again, if you are a fan of horror games then maybe it's good news for the review indicates that Dead Space is a nice new take on both killing aliens in space and dealing with puzzles, scarce ammo and character modification.  Read through the review and take a look at the screenshots to get a glimpse at what struck such a powerful chord with the reviewer, and

Source: Ars Technica

Pour a glass of fresh Kool-Aid

Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2008 - 11:54 AM |
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If, like some owners of PC Perspective, you are a closet Mac fan; the relationship between and your Macbook has probably become a little tense.  You both know that there is something younger and better looking out there and that it is the Macbook who will have to pack up and leave.  The oh so shiny new aluminium MacBook brings most of the Macbook Pro's features into a 13.3" form, in fact it seems like size is now the only real difference between the two lines.  There is also vindication for Ryan's prognostication about nVIDIA and Ap

Motherboard strip show

Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2008 - 12:18 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has a quick movie of the unboxing of an MSI Eclipse X58 motherboard, with full exposure.  There aren't any benchmarks to be had, just lots of shots of the board and all it's accessories.  Drop by if you are curious about whether the new model's heatsinks are as big as the preivious model that we have all grow accustomed to.

Source: [H]ard|OCP