nVIDIA and ATI get kinky

Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2008 - 11:47 AM |
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If what The Inquirer reports on is true and not a Photoshopped image,
someone has managed to get cards from the two different companies to work together.  In this case, the nVIDIA card was handling the graphics while the Radeon was dealing with Physx.  More proof that Physx can run on ATI products is good to see, but getting cards from the two different manufacturers puts to shame the news about the X58 chipset supporting SLI and the Hydra Engine.

Source: The Inquirer

Auzentech Grabs a New Partner

Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2008 - 05:37 PM |
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As Creative learned many years ago, a company can not live by selling sound cards alone.  While Auzentech made a pretty big splash by offering pretty nice C-Media based cards (four years ago I would have laughed at that sentiment), it is a market that is not exactly growing, and has competition from the likes of Creative and other seasoned players.  While I have enjoyed testing Auzentech cards down the years, I have been worried about how long they could sustain their business model.  Designing, manufacturing, and distributing sound cards is not the way to make untold millions.&

Head of the pack

Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2008 - 02:40 PM |
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The Wolfking Trooper MVP mouse will give you several advantages over other players with lesser mice.  Not only can you change the DPI on the fly, the mouse will tell you which setting you are currently at and there is a button that lets you chose your rate of fire.  If you want four clicks for every time you hit the fire button, this mouse will let you do it.  There were a few dissapointments from the mouse, as far as Overclockers

Not the most graceful of exits

Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2008 - 10:52 AM |
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Premature rumours of Universal abit's demise, as far as their motherboard business was concerned, were flying around earlier this year, and firmly denied by abit.  The rumours turned out to be a dire warning, as this morning HEXUS has confirmed that abit is shutting down it's motherboard production at the end of the year.  They will still support existing products, but all new production will cease at the close of 2008.  You can still expect to see a mobile Internet device from them in the near fu

Source: Hexus

KEKEKEKE!!!! Zerg rush!

Subject: General Tech | August 27, 2008 - 11:28 AM |
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As more information slowly bleeds out of Blizzard, we begin to get an idea of what StarCraft II is going to look like.  The newest preview movie covers a Terran assault on a Zerg base (choose the HD version or it will look more like gameplay from the original Gauntlet).  You can also follow links that discuss how the single player campaign will work, and why you will be limited in troop tech at the beginning and how to get

Source: Slashdot

It's all fabrication

Subject: General Tech | August 27, 2008 - 11:11 AM |
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nVIDIA has
no plans to get into the x86 CPU business according to one of their SVPs, Chris Malachowsky.  They are quite happy to be the bigger fish in a pond with only two fish and a few minnows, as opposed to opening themselves up to the fierce competition in the CPU marketplace.  See as how they are currently having trouble defending their place at the top of the GPU food chain from
AMD, that seems like a smart plan.  Follow the link at Slashdot for more information on this as well a

Source: Slashdot

The new and improved liveblog from NVISION

Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2008 - 11:55 AM |
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On the second day of Ryan's second foray into live coverage of a show, new features have been added, along with new content.  First off you enter your email for a reminder to arrive before his coverage starts, secondly we have been promised live video, to make it feel even more like you are there.  If you missed yesterdays coverage of Jen-Hsun's keynote, it is still available.

NVISION 08: NVIDIA PHYSX TECHNOLOGY TO POWER NEW GAME FROM FUTUREMARK GAMES STUDIO

Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2008 - 11:38 AM |
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NVISION 08-SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 26, 2008 - NVIDIA Corporation today announced that Futuremark Games Studio has selected NVIDIA PhysX technology for its upcoming first-person shooter game, Shattered Horizon, which was officially unveiled last week at the Leipzig Games Convention in Germany.

"Shattered Horizon has a real space setting that offers gameplay, tactics, and freedom of movement that cannot be found in any other shooter," said Jukka Mäkinen, Head of Futuremark Games Studio.

Source: NVIDIA

NVISION 08: ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre Univeral Media Player Now Supports NVIDIA CUDA

Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2008 - 11:31 AM |
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ArcSoft, Inc. announced today that ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre, its universal multimedia player, now supports NVIDIA CUDA which provides DVD upscaling through Graphics Processing Units (GPUs).

Devising its SimHD post processing technology with NVIDIA CUDA, ArcSoft is accelerating TotalMedia Theatres DVD upscale performance on GPUs to deliver viewers a close-to-HD video from the standard definition multimedia files and DVDs, offering them a sharper and more vivid picture in real time.

Source: NVIDIA

Microsoft's odd mouse aesthetics

Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2008 - 05:54 PM |
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If you remember the original SideWinder, you have good idea what the new X5 model looks like.  Otherwise, ExtremeTech's description of it being "loosely inspired by Master Chief from Halo and the Mazda Senku concept car" is fairly apt.  The new model includes the ability to program macro buttons and higher DPI, but retains the originals extra large size.  As a MMORPGer or FPSer you may like the idea of the "spin on a dime" button, and if you have hands that swallow smaller mice, you may want

Source: Extremetech

Ryan heads to nVIDIA

Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2008 - 12:09 PM |
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With his notebook in hand, to liveblog a second conference, this time NVISION08.  The conference isn't due to start until 1pm PDT, so there is still a bit of a wait for it to begin.  Don't forget about it, they're announcing a 3D 22" LCD, and have guests like Buzz Aldrin, Jamie Hyneman & Adam Savage, Alex Albrecht and Kevin Rose.  Even better is the always inflammatory Jen-Hsun Huang, who will be opening up the conference.  If you miss the liveblog, you can always read the full text after the fact, and talk about it in

Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processor Sets New Benchmark for Virtualization Performance

Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2008 - 11:14 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -  August 25, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it has achieved the top spot on the VMware VMmark virtualization benchmark for x86 servers with the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based HP ProLiant DL585 G5. AMD now holds the top three spots on the 16-core VMmark benchmark.

Source: AMD

It's Storm's one year anniversary

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2008 - 05:38 PM |
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iIntel's latest iCPU, the i7 is iGenerating a lot of iInterest, though not from iGamers.  The new core is certainly a significant step from the Core2, as the Core2 was from the Pentium, but

It sounded like a good idea at first

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2008 - 02:53 PM |
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The Tension Labs EAP03 Earphone Audio Processor seems like a good idea.  It has a microphone that you can set to allow some outside noise into earphones that isolate you.  It can show just how many dB you are inflicting on your eardrums and incorporates an equalizer.  Unfortunately, when TechPowerUp tried it out it lacked the power to stand out among the crowd.

Source: techPowerUp!

Can we please have a new letter

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2008 - 11:49 AM |
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Nehalem has
joined the swollen ranks of the "i" crowd, thanks to the marketing wonks renaming it i7.  If you don't feel that you have heard enough about Intel's new up and comer over these past three days, AnandTech has a treat in store for you.  Fifteen pages of information on everything from Loop Stream Detection to the cache hierarchy and even the return of Turbo Mode in a slightly different form.  It's all yours to discover.

Source: AnandTech

VIA Pico-ITX at the Heart of Modern Robots

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2008 - 11:28 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 22 August 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today showcased VIA EPIA Pico-ITX-based entertainment robots at the Taipei International Robot Show (TIROS), being held on 21-24 August at the World Trade Center in Taipei, Taiwan.

With robotics development representing the cutting edge of technological progress, VIA's commitment to extremely compact form factors, robust performance, extensive feature sets and extremely low power consumption means that VIA's off-the-shelf EPIA boards are becoming an essential component fo

Diabolically good?

Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2008 - 02:25 PM |
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First, the bad news ... "It's too early to estimate Diablo III's release date." ... though that does mean they aren't announcing an unreachable deadline; something that has damaged all too many games.  The good news is that HEXUS has published an informative interview covering a lot of the questions inquiring Diablo fans want to have answered.  Drop by if you are one of them.

Source: Hexus

Live at the IDF ... it's Ryan Shrout!

Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2008 - 01:50 PM |
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Ryan is at it again, giving live updates from the IDF, Day 2.  Today is about entertainment and the digital home.  Keep your eyes peeled for the news as it happens; if you miss it live, this new format will let you look through what was posted, though you do miss the chance to comment and offer suggestions for Ryan during any Q&A sessions.

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EMERGENT'S GAMEBRYO GAME ENGINE TO INCORPORATE NVIDIA PHYSX TECHNOLOGY

Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2008 - 01:18 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 19, 2008 - NVIDIA Corporation and Emergent Game Technologies have expanded their relationship resulting in NVIDIA PhysX technology being directly integrated into all upcoming versions of the Emergent Gamebryo game development platform.

Source: NVIDIA