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Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2010 - 01:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When Legit Reviews noticed their dual monitor GTX 480 setup idling around 90C they felt there was something wrong, most likely with the fan profiles. Talking with nVIDIA has netted them a new BIOS for the card which they promptly flashed and set about retesting the card. On a single monitor the new BIOS dropped the temperatures a few degrees and on the multiple monitor setup they saw a drop of 10C, still hot but a big improvement from the original temperatures. Drop by for a look at exactly what happened
Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2010 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It looks like we have a new Crysis, in [H]ard|OCP's graphics review of the new game Metro 2033 it is stated that "the 5970 does not have anywhere the needed GPU power to push Metro 2033 at the native resolution of 3600x1920 that I am using.
Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2010 - 11:29 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you want to design a killer app you won't go wrong is designing ways to easily implement a way for programs to leverage better performance out of multicore systems.
We have had singe core systems since the beginning so that is predictably where programmers have focused their efforts. There have always been specialized applications for servers that have more than one physical processor but until very recently there has not been the amount of multicore processors out there and as is usual in the computer world the amount of cores is increasing very quickly. Enter some rese
Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2010 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SemiAccurate has confirmed that nVIDIA did tape out the GF104 a few months ago, a mid ranged or lower end part based on the new Fermi architecture. He has heard that the GF104 will be at many levels a GTX 480 that has been halved, with half the number of cores, ROPs and shaders. In theory that will drop costs and more importantly reduce the heat that has caused the GTX 480 so much grief. The information is only partial, but if you are curious about the near future of nVIDIA y
Subject: General Tech | April 5, 2010 - 04:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For most people the buzz about the iPad is about skin deep. They care about its form factor and the apps that are available and maybe a bit about the quality of the screen. At PC Perspective most members interest doesn't get tweaked until the plastic comes off and we can get a peek inside. Thankfully AnandTech has given us a way to do that without having to buy one and disassemble it. It seems that the submission to the FCC wasn't done by someone with a ful
Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2010 - 06:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The PC Perspective Contest thread is seeing a lot of action, over 600 posts indicate that your chances might be slim but remember that there are still 3 other ways to get extra chances so make sure you take advantage of that! If you do win, or have a system that needs a little tweaking it is nice to know exactly how well you did at enhancing your performance. Benchmarks are the tool to
Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2010 - 02:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It will be years before the construction is finished on Fab 8 and Saratoga county becomes a hotbed of technical innovation but once Global Foundries starts up the lines you can expect 35,000 300mm diameter silicon wafers per month. As this is a brand new Fab, the design can incorporate new technology such as better air circulation and water systems instead of trying to retrofit an older building. ExtremeTech had a chance to visit the site and talk with those building the Fab, which you can read abou
Subject: General Tech | April 1, 2010 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The philosophy behind Ars' publishing of their system rescue guide is ... "Never ask "should I be paranoid about losing my data?" Ask "just how paranoid should I be about losing my data?"
Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2010 - 02:23 PM | Josh Walrath
The past several weeks have been a busy one for AMD. The release of the 890GX was perhaps the highlight, and being able to claim the first native SATA 6G implementation (well ahead of Intel) is a big feather in AMD's cap. The release drivers for AMD's latest southbridge AHCI functionality were dated back from an October/Novermber 2009 timeframe, so they were not exactly up to date considering the new hardware that was brought to the table with the SB850 southbrdige. In terms of IOPS performance, the new SB850 southie performs on par with what we are seeing from Intel these da
Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2010 - 01:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not many got a StarCraft 2 beta key, but some of those that did are putting together overviews of how the game has changed and what is new and what has stayed the same. While not quite as strange as some Zerg videos, the Escapist Magazine has assembled a look at the Zerg. If you have yet to encounter the changed Zerg Queen you definitely have to check this video out.
Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2010 - 01:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you think the following specs sound better than sliced bread ...
Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2010 - 12:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
KB971033 already has a bad name, we knew that it was the evolution of Windows Genuine Advantage and that it phoned home to Redmond to report on the status of your Windows license. However, have you heard of the anti-terrorism file scan that it does? According to information from TechARP, this update initiates a heuristic-based scan for potential "terrorism-related" materials and if they are found
then a lot of personal information about your PC will be headed off to Redmond and presumably Washing
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2010 - 05:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It might only be useful for contacting your fair weather friends but it will certainly save you on batteries. The Scosche solCHAT II is a solar powered Bluetooth speakerphone, specifically designed for hands free conversation while driving there are plenty of applications for a Bluetooth speaker with a DSP microphone. If you can think of a use, be it driving or otherwise, check out Futurelooks for an in depth look.
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2010 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the arrival of Fermi fans of nVIDIA can finally experience multiple monitor resolutions in gaming and general computer usage. The problem is that nobody has really finished a review looking at the performance of the cards in multiple monitor set ups. Partly that is because you need SLI in order to support more than 2 monitors, partly because 3D Vision on multiple monitors might not be ready for prime time yet. In the meantime, EyeFinity is here and has moved up to 6 monitors.
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2010 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Back in the beginning of March we heard about a vulnerability in IE6 and IE7 that offered drive by malware infection. Visit a website with a certain bit of code and your browsers inbuilt vulnerability will allow the silent installation of malware of their choice. The Register has heard that this Tuesday Microsoft will be releasing a patch to plug that vulnerability, so if you know anyone that hasn't
Subject: General Tech | March 29, 2010 - 03:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Ozone Smog mouse bears a remarkable similarity to both the Cyber Snipa and Ace with some individualized tweaks. The overall shape almost appears shortened as the mouse is quite tall and has an rest for your thumb and one for the fingers on the outside of your hand.
Subject: General Tech | March 29, 2010 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA's soft launch of the GTX 480 and GTX 470 took place at PAX East, which gave TechREACTION a chance to sit down and chat with Bryan Del Rizzo after the announcement. They talk about the delays and rumours over the past few months as nVIDIA fed out information about Fermi, along with where he feels Fermi will fit into the current market. Drop by and see what nVIDIA feels about their newest processors after the link.
Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2010 - 01:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have big ears, or as OC3D points out, if you played rugby or boxed then the new SteelSeries Siberia V2
headset is worth a look as the headset sports rather large earcups. It sports a retractable microphone which can be pulled out of the left earcup when needed and slides back in when not in use as opposed to swinging up and sticking out from your head at an odd angle like most do. The sound quality made OC3D quite happy, both in au
Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2010 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica visited the Microsoft Research TechFest to see what Microsoft has planned for its future. Cloud computing was a big topic, in a variety of ways from software to allow power saving on virtual machines to what they are calling a personal cloud mouse allowing you to interact with a personal cloud as if you were within it.