nVIDIA, meet Lucid and say good bye to PhsyX

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2009 - 12:15 PM |

Protecting your investments is a good idea in business as well as in your personal life, which was what likely prompted nVIDIA to have their latest graphics card driver disable PhysX in a system with non-nVIDIA cards in it.  A sub-set of those gamers who do use PhsyX utilize an AMD card for their graphics with an nVIDIA card to handle the PhysX processing but apparently using the 186 driver version will disable GPU PhsyX processing.  PhysX has not had much success penetrating the market, those few games that utilize it do not really gain any benefits from PhsyX apart from a few visua

Source: NGOHQ

You know what they say about a gamer with small hands ...

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2009 - 04:21 PM |

They need a small mouse.

So OCZ, makers of fine mice and occasionally RAM, has developed a mouse that is the Danny DeVito to the Behemoth's Ahnuld.  The Eclipse does not have quite the DPI resolution of its larger twin but that didn't detract from the quality of the mouse, Hardware Secrets still found it quite usable.   They did discover one or two problems mixed in with the good features so do check out their review before you buy one.

Intel Unveils 45nm System-on-Chip for Internet TV

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2009 - 04:07 PM |

INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 24, 2009 – Intel Corporation today unveiled the Intel Atom processor CE4100, the newest System-on-Chip (SoC) in a family of media processors designed to bring Internet content and services to digital TVs, DVD players and advanced set-top boxes.

The CE4100 processor, formerly codenamed "Sodaville," is the first 45nm-manufactured consumer electronics (CE) SoC based on Intel architecture.

Don't you love the way silicon changes size in the fall

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2009 - 12:12 PM |

AMD may have scooped Intel, both in terms of the single GPU performance crown but also successfully dragging attention away from the Intel Developers Forum.  If your attention did wander and you missed some of the news coming out of the IDF then The Hardware Zone has you covered.  They have pictures of Paul Otellini waving around a 22nm wafer showing off the future of Intel's chip production, which yo

All you need is one orbital drop

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2009 - 05:51 PM |

Halo 3:ODST is here to the great rejoicing of casual gamers who know no better.  As Ars Technica is quick to point out, this $60 game was originally planned as an expansion pack and it seems that they delivered exactly that.  If wandering around the mostly empty streets of New Mombasa looking for clues and audio cues with occasional fighting is your idea of a great time then head out and buy it.  You won't have to invest much time as it will probably take

Source: Ars Technica

The Intel Domination Forum

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2009 - 11:53 AM |

The one theme that Ars Technica has taken away from the IDF is that Intel has some serious plans for the PC industry.  From the dozen low power, low heat system on a chip projects that are currently on the go to a Moblin based mobile internet device doing a clever imitation of a phone, Intel is spreading its sites to new areas that they have been weak in previously.  That is not all, on the application side they are working on a new UI for Atom based netbooks as well as support to develop apps for the netbook. 

Source: Ars Technica

Live from IDF: Maloney keynote and first Larrabee demonstration!!

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2009 - 04:09 PM |

We are here at the Intel Developer Forum and are ready for the second keynote of the day from Sean Maloney.  We are hearing this one will have the first public showing of Larrabee, Intel's upcoming discrete graphics technology!!!  Stay tuned!

UPDATE: There wasn't much new information from Maloney and Baker on Larrabee, though they did indeed demonstrate it working for the first time.

The three flavours of Fiorano

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2009 - 12:13 PM |

The first motherboard chipset AMD has developed since the acquisition of
ATI was to be for not just the Magny-Cours processors but also in different forms for the eventual release of Maranello and San Marino.  Instead of only releasing the SR5690 chipset for Magny-Cours, they have also paired the SR5670, and SR5650 I/O hubs to the SP5100 southbridge and launched them today.  We don't know the full specs of these chipsets yet but we do know certain things about what they have been designed for.  The SR5690 is specifically for the 12 core Magny-Cours in 2 or 4 CPU socket motherb

Source: The Register

It needs to come with a magnifying glass

Subject: General Tech | September 21, 2009 - 12:35 PM |

While not really in the same category as the Zune, the 5th generation iPod Nano has arrived on the scene with camera and LCD in tow.  Features new to this tiny MP3 player are varied, a full-featured FM tuner application, a pedometer, a Nike+ receiver and a voice note app have been added, while keeping the ability to store and play your music.  The screen is 2.2" @ 240x320 pixels, more useful to young eyes but still handy to keep track of which app you have been using.  Ars Technica was a little disappointed with the camera it lacked auto-focus as well as the ability t

Source: Ars Technica

Hurrah for the CBC and the Plains of Abraham

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2009 - 06:53 PM |

There are those who hold that an easy install is best; put everything together and have the PC build run perfectly from the first time you touch the power button.  While it certainly makes everything smooth, you really aren't going to learn anything from a nice build.  It is the nightmare installations, the bizarre hardware incompatibilities and
the purely unique problems that teach you the tricks it takes to deal with PCs that do everything they can to leave your mind feeling bent, spindled, folded mutil

Microsoft attempts to smite Google ... again

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2009 - 12:50 PM |

This time it is their online office solution taking aim at Google Docs and TechReviewSource was one of the few who were gifted with access to the beta version.  As you'd expect, Word, Excel and PowerPoint are available,
along with OneNote all in a scaled down cloudy reflection of their Office Suite counterparts.  The ribbons may have been trimmed, but it is still obviously a beta as there were problems; the an inability to insert pictures into PowerPoint being an example.  Head over for the full

Intel's take on the P55

Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2009 - 02:07 PM |

We have seen a lot of different P55 boards from a lot of different companies, except for the makers themselves.  The Intel DP55KG Extreme Series is their $209 flagship motherboard, sporting quite a few features, though perhaps not as many as other competitors.  6 phase power and some electrolytic capacitors might scare off the hard core enthusiast, but the board is worth taking seriously. 

Can Larrabee's B0 make it to IDF?

Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2009 - 11:59 AM |

Just like that old favourite song you grew sick of but haven't heard in a while, Larrabee has returned.  The timing is a little tight for IDF but we may get to see a new look to Larrabee as the B0 stepping is in the fabs right now.  If the bugs have been worked out there will be a lot of interesting demos to see, whether it takes a few days or a weeks for them to appear.  Drop by SemiAccurate for information.

Source: SemiAccurate

A mouse in a storm needs a maximum acceleration stat

Subject: General Tech | September 16, 2009 - 03:10 PM |

Cooler Master loves the Storm theme for a lot of their products with the Cooler Master Storm Sentinel Advance Gaming Mouse
being the newest member.  It is so advanced that this mouse actually houses 64KB of memory to keep track of your profiles and has a locking mechanism to make it very difficult to steal.  Think Computers has heard it will be for sale very soon at ~$60 and seeing how much they loved it you should really check it out.

It's Darkest of Days, the half a game

Subject: General Tech | September 16, 2009 - 12:51 PM |

At the start of the review that Bjorn3D wrote about Darkest of Days, a new time travelling FPS with some interesting twists, the game sounds like a lot of fun.  Bayonets are almost as fun as a chain saw, and when was the last time you waited as your character slowly works at his muzzle loading gun instead of just slapping in a new clip?  In most cases you will be using period weaponry, but the trailers does show an attack of Roman Legionnaires being repelled by machine gun fire.  Everything was fun and games until their Radeon powered test machine died at the Pompeii level.&nbsp

Source: Bjorn3D

Intel's mobile division is under ARMs

Subject: General Tech | September 16, 2009 - 12:23 PM |

IDF is all about 32nm and according to Intel, 32nm is all about mobile usage.  Ars Technica delves into the minds of Intel's mobile division in an attempt to divine when we might see x86 based System on a Chip based smart phones.  Their belief is that we shall see two separate families of 32nm processors, a fast but electrically leaky version and a significantly slower version that will not leak.  It is not hard to determine which version will be

Source: Ars Technica

“Beat Me If You Dare” competition offers a total cash purse of US$9000 and cutting-edge hardware

Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2009 - 01:44 PM |

Taipei, Taiwan, 11th September, 2009 - GIGABYTE, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announces the launch of a global Graphics Card overclocking competition, Beat Me If You Dare. This event coincides with the recent announcement of GIGABYTE’s latest family of Graphics Cards, the Super Overclock Series. Contestants around the world are invited to compete against the top scores set by GIGABYTE’s in-house overclocking team to win cash and prizes.

The champion of each round will receive USD1,500 cash.

A peek at the new Zune

Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2009 - 01:32 PM |

Ars Technica just got their hands on the new Zune and posted a preview of its features.  Some things are nice to see, like the availability of apps for those who picked one up when they first went on sale, the obvious lack of support for third party apps is perhaps not so nice.  The 480 by 272 OLED screen
was a definite winner.   Drop by for the preview, they promise a full review soon.

Source: Ars Technica

IDF takes a look at Westmere

Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2009 - 12:36 PM |

Sept. 14 in San Francisco is the beginning of this years Intel Developer Conference and it is shaping up to be a great one.  This will that be the introduction to Intel's 32nm processor family with Clarkdale on the desktop, and Arrandale for the mobile side, and we are expecting a lot.  As well there will be information on new transistor technology and news on Intel's System on a Chip projects.  Head to ExtremeTech for a preview of what is to come.

Source: Extremetech