DX10 comes to MMORPG

Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2007 - 11:56 AM |
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Hellgate London is the first MMO designed with DX10 in mind, which gives them some benefits and some problems.  While the DX9 demo showed that many cards can reach over 100+ fps in this game, we were missing out on smoke effects, motion blurring and DX10 shaders.  As [H]ard|OCP's test show, you can see the differences between the quality of DX10 and DX9, which is rather nice considering how hard you had to squint to see differences in previous titles.  On the other hand you

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Better to wish for a Red Ryder BB Gun than an 8880GT or HD3870

Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2007 - 11:42 AM |
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If you are shopping for a <$250 video card you may have found your plans frustrated.  Both the 8800GT and the HD3870 disappeared within hours of their release and there has been no sign of them at all.  The Tech Report can comment on why the AMD cards are so rare, although we still don't know what nVIDIA's problem is ... maybe retailers are snubbing them by continuing to sell GTS models?  Follow the link to see what has been holding AMD back.

X rated audio

Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2007 - 05:33 PM |
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The ASUS Xonar D2 not only sports more LEDs than your average modded case, it also handle digital and analog sounds almost totally lossless.  The Audio Station U1
will improve the quality of sound comping out of any laptop, but probably won't win the hearts of people using desktop PCs.  You can tune into Bjorn3Ds' notes to see if either of these sound like something that resonates with you.

Source: Bjorn3D

ASUS Xonar Series Revolutionizes the PC Audio SoundscapeASUS Xonar Series Revolutionizes the PC Audi

Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2007 - 02:05 PM |
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FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (November 27, 2007) - Adding to the success of the company's entry into PC audio, ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today extended its product offerings by introducing the world's first PCI-Express (PCI-E) interface audio card Xonar D2X; and the stylish USB based audio station Xonar U1.

Source: ASUS

How to lose friends and infuriate people

Subject: General Tech | November 27, 2007 - 12:07 PM |
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The release of the Spider platform from AMD has generated a lot of reviews and speculation as to AMD's long term quad core plans.  We've seen the numbers, heard how lovely Lake Tahoe is and how two out of three ain't bad.  There was another side to this launch, which a lot of the sites haven't really expressed, but The Tech Report has broken the silence.  AMD made some rather questionable moves in the lead up to this launch, from the obvious that you may have figured out, free tickets to Lake Tahoe, to serio

New mouse in the house

Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2007 - 02:53 PM |
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Hades is a new company that has released a gaming mouse as well as a mouse pad.  The specs that they quote sound good, putting it in the realm of Logitech and Microsoft's high quality gaming mice, but at about half the price.  BCCHardware tried it out, and it quickly became the second favourite, just behind the G5.

Source: BCCHardware

Get them quick, they'll disappear for over a month soon

Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2007 - 11:57 AM |
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Who needs an official launch date when you can just buy something beforehand?  The Inquirer has a link to an Austrian retailer who will sell you an ASUS Striker II Formula.  Order early and avoid the rush.

Source: The Inquirer

Forum stuffing

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2007 - 05:20 PM |
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Part of the lukewarm reception that AMD has received from their introduction of the Phenom processor was the fact that you couldn't buy one.   We all know the other reason.  The good news is that it is slowly starting to appear, so if you do have an AM2(+) system that needs an upgrade,

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Necris-philia

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2007 - 02:43 PM |
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The wait is over, Unreal Tournament 3 servers are being set up and populated as you are reading this.  Timed perfectly for the US Turkey day holiday, most gamers seem to be fragging each other with one hand while the other holds a drumstick.  The new type of game, Warfare blends Assault and Onslaught very well and the Torlan makes an appearance (in 2 different forms), so don't pine too hard for your favourite Onslaught maps.  New vehicles will shock you the first time they land on your head, or chase you with their persistent beam weapons, and the old vehicle have undergone an o

Source: IGN

Slip into a SIP call

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2007 - 11:46 AM |
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With the introduction of just one trojan into a corporate network, it is possible to record VOIP calls traveling over that network as a wav file using SIPtap, a proof of concept exploit that you can rad about over at The Inquirer.  Of course even simple encryption will prevent anyone from using the tool, so don't start shutting down your phone system yet.  Even the encryption

Source: The Inquirer

The rumour mill kicks into overdrive

Subject: General Tech | November 22, 2007 - 02:27 PM |
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Surfing around the net today, you may have run into stories proclaiming that AMD is about to purchase Ageia in a move to counter Intel's purchase of Havok.  As we found out earlier in the week Intel plans to remove Havok from physics on a graphics card research, either to stop the research entirely, or to change their focus to Intel CPUs.  It also makes sense that AMD would purchase Ageia to stop nVIDIA from getting their hands on the physics processor producer, and give them a leg up on physics processing in general.  AMD's purchase of Transmeta certainly helped them with die s

Source: The Inquirer

Lowered latency on DDR3 kits

Subject: General Tech | November 22, 2007 - 02:08 PM |
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Just in time for your X38 motherboard, Patriot has released their PDC32G1600LLK PC3-12800 low latency memory wich run at 1600MHz, with CAS latencies of 7-7-7-18, and they are only $560.  For that price however, you get fast DIMMs that are capable of breaking 1900MHz if you relax the timings a bit, according to PC Stats' testing.

Source: PCStats

Misunderestimating the target market

Subject: General Tech | November 22, 2007 - 11:54 AM |
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The Tech Report feels that AMD has totally missed their target with the Spider platform, an opinion that has almost nothing to do with the performance. The problem as they see it is that the Spider platform is powerful with AMD CrossFire X, a AMD quad core CPU and a nice AMD motherboard, all bundled together into a packaged platform to be sold to the enthusiast in one peice. 

See the possible problem with that yet

Ryan's guilty pleasure

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2007 - 12:20 PM |
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If you are looking for a new type of game to play, especially if you have a few friends to drop by, then the release of Rock Band is for you.  It comes with a single guitar, drums and a microphone, and according to Ars Technica's testing, the guitar from Guitar Hero 3 is instantly recognized by the game, allowing multiple guitarists in your rock band.  It's single player is described as very lonely, so make sure to grab some friends to play along with you, and maybe a frosty beverage or two for th

Source: Ars Technica

One step forward and a full commute back

Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2007 - 11:54 AM |
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The new heads of AT&T are continuing their streak of brilliant decisions; this time they are calling back all the teleworkers to cubicles.  The huge telecommunications companies execs apparently has difficulty grasping the concept of workers who use the internet and telephones to communicate with home office.  Slashdot has more on this move which should qualify AT&T's HR department for a stupidest decision of the year award.

Source: Slashdot

Fancy new Bluetooth headset

Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2007 - 03:44 PM |
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Aliph's Jawbone looks rather snazzy compared to many of the Bluetooth headsets out there right now, and thanks to it's Voice Activity Sensor, it sounds good in noisy environments.  Legit Reviews had no problems getting the headset to connect to PCs or cell phones, and found it to be a good, if not great choice to buy if you are in the mood for more Bluetooth jewelery.

HavokFX kicks the bucket

Subject: General Tech | November 20, 2007 - 11:48 AM |
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The Inquirer has read about and announced the death of physics on the GPU.  With Intel's purchase of HavokFX the likelihood that it will ever be officially supported has pretty much disappeared, meaning no game company will consider it a way to implement physics simulation in their games.  Ageia is probably dancing at this news, and the rest of us should run out and pick up a quad core CPU or two if we want to see things smash prettily.

Source: The Inquirer

Of clock speeds and translation lookup buffers

Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2007 - 12:32 PM |
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The day has finally arrived, we can see the performance of a 'true' quad core processor, and the chip that will take AMD into the future ... as a distant second to Intel.  Barcelona just doesn't have what it takes to compete against the much higher clock speeds of the newest Intel chips, and can barely match them clock for clock.  Their price is just pathetic too ... as [H] pegs it, only $283 to the $1250 of the QX9770

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Can Amazon kindle a passionate love for eBook readers

Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2007 - 12:06 PM |
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engadget has done a live blog of Amazon's launch of their Kindle eBook reader.  It is about the same size and heft of a smaller hardcover book, but an iPod it ain't.  The interface is unique ...

Source: engadget

The great hardware Crysis

Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2007 - 05:17 PM |
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Everyone wants a faster internet connection, and there is a way to increase the speed that you may have never tried.  The majority of motherboards now come with dual LAN, which may give you a hint as to what the suggestion in the Networking forum is about.  Sure you have to pay for a second ISP, but that will still end up cheaper than most fibre optic providers. 

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