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Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2008 - 01:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The usual specs for an HD4870 are 750MHz in the core and 900MHz for the RAM (aka 3600MHz) the Diamond Radeon HD 4870 XOC Black Edition's core runs at 800MHz and the RAM has been bumped to 1100MHz, or 4400MHz. The overclocked card does require a bit more juice, but not excessively so; it also won't be that much more expensive than the vanilla card once it becomes available. You can see how well it does against the 280 over at TweakTown.
Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2008 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The big theme at this years SIGGRAPH seems to be haptic interfaces, both as a control interface for software and as a way to provide direct physical feedback to the user. That isn't all though, nVIDIA's ray-tracing demo was shown there, as well as Intel's Larrabee getting a lot of focus. Drop by ExtremeTech to see what was shown, and get a peek at some nice pictures.
Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2008 - 03:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Aug. 12, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Blizzard Entertainment that will allow AMD to bundle Blizzard’s best games across all ATI Radeon graphics products, to deliver a superior gaming experience. As the exclusive graphics sponsor for BlizzCon 2008 in Anaheim, Oct. 10-11, AMD will treat gamers to the unparalleled graphics capabilities of the ATI Radeon HD 4800 series in all PCs for game play at BlizzCon.
Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2008 - 03:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Another industry first is in the works this week during SIGGRAPH 2008 in Los Angeles - NVIDIA is demonstrating the world's first fully interactive GPU-based ray tracer.
Based purely on NVIDIA GPU technology, the ray tracer shows linear scaling rendering of a highly complex, two-million polygon, anti-aliased automotive styling application.
Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2008 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Just in case the OCZ NIA doesn't catch on quickly, the Alchemy Elixir Gaming Keyboard could fill the needs of gamers until they are ready to blink and twitch their way to the top of the scoreboard. It certainly doesn't hurt that the keyboard is over $100 less expensive than the headband, not that they keyboard
Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2008 - 11:31 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
USB should be getting a bump in speed soon, as Intel presents version 0.9 of the USB 3.0 draft specs. Capable of handling up to 50Gb/s, attached storage should receive a nice bump in speed. They plan to first release it as a modified version of the familiar USB plug, but soon hope to include optical transmission as well. The Register has more here.
Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2008 - 04:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a new bit of action going down in our trading post, thanks to the efforts of PC Perspective members and the fine folks of Tiger Direct. We are pleased to bring new exclusive deals, starting today.
Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2008 - 02:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 12, 2008 - Gamers would agree that they would love to see the worlds in their favorite games be depicted as realistically as possible. For total immersion, the gaming environment has to "feel" as real as possible, and characters must be able to move and interact with the objects in the environment that have a compelling, dramatic impact on game play. With customized physics effects, developers can design trees that bend in the wind, water that ebbs and flows naturally, and include objects in the environment that dramatically impact the gaming experience.
Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2008 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Starting with his review of the HD4870 X2, Ryan has included Race Driver: Grid in the PC Perspective benchmarking suite. Until he gets some screen shots up, you can see some at AnandTech, along with a full review of the game. The game is a mix of rally and street racing, with some features to make it less frustrating compared to some of the other racing games that are currently available. Add multiplayer and impressive physics to those features and you have an interesting combination.
Subject: General Tech | August 12, 2008 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Depending on the construction materials being used in your home, wireless networks can be almost useless thanks to interference, and not everyone will agree that drilling holes and dragging cables all over the house is absolutely necessary
for one's peace of mind. The 200Mbps Powerline AV Fast Ethernet Adapter Kit may be your solution, allowing you to turn your main power into network ca
Subject: General Tech | August 1, 2008 - 03:53 PM | Ryan Shrout
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Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2008 - 02:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The S/PDIF plug is always thought of by many as a useful plug, even with all the uses that it can be put to. In case the neglect is caused by being unaware of the potential in this little plug, Hardware Secrets devoted an article to the tricks and adaptors that can be used to extend the usefulness of your X-Fi card significantly.
They also break down the various models of cards that Creative has produced and which are capable of which outputs.
Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2008 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
48 colours, 5 grays and a 64 sprite maximum were good enough for a hit video game once; and we only needed the 2 buttons. Take a peek at some gaming history at OCMODSHOP as they review Capcom's 1988 classic, Bionic Commando. You can even watch some gameplay and be amazed at the sound track and flashing screen. Try to imagine what the re-make and sequel will look like, both will be arriving to this generation of gamers soon and we can see how they grapple with a game in which you cannot jump.
Subject: General Tech | July 30, 2008 - 11:17 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SplashTop Linux, the tiny little distro found on new ASUS boards and used for their Express Gate instant on has been hacked. At Phoronix they have seen in set up on a USB disk to start non-ASUS boards, running custom applications and starting it as a virtual machine. SplashTop has been talking about releasing an SDK for those interested in working with their kernel, but it looks like they are a little late to the game.
Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2008 - 11:31 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This story at The Inquirer sheds some light on the strangely high sales of Vista that Microsoft has reported. HP has said that any of the PCs and laptops they have sold recently with XP installed had a Vista license attached to them, even though they did not run Vista. Any and all sales of these XP machines have been counted as a Vista sale, and will continue to be reported as such until Microsoft finally pulls the plug on XP, which they have been threatening to do for
Subject: General Tech | July 28, 2008 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It turns out that nVIDIA's odd stance that only certain models of HP laptops would suffer from the G48 and 86 problems is about as believable as most words that come out of a salesman's mouth. The magical ability to heal the wounded chips ascribed to all manufacturers but HP doesn't seem to be working very well at Dell either, with ten models getting a BIOS update. The Inquirer still feels that the true story is that all the chips are bad, and while that may or may not
Subject: General Tech | July 25, 2008 - 11:36 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA is really having a lousy month, with anti-trust suits going badly and the ever persistent rumour that something is horribly wrong with their G84 and G86's. nVIDIA's position is that the problem can only occur in specific laptop configurations, but really haven't clarified the exact nature of the problem and why it will not apply to graphics cards. DigiTimes has heard that as a result, many vendors are demanding a recall of all theoretically affected graphics cards.
Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2008 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Higher quality MP3 players, like the recently release X-Fi Xen can't really show off the quality they are capable of with a pair of $10 earphones. The best quality comes from cans, but not everyone wants to wear something that big, or try to transport them around. Phillips has introduced two new audiophile quality earbud style headphones, which you can see at Hardware Zone. The display it's self is rather impressive as well.