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Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2010 - 11:29 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA is rightly proud of it Optimus technology, a rather smooth way to save battery life and still offer graphical performance when needed thanks to a GPU that can disable its self. They also had reason to be proud to be supplying GPUs to Apple for their various systems. But then suddenly Apple releases their new Macbook Pro which features a GPU that can be enabled and disabled on the fly that does not use nVIDIA's Optimus Technology. It would seem that Apple's antipathy towards exclusive relationships with suppliers is still strong.
Subject: General Tech | April 15, 2010 - 11:41 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Xonar HDAV 1.3 Deluxe
that Josh just finished reviewing is a fine soundcard. It can pas through protected HD audio via an HDMI 1.3a cable letting you shatter your ear drums watching the newest Michael Bey movie. It has switchable OPAMPS for the audiophiles to colour their music with. Dig into the control panel and you will find no end of things to tweak, up to and including telling the s
Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2010 - 05:07 PM | Josh Walrath
Intel released their Q1 2010 results yesterday, and the entire industry seemingly breathed a sigh of relief. Intel’s Q1 results were, for lack of a better word, tremendous. Q1 is typically the slowest quarter in a year, coming in right after the very busy Holiday season that is encompassed by Q4. In a complete turnaround from historical results, Intel had a larger profit in Q1 than they did in Q4.
Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2010 - 03:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Logitech has a new gaming mouse out, the G9x Laser Mouse with a resolution that adjusts between 200 to 5700 DPI. It also comes with a shell allowing it to switch from the smaller 'Precision" form to a much larger "XL" version with the shell added to the mouse.
Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2010 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The creative industry on this ball of mud seems to have gone into a recursive phase, deciding the path of least resistance to riches lies in poaching from the intellectual property of previous generations creative souls. The majority of major releases are sequels, some entertaining, some rather tarnished and worn from the passage of time. In some ways it is rather nice to see these old friends again, but when you realize that the only changes since you last saw them were the addition of some bad habits and sparkly bits of bling, well you kind of wish you could hold onto your old, f
Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2010 - 11:34 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Flashing your BIOS EEPROM chip has gotten a lot easier and safer over the years as we have seen companies develop several strategies to prevent a bad flash from happening and bricking whatever it was you were trying to update. Those who have been bitten several times over the years tend not to trust these features and some components, such as your graphics card may not have features to make flashing easier. For those situations a boot disk with the absolute minimum of TSR programs is the weapon of choice even if the disk has changed from a 3.5" floppy to a thumb drive. If you
Subject: General Tech | April 13, 2010 - 11:38 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Graphene is a rather neat material, a single layer of carbon in a honeycomb shaped crystalline lattice that has some very interesting properties. For instance the electrical properties are being eyed as a basis for a new transistor as electrons travel incredibly fast over a graphene lattice, rather close to the universal speed limit. Those transistors are a long ways off but there is another interesting property of graphene, its thermal conductivity is better than that of diamond, the current king of conductivity. We won't be seeing quite that impressive of a performan
Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2010 - 02:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you passed over Ryan's peek at the upcoming ASUS Ares graphics card on the assumption it was just another overclocked HD5890, you missed out on something big. It is in fact a pair of true HD 5870 GPUs, both with a bit of an overclock bringing their cores up to 850MHz and each GPU gets a full 2GB of RAM to use. Now this extra power does have some side effects, the card is very large and requires not only two 8-pin power connectors but also a 6-pin as well. 28.4k on the GPU result in a quick run of 3DMark Vantage beats the
Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2010 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Apparently it took a pair of independent researchers discovering and reporting a fairly nasty and very unpatched flaw in Java for Oracle to even consider breaking their normal patch cycle. The Register reports on a flaw that can affect Windows and Linux based machines using the commands that Java Web Start will accept. Not every machine will be vulnerable thankfully, an ActiveX control known as Java Deployment Toolkit and a Firefox plugin known as NPAPI are two ways this flaw can be e
Subject: General Tech | April 9, 2010 - 06:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When your young child approaches you (assuming you knew you had a kid) and complains that their PC is slow, often the solution is as simple as Spybot, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware or rkill but not always. Sometimes it is a problem that requires a bit of thought to fix. There might be some things you want to consider to prevent the former problem, if
Subject: General Tech | April 9, 2010 - 01:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We've told you that Intel has no plans to release any new chipsets in 2010 but obviously they are eventually going to. Now, thanks to DigiTimes we know that some time in the first few months of 2011 we will finally see the 6 series of chipsets arriving. The details on what these new chipsets will bring is rather sparse though we did get some information on the naming scheme and the fact that Intel sees themselves still producing the i3, i5 and i7 series of chips along with the Core i7 Extreme series.
Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2010 - 05:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you've owned pets, small children or drunken roommates, then at least you can blame any broken speaker cones on someone other than yourself. That has limited success as a tactic and you can be guaranteed that asking the aforementioned to fix the damage that they might or might not have caused will not be at all effective. OCMODSHOP offers a process that will work, step by step instructions to re-edge your speakers something that needs to be done of you are going to replace damaged cones. It is not as
Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2010 - 05:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At the extreme end of density and savings lie the 2TB platter based hard drives and at the extreme end of storage speed you find SSDs. The middle ground, where the price matters somewhat and performance matters somewhat has been WD's VelociRaptor line up. Not exactly the cheapest drives and not as fast as the SSDs but for most the series has represented the best of both worlds. The line up has been getting a little elderly and we finally have a refresh to the line up with two new drives, a 450GB and 600GB. The speed is still there and the price is even better,
Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2010 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You can get your fill of Digital Video Recorder pr0n at Engadget this morning with SnapStream's rather impressive beast. Able to record 50 shows all at once and with over 100TB of storage this recorder to end all recorders should be able to grab more TV than you could ever possibly keep up with. Five separate rack-mounted SnapStream DVRs
are strung together in technically intricate manner and housed in a enclosure that looks a tad larger than your average
Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2010 - 06:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The SteelSeries 7G Professional Gaming Keyboard is for those with a serious input fetish. Just like some love enclosures
enough to happily drop $300 on a case there are those who feel good about spending over $140 to buy a keyboard. PCShopTalk asks the question that is probably at the top of everyone's minds, is it worth it? They take a look at the keyboard, its features and its performance in their latest
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