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Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2009 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has tested the new F.E.A.R. 2 release on a number of video cards ranging from an HD4850 to a GTX285 to an HD4870 X2. Even with the slowest HD4850, they could turn all effects to maximum at 2560x1600 with AA and AF and still average about 40fps. Users with faster cards can turn the antialaising up as high as it can possibly go and still stay above 60fps.
Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2009 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you get an email with an attachments that claims to be the world's funniest spreadsheet, give yourself a shake and reconsider just how funny an Excel file could possibly be. Even if it looks legitimate, if you receive an Excel attachment from a stranger you should probably not open it. According to this story on Slashdot there is an exploit out there that will affect any Excel from 2000 up to 2007 SP1. Microsoft's next scheduled patch is due to come out March 9th, hopefully there will be a
Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2009 - 11:28 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 25 February 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced the launch of VIA's first embedded box computer; the VIA AMOS-3000.
Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2009 - 05:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you were to ask Paccus Interfaces what is missing in the world of PC gaming, they would tell you it is proper force feedback from joysticks. To that end they have started development of a new joystick whose force feedback comes from hydraulics. This new way of approaching haptics
will allow joysticks to have sensitivity matching gaming mice, somewhere in the neighbourhood of 2000DPI. X-bit Labs has an interview as well as pictures of the prototype that ma
Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2009 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Owners of a Phenom 2 X3 processor with a motherboards that supports Advanced Clock configuration might want to check this little tip at Fudzilla. It has been confirmed by motherboard manufacturers according to VR-Zone; by using ACC to trick the processor, you can indeed 'unlock' that fourth core and turn your X3 into an X4, if it came from the 0
Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2009 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is not too often that a release catches review sites by surprise, in the nature of good publicity
resellers and manufacturers try to give the reviewers enough time to thoroughly test the new hardware so that the review is ready to go when the NDA expires. The reviewers get to see the new kit early, but the trade is that they have to get all their testing done in a limited amount of time. Sometimes, kit arrives late, Murphy shows up, an NDA gets moved (or any of a number of other reasons) and the reviews come out scattered over a few days as opposed to all appearing within hour
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2009 - 06:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of our members has turned his hobby of collecting older electronic equipment and is finding about 10% of the motherboards that he tested before sending them off arrive dead. Do you have any ideas as to what might be killing the motherboards, or maybe you feel it's more likely user error?
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2009 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Motherboards today sport onboard sound that rivals most current add in sound cards. They support HD audio, either 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound and usually a host of optical, SPDIF, component and other input and output choices. The higher end audio cards feature components usually only found previously in studio grade equipment. ExtremeTech feels that the audio quality possibilities beg an important question; why do speakers intended for PCs have to suck so much?
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2009 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Good things come in packs of 24, and AMD's Istanbul can be included among that group. The Tech Report has pictures of a four socket system with four 6-core Istanbul processors, for a rather impressive task manager. Perhaps even more impressive is that with specific Socket F motherboards, a BIOS flash is all it will take to allow you to drop one of these new Istabul chips in for a hefty upgrade. Follow the link to see just how hefty.
Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2009 - 05:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP believes firmly that there can never be too much power, hence their review of a system with a pair of GeForce GTX 295s set up in Quad SLI. The installation was a snap, they had none of the problems that plagued SLI set
up in previous generations, problems which slowed the adoption of multiple graphics cards. If you can manage to provide the $1000 and 290W to your graphics cards, you will be playing games at 2560x1600 with every option maxed out and still have no fra
Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2009 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the last half of March, users of XP and Vista will be able to try out the new Internet Explorer, with exciting new features like a "monetization ecosystem". While it is hard to know exactly what is meant by that phrase, Tech ARP makes a likely guess, it will have something to do with advertisements. The other focus of the update is searches, it sounds as though the web portal will be resurrected
once again. There are also some unspecified privacy and security improvements; we will see how wel
Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2009 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NVIDIA responded to a court filing in which Intel alleged that the four-year-old chipset license agreement the companies signed does not extend to Intel's future generation CPUs with "integrated" memory controllers, such as Nehalem. The filing does not impact NVIDIA chipsets that are currently being shipped. Intel is trying to delay the inevitable value shift from the CPU to the GPU.
NVIDIA believes that our bus license with Intel clearly enables us to build chipsets for Intel CPUs with integrated memory controllers.
Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2009 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While you probably never met a bespectacled man with a pipe who asked you to sit down on a couch and tell him about your mother while playing Everquest, you may well have been psychoanalyzed
at some point in your questing. Four years of data for over 400,000 characters was passed on to researchers looking for various patterns in the demographics of the players and what they used the game for. Probably the neatest trick was writing software to deal with over 60TB of data, the EQ2 servers capture absolutely everything that happens in the game, and that raw data is what had to be de
Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2009 - 07:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Trying to get good audio out of a PC can be a little frustrating at times, not just because the audio drivers tend to move options and settings around with sadistic glee, but also because of the sheer amount of output choices. If you really do want to send a 5.1 signal over a single cable and are having difficulties, try this thread out for some help.
Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2009 - 03:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have an unused PCIe slot and a hankering for some great audio quality then check out the new Xonar Essence STX from ASUS. The Guru of 3D have put together an 18 page review covering everything from the components and their quality to the ability to add EAX emulation to games. In some ways any audio review is
Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2009 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a blog at AMD and on this blog are some rather interesting topics, including the one posted today. The section of the blog that the link comes from is AMD at Home, where a Senior Developer Relations Engineer named Jay Taylor covers topics of interest to the HTPC enthusiast. The long list of online providers of TV shows, both old and new will grab anyones attention. As long as you can stream video, you can be watching Battlestar Galactica from the beginning.
Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2009 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Good news for owners of Vista Home Premium, Business and Ultimate Editions, if you purchased them within the Eligibility Period which is July 1, 2009 through January 31, 2010. The plan is not to allow everyone to trade in their Vista disks for new Windows 7 disks, but to help OEMs sell PCs during the interim instead of waiting to purchase a new PC until after Win7 is released. From the looks of the screenshots at TechARP, the upgrade process should be fairly painless.