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Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2009 - 03:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One technological innovation at the IDF this year hasn't received a lot of press having been overshadowed by so many other long awaited announcements and demos; an oversight that ExtremeTech has remedied with their article on Light Peak. A new data transfer standard using fibre optics that currently allows transfers of up to 10Gb/s and should scale up to 100Gb/s as it matures. USB 3.0 is certainly going to be available sooner than LightPeak but before you dismiss it you should recall one very i
Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2009 - 10:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Oak Ridge National Laboratory Looks to NVIDIA "Fermi" Architecture For New
Oak Ridge Supercomputer Targets NVIDIA GPU Computing Technology to Achieve
Order of Magnitude Performance Over Today's Fastest Supercomputer
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -Sep. 30, 2009- Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
announced plans today for a new supercomputer that will use NVIDIA's next
generation CUDA(tm) GPU architecture, codenamed "Fermi".
Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2009 - 04:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DriverHeaven has taken a close look at the new Batman:Arkham Asylum game with an eye on nVIDIA's PhysX. They've captured several key videos to show just how enabling PhsyX effects the game play as well as the frame rates. They mix and match several systems and many different pairings of nVIDIA GPUs to see what the best way to experience the Batman is. Drop by and see the results.
Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2009 - 04:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2009 - 03:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Great news to all you insomniac gamers who set themselves up for an all night gaming session only to have your graphics card suddenly flake out on you. Galaxy now offers 24 hour technical support for Canada and the US; so you can get back into your game, even if it is 2AM.
Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2009 - 07:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
$69 seems like a reasonable price for a mouse with the highest DPI available on the market and that is the MSRP for the CoolerMaster Storm Sentinel Advance Gaming Mouse.
Dual lasers, an OLED screen to inform you what your current settings are and an LED that can switch between 7 different colours to give your gaming hand some moonlighting. Does it live up to your expectations? Find out over at Overclockers Club.
Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2009 - 06:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The coming holiday season is going to bring a lot of changes to the graphics market and DigiTimes was kind enough to gather all of the expected releases into one news story. From nVIDIA we are finally going to see new silicon, the renaming game is over for a little while. The GT210, GT220, GT240 and GT300 will hopefully overcome the production problems at TSMC and will be on the streets soon. We have seen some of AMD's offerings and they will be topping up the low end with the HD5750 and HD5770 an
Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2009 - 04:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DDR2 has hit the price point where you will no longer see it appearing in pre-built systems, just as it has almost disappeared from enthusiast systems. DigiTimes has seen that the average price of DDR2 has hit congruence with the average price of DDR3 as it continues to becomes more expensive to buy. As less companies order DDR2 from factories it becomes a custom run to produce it, therefore costing as much per unit to make as DDR3.
Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2009 - 10:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CPU launches are coming fast and furious this year, with the possibility of more
before the year is out, making it a great time to be an enthusiast. Mind you, even the best of us can have trouble keeping up with the latest features present on a CPU, how is someone just starting (or restarting) in the world of computer going to figure out which processor family
Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2009 - 05:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The cool unreleased but hopefully some day available tech that you see at the IDF certainly captures the attention, but the one constant that everyone pays attention to are the roadmap updates that chart the coming year. This IDF it was Westmere that is just on the horizon, the die shrink to Nehalem. Arrandale and Clarkdale
will be the first to arrive, some time before we roll over to 2010. AnandTech has taken a close look at what we know for sure about Intel's next tock.
Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2009 - 04:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2009 - 08:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2009 - 08:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2009 - 04:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2009 - 09:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2009 - 03:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2009 - 08:09 PM | Ryan Shrout
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.
Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2009 - 04:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | September 21, 2009 - 04:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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