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Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2008 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Unreal Engine 3 has taken a lot of flak, especially for it's inability to handle anti-aliasing and lack of any DX10 support. In Rainbow Six Vegas 2, a way has been found to allow anti-aliasing with Unreal Engine 3, adding a nice look to the game. [H]ard|OCP tried the game out with a mix of AMD and nVIDIA cards to see what gives you the best performance. It turns out to have a similar outcome to UT3, where almost any newer card can handle the full settings.
Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2008 - 02:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Razer/THX Mako 2.1-Channel Speaker System has nothing to do with a performance gaming mouse, which may seem strange in a Razer product. The speakers are a rather odd orb shape, and they connect via Cat-5 cable. TECHGAGE gave this 2.1 system a thorough testing, which upholds the quality associated with Razer's products.
Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2008 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's purchase of TSMC while AMD didn't exactly have much spare cash lying around spawned quite a bit of discussion about their plans. The agreed upon answer was that this was AMDs 'fab light' strategy in action and that TSMC would take over the production of GPUs and CPUs for AMD. The GPU line did indeed start up quickly, but the Phenom was build in AMD facilities, not TSMC's. According to DigiTimes, TSMC is indeed doing test runs for CPU dies, so we may see more of Hector
Subject: General Tech | May 12, 2008 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Assassin's Creed has generated it's own little soap opera, involving AMD, nVIDIA and their 'The Way It's Meant To Be Played' marketing tool. The rabble has been roused by early tests on Assassin's Creed showing that with DX10.1 the AMD graphics cards were showing some remarkable performance. Come the release date, Ubisoft, a partner with nVIDIA's marketspeak TWIMTBP disabled DX10.1 due to a bug. Read the full script of this drama over at The Tech Report.
Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2008 - 01:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Razer's Destructor Professional Gaming Mat claims some rather impressive improvements in mouse movement when you use it. Think Computers concurs, they found that when they used to mat, they actually had to reduce their mouse's sensitivity. Check out the pad it's self, it's carrying case, and ponder over their warning; "excessive rubbing of the mousepad will result in numbing in the fingers."
Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2008 - 01:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Crossover cables and the simple bit of networking setup you need to seems to have become too much work. The USB Fever USB 2.0 Computer Copy Cable makes it much easier. Drop by OCIA and see if you want to add this $20 doohickey for your mobile repair toolbox.
Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2008 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Looking to see what the next generation of the internet's backbone might look like? Try checking out the Large Hadron Collider, which
"requires large data flows between specific sites - 2-hour periods with 8 gig flow across the network". Academic and institutional networks have always been at the forefront of speed and the average enthusiast may start to see the benefits of the work they have pioneered. Read what Ars Technica thinks we could be seeing soon, and just how the universitie
Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2008 - 04:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Even with the controversy surrounding Creative, their products are still popular. The Auzentech X-Fi Prelude 7.1
is one such product, and it is up for review on TweakTown. Auzentech has licensed the technology from Creative, so this card is not going to cause the uproar that the ASUS card recently has.
Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2008 - 11:38 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Well, not so good for those vendors who are stuck with plenty of P35 and X38 boards, Intel will be introducing the 4 series at Computex. Even worse news is that the Q45 and Q43 will be targeted directly at enterprise level customers, so resellers won't be able to sell them P35 boards as a way to try and recoup loses. On the other hand, what DigiTimes says is great news for the enthusiast; the PCI Express bug has been fixed and these boards should offer some nice performance.
Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2008 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Wii style motion sensing may be the next big thing and an Israeli company called Prime Sense may be the ones to help push it out. The Inquirer looks at the technology behind this, a motion sensor that can sense human motion without the need to attach anything to that human, or having them wave a stick around. Gaming is certainly one application for this, but the company is also talking about replacing remote controls as well as getting into surveillance and
Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2008 - 05:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of the loudest discussions going on right now in the PC community and in our forums is about Creative. The volume of posts caused by Creative's reaction to Daniel_K's driver mod that managed to get XiFi cards working in Vista is large, and similar. The tone is one of indignation and a resolve to not buy Creative products, a decision made easier considering the frustration caused by the XiFi series.
Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2008 - 05:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Five speaker systems are under review at ExtremeTech, Logitech's Z Cinema and G51, the Bose Computer MusicMonitor, Razer's Mako and the Boston Acoustics MM 226. Only the G51 is a 5.1 system, the others are a set of two, some coming with a subwoofer as well. None will make an audiophiles short list of speaker systems, but for a PC they cover a wide gamut of possible uses. Perhaps the most innovative design in the set is the Makos, which use Cat5 cable for their speaker connections.
Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2008 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer has broken the news that at some point today Apple will announce that iTunes will start carrying DVDs on the first day of their release. If people can grab their favourite movies the day of their release, instead of waiting up to a month, Blockbuster and other stores lose their major advantage over digital distribution sites like iTunes.
Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2008 - 12:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Almost as anxiously awaited as Halo 3, GTA 4 has arrived. Gaming Heaven somehow managed to get a hold of a copy early, and have posted a glowing review of the latest disaster to befall Liberty City. The gameplay has deepened, physics have been expanded and there is even multiplayer now. Check out the full review.
Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2008 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While Jen-sun Huang was on a brilliant tirade at the nVIDIA Analyst Day, not much was heard from David Kirk, nVIDIA's chief scientist. bit-tech managed to track him down for an in depth interview. They cover the hot topics you would expect, like Larrabee and ray tracing as well as CUDA. They also dig into other topics, like how Intel's focus on the process of making chips has helped them overcome their architectural deficiencies.
Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2008 - 04:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If there is one thing that the Cyber Snipa Stinger Gaming Mouse is not, it would be "the final step in the evolution of gaming mice." That is Cyber Snipa's claim, but considering the incredible growth in mouse features over the past year and a half, there is going to be a lot more 'evolution' to come. As far as the Stinger's new talents, it sports 4 DPI settings, o
Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2008 - 12:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BEAVERTON, Ore., April 29, 2008 - Infineon Technologies, Intel Corporation, Panasonic and Texas Instruments today announced the creation of HomeGrid Forum, which aims to promote and influence a single, next-generation worldwide standard for networking digital content, such as movies, music and pictures, over home wiring.
Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2008 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to DigiTimes, they have a pretty good idea of the new members in AMD's lineup over the coming seasons. A few older processors will be retired but the 45nm Deneb's should be out to replace them soon. Of course, if you ask AMD, all you will hear is "We know nothing!"
Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2008 - 01:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif. and SEATTLE, April 28, 2008 - Cray Inc. (Nasdaq GM:
CRAY) and Intel Corporation announced today they signed a multi-year
agreement to advance high-performance computing (HPC) on Intel
microprocessors while delivering broad new Intel and Cray technologies
in future Cray server systems. The collaboration of these two industry
leaders will result in HPC systems that will help solve some of the
world's most complex scientific, engineering and humanitarian