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Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2008 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Spore, a game in development as long as DN:F, has arrived to mixed reviews. Those that have played it, like Ars Technica, offer good reviews with some caveats. The main concern is the future pay for expansion packs, which may explain the shallowness many reviewers felt was the games weakness. Ars, for one, worries that future expansion packs will be released for each of the stages, finally giving the depth to the game that should have been there in the first place.
Subject: General Tech | September 10, 2008 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The 48xx series from AMD gives you some serious performance for not too much money; but it is also turning a lot of PCs into EZ-Bake ovens. Idling at 80C is uncomfortable for many enthusiasts to begin with, having that 80C bring the temperature up in their case and other components is even worse. [H]ard|OCP comes to the rescue with a simple tweak that will let you take manual control of the fan in that series of cards so that you can exhaust more of that heat out the back
Subject: General Tech | September 9, 2008 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The next step in Google's benevolent
attempt to take over the world comes in the form of semi-autonomous floating data centres. Stick some of their 'data centres in a shipping container' on a boat and float it out on the ocean somewhere, presumably in international waters. Add a Pelamis machine, which converts the energy in the ocean's waves into electricity and don't worry about heat, it is floating on the largest reservoir ever to be included in a watercooling rig. Drop by The R
Subject: General Tech | September 8, 2008 - 05:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Yes, the Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty and ALchemy worked perfectly when PureOverclock recently tried them. No longer can you malign Vista for not supporting the most popular addon cards for audio. This card will get you a few more FPS in a game than an onboard chip and it will give you something to do with that empty PCI-e 1x slot. Testing audio devices really does boi
Subject: General Tech | September 8, 2008 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Since IBM changed the focus of their business toward providing 'solutions' rather than hardware, they have slipped into a quiet role providing data centres with their expertise, while the regular user hears nothing about them. While that will most likely remain the case, you will probably be seeing a lot more advertising from IBM in the near future. You can read this article on The Inquirer to learn a bit more about "the Internet of things", silos and the New Enterprise
Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2008 - 06:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When it is your brain that has trouble starting up in the morning it is usually fairly easy to fix, with a massive influx of caffeine. When it is the PC that has trouble starting up, things can be a little more complicated, but is usually fixable with a little help from your friends. While you are fiddling around with your BIOS, and happen to hav
Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2008 - 01:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Computer mice are getting population density that would make one think there was silo full of grain in every PC store. It seems that every company even slightly related to PCs have to release a mouse, keyboard or high quality mat. The newest is NZXT with their NZXT Avatar Crafted Series Gaming Mouse. The stats certain match up with other gaming mice, 6469 FPS, 650-2600 DPI, 5.8 Megapixels/second and up to 1000 USB reports/second, as well as claiming to be ambidextrous. Check out the rev
Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2008 - 11:32 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Google's release of the Chrome browser has sparked a huge amount of prognostication from the tech community, much like Android when it was first announced. Tie that in with their win in the broadcast spectrum wars, ensuring that they, and other ISPs, have access to the C-block portion of the spectrum. Things are happening for Larry and Sergei, there is no doubt about that, but what the plan looks like in it's entirety is. The Tech Lounge has one plausible theory you can re
Subject: General Tech | September 4, 2008 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thanks to CHW's sharp eye, or stealthy skills, we have an idea what AMDs processor roadmap for the end of this year looks like. There aren't any huge surprises but it is nice to have the timings confirmed. Let's hope the end of this year has them narrowing the performance gap between Intel's and AMD's chips.
Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2008 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ViewSonic VX1962wm 19-inch Widescreen LCD Monitor is perfect for someone without enough desk space to fit a 22" or larger LCD, but want the higher resolution that the larger monitors offer. With a 1680x1050 resolution and 2ms response time, it looks good on paper, and Think Computers testing proves that it does well in t
Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2008 - 01:59 PM | Josh Walrath
AMD's graphics division has certainly been on the ball as of late. The 4000 series of Radeons have catapulted them back into the running, and there are certainly few weaknesses to these parts unlike the 2000 and 3000 series. AMD has also been quite aggressive in going after 55 nm production, and all of their major parts right now use that process node to great success. The HD 3000 series started the kickoff, then their integrated graphics parts quickly followed suit, and finally the 4000 series became the culmination of AMD's 55 nm design experience. NVIDIA has taken a
Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2008 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PAX has been offering hands on time with a several games that fans are waiting with baited breath for. StarCraft 2 was not among them, but Fallout 3 was and AnandTech has posted an HD video of the first glimpses of the world beyond the vault doors. Drop by for a look at what Bethesda has done to one of the best post-apocolyptic games series around.
Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2008 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Google's plans to grab ultimate rule the web were moved ahead with the release of Chrome, their new browser. Multiple threads, memory management improvements and various other new features are included in this 'reinvention' of the browser. You can pick up a copy yourself and give it a try yourself, or you could read a bit about it before you jump right in. TECHGAGE is a good place to start if you are going to
Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2008 - 11:11 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
London, UK, September 1st 2008 - We are pleased to launch SiSoftware Sandra 2009, the latest version of our award-winning utility, which includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers and networks.
At SiSoftware from version to version we focus four key areas of software development to make sure we give our users the best software experience. Quite simply our four drivers are:
Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2008 - 11:05 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
City of Industry, CA, August 29, 2008 - GIGABYTE UNITED INC., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards today is pleased to today announce the first annual GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship (GO OC) - to be held in Taipei, Taiwan on Thursday, September 25th, 2008.
The GIGABYTE Open Overclocking Championship promises to be the industry's largest global overclocking competition in history with overclockers from 23 countries including Australia, China, France Germany, Greece, HK, India, Indonesia, Iran,
Subject: General Tech | September 2, 2008 - 04:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new affordable gaming mouse from RAZER has been saddled with a rather unfortunate name, the Salmosa, which sounds like a popular South Asian snack which for some strange reason was filled with funny smelling ground salmon instead of potato, and which might send you to the hospital if you eat it. That aside, if you are looking for a high quality mouse without a dozen extra buttons and a big price tag, check out Bjorn3D's review.
Subject: General Tech | September 2, 2008 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PAX is the big name in gaming conferences after helping E3 finally pass away, remembered as a good conference gone bad. It is not the only conference going; there was Gamefest 2008 (aka Microsoft Game Technology Conference) in June and July which had some interesting news come out of it. Elite Bastards showed up and got an ear-full about DX11 and what it will mean for gamers and future games. Microsoft describes DX11 as strict superset of DX10(.1) and as backwards compatible, in the sense that DX9 compatible hardware will be able to handle the new instructions, though it see
Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2008 - 05:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When someone asks a question of our forum members like this one, you know there is another victim of overclocking addiction. This addiction can be serious, and tends to start with just a few tweaks to your graphics card using the automated process included in the drivers. Next, someone will give them a little bit of BIOS advice which usually leads to memory tweaking and before you know it they are over volting and decrying the evils of synchronous busses. Some extreme cases even go so far as to begi
Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2008 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If what The Inquirer reports on is true and not a Photoshopped image,
someone has managed to get cards from the two different companies to work together. In this case, the nVIDIA card was handling the graphics while the Radeon was dealing with Physx. More proof that Physx can run on ATI products is good to see, but getting cards from the two different manufacturers puts to shame the news about the X58 chipset supporting SLI and the Hydra Engine.
Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2008 - 05:37 PM | Josh Walrath
As Creative learned many years ago, a company can not live by selling sound cards alone. While Auzentech made a pretty big splash by offering pretty nice C-Media based cards (four years ago I would have laughed at that sentiment), it is a market that is not exactly growing, and has competition from the likes of Creative and other seasoned players. While I have enjoyed testing Auzentech cards down the years, I have been worried about how long they could sustain their business model. Designing, manufacturing, and distributing sound cards is not the way to make untold millions.&