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Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2008 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There seems to be a swarm of bugs occluding the newly arrived prequel to STALKER, which ruined the day of a bit-tech member who pre-ordered it quite a while ago. The new engine may improve the lighting and shadows, but it also seems to have brought a swarm of small (and not so small) issues with it. The news is not all bad, weapon customization and join-able factions will add to your experience and may help the games replay-ablility. The only question is whether you will wait for the patch,
Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2008 - 11:15 AM | Ryan Shrout
We love us some rumors - and no one stirs them up better than Charlie at the Inquirer. Today's big story: Google buying Valve. At first glance that might sound pretty odd, until you consider that Valve's Steam product is the most successful and profitable digital gaming distribution system in the world. Google would LOVE to be able to control the future of gaming, put some AdWords on those many pages you see before your game launches and control just ONE MORE aspect of your compu
Subject: General Tech | September 16, 2008 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The engineers at ASUS had enough free time to create the Trinity, a triple 3850 card and one that you won't getr to play with. It simply exists to prove that it can be done, this card won't make it to retail. DriverHeaven was lucky enough to get a chance to play with the card as well as trying out some synthetic benchmarks against three 3850s in Crossfire. The performance is about equal to the Crossfire setup and shows up a single GPU, not bad for one oversized PCI-e card.
Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2008 - 02:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The newest discrete soundcard from ASUS is the Xonar HDAV 1.3 Deluxe,
still based on the AV200 HD audio processor but with added support for formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. This card goes far beyond what is required for an immersive gaming experience and heads deep into audiophile territory. You can find out just how much ASUS packed into this card at Elite Bastards.
Subject: General Tech | September 15, 2008 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Are you sad to see that the next process size shrink is so far away? Don't despair, many researchers are simply following a different path. Systems on a chip have been around for a short while now and have gone through a few revisions, each more powerful than the next. Through Silicon Vias (TSVs) are the next big thing and may successfully lead
to 3D processors. Learn more about how they are trying to connect these stacks of silicon at DigiTimes.
Subject: General Tech | September 11, 2008 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Phillips is busy showing off four monitors that are capable of showing 3D content without the need for funky glasses. The Inquirer doesn't have much information on the displays, and it is inherently difficult to show you 3D pictures unless you have one of these monitors ... or some funky glasses. It is nice to know that the difficult process of rendering 3D on a 2D display without accessories still has a few bright minds working away at solving it.
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