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Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2008 - 04:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Canucks got their mitts on an ASUS Xonar Essence STX Engineering Sample, their upcoming audio card release. The list of options will daunt all but the devoted audiophile, ASUS is definitely aiming at the high end of the market with this card. They have yet to put the card through their full battery of tests, so you shall have to content yourself with pictures and feature discriptions for the moment.
Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2008 - 03:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Instead of having to sit through all eight hours of the presentation, AnandTech offers you a short cut into the news that broke from AMD yesterday. There are plenty of pictures to capture the important slides from the conference covering new chips as well as information on their new Foundry Company. Click on over and see what the fuss was about.
Subject: General Tech | November 13, 2008 - 03:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Nov. 13, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today hosted its 2008 Financial Analyst Day at its headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. Senior executives, including President and Chief Executive Officer Dirk Meyer, reported on the company's progress toward sustainable profitability by sharing information on AMD's product, marketing, manufacturing and operational initiatives.
As a part of today's event, AMD also launched its 45nm
Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processors.
Subject: General Tech | November 13, 2008 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It seems that until recently it was frowned upon for someone to stand outside of a party screaming about how much that party sucks and how much cooler they are than anyone else. That is exactly what has been happening any time a CPU or GPU manufacturer announces a new product. Today it is the AMD Financial Analyst day, with a lot of news from AMD being announced, including the first Shanghai reviews. Of course, somehow timed to break at the exact same time is a story on DigiTimes about Nehalem chips becoming available soon. The chips range from ten Xeon5500 models to se
Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2008 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sure, Fallout, Far Cry, CoD and Gears of War may have all been great games, but how many sequels can you make before you hit the quality level of the Police Academy series? Are we doomed to see games reduced to several family lines that dominate, with a small selection of independent games done on the cheap? Story line replayability and conversion mods can keep an older game alive, so you could always just replay it with a completely different outcome or with a completely different take on the game entirely.
Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2008 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's invited me to its annual Financial Analyst Day in Sunnyvale on Thursday, where I expect the company's executives to announce its netbook processor strategy.
The company is bringing out all of its heavy hitters to try and impress the financial community and bolster its faltering stock price. AMD's CEO, COO, CMO and several other execs will give presentations and have lunch with analysts and members of the media.
Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2008 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you pick up an AMD Phenom before the end of the year, you should get a nice surprise along with it. The Inquirer has heard of a deal with Serif to provide either their photo editing software or their movie editing software for free with the purchase of a Phenom. If you are thinking about setting up a PC that will be doing either of those tasks, or even just want to upgrade your processor by a bit, you are looking at a great deal, perfectly timed to help you save yo
Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2008 - 03:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After a few revisions and a drop to a more reasonable price, OCZ's Neural Impulse Actuator is still around, but not many people have picked one up. Legit Reviews decide it was time to flex their mental muscles to see if the NIA had changed much and to give them an excuse to make faces at their computer. They came away with the feeling that while some may excel at using the NIA fo
Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2008 - 02:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are running AVG anti-virus software on one or more of your PCs, do not believe it when it identifies user32.dll as a virus. You really, really want to keep that file. Seeing "Illegal system DLL relocation" will really spoil your day. Slashdot has a lot of conversation about this, as does the AVG forums, and a fix should be quickly forthcoming. In the meantime, if you have allowed it to and your system is no longer functioning, you can
Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2008 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Once these Nehalem chips can finally be purchased, finding the perfect RAM to go with it may be more difficult than with previous chips. You need to make sure the voltage is low enough that the Core i7 CPU can handle it, as well as ensuring you can get the most out of your triple channel DDR3. TECHGAGE, seeing as how they have an Intel Core i7 Extreme 965 already, were nice enough to test out five different memory configurations. See what differences they saw here.
Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2008 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2008 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA's new Quadro card, the FX 5800, will sport 4GB of RAM though we don't know exactly how fast the RAM will be. Chances are very good that the specs will be very close to the GTX280, as nVIDIA does tend to reuse the same boards and processors, as proven by the Quadro soft mods that exist. The 4GB of RAM will probably be unique, they may try it in a gaming card, but the amount of people trying to game on a 60" monitor is probably rather small. Engadg
Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2008 - 06:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The current unpleasant economic conditions across the globe right now are cutting into a lot of peoples spending money. Enthusiasts shouldn't be too badly off, we are all used to our hardware investments dropping significantly in value over a very short amount of time, stock market investors on the other hand are not as used to it. Since any money you invest may well lose money and provide very little fun, you should seriously consider investing in more parts for your PC, as you will have a lot more fun while their value plummets. To help out, you should always check the
Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2008 - 03:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hoping for a new stereo system this year? Maybe to go with a nice HTPC setup, or perhaps just to replace an ageing current system? Drop by Digital Trends as they walk you through a long list of systems that are available. There are also suggestions for the audiophile that has it all. You will also be happy to know there is not a single Monster cryo-magically massaged
uber cable on the list.
Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2008 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After all the ridiculousness that Creative has been displaying, they are finally showing some sense. With the troubles that Vista caused their X-Fi driver team, which inconvenienced a lot of users, they totally dropped the ball on the Linux drivers. It has been just over a year since the initial release and there has not been a properly working driver in all of that time. Finally Creative has open sourced the driver, which means no one will be sued for making it work properly, unlike a certain Windows driver.
Subject: General Tech | November 6, 2008 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD announced in April that they would be reducing their workforce by 10%, or 1650 jobs. Yesterday saw the second round of job cuts, with 500 people being let go from all but AMD's brand new 'The Foundry Company' in Dubai. The Foundry Company's 3000 employees are supposedly safe, as they represent the fruition of the Asset Light program of AMDs. One engineer will apparently missing being picked on by The Inquirer.
Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2008 - 06:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of the biggest growth opportunities for PCs has been the recent surge of HTPCs and DVRs, which make TV and movies much more enjoyable thanks to time shifting and proper HD support. Unfortunately, the extra features on these machines make them a little harder to control with a remote. That's why products like the Vidabox Premium Wireless Keyboard are becoming a lot easier to get a hold of. techPowerUp tried out this little wireless keyboard and it's trackball, so you don't have to buy it wi
Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2008 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new Prince of Persia will differ significantly from the previous Dagger of Time. Not only is there no Dagger of Time, the Prince has a very different cell shaded look to him, and he is searching for his donkey as opposed to a princess, father or other such standard plot conveniences. At least the driving reason behind his search for Farah is that the donkey happens to be where he keeps all his loot. Check out the preview at bit-tech.
Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2008 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One of the favourite rumours for fear mongers to spread has been the discontinuation of either Win2K or XP. That's made all the more easy to do thanks to Microsoft's continuing cycle of claiming to be discontinuing licensing and support, and then changing their mind and continuing to support the ageing OSes. As The Inquirer reports, they have finally discontinued support a licensing for one of their legacy OSes ...
Subject: General Tech | November 4, 2008 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The day after Nehalem was set free from reviewers benches, a leak of information on Shanghai somehow made it into the hands of a Polish website and then onto the net where everyone could see it. Of course, AMD is refraining from commenting on this leak and the products it talks about. The timing seems a little suspicious, not that it matters to the enthusiast who is anxiously awaiting news of AMD's new parts. The model numbers are higher, the feature list is long, so head to DigiTimes and dig in.