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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.&
Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2008 - 02:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Wolfking Trooper MVP mouse will give you several advantages over other players with lesser mice. Not only can you change the DPI on the fly, the mouse will tell you which setting you are currently at and there is a button that lets you chose your rate of fire. If you want four clicks for every time you hit the fire button, this mouse will let you do it. There were a few dissapointments from the mouse, as far as Overclockers
Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2008 - 10:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Premature rumours of Universal abit's demise, as far as their motherboard business was concerned, were flying around earlier this year, and firmly denied by abit. The rumours turned out to be a dire warning, as this morning HEXUS has confirmed that abit is shutting down it's motherboard production at the end of the year. They will still support existing products, but all new production will cease at the close of 2008. You can still expect to see a mobile Internet device from them in the near fu
Subject: General Tech | August 27, 2008 - 11:28 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As more information slowly bleeds out of Blizzard, we begin to get an idea of what StarCraft II is going to look like. The newest preview movie covers a Terran assault on a Zerg base (choose the HD version or it will look more like gameplay from the original Gauntlet). You can also follow links that discuss how the single player campaign will work, and why you will be limited in troop tech at the beginning and how to get
Subject: General Tech | August 27, 2008 - 11:11 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
no plans to get into the x86 CPU business according to one of their SVPs, Chris Malachowsky. They are quite happy to be the bigger fish in a pond with only two fish and a few minnows, as opposed to opening themselves up to the fierce competition in the CPU marketplace. See as how they are currently having trouble defending their place at the top of the GPU food chain from
AMD, that seems like a smart plan. Follow the link at Slashdot for more information on this as well a
Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2008 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
On the second day of Ryan's second foray into live coverage of a show, new features have been added, along with new content. First off you enter your email for a reminder to arrive before his coverage starts, secondly we have been promised live video, to make it feel even more like you are there. If you missed yesterdays coverage of Jen-Hsun's keynote, it is still available.
Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2008 - 11:38 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NVISION 08-SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 26, 2008 - NVIDIA Corporation today announced that Futuremark Games Studio has selected NVIDIA PhysX technology for its upcoming first-person shooter game, Shattered Horizon, which was officially unveiled last week at the Leipzig Games Convention in Germany.
"Shattered Horizon has a real space setting that offers gameplay, tactics, and freedom of movement that cannot be found in any other shooter," said Jukka Mäkinen, Head of Futuremark Games Studio.
Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2008 - 11:31 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ArcSoft, Inc. announced today that ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre, its universal multimedia player, now supports NVIDIA CUDA which provides DVD upscaling through Graphics Processing Units (GPUs).
Devising its SimHD post processing technology with NVIDIA CUDA, ArcSoft is accelerating TotalMedia Theatres DVD upscale performance on GPUs to deliver viewers a close-to-HD video from the standard definition multimedia files and DVDs, offering them a sharper and more vivid picture in real time.
Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2008 - 05:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you remember the original SideWinder, you have good idea what the new X5 model looks like. Otherwise, ExtremeTech's description of it being "loosely inspired by Master Chief from Halo and the Mazda Senku concept car" is fairly apt. The new model includes the ability to program macro buttons and higher DPI, but retains the originals extra large size. As a MMORPGer or FPSer you may like the idea of the "spin on a dime" button, and if you have hands that swallow smaller mice, you may want
Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2008 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With his notebook in hand, to liveblog a second conference, this time NVISION08. The conference isn't due to start until 1pm PDT, so there is still a bit of a wait for it to begin. Don't forget about it, they're announcing a 3D 22" LCD, and have guests like Buzz Aldrin, Jamie Hyneman & Adam Savage, Alex Albrecht and Kevin Rose. Even better is the always inflammatory Jen-Hsun Huang, who will be opening up the conference. If you miss the liveblog, you can always read the full text after the fact, and talk about it in
Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2008 - 11:14 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - August 25, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it has achieved the top spot on the VMware VMmark virtualization benchmark for x86 servers with the Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based HP ProLiant DL585 G5. AMD now holds the top three spots on the 16-core VMmark benchmark.
Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2008 - 05:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
iIntel's latest iCPU, the i7 is iGenerating a lot of iInterest, though not from iGamers. The new core is certainly a significant step from the Core2, as the Core2 was from the Pentium, but
Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2008 - 02:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tension Labs EAP03 Earphone Audio Processor seems like a good idea. It has a microphone that you can set to allow some outside noise into earphones that isolate you. It can show just how many dB you are inflicting on your eardrums and incorporates an equalizer. Unfortunately, when TechPowerUp tried it out it lacked the power to stand out among the crowd.
Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2008 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
joined the swollen ranks of the "i" crowd, thanks to the marketing wonks renaming it i7. If you don't feel that you have heard enough about Intel's new up and comer over these past three days, AnandTech has a treat in store for you. Fifteen pages of information on everything from Loop Stream Detection to the cache hierarchy and even the return of Turbo Mode in a slightly different form. It's all yours to discover.
Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2008 - 11:28 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 22 August 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today showcased VIA EPIA Pico-ITX-based entertainment robots at the Taipei International Robot Show (TIROS), being held on 21-24 August at the World Trade Center in Taipei, Taiwan.
With robotics development representing the cutting edge of technological progress, VIA's commitment to extremely compact form factors, robust performance, extensive feature sets and extremely low power consumption means that VIA's off-the-shelf EPIA boards are becoming an essential component fo
Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2008 - 11:12 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2008 - 02:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
First, the bad news ... "It's too early to estimate Diablo III's release date." ... though that does mean they aren't announcing an unreachable deadline; something that has damaged all too many games. The good news is that HEXUS has published an informative interview covering a lot of the questions inquiring Diablo fans want to have answered. Drop by if you are one of them.