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Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2009 - 10:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Be afraid, be very afraid. Where once you were safe listening to our podcasts in audio forum only, our websites mad mastermind has decided to get together with TWiT.TV to provide a video accompaniment to the 'cast. This also means the podcast is now recorded live, which can always add depth to performance. You will need to wait until next Wednesday to see Josh, Al, Ryan and the wonderful Colleen, and even longer to see myself, but until the
Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2009 - 03:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS has pegged the MSRP for the upcoming OCZ Z-Drive, that array of SSDs in a PCI-E 4x slot. The 250GB version will be 950BP, say $1400USD, for ony $2150 you can double that storage, but of you want the big 1TbB model, you'd better have over $3300 kicking around. To full enjoy the extra bandwidth, you should also pick up a regular SSD for your OS drive. Not only will that help the transfer rates on your swap file and OS, there are not too many motherboards out there with a boot from PCI-E option.
Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2009 - 05:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A new naming scheme and a new bunch of cores will be hitting in the beginning of 2010, such as the Magny-Cours which will sport a dozen cores. You will be waiting until 2011 to see the 32nm Bulldozer core and it's 16 cores or the 32nm Valencia processors with 6-8 cores. Drop by The Tech Report for a look at the slides AMD has been showing off.
Subject: General Tech | April 21, 2009 - 10:02 PM | Josh Walrath
AMD has announced their Q1 2009 results, and it was not nearly as bad as what the street was expecting. Analysts expected revenues around $977.8 million, but actual revenues came out at $1.177 billion. AMD still posted a significant loss for the quarter, but this is not a surprise. Losses were pegged at around $416 million. Due to tough economic conditions, and a large volume of inventory that was brought over from the traditionally strong Q4 of last year, AMD took some big hits due to factory under-utilization. AMD has been working hard internally to decrease spe
Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2009 - 04:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Raptor Gaming K1 Keyboard doesn't seem to be for sale at any major online retailers, but it might be worth hunting down if you love keyboards with extras. In this case it is key locks, which can be used to prevent a key, say the Windows key, from being able to be depressed. This is a slightly more elegant solution than forcibly removing it with a screwdriver. It also comes with eight "afterglow" buttons, slightly higher than regular keys and with a glow in the dark top so you can find them if you like gaming in the dark.
Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2009 - 06:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Josh has been spending a lot of time thinking about the Core i5 and the choice needed to be made by Intel about Penryn and Nehalem. You can pick up a lot of good info on Nehalem, like how the 16 PCI Express lanes that are integrated into the chip and the proper usage of dual channel memory. The bad news from his prediction is that we won't be seeing these new parts for longer than was originally thought, in part because the Penryn is just too successful. Read on at the top of the page to see the rest of his arguments.
Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2009 - 06:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sure they cost $300 before tax, but if you are looking to be able to completely ignore the world around you as well as listening to your favourite sounds then the Phiaton PS 300 Noise Cancelling headphones are what you need. Sure the economy might be suffering from a horrible disease, it won't matter so much if you can't hear the constant bad news. Head on over to ExtremeTech to see how these headphones became their favourites.
Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2009 - 03:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
EAST FISHKILL, NY - 16 April 2009: In a move that signals a firm and ongoing commitment to advanced semiconductor technology leadership, IBM, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd., GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Infineon Technologies, Samsung Electronics, Co. Ltd., and STMicroelectronics have defined and are jointly developing a 28-nanometer (nm), high-k metal gate (HKMG), low-power bulk complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) process technology.
Subject: General Tech | April 15, 2009 - 04:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for a little ghost busting action you have only a few more months to wait. DriverHeaven tried the current version of the game, which has most of the code finished and it looks like it is on track for a June release. The original actors and writers were involved in the long, drawn out and sluggish production of this game, which rivals Duke Nukem for development length and convoluted history. Fans of the movies will love the nostalgia from the franchise while newcomers wi
Subject: General Tech | April 15, 2009 - 03:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel's profits have plummeted by about 1/2 in value, but did manage to beat market expectations by a wide margin. Experts predicted a $0.03 per share in earnings, Intel managed to hit $0.11 per share. That number might be awful in a normal year, but at this particular time it places them very highly in the market. The Atom processor that was heralded as the savour of Intel had sales drop by about 1/4, so it seems that it may not be enough to pull Intel through the downturn unscathed.
Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2009 - 05:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For just $60 you can get your hands on Tom Clancy's new HAWX as well as a Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas X. Flight sims are on the decline, so the joystick market has changed a bit. What was once a diverse market with a huge amount of choice and price ranges has evolved into a market with really nasty low end joysticks or expensive metallic works of art that can run you hundreds of dollars. The middle ground is very sparse.
Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2009 - 03:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
X-bit Labs had a chance to sit down and talk with Tom Sonderman, Vice President, Manufacturing Systems and Technology at Globalfoundries. As comes naturally to a VP at a relatively new company, there is a bit of market speak and spiel in the interview, but it also touches on the 32nm process that the Fab in Dresden is currently producing. Read what else they touched on in the full interview.
Subject: General Tech | April 13, 2009 - 07:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Zone got a peek at Intel's new notebooks and desktop system at CES. The two Ideapads will use C2D processors and DDR3, with the larger Y650 using the Intel GMA X4500MHD GPU to power its 16" screen, the smaller 14" Y450 uses both a GeForce GT series GPU and an integrated Intel GMA X4500 GPU. Also on display was the IdeaCentre A600 All-In-One Desktop PC, which will house a C2D T6600 and up to 4GB of DDR3 in a 21.5-inch "frameless" screen/casing. It will also sport a BluRay pl
Subject: General Tech | April 9, 2009 - 03:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Conficker worm has finally managed to something more than make people snicker at it's name; it's using P2P to transfer encrypted files. The chances are very good that it is doing so to update its self via the bot net it created. As far as the infection goes, if you somehow managed to catch it and not get rid of it, then you have a keylogger or something similar on your system. After May 3rd, the worm will go dormant and stop spreading, but infected machines will remain a problem.
Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2009 - 04:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Battlefield Bad Company has been around on the console for a little while, causing a bit of frustration from the PC gamers who have supported EA's Battlefield franchise since 1942. It's sequel will soon be arriving for the PC, this time happening on the Russian border, which is perfect to show off the new Frostbite engine. Full deformable
terrain will also be around, hopefully in a meaningful way and not simply as decoration. Check out a preview of the single player game at GamingHeaven
Subject: General Tech | April 8, 2009 - 03:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Over the next two weeks you will likely see a big pile o' FUD appear because of the imminent end of free support for Windows XP and Office 2003. First off, that applies only to the residential/consumer level, business support is to remain the same, although if your company runs Server 2003 it had better be upgraded to SP2.
The second thing to remember is that this applies to direct support from Microsoft, such as bug reports and their incident reporting program, Windows Update will still be bringing you critical security patches until 2014.
Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2009 - 06:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS Xonar Essence STX comes with a lot of features for a stereo sound card. By stereo, they mean dolby 2, not 2.1, 5 or any other number, there are a total of 2 channels which is perfect for headphones. You can buy headphones that emulate 5.1 sound, but the tend not to be up to the quality that an audiophile demands. If you are the type that picks up headphones worth hundreds of dollars and are looking to plug them into a