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Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2010 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
On Friday Josh posted a look behind the scenes of the changes in production processes by the companies that make the chips we all love so much and the effect it is having on the release schedules of their clients. While process shrinking is certainly a good thing, allow transistor density to increase and generally lowering power consumption and heat production. As he has pointed out, all is not necessarily peaches and cream when a Fab switches as they are generally starting not only a new shrunken process bu
Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2010 - 05:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is the time of year when our Forums begin to fill up with gift ideas and dilemmas, as our members try to decide which SSD makes the best gift, if there is a perfect eBook reader or even how to get the sound working on an early present.
This member is likely to find something heavy
Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2010 - 02:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Why should console users get all the cool controls, get your own motion sensing controller in the form of the Gyration Air Mouse Elite. At $70 the price is in line with high end gaming mice though a little steep for those just wanting to experiment with a new way of interacting with their PC. X-Bit Labs tired Left4Dead 2 with the mouse and were not impressed, but when they used it for Office productivity type tasks they were a
Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2010 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Soon we shall see the arrival of the 8th main iteration of Chrome which will include a rather useful security feature. They will be incorporating their own pdf reader into the browser and running it it what is termed a sandbox environment. You can think of it in the same way as a sandbox game, in that you can do whatever you feel like inside the sandbox but there are invisible walls surrounding the entire area in which you are and no matter what you try you cannot affect anything outside of the defined area you are playing in.
Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2010 - 06:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Depending on how well you are at finding bargains, a pair of 1GB GTX460's can run you less than $350 while a GTX580 will cost over $500. You might think with that price differential that there would be a significant difference in performance, but you would be wrong. [H]ard|OCP just finished testing the performance and found practical parity, apart from some frame rate spikes in CivV and a lowered MSAA setting in F1 2010. Apart from that, it is hard to justify buying the GTX580
Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2010 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DigiTimes has broken the news on a new and non-standard card from nVIDIA called the NVS 300. Gamers will not be picking up the card, instead it will be bought up for use by the suit and tie guys to drive multiple monitors for displaying stock information or driving large numbers of displays such as you see in airports. This in not really been a strong point for nVIDIA as there are other providers of this type of specialized GPUs, the new Mosaic software may help them take some market share away from the
Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2010 - 02:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Audio quality, specifically headphone quality, is a very subjective measure and hard to review in such a way as to pin down the exact ability of a headset to provide sound that you will enjoy. What for some is barely audible with no bass presence may well be deafening and overly strong on the low end for another set of ears. So while Steve did just finish a review of the Corsair HS1 USB Gaming Headset it might be best to offer a se
Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2010 - 02:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While Ken got their first with his review of Rage on the iPhone back on Nov 22nd, Ars Technica had a chance to speak with John Carmack about his new creation, something we haven't had a chance to do in quite a while. They do take the time to play through the game on an iPad, but spend more time discussing what Rage means to id and gamers. This is much more than just a game, it is a $2 proof of concept that id's latest and greatest game engin
Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2010 - 01:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DigiTimes had the chance to ask AMD's CEO, Dirk Meyer, a few questions about the near future plans of AMD. He seemed less than optimistic about the ultra mobile market, with no interest in the already overcrowded smartphone market, little interest in tablet technology until the market starts to sell below the $300 mark and little faith that netbooks will survive without more processing power being made available without increasing their size. Click on through to read his thoughts on the GlobalFoundries and
Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2010 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2010 - 12:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you can't figure out what it is that you want for Christmas, consider stealing some gift ideas from the gang at Ars Technica. The picks range greatly, from bike storage and backpacks to a very impressive desk that allows you to adjust the height of your work surface. This Part 2 so if you are still stumped by the end you can always try Part 1.
Subject: General Tech | November 29, 2010 - 05:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Roccat has upgraded their original mouse with a plus sign, incorporating all the newest refinements we have seen developed for high end gaming mice. The Kone [+] offers a chance at a lot of customization from the button assignments, including a shift button to double the number of actions, to weights you can add or remove by your preference. Drop by Overclock3D for the full story.
Subject: General Tech | November 29, 2010 - 02:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer noticed a change on AMD's website that details a pair of new mobile GPUs, the HD6500M and the HD6300M which appear to have several permutations each, so there will be a lot of choice when picking up a laptop once the chips are released. The higher end 6500M will have GDDR3 and GDDR5 versions and is clocked lower overall than the 6300M but will more than make up for that with a higher stream processor count. The chips will also provide 7.1 audio through a built in au
Subject: General Tech | November 26, 2010 - 06:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While setting up a great overclock on a stable system is certainly one way to keep your interest peaked and keep you off PriceGrabber plotting your next upgrade you shouldn't forget that changing the aesthetics of your case is another great way to customize your system. Take a look at the work these members did with their Ultra Aluminus cases.
Subject: General Tech | November 25, 2010 - 12:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There has been a lovely little piece of code discovered that leverages a flaw in a portion of the Windows kernel, namely win32k.sys and the inability for the NtGdiEnableEUDC
API to properly vet its input, allowing access to memory addresses in a privileged
area. All this means that you will have yet another way for malware to attack you and not even UAC will help you defend against it. Drop by The Register for the gritty details.
Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2010 - 01:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If the name John Carmack doesn't immediately ring a bell, then stop typing in l33t, do a bit of research and maybe send a thank you letter.
Now that they're gone, at QuakeCon we saw the first peek at a new idea in gaming, creating HD quality FPS games for devices like the iPad and iPhone, in the form of the id tech 5 engine based Rage HD. Ken had a chance to try it out on his iPhone 4 and you can see the video of it that he uploaded right here.
Subject: General Tech | November 24, 2010 - 12:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The story of Llano has not been smooth, but as it is also a story with many firsts it is going fairly well. Llano is not just the first time AMD has integrated a GPU onto a CPU, it is their first SOI based GPU, then consider that for Global Foundries, this is the first newly scratch designed process, including the first time they have gone under 40nm and the first HKMG process they've run as well. All that adds up to a rather hard job of accurately predicting just when when Llano will be delivered.
Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2010 - 06:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Antec has something new to offer those in need of new PC speakers, the Soundscience Rockus 3D 2.1 Speaker Kit. A pair of aluminium satellites that resemble small spotlights and a subwoofer, and nothing resembling a case or PSU. Thanks to something they call 3Dsst technology, this small system claims to be able to produce some serious sound reproduction.
Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2010 - 01:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new Atom series, called the E600C adds an Alteea field-programmable gate array
to an E600 Atom, allowing the processor to essentially be completely reprogrammed after it has been made. Usually, even via a BIOS flash there is no way to change the basic abilities of a chip, whereas an FPGA is designed with that exact feature in mind. This news will not have much of an effect on most enthusiasts, unless they are also into chip prototyping; those who are interested can visit DigiTimes for more details.