6 cores and more, what CPUs you should expect to see in the coming months

Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2010 - 11:59 AM |
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DigiTimes has posted an unofficial timeline for releases over the coming year and most of the news is about AMD.  Sure, Intel's new dual and quad core i5's and i3's are interesting, but we have been waiting for AMDs new line of chips for a long time now.  The second quarter will see three Phenom II X6 models which will probably not quite match the Core i7 980X but it is expected to hit the streets at a price about 20% of the Intel part.  That difference in price is going to make a big impact on enthu

Source: Digitimes

PC Perspective: Weekend Gaming Edition

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2010 - 03:49 PM |
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AMD for the Common Gaming Good?

AMD is pushing for a new level of cooperation between game developers and hardware vendors - specifically in the areas of stereoscopic 3D (or S3D) and in-game physics. AMD's strategy is to open up the APIs so that any developer can take advantage of S3D and physics regardless of their choice of hardware underneath.

Source: Joystiq

GRB 080319B, aka the Clarke Event; the greatest light show you might have seen

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2010 - 07:05 PM |
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The joys of the PC, building your own rig, cleaning off strange crud, customizing a watercooling setup for it, diagnosing random crashes when you game on the PC, the fun never endsEven your virtual hardware can drive you batty.

Gigabyte's slip is to the gain of anyone wondering about 6 core AMD CPUs

Subject: General Tech | March 19, 2010 - 12:10 PM |
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The quick eyes at The Inquirer spotted a nice tidbit of information released by Gigabyte accidentally.  They revealed the clock speeds of two of AMD's upcoming 6 core CPUs in a BIOS update that were enough to determine the clock speeds with the help of the leaked CPU list. Unfortunately what was not leaked were MRSPs for the CPUs so the pricing is still a bit of a mystery.  We can be sure that it will be less than the $999 Intel is charging for the Core i7 980X.

Source: The Inquirer

Can Google make it on the small screen?

Subject: General Tech | March 18, 2010 - 12:21 PM |
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Microsoft tried and failed miserably with their WebTV/MSN TV
initiative to bring the functionality of a PC to the TV.  AppleTV did a little better but never really caught on.  Now Google, in association with Intel and Sony, are trying out set top box technology on the Dish Network.  They hope to make hitting sites like Twitter and Picasa as easy as changing the channel.  Of course, hitting those sites is as easy as that on a PC, and services like Hulu or the actual network stations themselves make getting your TV shows just as easy.  The question seems to be if anyone

Source: Wired News

Yet another not yet released Blizzard game teaser

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2010 - 12:56 PM |
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Join The Escapist, who obviously got their hands on a beta key, in introducing the Terran race from StarCraft 2 : The Unreleased.  From Schwarzenegger
impersonating Thors to the odd merging of Dropship and Medic that is the Medivac, all the units are covered along with a quick look at their capabilities. 
Or, if you want something a little lighter you can

Source: The Escapist

AMD has a different sort of new driver in the works

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2010 - 12:22 PM |
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According to the information [H]ard|OCP received, the new ATI 10.3a Catalyst Driver Update will focus on performance, to the point of not being WHQL certified when it first becomes available.  This is fairly big news as lately the big goal that AMD has been striving for is to release a driver every month, regardless of how little has changed.   10.2 should arrive today, not quite as ambitious as the 10.3a will be, but bringing some nice enhancements to anyone running a Cr

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Razer is at it again, behold the Imperator

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2010 - 03:51 PM |
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For $70 you can get hold of Razer's new Imperator gaming mouse, able to change from 100 up to 5600 DPI and it does not use drift control ensuring that how you move your mouse is exactly how the mouse moves.  Seven customizable buttons ensure you can choose the most comfortable configuration for yourself.  It even has drives for Macs.  Techware Labs has the scoo

Microsoft Reveals Plans for IE9

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2010 - 01:55 PM |
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Microsoft is revealing more details about its IE9 Platform today and the improvements you can expect to see when IE9 is finally released.

Source: Ars Technica

Need an iPhone password? Ask your Radeon not your Tesla.

Subject: General Tech | March 16, 2010 - 12:09 PM |
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Slashdot adds a little FUD to your morning with this report (and tool) from ElcomSoft about the efficiency of utilizing an AMD GPU to crack iPhone and iPod passwords.  It would seem that not only is a Radeon HD5970 twenty times faster than a Core i7 960 it is almost twice as fast as a Telsa S1070.  Putting aside the security issue for a moment to focus on parallel processing power, it seems a bit embarrassing for nVIDIA to have their supercomputing, mass

Source: Slashdot

Why get a separate laptop stand and speakers when you can have both

Subject: General Tech | March 15, 2010 - 06:38 PM |
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The Logitech Speaker Lapdesk N700
combines two peripherals into one and does it in a rather competent manner.  Firstly it is a laptop stand, putting your notebook on a slight incline, making typing a little more comfortable than a flat keyboard about an inch above the surface it is resting on.  It also contains a fan to keep the laptop operating cooler than it would if it was flush with a flat surface.  Add to that a battery

Source: OCIA

50 years of looking for ET's signals and how you can join in the search

Subject: General Tech | March 15, 2010 - 12:21 PM |
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For 50 years now the SETI project has been searching the heavens for signs of an signal with an intelligent source.  There are plenty of signals out there on every bandwidth possible but so far they all have natural sources as opposed to being generated artificially by an intelligence.  So far there has been no sign, though a few new pulsars and quasars have been spotted and located.  Slashdot links to information about the project and proposed changes to the scope her

Source: Slashdot

PC Perspective: Weekend Gaming Edition

Subject: General Tech | March 13, 2010 - 02:45 PM |
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Valve's Gabe Newell claims that copy protection reduces value of a game

Source: General

Ponzi was an amateur, Madoff is the pro

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2010 - 06:30 PM |
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If you drop by The Tech Talk forum you will bump into a bit of discussion about AMD and what they are doing in the near future, such as a sneak peek at an MSI board that seems to have a Lucid Hydra chip on it, something which makes Ryan's news post even more interesting.  You can also grab some information and a bit of snark in this thread about AMD finally bringing developers out of the cold

Worried about how to keep future CPUs cool? You should be.

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2010 - 12:11 PM |
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Heat is of course the number one unwanted byproduct of semi-conductors and getting rid of it is becoming harder and harder.  You can see the effects of this on the industry, as they try to create CPUs that require less power to do more calculations but we have already passed the point when strapping a kilogram of copper to a CPU is not unusual.  Exotic solutions like peltiers and watercooling have become much more popular and is not limited to those brave few who wanted to build an entire cooling loop from scratch. 

Source: Slashdot

Adding more cores leads to bandwidth envy

Subject: General Tech | March 9, 2010 - 12:47 PM |
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AnandTech has done a little bit of math and pointed out a little problem that will hit us by the end of the year.  With the new CPU's coming from both companies and the fact that they will have several dozen cores or threads, that 4Gb/s connection will be split up so many ways that it will no longer be fast enough to feed those CPUs.  We will be seeing servers with such incredible density that 100Gb/s services are no longer a dream, they will be a necessity to anyone wanting to take advantage of Magny-Cours or Nehalem EX. 

Source: AnandTech

Get your geek on with 137 years of Popular Science

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2010 - 03:34 PM |
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If you were born after the death of printed magazines then you can be forgiven for the confusion you might feel about what PopSci is.  For those who have been geeks for a long while, you probably have fond memories of the magazine Popular Science.  Now you can revisit that feeling as Google and PopSci have teamed up together to put the entire 137 years of PopSci online, searchable and readable for free.  Keep up with the newer publications or delve back into the past years to see what they thought the future we are cur

Unchain your speakers

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2010 - 01:57 PM |
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For some bizarre reason there are people who do not like having large amounts of room being taken up by large speakers in a 7.1 configuration.  Perhaps they have limited space or just do not appreciate the wonder that is a proper wall of sound.  For those who choose to go that way, Techware Labs has reviewed a kit that offers wireless 2.1 sound.  The EOS system consists of a receiver/broadcaster, wireless signal receivers and speakers, so drop by if that is your cup of tea.

Acer's new frameless notebooks might find themselves re-purposed

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2010 - 12:08 PM |
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Acer is planning on a new ultra thin line of notebooks with no frame and a keyless touch keyboard, according to DigiTimes.  Combining those two features does offer a way to make the MacBook Air look like it has a beer gut, but that is not the most interesting fact about these notebooks.  If reinforced glass is strong enough to be the back shell of a notebook, obviously it could also be used in a standard desktop monitor.  An all glass monitor would have absolutely no bezel on the sides; can anyone sa

Source: Digitimes

PC Perspective: Weekend Gaming Edition

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2010 - 04:13 PM |
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It's the weekend and time to kick back with some good old PC gaming. There are some worthy PC gaming news this week so let's get down to it.

Metro 2033 Goes Gold and launches a new trailer. What could be a surprise hit this season, Metro 2033 has gone gold and celebrates with a new trailer. I'm really interested in this game and the early previews made it sound promising.

Source: General