Use the BatPhsyX

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2009 - 12:47 PM |
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DriverHeaven has taken a close look at the new Batman:Arkham Asylum game with an eye on nVIDIA's PhysX.  They've captured several key videos to show just how enabling PhsyX effects the game play as well as the frame rates.  They mix and match several systems and many different pairings of nVIDIA GPUs to see what the best way to experience the Batman is.  Drop by and see the results.

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Of Javascript, blips, waves and sandboxes

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2009 - 12:09 PM |
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Google is looking to replace the old standby for email, SMTP, with a high performance javascript program called Wave.  It would even seem that the much maligned Chrome Frame plug in for IE was specifically to allow use of Wave, as Microsoft disbelieves in providing a high speed javascript rendering engine for its browser.  Wave bears more resemblance to a threaded forum or Twitter, but it is server and client based, so can be used in large networks but at the same time it is decentralized and can be run independently of
Google. 

Source: Ars Technica

Galaxy announces 24/7 tech support services for United States and Canada

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2009 - 11:46 AM |
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Great news to all you insomniac gamers who set themselves up for an all night gaming session only to have your graphics card suddenly flake out on you.  Galaxy now offers 24 hour technical support for Canada and the US; so you can get back into your game, even if it is 2AM.

CoolerMaster moves on to mice

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2009 - 03:40 PM |
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$69 seems like a reasonable price for a mouse with the highest DPI available on the market and that is the MSRP for the CoolerMaster Storm Sentinel Advance Gaming Mouse. 
Dual lasers, an OLED screen to inform you what your current settings are and an LED that can switch between 7 different colours to give your gaming hand some moonlighting.  Does it live up to your expectations?  Find out over at Overclockers Club.

Christmas shopping for the gamer

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2009 - 02:27 PM |
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The coming holiday season is going to bring a lot of changes to the graphics market and DigiTimes was kind enough to gather all of the expected releases into one news story.  From nVIDIA we are finally going to see new silicon, the renaming game is over for a little while.  The GT210, GT220, GT240 and GT300 will hopefully overcome the production problems at TSMC and will be on the streets soon.  We have seen some of AMD's offerings and they will be topping up the low end with the HD5750 and HD5770 an

Source: Digitimes

Can you spare $2 for some DDR2

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2009 - 12:27 PM |
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DDR2 has hit the price point where you will no longer see it appearing in pre-built systems, just as it has almost disappeared from enthusiast systems.  DigiTimes has seen that the average price of DDR2 has hit congruence with the average price of DDR3 as it continues to becomes more expensive to buy.  As less companies order DDR2 from factories it becomes a custom run to produce it, therefore costing as much per unit to make as DDR3. 

Source: Digitimes

Raffles and podcasts and prizes!

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2009 - 06:16 PM |
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CPU launches are coming fast and furious this year, with the possibility of more
before the year is out, making it a great time to be an enthusiast.  Mind you, even the best of us can have trouble keeping up with the latest features present on a CPU, how is someone just starting (or restarting) in the world of computer going to figure out which processor family

Spend some time on the Mere

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2009 - 01:53 PM |
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The cool unreleased but hopefully some day available tech that you see at the IDF certainly captures the attention, but the one constant that everyone pays attention to are the roadmap updates that chart the coming year.  This IDF it was Westmere that is just on the horizon, the die shrink to Nehalem.  Arrandale and Clarkdale
will be the first to arrive, some time before we roll over to 2010.  AnandTech has taken a close look at what we know for sure about Intel's next tock.

Source: AnandTech

nVIDIA, meet Lucid and say good bye to PhsyX

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2009 - 12:15 PM |
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Protecting your investments is a good idea in business as well as in your personal life, which was what likely prompted nVIDIA to have their latest graphics card driver disable PhysX in a system with non-nVIDIA cards in it.  A sub-set of those gamers who do use PhsyX utilize an AMD card for their graphics with an nVIDIA card to handle the PhysX processing but apparently using the 186 driver version will disable GPU PhsyX processing.  PhysX has not had much success penetrating the market, those few games that utilize it do not really gain any benefits from PhsyX apart from a few visua

Source: NGOHQ

You know what they say about a gamer with small hands ...

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2009 - 04:21 PM |
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They need a small mouse.

So OCZ, makers of fine mice and occasionally RAM, has developed a mouse that is the Danny DeVito to the Behemoth's Ahnuld.  The Eclipse does not have quite the DPI resolution of its larger twin but that didn't detract from the quality of the mouse, Hardware Secrets still found it quite usable.   They did discover one or two problems mixed in with the good features so do check out their review before you buy one.

Intel Unveils 45nm System-on-Chip for Internet TV

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2009 - 04:07 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 24, 2009 – Intel Corporation today unveiled the Intel Atom processor CE4100, the newest System-on-Chip (SoC) in a family of media processors designed to bring Internet content and services to digital TVs, DVD players and advanced set-top boxes.

The CE4100 processor, formerly codenamed "Sodaville," is the first 45nm-manufactured consumer electronics (CE) SoC based on Intel architecture.

Don't you love the way silicon changes size in the fall

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2009 - 12:12 PM |
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AMD may have scooped Intel, both in terms of the single GPU performance crown but also successfully dragging attention away from the Intel Developers Forum.  If your attention did wander and you missed some of the news coming out of the IDF then The Hardware Zone has you covered.  They have pictures of Paul Otellini waving around a 22nm wafer showing off the future of Intel's chip production, which yo

All you need is one orbital drop

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2009 - 05:51 PM |
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Halo 3:ODST is here to the great rejoicing of casual gamers who know no better.  As Ars Technica is quick to point out, this $60 game was originally planned as an expansion pack and it seems that they delivered exactly that.  If wandering around the mostly empty streets of New Mombasa looking for clues and audio cues with occasional fighting is your idea of a great time then head out and buy it.  You won't have to invest much time as it will probably take

Source: Ars Technica

The Intel Domination Forum

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2009 - 11:53 AM |
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The one theme that Ars Technica has taken away from the IDF is that Intel has some serious plans for the PC industry.  From the dozen low power, low heat system on a chip projects that are currently on the go to a Moblin based mobile internet device doing a clever imitation of a phone, Intel is spreading its sites to new areas that they have been weak in previously.  That is not all, on the application side they are working on a new UI for Atom based netbooks as well as support to develop apps for the netbook. 

Source: Ars Technica

Live from IDF: Maloney keynote and first Larrabee demonstration!!

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2009 - 04:09 PM |
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We are here at the Intel Developer Forum and are ready for the second keynote of the day from Sean Maloney.  We are hearing this one will have the first public showing of Larrabee, Intel's upcoming discrete graphics technology!!!  Stay tuned!

UPDATE: There wasn't much new information from Maloney and Baker on Larrabee, though they did indeed demonstrate it working for the first time.

The three flavours of Fiorano

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2009 - 12:13 PM |
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The first motherboard chipset AMD has developed since the acquisition of
ATI was to be for not just the Magny-Cours processors but also in different forms for the eventual release of Maranello and San Marino.  Instead of only releasing the SR5690 chipset for Magny-Cours, they have also paired the SR5670, and SR5650 I/O hubs to the SP5100 southbridge and launched them today.  We don't know the full specs of these chipsets yet but we do know certain things about what they have been designed for.  The SR5690 is specifically for the 12 core Magny-Cours in 2 or 4 CPU socket motherb

Source: The Register

It needs to come with a magnifying glass

Subject: General Tech | September 21, 2009 - 12:35 PM |
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While not really in the same category as the Zune, the 5th generation iPod Nano has arrived on the scene with camera and LCD in tow.  Features new to this tiny MP3 player are varied, a full-featured FM tuner application, a pedometer, a Nike+ receiver and a voice note app have been added, while keeping the ability to store and play your music.  The screen is 2.2" @ 240x320 pixels, more useful to young eyes but still handy to keep track of which app you have been using.  Ars Technica was a little disappointed with the camera it lacked auto-focus as well as the ability t

Source: Ars Technica

Hurrah for the CBC and the Plains of Abraham

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2009 - 06:53 PM |
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There are those who hold that an easy install is best; put everything together and have the PC build run perfectly from the first time you touch the power button.  While it certainly makes everything smooth, you really aren't going to learn anything from a nice build.  It is the nightmare installations, the bizarre hardware incompatibilities and
the purely unique problems that teach you the tricks it takes to deal with PCs that do everything they can to leave your mind feeling bent, spindled, folded mutil

Microsoft attempts to smite Google ... again

Subject: General Tech | September 18, 2009 - 12:50 PM |
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This time it is their online office solution taking aim at Google Docs and TechReviewSource was one of the few who were gifted with access to the beta version.  As you'd expect, Word, Excel and PowerPoint are available,
along with OneNote all in a scaled down cloudy reflection of their Office Suite counterparts.  The ribbons may have been trimmed, but it is still obviously a beta as there were problems; the an inability to insert pictures into PowerPoint being an example.  Head over for the full