Sure it is young, but how good looking is it

Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2009 - 11:55 AM |
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TechARP has been testing Windows 7 since back in the days when it first put on its beta suit and went out to meet the world.  They have seen it change into a second beta outfit and watched its holes and bugs get washed out and now it has finally been released into the public eye.  They take a look at the new Aero Glass interface to see how attractive it is, as well as it's effect on the system.  Has Microsoft managed to make an OS that looks pretty and doesn't demand you buy it new things?  Read on

Source: Tech ARP

From every mountainside, let freedom ring

Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2009 - 06:28 PM |
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Right now you could say that we are in a golden age for GPUs.  The performance available at the $100 will have you running any modern game at reasonable frame rates with a little tweaking.  You can't turn on the bells and whistles, nor will you be able to set your resolution to 2560x1600, but you can run them.  The days of requiring a serious investment of cash to upgrade your card to bare minimum have gone, though they will return some day.  In the mean time if you are using an 8800 series card,

Make mousing easier

Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2009 - 02:07 PM |
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Killer gaming mice with multiple lasers or sensors, DPI resolution close to 10,000 and various weights to make your fragging perfect are great when you are at the PC.  The second you step away for some reason, those same features make it difficult to use on random surfaces.  The cord can also be a problem, say if your graphics card decides to only send to the TV in the other room and not to the monitor.  The Logitech Performance Mouse MX is your answer to that, being cordless and designed to work on almost any system. 

Source: I4U News

Another blow struck to wireless security

Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2009 - 12:23 PM |
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Wireless networking is really handy, no wires to drag or holes to drill and it is nice to be able to work where you want, as long as you are in range of your router.  The problem is security.  It has been over 2 years since the death of WEP as a useful tool to keep your packets safe.  Now it would seem that WPA has taken a bit of a beating.  The good news is that there are limits to this attack, you can gain the ability to read or change short packets, but you can neither read or chan

Source: Ars Technica

Field Programmable Gate Arrays, you're my only hope

Subject: General Tech | August 27, 2009 - 12:24 PM |
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The holographic slideshow is a reality, unfortunately they were aiming for a moving picture.  Current technology can render a nice holographic image by using all the processing power available, the problem being that there is nothing left to apply shading, or lighting and shadows.  A prototype card called the HORN-6 looks to be a huge step forward in the quest to bring animated holography to the big and small screen.  If you slap 4 of them in a system, you can get a nice holographic image that can be refreshed at a speed of 1 frame per second, sort of like Crysis on an IGP.&nbsp

Source: Ars Technica

How can I improve my B.J.?

Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2009 - 12:21 PM |
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If you are even peripherally aware of who BJ Blazkowicz
is or played the atrocity that was Enemy Territory then you have read at least one review of Wolfenstein.  What you may not have seen is a guide to making your game look better, though you may be familiar with the impact the Veil has on your werewolf's victims frames per second.  Tech Spot would like to fix that lack with a look into what kind of performance that you can expect from your GPU

Source: Tech Spot

Forget the i5, look what ACC can do now

Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2009 - 11:56 AM |
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If there is one particular BIOS option that AMD fans are all talking about, it would be Advanced Clock Configuration.  ACC can turn single core Semprons into a dual core Athlon X2.   Originally it was the Phenom II series, where 4 core parts were being having one or more core disabled and sold as lower priced chips having those cores unlocked via ACC.  Now we are heari

Not just earbuds, it's a mobile gaming communicator

Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2009 - 06:54 PM |
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Earbuds are handy when you are on the go or if you really don't like full earcups and the associated headgear, with in-ear being the most popular style currently.  Of the in-ear buds, the Razer Moray In-Ear Headphones are near the top of most people's lists and they have just been improved upon.  The Razer Moray+ Mobile Gaming Communicator
takes that design and adds an in-line microphone to the mix. 

Source: OCIA

Core i5 reveals its hot side

Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2009 - 12:12 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has revealed the overclocking potential of the Core i5 on their front page.  You won't see any performance benchmarks in their sneak peek, those are still a loosely kept secret.  What you will see is an impressive overclocking tool in action, and that is not a comment about the reviewer, it is about the i5 One Button OCing
tool.  With a simple push of a button

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A keyboard with a highlight reel

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2009 - 03:17 PM |
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At $185 the Logitech G19 keyboard is a serious investment.  For that investment you get a keyboard with a 320x240 LCD that can display customizable system or game information.  It can even display video if you so desire.  There is also an even dozen programmable keys on the outside to let you customize your board to your own specifications.  There is a lot more to see on this board, so

Source: InsideHW

Racing for the bottom

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2009 - 01:24 PM |
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The phrase racing for the bottom may have negative connotations for some, but when you are talking about delivering components for the lowest possible price then peoples eyes start to brighten.  Enthusiasts are all familiar with the cost of going to an X58 based system, so any way to have a lower priced Intel system will become very popular and we have a suspect.  The P55 that will be paired with the new Core i5 CPU has been previewed across the web over the past 2 weeks and one of the big attractions has been the price point. 

Source: AnandTech

Time to celebrate the other William S. Burroughs

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2009 - 06:59 PM |
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Partial upgrades can be great fun, OS installation can give you thrills, heatsink installation can be fun, but the best way to give yourself a big adrenaline rush is to flash your BIOS.  It has been mentioned before in the forums once or twice, but it is worth repeating here on the front page ...

Ah ... backwards compatibility, my old nemesis

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2009 - 11:49 AM |
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From the information in this Slashdot article, it is now a sure bet that the new graphics cards coming from AMD and nVIDIA will not be PCIe 3.0 cards.  The planned upgrade of the PCIe bus specifications and the associated hardware was due before years end and is now scheduled to appear sometime in Spring of 2010.  Once the new hardware arrives, the bandwidth available to the bus should jump from 5 gigatransfers per second to 8GT/s and because of a change in the encoding,

Source: Slashdot

All's well that Haswell

Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2009 - 12:07 PM |
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We have a name for the processor that Larrabee will first make its home on, in about three years we will see Haswell.  By 2012 Intel is hoping to have settled down in the 22nm process and hopefully gotten over their GenX chipsets and replaced it with something newer as it will be ready for retirement by then. 

Source: SemiAccurate

The sound of dollars and sense

Subject: General Tech | August 19, 2009 - 04:34 PM |
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If you are looking for over the top quality, you should introduce yourself to Naim as they have a certain $20,000 CD player you might covet.  That particular CD player shares components with the piece of equipment that Hardware Zone reviewed, but it is not what is being reviewed.  Instead it is the $5000 NaimUniti, a small little device that can handle input from a CD, USB flash drive, Internet radio stations, or streamed music broadcasted
over WiFi and output it to a pair of speakers.&nb

DirectX 11 previewed in DiRT 2 trailer

Subject: General Tech | August 19, 2009 - 03:50 PM |
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While we were spending some time at QuakeCon 2009 we got a chance to watch this new trailer for DiRT 2 coming out soon.  Why did we care about this particular trailer?  Well, the game is being built with DirectX 11 technology so obviously AMD is proud to show it off since they will have the first DX11 hardware available this year
Keep in mind that all the footage you are seeing in this trailer is IN-GAME!

I'm locked in here tighter than a frog's butt in a watermelon seed fight.

Subject: General Tech | August 19, 2009 - 12:42 PM |
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If you haven't heard by now, you are probably burrowed and forgotten about because the net is flush with news about StarCraft 2.  The biggest news is that it is still coming and set for release next year, unlike some other StarCraft games who have become less that ghosts.  It is not going to be your average RTS base building game with a thin story for wrapping, from the looks of the video and previews around the web, it is going to have much more story and unique paths to reach the end of the single player campaign. 

Source: Ars Technica

The good, the bad and the smugly

Subject: General Tech | August 19, 2009 - 12:21 PM |
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There is news from three of the biggest tech companies up on DigiTimes, in a mix of good, bad and pretty much as expected.   To get the bad news out of the way; all those new Intel P55 motherboards that you have seen previewed will not have the fancy new Braidwood memory technology that the existence of the NVRAM slot implied.  It would have been nice, but it looks as though the P55, H57, Q57 and H55
will all be missing the new version of Turbo Memory 'due to to issues with the software side of Braidwo

Source: Digitimes

Mobile mice should be cute

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2009 - 02:53 PM |
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Verbatim is a fairly well known name, but not for computer peripherals which is what is up for review at Overclockers HQ.  The Verbatim Nano Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse
is a tiny mouse, available in a multitude of colours, for taking with you in your laptop bag.  The receiver is barely bigger than the USB slot that it uses and the mouse should be good up to 4' away from the receiver.  If you are sick of the trackpad on your laptop and don't want

Come see our travel slide show

Subject: General Tech | August 18, 2009 - 12:04 PM |
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The pictures are up from PC Perspective at Quakecon and you can see them all here.  There are shots of just about everything you could imagine, starting with a quick look at the BYOC event and a new game from id that had a lot of people excited.  Two different breeds of modders showed up, one who excel at designing modifications to cases or simply creating their own from scratch.  The second group were much cooler, seeing as how they are carting around exotic cooling liquids as they search for the highest overclock.  The hu