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Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2009 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The same discrepancies that apply to software benchmarking programs also apply to predictions of hardware failure rates based on subjecting them to extreme stress conditions. Much like a graphics card, the only way to know how it will perform is to actually use it in real life conditions for hours, days or years. Such is the case with DRAM errors, as proven by a study done by Google. Instead of the current estimate based on synthetic testing, as Ars Technica puts it, '
Subject: General Tech | October 7, 2009 - 01:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The original Operation Flashpoint was a hard game and not because of monster closets or ridiculous boss fights, it was hard because bullets kill. One good shot could take you out or is at least guaranteed to slow you down. There is no health metre nor any med kits lying around, you have to finish the mission with every bump, scrape and bullet hole that you accumulate over the mission. The sequel, Dragon Rising looks to be every bit as daunting, and every bit as fun.
Subject: General Tech | October 7, 2009 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
RAMBUS, one of the last attempts at serial volatile memory
standards didn't do well when it was first tried on the market; a long story that by the end had many glad to see RAMBUS go. DDR and its successive generations has had success in the PC world, but that is a small share of the total memory market. A PC can provide the cooling and power that defines DDR. Now The Inquirer reports on the return of serial memory, this time targeted specifically towards m
Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2009 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Physics is fun in games, be it chopping down trees with heavy fire in Crysis or FarCry2 or the joy of levelling entire buildings in Silent Storm to deny your enemies cover. What isn't fun is slapping down $100+ for a PPU to find out that there are a total of 2 maps that support that particular physics engine or that the sum effect of having that PPU is that paper and dust react to wind in a slightly more interesting way than without the $100+ PPU. nVIDIA wanted to make the PPU more approachable, to do so they let you slap in any of their recent cards into a second PCIe slot and you
Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2009 - 11:09 AM | Josh Walrath
Today GF has released news of a partnership that it has developed with well known CPU designer ARM (Advanced RISC Machines). While ARM itself does not actually produce their CPUs for end users, they do license out their designs to anyone and nearly everyone in the industry. One of the latest ARM enabled designs is NVIDIA's Tegra, which features the ARM 11 processor. While not the most cutting edge ARM design, it has allowed NVIDIA to successfully enter the smartphone and MID market with a pretty robust product with excellent features. So far the biggest application of t
Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2009 - 02:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For $100 you can pick up a great set of headphones with surround sound and possible even noise cancellation technology, but some like their audio to fill the room, not just their heads. Logitech has an answer, the 2.1 Logitech Z523
speaker system. They are not really audiophile quality but for those who play games or stream music via their PC will be quite satisfied with the quality.
Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2009 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As a mobile user, you have either mastered the touchpad or you hate it with a passion and cart around a mouse. Many mobile mice have appeared on the market, shrunken little wireless versions of desktop mice. For about $30, Microsoft has an interesting alternative that they have aptly named the Arc mouse. Its USB wireless receiver fits into a socket built into the mouse, which folds to protect the USB dongle as well as shrinking th
Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2009 - 12:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
WHEN: Oct. 5 through Dec. 14, 2009.
WHERE: Intel Core i7 Custom Desktop Challenge Contest: www.intelcorechallenge.com
Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2009 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan has been spending some time thinking about nVIDIA and what their plans are in the near future and has collected his thoughts into a new editorial on the front page. The company has done a huge about face compared to just a few years ago. Previously they were having success beating ATI in the graphics card market and then managed to take advantage of the reorganization necessary to bring ATI into the fold at AMD. They were producing THE enthusiast chipset with the nForce2 and even showing up other onboard audio solutions
Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2009 - 06:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Our Processor Forum is currently full of quite a few confused, or at least overwhelmed enthusiasts trying to come to terms with the breadth of choice available for processors. Some are just looking at an affordable upgrade while others are looking at the brand new CPUs available on the market. The conversations about the new CPUs spill over into the Overclocking Forum as well. Not only are there new techniques to try out w
Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2009 - 01:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Google Wave has hit to a mixed reception in the tech community. Hailed as the new communications medium it seems that it's blending of Twitter like comments and threads along with an email-ish layout turns out to be a lot like having email and Twitter, only more distracting. Not too many of the folks at Slashdot have tried it, but if you follow the links in the body of the post you can hear from those who have.
Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2009 - 01:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Corsair has put together a two part video on putting a system together; specifically how to assemble a system using Corsair parts. Parts like the Corsair H50 all-in-one CPU water cooler
as well as memory and a PSU, placed into their Obsidian chassis.
Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2009 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One technological innovation at the IDF this year hasn't received a lot of press having been overshadowed by so many other long awaited announcements and demos; an oversight that ExtremeTech has remedied with their article on Light Peak. A new data transfer standard using fibre optics that currently allows transfers of up to 10Gb/s and should scale up to 100Gb/s as it matures. USB 3.0 is certainly going to be available sooner than LightPeak but before you dismiss it you should recall one very i
Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2009 - 06:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Oak Ridge National Laboratory Looks to NVIDIA "Fermi" Architecture For New
Oak Ridge Supercomputer Targets NVIDIA GPU Computing Technology to Achieve
Order of Magnitude Performance Over Today's Fastest Supercomputer
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -Sep. 30, 2009- Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
announced plans today for a new supercomputer that will use NVIDIA's next
generation CUDA(tm) GPU architecture, codenamed "Fermi".
Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2009 - 12:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2009 - 12:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2009 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2009 - 03:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
$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.
Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2009 - 02:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2009 - 12:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.