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

Micron's miniaturization

Subject: General Tech | August 17, 2009 - 03:37 PM |
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Micron will be undergoing a lot of product changes over the next year as they switch from their current 68nm process in favour of smaller technologies.  In 2010 you should expect to see both Micron's direct products as well as the chips from Inotera, their joint venture with Nanya, move to a 50nm process.  The year after that they will make the move to 40nm.  That move will help reduce their manufacturing costs as well as bringing down the heat produced. 
Hopefully they will avoid the problems we h.ave seen in other companies 40nm process. 

Source: Digitimes

Of Peace, Love, Rockets and the Gaylord

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2009 - 06:46 PM |
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The most interesting topic in the forums this weekend is, and will continue to be, Ryan, Josh and Steve representing PC Perspective at QuakeCon 2009.  Ryan already has some shots up from John Carmack's keynote speech and a look around of the first full day of QuakeCon.  Even more popular is Ryan's post in the forums about the PC Perspective Hardware Workshop, with a list of the prizes he his giving out.  The list is a little short,

Drop us a hint, will ya?

Subject: General Tech | August 14, 2009 - 11:51 AM |
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nVIDIA's chipset business may not be doing as badly as we thought.  They are still providing chipsets for Apple's products and it seems that Jobs' crew is quite happy with what nVIDIA has provided as they are going to be picking up two new ones.  Three MCPs are expected, a pair for Intel based systems including those Apples and a single solution for AMD systems.  The information is pretty sparse, DigiTimes has the parts of the story we know.

Source: Digitimes

LIVE at QuakeCon 2009 - opening presentation and John Carmack Keynote

Subject: General Tech | August 13, 2009 - 05:06 PM |
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UPDATE: The live event is over, of course, but you can see the saved videos on UStream.  There is a span

Delayed Loadable Content

Subject: General Tech | August 12, 2009 - 02:32 PM |
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Console users have already had a chance to explore the other areas available in the Fallout 3 expansions, but for PC users DLC means something a little different.  If you have not tired of the Capitol Wasteland and are looking for a chance to get away from it all; why not try an alien abduction?  DriverHeaven takes a look at Mothership Zeta, the newest extension to Bethesda's take on the post apocalyptic world.  Probe the add on for yourself.

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They're back ...

Subject: General Tech | August 12, 2009 - 02:28 PM |
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As you may have noticed from Allyn's post, Intel has fixed that little BIOS password problem.  If you already have one of the 2nd generation X25-M drives, you can flash it yourselves.  For the rest of us who patiently await the arrival of these disks back in the channel again, hearing the official word from Intel via The Inquirer is a good thing.

Source: The Inquirer

Does this sound negative to you?

Subject: General Tech | August 11, 2009 - 06:08 PM |
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There are many times when a PC just does not need that beautiful 7.1 speaker system plugged into it, and many people who are not terribly enamoured of headphones; which is why we still have 2.0 speaker systems around.  Many are absolute garbage, especially if the are made by a company you have never heard of and are handed out free with the purchase of anything.  Others, like the Eagletech ET-AR302-BK 2.0 soundstage speakers
are a pleasant surprise.  For only $20 you get a pair of desktop speakers that Elite Bastards describe as 'acceptable quality for office or decidedly causa

A mouse this big might be a rat

Subject: General Tech | August 11, 2009 - 03:45 PM |
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If you are looking for a new game mouse, or are perhaps wondering if you should try one, the $25 OCZ Behemoth might just be the answer you seek.  It sports 5 buttons, two lasers, removable weights, on the fly DPI switching from 800 to 3200 with an LED that tells you which DPI you are on as well as a bit of memory so that you can have different profiles for different games.  Mouse reviews are very subjective, but

Source: Guru of 3D

It had to be a matrix called Neo

Subject: General Tech | August 11, 2009 - 11:44 AM |
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The newest kids on the street from AMD have arrived and promptly embedded themselves in the Atom's market.  They use a ball grid array design which gives away the fact that they are designed to be embedded.  The 18W power draw hints at the small size of the products you are likely to see powered by the Turion Neo X2 L625 and Athlon Neo X2 L325 and the 3W demanded by the matching M690T
and M690E
chipsets back that hint up.  They will both support dual channel ECC-enabled U-DIMM DDR2-667, sport 64KB L1 cache and 512KB L2 cache and have one 16-bit link supporting up to 800MHzHype

Source: AMD

Shocking news

Subject: General Tech | August 10, 2009 - 12:04 PM |
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Some rather bright German researchers have been perfecting the printable battery and figure to be on course for a 2010 release.  Using a silk screening process they impregnate paper with many hair thin layers of zinc to form an anode and manganese for the cathode.

Source: Slashdot

Windows 7 is out the door today, assuming you have access to volume licensing

Subject: General Tech | August 7, 2009 - 06:56 PM |
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The PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard, which you should keep an eye on for updates in the near future, is a great way to look at what parts are out there that can assemble a great PC at several price levels.  Some enthusiasts need a bit more detail, like which southbridge can handle which flavour of RAID; others need a bit more guidance to welcome them into the world of the DIY PC.