Not the safest thing to try

Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2009 - 11:50 AM |
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Owners of a Phenom 2 X3 processor with a motherboards that supports Advanced Clock configuration might want to check this little tip at Fudzilla.  It has been confirmed by motherboard manufacturers according to VR-Zone; by using ACC to trick the processor, you can indeed 'unlock' that fourth core and turn your X3 into an X4, if it came from the 0

Source: Fudzilla

Meet the new card, same as the old card

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2009 - 11:58 AM |
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It is not too often that a release catches review sites by surprise, in the nature of good publicity
resellers and manufacturers try to give the reviewers enough time to thoroughly test the new hardware so that the review is ready to go when the NDA expires.  The reviewers get to see the new kit early, but the trade is that they have to get all their testing done in a limited amount of time.  Sometimes, kit arrives late, Murphy shows up, an NDA gets moved (or any of a number of other reasons) and the reviews come out scattered over a few days as opposed to all appearing within hour

Source: The Inquirer

Spring is only a month away

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2009 - 06:26 PM |
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One of our members has turned his hobby of collecting older electronic equipment and is finding about 10% of the motherboards that he tested before sending them off arrive dead.  Do you have any ideas as to what might be killing the motherboards, or maybe you feel it's more likely user error? 

Sounds like there is room for improvement

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2009 - 12:11 PM |
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Motherboards today sport onboard sound that rivals most current add in sound cards.  They support HD audio, either 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound and usually a host of optical, SPDIF, component and other input and output choices.  The higher end audio cards feature components usually only found previously in studio grade equipment.  ExtremeTech feels that the audio quality possibilities beg an important question; why do speakers intended for PCs have to suck so much?

Source: Extremetech

You'll be waiting for Istanbul

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2009 - 12:02 PM |
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Good things come in packs of 24, and AMD's Istanbul can be included among that group.  The Tech Report has pictures of a four socket system with four 6-core Istanbul processors, for a rather impressive task manager.  Perhaps even more impressive is that with specific Socket F motherboards, a BIOS flash is all it will take to allow you to drop one of these new Istabul chips in for a hefty upgrade.  Follow the link to see just how hefty.

Give me MORE!!!

Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2009 - 05:55 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP believes firmly that there can never be too much power, hence their review of a system with a pair of GeForce GTX 295s set up in Quad SLI.  The installation was a snap, they had none of the problems that plagued SLI set
up in previous generations, problems which slowed the adoption of multiple graphics cards.  If you can manage to provide the $1000 and 290W to your graphics cards, you will be playing games at 2560x1600 with every option maxed out and still have no fra

Source: [H]ard|OCP

I'll have me the same again

Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2009 - 12:41 PM |
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If you loved F.E.A.R., or are just a huge fan of running down narrow corridors madly shooting everything, F.E.A.R.

Source: bit-tech

IE 8 almost ready for prime time

Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2009 - 12:03 PM |
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In the last half of March, users of XP and Vista will be able to try out the new Internet Explorer, with exciting new features like a "monetization ecosystem".  While it is hard to know exactly what is meant by that phrase, Tech ARP makes a likely guess, it will have something to do with advertisements.  The other focus of the update is searches, it sounds as though the web portal will be resurrected
once again.  There are also some unspecified privacy and security improvements; we will see how wel

Source: Tech ARP

NVIDIA RESPONDS TO INTEL COURT FILING

Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2009 - 11:51 AM |
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NVIDIA responded to a court filing in which Intel alleged that the four-year-old chipset license agreement the companies signed does not extend to Intel's future generation CPUs with "integrated" memory controllers, such as Nehalem. The filing does not impact NVIDIA chipsets that are currently being shipped. Intel is trying to delay the inevitable value shift from the CPU to the GPU.

NVIDIA believes that our bus license with Intel clearly enables us to build chipsets for Intel CPUs with integrated memory controllers.

Source: NVIDIA

Sweet deals from Newegg and AMD

Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2009 - 05:53 PM |
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Phenom II 940 bundle with Foxconn A79A-S MB:

-$110 Combo Discount

-$34 Rebate

Phenom 9850 bundle with Foxconn A79A-S MB:

-$140 Combo Discount

-$34 Rebate

Source: AMD

Dual monitors isn't enough for the truly hardcore

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2009 - 03:16 PM |
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If you really want to get the most out of your day, try using two separate computers with the help of the

Data mining the gold farmers

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2009 - 11:42 AM |
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While you probably never met a bespectacled man with a pipe who asked you to sit down on a couch and tell him about your mother while playing Everquest, you may well have been psychoanalyzed
at some point in your questing.  Four years of data for over 400,000 characters was passed on to researchers looking for various patterns in the demographics of the players and what they used the game for.  Probably the neatest trick was writing software to deal with over 60TB of data, the EQ2 servers capture absolutely everything that happens in the game, and that raw data is what had to be de

Source: Ars Technica

How does the extra work always time it's self to arrive late Friday afternoon

Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2009 - 07:04 PM |
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Trying to get good audio out of a PC can be a little frustrating at times, not just because the audio drivers tend to move options and settings around with sadistic glee, but also because of the sheer amount of output choices.  If you really do want to send a 5.1 signal over a single cable and are having difficulties, try this thread out for some help.

For those who want to rock

Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2009 - 03:54 PM |
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If you have an unused PCIe slot and a hankering for some great audio quality then check out the new Xonar Essence STX from ASUS.  The Guru of 3D have put together an 18 page review covering everything from the components and their quality to the ability to add EAX emulation to games.  In some ways any audio review is

Source: Guru of 3D

Hot and cold running video

Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2009 - 11:40 AM |
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There is a blog at AMD and on this blog are some rather interesting topics, including the one posted today.  The section of the blog that the link comes from is AMD at Home, where a Senior Developer Relations Engineer named Jay Taylor covers topics of interest to the HTPC enthusiast.  The long list of online providers of TV shows, both old and new will grab anyones attention.  As long as you can stream video, you can be watching Battlestar Galactica from the beginning.

Trade in your copy of Vista

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2009 - 11:48 AM |
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Good news for owners of Vista Home Premium, Business and Ultimate Editions, if you purchased them within the Eligibility Period which is July 1, 2009 through January 31, 2010.  The plan is not to allow everyone to trade in their Vista disks for new Windows 7 disks, but to help OEMs sell PCs during the interim instead of waiting to purchase a new PC until after Win7 is released.  From the looks of the screenshots at TechARP, the upgrade process should be fairly painless.

Source: Tech ARP

Battlefield addicts rejoice

Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2009 - 12:11 PM |
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Slashdot has information on two upcoming Battlefield releases, Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 1943.  Bad Company will be on PS3, Xbox and PC and should follow the same free style combat and unique graphical styling as the original, but with more ...

Source: Slashdot

Fab fight

Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2009 - 11:42 AM |
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AMD's plans to strip down and go fab-less have run into a small snag in the form of a vote which fell short of a quorum.  Only 42% of shareholders showed up to vote yesterday, though 97% of those who voted did vote in favour of the fab spin off to the Foundry Co.  Currently the next vote is scheduled for next Wednesday, Feb.

Source: The Inquirer

Hey big spender

Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2009 - 12:19 PM |
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Intel isn't letting the economy slow them down, having just announced a $7 billion plan to build or upgrade manufacturing facilities within the USA over the next 2 years.  It would seem that the majority of Intel's 32nm chips will be fabbed in the USA, perhaps pushing their overall american manufacturing above the 75% mark.  Drop by The Inquirer for more details on their plan and some pictures of the proposed fab upgrades

Source: The Inquirer

nVIDIA is picking what looks to be a lose - lose battle

Subject: General Tech | February 9, 2009 - 12:14 PM |
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It has been rumoured for a while now that nVIDIA will be developing an x86 processor, backed up by their recent headhunting activities.  PC Authority has gathered a couple of links on the history as well as a theory on how they will try to develop the chip.

Source: PC Authority