Adding more cores leads to bandwidth envy

Subject: General Tech | March 9, 2010 - 12:47 PM |

AnandTech has done a little bit of math and pointed out a little problem that will hit us by the end of the year.  With the new CPU's coming from both companies and the fact that they will have several dozen cores or threads, that 4Gb/s connection will be split up so many ways that it will no longer be fast enough to feed those CPUs.  We will be seeing servers with such incredible density that 100Gb/s services are no longer a dream, they will be a necessity to anyone wanting to take advantage of Magny-Cours or Nehalem EX. 

Source: AnandTech

Get your geek on with 137 years of Popular Science

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2010 - 03:34 PM |

If you were born after the death of printed magazines then you can be forgiven for the confusion you might feel about what PopSci is.  For those who have been geeks for a long while, you probably have fond memories of the magazine Popular Science.  Now you can revisit that feeling as Google and PopSci have teamed up together to put the entire 137 years of PopSci online, searchable and readable for free.  Keep up with the newer publications or delve back into the past years to see what they thought the future we are cur

Unchain your speakers

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2010 - 01:57 PM |

For some bizarre reason there are people who do not like having large amounts of room being taken up by large speakers in a 7.1 configuration.  Perhaps they have limited space or just do not appreciate the wonder that is a proper wall of sound.  For those who choose to go that way, Techware Labs has reviewed a kit that offers wireless 2.1 sound.  The EOS system consists of a receiver/broadcaster, wireless signal receivers and speakers, so drop by if that is your cup of tea.

Acer's new frameless notebooks might find themselves re-purposed

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2010 - 12:08 PM |

Acer is planning on a new ultra thin line of notebooks with no frame and a keyless touch keyboard, according to DigiTimes.  Combining those two features does offer a way to make the MacBook Air look like it has a beer gut, but that is not the most interesting fact about these notebooks.  If reinforced glass is strong enough to be the back shell of a notebook, obviously it could also be used in a standard desktop monitor.  An all glass monitor would have absolutely no bezel on the sides; can anyone sa

Source: Digitimes

PC Perspective: Weekend Gaming Edition

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2010 - 04:13 PM |

It's the weekend and time to kick back with some good old PC gaming. There are some worthy PC gaming news this week so let's get down to it.

Metro 2033 Goes Gold and launches a new trailer. What could be a surprise hit this season, Metro 2033 has gone gold and celebrates with a new trailer. I'm really interested in this game and the early previews made it sound promising.

Source: General

Grab your own personal jetpack for only $75,000

Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2010 - 12:15 PM |

The Mythbusters might not have been able to build their own working jetpack but Martin Aircraft will sell you one for under $100,000, though shipping from New Zealand might be expensive.  The jetpack won't require a pilots license right now, but if they start selling many of these the chances are quite good that some regulations will be put in place.  In the mean time you can hit heights of up to 2,400 metres and top speeds of 60mph according to Martin Aircraft.  You can see som

Source: MAKE: Blog

My keyboard is a leaf on the wind, watch it soar

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2010 - 05:44 PM |

At Gizmodo you can see a keyless keyboard from Minebea called the Cool Leaf.  It is one of three products that they have recently rolled out, the other two being a calculator and a universal remote control.  All look like a translucent piece of plastic or glass but are in fact an electrostatic capacity type touch panel and a load sensor. 
Waterproof and dirt proof, though probably not smudge proof, they are both attractive and utilitarian and might be on many a de

Source: Gizmodo

Forget GPU accelerated Flash, time for 3D enabled FireFox

Subject: General Tech | March 4, 2010 - 12:13 PM |

At PC Perspective we have talked a lot about Ray Tracing, the people working to make it a reality and and the benefits it would bring, but we never discussed it as a plug in for a browser.  That is exactly what the fellows at RT Fact are doing and you should be able to try out their custom version of Firefox relatively soon.  As the fellows of Slashdot mention, we can only hope this proves

Source: Slashdot

Patriot displays Project Artemis, a 10TB SSD based system with over 150,000 IOPS

Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2010 - 11:00 PM |

Fremont, California, USA, March 3, 2010 - Patriot Memory, a global pioneer in high-performance memory, NAND flash and computer technology, today announced a 10TB SSD based Full ATX Workstation, code named Project Artemis, on display at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany.

Project Artemis is a blazing fast computer built using 40 256GB Patriot Torqx SSD drives offering a combined 10TB of storage and incredible speed.

Bad Company 2 picks up on destructible terrain

Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2010 - 12:00 PM |

Ars Technica has a chance to take out Battlefield: Bad Company 2
and it left them with a fairly nice taste in their mouth, although they'd set the bar pretty low.  The big news for many is the inclusion of destructible terrain, something that is left out of a huge number of games, but adds so much to them.  In one case, the tester at Ars was pinned down in a building but with a the use of a grenade to create an expedient exit through the back wall of the house solved that easily. 

Source: Ars Technica

How much do you expect from a sub $100 netbook

Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2010 - 11:39 AM |

At a price of $85, the Coby NBPC722 smartbook is a rather interesting product that hopefully doesn't go the way of the inexpensive OLPC smartbook.  Powered by an ARM based 624MHz Marvell PXA303, a processor also found in the Android phone, and using 2GB of flash memory for storage it won't be doing much more than surfing the net .  It ships with Windows CE but it shouldn't take too long after its arrival for someone to get Linux running on it.  Drop by Engadget and

Source: engadget

Headphones for those that wish to stay sonically and spiritually pure

Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2010 - 04:44 PM |

Thinksound offers eco-friendly audiophile quality sound with their Rain canal headphones.  Before you react to the eco-friendly part too much, what they are implying is that the earbuds are housed in wood, not plastic.  That gives them a very unique look while the 9mm driver with
20Hz to 20 KHz response gives them a very nice sound. 

More interesting reading that a cereal box

Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2010 - 11:57 AM |

Unboxings and sneak previews might not be your favourite thing, as they do tend to be a bit light on content but HEXUS may have found one you might like.  A lesser known partner of nVIDIA, Colorful, has let their GTX 480 box design slip out.  That box helpfully lists the stats of the card inside, giving us a good look at what to expect.  1,536MB of GDDR5 comes onboard, the card will require a 6-pin and and 8-pin PCIe power connector and you are recommended to have a PSU of at least 600W with 42A on t

Source: Hexus

Birthday greetings to that Man in Black in the great beyond

Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2010 - 03:35 PM |

There is a bit of bad news on the PC Perspective Forums this week, as it seems that interest in the Fragging Frogs is flagging.  There is good news though, you can help revive this friendly circle of gamers if you want.

Time to toss out the i7 920

Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2010 - 11:18 AM |

The Core i7 920 won't be around for long as The Inquirer has spotted the i7 930 in Europe, 2 days before the official announcement.  It will be a 45nm CPU @ 2.80GHz, essentially the same as the 920 just at 21x instead of 20x.  It seems there will be new features, all related to low power states, Enhanced Halt State, Extended Stop Grant State, Deep Sleep State, Deeper Sleep State and Deep Power Down are all supported on this CPU.

Source: The Inquirer

It's a long, long road to 22nm; but TSMCs heart is there

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2010 - 11:58 AM |

Fall 2012 might seem like a long way especially if you are an executive at TSMC, but that is the target for the switch to a 22nm process.  There is good news as well for 2010, we will see silicon oxynitride based 28nm at the end of June, its first high-k metal gate at the end of September and they hope to introduce low power HKMG before the end of the year.  This does put them behind Global Foundries, who were showing off actual 28nm product to Josh and Allyn

PC Gaming Update - Metro 2033, Supreme Commander 2 Demo, and DRM

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2010 - 11:20 AM |

While a lot of attention has been given to Star Craft 2 in the past few days, the other "SC2" yearns for your love and affection too. Supreme Commander 2, is not far from release and Gas Powered Games has given us a demo to play with on Steam. The 1.6GB demo should give you a taste of what this game is all about.

Source: General

RiiZE, LLC. Announces that its Industry First Gaming Service has entered the Free Open Beta Phase

Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2010 - 05:10 PM |

Aurora, IL – February 23, 2010 – RiiZE, the groundbreaking new service that gives gamers a real chance at making a living doing what they love, gaming, is excited to announce that it has entered the open beta phase of testing. Gamers who play Counter-Strike: Source and Team Fortress 2 are invited to try out this new service at no charge.

So you didn't get a beta key

Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2010 - 11:47 AM |

There are only a few thousand people to be jealous of and as some of them do publish reviews, you can have a sneak peek or visit YouTube to enjoy the game vicariously.  From most of those that did get a beta key for StarCraft II, the general consensus is
that this game was designed with new players in mind.  Instead of the daunting learning curve of the original, especially when it comes to multiplayer.  Wired talks about the new and how they will match you according to the skill

Source: Ars Technica

AMD's Magny-Cours gets priced

Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2010 - 11:20 AM |

Yesterday Josh gave a summary of what we know about the upcoming Magny-Cours CPU from AMD, including some thoughts on the what AMD will be required to do to have a reasonable TDP.  Now from SemiAccurate we have some new information about the possible pricing and speeds of the various line ups of 8 and 12 core Magny-Cours, which oddly enough seem to be priced below what the 6 core models are pegged at.  The 8 core models will suppo

Source: SemiAccurate