Scaling the quad

Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2008 - 04:56 PM |
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The Guru of 3D has decided to find out just what you get from gaming on a quad core processor.  The games they use do cross a gamut of styles, and not all of them utilize the same parts of the PC as others, but you do see a pattern develop.  While there is a clear verdict, it is not perfectly cut and dry.

Source: Guru of 3D

Some computer company launched a chip with lots of gibblehertz

Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2008 - 11:44 AM |
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In other news, Hanna Montana thinks computers should all be mauve and smell nice.

Tech news may be changing for a lot of people, as CNET just got bought by CBS.  There is probably a small chance that CNET might still cover at least some IT related news, but Slashdot's cynics probably have this one right.  CNET may not have been the best source of news for techies, but it did do a good job of aggregating a lot of disparate stories for the time-challenged geek.

Source: Slashdot

Every keyboard should have a shotgun key

Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2008 - 05:22 PM |
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The Cyber Snipa Warboard is not quite as cool looking as the box implies, but it still has some serious style to it.  It has so many buttons it may feel overwhelming to first pick up, but Pro-Clockers ended up in love with it.  There are even removable keys and a baggie of various non-standard keys you can put on the board, if you are so inclined. 

You will anti-alias and you will like it!

Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2008 - 12:17 PM |
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Unreal Engine 3 has taken a lot of flak, especially for it's inability to handle anti-aliasing and lack of any DX10 support.  In Rainbow Six Vegas 2, a way has been found to allow anti-aliasing with Unreal Engine 3, adding a nice look to the game.  [H]ard|OCP tried the game out with a mix of AMD and nVIDIA cards to see what gives you the best performance.  It turns out to have a similar outcome to UT3, where almost any newer card can handle the full settings.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The evils of 'desk bounce'

Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2008 - 02:33 PM |
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The Razer/THX Mako 2.1-Channel Speaker System has nothing to do with a performance gaming mouse, which may seem strange in a Razer product.  The speakers are a rather odd orb shape, and they connect via Cat-5 cable.  TECHGAGE gave this 2.1 system a thorough testing, which upholds the quality associated with Razer's products.

Source: TECHGAGE

Fab light; full speed ahead

Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2008 - 11:47 AM |
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AMD's purchase of TSMC while AMD didn't exactly have much spare cash lying around spawned quite a bit of discussion about their plans.  The agreed upon answer was that this was AMDs 'fab light' strategy in action and that TSMC would take over the production of GPUs and CPUs for AMD.  The GPU line did indeed start up quickly, but the Phenom was build in AMD facilities, not TSMC's.  According to DigiTimes, TSMC is indeed doing test runs for CPU dies, so we may see more of Hector

Source: Digitimes

Was a hit put out on DX10.1?

Subject: General Tech | May 12, 2008 - 11:56 AM |
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Assassin's Creed has generated it's own little soap opera, involving AMD, nVIDIA and their 'The Way It's Meant To Be Played' marketing tool.  The rabble has been roused by early tests on Assassin's Creed showing that with DX10.1 the AMD graphics cards were showing some remarkable performance.  Come the release date, Ubisoft, a partner with nVIDIA's marketspeak TWIMTBP disabled DX10.1 due to a bugRead the full script of this drama over at The Tech Report.

For when you need professional help

Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2008 - 01:41 PM |
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Razer's Destructor Professional Gaming Mat claims some rather impressive improvements in mouse movement when you use it.  Think Computers concurs, they found that when they used to mat, they actually had to reduce their mouse's sensitivity.  Check out the pad it's self, it's carrying case, and ponder over their warning; "excessive rubbing of the mousepad will result in numbing in the fingers."

Crossover cables are teh lame

Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2008 - 01:03 PM |
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Crossover cables and the simple bit of networking setup you need to seems to have become too much work.  The USB Fever USB 2.0 Computer Copy Cable makes it much easier.  Drop by OCIA and see if you want to add this $20 doohickey for your mobile repair toolbox.

Source: OCIA

Network speed is anything but academic

Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2008 - 11:52 AM |
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Looking to see what the next generation of the internet's backbone might look like?  Try checking out the Large Hadron Collider, which
"requires large data flows between specific sites - 2-hour periods with 8 gig flow across the network".  Academic and institutional networks have always been at the forefront of speed and the average enthusiast may start to see the benefits of the work they have pioneered.  Read what Ars Technica thinks we could be seeing soon, and just how the universitie

Source: Ars Technica

You can't keep a XFi down

Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2008 - 04:20 PM |
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Even with the controversy surrounding Creative, their products are still popular.  The Auzentech X-Fi Prelude 7.1
is one such product, and it is up for review on TweakTown.  Auzentech has licensed the technology from Creative, so this card is not going to cause the uproar that the ASUS card recently has. 

Source: TweakTown

Even more motherboards

Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2008 - 11:38 AM |
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Well, not so good for those vendors who are stuck with plenty of P35 and X38 boards, Intel will be introducing the 4 series at Computex.  Even worse news is that the Q45 and Q43 will be targeted directly at enterprise level customers, so resellers won't be able to sell them P35 boards as a way to try and recoup loses.  On the other hand, what DigiTimes says is great news for the enthusiast; the PCI Express bug has been fixed and these boards should offer some nice performance.

Source: Digitimes

Harness the power of The Fonz

Subject: General Tech | May 5, 2008 - 11:42 AM |
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Wii style motion sensing may be the next big thing and an Israeli company called Prime Sense may be the ones to help push it out.  The Inquirer looks at the technology behind this, a motion sensor that can sense human motion without the need to attach anything to that human, or having them wave a stick around.  Gaming is certainly one application for this, but the company is also talking about replacing remote controls as well as getting into surveillance and
automotive

Source: The Inquirer

Do not meddle in the affairs of geeks ...

Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2008 - 05:58 PM |
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One of the loudest discussions going on right now in the PC community and in our forums is about Creative.  The volume of posts caused by Creative's reaction to Daniel_K's driver mod that managed to get XiFi cards working in Vista is large, and similar.  The tone is one of indignation and a resolve to not buy Creative products, a decision made easier considering the frustration caused by the XiFi series.

Speak up!

Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2008 - 05:33 PM |
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Five speaker systems are under review at ExtremeTech, Logitech's Z Cinema and G51, the Bose Computer MusicMonitor, Razer's Mako and the Boston Acoustics MM 226.  Only the G51 is a 5.1 system, the others are a set of two, some coming with a subwoofer as well.  None will make an audiophiles short list of speaker systems, but for a PC they cover a wide gamut of possible uses.  Perhaps the most innovative design in the set is the Makos, which use Cat5 cable for their speaker connections.

Source: Extremetech

Mayday! Mayday! This is the S.S. Blockbuster ... we are in trouble!

Subject: General Tech | May 1, 2008 - 11:42 AM |
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The Inquirer has broken the news that at some point today Apple will announce that iTunes will start carrying DVDs on the first day of their release.  If people can grab their favourite movies the day of their release, instead of waiting up to a month, Blockbuster and other stores lose their major advantage over digital distribution sites like iTunes.

Source: The Inquirer

It's classy 'cause you play an Eastern European

Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2008 - 12:56 PM |
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Almost as anxiously awaited as Halo 3, GTA 4 has arrived.  Gaming Heaven somehow managed to get a hold of a copy early, and have posted a glowing review of the latest disaster to befall Liberty City.  The gameplay has deepened, physics have been expanded and there is even multiplayer now.   Check out the full review.

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It's the quiet ones you have to watch

Subject: General Tech | April 30, 2008 - 12:08 PM |
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While Jen-sun Huang was on a brilliant tirade at the nVIDIA Analyst Day, not much was heard from David Kirk, nVIDIA's chief scientist.  bit-tech managed to track him down for an in depth interview.  They cover the hot topics you would expect, like Larrabee and ray tracing as well as CUDA.  They also dig into other topics, like how Intel's focus on the process of making chips has helped them overcome their architectural deficiencies. 

Source: bit-tech

Promises, promises

Subject: General Tech | April 29, 2008 - 04:04 PM |
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If there is one thing that the Cyber Snipa Stinger Gaming Mouse is not, it would be "the final step in the evolution of gaming mice."  That is Cyber Snipa's claim, but considering the incredible growth in mouse features over the past year and a half, there is going to be a lot more 'evolution' to come.  As far as the Stinger's new talents, it sports 4 DPI settings, o