That's a lotta FLOPS

Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2008 - 11:48 AM |
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nVIDIA is trying to bring the supercomputer back to the desktop with their Tesla, a system boasting four Tesla C1060 cards with a quad-core CPU and 16 GB of RAM plus a few 960 graphics cores.  All told, including the Tesla C1060 cards the system should push around 900 GFLOPS in the proposed configuration.  Starting at around $10,000 you won't see to many of these at LAN parties, but you may spot one at a university lab party.  Get all the electrifying details at The I

Source: The Inquirer

This new Nehalem kid is awfully popular

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2008 - 04:50 PM |
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As you might assume, the recent AMD announcements and Intel's Core i7 almost here, the Processor Forum is busy with comparisons between the two new processor lines. 
The folks in the Overclocking forum are also excited, it's been a while since the last new overclocking challenge appeared.  Any overclocking will require a good heatsink, the topic in the Cas

It sounds like ASUS is up to something

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2008 - 04:29 PM |
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Hardware Canucks got their mitts on an ASUS Xonar Essence STX Engineering Sample, their upcoming audio card release.  The list of options will daunt all but the devoted audiophile, ASUS is definitely aiming at the high end of the market with this card.  They have yet to put the card through their full battery of tests, so you shall have to content yourself with pictures and feature discriptions for the moment.

Wrapping up AMD's Financial Analyst Day

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2008 - 03:06 PM |
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Instead of having to sit through all eight hours of the presentation, AnandTech offers you a short cut into the news that broke from AMD yesterday.  There are plenty of pictures to capture the important slides from the conference covering new chips as well as information on their new Foundry Company.  Click on over and see what the fuss was about.

Source: AnandTech

AMD Promotes New Products, Strong Execution and Focused Innovation at 2008 Financial Analyst Day

Subject: General Tech | November 13, 2008 - 03:38 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Nov. 13, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today hosted its 2008 Financial Analyst Day at its headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. Senior executives, including President and Chief Executive Officer Dirk Meyer, reported on the company's progress toward sustainable profitability by sharing information on AMD's product, marketing, manufacturing and operational initiatives.

As a part of today's event, AMD also launched its 45nm

Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processors.

Source: AMD

A tradition we could do without

Subject: General Tech | November 13, 2008 - 11:58 AM |
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It seems that until recently it was frowned upon for someone to stand outside of a party screaming about how much that party sucks and how much cooler they are than anyone else.  That is exactly what has been happening any time a CPU or GPU manufacturer announces a new product.  Today it is the AMD Financial Analyst day, with a lot of news from AMD being announced, including the first Shanghai reviews.  Of course, somehow timed to break at the exact same time is a story on DigiTimes about Nehalem chips becoming available soon.  The chips range from ten Xeon5500 models to se

Source: Digitimes

Year of the Sequel: Part 2 : The Return

Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2008 - 12:19 PM |
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Sure, Fallout, Far Cry, CoD and Gears of War may have all been great games, but how many sequels can you make before you hit the quality level of the Police Academy series?  Are we doomed to see games reduced to several family lines that dominate, with a small selection of independent games done on the cheap?  Story line replayability and conversion mods can keep an older game alive, so you could always just replay it with a completely different outcome or with a completely different take on the game entirely. 

Source: Ars Technica

AMD's not so secret announcement

Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2008 - 11:57 AM |
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AMD's invited me to its annual Financial Analyst Day in Sunnyvale on Thursday, where I expect the company's executives to announce its netbook processor strategy.

The company is bringing out all of its heavy hitters to try and impress the financial community and bolster its faltering stock price. AMD's CEO, COO, CMO and several other execs will give presentations and have lunch with analysts and members of the media.

Phenom's don't cost a bundle, but they come with one now

Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2008 - 11:50 AM |
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If you pick up an AMD Phenom before the end of the year, you should get a nice surprise along with it.  The Inquirer has heard of a deal with Serif to provide either their photo editing software or their movie editing software for free with the purchase of a Phenom.  If you are thinking about setting up a PC that will be doing either of those tasks, or even just want to upgrade your processor by a bit, you are looking at a great deal, perfectly timed to help you save yo

Source: The Inquirer

I'm sorry, your brain's current driver is incompatible with the NIA

Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2008 - 03:29 PM |
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After a few revisions and a drop to a more reasonable price, OCZ's Neural Impulse Actuator is still around, but not many people have picked one up.  Legit Reviews decide it was time to flex their mental muscles to see if the NIA had changed much and to give them an excuse to make faces at their computer.  They came away with the feeling that while some may excel at using the NIA fo

Hey! That's no virus

Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2008 - 02:47 PM |
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If you are running AVG anti-virus software on one or more of your PCs, do not believe it when it identifies user32.dll as a virus.  You really, really want to keep that file.  Seeing "Illegal system DLL relocation" will really spoil your day.  Slashdot has a lot of conversation about this, as does the AVG forums, and a fix should be quickly forthcoming.  In the meantime, if you have allowed it to and your system is no longer functioning, you can

Source: Slashdot

Finding the perfect mate

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2008 - 01:39 PM |
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Once these Nehalem chips can finally be purchased, finding the perfect RAM to go with it may be more difficult than with previous chips.  You need to make sure the voltage is low enough that the Core i7 CPU can handle it, as well as ensuring you can get the most out of your triple channel DDR3.  TECHGAGE, seeing as how they have an Intel Core i7 Extreme 965 already, were nice enough to test out five different memory configurations.  See what differences they saw here.

Source: TECHGAGE

Back up that nostalgia

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2008 - 12:13 PM |
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When Douglas Adams' Starship Titanic first came out, the requirement of 160 MB available hard disk space was incredibly huge.  Windows 2K or 98SE plus Unreal and a few other programs didn't leave 160MB free on a HDD that was under 1GB total storage.  Fast forward to a more recent machine, and a fully updated, modded and map packed Unreal Tournament 3 installation broke the 10GB mark.  Hard drives have changed a lot in a short amount of time, and

Now that's Vista Ready

Subject: General Tech | November 10, 2008 - 11:43 AM |
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nVIDIA's new Quadro card, the FX 5800, will sport 4GB of RAM though we don't know exactly how fast the RAM will be.  Chances are very good that the specs will be very close to the GTX280, as nVIDIA does tend to reuse the same boards and processors, as proven by the Quadro soft mods that exist.  The 4GB of RAM will probably be unique, they may try it in a gaming card, but the amount of people trying to game on a 60" monitor is probably rather small.  Engadg

Source: engadget

Keeping the 'U' in Forum

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2008 - 06:09 PM |
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The current unpleasant economic conditions across the globe right now are cutting into a lot of peoples spending money.  Enthusiasts shouldn't be too badly off, we are all used to our hardware investments dropping significantly in value over a very short amount of time, stock market investors on the other hand are not as used to it.  Since any money you invest may well lose money and provide very little fun, you should seriously consider investing in more parts for your PC, as you will have a lot more fun while their value plummets.  To help out, you should always check the

Sounds like Christmas is coming

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2008 - 03:47 PM |
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Hoping for a new stereo system this year?  Maybe to go with a nice HTPC setup, or perhaps just to replace an ageing current system?  Drop by Digital Trends as they walk you through a long list of systems that are available.  There are also suggestions for the audiophile that has it all.  You will also be happy to know there is not a single Monster cryo-magically massaged
uber cable on the list.

It's about time

Subject: General Tech | November 7, 2008 - 11:48 AM |
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After all the ridiculousness that Creative has been displaying, they are finally showing some sense.  With the troubles that Vista caused their X-Fi driver team, which inconvenienced a lot of users, they totally dropped the ball on the Linux drivers.  It has been just over a year since the initial release and there has not been a properly working driver in all of that time.  Finally Creative has open sourced the driver, which means no one will be sued for making it work properly, unlike a certain Windows driver. 

Source: Phoronix

The second round of cuts

Subject: General Tech | November 6, 2008 - 11:40 AM |
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AMD announced in April that they would be reducing their workforce by 10%, or 1650 jobs.  Yesterday saw the second round of job cuts, with 500 people being let go from all but AMD's brand new 'The Foundry Company' in Dubai.  The Foundry Company's 3000 employees are supposedly safe, as they represent the fruition of the Asset Light program of AMDs.  One engineer will apparently missing being picked on by The Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

It's not just for gaming and databases

Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2008 - 06:30 PM |
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One of the biggest growth opportunities for PCs has been the recent surge of HTPCs and DVRs, which make TV and movies much more enjoyable thanks to time shifting and proper HD support.  Unfortunately, the extra features on these machines make them a little harder to control with a remote.  That's why products like the Vidabox Premium Wireless Keyboard are becoming a lot easier to get a hold of.  techPowerUp tried out this little wireless keyboard and it's trackball, so you don't have to buy it wi

Source: techPowerUp!

Searching for a ship of the desert

Subject: General Tech | November 5, 2008 - 12:22 PM |
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The new Prince of Persia will differ significantly from the previous Dagger of Time.  Not only is there no Dagger of Time, the Prince has a very different cell shaded look to him, and he is searching for his donkey as opposed to a princess, father or other such standard plot conveniences.  At least the driving reason behind his search for Farah is that the donkey happens to be where he keeps all his loot.  Check out the preview at bit-tech.

Source: bit-tech