Mayhap we shall see a new mobile RAM standard

Subject: General Tech | October 7, 2009 - 12:16 PM |

RAMBUS, one of the last attempts at serial volatile memory
standards didn't do well when it was first tried on the market; a long story that by the end had many glad to see RAMBUS go.  DDR and its successive generations has had success in the PC world, but that is a small share of the total memory market.  A PC can provide the cooling and power that defines DDR.  Now The Inquirer reports on the return of serial memory, this time targeted specifically towards m

Source: The Inquirer

Well, that won't help you become more popular

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2009 - 12:00 PM |

Physics is fun in games, be it chopping down trees with heavy fire in Crysis or FarCry2 or the joy of levelling entire buildings in Silent Storm to deny your enemies cover.  What isn't fun is slapping down $100+ for a PPU to find out that there are a total of 2 maps that support that particular physics engine or that the sum effect of having that PPU is that paper and dust react to wind in a slightly more interesting way than without the $100+ PPU.  nVIDIA wanted to make the PPU more approachable, to do so they let you slap in any of their recent cards into a second PCIe slot and you

Source: NGOHQ


Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2009 - 11:09 AM |

Today GF has released news of a partnership that it has developed with well known CPU designer ARM (Advanced RISC Machines).  While ARM itself does not actually produce their CPUs for end users, they do license out their designs to anyone and nearly everyone in the industry.  One of the latest ARM enabled designs is NVIDIA's Tegra, which features the ARM 11 processor.  While not the most cutting edge ARM design, it has allowed NVIDIA to successfully enter the smartphone and MID market with a pretty robust product with excellent features.  So far the biggest application of t

Not everyone loves the cans

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2009 - 02:26 PM |

For $100 you can pick up a great set of headphones with surround sound and possible even noise cancellation technology, but some like their audio to fill the room, not just their heads.  Logitech has an answer, the 2.1 Logitech Z523
speaker system
.  They are not really audiophile quality but for those who play games or stream music via their PC will be quite satisfied with the quality.

Microsoft's curvy mobile mouse

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2009 - 12:53 PM |

As a mobile user, you have either mastered the touchpad or you hate it with a passion and cart around a mouse.  Many mobile mice have appeared on the market, shrunken little wireless versions of desktop mice.  For about $30, Microsoft has an interesting alternative that they have aptly named the Arc mouse.  Its USB wireless receiver fits into a socket built into the mouse, which folds to protect the USB dongle as well as shrinking th

Source: InsideHW

Intel Core i7 Custom Desktop Challenge - Will Your Vision of Tomorrow Rock the World?

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2009 - 12:34 PM |

WHEN: Oct. 5 through Dec. 14, 2009.

WHERE: Intel Core i7 Custom Desktop Challenge Contest:

Where do we go now

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2009 - 12:13 PM |

Ryan has been spending some time thinking about nVIDIA and what their plans are in the near future and has collected his thoughts into a new editorial on the front page.  The company has done a huge about face compared to just a few years ago.  Previously they were having success beating ATI in the graphics card market and then managed to take advantage of the reorganization necessary to bring ATI into the fold at AMD.  They were producing THE enthusiast chipset with the nForce2 and even showing up other onboard audio solutions

It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition ...

Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2009 - 06:45 PM |

Our Processor Forum is currently full of quite a few confused, or at least overwhelmed enthusiasts trying to come to terms with the breadth of choice available for processors.  Some are just looking at an affordable upgrade while others are looking at the brand new CPUs available on the market.  The conversations about the new CPUs spill over into the Overclocking Forum as well.  Not only are there new techniques to try out w

Google, a productivity killer? Couldn't be.

Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2009 - 01:23 PM |

The Google Wave has hit to a mixed reception in the tech community.  Hailed as the new communications medium it seems that it's blending of Twitter like comments and threads along with an email-ish layout turns out to be a lot like having email and Twitter, only more distracting.  Not too many of the folks at Slashdot have tried it, but if you follow the links in the body of the post you can hear from those who have.

Source: Slashdot

Corsair goes to the movies

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2009 - 01:38 PM |

Corsair has put together a two part video on putting a system together; specifically how to assemble a system using Corsair parts. Parts like the Corsair H50 all-in-one CPU water cooler
as well as memory and a PSU, placed into their Obsidian chassis. 

The unsung hero of IDF

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2009 - 11:58 AM |

One technological innovation at the IDF this year hasn't received a lot of press having been overshadowed by so many other long awaited announcements and demos; an oversight that ExtremeTech has remedied with their article on Light Peak.  A new data transfer standard using fibre optics that currently allows transfers of up to 10Gb/s and should scale up to 100Gb/s as it matures.  USB 3.0 is certainly going to be available sooner than LightPeak but before you dismiss it you should recall one very i

Source: Extremetech

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Looks to NVIDIA "Fermi" Architecture For New Supercomputer

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2009 - 06:03 PM |

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Looks to NVIDIA "Fermi" Architecture For New

Oak Ridge Supercomputer Targets NVIDIA GPU Computing Technology to Achieve
Order of Magnitude Performance Over Today's Fastest Supercomputer

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -Sep. 30, 2009- Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
announced plans today for a new supercomputer that will use NVIDIA's next
generation CUDA(tm) GPU architecture, codenamed "Fermi".

Source: NVIDIA

Use the BatPhsyX

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2009 - 12:47 PM |

DriverHeaven has taken a close look at the new Batman:Arkham Asylum game with an eye on nVIDIA's PhysX.  They've captured several key videos to show just how enabling PhsyX effects the game play as well as the frame rates.  They mix and match several systems and many different pairings of nVIDIA GPUs to see what the best way to experience the Batman is.  Drop by and see the results.


Of Javascript, blips, waves and sandboxes

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2009 - 12:09 PM |

Google is looking to replace the old standby for email, SMTP, with a high performance javascript program called Wave.  It would even seem that the much maligned Chrome Frame plug in for IE was specifically to allow use of Wave, as Microsoft disbelieves in providing a high speed javascript rendering engine for its browser.  Wave bears more resemblance to a threaded forum or Twitter, but it is server and client based, so can be used in large networks but at the same time it is decentralized and can be run independently of

Source: Ars Technica

Galaxy announces 24/7 tech support services for United States and Canada

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2009 - 11:46 AM |

Great news to all you insomniac gamers who set themselves up for an all night gaming session only to have your graphics card suddenly flake out on you.  Galaxy now offers 24 hour technical support for Canada and the US; so you can get back into your game, even if it is 2AM.

CoolerMaster moves on to mice

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2009 - 03:40 PM |

$69 seems like a reasonable price for a mouse with the highest DPI available on the market and that is the MSRP for the CoolerMaster Storm Sentinel Advance Gaming Mouse. 
Dual lasers, an OLED screen to inform you what your current settings are and an LED that can switch between 7 different colours to give your gaming hand some moonlighting.  Does it live up to your expectations?  Find out over at Overclockers Club.

Christmas shopping for the gamer

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2009 - 02:27 PM |

The coming holiday season is going to bring a lot of changes to the graphics market and DigiTimes was kind enough to gather all of the expected releases into one news story.  From nVIDIA we are finally going to see new silicon, the renaming game is over for a little while.  The GT210, GT220, GT240 and GT300 will hopefully overcome the production problems at TSMC and will be on the streets soon.  We have seen some of AMD's offerings and they will be topping up the low end with the HD5750 and HD5770 an

Source: Digitimes

Can you spare $2 for some DDR2

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2009 - 12:27 PM |

DDR2 has hit the price point where you will no longer see it appearing in pre-built systems, just as it has almost disappeared from enthusiast systems.  DigiTimes has seen that the average price of DDR2 has hit congruence with the average price of DDR3 as it continues to becomes more expensive to buy.  As less companies order DDR2 from factories it becomes a custom run to produce it, therefore costing as much per unit to make as DDR3. 

Source: Digitimes

Raffles and podcasts and prizes!

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2009 - 06:16 PM |

CPU launches are coming fast and furious this year, with the possibility of more
before the year is out, making it a great time to be an enthusiast.  Mind you, even the best of us can have trouble keeping up with the latest features present on a CPU, how is someone just starting (or restarting) in the world of computer going to figure out which processor family

Spend some time on the Mere

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2009 - 01:53 PM |

The cool unreleased but hopefully some day available tech that you see at the IDF certainly captures the attention, but the one constant that everyone pays attention to are the roadmap updates that chart the coming year.  This IDF it was Westmere that is just on the horizon, the die shrink to Nehalem.  Arrandale and Clarkdale
will be the first to arrive, some time before we roll over to 2010.  AnandTech has taken a close look at what we know for sure about Intel's next tock.

Source: AnandTech