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Subject: General Tech | May 28, 2009 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We have all heard great things about in ear headphones, and how the sound quality and noise isolation are worth every penny it costs you to get a hold of them. Of course, they work better if the rubber nub that heads into your ear canal is custom fitted, and being able to pick your own colours and styles is nice as well. The drawback is that it will cost you several hundred dollars to try them out. techPowerUp has a review of some less expensive in-ear headphones which might make trying out t
Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2009 - 01:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The brilliant white finish on this Sparkle GTX260 isn't the most unique thing on this card, it is the 216 shader processors, 24 more than a standard GTX260 that stands out. The heat management isn't anything to laugh at, PC Stats hit a rather impressive overclock, reaching 682MHz core and 1221MHz memory. It doesn't qui
Subject: General Tech | May 27, 2009 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Users of some versions of Windows Vista and Server 2008 can grab Service Pack 2 from TechNet or Windows update if they are so inclined. It is not an automatic update, so you won't have to worry about it sneaking onto your system if you would like to wait to see how stable the update is, but expect to see it there on June 30th. About 800 fixes are rolled up into this service pack, from virtualization
improvements, to networking changes to native Blu-Ray recording, there is a lot to look forward to.
Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2009 - 12:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
JMicron might just become the most beloved storage controller company on the planet if Daily Tech is right. This may seem a little odd as the rushed out JMF602 and JMF602B have been destroying the random write performance of cheaper SSDs. Some companies figured out a fix, SSDs like OCZ's Apex and G.Skill's Titan
depend on two controllers and a RAID chip to deal with the performance problems without raising prices into the land of the Intel X25-M. The next generation of SSD will use a new type o
Subject: General Tech | May 26, 2009 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA's Tesla card hasn't been in the news lately, once the initial buzz from its release wore off it faded into the background. Transtec may reverse that with their CUDA supercomputers, built off of the Tesla cards. One model offers 4 teraflops of computing power for all your mainframe level needs. This is a big score for nVIDIA, as up until now there have been few companies willing to build using the new GPU based machines and the power that nVIDIA bragged about was only being used for their own PR.
Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2009 - 11:22 PM | Ryan Shrout
Windows licensing has always been a complicated topic, but never more so than with the new "netbook" market of PCs. Once Microsoft finally got the hint and offered a version of Windows XP for netbooks (cleverly known as Windows XP for Ultra Low Cost PCs - ULCPC) they decided they needed to put some hardware restrictions on this license so OEMs wouldn't take the low-cost software to higher cost PCs. My guess is that most of you didn't even know that such an arrangement existed at all; not something they really advertise.
Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2009 - 06:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Buying a pre-built system can be wonderful for someone who wants something to work out of the box, and that comes with a magic 'make it work again' disk. The parts are all tested and confirmed to work together, the BIOS and driver setup are done for you and it means you can get to use your new PC within minutes, not hours of purchase. On the flop side, when you outgrow the system and want a better one, you have to either buy an entire new PC or jump through quite a bit of hoops to figure out how to upgrade a box that was designed to prevent upgrades.
Subject: General Tech | May 22, 2009 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sometime in Q3 2009 we will start to see 45nm parts rolling out for AMD desktop lineup to compliment the Phenom II server series. You don't have to wait until fall to get excited though, before the trees start to shed their leaves there will be the better part of 20 chips arriving. A good half of those are low power Phenom IIs and and Athlon, the remainder are spread between dual, triple and quad core Phenom IIs and a similar spread of Athlons. DigiTimes also mentions that three quad-core Lynnfield CP
Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2009 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
RAM companies building PSUs, motherboard companies making coolers, CPU makers building graphics cards, storage companies making mice and now Gigabyte has thrown themselves into the keyboard market. They have quite a selection to their name; the one Bjorn3D chose to focus on was the GK-K6800 Luxury
Multimedia Keyboard. The glossy finish, stylish lines and extra media buttons are all present as you would expect on a high en
Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2009 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bigfoot Networks is back with the second incarnation of the Killer NIC, this time calling its self the Killer Xeno Pro and selling for ~$140. It's a PCIe card sporting a 400MHz processor and has 128MB of RAM, all improvements over the original; meanwhile its main competitor, the onboard NIC, hasn't changed that much and is still essentially free. ExtremeTech put it up against the onboard NIC on an ASUS Rampage
Subject: General Tech | May 21, 2009 - 11:10 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, May 21, 2009 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that it will be showing examples of its customized security solution service at Computex 2009, helping customers to employ a comprehensive and effective security infrastructure in all segments.
VIA Nano, VIA C7 and VIA Eden processor platforms are the only processors that currently offer a built-in Advanced Cryptographic Engine.
Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2009 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you haven't spotted it yet, there is a 9 minute preview of BioShock 2 at IGN. Watching it confirms that you do indeed play a Big Daddy, the original prototype that could use plasmids. Your relationship with the Little Sisters has some similarity with the first game, but with a rather interesting twist apart from the basic binary decision. Splicers aren't quite the challenge they were in the first game, but don't worry; there is a Big Sister out there i
Subject: General Tech | May 20, 2009 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TweakTown had a peek at engineering samples of DFI's UT P55-T3eH8 and DK P55-T3eH6 boards, both running off of the Intel P55 Express chipset. These boards will support the soon to be released LGA-1156 Core i5 quad-core Lynnfield processors, as well as the Havendale family which will have an on-die GPU. Don't hold your breath for the Havendale processors, according to this article they will be delayed until the beginning of 2010 because Intel is shifting them to 32nm.
Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2009 - 02:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you pick up a higher end headset and mic combo, it tends to be based on a USB connection. Not only is it handy to have one single plug to find, the USB connection usually allows the use of that headset without having to install any drivers. Unfortunately some rigs have problems with audio over USB, and an older style TRS plugs are the way to go. While the Saitek GH30 Vibration Headset doesn't have a high end microphone, it will give you s
Subject: General Tech | May 19, 2009 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Global Foundries is one of the biggest stories in tech right now and not just because of the licensing lawsuit. This new fab company that Ryan visited in northern New York state has a jump on the next process transition and a lot of contracts coming in. Josh fleshed out the overview late last week with his in depth article here. He explains just why this new company has received such a
warm welcome in what is usually a very tight knit industry. They have the backing of one of the richest plac
Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2009 - 05:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A Net connection has become a necessity
for a lot of people, even if it is a basic feed via a cell phone. There are many threads in the PC Perspective forums that deal with dodgy network cable, broken NICs, both driver and software issues all in an attempt to ensure that our forum members can keep their Net connection healthy. One piece of hardware has been neglected in comparison; how do you go about fixing the actual modem?&
Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2009 - 04:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Nothing makes hardware fetishists madly speculate about new technology than a fuzzy picture like this one. As we discussed on this weeks PCPer Podcast, there appears to be appears to be 32 cores paired with 32 vector processing units although it is hard to be exact. That the picture isn't clear is not the only problem, new architecture can bring significant changes to the structures on the die and the only tools we have are to compare them to previous generations, like the P2 tha
Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2009 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Much speculation has been made about how AMD's recently spun off manufacturing capability can manage to compete with such long standing and very large manufacturers like TSMC. We've speculated that innovations like Advanced Process Management as well as process shrinkage, but it looks like they have other shoes in the fire. They've poached a senior director from TSMC and a past VP from one of their major clients, Altera. DigiTimes also feels they have