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Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2010 - 01:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have spent a large amount of time and money putting together your dream HTPC, along with investing in a large screen HDTV and numerous speakers to support your 7.1 Blu-ray habit, spending just a bit of money on a multimedia receiver will cripple your enjoyment. If you want to go enthusiast you should familiarize yourself with the high end of stereo components. Take the Marantz SR6004 for instance, with an incredibly wide variety of inputs and features like the ability to upscale any signal to 1080p and output it through one of its two HDMI connections using on-board video pr
Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2010 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Monday has greeted us with the news of changes in several areas of PC component manufacturing. The first is more than a simple announcement, it includes video and pictures of Allyn's visit to a joint Intel and Micron fab in Lehi, Utah. You will see some jealousy inspiring shots of dies as well as videos covering the technology behind the making of flash memory. If you just want to jump to the juicy bits, then we are talking about SSDs becoming higher capacity and lower cost in the near future, though speed jumps will not happ
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2010 - 06:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At the PC Perspective Forums there is really no such thing as a dumb question, the world of tech is large and everyone will run into things they've never seen. Taking a two week holiday you run a good chance of missing a generation change in some sort of component. For instance, how many of you knew about this little piece of kit from Lucid and could answer questions about it? The point of our forums is to offer you a place where
Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2010 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We are seeing a move towards the core when it comes to computers, where once even heavy duty floating point math was handled by a separate coprocessor, we now see controllers for memory and PCIe buses merged into a single chip. AMD pulled it off well when they moved the memory controller on board and Intel's Westmere has dropped the price on motherboards with its new integrated bus controller.
Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2010 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Back in the days when pen and paper were king and LCDs were limited to your watch, the sound of people gaming involved dice rolling not keyboards clicking. Then came the days of Origins and SSI and gamers started migrating to a new platform. For those who miss those days when role playing meant a bit more than clicking dialogue options, Microsoft Surface and the boys at SurfaceScape have a little something for you. Surface, if you do not recall is a new bit of tech from Microsoft, a combi
Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2010 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new mobile graphics chipset from AMD, the 5830 has a small problem with the circuitry on its PCB according to DigiTimes. This explains the delay in its launch as the scheduled date of release was earlier this week; they are now hoping for a February launch. The problems source seems a bit of a surprise, the 5830 is a 40nm process chip after all. This is not going to apply to discreet graphics cards, it is only the mobility boards based off of the new chip that are having issues.
Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2010 - 10:00 PM | Jonathan Hung
Today EVGA has done the PC gaming community a service by launching a site dedicated to just that - PC gaming! Right now they are hosting a TF2 tournament where you will be able to win (presumably) EVGA gear and other good stuff.
They also host game servers playing TF2, L4D 1 and 2, CS:Source, and Shattered Horizon. For your voice chat needs, they also have Ventrilo and Team Speak servers.
Visit http://www.evga.com/gaming/ for all the information.
Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2010 - 02:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The bgears Vibro USB Speaker is an odd little beast, a $30, 1/2lb cube with a USB plug that claims to be a set 2.1 speakers. Looking at it, there is no power cord, no audio plugs and most strange of all is the lack of any speakers. You use it by plugging in the USB cord to your PC, letting your computer recognize it, and placing it on a flat surface like your desk. The interior speaker then vibrates that surface that is ho
Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2010 - 12:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For $140 you can pick up the 1GB ASUS EAH5750 Formula and BattleForge over at Newegg, not the cheapest of the HD5750s but certainly worth a look. The Formula portion of its name denotes the fact that it sports a large cooler, supposedly 13% better than the stock parts. The card is not factory overclocked, the frequencies are stock;
Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2010 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Google Chrome has turned 4 (.0.249.78) and Ars Technica tried it out so they could tell you what's new. An Extension Manager now exists for keeping track of and modifying your installed instructions; you can pick some up here if you haven't. The extensions may seem limited compared to Firefox now, but it will grow as people develop more, for both Google's browser and its op
Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2010 - 10:51 PM | Jonathan Hung
Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2010 - 02:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At a hair over $40 the SteelSeries Kinzu
gaming mouse could be considered a gateway mouse. Not too expensive to scare people off, but with just enough features to have them glancing at the more expensive mice with their fancy macro buttons and other features. It is totally driverless and its sensitivity ranges from 400 - 3200 DPI and it has three buttons which can be assigned to three different profiles.
Subject: General Tech | January 25, 2010 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The US International Trade Commission and the US Patent Office are not on the same page when they are talking about nVIDIA's borrowing of RAMBUS technology for their memory controllers on just about every product they are currently selling. According to the ITC, nVIDIA has infringed on 3 patented technologies and that nVIDIA will be unable to import any product utilizing them, again every product nVIDIA sells. On the flip side, the Patent Office thought that the claims were groundless and that nVIDIA should have no restrictions on bringing their products into the US to sell.
Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2010 - 06:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The classic PC Perspective podcast crew is back this week in the 90th episode, where the big news we covered was, nVIDIA's long overdue update to its GPU, or GPGPU depending on how you look at it. That is not all that was covered, there is a good 80 minutes of coverage. Those of you who use Chrome can also benefit from a nice little upgrade at Vimeo, an HTML 5 player. Past episodes, such as last weeks can be more easily viewed thanks to the ability to abandon Flash.
Subject: General Tech | January 22, 2010 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The 2010 Mobile World Congress will be held February 15-18th, in Barcelona Spain and will feature the release of Windows Mobile 6.6, something that hasn't been a secret. That DigiTimes found out the date of the release of WM7 is news. It will first be available to Microsoft's partners in November of this year, so some time in early 2011 you can expect to see the new face of Windows on LGE and HTC appliances in addition to their current customers. The new version will offer support for Z
Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2010 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are a trio of interesting tidbits from the free software world, a pair from the Register, that prove that you sometimes do indeed get what you paid for. To start with the worst bit of news, there is a buffer and integer overflow vulnerability in Shockwave that affects both Mac and Windows versions. Adobe has come up with a patch, but not one you are going to see a lot of people installing. In order to patch you will first have to uninstall your current version, then reboot and finally do a fresh install of the new version.
Subject: General Tech | January 20, 2010 - 05:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You have probably heard of the notable company titled Arctic Cooling, famous for their muted heatsinks and heralded for their thermal paste. TweakTown is piping up about a hot new component to their business, Arctic Sounds, which promises to radiate cool music into your ears with their E361-WM Earphones. Arctic Sounds distributes several sized silicone adaptors which should be compatible with all current generation ear canal layouts as well as a microphone if you wish to
Subject: General Tech | January 20, 2010 - 01:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FrostyTech still insists that they offer a Top 5 heatsink round up, but as there are 40 spots on the list between best performing and quietest heatsinks, split by AMD and Intel, you see a few more than 5 heatsinks even with the overlap between the 4 lists. Two of the more interesting coolers are from Scythe, the Orochi
and the Zipang which are the quietest coolers FrostyTech has seen. There hasn't been too much change in the top performers apart from the appearance of the new Prolimatech Megahalems that mak
Subject: General Tech | January 20, 2010 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Perhaps the most important line in Ars Technica's interview with Jordan Thomas, the Creative Director of BioShock 2, is the first; confirmation that the game is indeed complete. That puts the current release in the hands of the publisher and distributer; February 9, by the way. They discuss how the pre-BioShock 1 story is told via the multiplayer game and how the single player game, which occurs after the first game, uses the story of the first g
Subject: General Tech | January 20, 2010 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has assembled about an hours worth of video featuring AMD's Justin Hensley discussing the various features of AMD's Open Computer Language. The idea behind OpenCL, if you have not yet encountered it in the wild, is to open up a general computing language for everybody. There are other popular ways to program for GPGPUs, instruction sets that will work on a CPU as well as a GPU, but these programs are licensed and require you to pay before you can get your hands on them. A