Does it come in a Fatal1ty model yet?

Subject: General Tech | October 30, 2007 - 11:42 AM |
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The newest online gamer target product will be arriving thanks to D-Link, their Draft 802.11n Xtreme N Gaming Router.  With an onboard packet processing unit, and full compatibility with X-box and Playstation, it is designed to make the most of your internet connection, presumably with the help of a Killer NIC.  Drop by The Inquirer to get a look at this new router and it's MSRP.

Source: The Inquirer

First person slide show

Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2007 - 03:15 PM |
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Crysis has certainly lived up to it's promise of redefining the FPS genre ... unfortunately for most gamers, it has redesigned it as a slide show.  The difference between high quality and medium quality goes far beyond just the turtles and other wildlife that appear at high, but the speed takes a huge impact as well.  Very High textures can only be chosen on a DX10 machine, but unless you are planning to play the game at 800x600, chances are you won't be cranking this game to maximum.

Source: Tech Spot

nVIDIA has a big day today too

Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2007 - 01:37 PM |
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The 8800GT has finally arrived, and it is probably going to upset people who invested in a 640MB GTS.  The Tech Report's testing shows that this ~$200 card can compete with the 8800 GTS at a lower price.  This card pretty much obsoletes the 320MB version, and puts a big damper on the 8600 series, as you will get a better deal for your money by saving just a little extra.

The evolution of a kernel

Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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Phoronix has taken a look back at the 12 most recent major kernel changes to Linux and benchmarks them to see how the changes have effected the speed of the OS.  They are planning on extending this series to cover more features and additions to the OS that have been added more recently, like virtualization.

Source: Phoronix

Make the most of your fellow members knowledge

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2007 - 06:16 PM |
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With 500GB drives (and bigger) becoming cheap and easy to obtain, isn't it time you did something about your CD collection?  It's dusty, takes up a whole lotta room and their getting scratched, so follow the instructions and make sure you can torment your future offspring with all the music you love.  Sometimes CDs can be handy though, like when you have a machine you know is infected, and you need some way to scan it without star

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Quad core anyone?

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2007 - 03:19 PM |
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As the release date gets closer, more info about Crysis has appeared.  We now know that the CPU will have a big impact on the overall performance of the game, and that the game will be able to utilize 4GB of RAM or more.  Keep your eyes peeled for more on this game as it develops.

Source: The Inquirer

Cool new headphones

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2007 - 03:08 PM |
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Zalman's new product lacks everything you would expect it to have.  No heatpipes, no fans, and certainly no noise reduction.  Zalman's ZM-RS6F USB are a set of studio style headphones with a built in sound card, which Driver Heaven really liked.  They even try to do 5.1 sound, although it lacks quality with some tweaking.

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NVIDIA TO HOST HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DIRECTX 10 DEMO OF CRYSIS ON NZONE

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2007 - 01:41 PM |
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PC gamers will soon be able to play the most advanced video game ever
created. The Crysis demo - available tomorrow from nZone.com - includes
the complete first level of the game, representing about 45 minutes of
gameplay.

  • Crysis was developed on NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series graphics
    processors.
Source: NVIDIA

The Sysadmin's new best friend

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2007 - 11:38 AM |
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Dragon Steel Mods reviews a hand held, USB or battery powered paper shredder; something you will probably see appearing on many desks, or counterbalancing a sysadmin's other tool on their belt.  No longer will paperwork be the bane of your existence and memos will be a thing of the past when you can just destroy the evidence in no time at all.   If only they would build one big enou

OCZ Technology Group Acquires Renowned System Builder, Hypersonic PC

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2007 - 05:36 PM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. - October 25, 2007 - OCZ today announced immediate plans to bring Hypersonic PC into the OCZ Technology Group. Known primarily as the worldwide leader in innovative, high-performance computer memory and power supply units, OCZ acquired Hypersonic PC to employ their rich expertise in high-end system building and take the organization and mobile gaming to the next level.

A new mouse in the house

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2007 - 01:40 PM |
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Hades is a brand new name in mice, and their first attempt is the H1 3200dpi Optical Gaming Mouse.  The stats look impressive, from the ability change the optical sensor's settings to it's gold plated USB connectors.  OCMODSHOP takes a close look at this mouse to see how it compares to the bigger players like Logitech and Razer.

Source: OCMODSHOP

A memory for malfeasance

Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2007 - 12:06 PM |
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Remember hearing about the various patent infringements, anti-trust violations and price-fixing schemes that many big memory manufacturers were found guilty of?  Did you hope that these decisions might end with you having a bit of money back in your pocket?  AnandTech takes a look at the more recent rulings, and covers why there is a good chance you don't even qualify to be involved in the class action suit.

Source: AnandTech

How good does your Strogg look

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2007 - 12:21 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP rounds up the usual graphics subjects and pits them against the Megatextures and foliage smoothing in Quake Wars.  As it turns out, even with the graphics settings maxed out, the 8800GTS 320MB card has little problems delivering a smooth experience, and it just gets better from there.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Super Ultra Secret code names revealed

Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2007 - 12:06 PM |
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Now we finally know the name of what we are all waiting for, Toliman the 3 core processor.  There aren't really much more details than that, but DigiTimes managed to at least let us know that.

You can also see how the new benchmarking suite from Futuremark works, and how well some of the newer hardware fares when tested in Ryan's review.

Source: Digitimes

What's in a name?

Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2007 - 02:35 PM |
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Going by it's name the Fanatec Headshot mouse and pad combo should be putting you straight to the top of the scoreboard in UT3.  Not ones to let a claim like that going unchallenged, techPowerUp! put this combo to the test.  Find out how well it did.

Source: techPowerUp!

When is a driver update not just an update?

Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2007 - 11:46 AM |
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When Vista pegs it as completely new hardware.  Slashdot has a link to a story on how Vista's activation scheme can suddenly deactivate your PC and give you a nasty surprise.  We are all aware that enough changes to your hardware will deactivate your Windows install, and that you will have to call Microsoft to get it reinitialized, but in this case an update to the Intel Matrix Storage Manager was registered as a hardware change.  On the good side, Microsoft did help him track down the cause of his pro

Source: Slashdot

Birth of the Commie 64

Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2007 - 11:48 AM |
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Ars Technica carries on in their look at the history of Amiga, this time focusing on the time surrounding the birth of the hugely popular Commodore 64.  The story at that point was more than just the hardware, or even the debacle that was the Commodore Amiga Operating System.  Some of the people that were involved in Commodore and the recently purchased Amiga team were rather interesting individuals.

Source: Ars Technica

The birth of a new forum (and a mod too)

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2007 - 05:35 PM |
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This week saw the birth of a new forum, the Hardware Leaderboard forum.  Strangely enough,  it focuses on discussions about the components that Ryan puts into the 4 systems on the PCPerspective Hardware Leaderboard.  You can make alternate suggestions, debate why certain pieces should be included or removed, or even make suggestions on purpose built rigs, like a web server or a super cruncher for BOINC projects to give the Uncle B's a run for

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Some competition for the nano

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2007 - 02:36 PM |
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Overclocker's Club has reviewed a miniscule 1GB flash based MP3 player from Super Talent, the SmartClip.  They made it very easy to load songs onto it, just drag n' drop in explorer, but it turned out to be much slower than the competition.  If it is small that you want, then this is probably as small as you can find right now.

Windows 7 to undergo liposuction?

Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2007 - 11:57 AM |
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Microsoft has been very quiet about Windows 7, but thanks to a speech to university students we know a little more about it's kernel.  Head over to The Inquirer for a link to video of the presentation and a unique windows logo.

Source: The Inquirer