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Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2008 - 05:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
* Fourth-Quarter Revenue $10.7 Billion, up 10.5 Percent Year-over-Year
* Gross Margin 58 Percent, up 8.5 Points Year-over-Year
* Operating Income $3 Billion, up 105 Percent Year-over-Year
* Record Microprocessor and Chipset Units and Revenue
* Net Income $2.3 Billion; EPS 38 Cents
Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2008 - 01:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Got a Vista machine,a good set of ears, and a free PCIe x1 slot? If so, the new ASUS Xonar D2X is for you, otherwise go with Auzentech's X-Fi Prelude, which fits in the tried and true PCI slot. Either way, you can avoid the hardware acceleration issues with Direct Sound caused by Vista's Universal Audio Architecture. The two cards ha
Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2008 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The acceleration of certain tech companies is getting a little silly, especially this last few months. nVIDIA kicked it off by obsoleting some of their own cards, I suppose because AMD/ATI didn't look like they would be offering competition. The new and improved 8800 GTS as well as the 8800 GT have annoyed more than a few people who bought one of the 640MB versions, as well as vendors. The owners have seen their stock of original GTS's sit on their shelves because only the un
Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2008 - 11:37 AM | Ryan Shrout
This is something you really have to see: an R2-D2 HD projector with matching Millenium Falcon remote control. No, seriously. A new site from some people we know, tkArena, has the beef:
Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2008 - 05:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Earlier this week, a way to infect a PC using the Master Boot Record was reported on, which has got a few of our members wondering if there is a way to prevent that from happening, along with easy to follow instructions on how to fix it after you have been infected. Any ideas out there on preventative measures?
Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2008 - 02:19 PM | Ryan Shrout
One of the rumors circulating in the post-CES discussion is about Microsoft looking at purchasing peripheral maker Logitech. At one point these two companies were #1 and #2 in the world for keyboards and mice and the combination of the two could make for some interesting innovations.
Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2008 - 01:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Already dropped $10,000 on a maxed out Alienware gaming rig, and have several 30" monitors set up as multiple displays? Having trouble figuring out what the next purchase should be to ensure your bragging rights? Check out the Optimus Maximus keyboard, at around $1,500 you be almost guaranteed to be the only one who has one in your neighbourhood once it becomes available in about a month. Just why is it so expensive? Chec
Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2008 - 11:28 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is some good news for fans of AMD via Elite Bastards who talked with AMD about the rumours that the new B3 stepping on Phenoms will be TLB error free. The B3 Phenom will probably not show huge improvements in speed initially, except for those users who applied the patch instead of coping with the slight possibility of random crashes. On the other hand, if the speculation that the TLB errata error is what held the clock speeds down on the new Pheno
Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2008 - 01:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Witcher, a new 3rd person view RPG is loved for it's graphics and atmosphere almost as much as it is cursed for it's bugs. [H]ard|OCP takes a quick look at the gameplay, and provides some screenshots, but the focus of their review is performance. They try this game on a GeForce 8800GTS 512 MB and the 8800GT 512 MB as well as the Radeon HD 3870 512 MB and 3850 256 MB. Read on to see how well these cards can handle the load.
Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2008 - 11:35 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Take a look at these pictures of the new USB 3.0, due to arrive soon. The sockets are deeper, but still backwards compatible and the new standard should transfer around 4.7Gb/s which is faster than a SATA drive. I wouldn't hold my breath waiting to see it reach that speed, but it is likely going to feel a lot faster than current USB 2.0 speeds. The Register also links back to the optical version that we have seen earlier.
Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2008 - 02:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
January 9, 2008 - The most recent Steam Hardware Survey shows more Steam gamers play on NVIDIA GeForce hardware than any other graphics platform. In an effort to further support this popular PC gaming configuration - Steam games plus NVIDIA hardware - Valve and NVIDIA have entered into an agreement to collaborate on development, distribution, events, and more.
Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2008 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new Auzen HDMI 1.3 board looks mighty impressive, offering significantly more options than other cards on the market currently. One of the biggest steps is the inclusion of more than just SPDIF for output, which helps out anyone who owns newer equipment and wants to get off of that antiquated interface. Head to Hardware Canucks for more details on what this card can do for your ears.
Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2008 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Slashdot has linked to an article that covers an MBR rootkit that was found in the wild at the end of '07. Sporting such wonderful features as the ability to be undeleteable, short of repairing your MBR; as well as undetectable through your registry or file system, this could be a bad time to be a hard drive. Unless the MBR moves to a more secure mode this vulnerability cannot be fixed, and who knows what effect having a protected MBR would have on the formatting process.
Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2008 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
mean nothing to VIA Arena. Just because the company has announced that their chipset business is being rolled up into the processor division doesn't mean there will be a lack of support for enthusiasts that still have classic VIA chipsets. VIA Arena has finished creating their brand new forums, which you can sign into for the first time, or simply change your password if you already have a user there.
Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2008 - 05:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is the first Friday of 2008, which leads to the first forum post of 2008 as well as the first PC Perspective Podcast for 2008. If you haven't already listened to Josh and Ryan in Podcast #19, then start streaming or you will be missing out on some great info from CES, news from around the web and indepth looks at some of our recent reviews.
Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2008 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has a look at nVIDIA's upcoming year, which seems to be on hold until mid-year. The whole 9800 series represent a die shrink to 65nm, not a jump in technology, so don't curse your 8800 series too much just yet. If you are looking to go Tri-SLI, then you should have your wish in March.
Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2008 - 05:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica looks back at 2007 and the games that made this a great year. Some of the hits we saw were a little challenged, as some companies had issues while others took their already good reputations to new heights. See what else they loved and hated about the past year, or just go play Rock Band some more, it's up to you.