Gears of War on the PC

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2007 - 01:10 PM |
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According to this article on HEXUS, Gears of War may make it to the PC ... when enough people have the hardware to run it.  Of course, they neglect to mention what kind of system will be needed to play Gears on the PC, but somehow the idea that a 3GHz machine with 4GBs of RAM and dual 8800GTXs can't match the performance of a console seems unlikely.

Source: Hexus

EPIA turns 5

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2007 - 12:43 PM |
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When VIA first introduced the EPIA they ran a little slower than most desktops, but not to the point of being crippled.  It's hard to know if they realized the response they would get from the modding community, but it has been huge!  If you aren't fully aware of what people are doing, just check out VIA Arena's current mod contest.

Source: VIA Arena

This keyboard goes to 11

Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2007 - 05:35 PM |
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Drop by Digital Trends for a look at the high end of Logitech keyboards, the DiNovo Edge.  Made of a Plexiglass composite and 11mm thick, it will stand up to a lot of abuse without needing to be built like a tank, or needing a cord since it uses Bluetooth.  The trackpad is certainly an interesting addition, and as it only needs to be recharged once a month you won't find yourself constantly stuck without a keyboard.

Psst ... did ya hear the one about the new G80's?

Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2007 - 12:16 PM |
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What you are about to read may or may not be true, but it's juicy so you'll read it anyways.  Thanks to some friends and a little translation, TweakTown has found some information about the replacement for the 8800 series.  The 8950GX2 will be, like it's predecessor, a dual GPU card and the 8900GTX will have 128 pipelines, and GDDR4 running at 2200MHz DDR.  It also marks the switch to 80nm cores.  Find out more by following the link, or wait to see if the specs get co

Source: TweakTown

Audiophile enhancement product

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2007 - 06:05 PM |
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The XMod from Creative is essentially a driverless external USB soundcard.  It has 2 modes, Crystalizer and CMSS-3D, the first of which attempts to fix the horrible things that happen when you compress audio and the second takes a basic 2 channel signal in interpolates a full surround signal.  If you have an ear that can tell what level compression was used in making an MP3, drop by t-break for a look at this little device.

Source: t-break

OCZ Expands into Peripherals with the Equalizer 2500 DPI Laser Gaming Mouse

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2007 - 04:13 PM |
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The new OCZ Equalizer Laser Mouse is sure to excite today's demanding gamers with its unique features, high performance engine, and competitive edge.

AMD Recognized Among Leading Corporate Citizens

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2007 - 03:28 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- February 14, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced its No. 2 ranking on the '100 Best Corporate Citizens' list for 2007 by CRO magazine. The '100 Best Corporate Citizens' list identifies companies that excel at combining strong financial performance with responsible practices on environmental and social issues. This is the second consecutive year AMD has been recognized in the top five on the list for its corporate and social responsibility practices.

Source: AMD

Dateline 2142: Intel recieved from Northern Strike

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2007 - 12:41 PM |
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Think Computers got their hands on 10 screens from the upcoming EA game, Battlefield 2142: Northern Strike.   As the previous BF expansions have done, there will be new vehicles including a nasty looking tracked vehicle.  Check them out, or try to live with the suspense.

Don't get caught with your pants down

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2007 - 12:22 PM |
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The last thing you need on Valentine's Day is a virus, and of course their are plenty of opportunities to get one.  Ned Slider warns about one that may try to get you via a Valentine's e-card claiming to be from American Greetings, so if you don't want to spend the evening running virus scans, be careful.

... and is some of you don't want to spend the evening in the dog house, take the advice at the end of the post too!

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Introducing the new Killer K1

Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2007 - 03:02 PM |
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Killer K1 is powered by Lag and Latency Reduction Technology, which fully optimizes the way networking works in your computer: tweaking it out for specifically for Online Games. Learn more about LLR here.

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Where old computers go to die

Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2007 - 12:30 PM |
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If you aren't a member of a distributed computing program (and you really should be!) folding proteins or searching for a ride off the planet, sooner or later you need to get rid of your old computer.

Source: PCStats

AMD to License Graphics Technology Optimized for Handheld Devices

Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2007 - 11:36 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- February 13, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced a new business focused on developing and licensing leading-edge graphics core technologies to semiconductor manufacturers throughout the handheld industry. This move is a part of the AMD commitment to enable The Ultimate Visual Experience™ across all devices from handhelds to PCs.

Source: AMD

Something nice for your office desk

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2007 - 06:53 PM |
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Getting yourself a Boomslang or Habu might raise a few eyebrows at work, but is that really the mouse you want to be using?  Logitech's LX 710 Cordless Desktop might make a better impression, and since response rates aren't as important as they are in Battlefield, you can enjoy going cordless.  Modders-Inc has a full review of this black cordless keyboard and mouse combo that will look nice on your desk.  I won't give you any ideas on what to do at work with a mouse that has the extra weight of AA batteries in it.

Source: Modders-Inc

[H]ard|OCP in [H]|D

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2007 - 12:25 PM |
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If trying to figure out High Definition is driving you nuts, from figuring which resolution to use to what HDCP will mean, then get over to [H]ard|OCP.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Spending time on the PCPerspective forums - it's a good thing!

Subject: General Tech | February 9, 2007 - 06:02 PM |
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The E4300's OCing ability has caught a few eyes on the forum, especially for those who don't care about Virtualization Tech, but so is the early release of the X2 6000+.  Of course, buying a new motherboard can lead to a variety of issues, from video to squeezing it into the case to <

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Better sound means better FPS?

Subject: General Tech | February 9, 2007 - 01:54 PM |
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The name gives a hint as to the purpose of this particular soundcard, as Razer only does fast.  The Razer Barracuda AC1 Gaming Sound Card claims to increase your framerates by not using any system memory.  OCC proves that claim, although don't expect to see the increase blow your mind.  As well, the audio quality impressed them enough to convince them to toss out their old Diamond Monster MX300.  It also will attract modders, the Razer logo lights up to add a little extra to the inside of your case.

More of Duke Nukem Forever's competition breaks down and releases a game

Subject: General Tech | February 9, 2007 - 12:17 PM |
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S.T.A.L.K.E.R is only 6 years old, compared to DK Forever's 10, but it was in the running for most delayed game ever.  No longer, it would seem; according to this preview at bit-tech.  It is always possible a brand new game engine will appear before the end of March and cause a delay, but it looks like this game is going to make it.

Source: bit-tech