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Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2009 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Motherboards today sport onboard sound that rivals most current add in sound cards. They support HD audio, either 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound and usually a host of optical, SPDIF, component and other input and output choices. The higher end audio cards feature components usually only found previously in studio grade equipment. ExtremeTech feels that the audio quality possibilities beg an important question; why do speakers intended for PCs have to suck so much?
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2009 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Good things come in packs of 24, and AMD's Istanbul can be included among that group. The Tech Report has pictures of a four socket system with four 6-core Istanbul processors, for a rather impressive task manager. Perhaps even more impressive is that with specific Socket F motherboards, a BIOS flash is all it will take to allow you to drop one of these new Istabul chips in for a hefty upgrade. Follow the link to see just how hefty.
Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2009 - 05:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP believes firmly that there can never be too much power, hence their review of a system with a pair of GeForce GTX 295s set up in Quad SLI. The installation was a snap, they had none of the problems that plagued SLI set
up in previous generations, problems which slowed the adoption of multiple graphics cards. If you can manage to provide the $1000 and 290W to your graphics cards, you will be playing games at 2560x1600 with every option maxed out and still have no fra
Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2009 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the last half of March, users of XP and Vista will be able to try out the new Internet Explorer, with exciting new features like a "monetization ecosystem". While it is hard to know exactly what is meant by that phrase, Tech ARP makes a likely guess, it will have something to do with advertisements. The other focus of the update is searches, it sounds as though the web portal will be resurrected
once again. There are also some unspecified privacy and security improvements; we will see how wel
Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2009 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NVIDIA responded to a court filing in which Intel alleged that the four-year-old chipset license agreement the companies signed does not extend to Intel's future generation CPUs with "integrated" memory controllers, such as Nehalem. The filing does not impact NVIDIA chipsets that are currently being shipped. Intel is trying to delay the inevitable value shift from the CPU to the GPU.
NVIDIA believes that our bus license with Intel clearly enables us to build chipsets for Intel CPUs with integrated memory controllers.
Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2009 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While you probably never met a bespectacled man with a pipe who asked you to sit down on a couch and tell him about your mother while playing Everquest, you may well have been psychoanalyzed
at some point in your questing. Four years of data for over 400,000 characters was passed on to researchers looking for various patterns in the demographics of the players and what they used the game for. Probably the neatest trick was writing software to deal with over 60TB of data, the EQ2 servers capture absolutely everything that happens in the game, and that raw data is what had to be de
Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2009 - 07:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Trying to get good audio out of a PC can be a little frustrating at times, not just because the audio drivers tend to move options and settings around with sadistic glee, but also because of the sheer amount of output choices. If you really do want to send a 5.1 signal over a single cable and are having difficulties, try this thread out for some help.
Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2009 - 03:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have an unused PCIe slot and a hankering for some great audio quality then check out the new Xonar Essence STX from ASUS. The Guru of 3D have put together an 18 page review covering everything from the components and their quality to the ability to add EAX emulation to games. In some ways any audio review is
Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2009 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a blog at AMD and on this blog are some rather interesting topics, including the one posted today. The section of the blog that the link comes from is AMD at Home, where a Senior Developer Relations Engineer named Jay Taylor covers topics of interest to the HTPC enthusiast. The long list of online providers of TV shows, both old and new will grab anyones attention. As long as you can stream video, you can be watching Battlestar Galactica from the beginning.
Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2009 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Good news for owners of Vista Home Premium, Business and Ultimate Editions, if you purchased them within the Eligibility Period which is July 1, 2009 through January 31, 2010. The plan is not to allow everyone to trade in their Vista disks for new Windows 7 disks, but to help OEMs sell PCs during the interim instead of waiting to purchase a new PC until after Win7 is released. From the looks of the screenshots at TechARP, the upgrade process should be fairly painless.
Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2009 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Slashdot has information on two upcoming Battlefield releases, Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 1943. Bad Company will be on PS3, Xbox and PC and should follow the same free style combat and unique graphical styling as the original, but with more ...
Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2009 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's plans to strip down and go fab-less have run into a small snag in the form of a vote which fell short of a quorum. Only 42% of shareholders showed up to vote yesterday, though 97% of those who voted did vote in favour of the fab spin off to the Foundry Co. Currently the next vote is scheduled for next Wednesday, Feb.
Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2009 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel isn't letting the economy slow them down, having just announced a $7 billion plan to build or upgrade manufacturing facilities within the USA over the next 2 years. It would seem that the majority of Intel's 32nm chips will be fabbed in the USA, perhaps pushing their overall american manufacturing above the 75% mark. Drop by The Inquirer for more details on their plan and some pictures of the proposed fab upgrades.
Subject: General Tech | February 9, 2009 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It has been rumoured for a while now that nVIDIA will be developing an x86 processor, backed up by their recent headhunting activities. PC Authority has gathered a couple of links on the history as well as a theory on how they will try to develop the chip.
Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2009 - 06:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The middle child always has it rough and the Corei7 family is no different. Those who can afford it buy the 965, while every one else chooses the 920. One member wonders why exactly it is that no one buys the 940. Even if you know the answer it is worth a drop by to compare your clock speeds to others. The faster CPU can help out when you are gaming, as it does take a lot to keep a GTX 295 fully fed, which is why a membe
Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2009 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When last we heard of Hercules, they were a partner of ATI, building their own take on the 9xxx series. They've not gone out of business, they merely refocused on other components such as the audio subsystem. Their Hercules XPS 2.1 50 speakers won't compete with 7.1 systems, but as far as other 2.1 speaker kits go Hercules has done an incredible job. The look is a far cry from the off white boxes that one would usually think of as
Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2009 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Better Business Bureau has been a longstanding proponent of consumer protection. Almost everyone has heard of them at one point or another and some people may have even used their complaint process, except perhaps for PC parts. NGOHQ was idly searching through the BBB website and happened to search for nVIDIA, who as it turns out is rated an "F". As you might think, the "F" rating implies some rather dirty pool being played on nVIDIA's part. Amuse yourse