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Subject: General Tech | August 9, 2007 - 11:44 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It looks like the only big thing to come out of the upcoming DX10.1 release that will be available in Vista SP1, is the sound. As Ryan mentioned in last weeks podcast, DX10.1 should fix the problems created in Vista when Microsoft changed the way Direct Sound worked, which negatively effects any DSP or surround effects created via EAX.
Subject: General Tech | August 9, 2007 - 11:15 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - August 9, 2007 --Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:
AMD) today announced the pricing of $1.5 billion aggregate principal
amount of 5.75% Convertible Senior Notes due 2012 in a private placement
to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the
Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
Subject: Systems | August 9, 2007 - 11:12 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 8, 2007 - 05:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gigabyte's Triton 180 is a low priced case with high priced features, like 120mm fans, extra HDD space and a tool-less design. Unfortunately it is missing the one feature that many high end cases offer, and that you can easily get used to, a removable motherboard tray. Still, HotHardware found this case to be well constructed and definitely a good buy.
Subject: Memory | August 8, 2007 - 02:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After years of DDR2 domination, with a 1 or 2% increase in system performance was worth mentioning, DDR3 has emerged and seems to have a lot of room left for improvement as the technology matures. [H]ard|OCP has written their first RAM review in quite a long time, covering the new Corsair Dominator 2GHz @ 10-10-10-24. They find themselves quite interested in this new type of RAM, but not so much the price.
"We showcase the future of DDR3 using Corsair’s next generation DDR3 memory t
Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2007 - 01:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Samsung's K5 4GB MP3 player comes with a few surprises, something that is not easy to do when everyone and their company mascot has an MP3 player to sell you. A touchscreen and OLED display add expected functionality to this MP3 player, and the FM radio is a nice touch as well. What really caught BCCHardware's attention was the built in speaker.
Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2007 - 12:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
New StarCraft 2 screenshots are up at Think Gaming.
Seriously, what are you doing? Go look at them ... look at them again if you've seen them already.
Subject: General Tech | August 8, 2007 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has been testing out the controversial Killer NIC from Bigfoot Networks. Bearing a $250 price tag, this NIC sports a Freescale system-on-a-chip that runs at 400MHz, as well as an embedded version of Linux. One of the more interesting features on the card is the ability to write software for the card using Bigfoot's Flexible Network Architecture. This software can be used to interface with the onboard firewall and BitTorrent client, but theoretically the
Subject: Systems | August 8, 2007 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Aug. 8, 2007 - At LinuxWorld San Francisco this week, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced the availability of AMD Validated Server platforms certified for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell, further confirming AMD's commitment to the channel by offering solution providers the ability to brand and differentiate their solutions to address customer needs.
Subject: Memory | August 8, 2007 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, Calif. - August 7, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled a revolutionary new tool for end-users to enhanced and stabilize their memory modules when upgrading to a new motherboard. OCZ's patent-pending SPD-Z Technology is the world's first means for DIY users to reprogram their memory's SPD (serial presence detect) and remedy an inefficient module and mainboard interface completely independent of BIOS tweaks.
Subject: Systems | August 7, 2007 - 06:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You can replace just about every A/V component on the market with the new ASRock 4Core1333-FullHD HTPC motherboard. Just about every type of signal you want encoded or decoded can be done on this fully loaded board, as well as some good gaming potential with the right expansion cards. Virtual-Hideout can tell you all about this rock solid base to build a dream HTPC on.
Subject: Motherboards | August 7, 2007 - 02:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS' new addition to the Republic of Gamers lineup is the P35 based DDR2 Blitz Formula motherboard. [H]ard|OCP was amazed by the overclocking ability that this board possesses, eclipsing the Commando and the P5K Deluxe WiFi-AP Edition that previously impressed them. Add the LCD and LED informational displays and the feature set, and you have a very nice high end board.
Subject: General Tech | August 7, 2007 - 02:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave gives you a wireless mouse, keyboard and RF adapter; although only the keyboard has anything going for it. The mouse is a basic ambidextrous design that is equally poor for either hand, and the RF adapter is simply that. The keyboard offers a slightly split layout, and keys of varying height, designed to match up to the way a hand prefers to sit.
Subject: Systems | August 7, 2007 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is an indisputable fact that the majority of members at PC Perspective, as well as most other hardware sites on the web are predominately male. There are some women on the boards, but nowhere near the same numbers. Don't take that to mean that women aren't interested in gaming or PCs, simply that they don't spend the time talking about upgrading hardware or gadgets as men do. TECHGAGE is hoping to inspire some women to take part (or to admit they already do), and a
Subject: General Tech | August 7, 2007 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SPCR managed to finagle a tour of Gigabyte's high tech testing chambers, where their new line of cooling products undergoes testing. They have some impressive cabinets for testing temperatures under precisely controlled environments, and you have to see the audio testing chamber for yourself in the article.
Subject: Processors | August 6, 2007 - 03:28 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to the Inq, it looks like Intel may already be ending the Viiv branding -- not a bad move considering it's pace of adoption.
And so, if a story on Digitimes turns out to be correct,
the world+dog will breathe a sigh of relief as Intel has decided to
rationalise its very confusing range of Core, Dual Core, Core 2 Dual, 2
Dual Cores, Solo Single Core, Quad Core Duo, Duo Quad Core Single Solo
Cores Dual, etc. etc.
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 6, 2007 - 03:25 PM | Ryan Shrout
According to Epic Games' Mark Rein, PC gaming development will largely FOLLOW the development of consoles going into the future as production costs increase. Hard to argue with his logic here.
Subject: Processors | August 6, 2007 - 03:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
Looks like the first wave of Fusion products will indeed be split between being built by AMD and TSMC.
Motherboard makers predict that AMD will retain
production of the CPU portion of its Fusion processor at its own fabs
or that of Chartered Semiconductor until at least 2009, with Taiwan
Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to produce the graphics
processor unit (GPU) portion of the processor.
Subject: General Tech | August 3, 2007 - 05:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Back when we were young, it was a huge battle to get a PC in the house, and there was essentially no chance at getting a hand me down. Times have changed, and the kids of PC enthusiasts are guaranteed to get their own PC after a few upgrades to their parents main rigs. If you've got kids, how old were they when you built them their first rigs? Over in the security forum, you can read up on the problems with securing WiFi, and just what kind of attacks ex