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Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2007 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a standalone expansion to The Guild 2, allowing you to start your own pirate empire. The Guild series is a very complex strategy game, requiring you to build business to make you money, and to cause the economy of that town to flourish, so that you can make even more money and expand. It's also important to get a family started, to help you run your businesses and to make sure your dynasty flourishes. Not for those who flinch at the word micro-management, it offers great rewar
Subject: General Tech | June 29, 2007 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a link on Slashdot leading to PC Magazines list of 5 ideas that they feel will revolutionize computing as we know it. Movie theatre quality home projection systems, beanbag mice, and several other advancements are discussed. See what is soon coming of the big labs like Bell Labs, IBM Research, Microsoft Research, and PARC, and decide for yourself if they hit the big ones, or if they missed out on your favourite emerging tech.
Subject: Processors | June 29, 2007 - 11:09 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, Calif. - June 29, 2007 - Continuing to lead the shift of mainstream enterprise computing to energy-efficient processors, AMD (NYSE:AMD) announced today that Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors, code-named "Barcelona", are planned for shipment in both standard and low power versions at launch later this summer.
Subject: General Tech | June 28, 2007 - 02:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are looking for a change of mice, consider the Evoluent VerticalMouse 3, your wrists may love you. It is designed on an angle, so your hand is in more of a handshake position that a hiding your poker hand position. It also has adjustable DPI up to 2600, and 5 programmable buttons, which can have different uses in different apps.
Subject: Systems | June 28, 2007 - 01:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legion Hardware has specked out a nice midrange system, that includes a 22" monitor as well as a C2D E6420, ASUS P5N-E SLI = $130, 2GB of DDR2-800 and a 640MB eVGA GeForce 8800 GTS. Check out the results of the build as well as the overclocking potential.
If you want a second opinion, head to the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard, where there are 4 recommended builds.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 28, 2007 - 12:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The 2 brothers of the recently released 2900XT have appeared, the 2600 and the 2400. With lower clock speeds, lower power consumption and the inclusion of AMD's Universal Video Decoder, these cards are perfect for an HTPC system, or for casual gamers. Unfortunately, they are not going to satisfy any hardcore gamers. It isn't all bad news, the benefit gained in a Crossfire configuration from these two cards is better than any we've seen, which may signal hope for the future of AMD's graphics division.
Subject: General Tech | June 28, 2007 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Yesterday Intel released a patch to it's C2D processor line, or rather snuck it out. Today on Slashdot is information on what exactly was patched and why you should be worried about it. The issues range from buffer overflow-like vulnerabilities to floating point instruction non-coherencies, and memory corruptions. Even better is the fact that some of these bugs do not seem possible to be fixed via software.
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 28, 2007 - 09:38 AM | Ryan Shrout
Don't worry, it's coming! At about 4am last night I decided it was better to get a few hours sleep than write something that you weren't going to be able to read....so give it a couple of hours and I'll have my full review of the new 2600 and 2400 cards from AMD online.
In the mean time, hang out in the PC Perspective Forum and chat with some other hardware fanatics!
Subject: Graphics Cards | June 27, 2007 - 05:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The 8000 series has been expanded to cover just about every price point, from under $100 to over $1000, and all are DX10 cards. Over at Tech-Hounds, the low to mid range 8600 GT and GTS are up for review with their older brother, the 7950GT for comparison as well as a X1950 Pro. It turns out that if raw speed is all you are interested in, maybe a lower priced DX10 card isn't what you are looking for.
Subject: Displays | June 27, 2007 - 03:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The V7 group has put out a very attractively priced 22" widescreen LCD, the D22W12. A 1680x1050 monitor with a 5ms response rate and a 700:1 contrast ratio, they certainly didn't skimp on the quality, and they even included integral speakers. Motherboards.org was so impressed, they gave it their Hot Product Award.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 27, 2007 - 01:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For a low budget case, the Revoltec Zirconium offers some unique features. For instance, the extra external USB and Firewire and audio ports are located in a recess at the top of the case, and the front panel has integral eject buttons for your optical drives. Read on to see how well the case satisfied the Guru of 3D's discerning needs, and where it fell short.
Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2007 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Armed Assault:Combat Operations is not exactly the sequel to Operation Flashpoint, but it is it's descendant. If you missed out on Operation Flashpoint, it was far more than a FPS like the Battlefield or Call of Duty series, more like a simulator. You didn't get to save during missions, but you could take advantage of the entire world to get your job done, including taking control of any vehicle and later in the game, ordering your squad around ...
Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2007 - 11:31 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Pricing on the iPhone, and the plans from AT&T have hit the streets, shortly before the June 29th release date. The hype surrounding this device has been everywhere, but we have been short on some details, which are being dribbled out as the date goes closer. Read more about the service plan you can expect to get on CoolTechZone.
Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2007 - 11:18 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif. and DRESDEN, Germany, June 27, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced new technologies that will advance and accelerate growth of high-performance computing (HPC) - from deskside supercomputers to high-end petaflop-sized clusters. Intel Cluster Ready and Intel Connects Cables help simplify cluster use and deployment as high-performance computing use expands from academic and scientific realms to more mainstream use in data centers.
Subject: Systems | June 27, 2007 - 11:15 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Meeting customer's requirements for connectivity and versatility, the VIA EPIA LT mainboard, featuring the VIA CX700 system media processor, offers a number of innovative features for the fast-growing x86-based embedded market.
Subject: Memory | June 26, 2007 - 05:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS tries out Corsair's DOMINATOR XMS2-10000 (with and without the Airflow fan), Kingston's HyperX KHX9600D2K2/2G, OCZ's Reaper HPC Edition PC2-9200, CellShock's DDR2 1000 and G.SKILL's F2-6400CL4D on an eVGA NF68 with an Intel C2D Extreme X6800. There are some differences in the speeds that these DIMM's run at, but you might be surprised how closely they score.
Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2007 - 03:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 26, 2007 - Intel Corporation unveiled today a global training curriculum for software developers to speed and expand software development for multi-core processors. The Intel Software Training Program offers classroom courses and hands-on lab work to better train software developers in multi-threaded application design.
Subject: Storage | June 26, 2007 - 02:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MadShrimps decided to explore the performance of ReadyBoost, using the USB interface available for SD cards. In this particular set of tests first they benchmarked the system with 512MB, 1GB and 2 GB, or RAM and then adding the cards. They also tried using the SD cards to replace RAM, keeping 512MB in the system, and then benchmarking with various USB/SD cards and storage space.
"Prices for mainstream Digital Cameras over 7 mega pixels are going down and they are becom
Subject: General Tech | June 26, 2007 - 01:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
7.1 cards are becoming more common as PC add on cards, and they aren't all made by Creative. Diamond's XS 7.1 cards are relatively inexpensive, and offer you the chance to hear full Dolby surround sound. OCC compares it to the Turtle Beach Montego, and you can follow their testing here.