Ageia RealityMark

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 2, 2006 - 08:58 AM |
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If you want a little more physical reality in your games, Ageia's PPU is what will give it to you.  Short video clips and comparisons of games with and without hardware physics give you some idea what the card can do, but their upcoming benchmarking tool, RealityMark, shows it better than anything has yet. [H]ard|OCP has a clip from that benchmark, that is worth watching twice to catch everything that goes on.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A perspective on current events in our forums

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2006 - 02:36 PM |
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Having once been AMDMB, a lot of the members of PC Perspective feel a little protective of AMD, which has lead to speculation on what AMDs response to the Core 2 Duo.  In the mean time, Meridian is trying to even out the score by showing everyone "nauseating detail over the overclocking of my new AM2 rig".  Ryan and members of the forum are very exitied about ASUS' new Crosshair board, even if it is 2

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Get SLI on a DFI nForece Ultra-D

Subject: Motherboards | September 29, 2006 - 11:27 AM |
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OCC has posted the steps to mod your non-SLI Ultra-D into and SLI-D.  All you need is some time and

  • Silver conductive paint
  • Scalpel / X-Acto / craft knife
  • A bright source of direct light
  • Cotton buds / Q-tips
  • IPA (Isopropyl alcohol, Isopropanol)
  • 40mm spacer (optional)

Get over there and check it out.

ATI helps cure Alzheimer's, makes commitment to Stream Computing

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2006 - 10:57 AM |
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ATI is commited to the Folding@Home on a GPU that they officially launched at the IDF.  Three press releases have come out, giving details on what they did do design this, and how.

ATI pioneers new Stream Computing technology

Stanford University's Folding@home uses ATI stream computing to squeeze three years worth of disease research into just one month

Source: ATI

NBC Universal and Intel to Deliver Series Premieres on Intel(R) VIIV(TM) and Centrino(R) Platforms

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2006 - 10:53 AM |
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New York and Santa Clara, Calif. Sept. 28, 2006 - NBC Universal and Intel Corporation today announced the launch of the NBC VIP Access online service that will provide on-demand broadband-delivered entertainment content for free to consumers with Intel® Viiv™technology-based PCs and Centrino® mobile technology-based laptops.

Much ado about Team Fortress 2

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 29, 2006 - 10:14 AM |
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Gamehelper has got the scoop on TF2 today, in an interview with Doug Lombardi and Kim Swift at Valve HQ.  Covering not only TF2, they also discuss a bit about Portal and Narbacular Drop, as well as Episode 2.

If you are a fan of turn-based 4X games ... you have to download the Space Empires 5 demo, the link is just below.

"GH: What kind of maps can we expect to see? I know 2Fort makes an appearance.

Source: Gamehelper

The need for speed and the trouble with DDR2

Subject: Shows and Expos | September 29, 2006 - 08:54 AM |
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One thing that The Inquirer took away from IDF was a discussion with Corsair about the difficulty of making high speed DDR2 DIMMs.  It turns out that the reason most DDR2 for sale is 667MHz is because it is really hard to make DIMMs that run properly at 800MHz, not to mention the Domiantor series coming out at 1111MHz. 

Source: The Inquirer

Where's my Web 2.0 money!

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2006 - 08:44 AM |
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Web 2.0 has been promised to give those a chance that missed the first dot-boom a chance to make gobs and gobs of money.  Not too many people, apart from venture capitalists seem to believe it though, and The Tech Zone counts themselves among the skeptics.  They do spend soem time thining about it though, so srop by to see what they think the new 'killer apps' might be.

Kentsfield is still coming, but the previews are here

Subject: Processors | September 28, 2006 - 12:57 PM |
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Join [H]ard|OCP in a preview of the Kensfield Quad core processor.  No one has actually been sent a processor for review, these benchmarks all come from the IDF.  Keep in mind that this is a pre-production chip running on a pre-production board.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel Chairman Calls on Employers to Transform Healthcare System

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2006 - 12:47 PM |
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WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 26, 2006 -
Intel Chairman Craig Barrett, speaking at the eHealth Initiative's
Health Information Technology Summit, urged a dramatic change in the
way the nation administers healthcare
. Barrett called for employers to
exercise their influence as the largest purchasers of healthcare to
drive improvements in care delivery, reducing costs and improving
quality.

Intel(R) Centrino(R) Mobile Technology Gets Multiple New Features, Improvements

Subject: Mobile | September 28, 2006 - 12:46 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San
Francisco, Sept. 27, 2006 - Today Intel Corporation disclosed details
of its next-generation Intel® Centrino® Duo mobile technology platform

that will enable laptops to operate faster and with enhanced wireless
communication capabilities. At the heart of the platform, the Intel®
Core™2 Duo processor will deliver greater performance and power saving
capabilities.

A case that towers over the competition

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 28, 2006 - 12:11 PM |
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At 7kg (15lbs), 72cm tall (almost 2.5 ft) and 36cm wide and deep (1.2ft), it is hard to imagine using Thermaltakes Mozart Tx as an HTPC case.  Fitting both full ATX/BTX and mini ATX boards, it is very versatile, but when you are easily able to fit 10 120mm fans into the case, it seems more likely the case will be stuffed with top of the line, heat pumping components.  Legion Hardware loved it, and want you to love it too.

Home Theatre Purchasing Advice

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2006 - 10:21 AM |
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The Tech Zone will help you buy an awesome Home Theatre, and give you advice on how to get all the components to compliment each other.  They cover everything from the basics for the TV, recievers and speakers to the best A/V connectors  to use.

IDF 2006 - The unexpurgated version

Subject: Shows and Expos | September 28, 2006 - 09:06 AM |
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The Inquirer has taken the hard work of their 3 people on the scene at IDF, and condensed it to one page.  Drop by for a look at IDF, in a way only they would do.

"OUR THREE FRONT LINE hacks have been busy scribing away like there's no tomorrow nor yesterday, and have come up with some fruits from the

high hanging tree that is the Intel Developer Forum."

Here are some more Shows and Expos articles from around the web:

Source: The Inquirer

Open Source goes to Cape Town

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 28, 2006 - 08:55 AM |
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The VIA pc-1 is a client and server set up, running a flavour of Ubuntu Linux which lets youth in Cape Town program Open Source applications, under the tutelage of University students.  The idea is to enable them to produce software that is usable in their lives, as well as giving them a lot of knowledge in the basics of programming.

Source: VIA Arena

Folding@Home on ATI GPU's: a major step forward

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2006 - 08:14 AM |
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Now in 2006, we are looking forward to another major advance in capabilities. This advance utilizes the new, high performance Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) from ATI to achieve performance previously only possible on supercomputers. With this new technology (as well as new Cell processor in Sony's PlayStation 3), we will likely be able to attain performance on the 100 gigaflop scale per computer. With this new software and hardware, we will be able to push Folding@Home a major step forward.

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Intel Makes Storage More Reliable, Manageable With Set Of New, Flexible Storage Processors

Subject: Storage | September 27, 2006 - 06:43 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco,
Sept. 27, 2006
- Intel Corporation today introduced a family of storage
processors that serve market segments ranging from small- to
medium-sized businesses.

Intel VP: Intel's Relentless Pursuit Of Moore's Law To Bring CIOs Incredible Performance

Subject: Shows and Expos | September 27, 2006 - 06:42 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 27, 2006 — During his keynote today at the Intel Developer Forum, Pat Gelsinger, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Digital Enterprise Group, outlined the next stage of the company's multi-core product roadmap and new industry initiatives that offer developers a design platform for innovation and new capabilities for businesses.