Dual Core, SLI, and what to expect while gaming

Subject: Processors | March 21, 2006 - 03:43 PM |
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Neoseeker has found a great excuse to spend a lot of quality gaming time.  They are testing the efffects of dual core on SLI and non-SLI systems, to discover the real effects of dual core on a system who's CPU is the bottleneck, and in systems where it is not really keeping anything back.  Of course, once games become multi-threaded, they will have to play them all over again.

"Remember that with a single card, plunking down a second core into the system did absolutely

nothing.

Source: Neoseeker

ABIT rises from the ashes

Subject: Motherboards | March 21, 2006 - 03:25 PM |
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USI President C. Y. WEI stated that with the new partnership, the ABIT brand would receive USI's full resource backing and support. In addition, USI will not only assist ABIT with world-class manufacturing, but will also help accelerate ABIT's product diversification, improving ABIT's competitiveness in the marketplace. At the same time, channel and end-customers can also benefit greatly with ABIT being able to leverage USI's global service network, greatly improving overall customer satisfaction.

Source: ABIT

Intel Honors 26 Companies With Preferred Quality Supplier Award

Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2006 - 01:06 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 21, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced the 26 companies that will receive Intel's Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award for outstanding commitment to quality and performance excellence. These suppliers provided products and services deemed essential to Intel's business success in 2005. They excelled at meeting and exceeding high expectations and tough performance goals to distinguish themselves from the thousands of suppliers that work with Intel.

Intel Honors 12 Companies With Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement Award

Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2006 - 01:05 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 21, 2006 — Intel Corporation today announced the 12 winners of the company's most prestigious award for suppliers, the Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) award, which recognizes outstanding commitment to quality and performance excellence.

Saving those VHS memories

Subject: General Tech | March 21, 2006 - 12:13 PM |
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Digital Grabber has posted a thorough guide to saving all those old VHS camcorder movies.  Chances are that they contain memorable moments that you were hopign to treasure forever, with a bit of work they will last a while longer.  At least they will survive the extinction of the VCR.

"The problem is consumer VHS tape isn't be best format to use for long-term storage.

Ageia's PhysX SDK v2.4 for PC's and consoles

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 21, 2006 - 11:49 AM |
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Ageia has announced their progress with the PhsyX physics accelerator card, and the Software Development Kit that goes with it.  City of Villains is ready to incorporate the technology into their game as soon as people have the card installed.  They aren't going to stop at PC's either, their card, and the drivers will be supported on consoles as well!


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Overclocked 7900GTX issues - help Ryan to help you

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 20, 2006 - 06:31 PM |
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There have been numerous reports of problems with various vendors overclocked 7900 GTX cards not working correctly.

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A spring breeze goes well with the smell of new components

Subject: Systems | March 20, 2006 - 06:13 PM |
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Springtime, when the flowers bloom, the skies clear and the grass wants to be cut ...

Source: Extremetech

An inside look at the VIA C7-M

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2006 - 05:40 PM |
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"VIA has taken a novel approach to security that deviates greatly from current DRM-driven industry trends.

Source: VIA Arena

Intel-sponsored game developer contest for best threaded game demo--$80K in prizes...

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2006 - 05:04 PM |
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Your game demo could earn you serious cash, powerful PCs, software tools, and great exposure.


On March 22, 2006, Intel will launch a contest to find the best game demos that showcase the features and performance of Intel platforms.


Enter in one or both categories:


    * Best Threaded Game
    * Best Game on the Go (Mobile Gaming Technology)



To win your share of over $80,000 in prizes, including top-of-the-line PCs and Intel Software Products!


The contest will be launched officially at the Game Developers Conference

Floppies are dead, long live the USB thumb drive

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 20, 2006 - 03:40 PM |
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PC Stats feels it is official, there is no use for 1.44 floppies anymore.  Now that you can boot from a USB thumb drive, flashing from DOS is no longer a painful evening of trying to find the one working floppy in a huge stack of corrupted ones.  With the larger capacity, it is easy to carry your needed software anywhere, or to set your self up a bootable Linux distro that runs on almost anything.  Read more, and see if USB drives can do more tricks than you think.

"The USB memory key appear

Source: PCStats

DTS comes out of the theater and into your PC

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2006 - 02:29 PM |
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A True Review examines the first DTS card for PC's, the HDA X-plosion 7.1 DTS.  DTS lets you encode any stereo source to 5.1 or 7.1, so even badly ripped MP3s will come out of your speakers in true surround.  Dolby Digital's successor has come.

"With DTS becoming nearly as common in home theatre receivers as Dolby Digital, it was only a

matter of time before the DTS equivalent of Dolby Digital Live became available in a sound card.

Well, that card is here.

nVidia causes some Havok

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 20, 2006 - 01:59 PM |
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nVIDIA has beat Ageia to the punch by partnering with Havok to create their own Physics Accelerator Card.  By using SLI, they can have one GeForce card working on the graphics, while the second is devoted to physics.  As well, it can be implemented on a single card, with some cycles devoted purely to graphics, and others to the physics calculations.  [H]ard|OCP explains further here.


For even more info, read Ryan's findings on our main

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Recognize your favorite Open Source Authors

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2006 - 12:10 PM |
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SourceForge is having it's first ever Community Choice Awards, giving you a chance to vote for your favorite projects.  There are 14 categories you can vote in, so spend a minute to reward the projects you love.  Newsforge has all the links and info you will need to get you headed in the right direction.

There are well over 100,000 open source projects on SourceForge.net, a site owned by OSTG, the

same company that owns NewsForge. Now you can vote for your favorites in 14 categories.

Source: Newsforge

Time to upgrade your ATI drivers

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 17, 2006 - 06:54 PM |
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TweakTown has posted the results of their testing with ATI's new 6.3 Catalysts.  Drop by and find out what enhancements you can expect from their newest drivers.

"Never fear, our Catalyst performance analyst for March 2006 is here, so let's take a look at

what ATI have done this month.

Source: TweakTown

How much RAM can you handle

Subject: Motherboards | March 17, 2006 - 03:28 PM |
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The Inquirer spotted a server board form IWILL at CeBIT with 16 DIMM slots.  While the maximum number of DIMMs that can be used varies based on the speed, the addressable memory is only limited by the OS.  While a 32 bit OS maxes out at 4 GB, a 64 bit can handle 16 Terrabytes ...  now if only I could find a 1TB DIMM for sale.


If you want to see a more mainstream motherboard, check out Jon'

Source: The Inquirer

The new improved modder's Dremel

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 17, 2006 - 02:18 PM |
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MAKE: Blog has spotted a new tool from Dremel, the Stylus.  It is much smaller, and comes with a handle at a 90° angle, making detailed fine work much easier.  Modders, you may have found a new best friend.

"The Dremel Stylus is a unique tool for people who are passionate about hands-on projects.

Source: MAKE: Blog

Independant Gaming Festival

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2006 - 11:58 AM |
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If you find your self getting upset at the choices of games you can find on the shelves of your local stores, and wish you could find something different to play, take some advice from MAKE: Blog and check out the IGF.  Almost all of the games that will be there are downloadable from Fileplanet or Gamespy, and range from child-safe games, to well ...

Source: MAKE: Blog

Microsoft's answer to Google Earth

Subject: General Tech | March 17, 2006 - 11:47 AM |
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It has taken a while for Microsoft to challenge Google head on, but it seems like it is coming soon.  Along with their new search engine, The Inquirer reports on their purchase of a satellite imaging company, Vexel.  There are few details as of yet, but Vexel seems to bring some interesting 3D imagery to the deal.


Happy St.

Source: The Inquirer

Silverstone's extends their quality to PSUs

Subject: Systems | March 16, 2006 - 06:40 PM |
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3DXtreme likes Silverstone's new PSU, the Zeus ST56ZF 560W.  Silverstone claims this PSU is built around an industrial core, which seems to refer to the rock solid voltage delivered by this unit.  If you aren't building a silent machine, and are looking for a high efficiency, low fluctuation PSU, this might be one to consider.

"Today 3DXtreme is taking a look at the Zeus 560 Watt Power Supply.

Source: 3DXtreme