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Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2007 - 03:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Several of the game designers from Remedy have left to start their own game development studio, named Recoil. They will be announcing an original game sometime this year, and it will be a cinegame, essentially trying to capture the feel of a movie in a game. With Max Payne already under their belts, it seems likely that they will produce some interesting and original games. Read on at Wired.
Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2007 - 03:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeMhz plugged a USB drive into a Vista machine, to find out what speed increase you get when using ReadyBoost. As it turns out, the only time you will feel it is on startup and when loading programs. As only managed to shave a few seconds off of the longest tasks, you may not even notice it then. It is very possible that a larger drive that they used would give you more benefit, so stick with larger than 512MB.
Subject: Mobile | March 29, 2007 - 09:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VIA Arena provide a preview of the TufTab v7112XT UMPC. Wrapped around a 7" LCD, with a 1.3MP camera that can take shots at 1280x1024 or video at 15fps in SVGA/30fps VG. The sides are where the input and output ports are, including an Ethernet LAN port, headphone jack, USB 2.0 port, VGA out, DC power jack, a PCMCIA slot and a SD-IO/MMC slot. It's also BlueTooth enabled, and will be at home in any traveler's kit.
Subject: Displays | March 29, 2007 - 06:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Buying a TFT LCD (thin film transistor liquid crystal display) will introduce you to a whole set of acronyms you may have never encountered before. PureOverclock hopes to display their knowledge by monitoring the trends and giving you the chance to view their findings. Read on to find out what Twisted Nematic + Film, Multi-Domain Vertical Alignment, Patterned Vertical Alignment and In Plane Switching mean to you, and which is better at what you want from a monitor.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 29, 2007 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PC Apex reviews the Lian-Li PC-343B
Modular Cube Case, an 18"x18"x18" case. With all that space, you can pick up bolt-on modular add ons to increase the usefulness of the case, you aren't stuck with a default configuration for your fans, water cooling, HDD cage and other features. Head on over to take a look at this case, it can fit a beer fridge in the unused space,
Subject: Processors | March 29, 2007 - 03:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has posted some very good slides of Intel's Penryn preview. Over a dozen 45nm Hi-k designs are being developed by Intel and they shouldn't have a problem getting them made, they will have 2 45nm manufacturing fabs up and running within 6 to 9 months and 2 more on the way.
Subject: General Tech | March 29, 2007 - 03:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
These new prototype glasses change colour at the turn of a tiny knob in about 2 seconds. A step up from UV sensitive glasses, which can be fooled into darkening and lightening at inappropriate times by oddly angled UV rays or by being behind UV blocking glass, these change shade when you choose. A gel of organic oxides is sandwiched between two layers of electrochromic material. It uses a watch battery to apply voltage to change the transparency. The tint will stay without power for about 30 days, and you can expect 1000's of transitions before you need a new battery.&n
Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 10:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has plenty of info on the new core from Intel, Penryn. Far more than just a shrinkage, and still on target for release later this year, you can get a sneak peek here.
Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 10:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 27, 2007 -- Intel Corporation today announced the 10 winners of the company's most prestigious award for suppliers, the Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) award. The award, for outstanding commitment to quality and performance excellence in 2006, recognizes companies that provided products and services deemed essential to Intel's business success. This select group will be honored at a ceremony tonight in Burlingame, Calif.
Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 10:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 27, 2007 -- Intel Corporation today announced the 44 companies receiving 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 2006. They excelled at meeting and exceeding high expectations and tough performance goals to distinguish themselves from the thousands of suppliers that work with Intel.
Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 08:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Event Date & Time:March 30th, 2007, 1:30 p.m. PST
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Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 07:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VR-Zone has some information on the ASUS Xonar D2X, the soundcard announced at CeBIT. It is a PCIe card, that can handle 192K/24-bit with 118dB SNR for playback, and 115dB SNR for recording. They have captures from the slide show that give you a lot of information on what this card will do.
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 28, 2007 - 04:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In a large round up, Beyond3D tests the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX
and GTS 640MB
against the 7950 GX2, the 7900 GTX
and ATI's X1950 XTX. Once the resolution gets higher and AA and AF are enabled, the G80 family's claim to the crown really stands out. When the R600 hits the market, it will be quite the battle for dominance.
Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 03:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GamingHeaven has published a review of the finally finished S.T.A.L.K.E.R., which is no longer in the running for "Most Time Spent in Development". The aptly named current leader in that contest is still holding out on us.
While it has suffered graphically because of the long development time, it still manages to look good. It has been awaited for it's storyline and A.I., which the reviewers did find quite addictive, as well as the bullet model.
Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 03:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Police in Mexico City have started a new program that they hope will reduce certain areas reputation for violence. If you bring in a gun, the police will trade you for a new PC, as well as food or money. The idea seems like it could be attractive to hoodlums wanting to get their GTA fix; unless as The Inquirer points out, a bright one realizes that there is a different kind of trade that could be made.
Subject: Systems | March 27, 2007 - 09:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Zalman HD160XT bills itself as the Ultimate HTPC ... and with a 7" touchscreen it may have a case to base that on. Since it will happily fit a full ATX board the three 80mm and single 92mm fans will keep your system cool if you choose to put some serious heat producing hardware inside. Tweaknews fell in love with the screen, the remote and the case, so read on and see if you do too.
Subject: Systems | March 27, 2007 - 07:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP picked up a SFF gaming PC from Hypersonic, the Phantom GX. With it's $2500 dollar price tag, a GeForce 7900 seems a little light, and [H] found that the biggest customization in the box was the use of tape for wire management. Head over to read the review, and their interesting encounters when phoning HyperSonic's Tech Support.
Subject: Motherboards | March 27, 2007 - 05:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new motherboard chipset from nVidia, the 680i LT is not really a new chipset. It is even reported as a 680i SLI, no LT in CPU-Z. Trimmed off are the second onboard NIC, 2 USB ports, and the BIOS going to 1200MHz for EPP automatically, though it can certainly reach that manually. However, this trimming did allow them to reduce the price to around $200, significantly lower than the price of a Striker Extreme. Learn more about the capabilities of this board at The Tech Report.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 27, 2007 - 04:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Zalman ZM-600HP 600 Watt Modular Heatpipe Cooled PSU is under review at futurelooks. It has some nice features including 4 12V rails, modular cabling, and protection for just about any fluctuation in temperature or voltage. It is also fairly quiet, sitting at about 45dBA, thanks to it's 120mm fan and heatpipe cooling. Auto-sensing 115 or 240 V is also