PC Gaming Update - Metro 2033, Supreme Commander 2 Demo, and DRM

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2010 - 11:20 AM |
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While a lot of attention has been given to Star Craft 2 in the past few days, the other "SC2" yearns for your love and affection too. Supreme Commander 2, is not far from release and Gas Powered Games has given us a demo to play with on Steam. The 1.6GB demo should give you a taste of what this game is all about.

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RiiZE, LLC. Announces that its Industry First Gaming Service has entered the Free Open Beta Phase

Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2010 - 05:10 PM |
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Aurora, IL – February 23, 2010 – RiiZE, the groundbreaking new service that gives gamers a real chance at making a living doing what they love, gaming, is excited to announce that it has entered the open beta phase of testing. Gamers who play Counter-Strike: Source and Team Fortress 2 are invited to try out this new service at no charge.

So you didn't get a beta key

Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2010 - 11:47 AM |
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There are only a few thousand people to be jealous of and as some of them do publish reviews, you can have a sneak peek or visit YouTube to enjoy the game vicariously.  From most of those that did get a beta key for StarCraft II, the general consensus is
that this game was designed with new players in mind.  Instead of the daunting learning curve of the original, especially when it comes to multiplayer.  Wired talks about the new Battle.net and how they will match you according to the skill

Source: Ars Technica

AMD's Magny-Cours gets priced

Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2010 - 11:20 AM |
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Yesterday Josh gave a summary of what we know about the upcoming Magny-Cours CPU from AMD, including some thoughts on the what AMD will be required to do to have a reasonable TDP.  Now from SemiAccurate we have some new information about the possible pricing and speeds of the various line ups of 8 and 12 core Magny-Cours, which oddly enough seem to be priced below what the 6 core models are pegged at.  The 8 core models will suppo

Source: SemiAccurate

A mouse to match your CM Stacker case

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2010 - 05:39 PM |
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If you are a fan of fashion and want a mouse with the same trademark lines of CoolerMaster cases and maybe a nice LED as well, the CM Storm is the way to go.  Not only do you get a little desktop bling, Tweaknews thought this was the best mouse they'd run into in a long time.  There is also the chance for pranksters to

Source: Tweaknews

Apologies for ... our most recent GF100 update

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2010 - 11:35 AM |
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The Inquirer noticed an update on nVIDIA's Twitter feed that pegs the launch of Fermi to March 26th, just a bit over a month from now.  Most likely we will see them first at this years PAX as the first date of Gabe & Tycho party coincides with that date.  Hold out hope that they are useful for more than running the Heaven benchmark and cooking a roast simultaneously. 

Source: The Inquirer

Score a GTX480

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2010 - 11:17 AM |
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Somehow Charlie has managed to get his hands on information on the new nVIDIA graphics cards that will be coming out ... sometime.  You can see what he found out in full at SemiAccurate, but the short answer is that in supervised testing the GTX480 is about 5% faster than the HD5870 when it comes to performance; the GTX470  was not allowed to be tested, even under supervision.  The numbers stand at 512 shaders, with clocks @ 600MHz - 625MHz when in energy saving mode and 1200MHz - 1250MHz going at full speed.  The original GPGPU design and the extra math processing power just is not cutting it as a GPU alone.

[H]ard|OCP did spot a way for you to pre-order the card, if you want to pay $679 for $409 worth of performance.

"Now that you know the raw clocks, how does it perform? It is a mixed bag, but basically the cards are much below Nvidia's original expectations publicly stated as 60 percent faster than Cypress. The numbers that SemiAccurate were told span a variety of current games, all running at very high resolutions. Here is where we can't list specifics or the Nvidia Keystone Kops might find their first SemiAccurate mole. We will bring you the full spreadsheets when the cards are more widespread."

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It's Chaoflux, do you know where your golden apple is?

Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2010 - 06:20 PM |
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There are many tools for keeping track of the temperatures in your system, a great tool not only for those that overclock but vital in determining if you have proper contact between your heatsink and PSU as well as proper air flow through the case for your other components to stay comfortable.  The problem is that sometimes they produce erroneous results which can lead to you questioning your sanityOf course that is nowhere near as

Dump your onboard sound for a Xonar DX 1

Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2010 - 01:50 PM |
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Onboard sound has really gone up in quality since
the advent of the Soundstorm southbridge on nVIDIA's motherboards; 7.1 HD audio is now common on high end boards.  This is convincing a lot of people to stay with the sound chip on their motherboard and skipping the sound card altogether.  The $88 ASUS Xonar DX 1 might change your mind though, especially if you play movies from your PC. 

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Oh noes, my physical memory is actually doing something

Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2010 - 11:16 AM |
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Yesterday you may have seen a link to some research done by the XPNet community which described how Windows 7 is a memory hog and that 86% of Windows 7 machines were using at least 90% of their available RAM.  Hopefully being the intelligent PC Perspective regulars you are, you took a second to think before reacting.  Maybe you remembered hearing about the SuperFetch feature in Windows 7, maybe you are running a Win7 box and checked your Task Manager to see just what was goi

Source: Ars Technica