Using SLI Fermi without cooking your system

Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2010 - 01:04 PM |
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When Legit Reviews noticed their dual monitor GTX 480 setup idling around 90C they felt there was something wrong, most likely with the fan profiles.  Talking with nVIDIA has netted them a new BIOS for the card which they promptly flashed and set about retesting the card.  On a single monitor the new BIOS dropped the temperatures a few degrees and on the multiple monitor setup they saw a drop of 10C, still hot but a big improvement from the original temperatures.  Drop by for a look at exactly what happened

DX 11 in a Russian Metro ... in 2033

Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2010 - 11:49 AM |
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It looks like we have a new Crysis, in [H]ard|OCP's graphics review of the new game Metro 2033 it is stated that "the 5970 does not have anywhere the needed GPU power to push Metro 2033 at the native resolution of 3600x1920 that I am using.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Getting more out of your multicore in the future

Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2010 - 11:29 AM |
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If you want to design a killer app you won't go wrong is designing ways to easily implement a way for programs to leverage better performance out of multicore systems. 
We have had singe core systems since the beginning so that is predictably where programmers have focused their efforts.  There have always been specialized applications for servers that have more than one physical processor but until very recently there has not been the amount of multicore processors out there and as is usual in the computer world the amount of cores is increasing very quickly.  Enter some rese

Source: Ars Technica

Cutting the GTX 480 in half?

Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2010 - 11:54 AM |
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SemiAccurate has confirmed that nVIDIA did tape out the GF104 a few months ago, a mid ranged or lower end part based on the new Fermi architecture.   He has heard that the GF104 will be at many levels a GTX 480 that has been halved, with half the number of cores, ROPs and shaders.  In theory that will drop costs and more importantly reduce the heat that has caused the GTX 480 so much grief.  The information is only partial, but if you are curious about the near future of nVIDIA y

Source: SemiAccurate

iPad Guts

Subject: General Tech | April 5, 2010 - 04:03 PM |
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For most people the buzz about the iPad is about skin deep.  They care about its form factor and the apps that are available and maybe a bit about the quality of the screen.  At PC Perspective most members interest doesn't get tweaked until the plastic comes off and we can get a peek inside.  Thankfully AnandTech has given us a way to do that without having to buy one and disassemble it.  It seems that the submission to the FCC wasn't done by someone with a ful

Source: AnandTech

The fairy tale that was Topeka

Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2010 - 06:41 PM |
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The PC Perspective Contest thread is seeing a lot of action, over 600 posts indicate that your chances might be slim but remember that there are still 3 other ways to get extra chances so make sure you take advantage of that!  If you do win, or have a system that needs a little tweaking it is nice to know exactly how well you did at enhancing your performance.  Benchmarks are the tool to

A groundbreaking trip to up-state New York; Global Foundries new Fab

Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2010 - 02:37 PM |
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It will be years before the construction is finished on Fab 8 and Saratoga county becomes a hotbed of technical innovation but once Global Foundries starts up the lines you can expect 35,000 300mm diameter silicon wafers per month.  As this is a brand new Fab, the design can incorporate new technology such as better air circulation and water systems instead of trying to retrofit an older building.  ExtremeTech had a chance to visit the site and talk with those building the Fab, which you can read abou

Source: Extremetech

AMD, Updated AHCI Drivers, OpenGL 4.0, and Gigabyte Pulls a Fast One

Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2010 - 02:23 PM |
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The past several weeks have been a busy one for AMD.  The release of the 890GX was perhaps the highlight, and being able to claim the first native SATA 6G implementation (well ahead of Intel) is a big feather in AMD's cap.  The release drivers for AMD's latest southbridge AHCI functionality were dated back from an October/Novermber 2009 timeframe, so they were not exactly up to date considering the new hardware that was brought to the table with the SB850 southbrdige.  In terms of IOPS performance, the new SB850 southie performs on par with what we are seeing from Intel these da

Source: AMD

Teasing the StarCraft fans

Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2010 - 01:14 PM |
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Not many got a StarCraft 2 beta key, but some of those that did are putting together overviews of how the game has changed and what is new and what has stayed the same.  While not quite as strange as some Zerg videos, the Escapist Magazine has assembled a look at the Zerg.  If you have yet to encounter the changed Zerg Queen you definitely have to check this video out.

Source: The Escapist