A new CPU and GPU needs new benchmarks; enter a 3DMark that goes to 11

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2010 - 11:42 AM |
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3DMark 11 is not just named like a new car model, labelled for the coming year not the current one, it is also a way to benchmark DX11 features.  Tessellation
is tested, along with volumetric lighting performance and physics performance using the open source Bullet engine, not nVIDIA's PhysX so don't expect to see AMDs cards fall behind on that particular test.  The other thing you should not expect to see are pre-DX11 cards completing the tests, Futuremark recommends sticking with Vantage as the new 3DMark 11 is designed specifically for DX11 cards.  TECHGAGE did find some fr

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TSMC has some good news about their 28nm production schedule

Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2010 - 11:43 AM |
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On Friday Josh posted a look behind the scenes of the changes in production processes by the companies that make the chips we all love so much and the effect it is having on the release schedules of their clients.  While process shrinking is certainly a good thing, allow transistor density to increase and generally lowering power consumption and heat production.  As he has pointed out, all is not necessarily peaches and cream when a Fab switches as they are generally starting not only a new shrunken process bu

Source: Digitimes

Neon lights, bothering eyes for a full century now

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2010 - 05:43 PM |
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It is the time of year when our Forums begin to fill up with gift ideas and dilemmas, as our members try to decide which SSD makes the best gift, if there is a perfect eBook reader or even how to get the sound working on an early present
This member is likely to find something heavy

Kinect and Wii and now the Gyration Air Mouse

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2010 - 02:56 PM |
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Why should console users get all the cool controls, get your own motion sensing controller in the form of the Gyration Air Mouse Elite.  At $70 the price is in line with high end gaming mice though a little steep for those just wanting to experiment with a new way of interacting with their PC.  X-Bit Labs tired Left4Dead 2 with the mouse and were not impressed, but when they used it for Office productivity type tasks they were a

Source: X-Bit Labs

Chrome is putting a leash on Acrobat

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2010 - 11:57 AM |
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Soon we shall see the arrival of the 8th main iteration of Chrome which will include a rather useful security feature.  They will be incorporating their own pdf reader into the browser and running it it what is termed a sandbox environment.  You can think of it in the same way as a sandbox game, in that you can do whatever you feel like inside the sandbox but there are invisible walls surrounding the entire area in which you are and no matter what you try you cannot affect anything outside of the defined area you are playing in. 

Source: The Inquirer

More even than it ought to be; a $550 GPU versus a pair @ $350

Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2010 - 06:17 PM |
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Depending on how well you are at finding bargains, a pair of 1GB GTX460's can run you less than $350 while a GTX580 will cost over $500.  You might think with that price differential that there would be a significant difference in performance, but you would be wrong.  [H]ard|OCP just finished testing the performance and found practical parity, apart from some frame rate spikes in CivV and a lowered MSAA setting in F1 2010.  Apart from that, it is hard to justify buying the GTX580

Source: [H]ard|OCP

nVIDIA's new lower power, multi-monitor driving NVS 300

Subject: General Tech | December 2, 2010 - 11:55 AM |
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DigiTimes has broken the news on a new and non-standard card from nVIDIA called the NVS 300.  Gamers will not be picking up the card, instead it will be bought up for use by the suit and tie guys to drive multiple monitors for displaying stock information or driving large numbers of displays such as you see in airports.  This in not really been a strong point for nVIDIA as there are other providers of this type of specialized GPUs, the new Mosaic software may help them take some market share away from the

Source: Digitimes

Corsair's HS1 headset gains in popularity

Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2010 - 02:53 PM |
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Audio quality, specifically headphone quality, is a very subjective measure and hard to review in such a way as to pin down the exact ability of a headset to provide sound that you will enjoy.  What for some is barely audible with no bass presence may well be deafening and overly strong on the low end for another set of ears.  So while Steve did just finish a review of the Corsair HS1 USB Gaming Headset it might be best to offer a se

Carmack discusses his Rage

Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2010 - 02:06 PM |
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While Ken got their first with his review of Rage on the iPhone back on Nov 22nd, Ars Technica had a chance to speak with John Carmack about his new creation, something we haven't had a chance to do in quite a while.  They do take the time to play through the game on an iPad, but spend more time discussing what Rage means to id and gamers.  This is much more than just a game, it is a $2 proof of concept that id's latest and greatest game engin

Source: Ars Technica

A brief look into Dirk Meyer's plans for AMD

Subject: General Tech | December 1, 2010 - 01:07 PM |
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DigiTimes had the chance to ask AMD's CEO, Dirk Meyer, a few questions about the near future plans of AMD.  He seemed less than optimistic about the ultra mobile market, with no interest in the already overcrowded smartphone market, little interest in tablet technology until the market starts to sell below the $300 mark and little faith that netbooks will survive without more processing power being made available without increasing their size.  Click on through to read his thoughts on the GlobalFoundries and

Source: Digitimes