A Rat is simply a well adjusted mouse

Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2010 - 05:20 PM |
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If you haven't encountered a review of the Cyborg Rat 7 gaming mouse, then dropping by The Tech Report is probably a good idea if you are into high performance gaming mice.  At $80 it is certainly priced for the high end and that entry fee gets you a mouse that can be adjusted to be a prefect fit for just about any hand ...

The 6800 leak is more confusing than exciting

Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2010 - 01:02 PM |
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On the internet you can find some benchmark results that may well show the current performance levels of the HD6850 and HD6870, ones that are not terribly encouraging.  The results were purportedly generated from tests of using 3DMark Vantage and 3DMark 2006 and both cards seem to have scored lower than the HD5800 cards that preceded them.  If the leak is valid it raises some interesting questions about the drivers, benchmark integration and performance of the cards in games. 

Source: bit-tech

XFX gives up on nVIDIA

Subject: General Tech | October 11, 2010 - 04:43 PM |
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The rumours about XFX seem to be true, especially after a chat Kitguru had with XFX seems to confirm all the other evidence that XFX will be focusing solely on AMD cards in the future.  This move does seem to have inspired their creativity a little bit, as evidenced by some of their new packaging.  The troubles between nVIDIA, who have yet to comment on the situation and XFX predate the decision by nVIDIA to undercut the middle man by selling their own cards a

Source: Kitguru

Turkey Day, eh? Even if you aren't Canadian the bird is still the word

Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2010 - 06:16 PM |
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One thing we are good at here at PC Perspective is producing a complicated answer to a simple question.  That is the nature of the beast as it were, where a simple question about the maximum number of connections a wireless router can handle generates a rather informative post on how much it can handle in theory versus how many it can handle in reality, if you can understand the rather technical reply.  That is not the only thing we are good at however, the tricky part is finding a way to explain the techni

If you can't beat 'em, buy 'em. Microsoft is eyeing Adobe

Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2010 - 01:04 PM |
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Microsoft has a bit of a problem when it comes to mobile products, historically that was not a big issue but as more and more people are looking for serious mobile power and they are finding it offered by other companies, Apple for instance.  The mobile war is going poorly, the Zune did not really catch on and had a very limited release and we are still awaiting for a phone or tablet running Microsoft's new mobile OS. 

Source: Ars Technica

Confusion in the server room as Xeon model names get more obscure

Subject: General Tech | October 7, 2010 - 11:37 AM |
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Intel has always had a fondness for making Xeon processor model numbers a little hard to interpret, something they have now shared with the average user with the Core series of desktop CPUs.  With Sandy Bridge around the corner it is time for them to rename everything once again and SemiAccurate has the list of the server parts.  Many will be unsurprised to see three family lines, the E3, the E5 and the E7
but it is the four numbers or more after the dash that really tell you about the processor.  The first digit indicates how many CPUs it will be able to work in tandem with on

Source: SemiAccurate

If you don't know what it takes to play Civ V yet ...

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2010 - 08:44 PM |
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Tech Spot would be happy to show you just how over a dozen video cards perform as well as , the loads experienced by dual, quad and hexa core processors.  One of their last tests focused on the performance scaling of a Core i7 that was clocked initially at 2.0GHz and then ramped up in 200MHz steps all the way to 4.0 GHz which displays just how GPU dependent Sid's newest creation is.

Source: Tech Spot

It's nVIDIA rumour day

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2010 - 12:30 PM |
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The rumours and facts about nVIDIA are just flying today and [H]ard|OCP can start you out with the biggest.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Kingston Digital Announces SSD Destructo Challenge

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2010 - 12:12 PM |
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Up to $3,000 Awarded for Best Ideas to Destroy Kingston’s Ultra-tough Drives

Fountain Valley, CA -- October 5, 2010 -- Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the SSD Destructo Challenge. Kingston® wants contestants to submit ideas on how to destroy one of its solid-state drives.

Everybody's mousing now; Arctic Cooling joins the game

Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2010 - 03:35 PM |
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It will probably come as no surprise that Arctic Cooling is following the likes of Coolermaster in producing their own series of mice.  Currently they have two models, the Arctic M551 and Arctic M571 of which the M551 is up for review at ThinkComputers.  It has three sensitivity settings, 800, 1600 and 2400DPI and a pair of thumb buttons to give you some extra abilities.  Along with those features you expect from a gaming mouse it also has a nice braided cord and a readt for your pinkie finger.