NPD Group: PC Game Sales Down 23% in 2009

Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2010 - 02:13 PM |
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The latest NPD sales figures are out and it's more doom and gloom for PC gaming. According to the NPD Group, the sales of PC games declined 23% in 2009 to $538 billion total, compared to the 11% decline seen on consoles. It was just a year ago experts were predicting that the game industry is relatively immune to the effects of a global economic decline, obviously this wasn't the case.

Source: Daily Tech

A deep look at Dynamic Power Manangement

Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2010 - 12:17 PM |
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AnandTech takes a deep look into dynamic power management, what it means and how it is managed with current generation CPUs and systems.  Processing power per watt has been a phrase used for a long time in the server room, where it can be hard to hear over the roar of fans and platter based drives.  It is now a common topic of conversation among all computer enthusiasts and many motherboards and CPUs are sold with features that enable dynamic performance, which in turn allows the power drain to change as the

Source: AnandTech

Green Bay plays better in January

Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2010 - 06:18 PM |
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To start off the second week of 2010 at the PC Perspective forums is some rather good news.  One of our members, Tim Shadler pulled of second place in the ASUS Xtreme Design Contest with his Eight-Tuner-Ruiner custom build.  His thread now has a demonstration video along with some rather creative unboxing videos of the various components that went into his build.  Please drop by his build thread to offer your congratulations and

ASUS is bringing USB 3.0 to AMD systems

Subject: General Tech | January 15, 2010 - 12:13 PM |
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The name is still a mystery, but the pictures at Elite Bastards tell a story of ASUS' new board.  The AM3 socket is obvious and the connectors include HDMI, DVI and VGA connectors so you can also be confident that there is onboard graphics, though it is hard to say that it will be a 785G board.  The big news that ASUS gave out along with the pictures is that the board will support SATA6 and USB 3.0, features that are very rare right now.

Upgrading graphics - So easy, a monkey can do it!

Subject: General Tech | January 14, 2010 - 02:49 PM |
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It's been a hot season for PC gamers, with the recent releases of games
like DiRT 2, Modern Warfare 2, and Dragon Age: Origins. To get the most
out of these games - to play at the best frame rates, at higher
resolutions, and with the most eye candy turned on - a graphics upgrade
might be in order, and, for some of your readers, that prospect may be a
bit daunting.

Source: AMD

Battle of the eBook readers: No guts; no glory

Subject: General Tech | January 14, 2010 - 11:58 AM |
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It has been a long time since the days when AMD and Intel had cage matches with sideshows involving Motorola, Texas Instruments and Cyrix.  The surviving competitors are aged and a bit tired, now content for occasional one-upmanship as opposed to major battles.  Now the only real conflict is between their lawyers on the courtroom floor; there is nothing along the lines of the race for 1GHz or the bizarre non-sequiturs like the 686 processor.

Source: Ars Technica

The Crysis suit did make you feel a bit like an Elemental

Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2010 - 02:32 PM |
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MechWarrior: Living Legends is a total conversion mod for Crysis which turns the game into a multiplayer BattleTech Arena battleground.  It is in open beta right now, letting you try out the almost completely finished game for your own.  The game rewards you for kills so that you can build credits to buy heavier mechs, as you first start you can only afford light mechs, ground vehicles
and aerospace fighters; similar to CounterStrike but with vehicles not weapons.  Currently

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Waiting for the first Windows 7 service pack?

Subject: General Tech | January 13, 2010 - 02:14 PM |
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If you are waiting for Win7 SP1, then Slashdot has some good news for you as they have some information on what it will be, if not when.  The Service Pack for Windows 7 has not been demanded with the same fervour as the Service Pack for Vista, partially due to the fact that a strong argument exists that Win7's identity was changed from being a complete change to Windows, with the MinWin kernel and a new file system into being a quick and dirty replacement for Vista.  Whether

Source: Slashdot

Razer joins the Roman army

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2010 - 02:21 PM |
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Razer's new Imperator mouse eschews the fancy bat wings and LCD screens we have seen on mice recently, opting for a clean look.  That doesn't mean there are no features included, for instance the thumb buttons have the ability to slide backwards and forwards to place it in exactly the right spot.  The included software allows for programming the 7 buttons as well as the scroll wheel as well as vary the DPI from 100 to 5600 and even lets you program

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Remember when we described RAM in terms of megabytes?

Subject: General Tech | January 12, 2010 - 12:17 PM |
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Not so long ago, just before 64bit OSes hit the mainstream market, there was many a flame war fought between proponents of different RAM amounts for systems.  The majority focused on the differences between 1GB and 2GB as well as the number of DIMMs used to reach those amounts.  Today you can drop in on Bjorn3D as they compare the relative merits of 6GB versus 12G

Source: Bjorn3D