It's a crisi-tunity

Subject: General Tech | June 23, 2009 - 12:20 PM |
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While the world is dealing with shrinking wallets in what is being quaintly referred to as an economic downturn, Intel and Global Foundries are working on shrinking their chips.  Intel has plans in motion to hit 32nm in the next 2 years and is shopping around for the tools they will use to begin work on their 22nm process.  Global Foundries is already playing with working 32nm parts and is optimizing their processes and their 28nm chips should hit volume production some time in 2010.  Intel, as well as many other fabs are switching to 450mm wafers to increase the number of dies

Source: The Inquirer

The sweet sounds of summer

Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2009 - 03:31 PM |
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If you are a burgeoning audiophile, or just shopping around for audio equipment for your stereo or PC, it is worth dropping by Tweaktown for their latest audio roundup.  From headphones and headsets, both wired and wireless to sound cards and speaker systems, they've got it covered and you can see it right here.

Source: TweakTown

True plug and play?

Subject: General Tech | June 22, 2009 - 01:25 PM |
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Shutting a server down can be enough of a chore as those you work with scream and bellow that they cannot access network resources, even after a week of constant reminders to them that there will be maintenance happening at a specific time.  Upgrading or reinstalling an OS and putting data back can ruin an entire weekend.  AMD is attempting to make it possible to do a simple upgrade, theoretically going from a Shanghai core CPU to a 6-core Instanbul should be a quick and easy upgrade.  Just shut down your server, remove the cooling, swap CPUs and put the heatsink(s) back on and

Source: Extremetech

Never a dull moment

Subject: General Tech | June 19, 2009 - 07:19 PM |
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When you are looking for a deal, it is really hard to beat AMD's newest Black Edition chip, the X2 550, not only is it $102 to pick up, with some luck or a nearby store with a friendly return policy you will end up with 4 working cores, even if it won't

Mythical performance

Subject: General Tech | June 19, 2009 - 11:51 AM |
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For the sake of the argument, assume that adding an onboard NIC adds $5 to the cost of a motherboard.  That is certainly high, but let that slide.  For
only $129 you can pick up the EVGA Bigfoot Networks Killer Xeno Pro and see your ping times drop by a good 3 to 5ms, and you might even see a slight increase in average frames per second in multiplayer games.  For a measly 2500% price increase you will see about a 10% increase in network speed.  Check Hot Hardware's revi

Source: HotHardware

Pretty much official: new Xbox coming in 2010

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2009 - 05:14 PM |
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Many people, including myself, scoffed when reading this article over at 1UP.com that hypothesized a new Xbox console would be coming along with the Project Natal motion sensing technology as soon as next year. 

Source: TG Daily

The Industries Golden Child

Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2009 - 11:45 AM |
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For a very recent spin-off company, Global Foundries is doing well.  AMD's 40nm process guarantees them work today, while their 28nm looks after tomorrow.  T-RAM, who are working on a new type of transistor called a thyristor are working with them, they are a member of the IBM Technology Alliance and now they are in talks with nVIDIA.  TSMC has been supplying nVIDIA's 40nm chips and while they have had yield problems in the past, they now claim to have fixed them.  Since AMD's plan is to skip 4

Source: The Inquirer

Its not a god game

Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2009 - 12:12 PM |
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Demigod is a multiplayer RTS with a few twists from the original recipe.  Perhaps the most noticeable one is your complete lack of control over units, they manage to kill themselves off without any help from you.  Resources are also changed, instead of hordes of workers farming resources, you need to capture specific points on the map in order to receive the various resources.  This leaves you plenty of time to strategize how to best to remove your opponent's demigod from the game.  This is one of the few recent games that bears AMD's logo instead of nVIDIA's during the spl

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Gee, Brain. What are we going to do tonight?

Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2009 - 11:48 AM |
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Feeling confident after the huge success of slipping nVIDIA graphics into Apple's mobility line, Jen-Hsun Huang is now setting his sights even more firmly on Intel.  In an interview reported on by The Inquirer, he claims that nVIDIA will soon be an equal partner with Intel.  The reasons include the longer running time of a Macbook Air with a GPU, the ARM-based Tegra processor which may make up half of nVIDIA's sales in the relatively near future and of course OpenCL.  He does

Source: The Inquirer

EVGA the undisputed leader in water cooling?

Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2009 - 03:51 PM |
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Those with long memories might find EVGA's recent claim to be the undisputed leader in watercooling solutions when they describe the GTX 295 Hydro Copper.

BFG feels that their claim might be a little bit off, as they point out that they've been making watercooled cards since the 6800 Ultra.  You can read [H]ard|OCP's review of that card from July 27th, 2004 here.