It's Leif Erikson Day! Please note that normal Viking activities are still frowned upon

Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2009 - 06:11 PM |
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This week has been about nVIDIA, but not in the way they might want.  From the predictions of nVIDIA's complete withdrawal
from the high end market by an infamous member of the tech community to the article 

AMD and CyberLink Acclerate Applications with DirectX11 and ATI Stream

Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2009 - 02:25 PM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. - Oct. 8, 2009 - AMD (NYSE:
AMD) and CyberLink Corp announced the
companies are expanding their existing engineering engagement with a
strategic focus on Microsoft DirectX 11 DirectCompute, taking advantage
of the capabilities of AMD's new DirectX 11-capable graphics
architecture.

Source: AMD

AMD tells about its horoscope

Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2009 - 12:04 PM |
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Abandoning the river theme, AMD seems to be looking to the stars to see its future platforms, Dragon being replaced with Leo next year and Scorpius to follow in 2011.  Scorpius will feature a 32nm Zambezi CPU
sporting four cores at the very least, along with an integrated DDR3 controller and fit into a Revision 2 AM3 socket, just to make CPU sockets even more confusing.  SemiAccurate also touches on their plans for an Accelerated Processor Unit which brings a GPU on board. 

Source: SemiAccurate

More mobile Nehalem news

Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2009 - 02:14 PM |
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The Tech Report is comparing the performance of the mobile versions of the Core i7 processor.  The mobile version of the P55, along with mobile 920, 820 and 720 processors are all arriving soon.  In this case the 920XM is compared to its non-mobile cousins in their latest article.  The 17.1" Clevo's W870CU
is the laptop they are using, plugged firmly into the mains as this 9lb powerhouse is only technically mobile, not really feasibly portable. 

You and me and the ECC

Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2009 - 12:22 PM |
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The same discrepancies that apply to software benchmarking programs also apply to predictions of hardware failure rates based on subjecting them to extreme stress conditions.  Much like a graphics card, the only way to know how it will perform is to actually use it in real life conditions for hours, days or years.  Such is the case with DRAM errors, as proven by a study done by Google.  Instead of the current estimate based on synthetic testing, as Ars Technica puts it, '

Source: Ars Technica

Nobody said stopping the Chinese invasion would be easy

Subject: General Tech | October 7, 2009 - 01:07 PM |
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The original Operation Flashpoint was a hard game and not because of monster closets or ridiculous boss fights, it was hard because bullets kill.  One good shot could take you out or is at least guaranteed to slow you down.  There is no health metre nor any med kits lying around, you have to finish the mission with every bump, scrape and bullet hole that you accumulate over the mission.  The sequel, Dragon Rising looks to be every bit as daunting, and every bit as fun. 

Mayhap we shall see a new mobile RAM standard

Subject: General Tech | October 7, 2009 - 12:16 PM |
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RAMBUS, one of the last attempts at serial volatile memory
standards didn't do well when it was first tried on the market; a long story that by the end had many glad to see RAMBUS go.  DDR and its successive generations has had success in the PC world, but that is a small share of the total memory market.  A PC can provide the cooling and power that defines DDR.  Now The Inquirer reports on the return of serial memory, this time targeted specifically towards m

Source: The Inquirer

Well, that won't help you become more popular

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2009 - 12:00 PM |
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Physics is fun in games, be it chopping down trees with heavy fire in Crysis or FarCry2 or the joy of levelling entire buildings in Silent Storm to deny your enemies cover.  What isn't fun is slapping down $100+ for a PPU to find out that there are a total of 2 maps that support that particular physics engine or that the sum effect of having that PPU is that paper and dust react to wind in a slightly more interesting way than without the $100+ PPU.  nVIDIA wanted to make the PPU more approachable, to do so they let you slap in any of their recent cards into a second PCIe slot and you

Source: NGOHQ

GLOBALFOUNDRIES, ARM, and You

Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2009 - 11:09 AM |
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Today GF has released news of a partnership that it has developed with well known CPU designer ARM (Advanced RISC Machines).  While ARM itself does not actually produce their CPUs for end users, they do license out their designs to anyone and nearly everyone in the industry.  One of the latest ARM enabled designs is NVIDIA's Tegra, which features the ARM 11 processor.  While not the most cutting edge ARM design, it has allowed NVIDIA to successfully enter the smartphone and MID market with a pretty robust product with excellent features.  So far the biggest application of t

Not everyone loves the cans

Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2009 - 02:26 PM |
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For $100 you can pick up a great set of headphones with surround sound and possible even noise cancellation technology, but some like their audio to fill the room, not just their heads.  Logitech has an answer, the 2.1 Logitech Z523
speaker system
.  They are not really audiophile quality but for those who play games or stream music via their PC will be quite satisfied with the quality.