Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: Corsair Components

Introduction and Specifications

Corsair has reinvigorated its product line in 2010 by adding several new components including new solid state drives, power supplies, PC enclosures, and now their first 7.1 USB gaming headset dubbed the HS1. The HS1 is a combination of style, comfort, and immersive Dolby 7.1 surround sound technology that should give other popular gaming headsets on the market this holiday season a run for their money.

Rockus claims that 2.1 speakers = 3D

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2010 - 06:36 PM |

Antec has something new to offer those in need of new PC speakers, the Soundscience Rockus 3D 2.1 Speaker Kit.  A pair of aluminium satellites that resemble small spotlights and a subwoofer, and nothing resembling a case or PSU.  Thanks to something they call 3Dsst technology, this small system claims to be able to produce some serious sound reproduction. 

Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: General

Introduction, Features, Technical Specifications

Lamptron has quietly created many quality PC gaming and modding products that expand how users monitor and track a variety of system functions. Their latest fan controller is dubbed the FC6 and combines a colorful temperature monitor and fan controller system into one 5.25" bay device. Users can monitor the CPU, hard drive, graphics card, overall case temperatures, and case fan speeds easily through a configurable LCD display that can be changed to match seven different color schemes.

Pairing Intel's ATOM with an FPGA

Subject: General Tech | November 23, 2010 - 01:22 PM |

The new Atom series, called the E600C adds an Alteea field-programmable gate array
to an E600 Atom, allowing the processor to essentially be completely reprogrammed after it has been made.  Usually, even via a BIOS flash there is no way to change the basic abilities of a chip, whereas an FPGA is designed with that exact feature in mind.  This news will not have much of an effect on most enthusiasts, unless they are also into chip prototyping; those who are interested can visit DigiTimes for more details.

Source: Digitimes

Take a peek at the innards of the HD6900

Subject: General Tech | November 22, 2010 - 11:40 AM |

NGOHQ scored 12 pictures from someone who was at an AMD presentation describing the features and architecture of the soon to arrive HD6900 GPU family.  There are some big changes, including dual graphics engines which will allow the card to process 2 primitive polygons per clock; the tessellation
engines are also doubled and dual rasterizers will offer up to 32 pixels per clock.  You can also see Josh's prediction vindicated, there is a slide showing off 4 stream processing uni

Source: NGOHQ

International Men's Day?!? Seriously?

Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2010 - 06:29 PM |

One of the benefits of merging the motherboard forums together is that the knowledge available has hit a critical mass where almost any chipset/motherboard question will receive an answer quickly and often it will even be right!  For instance, if you need a Chaintech manual, this thread will have it winging its way to you no matter where you are, or a Soltek manual if you swing that way.  It's not just the new boards that are supp

Ripley would probably use the Razer Nostromo

Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2010 - 12:29 PM |

You might remember seeing an odd looking one handed keyboard from Belkin a few years back, called the SpeedPad.  It seemed like a good idea but never really caught on, but perhaps if one of the major peripheral makers were to try it might meet with more success.  Enter the Razer Nostromo, a new one handed keypad that Gizmodo is reporting on here.  No word if it comes with a self destruct sequence.

Source: Gizmodo

Zambezi and Llano; a pair of revealing slides

Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2010 - 11:49 AM |

It is always fun for the community when someone slips and breaks an NDA, letting the community take a peek at something they weren't supposed to see yet is always enjoyable.  The Inquirer caught a slip of a pair of slides from an AMD presentation from October, detailing the upcoming family of AM3 CPUs and new socket FM1 APUs.  Head on over to see when the 125W eight core should be available for you to own.

"CHIP DESIGNER AMD has delayed its Llano models further while its Zambezi chips are still on track, according to leaked chipset roadmap slides that AMD has confirmed to The INQUIRER are genuine."

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Source: The Inquirer


Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2010 - 01:21 PM |

BEAVERTON, Ore. – November 18, 2010 – PCI-SIG, the organization responsible for the widely adopted PCI Express (PCIe®) industry-standard input/output (I/O) technology, today announced the availability of the PCIe Base 3.0 specification to its members. The PCIe 3.0 architecture is a low-cost, high-performance I/O technology that includes a new 128b/130b encoding scheme and a data rate of 8 gigatransfers per second (GT/s), doubling the interconnect bandwidth over the PCIe 2.0 specification.

Source: Email

A closer look at WiFi Direct

Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2010 - 01:17 PM |

Drop by SemiAccurate for an overview of the talks that the WiFi Alliance has been having about WiFi Direct, which will be a software upgrade that extends the usefulness of wireless connectivity by allowing connections to multiple devices.  The connection remains WPA2 or WPS, offering secure connectivity to up to three wireless devices, think of it as a turbo charged Bluetooth connection.  There is much more to learn about from their talks.

Source: SemiAccurate