Corsair goes to the movies

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2009 - 01:38 PM |
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Corsair has put together a two part video on putting a system together; specifically how to assemble a system using Corsair parts. Parts like the Corsair H50 all-in-one CPU water cooler
as well as memory and a PSU, placed into their Obsidian chassis. 

The unsung hero of IDF

Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2009 - 11:58 AM |
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One technological innovation at the IDF this year hasn't received a lot of press having been overshadowed by so many other long awaited announcements and demos; an oversight that ExtremeTech has remedied with their article on Light Peak.  A new data transfer standard using fibre optics that currently allows transfers of up to 10Gb/s and should scale up to 100Gb/s as it matures.  USB 3.0 is certainly going to be available sooner than LightPeak but before you dismiss it you should recall one very i

Source: Extremetech

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Looks to NVIDIA "Fermi" Architecture For New Supercomputer

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2009 - 06:03 PM |
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Oak Ridge National Laboratory Looks to NVIDIA "Fermi" Architecture For New
Supercomputer

Oak Ridge Supercomputer Targets NVIDIA GPU Computing Technology to Achieve
Order of Magnitude Performance Over Today's Fastest Supercomputer

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -Sep. 30, 2009- Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
announced plans today for a new supercomputer that will use NVIDIA's next
generation CUDA(tm) GPU architecture, codenamed "Fermi".

Source: NVIDIA

Use the BatPhsyX

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2009 - 12:47 PM |
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DriverHeaven has taken a close look at the new Batman:Arkham Asylum game with an eye on nVIDIA's PhysX.  They've captured several key videos to show just how enabling PhsyX effects the game play as well as the frame rates.  They mix and match several systems and many different pairings of nVIDIA GPUs to see what the best way to experience the Batman is.  Drop by and see the results.

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Of Javascript, blips, waves and sandboxes

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2009 - 12:09 PM |
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Google is looking to replace the old standby for email, SMTP, with a high performance javascript program called Wave.  It would even seem that the much maligned Chrome Frame plug in for IE was specifically to allow use of Wave, as Microsoft disbelieves in providing a high speed javascript rendering engine for its browser.  Wave bears more resemblance to a threaded forum or Twitter, but it is server and client based, so can be used in large networks but at the same time it is decentralized and can be run independently of
Google. 

Source: Ars Technica

Galaxy announces 24/7 tech support services for United States and Canada

Subject: General Tech | September 30, 2009 - 11:46 AM |
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Great news to all you insomniac gamers who set themselves up for an all night gaming session only to have your graphics card suddenly flake out on you.  Galaxy now offers 24 hour technical support for Canada and the US; so you can get back into your game, even if it is 2AM.

CoolerMaster moves on to mice

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2009 - 03:40 PM |
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$69 seems like a reasonable price for a mouse with the highest DPI available on the market and that is the MSRP for the CoolerMaster Storm Sentinel Advance Gaming Mouse. 
Dual lasers, an OLED screen to inform you what your current settings are and an LED that can switch between 7 different colours to give your gaming hand some moonlighting.  Does it live up to your expectations?  Find out over at Overclockers Club.

Christmas shopping for the gamer

Subject: General Tech | September 29, 2009 - 02:27 PM |
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The coming holiday season is going to bring a lot of changes to the graphics market and DigiTimes was kind enough to gather all of the expected releases into one news story.  From nVIDIA we are finally going to see new silicon, the renaming game is over for a little while.  The GT210, GT220, GT240 and GT300 will hopefully overcome the production problems at TSMC and will be on the streets soon.  We have seen some of AMD's offerings and they will be topping up the low end with the HD5750 and HD5770 an

Source: Digitimes

Can you spare $2 for some DDR2

Subject: General Tech | September 28, 2009 - 12:27 PM |
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DDR2 has hit the price point where you will no longer see it appearing in pre-built systems, just as it has almost disappeared from enthusiast systems.  DigiTimes has seen that the average price of DDR2 has hit congruence with the average price of DDR3 as it continues to becomes more expensive to buy.  As less companies order DDR2 from factories it becomes a custom run to produce it, therefore costing as much per unit to make as DDR3. 

Source: Digitimes

Raffles and podcasts and prizes!

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2009 - 06:16 PM |
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CPU launches are coming fast and furious this year, with the possibility of more
before the year is out, making it a great time to be an enthusiast.  Mind you, even the best of us can have trouble keeping up with the latest features present on a CPU, how is someone just starting (or restarting) in the world of computer going to figure out which processor family