ASUS brings down the price of USB 3.0

Subject: General Tech | April 27, 2010 - 12:25 PM |
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You might have noticed there is a jump in price with boards sporting USB 3.0, as the controller that is provided by NEC/Renesas
is a tad expensive.  There is currently a cheaper alternative on the market but it is limited to PCIe 1x, it really is not a good alternative.  SemiAccurate now reports ASUS has confirmed that one of their subsidiary companies, ASMedia, will be producing a full speed USB 3.0 controller and at enough of a reduced that ASUS is switching ne

Source: SemiAccurate

Intel is readying two more Atoms

Subject: General Tech | April 26, 2010 - 11:50 AM |
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Just a few months ago we saw the first 2nd generation Atom parts from Intel, the Atom N450 and N470 both single core dual thread 45nm parts with 612KB cache, the N450 clocked at 1.66GHz and the N470 at 1.83GHz and using DDR2.

Source: Digitimes

Jon Peddie Research announces first quarter shipments of PC graphics increase 44% year over year

Subject: General Tech | April 26, 2010 - 11:20 AM |
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TIBURON, CA-April, 26 2010 - Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the industry's research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, announced today its estimated graphics chip shipments and supplier's market share for Q1'10.

The year, 2009 came in above expectations with an 11% year to year growth, an amazing comeback. Q1 of 2010 showed traditional seasonal slowdown with everyone except Nvidia and SiS showing decline.

Silly cosplayer it's Aragón Day, not Aragorn Day

Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2010 - 06:51 PM |
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Upgrading can be a bit of a hassle, sometimes the problem is hardware related but more often it is software as your programs are updated more frequently than your hardware unless you are very very hard on your components.

Corsair Announces Filing of S-1 Registration Statement

Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2010 - 06:26 PM |
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FREMONT, Calif., April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to a proposed initial public offering of shares of its common stock.

Razer's current litter of mice

Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2010 - 02:48 PM |
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Overclockers Club examines a trio of mice from Razer, the mobile Orochi which can be used wirelessly or wired, the button encrusted Naga and the highly sensitive Imperat

Like the Pad but can't stand the i? Try the Eee Pad

Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2010 - 11:22 AM |
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ASUS' is looking at releasing a product to compete with Apple's iPad by the end of the year according to the information at DigiTimes.  They have adopted Google's Android as a platform, will be Tegra based and should cost about $500.  It will have some features the iPad is missing, such as as USB connectivity, an integrated webcam, and Adobe Flash.  We should get our first glimpse of the Eee Pad at Computex and may see MSI's planned M Pad there as well.

Source: Digitimes

This headset offers Psyko 5.1 surround sound quality

Subject: General Tech | April 22, 2010 - 01:39 PM |
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Even just a quick peek at Psyko's 5.1 PC Gaming Headsettells you this is not your average headset, and that doesn't count the kit it comes with.  The headset is an eye catching orange with serious padding on the headband as well as the cups.  Those cups have a transparent plastic outside which can be flipped up to allow some fresh air into your sweaty earholes after a long gaming session.  The headphones are not all that you will g

Replacing polygons with a search engine?

Subject: General Tech | April 22, 2010 - 12:00 PM |
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An Australian fellow by the name of Bruce Dell has started a company called Unlimited Detail which is working on a very different way to display graphics; one that has caught the eye of professionals like John Peddie.  He is abandoning polygons and the graphics hardware required to pump them out, but not by adopting ray tracing.  Instead he uses voxels, or pixel clouds to render objects, or at least their surfaces so as to avoid the performance hit of rendering internals that are never seen.  That has been the big hurdle to bring voxels to the PC or console and he has overcome

Source: Wired News

Eight is Enough, Left 4 Dead Style

Subject: General Tech | April 21, 2010 - 12:38 PM |
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If Left 4 Dead has been collecting a little virtual dust in your Steam account it might be time to brush it off and fire it up.  Ars Technica has some information for you not only about the new downloadable mission with new weapons and a beastie but also information on what Valve is calling Weekly Mutations.  This sounds similar to the mutations in Unreal Tournament and every week there will be something a little different about the game.

Source: Ars Technica