BioStar takes on AMD's latest chipset

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2010 - 03:22 PM |

As [H]ard|OCP points out, BioStar is not exactly a top of mind mention for enthusiasts when they think of motherboard makers, whereas the chipsets they use, the 890FX and SB850 are the top of the line for AMD. The end result is a mixed bag, while one reviewer saw a 19 hour, ridiculously hot torture test of Prime95 go without a problem another couldn't manage more than a few minutes before problems cropped up.  [H] was not amused.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Just what is the Genaudio AstoundSound Audio Expander

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2010 - 01:46 PM |

Legit Reviews is taking on a rather odd piece of software called the Genaudio Astoundsound Audio Expander.  It is a competitor to another piece of software whose name might be vaguely familiar to those of you who have seen a lot of PC speakers over the years, the SRS Labs HD Audio Lab.  While the Genaudio products features are trimmed down compared to SRS Labs product, as far as Legit Reviews could tell that only made the program easier to use.  The quality was every bit as good to their ears.

TSMC will be making Kepler and Maxwell

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2010 - 01:02 PM |

The byline might lead you to believe that nVIDIA's upcoming chips will be made on a 20nm process but to be more specific the information DigiTimes received tells them that Kepler will be 28nm and Maxwell 22nm.  This shrinking of the process plays right into nVIDIA's main focus during the GTC which is efficiency.  The charts we have seen are specifically displaying GFLOPs per watt and not a raw performance increase, something that requires shrinking the die.

Source: Digitimes

Just one more turn ... Version the Fifth

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2010 - 12:59 PM |

The long running Civilization series from Sid Meier has hit number five and there are a lot of excited gamers out there.  It has been 20 years since the inception of the game and there has been quite a bit of change over that time. 

Source: Ars Technica

nVIDIA has a right to be proud of this years GTC

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2010 - 12:26 PM |

The highest profile news out of the GPU Technology Conference is Jen-Hsun Huang's announcement of nVIDIA's next two GPUs, Kepler and Maxwell and the rather lofty goals for increasing efficiency.  AnandTech examines the information we have received about the plans for these two new GPUs as well as using nVIDIA's past to project likely features that will exist on the new chips.  Some of those features may leave gamers scratching their

Source: AnandTech

3D Comes to StarCraft II

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2010 - 11:37 AM |

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty patch 1.1.0 is now live! This patch features adjustments to protoss, terran, and zerg balance, notable StarCraft II Editor improvements, and several bug fixes. Be sure to check out the full patch notes below to learn all about the latest changes.


Source: NVIDIA

Is someone using a new exploit to root around your x64 Linux OS

Subject: General Tech | September 20, 2010 - 02:48 PM |

A new exploit allowing people to root your 64 bit Linux server is running rampant currently.  While not all vendors have released a specific fix there is one that is available that should work for most if not all.  There is also a tool available to detect whether you have already been compromised.  Slashdot points out that this is very important as a backdoor will remain even after you have patched a compromised system, which you need to repair as we

Source: Slashdot
Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: General

Introduction and Features

Modern home networking technology solutions integrate all types of home appliances and security devices that can be monitored from any smartphone or PC connected to the internet around the world. WowWee wanted a piece of the action and introduced the Rovio mobile webcam at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2008. Their goal with the Rovio was simple -- create a wireless and portable webcam that could be manipulated and viewed from any PC 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Thermopylae; you've seen the movie and now you know the date

Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2010 - 06:34 PM |

When a PC goes bad sometimes it is not terribly obvious what happened and you end up investigating in odd ways.  Often your ears clue you in, as you hear a fan die or a head crash on a HDD.  Other times

Light Peak may eclipse USB 3.0's future

Subject: General Tech | September 17, 2010 - 12:01 PM |

Intel's plans for 2010 and likely even 2011 do not seem to include any plans to support USB 3.0 at the chipset level.  There may be boards released over the coming months with an add on USB 3.0 controller chip but it will not be made by Intel.  Many are a little upset and confused over this choice and those that are OK with it tend to be those who are waiting to see Light Peak arrive.  They may not have to wait long according to AnandTech who have just seen what the current state of Light Peak is. 

Source: AnandTech