This means war

Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2008 - 01:11 PM |
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Creative and ASUS really aren't getting along very well.  Creative and most consumers aren't too fond of each other either.  With Vista's changes to the way it handles the sound processing to popping issues with XiFi's, Creative has been taking a beating.  TECHGAGE looks into this battle and will be testing the EAX emulation under DS3D GX 2.0.

Source: TECHGAGE

Intel, STMicroelectronics and Francisco Partners Close Transaction to Create Numonyx

Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2008 - 11:31 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 31, 2008 - Intel Corporation today announced that the company has finalized and closed its transaction with STMicroelectronics and Francisco Partners to create a new independent semiconductor company Numonyx B.V. that will design, develop and manufacture NOR and NAND flash memory products.

We were all new here at one point

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2008 - 05:55 PM |
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At one point or another, all of us have strayed into unknown territory with our PCs.  For some it was the switch to Intel from AMD, and the different ways that the system was set up.  Others might be poking around at the strange beast bearing the name Linux, or teaching their brain how to parse HTML tags for the first time.  Whatever it was that triggered it, we went searching through the internets for the information we needed, and we ended up in the PC Perspective forums.  Most of us have stayed and we can repay the kindness of strangers by doing the same in turn, and hel

Intel decides not to push their luck

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2008 - 11:54 AM |
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After gifting retailers with the X48 chipset, which resulted in those retailers having huge inventories of suddenly unattractive X38 based boards, Intel will not do the same thing with the P45.  Intel will be delaying the release of the new chipset until mid-June and retailers are probably grateful they have a chance to start unloading P35 boards.  The end user should also take heart, the near simultaneous release of the X38 and X48 helped motherboard prices to soar to the levels we are seeing right now.

Source: Digitimes

Xonar soundcards and EAX Support

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2008 - 11:32 AM |
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The Xonar series driver update for DS3D GX 1.0 to DS3D GX 2.0 is our response to feedback/criticism favoring compatibility with games that feature EAX 5.0. DS3D GX 2.0 allows gamers to enable EAX sound options/schemes in games on Vista and legacy Windows XP.

The solution involves:

1. Enabling EAX5.0 sound setting in games

2. Redirecting DirectSound3D Hardware and EAX calls to the DS3D GX core

3. Upgrading the DS3D GX engine.

The updated engine:

Source: ASUS

Sounding the death knell for audio cards

Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2008 - 06:31 PM |
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ExtremeTech takes a look at a piece of hardware that may be destined for destruction, the stand alone audio card.  Audiophiles who are happy to drop $1000 on a studio grade card not included.  Gamers and casual users on the other hand seem satisfied with onboard audio solutions, as they have come a long way.  What would you say to Creative creating a software version of their XiFi?

Source: Extremetech

Long live the lesser of two evils

Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2008 - 12:16 PM |
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If you are like many PC enthusiasts, the only way they are getting you to switch to Vista is to destroy every copy of XP in existence. 
Life support is currently planned to be removed April 8, 2014, giving Microsoft almost enough time to get Windows 7 into beta, assuming that the date the Mayan calendar was set to end on was not picked because that is the official release day.  In the meantime, SP3 is still coming out, saving everyone the joys of either rebuil

Source: Tech ARP

Addicted to Nod

Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2008 - 12:38 PM |
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The first add-on to the third installment of a game called Command & Conquer is up for review at Gaming Heaven.  In this game, you play Kane's lieutenants in the evil Brotherhood of Nod, there are 3 involved in a story line that leaps around the C&C timeline.  There are also multiplayer and skirmishing modes that will offer a bit of replayability after you've beaten the single player, but unless you are a huge C&C fan, or just love any excuse to play an RTS game, you've probably stopp

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A return volley from the PC side

Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2008 - 12:20 PM |
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The recurring theme of the upcoming death of the PC for gaming has another participant, Alex. St.

Source: Extremetech

It's not a rumour

Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2008 - 11:55 AM |
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nVIDIA is going to make chipsets for VIA, they aren't going to purchase them, according to this story on The Inquirer.  Via has announced it will back out of the chipset business completely to focus on their processors.  It seems that nVIDA is the company that has been chosen to supply the chipsets those VIA CPUs will use.

Source: NVIDIA