You'll be waiting for Istanbul

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2009 - 12:02 PM |
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Good things come in packs of 24, and AMD's Istanbul can be included among that group.  The Tech Report has pictures of a four socket system with four 6-core Istanbul processors, for a rather impressive task manager.  Perhaps even more impressive is that with specific Socket F motherboards, a BIOS flash is all it will take to allow you to drop one of these new Istabul chips in for a hefty upgrade.  Follow the link to see just how hefty.

Give me MORE!!!

Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2009 - 05:55 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP believes firmly that there can never be too much power, hence their review of a system with a pair of GeForce GTX 295s set up in Quad SLI.  The installation was a snap, they had none of the problems that plagued SLI set
up in previous generations, problems which slowed the adoption of multiple graphics cards.  If you can manage to provide the $1000 and 290W to your graphics cards, you will be playing games at 2560x1600 with every option maxed out and still have no fra

Source: [H]ard|OCP

I'll have me the same again

Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2009 - 12:41 PM |
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If you loved F.E.A.R., or are just a huge fan of running down narrow corridors madly shooting everything, F.E.A.R.

Source: bit-tech

IE 8 almost ready for prime time

Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2009 - 12:03 PM |
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In the last half of March, users of XP and Vista will be able to try out the new Internet Explorer, with exciting new features like a "monetization ecosystem".  While it is hard to know exactly what is meant by that phrase, Tech ARP makes a likely guess, it will have something to do with advertisements.  The other focus of the update is searches, it sounds as though the web portal will be resurrected
once again.  There are also some unspecified privacy and security improvements; we will see how wel

Source: Tech ARP

NVIDIA RESPONDS TO INTEL COURT FILING

Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2009 - 11:51 AM |
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NVIDIA responded to a court filing in which Intel alleged that the four-year-old chipset license agreement the companies signed does not extend to Intel's future generation CPUs with "integrated" memory controllers, such as Nehalem. The filing does not impact NVIDIA chipsets that are currently being shipped. Intel is trying to delay the inevitable value shift from the CPU to the GPU.

NVIDIA believes that our bus license with Intel clearly enables us to build chipsets for Intel CPUs with integrated memory controllers.

Source: NVIDIA

Sweet deals from Newegg and AMD

Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2009 - 05:53 PM |
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Phenom II 940 bundle with Foxconn A79A-S MB:

-$110 Combo Discount

-$34 Rebate

Phenom 9850 bundle with Foxconn A79A-S MB:

-$140 Combo Discount

-$34 Rebate

Source: AMD

Dual monitors isn't enough for the truly hardcore

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2009 - 03:16 PM |
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If you really want to get the most out of your day, try using two separate computers with the help of the

Data mining the gold farmers

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2009 - 11:42 AM |
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While you probably never met a bespectacled man with a pipe who asked you to sit down on a couch and tell him about your mother while playing Everquest, you may well have been psychoanalyzed
at some point in your questing.  Four years of data for over 400,000 characters was passed on to researchers looking for various patterns in the demographics of the players and what they used the game for.  Probably the neatest trick was writing software to deal with over 60TB of data, the EQ2 servers capture absolutely everything that happens in the game, and that raw data is what had to be de

Source: Ars Technica

How does the extra work always time it's self to arrive late Friday afternoon

Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2009 - 07:04 PM |
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Trying to get good audio out of a PC can be a little frustrating at times, not just because the audio drivers tend to move options and settings around with sadistic glee, but also because of the sheer amount of output choices.  If you really do want to send a 5.1 signal over a single cable and are having difficulties, try this thread out for some help.

For those who want to rock

Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2009 - 03:54 PM |
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If you have an unused PCIe slot and a hankering for some great audio quality then check out the new Xonar Essence STX from ASUS.  The Guru of 3D have put together an 18 page review covering everything from the components and their quality to the ability to add EAX emulation to games.  In some ways any audio review is

Source: Guru of 3D