Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2009 - 12:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Motherboards today sport onboard sound that rivals most current add in sound cards. They support HD audio, either 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound and usually a host of optical, SPDIF, component and other input and output choices. The higher end audio cards feature components usually only found previously in studio grade equipment. ExtremeTech feels that the audio quality possibilities beg an important question; why do speakers intended for PCs have to suck so much?
Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2009 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2009 - 05:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[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
Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2009 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2009 - 11:51 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2009 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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
Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2009 - 07:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.