Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2007 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP takes a quick and dirty look at the performance you can expect to see from Episode 2, when the Orange Box finally becomes available. Not only do you get an idea how this game will play on AMD and nVIDIA, but there are a few screenshots you haven't seen yet, of an interesting environment.
Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2007 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Some will call the new roadmap good news, others will consider it bad, and in some cases they will be using the same models to argue both points. Either way you look at it, the fact that AMD is at least giving us a much better idea about what to expect from them is a good thing. Take a look at the new road map by following the links from The Inquirer.
Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2007 - 05:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bearing the name of one of the Fates (and a certain type of pit viper) is the new mouse from Razer, the Lachesis, and does it ever have a lot on on it, up to and including onboard memory. The response time is tiny, the maximum DPI is huge and 9 programmable buttons will have you staring at the key mappings of your favorite games for hours trying to figure out the perfect setup. OCModShop has more info on the current pinnacle of gaming mice.
Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2007 - 01:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's processor pricing is in a free fall, with most of their line being reduced in price, including the newly released Black Edition. DigiTimes published the list of bulk prices, which will be very attractive to anyone looking to build an inexpensive PC. Here's hoping that we have new processors soon, as these prices have to be hurting AMD's bottom line.
Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2007 - 01:45 PM | Ryan Shrout
We have been very impressed with the Xonar sound card from Asus here at PC Perspective, and it looks like a new PCI Express version will be coming out soon.
Asustek announced its Xonar D2 PCI sound card on June 5, but we also spotted a PCI Express version of the card—branded Xonar D2X—at the company's Computex booth on the same day. The firm has now finally launched the Xonar D2X, and the PCIe newcomer is coming out together with another member of the Xonar lineup: the Xonar U1.
Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2007 - 07:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sure you know what MP3s are, everyone does. But there is more than one way to make them, and how you choose to do so can have a huge impact on the quality of the and the size as well. Ars Technica takes you through Fast Fourier Transforms, compression algorithms as well as some of the other formats that offer you alternatives to MP3. Your music collection may never sound the same again.
Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2007 - 06:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechARP had a chance to sit down with Patrick Gelsinger, SVP and General Manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group. They get some answers about Intel's tick-tock strategy and the new hafnium-based transistors that we are hoping to see soon, along with as 32nm technology. You can also find out some interesting tidbits about Nehalem.
Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2007 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Folding@Home has run on about 2 million CPUs, and actively runs on 200,000, not counting PS3s. The math gets a little fuzzy when you are calculating FLOPS, but it is likely that they really have, at some point, broken the TeraFLOP milestone.
Storm, the wonderful little infection that has been stealthily been having fun romping through the internet, and possibly your computer, has infected between 1 to 50 MILLION PCs! When the creators figure out what that missing step between Step 1 and Step 3 is, you will likely wish that they were just stealing underpants.
Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2007 - 03:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While we have been seeing some nice onboard audio solutions on ASUS motherboards for a while now, we haven't seen an actual discreet soundcard. This changes with the introduction of the Xonar D2 soundcard, which houses an incredible amount of features and outputs. Elite Bastards gave the card, and the bundle it came with a try, check out
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