Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2009 - 06:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Right now you could say that we are in a golden age for GPUs. The performance available at the $100 will have you running any modern game at reasonable frame rates with a little tweaking. You can't turn on the bells and whistles, nor will you be able to set your resolution to 2560x1600, but you can run them. The days of requiring a serious investment of cash to upgrade your card to bare minimum have gone, though they will return some day. In the mean time if you are using an 8800 series card,
Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2009 - 02:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Killer gaming mice with multiple lasers or sensors, DPI resolution close to 10,000 and various weights to make your fragging perfect are great when you are at the PC. The second you step away for some reason, those same features make it difficult to use on random surfaces. The cord can also be a problem, say if your graphics card decides to only send to the TV in the other room and not to the monitor. The Logitech Performance Mouse MX is your answer to that, being cordless and designed to work on almost any system.
Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2009 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Wireless networking is really handy, no wires to drag or holes to drill and it is nice to be able to work where you want, as long as you are in range of your router. The problem is security. It has been over 2 years since the death of WEP as a useful tool to keep your packets safe. Now it would seem that WPA has taken a bit of a beating. The good news is that there are limits to this attack, you can gain the ability to read or change short packets, but you can neither read or chan
Subject: General Tech | August 27, 2009 - 12:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The holographic slideshow is a reality, unfortunately they were aiming for a moving picture. Current technology can render a nice holographic image by using all the processing power available, the problem being that there is nothing left to apply shading, or lighting and shadows. A prototype card called the HORN-6 looks to be a huge step forward in the quest to bring animated holography to the big and small screen. If you slap 4 of them in a system, you can get a nice holographic image that can be refreshed at a speed of 1 frame per second, sort of like Crysis on an IGP.
Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2009 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are even peripherally aware of who BJ Blazkowicz
is or played the atrocity that was Enemy Territory then you have read at least one review of Wolfenstein. What you may not have seen is a guide to making your game look better, though you may be familiar with the impact the Veil has on your werewolf's victims frames per second. Tech Spot would like to fix that lack with a look into what kind of performance that you can expect from your GPU
Subject: General Tech | August 26, 2009 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If there is one particular BIOS option that AMD fans are all talking about, it would be Advanced Clock Configuration. ACC can turn single core Semprons into a dual core Athlon X2. Originally it was the Phenom II series, where 4 core parts were being having one or more core disabled and sold as lower priced chips having those cores unlocked via ACC. Now we are heari
Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2009 - 06:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Earbuds are handy when you are on the go or if you really don't like full earcups and the associated headgear, with in-ear being the most popular style currently. Of the in-ear buds, the Razer Moray In-Ear Headphones are near the top of most people's lists and they have just been improved upon. The Razer Moray+ Mobile Gaming Communicator
takes that design and adds an in-line microphone to the mix.
Subject: General Tech | August 25, 2009 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP has revealed the overclocking potential of the Core i5 on their front page. You won't see any performance benchmarks in their sneak peek, those are still a loosely kept secret. What you will see is an impressive overclocking tool in action, and that is not a comment about the reviewer, it is about the i5 One Button OCing
tool. With a simple push of a button
Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2009 - 03:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At $185 the Logitech G19 keyboard is a serious investment. For that investment you get a keyboard with a 320x240 LCD that can display customizable system or game information. It can even display video if you so desire. There is also an even dozen programmable keys on the outside to let you customize your board to your own specifications. There is a lot more to see on this board, so
Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2009 - 01:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The phrase racing for the bottom may have negative connotations for some, but when you are talking about delivering components for the lowest possible price then peoples eyes start to brighten. Enthusiasts are all familiar with the cost of going to an X58 based system, so any way to have a lower priced Intel system will become very popular and we have a suspect. The P55 that will be paired with the new Core i5 CPU has been previewed across the web over the past 2 weeks and one of the big attractions has been the price point.