Subject: General Tech | February 7, 2011 - 04:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fans of Linux have some good news today from Phoronix involving Advanced Vector Extensions the successor to the SSE4 instruction set. We are still waiting on AMD's first part to arrive on the market while not only has Intel released a part that can handle the new technology, Linux is now able to take advantage of that with the new GCC 4.6. You can see how well the support has been implemented by reading through the variety of benchmarks in the full article.
Subject: General Tech | February 4, 2011 - 06:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Talk Forum abounds with mysteries this week, from an ECS motherboard with some issues and far too many BIOSes to choose from to an attempt to recover some unpartitioned space on a HDD. The Motherboard Forum is more concerned about how a single transistor can ruin an entire motherboard family. The Graphics Forum is also pretty busy, though in a
Subject: General Tech | February 4, 2011 - 11:32 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In case you were feeling on top of things and feel that you can tell the difference between a Core i7 on LGA1366 versus LGA1156 accurately and aren't overly concerned about discerning an LGA1155 or yet to arrive LGA2011 SandyBridge part, Intel has made things more confusing. The server room has avoided most of the socket ecosystem flourishing but that is not going to last according to SemiAccurate.
Subject: General Tech | February 3, 2011 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Josh recently touched on the state of the current mobile processor generation, contrasting the efforts of NVIDIA and ARM to improve the performance of the upcoming generation of smart phones. The Inquirer has done something similar, sitting down with Richard York, director of product marketing at ARM
to hear what he had to say. The resulting article focuses more on the connectivity side of the required processing power from the silicon within smartphones and the very low latency displayed by ARM's new baseband
Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2011 - 06:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are Gigabyte, you promise refunds or replacements. Obviously you will likely get the refund quicker, but as you are probably going to spend the money on a new motherboard, so you could always wait for the details of the replacement program to solidify.
Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2011 - 03:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Cooler Master Storm Spawn has 7 customizable buttons, a sleek red and black color scheme and an adjustable 3500 DPI sensor. The software it comes with will be familiar to anyone who has used a gaming mouse, with perhaps a bit more depth as the mouse is capable of macros with a maximum of 10 key presses and releases. Overall it received a positive review from Neoseeker, though the reviewer would have liked it to be a bit larger so those with big hands be warned.
Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2011 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Drop by Rock, Paper, Shotgun for a free look at The Duty Calls, which is what Epic Games is offering up instead of a BulletStorm demo. While you can't kill with style yet, you can see a nice movie setting you up for a free download of The Duty Calls. It is 765MB, so Canadians should grab it now before UBB kicks in and it counts against your limits.
Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2011 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Rooting your Nook colour is nothing new, various projects have been underway for a while to allow more control and functionality on the device. The newest project involves the new Android Honeycomb platform and you can get the details on how this was done at Hack a Day. This is a successful project in its early stages so while they have enabled a lot of the features not all are quite up to snuff. Try it out for yourse
Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2011 - 01:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Via AnandTech we received some information on what caused the issue with SandyBridge's SATA 3Gb/s controller, in fact a legacy hardware issue. While it is possible that the single transistor mentioned could be the root cause, Charlie from SemiAccurate does not believe that to be the case, he sites several problems with Intel's explanation of how the root cause was discovered.
Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2011 - 12:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The big news today is Intel's reporting of a flaw in their new SandyBridge 6-series motherboards. It seems that the SATA 3.0 Gp/s ports have rather short life time and some users will have drives drop off as too many bit errors result in the connection to the drive being cut. That does not mean the board you bought is unusable, simply that the failure rate of the older SATA controller is unreasonably high, and those using only the SATA 6 Gb/s ports won't even notice. Intel has an interesting