Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2010 - 01:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BEAVERTON, Ore. – November 18, 2010 – PCI-SIG, the organization responsible for the widely adopted PCI Express (PCIe®) industry-standard input/output (I/O) technology, today announced the availability of the PCIe Base 3.0 specification to its members. The PCIe 3.0 architecture is a low-cost, high-performance I/O technology that includes a new 128b/130b encoding scheme and a data rate of 8 gigatransfers per second (GT/s), doubling the interconnect bandwidth over the PCIe 2.0 specification.
Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2010 - 01:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Drop by SemiAccurate for an overview of the talks that the WiFi Alliance has been having about WiFi Direct, which will be a software upgrade that extends the usefulness of wireless connectivity by allowing connections to multiple devices. The connection remains WPA2 or WPS, offering secure connectivity to up to three wireless devices, think of it as a turbo charged Bluetooth connection. There is much more to learn about from their talks.
Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2010 - 06:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sharkoon, a semi-frequent mention on the PC Perspective Podcast thanks to the unlikely name they've chosen have recently released a new gaming headset called the XTACTIC SP USB. Perhaps the most interesting feature of this headset is that it is tested to work on just about any platform you would want to use it on, something other brands sometimes have an issue with.
Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2010 - 02:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The long running CoD franchise has a new member and for a game about Black Ops, there sure is a lot of attention being payed to how it is operating. The reactions have been mixed, from those whose heads are exploding from the rage and disappointment trying to find an outlet to those who are happy to wait until it is patched to the point where playing the game, especially in multiplayer is more fun than frustrating. HEXUS tried the single player campaign and gives you a quick run down of what is new in the
Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2010 - 12:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The current CEO of Microsoft might not quite be at the status of Richard Branson but for a tech company he is rather famous, especially when he loses his temper. While there is no outburst in the interview he completed with Ars Technica there is certainly a lot to draw the attention of anyone interested in the current mindset of Microsoft and the plans they have for the future. Four pages worth of questions and answers await.
Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2010 - 12:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to the numbers that DigiTimes is seeing, the drop in costs for SSDs are having an effect on the price of HDDs but don't expect to see the price per gigabyte get all that close. We've seen price cuts from Intel and Adata is also going that route and you can expect the introduction of 20nm flash chips to also help drop the cost of SSDs over the coming year. On the flip side it looks like large capacity HDDs are going to go up a little bit while the new flash is being rolled out.
Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2010 - 12:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has some nice pictures of the next generation of motherboards for Intel processors, aka Sandy Bridge or the 6 series. They've a few examples from ASUS although not the full lineup of 17 motherboards. One of the most unique of the bunch is the Sabertooth P67 which has a Tactical Jacket, a plastic piece covering the entire motherboard except for slots, which is supposed to direct airflow over various onboard components.
Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2010 - 12:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Allyn just had to pass on an amazing deal for an Sandforce based 64GB Micro Center SSD. Sure you might not recognize the MicroCentre brand, but what really counts is the controller, the same one found in the Vertex 2 and Agility 2 SSD who's specs are in the SSD Decoder Ring.
Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2010 - 06:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you haven't been spending much time browsing through the forums, you might not have noticed that a lot of the smaller sub-forums have been rolled up into large, more active forums. Whereas once we had segregated Motherboards not only into Intel versus AMD but also they were broken down by manufacturer they are now all together in one monster sized forum. That means you can benefit from the multitude of eyes that will see your question, as all of our motherboard gurus are on the s
Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2010 - 01:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Patriot's new SF-1222TA3-SBH based Inferno 120GB SSD features
Sandforce's DuraClass technology, meaning that it has a number of features designed to extend the life of the drive as well as prevent dips in speed due to the collection of garbage sectors over time and other neat tricks like real-time loss-less compression. In Th