Graphics coming back to the CPU?

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2007 - 12:12 PM |
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Not necessarily in a CPGPU format either!  The Inquirer caught a Ray Tracing demo from Intel, that used the 45nm quad-core Yorkfeild exclusively, never utilizing the graphics card in the system at all.  Not only that, but this performance will apparently scale almost perfectly, for every extra core, you get a 99% increase in performance.  If you put one core as the baseline, then two cores will almost double the speed, whereas if you want twice the speed of the quad core, you need an eight-core chip.  It certainly seem

Source: The Inquirer

Cooler Master is proud to present the 2007 Case Mod Contest

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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  1. This is a worldwide contest open to everyone. You must first register to the Cooler Master Forum to enter if you are not already a member.
  2. Your case must include 5 different Cooler Master products. Case counts as 2.
  3. You must pick a category that you will be working towards. The two categories are: Most Extreme Case - meaning a computer case so modified that it no longer looks like a case; and Most Artistic - meaning the case includes customized paint, air-brushed, artsy in any way.
  4. The Contest will launch on September 1st and run until October 15th.

VIA Introduces New pc3500 Mainboard

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday 21st August 2007 - Further strengthening its
leadership in providing the world's most energy-efficient computing
platforms, VIA Technologies, Inc. today announced the VIA pc3500
Mainboard, a low power, feature-rich platform that enables OEMs and
System Integrators to build Windows Vista desktop PCs that draw less
than 24 watts in Idle State – less than half the requirement of the
U.S. EPA's latest Energy Star Program Requirement for Computers:
Version 4.0
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Very unique hardware

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2007 - 05:07 PM |
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Dan of Dan's Data is absolutely shocked by the performance of Unique's Hardware NF01 and NF02 USB speakers.  They are about the size of a deck of cards, but weigh in at 200 grams, giving them a huge advantage over other small speakers.  Read on to find out what other tricks were used to make these tiny, but talented speakers.

Source: Dan's Data

Intel to Move NOR Flash Memory Products for Embedded to 65nm Process Technology

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2007 - 02:33 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 21, 2007 - To support its embedded technology customers, Intel Corporation announced today plans to extend its embedded NOR flash products to the 65-nanometer (nm) generation. According to the company, the move to 65nm process technology will provide price/performance balance and ensure support for extended product life cycles, both important factors to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) designing for embedded market segments.

New embedded 64-bit processors

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2007 - 11:51 AM |
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The TILE64 processor is a 64-bit mesh/grid architecture processor for the embedded market, and it's not from any of the big chipmakers.  It is the flagship product of Tilera, a company started by Dr.

Source: Ars Technica

Synchronized sinking

Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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According to the Skype blog, the outage many are still experiencing came about because of Microsoft's Patch Tuesday.  The details are still a little sketchy as to exactly what happened, and why this particular patch had more effect on the Skype network than previous Patch Tuesdays.  Keep an eye on Ars Technica's article for updates.

Source: Ars Technica

Gone fishin'

Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2007 - 05:33 PM |
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My weekend may coming early, but that's no excuse for everyone to miss out on the happenings in the PC Perspective Forums.  It's not all gaming, there is still plenty of other topics to see, such as the problems you can run into with removing beta software, or any type of software that doesn't want to come off your PC.   Head to the Cases'n'Cooling forum to learn more about heatsink testing methods and ther

Real arcade action

Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2007 - 11:58 AM |
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The X-Arcade Tankstick is a very unique device, though the people who will enjoy it are not so rare.   It looks like the front of an old MAME arcade that has been forcibly removed and had USB and PS/2 ports attached to the back.  Plug it into your PC and get gaming by yourself or with a friend, because there are two joysticks and button sets, as well as a fair number of full arcade games to choose from. 

Source: OCMODSHOP

Long live the x86

Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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AMD is planning on extending the life of the x86 instruction set, which they claim will make it easier on  programmers planning on switching their code to run optimally on multicore processors. This is a good sign for that part of AMDs development team, they stole the thunder from Intel by being first with a 64-bit instruction set.  Read more about their plans at Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot