Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2008 - 01:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Already dropped $10,000 on a maxed out Alienware gaming rig, and have several 30" monitors set up as multiple displays? Having trouble figuring out what the next purchase should be to ensure your bragging rights? Check out the Optimus Maximus keyboard, at around $1,500 you be almost guaranteed to be the only one who has one in your neighbourhood once it becomes available in about a month. Just why is it so expensive? Chec
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Asus' Xonar line of audio cards has been available for a while now, but recently has seen some expansion into external and PCI Express formats. Come in and see how the Xonar line compares to the top-dog Creative X-Fi.
Subject: General Tech | January 11, 2008 - 11:28 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is some good news for fans of AMD via Elite Bastards who talked with AMD about the rumours that the new B3 stepping on Phenoms will be TLB error free. The B3 Phenom will probably not show huge improvements in speed initially, except for those users who applied the patch instead of coping with the slight possibility of random crashes. On the other hand, if the speculation that the TLB errata error is what held the clock speeds down on the new Pheno
Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2008 - 01:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Witcher, a new 3rd person view RPG is loved for it's graphics and atmosphere almost as much as it is cursed for it's bugs. [H]ard|OCP takes a quick look at the gameplay, and provides some screenshots, but the focus of their review is performance. They try this game on a GeForce 8800GTS 512 MB and the 8800GT 512 MB as well as the Radeon HD 3870 512 MB and 3850 256 MB. Read on to see how well these cards can handle the load.
Subject: General Tech | January 10, 2008 - 11:35 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Take a look at these pictures of the new USB 3.0, due to arrive soon. The sockets are deeper, but still backwards compatible and the new standard should transfer around 4.7Gb/s which is faster than a SATA drive. I wouldn't hold my breath waiting to see it reach that speed, but it is likely going to feel a lot faster than current USB 2.0 speeds. The Register also links back to the optical version that we have seen earlier.
Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2008 - 02:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
January 9, 2008 - The most recent Steam Hardware Survey shows more Steam gamers play on NVIDIA GeForce hardware than any other graphics platform. In an effort to further support this popular PC gaming configuration - Steam games plus NVIDIA hardware - Valve and NVIDIA have entered into an agreement to collaborate on development, distribution, events, and more.
Subject: General Tech | January 9, 2008 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new Auzen HDMI 1.3 board looks mighty impressive, offering significantly more options than other cards on the market currently. One of the biggest steps is the inclusion of more than just SPDIF for output, which helps out anyone who owns newer equipment and wants to get off of that antiquated interface. Head to Hardware Canucks for more details on what this card can do for your ears.
Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2008 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Slashdot has linked to an article that covers an MBR rootkit that was found in the wild at the end of '07. Sporting such wonderful features as the ability to be undeleteable, short of repairing your MBR; as well as undetectable through your registry or file system, this could be a bad time to be a hard drive. Unless the MBR moves to a more secure mode this vulnerability cannot be fixed, and who knows what effect having a protected MBR would have on the formatting process.
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