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Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2009 - 06:16 PM |

CPU launches are coming fast and furious this year, with the possibility of more
before the year is out, making it a great time to be an enthusiast.  Mind you, even the best of us can have trouble keeping up with the latest features present on a CPU, how is someone just starting (or restarting) in the world of computer going to figure out which processor family

Spend some time on the Mere

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2009 - 01:53 PM |

The cool unreleased but hopefully some day available tech that you see at the IDF certainly captures the attention, but the one constant that everyone pays attention to are the roadmap updates that chart the coming year.  This IDF it was Westmere that is just on the horizon, the die shrink to Nehalem.  Arrandale and Clarkdale
will be the first to arrive, some time before we roll over to 2010.  AnandTech has taken a close look at what we know for sure about Intel's next tock.

Source: AnandTech

nVIDIA, meet Lucid and say good bye to PhsyX

Subject: General Tech | September 25, 2009 - 12:15 PM |

Protecting your investments is a good idea in business as well as in your personal life, which was what likely prompted nVIDIA to have their latest graphics card driver disable PhysX in a system with non-nVIDIA cards in it.  A sub-set of those gamers who do use PhsyX utilize an AMD card for their graphics with an nVIDIA card to handle the PhysX processing but apparently using the 186 driver version will disable GPU PhsyX processing.  PhysX has not had much success penetrating the market, those few games that utilize it do not really gain any benefits from PhsyX apart from a few visua

Source: NGOHQ

You know what they say about a gamer with small hands ...

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2009 - 04:21 PM |

They need a small mouse.

So OCZ, makers of fine mice and occasionally RAM, has developed a mouse that is the Danny DeVito to the Behemoth's Ahnuld.  The Eclipse does not have quite the DPI resolution of its larger twin but that didn't detract from the quality of the mouse, Hardware Secrets still found it quite usable.   They did discover one or two problems mixed in with the good features so do check out their review before you buy one.

Intel Unveils 45nm System-on-Chip for Internet TV

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2009 - 04:07 PM |

INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, San Francisco, Sept. 24, 2009 – Intel Corporation today unveiled the Intel Atom processor CE4100, the newest System-on-Chip (SoC) in a family of media processors designed to bring Internet content and services to digital TVs, DVD players and advanced set-top boxes.

The CE4100 processor, formerly codenamed "Sodaville," is the first 45nm-manufactured consumer electronics (CE) SoC based on Intel architecture.

Don't you love the way silicon changes size in the fall

Subject: General Tech | September 24, 2009 - 12:12 PM |

AMD may have scooped Intel, both in terms of the single GPU performance crown but also successfully dragging attention away from the Intel Developers Forum.  If your attention did wander and you missed some of the news coming out of the IDF then The Hardware Zone has you covered.  They have pictures of Paul Otellini waving around a 22nm wafer showing off the future of Intel's chip production, which yo

All you need is one orbital drop

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2009 - 05:51 PM |

Halo 3:ODST is here to the great rejoicing of casual gamers who know no better.  As Ars Technica is quick to point out, this $60 game was originally planned as an expansion pack and it seems that they delivered exactly that.  If wandering around the mostly empty streets of New Mombasa looking for clues and audio cues with occasional fighting is your idea of a great time then head out and buy it.  You won't have to invest much time as it will probably take

Source: Ars Technica

The Intel Domination Forum

Subject: General Tech | September 23, 2009 - 11:53 AM |

The one theme that Ars Technica has taken away from the IDF is that Intel has some serious plans for the PC industry.  From the dozen low power, low heat system on a chip projects that are currently on the go to a Moblin based mobile internet device doing a clever imitation of a phone, Intel is spreading its sites to new areas that they have been weak in previously.  That is not all, on the application side they are working on a new UI for Atom based netbooks as well as support to develop apps for the netbook. 

Source: Ars Technica

Live from IDF: Maloney keynote and first Larrabee demonstration!!

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2009 - 04:09 PM |

We are here at the Intel Developer Forum and are ready for the second keynote of the day from Sean Maloney.  We are hearing this one will have the first public showing of Larrabee, Intel's upcoming discrete graphics technology!!!  Stay tuned!

UPDATE: There wasn't much new information from Maloney and Baker on Larrabee, though they did indeed demonstrate it working for the first time.

The three flavours of Fiorano

Subject: General Tech | September 22, 2009 - 12:13 PM |

The first motherboard chipset AMD has developed since the acquisition of
ATI was to be for not just the Magny-Cours processors but also in different forms for the eventual release of Maranello and San Marino.  Instead of only releasing the SR5690 chipset for Magny-Cours, they have also paired the SR5670, and SR5650 I/O hubs to the SP5100 southbridge and launched them today.  We don't know the full specs of these chipsets yet but we do know certain things about what they have been designed for.  The SR5690 is specifically for the 12 core Magny-Cours in 2 or 4 CPU socket motherb

Source: The Register