Don't go buying that third 8800 Ultra just yet

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2007 - 11:50 AM |
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The Inquirer reports on a development with nVIDIA that may distract from the various issues AMD is suffering through, like their errata problems killing Quad FX and slowing down the Phenom.  While AMD has demonstrated (but not let anyone test) 4 way CrossFire,  the 780i chipset is having difficulties getting that third card to work with SLI.

Source: The Inquirer

The other Rock Band game

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2007 - 12:24 PM |
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If you somehow manage to get tird of playing Guitar Hero and Rock Band, as inconceivable as
that might be right now, you could always consider making your own music.  ExtremeTech looks at 3 music creation suites, that will let you compose what is in your imagination with your mouse.  Not all of these are created equal, and while it might be tempting to jump into this by picking up professional level software, you might find yourself overwhelmed.

Microsoft is abandoning everyone's favourite Vista feature

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2007 - 12:01 PM |
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No longer will anyone be able to complain that WGA ate their Vista install; Microsoft is gong to be removing it in Service Pack 1.  I guess we will have to complain about something else in Vista now .  Read more about this sudden outbreak of common sense on the Inquirer.

Source: The Inquirer

A different kind of gaming keyboard

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2007 - 02:43 PM |
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The Razer Lycosa takes gaming keyboards in a slightly different direction than the oversized, extra numpad sporting ones that we have been seeing quite frequently.  Instead of adding buttons, they modifed them, topping them with rubber and shortening them to a height more often found on laptops.  The WASD keys glow, and the lighted logo also toggles the windows key on and off. 

Source: Extremetech

Happy Birthday Vista

Subject: General Tech | December 3, 2007 - 12:08 PM |
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Vista has turned one, and over it's first year it has had some difficulties.  With many of the channels dumping Vista for XP, or at least offering a choice between the two, driver nightmare issues, and the lack of a service back, home user adoption is slow.  Not even Crysis and other DX10 games are spurring sales.  On the business side it is even more bleak with incredibly low adoption numbers, and now the news that many corporations that were considering a 07-08 change-over have pushed that back to a 08-09 switch. 

Source: The Register

Providing tools to help you navigate the wild waters of high tech

Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2007 - 06:02 PM |
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When we are doing benchmarking at PC Perspective, an easy way to see how a program responds to additional CPU cores is to disable 1 or more cores and run the benchmarks again.  All hardware and speeds stay the same, but with less cores available, making any scaling that occurs easy to spot.  As an enthusiast trying to use a new dual/quad core CPU, having a disabled core isn't exactly what you want and it can be quite frustrating when that happens.  There is also a thread in that forum that can help out

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Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2007 - 12:08 PM |
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Dan, who is incapable of not asking a question once it crosses his mind and then tracking down an answer from somewhere, takes on the mystery of save games.  Why is it that some games end up with a save folder larger than the rest of the game combined, while others seem to have tiny saves that barely make a scratch on your HDD, or fit in a tiny bit of flash memory.  Why do some games load saves quicker in some areas than others, and others seem to load the same regardless.

Source: Dan's Data

February will be busy

Subject: General Tech | November 30, 2007 - 11:49 AM |
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Following yesterday's announcement that AMD's triple core processors will be available in February, nVIDIA has announced that the GeForce 9 series will also make it's appearance in the same month.  The information DigiTimes has is still pretty vague, nVIDIA is keeping this series close to their chests.

Source: Digitimes

Triple cores in the first half

Subject: General Tech | November 29, 2007 - 11:48 AM |
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Just in time for SAD, AMD offers another reason to isolate yourself and bathe in the glow of artificial lights, they will be releasing two Tolimans in February.  2.5GHz is a nice step up, and since it was motherboard makers that told DigiTimes the date,

Source: Digitimes

AMD Expands R&D Presence in India

Subject: General Tech | November 29, 2007 - 11:19 AM |
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BANGALORE, India - Nov. 29, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD), a leading global provider of innovative processing solutions in the computing, graphics and consumer electronics markets, today announced the opening of a new silicon design and platform research and development (R&D) facility in Bangalore.

As India's role and importance in AMD's global R&D network increases, the number of employees in Bangalore continues to grow, requiring a new facility that will accommodate the current team while also providing room for future growth.

Source: AMD