Subject: General Tech | April 28, 2008 - 11:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After having so much difficulty with the Phenom, it is nice to hear some good news about AMD's fabs. According to what The Inquirer has heard, the yeilds on the RV770 are higher than expected. This will mean the XT version, which uses GDDR5; as opposed to the Pro's GDDR3, will be appearing sooner than expected. Lets hope for some better than predicted performance as well.
Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2008 - 06:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The PC Perspective community is build from a diverse range of people, with different backgrounds and cultures, but a shared love of hardware and community. Our members have found PCPer through a variety of means, for instance I was looking to end an abusive relationship with the ASUS NetQ forums and was welcomed to this community when I unsuspectingly followed a link from there almost 7 years ago. However I doubt many people came via BoardReader, who seemed clueless when it came to our community. Th
Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2008 - 01:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Driver Heaven has had a tool that lets you keep the graphics drivers on your laptop up to date for a while, but Vista has proved to be a problem until recently. The new 184.108.40.206 version of their Mobility Modder works with XP and Vista and supports a wide range of mobile Radeon GPUs. Tired of shouting yourself hoarse trying to get your OEM to update their supported drivers? Worry no more.
Subject: General Tech | April 25, 2008 - 11:50 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Perhaps it is because I am hard on earphones, killing them off frequently enough that it is not worth getting a good pair, but the LiveWires T1 Custom In Ear Monitors just don't make sense for my listening habits. They are about half the price of other custom IEMs, running about $249 plus the cost of your ear molds. Yes, ear molds. According to techPowerUp!, it is best to go to an audiologist and pay to get a mold of your ears made, as the "home kits are not nearly as reliable or safe".
Subject: General Tech | April 24, 2008 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's time for hardware reviewers to panic, there is a new 3DMark coming next week. Every piece of kit lying around gathering dust because it has been benchmarked dozens of different ways needs to be pulled out and tested again. This version will be Vista only, so at least there is only one OS to test the hardware on. Follow the link at The Inquirer for more info.
Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2008 - 11:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Interplay is finally doing something right. According to The Inquirer, not only will we see a new Earthworm Jim game, they are talking about reviving both the MDK and Descent series. Perhaps the Earthworm Jim TV series and movie (stay away, Uwe) are not much to get excited about, but a game in which lawyers are a main opponent, cows fall from the sky and you have to fight villains like Prof. Monkey for a Head to get back Princess What's-Her-Name can't be all bad.
Subject: General Tech | April 22, 2008 - 12:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the not too distant past, a mouse was pretty much a mouse, as was a keyboard; the real effort was put into designing joysticks and racing wheels that one upped the competition. Now you have too look hard just too find one, while keyboards and mice are sporting LCDs and other fancy improvements. If you are still a fan of the wheel then take a look at Benchmark Reviews take on the Thrustmaster RGT For
Subject: General Tech | April 22, 2008 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SwiftShader 2.0, designed by TransGaming is designed to allow DX9 shader processing on a CPU. Right now it is only impressive as a future technology, gamers will not be impressed by the performance in benchmarks, even on a quad-core processor. Once Nehalem arrives on the scene, the processing power might increase to the point where it is usable for more than just tech demos. Of course dedicated GPUs will continue to increase in power as well, and the software solution will probably lag behind in terms of pure bandwidth.