Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2010 - 03:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA is rightly proud of it Optimus technology, a rather smooth way to save battery life and still offer graphical performance when needed thanks to a GPU that can disable its self. They also had reason to be proud to be supplying GPUs to Apple for their various systems. But then suddenly Apple releases their new Macbook Pro which features a GPU that can be enabled and disabled on the fly that does not use nVIDIA's Optimus Technology. It would seem that Apple's antipathy towards exclusive relationships with suppliers is still strong.
Subject: General Tech | April 15, 2010 - 03:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Xonar HDAV 1.3 Deluxe
that Josh just finished reviewing is a fine soundcard. It can pas through protected HD audio via an HDMI 1.3a cable letting you shatter your ear drums watching the newest Michael Bey movie. It has switchable OPAMPS for the audiophiles to colour their music with. Dig into the control panel and you will find no end of things to tweak, up to and including telling the s
Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2010 - 09:07 PM | Josh Walrath
Intel released their Q1 2010 results yesterday, and the entire industry seemingly breathed a sigh of relief. Intel’s Q1 results were, for lack of a better word, tremendous. Q1 is typically the slowest quarter in a year, coming in right after the very busy Holiday season that is encompassed by Q4. In a complete turnaround from historical results, Intel had a larger profit in Q1 than they did in Q4.
Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2010 - 07:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Logitech has a new gaming mouse out, the G9x Laser Mouse with a resolution that adjusts between 200 to 5700 DPI. It also comes with a shell allowing it to switch from the smaller 'Precision" form to a much larger "XL" version with the shell added to the mouse.
Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2010 - 04:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The creative industry on this ball of mud seems to have gone into a recursive phase, deciding the path of least resistance to riches lies in poaching from the intellectual property of previous generations creative souls. The majority of major releases are sequels, some entertaining, some rather tarnished and worn from the passage of time. In some ways it is rather nice to see these old friends again, but when you realize that the only changes since you last saw them were the addition of some bad habits and sparkly bits of bling, well you kind of wish you could hold onto your old, f
Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2010 - 03:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Flashing your BIOS EEPROM chip has gotten a lot easier and safer over the years as we have seen companies develop several strategies to prevent a bad flash from happening and bricking whatever it was you were trying to update. Those who have been bitten several times over the years tend not to trust these features and some components, such as your graphics card may not have features to make flashing easier. For those situations a boot disk with the absolute minimum of TSR programs is the weapon of choice even if the disk has changed from a 3.5" floppy to a thumb drive. If you
It Slices, It Dices...
PC Audio has certainly taken a major downturn in importance for the majority of users, but Asus is still fighting the good fight by offering an extensive selection of quality sound cards. Today we look at the Xonar HDAV 1.3 Deluxe, and see what it can offer users willing to pay the steep price of entry into audiophile class PC audio.
Subject: General Tech | April 13, 2010 - 03:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Graphene is a rather neat material, a single layer of carbon in a honeycomb shaped crystalline lattice that has some very interesting properties. For instance the electrical properties are being eyed as a basis for a new transistor as electrons travel incredibly fast over a graphene lattice, rather close to the universal speed limit. Those transistors are a long ways off but there is another interesting property of graphene, its thermal conductivity is better than that of diamond, the current king of conductivity. We won't be seeing quite that impressive of a performan
Subject: General Tech | April 12, 2010 - 06:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you passed over Ryan's peek at the upcoming ASUS Ares graphics card on the assumption it was just another overclocked HD5890, you missed out on something big. It is in fact a pair of true HD 5870 GPUs, both with a bit of an overclock bringing their cores up to 850MHz and each GPU gets a full 2GB of RAM to use. Now this extra power does have some side effects, the card is very large and requires not only two 8-pin power connectors but also a 6-pin as well. 28.4k on the GPU result in a quick run of 3DMark Vantage beats the