Is it worth losing 20fps?

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2007 - 12:26 PM |
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ExtremeTech spent some time comparing the eye candy present in the DX9 and DX10 versions of BioShock.  They have 5 side-by-side comparison shots, showing off the different effects that DX10 is supposed to bring.  As it turns out, it is about as disappointing as the news that physics in UT3 will only be available in a mod.

Source: Extremetech

Inspect their gadgets

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2007 - 12:12 PM |
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Comex 2007, the gadget lovers favourite trade show, has been invaded by Hardware Zone.  They have a huge preview of all the new toys and tools we will be seeing released in the near future, from projectors to crystal encrusted monitors to a Draft N wireless NIC with 3 antenna. 

Why go for a keypad when you can have the whole board

Subject: General Tech | August 23, 2007 - 06:15 PM |
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A drawback to some of the gaming keypads, llike the Wolfking Warrior is that they take up extra space on an already packed desk.  The Timberwolf addresses that issue by attaching an FPS keypad directly to the left side of a QWERTY keyboard, and removing the numpad usually found on the right.  Find out what it did to OCC's game, and their opponents.

AMD, nVIDIA and TSMC in a three way

Subject: General Tech | August 23, 2007 - 11:53 AM |
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It seems that the influx of cash and partnerships from AMD and nVIDIA are helping TSMC move their chips faster than they can make them.  Currently both AMD and nVIDIA use TSMC produced chips on their graphics cards and both are seeing a decline in the amount available.   DigiTimes spoke with both companies to see what plans the two graphics manufacturers have.  It's good to hear the HD 2x00 series is selling units, especially with the departure of their Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Henri Richard.

Games Convention 2007

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2007 - 02:31 PM |
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HEXUS is at the 2007 Games Convention, and boy do they have a scoop.  Crysis will play on a single core machine with dual 6600's.  That means that you should be able to get a nicely playable experience out of a dual core and a single 8800.

"Over at the EA booth here at Games Convention 2007, an EA rep has let slip that Crysis, the hugely anticipated

shooter from the Crytek boys, doesn't need high spec kit to run.

The slip came about when we asked about the specs EA were showcasing Crysis on, which i

Source: Hexus

Graphics coming back to the CPU?

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2007 - 12:12 PM |
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Not necessarily in a CPGPU format either!  The Inquirer caught a Ray Tracing demo from Intel, that used the 45nm quad-core Yorkfeild exclusively, never utilizing the graphics card in the system at all.  Not only that, but this performance will apparently scale almost perfectly, for every extra core, you get a 99% increase in performance.  If you put one core as the baseline, then two cores will almost double the speed, whereas if you want twice the speed of the quad core, you need an eight-core chip.  It certainly seem

Source: The Inquirer

Cooler Master is proud to present the 2007 Case Mod Contest

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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  1. This is a worldwide contest open to everyone. You must first register to the Cooler Master Forum to enter if you are not already a member.
  2. Your case must include 5 different Cooler Master products. Case counts as 2.
  3. You must pick a category that you will be working towards. The two categories are: Most Extreme Case - meaning a computer case so modified that it no longer looks like a case; and Most Artistic - meaning the case includes customized paint, air-brushed, artsy in any way.
  4. The Contest will launch on September 1st and run until October 15th.

VIA Introduces New pc3500 Mainboard

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday 21st August 2007 - Further strengthening its
leadership in providing the world's most energy-efficient computing
platforms, VIA Technologies, Inc. today announced the VIA pc3500
Mainboard, a low power, feature-rich platform that enables OEMs and
System Integrators to build Windows Vista desktop PCs that draw less
than 24 watts in Idle State – less than half the requirement of the
U.S. EPA's latest Energy Star Program Requirement for Computers:
Version 4.0
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Very unique hardware

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2007 - 05:07 PM |
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Dan of Dan's Data is absolutely shocked by the performance of Unique's Hardware NF01 and NF02 USB speakers.  They are about the size of a deck of cards, but weigh in at 200 grams, giving them a huge advantage over other small speakers.  Read on to find out what other tricks were used to make these tiny, but talented speakers.

Source: Dan's Data

Intel to Move NOR Flash Memory Products for Embedded to 65nm Process Technology

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2007 - 02:33 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 21, 2007 - To support its embedded technology customers, Intel Corporation announced today plans to extend its embedded NOR flash products to the 65-nanometer (nm) generation. According to the company, the move to 65nm process technology will provide price/performance balance and ensure support for extended product life cycles, both important factors to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) designing for embedded market segments.