Subject: General Tech | April 7, 2010 - 11:29 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you want to design a killer app you won't go wrong is designing ways to easily implement a way for programs to leverage better performance out of multicore systems.
We have had singe core systems since the beginning so that is predictably where programmers have focused their efforts. There have always been specialized applications for servers that have more than one physical processor but until very recently there has not been the amount of multicore processors out there and as is usual in the computer world the amount of cores is increasing very quickly. Enter some rese
Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2010 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SemiAccurate has confirmed that nVIDIA did tape out the GF104 a few months ago, a mid ranged or lower end part based on the new Fermi architecture. He has heard that the GF104 will be at many levels a GTX 480 that has been halved, with half the number of cores, ROPs and shaders. In theory that will drop costs and more importantly reduce the heat that has caused the GTX 480 so much grief. The information is only partial, but if you are curious about the near future of nVIDIA y
Subject: General Tech | April 5, 2010 - 04:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For most people the buzz about the iPad is about skin deep. They care about its form factor and the apps that are available and maybe a bit about the quality of the screen. At PC Perspective most members interest doesn't get tweaked until the plastic comes off and we can get a peek inside. Thankfully AnandTech has given us a way to do that without having to buy one and disassemble it. It seems that the submission to the FCC wasn't done by someone with a ful
Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2010 - 06:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The PC Perspective Contest thread is seeing a lot of action, over 600 posts indicate that your chances might be slim but remember that there are still 3 other ways to get extra chances so make sure you take advantage of that! If you do win, or have a system that needs a little tweaking it is nice to know exactly how well you did at enhancing your performance. Benchmarks are the tool to
Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2010 - 02:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It will be years before the construction is finished on Fab 8 and Saratoga county becomes a hotbed of technical innovation but once Global Foundries starts up the lines you can expect 35,000 300mm diameter silicon wafers per month. As this is a brand new Fab, the design can incorporate new technology such as better air circulation and water systems instead of trying to retrofit an older building. ExtremeTech had a chance to visit the site and talk with those building the Fab, which you can read abou
Subject: General Tech | April 1, 2010 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The philosophy behind Ars' publishing of their system rescue guide is ... "Never ask "should I be paranoid about losing my data?" Ask "just how paranoid should I be about losing my data?"
Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2010 - 02:23 PM | Josh Walrath
The past several weeks have been a busy one for AMD. The release of the 890GX was perhaps the highlight, and being able to claim the first native SATA 6G implementation (well ahead of Intel) is a big feather in AMD's cap. The release drivers for AMD's latest southbridge AHCI functionality were dated back from an October/Novermber 2009 timeframe, so they were not exactly up to date considering the new hardware that was brought to the table with the SB850 southbrdige. In terms of IOPS performance, the new SB850 southie performs on par with what we are seeing from Intel these da
Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2010 - 01:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not many got a StarCraft 2 beta key, but some of those that did are putting together overviews of how the game has changed and what is new and what has stayed the same. While not quite as strange as some Zerg videos, the Escapist Magazine has assembled a look at the Zerg. If you have yet to encounter the changed Zerg Queen you definitely have to check this video out.
Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2010 - 01:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you think the following specs sound better than sliced bread ...
Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2010 - 12:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
KB971033 already has a bad name, we knew that it was the evolution of Windows Genuine Advantage and that it phoned home to Redmond to report on the status of your Windows license. However, have you heard of the anti-terrorism file scan that it does? According to information from TechARP, this update initiates a heuristic-based scan for potential "terrorism-related" materials and if they are found
then a lot of personal information about your PC will be headed off to Redmond and presumably Washing