Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2008 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The only similarity between Left 4 Dead and Rock Band is that it is a lot more fun to play with 3 friends. Ars Technica has spent a lot of time playing and absolutely love it; this is not just another zombie game. From the atmosphere to the inclusion of a rather sadistic 'Director' Left 4 Dead is going to grab your attention and not let go. Each time you play one of the 20 maps, you will find something different, no spawn points are fixed; where you found a pile of ammo in the last game you may just find a big boss zombie.
Subject: General Tech | November 19, 2008 - 01:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 19, 2008 - In the award-winning videogame Mirror's Edge, DICE, an Electronic Arts Inc. studio, introduces players to a new heroine named Faith. Faith belongs to a network of couriers called 'runners' who use acrobatic moves to transport confidential information across the cityscape of rooftops and aerial skyways to avoid being detected. To deliver this never-before-seen sense of movement and perspective, DICE has turned to NVIDIA PhysX technology to give gamers an eye-popping experience on the PC.
Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2008 - 02:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Today's announcement by NVIDIA is creating a new segment of the PC market dubbed the "personal super computer". What actually constitutes a PSC? Why, lots and lots of GPUs of course! NVIDIA hopes to make the PSC a common purchase for high performance computing areas like research and education.
Subject: General Tech | November 18, 2008 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA is trying to bring the supercomputer back to the desktop with their Tesla, a system boasting four Tesla C1060 cards with a quad-core CPU and 16 GB of RAM plus a few 960 graphics cores. All told, including the Tesla C1060 cards the system should push around 900 GFLOPS in the proposed configuration. Starting at around $10,000 you won't see to many of these at LAN parties, but you may spot one at a university lab party. Get all the electrifying details at The I
Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2008 - 04:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As you might assume, the recent AMD announcements and Intel's Core i7 almost here, the Processor Forum is busy with comparisons between the two new processor lines.
The folks in the Overclocking forum are also excited, it's been a while since the last new overclocking challenge appeared. Any overclocking will require a good heatsink, the topic in the Cas
Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2008 - 04:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Canucks got their mitts on an ASUS Xonar Essence STX Engineering Sample, their upcoming audio card release. The list of options will daunt all but the devoted audiophile, ASUS is definitely aiming at the high end of the market with this card. They have yet to put the card through their full battery of tests, so you shall have to content yourself with pictures and feature discriptions for the moment.
Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2008 - 03:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Instead of having to sit through all eight hours of the presentation, AnandTech offers you a short cut into the news that broke from AMD yesterday. There are plenty of pictures to capture the important slides from the conference covering new chips as well as information on their new Foundry Company. Click on over and see what the fuss was about.
Subject: General Tech | November 13, 2008 - 03:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Nov. 13, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today hosted its 2008 Financial Analyst Day at its headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. Senior executives, including President and Chief Executive Officer Dirk Meyer, reported on the company's progress toward sustainable profitability by sharing information on AMD's product, marketing, manufacturing and operational initiatives.
As a part of today's event, AMD also launched its 45nm
Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processors.
Subject: General Tech | November 13, 2008 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It seems that until recently it was frowned upon for someone to stand outside of a party screaming about how much that party sucks and how much cooler they are than anyone else. That is exactly what has been happening any time a CPU or GPU manufacturer announces a new product. Today it is the AMD Financial Analyst day, with a lot of news from AMD being announced, including the first Shanghai reviews. Of course, somehow timed to break at the exact same time is a story on DigiTimes about Nehalem chips becoming available soon. The chips range from ten Xeon5500 models to se
Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2008 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sure, Fallout, Far Cry, CoD and Gears of War may have all been great games, but how many sequels can you make before you hit the quality level of the Police Academy series? Are we doomed to see games reduced to several family lines that dominate, with a small selection of independent games done on the cheap? Story line replayability and conversion mods can keep an older game alive, so you could always just replay it with a completely different outcome or with a completely different take on the game entirely.