Scaled Mousepads

Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2007 - 02:39 PM |
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BestFeel has a line of mousepads, whose names sound a bit like some sort of musical scale, the VisRa PS, VisLa PS, and VisFa.  The La and Ra signify handedness, as these pads are shaped to make them more comfortable for your forearm, where as the Fa is a very large square.  The VisLa and Ra also come in two flavours, a PS which is very smooth and reflective as well as the MS which has a matte surface and a rougher texture.  ThinkComputers has tried them all out, so take a look.

The name game

Subject: General Tech | June 15, 2007 - 11:41 AM |
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As you have heard Ryan mention on this weeks podcast, AMD is changing their processor naming scheme again.  Now everyone is going to want a GP-7900, which would be a 65W+ Phenom quad-core, with a clock speed higher than the GP-7800, not that you can tell how much faster by the name.  Time to start making decoder rings!  DigiTimes has a bit more info here.

Source: Digitimes

More competition for Creative

Subject: General Tech | June 14, 2007 - 03:01 PM |
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Turtle Beach has been around for a while, but has had difficulty making progress against Creative's domination of that market.   Their newest, the Turtle Beach Montego DDL is a fairly inexpensive 7.1 Dolby Digital Live card with a sound that satisfied OCC's ears.  Their only complaint was that they couldn't turn it up to 11.

High powered PCI Express

Subject: General Tech | June 14, 2007 - 11:32 AM |
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PCIe 2.0 is coming to an AMD motherboard near you, sometime in the third quarter according to this story at The Inquirer.  It will transport 150W of power directly over the bus, which will make cabling from the PSU a little easier, although it also places the more of the responsibility of power management on to the motherboard.  These upcoming boards will also support quad Crossfire, which should provide some interesting performance.

Source: The Inquirer

DX10 and CoH, what difference can a patch make?

Subject: General Tech | June 13, 2007 - 01:42 PM |
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ExtremeTech has posted a review of Company of Heroes upgrade to DX10.  If you have Vista and a DX10 class card (or two), then this is the patch you have been waiting for.  They compare the performance of the 2 versions of this game at the same time they contrast the visual differences.  Read on to see if all you get is extra rocks, shadows and a performance hit, or if it becomes a whole new game.

Source: Extremetech

Heading out on Safari

Subject: General Tech | June 13, 2007 - 11:38 AM |
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Elite Bastards takes you on a tour of the wild world of the internets, Apple style.  There is a new public beta of Safari 3 and the PC version is being compared to IE and Firefox.  If you still aren't particularly interested, then remember that the upcoming iPhone will use Safari, so maybe you should familiarize yourself with it after all.

Slaying the hydra behind your desk

Subject: General Tech | June 12, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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If you are getting tired of rooting through the snake nest that hides behind your PC, fishing for a dropped microphone or mouse, then drop by The Tech Lounge.  They try several products from CableOrganizer, in the hopes of not only cleaning up their space, but preventing the possibility of stepping on any important cabling.

Informal and informative Friday in the forums

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2007 - 05:26 PM |
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The introduction of Vista has not come without growing pains.  One unforeseen problem effects flashing your BIOS with WinFlash.  Don't despair if that is your preferred method, there are a few suggestions here that will get you on your way.  You can also cheer on a member's first build in this thread, and maybe make give him some constructive criticism on the room in which it lives.

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Clearing the air with Company of Heroes

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2007 - 01:20 PM |
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With the new patch for Company of Heroes, we get to see DX10 in all of it's glory.  Neither AMD nor nVIDIA have come out with claims about driver optimization or other programming cheats ... yet.  So as it stands the benchmarks that Legit Reviews has for CoH represents the true performance of these companies cards.  Take a look at the nice screen shot, and see just what the current 2900XT can do.