Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2008 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Unreal Engine 3 has taken a lot of flak, especially for it's inability to handle anti-aliasing and lack of any DX10 support. In Rainbow Six Vegas 2, a way has been found to allow anti-aliasing with Unreal Engine 3, adding a nice look to the game. [H]ard|OCP tried the game out with a mix of AMD and nVIDIA cards to see what gives you the best performance. It turns out to have a similar outcome to UT3, where almost any newer card can handle the full settings.
Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2008 - 02:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Razer/THX Mako 2.1-Channel Speaker System has nothing to do with a performance gaming mouse, which may seem strange in a Razer product. The speakers are a rather odd orb shape, and they connect via Cat-5 cable. TECHGAGE gave this 2.1 system a thorough testing, which upholds the quality associated with Razer's products.
Subject: General Tech | May 13, 2008 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD's purchase of TSMC while AMD didn't exactly have much spare cash lying around spawned quite a bit of discussion about their plans. The agreed upon answer was that this was AMDs 'fab light' strategy in action and that TSMC would take over the production of GPUs and CPUs for AMD. The GPU line did indeed start up quickly, but the Phenom was build in AMD facilities, not TSMC's. According to DigiTimes, TSMC is indeed doing test runs for CPU dies, so we may see more of Hector
Subject: General Tech | May 12, 2008 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Assassin's Creed has generated it's own little soap opera, involving AMD, nVIDIA and their 'The Way It's Meant To Be Played' marketing tool. The rabble has been roused by early tests on Assassin's Creed showing that with DX10.1 the AMD graphics cards were showing some remarkable performance. Come the release date, Ubisoft, a partner with nVIDIA's marketspeak TWIMTBP disabled DX10.1 due to a bug. Read the full script of this drama over at The Tech Report.
Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2008 - 01:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Razer's Destructor Professional Gaming Mat claims some rather impressive improvements in mouse movement when you use it. Think Computers concurs, they found that when they used to mat, they actually had to reduce their mouse's sensitivity. Check out the pad it's self, it's carrying case, and ponder over their warning; "excessive rubbing of the mousepad will result in numbing in the fingers."
Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2008 - 01:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Crossover cables and the simple bit of networking setup you need to seems to have become too much work. The USB Fever USB 2.0 Computer Copy Cable makes it much easier. Drop by OCIA and see if you want to add this $20 doohickey for your mobile repair toolbox.
Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2008 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Looking to see what the next generation of the internet's backbone might look like? Try checking out the Large Hadron Collider, which
"requires large data flows between specific sites - 2-hour periods with 8 gig flow across the network". Academic and institutional networks have always been at the forefront of speed and the average enthusiast may start to see the benefits of the work they have pioneered. Read what Ars Technica thinks we could be seeing soon, and just how the universitie
Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2008 - 04:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Even with the controversy surrounding Creative, their products are still popular. The Auzentech X-Fi Prelude 7.1
is one such product, and it is up for review on TweakTown. Auzentech has licensed the technology from Creative, so this card is not going to cause the uproar that the ASUS card recently has.
Subject: General Tech | May 6, 2008 - 11:38 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Well, not so good for those vendors who are stuck with plenty of P35 and X38 boards, Intel will be introducing the 4 series at Computex. Even worse news is that the Q45 and Q43 will be targeted directly at enterprise level customers, so resellers won't be able to sell them P35 boards as a way to try and recoup loses. On the other hand, what DigiTimes says is great news for the enthusiast; the PCI Express bug has been fixed and these boards should offer some nice performance.