Subject: General Tech | October 25, 2007 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Remember hearing about the various patent infringements, anti-trust violations and price-fixing schemes that many big memory manufacturers were found guilty of? Did you hope that these decisions might end with you having a bit of money back in your pocket? AnandTech takes a look at the more recent rulings, and covers why there is a good chance you don't even qualify to be involved in the class action suit.
Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2007 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP rounds up the usual graphics subjects and pits them against the Megatextures and foliage smoothing in Quake Wars. As it turns out, even with the graphics settings maxed out, the 8800GTS 320MB card has little problems delivering a smooth experience, and it just gets better from there.
Subject: General Tech | October 24, 2007 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Now we finally know the name of what we are all waiting for, Toliman the 3 core processor. There aren't really much more details than that, but DigiTimes managed to at least let us know that.
You can also see how the new benchmarking suite from Futuremark works, and how well some of the newer hardware fares when tested in Ryan's review.
PCMark Vantage Overview
The PCMark suite of benchmarks has become a staple in our selection of tests for processors, motherboards as well as other PC components and the Futuremark group has just released the first major update to it since the release of PCMark05. Come see how the latest CPUs from Intel and AMD stack up in this new benchmark!
Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2007 - 02:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Going by it's name the Fanatec Headshot mouse and pad combo should be putting you straight to the top of the scoreboard in UT3. Not ones to let a claim like that going unchallenged, techPowerUp! put this combo to the test. Find out how well it did.
Subject: General Tech | October 23, 2007 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When Vista pegs it as completely new hardware. Slashdot has a link to a story on how Vista's activation scheme can suddenly deactivate your PC and give you a nasty surprise. We are all aware that enough changes to your hardware will deactivate your Windows install, and that you will have to call Microsoft to get it reinitialized, but in this case an update to the Intel Matrix Storage Manager was registered as a hardware change. On the good side, Microsoft did help him track down the cause of his pro
Subject: General Tech | October 22, 2007 - 11:48 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica carries on in their look at the history of Amiga, this time focusing on the time surrounding the birth of the hugely popular Commodore 64. The story at that point was more than just the hardware, or even the debacle that was the Commodore Amiga Operating System. Some of the people that were involved in Commodore and the recently purchased Amiga team were rather interesting individuals.
Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2007 - 05:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This week saw the birth of a new forum, the Hardware Leaderboard forum. Strangely enough, it focuses on discussions about the components that Ryan puts into the 4 systems on the PCPerspective Hardware Leaderboard. You can make alternate suggestions, debate why certain pieces should be included or removed, or even make suggestions on purpose built rigs, like a web server or a super cruncher for BOINC projects to give the Uncle B's a run for
Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2007 - 02:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Overclocker's Club has reviewed a miniscule 1GB flash based MP3 player from Super Talent, the SmartClip. They made it very easy to load songs onto it, just drag n' drop in explorer, but it turned out to be much slower than the competition. If it is small that you want, then this is probably as small as you can find right now.
Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2007 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Microsoft has been very quiet about Windows 7, but thanks to a speech to university students we know a little more about it's kernel. Head over to The Inquirer for a link to video of the presentation and a unique windows logo.