Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2007 - 01:45 PM | Ryan Shrout
We have been very impressed with the Xonar sound card from Asus here at PC Perspective, and it looks like a new PCI Express version will be coming out soon.
Asustek announced its Xonar D2 PCI sound card on June 5, but we also spotted a PCI Express version of the card—branded Xonar D2X—at the company's Computex booth on the same day. The firm has now finally launched the Xonar D2X, and the PCIe newcomer is coming out together with another member of the Xonar lineup: the Xonar U1.
Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2007 - 07:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sure you know what MP3s are, everyone does. But there is more than one way to make them, and how you choose to do so can have a huge impact on the quality of the and the size as well. Ars Technica takes you through Fast Fourier Transforms, compression algorithms as well as some of the other formats that offer you alternatives to MP3. Your music collection may never sound the same again.
Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2007 - 06:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
TechARP had a chance to sit down with Patrick Gelsinger, SVP and General Manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group. They get some answers about Intel's tick-tock strategy and the new hafnium-based transistors that we are hoping to see soon, along with as 32nm technology. You can also find out some interesting tidbits about Nehalem.
Subject: General Tech | October 4, 2007 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Folding@Home has run on about 2 million CPUs, and actively runs on 200,000, not counting PS3s. The math gets a little fuzzy when you are calculating FLOPS, but it is likely that they really have, at some point, broken the TeraFLOP milestone.
Storm, the wonderful little infection that has been stealthily been having fun romping through the internet, and possibly your computer, has infected between 1 to 50 MILLION PCs! When the creators figure out what that missing step between Step 1 and Step 3 is, you will likely wish that they were just stealing underpants.
Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2007 - 03:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While we have been seeing some nice onboard audio solutions on ASUS motherboards for a while now, we haven't seen an actual discreet soundcard. This changes with the introduction of the Xonar D2 soundcard, which houses an incredible amount of features and outputs. Elite Bastards gave the card, and the bundle it came with a try, check out
Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2007 - 12:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gamehelper has done fans awaiting the release of Crysis ... demo or full ... a favour and a disservice. Their nice side has given us some screenshots and some idea of what the mulitplayer game will be like, but I can't help but think they are taunting those of us who couldn't get into the limited beta test.
Subject: General Tech | October 3, 2007 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It looks like the disappointment that many felt when the clock speeds of AMD's Barcelona chips may be short lived. The Inquirer is tracking and verifying rumours that the server line of Barcelona processors will scale up to 2.6 GHz. Considering that the when the parts were first announced, every single 65nm chip was clocked under 2GHz, this is good news for AMD and enthusiasts.
Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2007 - 11:54 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The good news is that AMD will be launching a new series of graphics cards in the very near future ... the bad news is that the chip won't go into mass production until November, so it is unlikely we will see the cards using the new chips until 2008. You can see that the specs that DigiTimes quotes offer some hope for performance improvements, but AMD is sticking with it's usual response to people publishing info on unreleased parts ... silence.
Subject: General Tech | October 1, 2007 - 01:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Then it's unlikely an alphabetized keyboard will either, but then again, you never know. At Hardware Logic, you can get a look at the New Standard NSK 535R, which may help out with hunt and peck style typing, especially with the inclusion of the numpad as alternate key functions, on both sides of the alphabet. It is definitely a unique way to set up a keyboard, but you will want to peruse the full review at HardwareLogic before you run out and buy one.