Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2007 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the release of the demo version of Lost Planet:Extreme Conditions, those who have Vista and bought one of nVIDIA's new generation of cards, or managed to get their hands on a 2900XT, will finally see DX10 for themselves. It has also resurrected an issue that became huge during the release of 3DMark05, driver optimization. It seems that nVIDIA has been working very closely with the developers of this console port, to make sure DX10 runs perfectly, and AMD hasn't had the same opportunity. [H]a
Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2007 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hopefully this doesn't catch on as the newest procedure that must be completed before you are allowed to RMA a motherboard, because I don't think my dentist would let me use hers. MAKE:Blog has linked to an animated X-Ray of a PCB, allowing you to see right inside the world below the tracings on the surface. It really gives you an idea how 3 dimensional the circuitry is.
Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2007 - 02:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Razer Pro|Click and Pro|Type are both very white and would look at home in any office environment. The inclusion of 10 programmable macro keys on the keyboard is a nice touch, but it is very large and will take up a lot of your desk space. The mouse is a Razer Diamondback in disguise, so if you have the chance to do a little illicit gaming, you won't be hampered by a mouse with a lousy response rate. Read on at TECHGAGE to see if your cubicle could use an upgrade.
Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2007 - 11:27 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ultrawideband radio could be the most important thing you probably haven't heard of. While WiFi and Bluetooth are the current stars of wireless data transmission, doing a much better job that a cell phone can, this may all change. Right now the companies that are working on UWB claim speeds between 480Mbps to 1Gbps, and the technology is still fairly young. ExtremeTech has a very thorough look at UWB and what it could do to the way we transmit data.
Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2007 - 05:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Our ever industrious site admin, The Wise One, has implemented a new feature on the forums. It is called FlashChat, and is a Flash based chat program allowing you to chat with any other members that are currently on, without leaving the forums or installing anything. Give it a shot and see who's on right now.
Make sure you give him feedback and kudos too!
Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2007 - 02:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD has finally named Barcelona, as Phenom, breaking years of tradition by not ending the name in "on". AnandTech has a close look at the layout of these new processors, and the 4 tiers that AMD will be launching. There are no benchmarks as of yet, but there is a look at AMD's roadmap over the next few years, including Shanghai which is likely the core to support DDR3.
Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2007 - 10:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP had the chance to attend AMD's CTO Summit and hear what they have planned, directly from Phil Hester; AMDs' CTO. They answered a few of the questions [H] posed in their State of the Silicon Union address, as well as touching on the unification of the CPU and GPU. You can also see some pictures of a 45nm wafer and a running Agena FX system.
Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2007 - 04:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have never used HijackThis, it may seem to be a bit scary, especially with the warnings the program gives you about the damage you can do when removing processes. In the Network and Security forum we have a few old hands around that are glad to give you a helping hand in getting rid of those nagging trojans. In order to get to that position, it does help to have a PC that will boot for you. The new Gigabye 965p DQ6 is giving one member a real problem, they can't even get Memtest to run with a pair of G.Skill
Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2007 - 02:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Gaming headsets are found in much greater variety, now that TeamSpeak or some type of in-game communication is expected with multiplayer titles. ExtremeTech compares 2 of the top models that allow you to lay the verbal smackdown on your opponent while gibbing them with whatever weapon is close to hand.