Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2008 - 03:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
After gifting retailers with the X48 chipset, which resulted in those retailers having huge inventories of suddenly unattractive X38 based boards, Intel will not do the same thing with the P45. Intel will be delaying the release of the new chipset until mid-June and retailers are probably grateful they have a chance to start unloading P35 boards. The end user should also take heart, the near simultaneous release of the X38 and X48 helped motherboard prices to soar to the levels we are seeing right now.
Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2008 - 03:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Xonar series driver update for DS3D GX 1.0 to DS3D GX 2.0 is our response to feedback/criticism favoring compatibility with games that feature EAX 5.0. DS3D GX 2.0 allows gamers to enable EAX sound options/schemes in games on Vista and legacy Windows XP.
The solution involves:
1. Enabling EAX5.0 sound setting in games
2. Redirecting DirectSound3D Hardware and EAX calls to the DS3D GX core
3. Upgrading the DS3D GX engine.
The updated engine:
Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2008 - 10:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ExtremeTech takes a look at a piece of hardware that may be destined for destruction, the stand alone audio card. Audiophiles who are happy to drop $1000 on a studio grade card not included. Gamers and casual users on the other hand seem satisfied with onboard audio solutions, as they have come a long way. What would you say to Creative creating a software version of their XiFi?
Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2008 - 04:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are like many PC enthusiasts, the only way they are getting you to switch to Vista is to destroy every copy of XP in existence.
Life support is currently planned to be removed April 8, 2014, giving Microsoft almost enough time to get Windows 7 into beta, assuming that the date the Mayan calendar was set to end on was not picked because that is the official release day. In the meantime, SP3 is still coming out, saving everyone the joys of either rebuil
Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2008 - 04:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The first add-on to the third installment of a game called Command & Conquer is up for review at Gaming Heaven. In this game, you play Kane's lieutenants in the evil Brotherhood of Nod, there are 3 involved in a story line that leaps around the C&C timeline. There are also multiplayer and skirmishing modes that will offer a bit of replayability after you've beaten the single player, but unless you are a huge C&C fan, or just love any excuse to play an RTS game, you've probably stopp
Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2008 - 03:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA is going to make chipsets for VIA, they aren't going to purchase them, according to this story on The Inquirer. Via has announced it will back out of the chipset business completely to focus on their processors. It seems that nVIDA is the company that has been chosen to supply the chipsets those VIA CPUs will use.
Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2008 - 05:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have
an ASUS P5B, P5B-E Plus, P5B Deluxe/WiFi, ASUS P35C-DS3R
or a Gigabyte P35-DS3L as well as a Radeon X1950 Pro
, X1950 XT or NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT, you need to read this article at TechARP. The solution is simple, but the effects are incredible. Make sure that you and anyone you know isn't suffering this problem.
Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2008 - 03:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel is focusing on entry level mobility platforms with their upcoming Centrino 2 chips. The two Celerons that Digitimes knows about are both very inexpensive parts; the Atom is even cheaper. With the Eee from ASUS and Walmart's offering, entry level mobility is an important market. Intel's ability to produce these bottom of the line and dirt cheap processors may get them a huge share of the processors you will find in low cost laptops.