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Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2010 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica has a chance to take out Battlefield: Bad Company 2
and it left them with a fairly nice taste in their mouth, although they'd set the bar pretty low. The big news for many is the inclusion of destructible terrain, something that is left out of a huge number of games, but adds so much to them. In one case, the tester at Ars was pinned down in a building but with a the use of a grenade to create an expedient exit through the back wall of the house solved that easily.
Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2010 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At a price of $85, the Coby NBPC722 smartbook is a rather interesting product that hopefully doesn't go the way of the inexpensive OLPC smartbook. Powered by an ARM based 624MHz Marvell PXA303, a processor also found in the Android phone, and using 2GB of flash memory for storage it won't be doing much more than surfing the net . It ships with Windows CE but it shouldn't take too long after its arrival for someone to get Linux running on it. Drop by Engadget and
Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2010 - 04:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Thinksound offers eco-friendly audiophile quality sound with their Rain canal headphones. Before you react to the eco-friendly part too much, what they are implying is that the earbuds are housed in wood, not plastic. That gives them a very unique look while the 9mm driver with
20Hz to 20 KHz response gives them a very nice sound.
Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2010 - 11:57 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Unboxings and sneak previews might not be your favourite thing, as they do tend to be a bit light on content but HEXUS may have found one you might like. A lesser known partner of nVIDIA, Colorful, has let their GTX 480 box design slip out. That box helpfully lists the stats of the card inside, giving us a good look at what to expect. 1,536MB of GDDR5 comes onboard, the card will require a 6-pin and and 8-pin PCIe power connector and you are recommended to have a PSU of at least 600W with 42A on t
Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2010 - 03:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a bit of bad news on the PC Perspective Forums this week, as it seems that interest in the Fragging Frogs is flagging. There is good news though, you can help revive this friendly circle of gamers if you want.
Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2010 - 11:18 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Core i7 920 won't be around for long as The Inquirer has spotted the i7 930 in Europe, 2 days before the official announcement. It will be a 45nm CPU @ 2.80GHz, essentially the same as the 920 just at 21x instead of 20x. It seems there will be new features, all related to low power states, Enhanced Halt State, Extended Stop Grant State, Deep Sleep State, Deeper Sleep State and Deep Power Down are all supported on this CPU.
Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2010 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fall 2012 might seem like a long way especially if you are an executive at TSMC, but that is the target for the switch to a 22nm process. There is good news as well for 2010, we will see silicon oxynitride based 28nm at the end of June, its first high-k metal gate at the end of September and they hope to introduce low power HKMG before the end of the year. This does put them behind Global Foundries, who were showing off actual 28nm product to Josh and Allyn.
Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2010 - 11:20 AM | Jonathan Hung
While a lot of attention has been given to Star Craft 2 in the past few days, the other "SC2" yearns for your love and affection too. Supreme Commander 2, is not far from release and Gas Powered Games has given us a demo to play with on Steam. The 1.6GB demo should give you a taste of what this game is all about.
Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2010 - 05:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Aurora, IL – February 23, 2010 – RiiZE, the groundbreaking new service that gives gamers a real chance at making a living doing what they love, gaming, is excited to announce that it has entered the open beta phase of testing. Gamers who play Counter-Strike: Source and Team Fortress 2 are invited to try out this new service at no charge.
Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2010 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are only a few thousand people to be jealous of and as some of them do publish reviews, you can have a sneak peek or visit YouTube to enjoy the game vicariously. From most of those that did get a beta key for StarCraft II, the general consensus is
that this game was designed with new players in mind. Instead of the daunting learning curve of the original, especially when it comes to multiplayer. Wired talks about the new Battle.net and how they will match you according to the skill
Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2010 - 11:20 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Yesterday Josh gave a summary of what we know about the upcoming Magny-Cours CPU from AMD, including some thoughts on the what AMD will be required to do to have a reasonable TDP. Now from SemiAccurate we have some new information about the possible pricing and speeds of the various line ups of 8 and 12 core Magny-Cours, which oddly enough seem to be priced below what the 6 core models are pegged at. The 8 core models will suppo
Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2010 - 05:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are a fan of fashion and want a mouse with the same trademark lines of CoolerMaster cases and maybe a nice LED as well, the CM Storm is the way to go. Not only do you get a little desktop bling, Tweaknews thought this was the best mouse they'd run into in a long time. There is also the chance for pranksters to
Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2010 - 11:35 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer noticed an update on nVIDIA's Twitter feed that pegs the launch of Fermi to March 26th, just a bit over a month from now. Most likely we will see them first at this years PAX as the first date of Gabe & Tycho party coincides with that date. Hold out hope that they are useful for more than running the Heaven benchmark and cooking a roast simultaneously.
Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2010 - 11:17 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Somehow Charlie has managed to get his hands on information on the new nVIDIA graphics cards that will be coming out ... sometime. You can see what he found out in full at SemiAccurate, but the short answer is that in supervised testing the GTX480 is about 5% faster than the HD5870 when it comes to performance; the GTX470 was not allowed to be tested, even under supervision. The numbers stand at 512 shaders, with clocks @ 600MHz - 625MHz when in energy saving mode and 1200MHz - 1250MHz going at full speed. The original GPGPU design and the extra math processing power just is not cutting it as a GPU alone.
[H]ard|OCP did spot a way for you to pre-order the card, if you want to pay $679 for $409 worth of performance.
"Now that you know the raw clocks, how does it perform? It is a mixed bag, but basically the cards are much below Nvidia's original expectations publicly stated as 60 percent faster than Cypress. The numbers that SemiAccurate were told span a variety of current games, all running at very high resolutions. Here is where we can't list specifics or the Nvidia Keystone Kops might find their first SemiAccurate mole. We will bring you the full spreadsheets when the cards are more widespread."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Zero day flaw in Firefox 3.6 @ The Inquirer
- Droid 2.1 on four more HTC handsets @ Hack a Day
- Windows 7 Memory Usage Critic Outed As Fraud @ Slashdot
- Boffins improve memory capacity @ The Inquirer
- Hands-on and under the hood: Ars tests Firefox on Android
- TSMC spends almost NT$4 billion during Lunar break @ DigitalTrends
- Google Energy gets the green light @ HEXUS
- Geeks.com Mini LED LCD Projector @ Rbmods
- Be.ez LArobe Protection Tablet Artista WACOM Tablet Sleeve @ Futurelooks
- Hardware Canucks Quiz Contest - Win an 8GB IPod Touch
- HotHardware and TechVi Video Podcast - Feb. 19, 2010
- Blu-Ray Buying Guide 2010 @ Digital Trends
- Nokia E72 Review @ Digital Trends
- The Five Stages of Benchmark Loss @ Phoronix
- The TR Podcast 58.5: Microprocessor madness
Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2010 - 06:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There are many tools for keeping track of the temperatures in your system, a great tool not only for those that overclock but vital in determining if you have proper contact between your heatsink and PSU as well as proper air flow through the case for your other components to stay comfortable. The problem is that sometimes they produce erroneous results which can lead to you questioning your sanity. Of course that is nowhere near as
Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2010 - 01:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Onboard sound has really gone up in quality since
the advent of the Soundstorm southbridge on nVIDIA's motherboards; 7.1 HD audio is now common on high end boards. This is convincing a lot of people to stay with the sound chip on their motherboard and skipping the sound card altogether. The $88 ASUS Xonar DX 1 might change your mind though, especially if you play movies from your PC.
Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2010 - 11:16 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Yesterday you may have seen a link to some research done by the XPNet community which described how Windows 7 is a memory hog and that 86% of Windows 7 machines were using at least 90% of their available RAM. Hopefully being the intelligent PC Perspective regulars you are, you took a second to think before reacting. Maybe you remembered hearing about the SuperFetch feature in Windows 7, maybe you are running a Win7 box and checked your Task Manager to see just what was goi
Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2010 - 11:28 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Microsoft Palladium, or Trusted Platform Module as it is in its current state is a certification a piece of tech can receive if it follows certain security procedures, mostly to prevent copying. The main purpose is to enable checking if other components in a particular loop also conform to TPM and to be able change their behaviour based on whether they are or not. For instance a loop could be motherboard, GPU, audio and display; if all conform to TPM then you get to watch true 1080p content with HD audio. If on the other hand all components do not conform, then you might be t
Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2010 - 12:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is hard to keep track of just how many incarnations of Aliens Versus Predator there has been, from the days of the stand up arcades to the Atari Jaguar version that Gaming Heaven mentions straight through to the more recent PC versions, but most gamers and movie fans still get a chill when they hear the distinctive ping of that motion sensor. In the latest version, the demo of which is available on Steam, all of your favourite races return; the soft and squishy marine, the vertigo inducing Xenomor