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Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2011 - 01:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica is hosting a 3 minute gameplay preview of Battlefield 3, which was shown at an EA event. While it is beautiful to behold, don't take what you see as an indicator of what your screen will look like. This was presented on a very large screen and the sound system was customized to the point where the floor was a part of it. It sure is pretty though.
"EA's Battlefield 3 event was everything wonderful and terrible about gaming journalism. I waited in line, herded like a cow until I put on a name tag, was shown the open bar, and was handed a piece of meat on a stick to eat until the game was shown. The crush of crowd was fantastic; EA seemed to have underestimated the amount of people who would be interested in the game. At one point they separated those who were press and those who weren't; those without a press badge were asked to leave the main floor, and they had to be content with a lesser seat while still enjoying the free drinks."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Bulletstorm: Bringing the fun back to single-player FPSes @ Tech Report
- Crysis 2 PC Multiplayer Demo Pictorial @ VR-Zone
- Bulletstorm GPU & CPU Performance In-depth @ TechSpot
- You Don't Know Jack (2011) Review @ Techgage
- Ars at GDC: audio edition, day two
- inFamous 2 will never end, thanks to user-created levels @ Ars Technica
- Hawaii Five-$: Civ V Polynesia Pack Coming @ Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN
- King's Quest III Remake Released @ Slashdot
- Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds Xbox 360 @ Tweaktown
Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2011 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The fancy new Fusion APUs that AMD is in the process of releasing to market were sourced from TSMC, both the C-series and E-series coming off of their production lines. They will also be fabbing the new Ontario APU as it will be a 40nm process chip, while Global Foundries is focusing on the 32nm Llano parts. As well, since the current 800 series chipset for AM3 CPUs is also processed at TSMC it is very likely that the rumour DigiTimes picked up on today is correct; the Hudson chipset to support Brazos will also be coming out of TSMC.
"AMD has contracted Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to manufacture its Hudson- series chipsets, which support the new Brazos platform, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report. The paper did not name its source.
AMD has announced that its Brazos platform is available in two APU variations: E-series (Zacate) and C-series (Ontario), with the former designed for mainstream notebooks, all-in-ones and small form factor desktops and the latter for netbooks and other emerging form factors. These APUs are paired with Hudson southbridge chipsets.
TSMC has grabbed contract manufacturing orders for one of AMD's Fusion APUs. Codenamed Ontario, the chips are built on 40nm bulk technology supplied by TSMC."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- AMD introduces Fusion APU in China @ DigiTimes
- Verbatim launches dual-layer rewritable Blu-ray discs @ The Inquirer
- Brother MFC-J6710DW All-in-One Printer Review @ Hardware Secrets
- iPad 2 launching in a few hours. @ t-break
- Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1: Hands On @ TechReviewSource
- Bigfoot Networks goes after the notebook market @ SemiAccurate
- Open Source Laser Cutter (v2) @ Hack a Day
- Early Benchmarks Of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion @ Phoronix
- How to Backup your Gmail Account @ TechSpot
- Be Careful Not to Inhale the World's Smallest Computer @ ExtremeTech
- Giveaway: GlacialTech Alaska @ Computing on Demand
- Win a GIGABYTE GTX560 OC @ Bjorn3D
Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2011 - 11:55 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Intel's $7.68 billion purchase of McAfee passed its final hurdle today as both the US and EU have approved the sale. There was a chance that at least one of the two bodies would decide against the legality of the purchase, mostly due to the possibility of the unfair advantage Intel would be in to provide specific improvements running McAfee software on Intel hardware. As of now McAfee will be a subsidiary under the auspices of Intel's Software and Services Group. Drop by
Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2011 - 11:01 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
NVIDIA's GeForce.com has put together the world's first Crysis 2 single-player benchmarking article: http://www.geforce.com/#/Optimize/Guides/crysis-2-benchmarks
Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2011 - 01:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/28/2011 -- NVIDIA today announced the latest version of the NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit for developing parallel applications using NVIDIA GPUs.
The NVIDIA CUDA 4.0 Toolkit was designed to make parallel programming easier, and enable more developers to port their applications to GPUs. This has resulted in three main features:
Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2011 - 12:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan has finally had a chance to play with the Lucid technology we saw at CES 2011, now that Lucid has had a chance to improve their software. He saw exactly what we wanted to see from a performance perspective, encoding took advantage of the improvements SandyBridge offers and let the discreet GPU handle gaming responsibilities. Unfortunately all was not perfect and there were a few specific flaws Ryan points out in his
Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2011 - 06:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is currently calm in the PC Perspective forums, with few people looking to build new systems as
Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2011 - 01:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The only real shocking thing about Thunderbolt is the name change, apart from that we have seen demo models for over a year, even the switch to copper was known in advance. That reduction in bandwidth has made the initial implementation of Thunderbolt limited to PCI Express based data transfers and DisplayPort high resolution display output, all wrapped up into a single controller and a single cable.
Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2011 - 05:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The second iteration of the Jabra Stone is up for review at t-break. The model they received was covered in leather, not plastic which gives it a very unique look and feel. It is a little more than a headpiece as it can accept limited voice commands though the volume remains a physical switch. Drop by to see if this is your next must have accessory for your cellphone.
Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2011 - 04:55 PM | Ryan Shrout
Earlier this week we got a cryptic note from Intel with only the following information:
Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2011 - 01:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica does not offer praise when examining Bulletstorm on the PC. From requiring a Games for Windows Live account even for Steam versions, to a lock of 62fps maximum and very limited graphics options, the entire game thumbs it's nose at high end gaming machines. Even better is the encryption on the .ini files, which are the files that advanced users edit to allow for advanced changes to the games settings. It is fairly easy to unencrypt them
Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2011 - 12:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2011 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Being a techie for a major company can be interesting, in that they are able to purchase kit you would never be able to afford on your own, which you can do 'stability testing' with. On the other hand you have to comply with various regulations enforced by both your company and your clients. One of the least enjoyable of those can be the safe destruction of data once a machine is retired, unless you are lucky enough to have an enjoyable way of doing it, as opposed to the tedium of a governm
Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2011 - 04:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Zalman FG1000 FPS Gun is an attempt to change the world of gaming peripherals and at ~$50 it does not require a huge investment to experiment with. As you can infer by the name, this will not replace a mouse for casual use, but for shooters it is a way to control your character in a different way. Check out the full review at eTeknix to see
Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2011 - 01:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the release of the relatively inexpensive 460GTX, NVIDIA introduced an interesting choice for those looking for high end graphics, as in many scenarios it was cheaper and more effective to pick up a pair of 460GXTs that pay the price for the 480GTX. Now that they have trumped that card with the new 560GTX as well as upping the stakes on the new 580GTX it is time to revisit the previous choice. [H]ard|OCP paired two of MSI's $250
Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2011 - 12:42 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Back in November Intel announced plans to build a new Fab in Oregon as well as upgrading the four existing Fabs in Oregon and Arizona to their new 22nm fabrication process. Now they are planning on breaking more ground in Arizona, with a brand new facility called Fab 42 which will be producing a new generation of chips, down to the 14nm level according to DigiTimes.
Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2011 - 06:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Isn't it awful when your PC appears to be playing Freeze Tag with someone who is not you? Or when you are new to building machines and you can't shake the feeling you've forgotten someone? In fact the entire Motherboard Forum is still awaiting SandyBridge's return after she stormed off earlier this month and a poor fellow who went
Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2011 - 02:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DigiTimes has more good news for the early adopter, not a week after first hitting the production line, SandyBridge motherboards are headed to the major manufactures. Some are so confident that they are releasing details on new laptops that will be using these B3 boards, including Toshiba.
Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2011 - 05:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tactic3D Sigma gaming headset represents Sound Blaster's move into other markets now that they no longer have complete domination of the discreet sound card business. They have a more hefty look than many others, with large padded earcups and a slender microphone boom. As well the removable THX USB module that it comes with enables you to turn a headset using SP/DIF into a USB headset, as the module is essentially a self co
Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2011 - 12:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Acer Aspire One 522 is a Brazos 10" netbook with a 720p display, a Fusion APU with Radeon graphics, an HDMI output, and Windows 7 for just over $300. Playback of 1080p and 720p video was flawless, at least until the Tech Report tried streaming 720p YouTube videos with Flash 10.2. They noticed some dropped frames and when they contacted AMD about that issue, AMD r