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Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2009 - 12:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While you have most likely read a few reviews of Arkham Asylum, none have focused so directly on the impact of PhysX on performance in this game that the review posted at [H]ard|OCP. Even if you have no desire to stare at the back of the Batman for the entire duration of a game, it is worth reading through the article to learn about PhysX. The first lesson comes from a huge hit in performance in a certain outside area that was apparent past a certain resolution.
Subject: General Tech | October 21, 2009 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As The Inquirer gleefully points out, the chances that Realityserver is the product of 40 years of work for NVIDIA and mental images are fairly low but that doesn't stop the announcement from being interesting. Using the parallel computing ability of Telsa to manage Ray Tracing to handle any light or reflection mapping this new program will allow the sharing of 3d images via a server at very high rates. Instead of taking hours or more to render, they claim performance almost on par with gaming.
Subject: General Tech | October 20, 2009 - 04:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
You most likely know that Windows 7 is on its way, unless you are in the UK, and it is time for an upgrade. In order to familiarize yourself with what is known about the new OS, or just to help you remember Tech Spot has put together an overview of the new OS from Microsoft. From upgrade paths to the choice between 32bit and 64bit, anything you need answered will be addressed from their many links.
Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2009 - 04:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The original Zune met with a lot of resistance from the market, its one unique feature of being able to share your music with other Zune users was not terribly well received. The second incarnation has found a crowd of followers, the new HD version of the Zune provides great quality. As well the design has changed, slimming down what was a rather chunky MP3 player. If you haven't acquainted yourself with the new Zune, drop by ExtremeMhz to see it in action.
Subject: General Tech | October 19, 2009 - 02:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Heat may finally prove useful in computing applications, a big turn around considering it has been the archenemy of designers and builders until this research came to light. A one way thermal diode takes waste heat on a one way trip away from the heat source, a great boon to heatsink makers everywhere. That is not the most impressive application, follow the link from Engadget and you will learn about the possible applications of this new technology, such as thermal
Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2009 - 06:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Upgrading your PC, especially when it is an entirely new system is wonderful experience. The assembly is certainly a big part of the fun but it has a hard time comparing to that feeling when everything is running perfectly. What happens though, when everything is running but it just lacks that fast new computer feeling? You head to our Overclocking Forum, that's what!
Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2009 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Google is launching its own ebook service called Google Editions in what can only be a shot at Amazon's market share. The ebook behemoth is already watching its back for signs that Walmart is heading their way and now they have a different competitor shouldering their way in. Google says that their books will be readable on 'smartphones, netbooks and personal computers and laptops', a big difference from Amazon's Kindle. Expect to see a lot of the same legal wrangling that accompanied the creation of Google Books,
Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2009 - 02:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Graphics companies making supercomputers, CPU companies focusing on graphics, it is a mad market and one of the more popular areas to branch into is input devices. The latest company would be Revoltec as they bring you the FightMouse Pro. 3600 DPI, 1ms response time, six buttons, modifiable weight and enough memory to keep track of a few profiles help place it in the high end of gaming mice. TestSeek Labs was also very happy with its flexibility
Subject: General Tech | October 15, 2009 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Click over to AnandTech and take a very close look at the first picture in this article. You might not notice the one pad on the first picture until you look at the second one where the damage is much more obvious. Through extreme overclocking, headed towards the 5GHz mark and over, they have damaged several boards and processors. You probably won't see this on air cooling as the power draw required for those kind of overclocks tends to involve liquids that are more usually gases. It is worth
Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2009 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Aion The Tower of Infinity is a new MMORPG with a few interesting twists, the most noticeable is that just about everyone is a flying supermodel. The graphics are impressive for an online game and Aion takes advantage of that when you create the face of your character. They do not skimp on the scenery and atmosphere either, all of which are much more detailed and interesting than others in this genre. The levelling system allows you to avoid grinding, crafting will also help you gain experience to help you reach level 25, when you sprout wings and can start PvP play.
Subject: General Tech | October 14, 2009 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan spotted a bit of news yesterday which places Tegra in the upcoming Nintendo hand held, currently called Nintendo TS. There is more good news for nVIDIA spotted by SemiAccurate, the new Mobinnova
3G Smartbook, named the Beam, will sport a Tegra 650 SoC and run Windows CE. It will be interesting to see if the battery life is indeed as long as they claim; any system that can provide a full days work without a recharge is going to be very popular
Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2009 - 12:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It is very important not to lose your sense of play as you work and somehow the tech community has no problems doing so, as evidenced by the amount of easter eggs that have accompanied our hardware and software. Software easter eggs are most often found in games, but there have been a few office applications that either have them in obvious spots or hidden away in the code. Hack a Day wants to gather all of the best hardware hacks, messages on tracings on PCBs or inside cases, but somewhere you wouldn't notice unless you were actually working with the hardware.
Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2009 - 06:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
This week has been about nVIDIA, but not in the way they might want. From the predictions of nVIDIA's complete withdrawal
from the high end market by an infamous member of the tech community to the article
Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2009 - 02:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, Calif. - Oct. 8, 2009 - AMD
AMD) and CyberLink Corp
companies are expanding their existing engineering engagement with a
strategic focus on Microsoft DirectX 11 DirectCompute, taking advantage
of the capabilities of AMD's new DirectX 11-capable graphics
Subject: General Tech | October 9, 2009 - 12:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Abandoning the river theme, AMD seems to be looking to the stars to see its future platforms, Dragon being replaced with Leo next year and Scorpius to follow in 2011. Scorpius will feature a 32nm Zambezi CPU
sporting four cores at the very least, along with an integrated DDR3 controller and fit into a Revision 2 AM3 socket, just to make CPU sockets even more confusing. SemiAccurate also touches on their plans for an Accelerated Processor Unit which brings a GPU on board.
Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2009 - 02:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report is comparing the performance of the mobile versions of the Core i7 processor. The mobile version of the P55, along with mobile 920, 820 and 720 processors are all arriving soon. In this case the 920XM is compared to its non-mobile cousins in their latest article. The 17.1" Clevo's W870CU
is the laptop they are using, plugged firmly into the mains as this 9lb powerhouse is only technically mobile, not really feasibly portable.
Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2009 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The same discrepancies that apply to software benchmarking programs also apply to predictions of hardware failure rates based on subjecting them to extreme stress conditions. Much like a graphics card, the only way to know how it will perform is to actually use it in real life conditions for hours, days or years. Such is the case with DRAM errors, as proven by a study done by Google. Instead of the current estimate based on synthetic testing, as Ars Technica puts it, '
Subject: General Tech | October 7, 2009 - 01:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The original Operation Flashpoint was a hard game and not because of monster closets or ridiculous boss fights, it was hard because bullets kill. One good shot could take you out or is at least guaranteed to slow you down. There is no health metre nor any med kits lying around, you have to finish the mission with every bump, scrape and bullet hole that you accumulate over the mission. The sequel, Dragon Rising looks to be every bit as daunting, and every bit as fun.
Subject: General Tech | October 7, 2009 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
RAMBUS, one of the last attempts at serial volatile memory
standards didn't do well when it was first tried on the market; a long story that by the end had many glad to see RAMBUS go. DDR and its successive generations has had success in the PC world, but that is a small share of the total memory market. A PC can provide the cooling and power that defines DDR. Now The Inquirer reports on the return of serial memory, this time targeted specifically towards m
Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2009 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Physics is fun in games, be it chopping down trees with heavy fire in Crysis or FarCry2 or the joy of levelling entire buildings in Silent Storm to deny your enemies cover. What isn't fun is slapping down $100+ for a PPU to find out that there are a total of 2 maps that support that particular physics engine or that the sum effect of having that PPU is that paper and dust react to wind in a slightly more interesting way than without the $100+ PPU. nVIDIA wanted to make the PPU more approachable, to do so they let you slap in any of their recent cards into a second PCIe slot and you