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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: Mobile | October 6, 2009 - 06:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ASUS G51Vx 15" Gaming Notebook will only set you back $1000, at least with the setup that Techgage used. Sporting a Republic of Gamers logo on the outside, the interior holds a 2GHz C2D P7350, 4GB (2x2GB) DDR2-800 @ 6-6-6-18 and a GTX 260M 1GB
all work towards giving you serious mobile performance. Battery life tops 2 hours, enough to get some good fragging in even without a plug handy.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 6, 2009 - 05:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
FREMONT, Calif., Oct. 6, 2009 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance memory and computer products, today announced the launch of the Corsair TX950W power supply unit (PSU), the latest addition to the award-winning TX-series of high-quality PSUs.
The TX950W has been designed to meet the demanding requirements of PC enthusiasts, creative professionals and gamers.
Subject: Storage | October 6, 2009 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Verbatim's PRO QUAD-INT 1TB DT HDD, aka the Quad-Interface eHDD is particularly versatile, with eSATA ll, FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB 2.0 connections. This is perfect for a back up solution, transferring 100GB of data over a USB 2.0 interface is a long painful experience and can easy convince you to skip backing up your data. OCModShop reviews this external HDD that claims up to 3000Mb/s maximum speed ov
Subject: Motherboards | October 6, 2009 - 02:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Picking up a motherboard and CPU for a total cost of $200 really makes putting together a budget AMD system easier, but the question of which motherboard to choose remains. As the majority of AM2/AM2+ boards have onboard video as well as sound, the list of components you need to purchase to finish the build is relatively short. InsideHW looks to help you with your decision by gathering together 10 AMD boards from 4 different manufacturers to see how they compare in terms o
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 6, 2009 - 12:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The subject of Steve's latest review, the Silverstone Raven RV02 ATX enclosure, is rather large at 8.3" by 19.8" by 25.3" and it weighs in over 30lbs. That size allows the usage of three 180mm fans as well as a 120mm fan that looks small by comparison. Find how it looks and how well it performs and what has changed since the first revision of the Raven in his full review at the top of the page.
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
Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2009 - 11:09 AM | Josh Walrath
Today GF has released news of a partnership that it has developed with well known CPU designer ARM (Advanced RISC Machines). While ARM itself does not actually produce their CPUs for end users, they do license out their designs to anyone and nearly everyone in the industry. One of the latest ARM enabled designs is NVIDIA's Tegra, which features the ARM 11 processor. While not the most cutting edge ARM design, it has allowed NVIDIA to successfully enter the smartphone and MID market with a pretty robust product with excellent features. So far the biggest application of t
Subject: Systems | October 5, 2009 - 05:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It looks just like just a touchscreen LCD, but hidden behind that screen is a fairly powerful desktop system. The overall power and heat limitations that an all-in-one system imposes have been avoided thanks to the usage of a dual core 1.6GHz Atom 330 and the onboard Intel GMA 950 GPU. Think Computers were impressed by the power offered, HD movie playback was good at the worst but they were disappointed that Shuttle did not take advantage of the touchscreen, there was no custom software inst
Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 5, 2009 - 02:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Universal power adaptors for notebooks are a great idea, as you are no longer trapped buying replacement parts from the manufacturer at $150+. Some adaptors miss out on voltages or specific amperages, others have good power compatibility but are lacking the one plug that you need.
Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2009 - 02:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For $100 you can pick up a great set of headphones with surround sound and possible even noise cancellation technology, but some like their audio to fill the room, not just their heads. Logitech has an answer, the 2.1 Logitech Z523
speaker system. They are not really audiophile quality but for those who play games or stream music via their PC will be quite satisfied with the quality.
Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2009 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As a mobile user, you have either mastered the touchpad or you hate it with a passion and cart around a mouse. Many mobile mice have appeared on the market, shrunken little wireless versions of desktop mice. For about $30, Microsoft has an interesting alternative that they have aptly named the Arc mouse. Its USB wireless receiver fits into a socket built into the mouse, which folds to protect the USB dongle as well as shrinking th
Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2009 - 12:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
WHEN: Oct. 5 through Dec. 14, 2009.
WHERE: Intel Core i7 Custom Desktop Challenge Contest: www.intelcorechallenge.com
Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2009 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan has been spending some time thinking about nVIDIA and what their plans are in the near future and has collected his thoughts into a new editorial on the front page. The company has done a huge about face compared to just a few years ago. Previously they were having success beating ATI in the graphics card market and then managed to take advantage of the reorganization necessary to bring ATI into the fold at AMD. They were producing THE enthusiast chipset with the nForce2 and even showing up other onboard audio solutions
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 5, 2009 - 02:35 AM | Ryan Shrout
This news has been building for a long time - we first saw word that GPU-accelerated Flash video was coming back in June at Computex. Adobe Flash Player version 10.1 will take advantage of the GPU to accelerate not just video but all Flash applications. This could be, in my mind, the killer feature that finally pushes GPU computing into the mainstream. Netbooks and nettops based on the NVIDIA ION chipset will now have a significant performance advantage over vanilla Intel-based netbooks in a widely used and important applic
Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2009 - 06:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Our Processor Forum is currently full of quite a few confused, or at least overwhelmed enthusiasts trying to come to terms with the breadth of choice available for processors. Some are just looking at an affordable upgrade while others are looking at the brand new CPUs available on the market. The conversations about the new CPUs spill over into the Overclocking Forum as well. Not only are there new techniques to try out w
Subject: Motherboards | October 2, 2009 - 02:56 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Neoseeker has gathered a five 785G based AMD motherboards, all of which are priced under $100 to see which board shall rule. For the IGP, it seems that it is the existence of DDR3 sideport memory
that makes all the difference in performance. Power consumption and overclockability are manufacture based and with ASUS, Gigabyte, ECS and MSI boards to choose you have a choice of different blends. It will take you a while to get through but if you plan on building an AMD system with integrated graphics,
Subject: Graphics Cards | October 2, 2009 - 01:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MSI wants you to get the most out of your motherboard so they have stuck an afterburner on it. You won't have to worry about your fuel-air mix as it is all software but you will have a new way to overclock your graphics card. The hardware monitoring interface is rather attractive and having various overclocking profiles available at the touch of a key is rather handy. Does it have a shot at unseating the king of GPU OC tools, RivaTuner? Read on at the Guru of 3D and find out.
Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2009 - 01:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Google Wave has hit to a mixed reception in the tech community. Hailed as the new communications medium it seems that it's blending of Twitter like comments and threads along with an email-ish layout turns out to be a lot like having email and Twitter, only more distracting. Not too many of the folks at Slashdot have tried it, but if you follow the links in the body of the post you can hear from those who have.