No, Orcs do not get a health plan

Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2009 - 12:03 PM |
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Lord of the Rings: Conquest is a Star Wars Battlefield style game, you can play in first person or third and even control others during the game.  It has two single player campaigns, one following the familiar story of a hobbit and his ring, the second a parallel evil campaign allowing you to try to succeed where Sauron failed.  All the major battles and landmarks are to be covered in the single player campaign and the screenshots and promo movies seem to capture the ambiance of Tolkien's
Middle Earth.  There is also a multiplayer aspect, allowing for Conquest, Capture, the Fl

Source: OCMODSHOP

Deworming a router

Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2009 - 11:43 AM |
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Before you decide to panic over the Psyb0t worm's new ability to go after Linux powered modems and routers, you should read this quick checklist

  • Your device is a mipsel (MIPS running in little-endian mode, this is what the worm is compiled for) device.
  • Your device also has telnet, SSH or web-based interfaces available to the WAN, and
Source: The Inquirer

NEW NVIDIA APEX TECHNOLOGY ACCELERATES PHYSICS CREATION PIPELINE FOR CONTENT DEVELOPERS

Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2009 - 11:14 AM |
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GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE (GDC) - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MARCH 25, 2009 - NVIDIA Corporation today announced NVIDIA APEX, a dramatic new capability to its PhysX technology development software development kit (SDK), that provides artists, level designers, and game developers with a set of easy-to-use tools that streamline the process of implementing scalable physics across multiple platforms for next-generation titles.

With NVIDIA PhysX technology, game developers can design worlds that literally come

Source: NVIDIA

AMD Announces Next-Generation, Platform-Agnostic Tools for Increased Game Development Efficiency

Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2009 - 11:09 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - March 25, 2009 - AMD today announced the availability of GPU PerfStudio 2.0, a free, platform-agnostic, next-generation AMD graphics application development tool for game developers, obtainable through a closed beta program. GPU PerfStudio 2.0 has been designed from the ground up to easily integrate with existing projects, and help to identify and resolve performance issues early in the development cycle.

Source: AMD

The second wave seems a little lower

Subject: Motherboards | March 24, 2009 - 06:48 PM |
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Looking at the pricing for the

They called the click wheel crazy too

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2009 - 04:02 PM |
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The new 3rd generation iPod shuffle has a number of interesting features, such as it's tiny size and 4GB of storage for the same price as the previous 2GB model.  The battery life is down a little from 12 hours to 10 or more hours.  The biggest change is the buttons, or at least the lack thereof, as the only buttons to be found are on the headset.  What does this mean for your ability to control the music and how will you ever replace the Apple headphones with ones that actually fit in your ear and sound the way you want? 

Source: Ars Technica

MotionDSP VReveal puts "CSI"-style Video Enhancement software in consumers' hands

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2009 - 01:58 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - March 24th, 2009 - MotionDSP Inc. today released vReveal, an easy-to-use Windows application for PCs that fixes common problems afflicting consumer-generated video.

vReveal features patented "CSI"-style super-resolution technology adapted from the forensic applications used by law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Using the massively parallel processing power in NVIDIA CUDA-enabled GPUs, vReveal instantly cleans up videos that are shaky, dark, noisy, or blurry.

Source: NVIDIA

Still the reigning champion

Subject: Storage | March 24, 2009 - 12:17 PM |
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SSD drives are narrowing the field, and the evolution of onboard RAID controllers is bringing the performance and safety enhancements of RAID to the casual user, but that still can't beat the old record holder for fast storage, unless you have gobs of money.  There is nothing like hooking up eight or so 15,000 RPM SAS drives onto a solid hardware RAID.  For example, check out the results that Bjorn3D sees with the

Source: Bjorn3D

You'd best make yourself comfortable

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2009 - 12:00 PM |
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If you are curious as to how the public beta of Windows 7 compares to Vista SP1, then Ryan has about 28 pages worth of material that you have to read.  There are four tiers of system that he tested running from the low end of the spectrum to the best money can buy, and compared the performance of both nVIDIA and AMD cards at all tiers.  There is an incredible amount of information and while it may not show the true face of the final Windows 7, you can certainly get a feel for the OS.  Once the release candidate arrives, revisiti

AMD Demonstrates Live Migration between Three AMD Opteron Processor Generations

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2009 - 11:33 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - March 24, 2009 - Continuing its momentum and leadership in virtualization technology, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

Source: AMD

AMD ready to demo Havok physics on its graphics cards

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 05:02 PM |
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If there was nothing else to look forward to at the GDC, which really isn't the case, one of the most interesting presentations will be from AMD.  After starting work with Intel's new purchase, the phsyics acceleration company Havok, we will be seeing the fruit of the last 9 months labour.  Along with OpenCL and ATI Stream we should be seeing the first AMD cards able to process physics with this new process.  Keep your eyes open for more info, for now you can visit TGDaily to catch up on the back story.

Source: TG Daily

DDR3 and the AM3

Subject: Processors | March 23, 2009 - 02:19 PM |
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ExtremeTech dug out a slew of DDR2 and DDR3 memory and paired it with a Phenom X4 810, in order to determine at what point switching to DDR3 makes sense.  DDR2 is cheap but the prices of DDR3 are plummeting for the lower frequency DIMMs.  Drop by for a look at the impact overclocking the CPU and switching between DDR2-1066 and 1333 versus DDR3-1600.  The

Source: Extremetech

Something seems a little out of proportion

Subject: Memory | March 23, 2009 - 01:39 PM |
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If you want the fastest DDR3 around you have to go for 2000MHz and be willing to pay.

Source: Guru of 3D

Mutant mouse

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 12:18 PM |
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Some may have had a rather surreal conversation about how the cord on the mouse is backwards because the tail of a mouse should be at the rear, not the front.  Now try imagining how to explain the Nova SliderX 600's tail to them without having your head explode.  Apart from the tail, the rest seems like a regular gaming mouse, numerous buttons, high DPI that can be changed on the fly along with multiple programmable profiles and an LED that changes col

Source: Arm3D

The gift that keeps on giving

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 12:05 PM |
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It looks like you may want to be really careful who gets to touch your PC as they could give it something that will never be cured, even if it goes into remission.  According to the article on Slashdot, the only prevention is to ensure that no one has exclusive unprotected interaction with your PC, otherwise you might find a little something in your BIOS that keeps coming back.  Since the actual infection resides in the BIOS, a compromised machine has no defence, and the ability to survive flashing m

Source: Slashdot

Intel Ships New Tools that Boost Game Performance

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 11:42 AM |
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GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE, San Francisco, March 23, 2009 - Intel Corporation today announced the release of Intel Graphics Performance Analyzers (GPA), a suite of software tools created in support of the Visual Adrenaline developer program.

Offered worldwide, GPA enables PC game developers to analyze and optimize game performance on Intel Integrated Graphics.

Bigfoot returns; with a new gaming network card

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2009 - 11:35 AM |
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It has been more than 2 years since the release of the first Killer NIC product, the world's first network card aimed at gamers, and PC Perspective was one of the few outlets to get our hands on the product for a write up.  There were then, and remain to this day, a lot of questions about the need for and technologies behind the Killer-line of network cards but hopefully soon we will have more answers from Bigfoot, the company behind it all.

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES EX-1200 MODULAR POWER SUPPLY

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 23, 2009 - 11:27 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL - (March 23, 2009) - BFG Technologies, Inc., the leading North American and European supplier of advanced NVIDIA-based 3D graphics cards, power supplies, and the Phobos High-Performance Gaming/Home Theater System, announced today the BFG EX-1200 modular power supply with Frequency Conversion Technology, which emulates virtually any size power supply and is at least 80% efficient, even with loads as low as 10% of the unit's maximum capability.

The BFG EX-1200 modular power supply is rated at 1200 watts continuous at 40°C (140°F) and features 98 amps on the 12 volt

Spring has sprung, the grass is rizz ...

Subject: General Tech | March 20, 2009 - 05:49 PM |
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A new monitor can make a huge difference in your PC experience, in some cases bigger that a jump in processor generation or a new graphics card.  Of course the decision can't be easy, once you decide on a size, there are still many variables, including technology that is used to form the LCD matrix.  If you listened to our latest podcast, we gave you a tool to use that should help determine what specs are real and which are simply PR speak.  Give our 49th

Guess we will take your word for it

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 20, 2009 - 03:19 PM |
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Apparently one of the features of the In Win X-Fighter Case is it's 'Star Wars Design'.  Now it is obvious to most fans that an X-Fighter is not something found in the Star Wars universe, unless perhaps it is the result of a very unique and powerful collision.  It's 'Dancing LEDs' are a nice feature, but are more reminiscent of a certain indestructible Trans Am, the visor of the not quite so attractive Cylons or the bridge of a famous ship that bore 'No bloody A, B, C, or D'.