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Subject: General Tech | February 4, 2009 - 12:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While Gamepyre may not remember the name Jagged Alliance, the game had enough impact to give a sense of deja vu when confronted with Hired Guns - The Jagged Edge. For those that are familiar with that ageing series and the successful mods like Urban Chaos, Hired Guns offers an end to a very long wait for Strategy First to work on Jagged Alliance 3. If you have no idea what these games are, you may not be a fan of turn based tactical squad combat and are probably happy to see Fallout turn into an FPS. On the other hand, if you enjoy micromanaging a squad or sqauds into taking
Subject: General Tech | February 4, 2009 - 12:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a handy little trick that Windows 7 beta testers have been using fairly reliably that makes beta testing the new OS a lot more interesting. If you are installing a driver for a system component and 7 presents you with compatibility errors, simply right click on the .exe file and choose "Troubleshoot Compatibility".
That brings up a wizard that you can go through to tell 7 to install the driver in Vista compatibility mode
and you are ready to go. You can see picture
Subject: Processors | February 3, 2009 - 05:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Legion Hardware wanted to see what effect the new processors have on the performance given by a GTX 295. The list of processors tested is quite long, covering Core i7 and newer Core2 processors from Intel as well as a pair of Phenom II and original flavour Phenoms on AMD's side. The newer processors can certainly feed data at a pace the GTX 295 can appreciate, but it would seem that there is a limit to what even that mighty GPU can handle.
Subject: General Tech | February 3, 2009 - 02:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sometimes it is important to show off a little, and a nice monitor and mouse only go so far if you are using a nasty off-white keyboard. The Razer Lycosa Mirror will help solve that problem, it's shiny finish and backlighting will look at home paired with any gaming mouse and widescreen LCD. If you are the type that likes things to look good as well as sport a few extras
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 3, 2009 - 01:49 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Last week Lee wrapped up his review of SilverStone's newest full sized enclosure, the Fortress FT01. A rather high end case and certainly targeted toward someone with a very hot system, as the pair of 180mm fans testify. Separate cooling areas
also display a certain type of enthusiast, who is willing to pay more in order to get the best. It picked up a Gold Award and you can see why in the full review.
Subject: Systems | February 3, 2009 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA's ION platform is here, or at least on Ryan's test bench. Roughly the same size as a well made sandwich, it is capable of some impressive feats like, DX10 gaming support, HD video decode acceleration, 7.1 channel HD audio support, Vista Premium support, 2560x1600 resolution, CUDA and PhysX. Read on to get the full ION experience, and see why Atom may be in deep trouble, especially for those enthusiasts willing to pay a little more for a lot more performance.
Subject: General Tech | February 3, 2009 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Bigfoot Networks was big news about a year ago with the release of their 2 Killer NIC cards, designed to provide superior online gaming by eliminating lag, as well as some other specific settings and options. While there was at least some benefit to using the cards, it was hard to justify spending $150 or so to see a tiny improvement to the NIC built into your motherboard. They have been busy, trying to get their cards into boutique system builds, like Alienware, but we haven't seen anything new from them. Th
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 2, 2009 - 12:40 PM | Ryan Shrout
If you have been one of those people pleading for Microsoft to release Windows 7 sooner rather than later, you are in luck. Microsoft has announced that there will only be a single beta period for Windows 7 - the current one we are already in! After that we will get only a single release candidate and then it will be release to manufacturer.
So to summarize briefly:
Subject: Mobile | February 2, 2009 - 12:14 PM | Ryan Shrout
Sooo.....this is interesting news from ASUS with an interesting way of spreading it. ASUS sent out a press release today that the 1000HE is going to be the first netbook to offer the Intel Atom N280 and promises up to 9.5 hours of battery life.
What's more interesting to me? Rather than providing a link to the ASUS.com page for more information and pre-order locations, instead they are pointing us all to a Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6297967631
Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2009 - 12:06 PM | Ryan Shrout
While I first saw this information posted on Leo Laporte's blog last week, Dailytech has a good write up on the issue and a response from Microsoft on a possible issue that leaves UAC in state that is less secure than some people would like. The person who details the attack issue even claims that this should vindicate the security in Windows Vista.
Subject: Processors | February 2, 2009 - 11:59 AM | Ryan Shrout
An interesting interview at LapTopMag.com, posted over at TGDaily, takes some quotes from NVIDIA's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang on how CPUs like Intel's Atom processor will affect the world of hardware and software industries. He claims that a netbooks are only called netbooks by Intel marketing and in reality they are just under-powered PC, and also that a large install base of netbook PCs will eventually cause problems for the PC world when users actually try to use them with newer software.
Subject: Processors | February 2, 2009 - 11:51 AM | Ryan Shrout
According to this report, Intel has decided to pull the plug on the 45nm CPU/GPU combos that were due out in 2009 known as Auburndale and Havendale. These were going to be two-chip parts: one that included a dual-core HyperThreaded CPU the other chip a GPU.
Now instead Intel is going to wait for the 32nm process and move Arandale up 6 months or so into early 2010.
Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2009 - 04:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Usually when you are looking for recommendations on security software like anti-virus, you ask those in the know to tell you their favourites. You can also gain a lot by asking them which are the worst anti-virus programs, to build a list of software to avoid, just like in this thread. 27 years after the inception, the problem just keeps going like some sort of infected Energizer Bunny.
Subject: Storage | January 30, 2009 - 02:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The OCZ Apex SSD is an odd beast, build on Jmicron MLC flash technology one might expect it to have the slower performance typical of MLC drives, but OCZ is positioning it to take on the mighty Intel X25-M 80GB SSD which uses faster SLC flash for storage. The key is the use of a pair of flash memory controllers and an onboard RAID chip, to help bring the bandwidth up. If you want to see how well OCZ managed, read Ryan's full review.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 30, 2009 - 02:18 PM | Ryan Shrout
It may seem like many moons ago since we first learned about the Lucid HYDRA product, but it looks as if there is a significant advancement for the technology courtesy of a Japanese computing company called ELSA. ELSA is a system designer that targets high end graphics systems for HPC (high performance computing), broadcast and medical organizations.
Subject: Graphics Cards | January 30, 2009 - 01:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The last Catalyst release, 8.12, offered huge improvements to all Radeon owners excepting those with multiple HD4850s. The hotfix for the 8.12 even cheered those unfortunates up, as it fixed the degradation they were seeing. Just yesterday we saw the release of the first driver for this year, Catalyst 9.1, which adds support for OpenGL, but not much in the way of other features. X-bit Labs compares the 8.12 driver, both with and without the hotfix, against the new 9.1 driver. T
Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 30, 2009 - 12:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Thermaltake MeOrb is perfect for those with space issues, either due to a small HTPC case, or simply a motherboard whose layout leaves little space around the CPU socket for a king sized heatsink. At only 106.8mm x 94.6mm x 47mm and a measly 258g
this cooler is dwarfed by the reset of Thermaltake's heatsink lineup, but it should not be underestimated. In the tests Legion Hardware ran, the MeOrb managed to beat a stock Intel cooler in heat and in noise.
Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2009 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AMD hasn't been holding up their end of the fight recently, and as they can't manage to pick up nVIDIA, Intel has decided to take on any comers. The recent battleground has been to make the smallest possible system, a special niche that was the exclusive territory of VIA. That hasn't stopped Intel's Atom smashing into the market and making the netbook popular. Now they are setting their sights on Microsoft and the Linux community by developing Moblin, their own mobile OS.
Subject: Memory | January 29, 2009 - 04:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Has playing with BIOS options got you scratching your head as to why manually setting your RAM's speed and timings causes eternal reboots, but setting the options to something called SPD fixes your posting problems? Icrontic would love to shed some light on your confusion, by explain just what Serial Presence Detect is, why the JEDEC is very important to tweakers and just why CPU-Z doesn't seem to report your RAM going the speed you though it should.