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Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2008 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you are reviewing a game, or more often a video card, there are several methods that present themselves. The first is to load up a timedemo or a built in benchmark, let it run through a few loops and write down the numbers it gives you. A bit of math and a bunch of typing and your review is done and ready to be published so that your readers can make informed decisions about their next purchase. On the other hand, you can sacrifice a day (and probably a night) spending quality time with a PC and a box of beer, playing through the game and saving a specific spots where th
Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2008 - 11:39 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are sick and tired of the internet and your browser working the way you want them to, why not try FireFox3 Beta3? You do get a sneak peek at the Gecko1.9 rendering engine, and if you run under Windows it will install to a separate directory; leaving your FireFox2 installation alone. Not so the case on Linux or Mac, it will install overtop of your existing FireFox. Read what else you can expect over at The Inquirer.
Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2008 - 11:08 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 13, 2008 - NVIDIA (Nasdaq: NVDA), the world leader in visual computing technologies and the inventor of the GPU, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of AGEIA Technologies, Inc., the industry leader in gaming physics technology. AGEIA's PhysX® software is widely adopted with more than 140 PhysX-based games shipping or in development on Sony Playstation 3, Microsoft XBOX 360, Nintendo Wii, and gaming PCs. AGEIA physics software is pervasive with over 10,000 registered and active users of the PhysX SDK.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 12, 2008 - 05:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Silencer 610 EPS12V 500W Power Supply comes with a Chroma 8000 report that shows the PSU peaking to 680W and providing 84.5% efficiency at 615W, not bad for a PSU sitting at the $100 mark. Add to that the fact that it maintains a 45C temperature and can live up to it's Silencer name, this PSU that Hardware Secrets reviewed is perfect for all but the most po
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 12, 2008 - 02:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Icrontic has published a review of two heatsinks, the Noctua NH-U12P and the SilverStone Nitrogon NT06-Lite. These are two very different coolers, the Noctua is designed for heavier usage, while teh SilverStone is intended for lighter duty, as the name might imply. Each fills their targeted roll quite well, as you can read in the full review.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2008 - 01:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
A little experiment over at CPU3D has turned up some very interesting information, you can link an HD3870 and an HD3850 together in Crossfire, with no extra work! They could only test the single core version of the HD3870, so it
AMD Sharpens Focus On Latest Multimedia Technologies To Create Immersive Mobile Entertainment Experi
Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2008 - 01:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BARCELONA, SPAIN - Feb. 12, 2008 - Today at the GSMA Mobile World
Congress, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced an expanded portfolio of products
and technologies to enable such popular, media-rich applications as
mobile TV, 3D games and high-fidelity audio, delivering immersive
entertainment to tomorrow's mobile phones and handheld devices.
AMD has enhanced its established line of innovative, open-standard
handheld device technologies with upcoming AMD Imageon processors,
as well as next-generation 3D and vector graphics cores available for
Subject: Motherboards | February 12, 2008 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The MSI K9A2 Platinum seems to have displayed a split personality when it underwent testing at [H]ard|OCP. It is designed to support Crossfire-X, but the slots are so close together you wouldn't manage to fit 4 double height cards. The chipset heatsinks are small, but they are positioned so close to the CPU that it is very hard to fit a large cool
Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2008 - 11:40 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VIA Arena reports on a very neat use for students, the ALMASpace Ground Station which has an EPIA mainboard at it's heart, letting students video conference with the International Space Station. It also allows data transfer, to upload data that the students want the ISS cameras to focus on and calculate orbital patterns, as well as letting them download the data once it has been collected. Check out the specs of this learning aid in the full article.
Subject: Storage | February 11, 2008 - 05:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The HighPoint RocketRAID 2300 PCI-E SATA not only gives you something to do with that 1x PCI-E slot, but it will add 4 SATA channels to your PC. It comes as a half height PCI-E card, betraying it's primary usage in rack servers and is based around a HighPoint 601 RAID management chip. TweakTown's testing proves that this card is mos
Subject: Processors | February 11, 2008 - 03:11 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Core 2 Quad Q9300 processor is poised to take over as the poster child of inexpensive and overclockable CPUs for many enthusiasts. It runs at ~2.5GHz, 333MHz at a 7.5 multiplier, and a total of 6MB of L2 cache, 3MB per core, which you can compare to the Q6600 at 2.4GHz with a pair of 4MB L2 caches. The price stays exactly the same, $266. The heat remains the same for these two processors as well, and considering that a 333MHz bus is the first step to overclocking the Q6600, and the Q9300 runs 333MHz at stock, you can see there is more room to push this chip faster.
Subject: Systems | February 11, 2008 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The AutumnWave OnAir GT can turn your laptop into an HDTV and PVR with just a few simple steps. It's USB connection makes it very handy to base an HTPC system around your laptop without having to give up lugging it around with you. A few plugs and you are free to go, offering an alternative to people who want a PVR but aren't interested in buying and building a purpose built system. See how easy it is over at Overclockers Online.
Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2008 - 12:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Yahoo has decided that it wants Microsoft to show that it truly loves them, by upping their desired price by $9.00 a share, taking the total price per share to $40.00, all told they want about $58 billion. The Inquirer has quotes as to exactly how Yahoo announced this to their shareholders. Microsoft has the option to go directly to the shareholders, to try a buyout that way and to perhaps gain extra leverage to finish the deal. Just in case they press their suit
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 11, 2008 - 11:00 AM | Ryan Shrout
If this news from Fudzilla is true, then some partners of NVIDIA are going to offer 1GB versions of the 9600 GT. Let me say that again - 1GB of frame buffer on a card with mid-range performance. If this is true, and performance differences between the 512MB and 1GB versions are what I am guessing they will be (~0-1%), this could be the worst idea I've heard in a long time.
Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2008 - 05:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Wireless connections sound very handy, letting you connect a LAN without running wires all over the floors and ceilings and drilling holes, but they can also be an exercise in frustration. Take the problems in this post, as well as the inventive and useful suggestions to solve those unreliable and slow connection blues.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 8, 2008 - 03:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The WC in BFGTech's 8800 GTS 512MB OC2 WC Edition stands for water cooling. This card isn't one of those self contained coolers either, this is built to be added into an existing water cooling loop, so those with powerful custom built cooling systems might see better performance than the 700 MHz GPU, 1.94 GHz RAM and 1728 MHz stream processors. [H]ard|OCP managed to push it to 800 MHz for the GPU and the RAM to 2.22 GHz, and kept it BELOW 50C! See what gains they got fro
Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2008 - 01:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At last we have something new in the way of input devices. The mouse may have become more accurate, faster to respond and sprouted various fans and lights, but it is still basically mouse shaped. Over at MAKE:Blog they have a link to a red dot design award winning concept mouse that is moldable. Made witha centre of lightweight modelling clay and covered with nylon and polyurethane blend fabric, this mouse can take almost any shape you want. Wrists of the world rejoice!.
Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2008 - 11:58 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Could the end be nigh? Is the apocalypse
just around the corner? Is the bacon soaring high above my plate?
I wonder if they are giving odds in Vegas?
Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2008 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
It's official, 780i is going the same way as the X38. The Inquirer expects to start seeing 790i boards appearing very soon now, leaving early adopters out in the cold just as Intel's were. The 790i offers more improvements than the 780i did, but that will be of little comfort to anyone who picked up a 780i board recently. There will be a lot of sleepless nights for Ryan benchmarking with this almost simultaneous chipset refresh.