Corsair 2.1 Audio: Hold the DRAM!
Corsair is a name well known in the industry for making high quality memory aimed at enthusiasts and high end applications. For the past few years they have expanded into other areas including cases, power supplies, and CPU coolers. The latest push is for computer audio, and the SP2500 is a hefty shot across the bow for the current competition.
Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2011 - 03:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Not to be confused with their Spawn, the Inferno looks a little plainer without the bright red trim which is a good feature for those not wanting a flashy mouse. It doesn't lack for controls, you can program five different DPI settings between 500 and 4000DPI and all five settings allow you to map the sensitivity of the X and Y axis separately along with support for both scripts and macros to be programmed to the 11 buttons.
Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2011 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Drop by AnandTech if you want a complex diagram of the new OMAP 5, a SoC which will be using a pair of 28nm Cortex A15s. According to TI you can expect a 50% increase in processing power at the same clock speed compared to the previous generation A9. The new OMAP 5 will also sport a pair of ARM Cortex M4 which should help speed video encoding and decoding. If you are into these tiny stand alone systems then head over for a look under the hood.
Subject: General Tech | February 7, 2011 - 04:37 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With a Bluetooth enabled laptop you can use that earpiece that normally talks to your phone to listen to audio, but it mostly remains underutilized. A company by the name of iui Design has another idea for you, their BeLive Bluetooth portable speaker will let you share your audio and not have to use the built in speakers that are often not the best way to listen to a movie or song. Techware Labs had a chance to check them out and were quite impressed with the quality, specificall
Subject: General Tech | February 7, 2011 - 04:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Fans of Linux have some good news today from Phoronix involving Advanced Vector Extensions the successor to the SSE4 instruction set. We are still waiting on AMD's first part to arrive on the market while not only has Intel released a part that can handle the new technology, Linux is now able to take advantage of that with the new GCC 4.6. You can see how well the support has been implemented by reading through the variety of benchmarks in the full article.
Subject: General Tech | February 4, 2011 - 06:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Talk Forum abounds with mysteries this week, from an ECS motherboard with some issues and far too many BIOSes to choose from to an attempt to recover some unpartitioned space on a HDD. The Motherboard Forum is more concerned about how a single transistor can ruin an entire motherboard family. The Graphics Forum is also pretty busy, though in a
Subject: General Tech | February 4, 2011 - 11:32 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In case you were feeling on top of things and feel that you can tell the difference between a Core i7 on LGA1366 versus LGA1156 accurately and aren't overly concerned about discerning an LGA1155 or yet to arrive LGA2011 SandyBridge part, Intel has made things more confusing. The server room has avoided most of the socket ecosystem flourishing but that is not going to last according to SemiAccurate.
Subject: General Tech | February 3, 2011 - 11:49 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Josh recently touched on the state of the current mobile processor generation, contrasting the efforts of NVIDIA and ARM to improve the performance of the upcoming generation of smart phones. The Inquirer has done something similar, sitting down with Richard York, director of product marketing at ARM
to hear what he had to say. The resulting article focuses more on the connectivity side of the required processing power from the silicon within smartphones and the very low latency displayed by ARM's new baseband
Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2011 - 06:29 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you are Gigabyte, you promise refunds or replacements. Obviously you will likely get the refund quicker, but as you are probably going to spend the money on a new motherboard, so you could always wait for the details of the replacement program to solidify.
Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2011 - 03:30 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Cooler Master Storm Spawn has 7 customizable buttons, a sleek red and black color scheme and an adjustable 3500 DPI sensor. The software it comes with will be familiar to anyone who has used a gaming mouse, with perhaps a bit more depth as the mouse is capable of macros with a maximum of 10 key presses and releases. Overall it received a positive review from Neoseeker, though the reviewer would have liked it to be a bit larger so those with big hands be warned.