The new Xbox 360 "Slim" Gets Unwrapped
We picked up one of the new Xbox 360 S / Slim consoles and decided to rip it apart to see what was inside. How does the technological shift in the new system change the properties of the console and how does it affect power consumption, noise and heat? Step in to read, and watch, our results!
Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2010 - 12:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In and of its self the Gigabyte Radeon HD 5870 Super Overclock is not the best deal out there, effectively you are paying and extra $90 for an overclock of 150MHz GPU and 50MHz on the memory, plus a proprietary cooler. Overclockers.com thought that while that was a nice bump in speed it needed something more. In their case that was LN cooling, which involved de-soldering and re-soldering resistors on the PCB as well as voltage tweaks.
Subject: General Tech | June 21, 2010 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Move over Sony, powerVR and nVIDIA because Nintendo has gone with a company called DMP to provide graphics for the new 3DS. The chip is the 400MHz PICA 200 and it is an evolution of their established Ultray architecture that knows a few tricks, including a rather unique use of hardware based parametric engines in place of what competitors use computational shader engines for. That probably had a huge impact on Nintendo's decision as the hardware solution does the same job with less power requirements as well as less heat.
Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2010 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When new tech arrives on the scene it is always a good idea to check around to see what it is good for before you run out and buy it,
Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2010 - 05:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: General Tech | June 18, 2010 - 12:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The new improved and thinned Xbox, codenamed Valhalla has arrived and one major benefit is that you will no longer have to fear the Red Ring of Death as they changed the colour of the ring to green. Anand is quite familiar with the RRoD as he has seen three of his five Xboxes die in that particular way. He picked up one of these new Xboxes, with its new look and reduced power consumption and tore it open to see what was inside. You can find out what he dis
Subject: General Tech | June 17, 2010 - 11:37 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The big three NAND makers, Toshiba, Macronix and Samsung are loving the surge of popularity of their products. It isn't just the SSD market that is making their accountants smile, the ever growing need for more capacity embedded in mobile products is helping as well. All three had something new to announce to The Inquirer when they were asked. With
Tired of Benchmarks? Here's the Dirt!
Industry Dirt will be exploring some of the more suspect rumors and happenings around our beloved technology firms. Today I take a look at some of the latest from AMD and Intel, and while Intel certainly is still controlling the industry, AMD looks like it could be in for a surprise quarter. Plus I explore the ramifications of Intel's latest "K" series of unlocked CPUs.
Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2010 - 01:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Wired has assembled 10 trailers for the games generating the most buzz at the E3 conference for your viewing pleasure. Most of the trailers are a little light on the gameplay video and we haven't seen much in the way of that so far from E3 but the trailers are definitely heavy on the tease. Drop by to see the games most likely to be absorbing all of your free time in the near future.
Subject: General Tech | June 16, 2010 - 12:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MAKE:Blog has a rather useful suggestion to help you get an old piece of tech out of the closet and make it useful again. Using the wonderful tool of DD-WRT they have instructions on how to turn your old wireless router into a repeater. DD-WRT, if you have not run into it before is a tool used to replace the firmware on a router with a Linux based alternative. This means that the old interface on your router is replaced with a different interface that offers more fun