Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2010 - 07:41 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The long running CoD franchise has a new member and for a game about Black Ops, there sure is a lot of attention being payed to how it is operating. The reactions have been mixed, from those whose heads are exploding from the rage and disappointment trying to find an outlet to those who are happy to wait until it is patched to the point where playing the game, especially in multiplayer is more fun than frustrating. HEXUS tried the single player campaign and gives you a quick run down of what is new in the
Subject: General Tech | November 17, 2010 - 05:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The current CEO of Microsoft might not quite be at the status of Richard Branson but for a tech company he is rather famous, especially when he loses his temper. While there is no outburst in the interview he completed with Ars Technica there is certainly a lot to draw the attention of anyone interested in the current mindset of Microsoft and the plans they have for the future. Four pages worth of questions and answers await.
Subject: General Tech | November 16, 2010 - 05:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
According to the numbers that DigiTimes is seeing, the drop in costs for SSDs are having an effect on the price of HDDs but don't expect to see the price per gigabyte get all that close. We've seen price cuts from Intel and Adata is also going that route and you can expect the introduction of 20nm flash chips to also help drop the cost of SSDs over the coming year. On the flip side it looks like large capacity HDDs are going to go up a little bit while the new flash is being rolled out.
Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2010 - 05:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has some nice pictures of the next generation of motherboards for Intel processors, aka Sandy Bridge or the 6 series. They've a few examples from ASUS although not the full lineup of 17 motherboards. One of the most unique of the bunch is the Sabertooth P67 which has a Tactical Jacket, a plastic piece covering the entire motherboard except for slots, which is supposed to direct airflow over various onboard components.
Subject: General Tech | November 15, 2010 - 05:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Allyn just had to pass on an amazing deal for an Sandforce based 64GB Micro Center SSD. Sure you might not recognize the MicroCentre brand, but what really counts is the controller, the same one found in the Vertex 2 and Agility 2 SSD who's specs are in the SSD Decoder Ring.
Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2010 - 11:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you haven't been spending much time browsing through the forums, you might not have noticed that a lot of the smaller sub-forums have been rolled up into large, more active forums. Whereas once we had segregated Motherboards not only into Intel versus AMD but also they were broken down by manufacturer they are now all together in one monster sized forum. That means you can benefit from the multitude of eyes that will see your question, as all of our motherboard gurus are on the s
Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2010 - 06:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Patriot's new SF-1222TA3-SBH based Inferno 120GB SSD features
Sandforce's DuraClass technology, meaning that it has a number of features designed to extend the life of the drive as well as prevent dips in speed due to the collection of garbage sectors over time and other neat tricks like real-time loss-less compression. In Th
Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2010 - 05:09 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
If you have fond memories of flashing custom BIOSes that made hidden features accessible for you to tweak with then this story at Slashdot is going to excite you. It seems a hardware hacker has posted documentation on a way to enable a debug mode in AMD processors. If you are more into enabling cores via ACC then this might not be your cup of silicon tea but for many the idea of getting up close and personal with AMD's registers makes them a little hot.
Subject: General Tech | November 11, 2010 - 07:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While most eyes have been on AMD and their first APU, Zacate; ARM has revealed the new Mali T-604 OpenCL GPU. Their choice of OpenCL over CUDA speaks to ARMs long history of supporting open standards, something that OpenCL is while nVIDIA's solution is at least for now considered proprietary. They've also chosen a very different route, siting memory bandwidth limitations as a reason for eschewing textures in favour of directly computing screen data.