Subject: General Tech | October 8, 2009 - 12:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The same discrepancies that apply to software benchmarking programs also apply to predictions of hardware failure rates based on subjecting them to extreme stress conditions. Much like a graphics card, the only way to know how it will perform is to actually use it in real life conditions for hours, days or years. Such is the case with DRAM errors, as proven by a study done by Google. Instead of the current estimate based on synthetic testing, as Ars Technica puts it, '
Subject: General Tech | October 7, 2009 - 01:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The original Operation Flashpoint was a hard game and not because of monster closets or ridiculous boss fights, it was hard because bullets kill. One good shot could take you out or is at least guaranteed to slow you down. There is no health metre nor any med kits lying around, you have to finish the mission with every bump, scrape and bullet hole that you accumulate over the mission. The sequel, Dragon Rising looks to be every bit as daunting, and every bit as fun.
Subject: General Tech | October 7, 2009 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
RAMBUS, one of the last attempts at serial volatile memory
standards didn't do well when it was first tried on the market; a long story that by the end had many glad to see RAMBUS go. DDR and its successive generations has had success in the PC world, but that is a small share of the total memory market. A PC can provide the cooling and power that defines DDR. Now The Inquirer reports on the return of serial memory, this time targeted specifically towards m
Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2009 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Physics is fun in games, be it chopping down trees with heavy fire in Crysis or FarCry2 or the joy of levelling entire buildings in Silent Storm to deny your enemies cover. What isn't fun is slapping down $100+ for a PPU to find out that there are a total of 2 maps that support that particular physics engine or that the sum effect of having that PPU is that paper and dust react to wind in a slightly more interesting way than without the $100+ PPU. nVIDIA wanted to make the PPU more approachable, to do so they let you slap in any of their recent cards into a second PCIe slot and you
Subject: General Tech | October 6, 2009 - 11:09 AM | Josh Walrath
Today GF has released news of a partnership that it has developed with well known CPU designer ARM (Advanced RISC Machines). While ARM itself does not actually produce their CPUs for end users, they do license out their designs to anyone and nearly everyone in the industry. One of the latest ARM enabled designs is NVIDIA's Tegra, which features the ARM 11 processor. While not the most cutting edge ARM design, it has allowed NVIDIA to successfully enter the smartphone and MID market with a pretty robust product with excellent features. So far the biggest application of t
Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2009 - 02:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For $100 you can pick up a great set of headphones with surround sound and possible even noise cancellation technology, but some like their audio to fill the room, not just their heads. Logitech has an answer, the 2.1 Logitech Z523
speaker system. They are not really audiophile quality but for those who play games or stream music via their PC will be quite satisfied with the quality.
Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2009 - 12:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As a mobile user, you have either mastered the touchpad or you hate it with a passion and cart around a mouse. Many mobile mice have appeared on the market, shrunken little wireless versions of desktop mice. For about $30, Microsoft has an interesting alternative that they have aptly named the Arc mouse. Its USB wireless receiver fits into a socket built into the mouse, which folds to protect the USB dongle as well as shrinking th
Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2009 - 12:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
WHEN: Oct. 5 through Dec. 14, 2009.
WHERE: Intel Core i7 Custom Desktop Challenge Contest: www.intelcorechallenge.com
Subject: General Tech | October 5, 2009 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan has been spending some time thinking about nVIDIA and what their plans are in the near future and has collected his thoughts into a new editorial on the front page. The company has done a huge about face compared to just a few years ago. Previously they were having success beating ATI in the graphics card market and then managed to take advantage of the reorganization necessary to bring ATI into the fold at AMD. They were producing THE enthusiast chipset with the nForce2 and even showing up other onboard audio solutions
Subject: General Tech | October 2, 2009 - 06:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Our Processor Forum is currently full of quite a few confused, or at least overwhelmed enthusiasts trying to come to terms with the breadth of choice available for processors. Some are just looking at an affordable upgrade while others are looking at the brand new CPUs available on the market. The conversations about the new CPUs spill over into the Overclocking Forum as well. Not only are there new techniques to try out w