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 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,25 2007 - tech 
TechNews - Radeon HD 2900 Pro benchmarked - tech
(hx) 12:02 PM EDT - Sep,25 2007 - Post a comment
  • AMD rumored to release an Athlon 5000+ Black Edition - The processor would be built on 65nm and be clocked at the 'regular' 2.6GHz and have 1MB of L2 cache, the same as the non-Black Edition version but, it will differentiate itself by having an unlocked multiplier.
  • Nvidia to release four nForce 700 series chipsets in November - Nvidia will be releasing the nForce 780a and 750a , the first being the highest-end offer, with support for three PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots while the latter will boast only two such slots. Both will support AM2+ and AM2 processors and will come with DDR2-1066-ready modules. On the Intel front, the C72 chipsets have finally received their 'official' names, nForce 780i (C72 XE) and nForce 750i (C72 P), both featuring support for Intel's upcoming 45nm processors and DDR2 memory.
  • MSI P35 Diamond Mobo Tested - Good board with fantastic stability and great performance, but it still doesn't represent good value for money.
  • Radeon HD 2900 Pro benchmarked - PCLab's benchmarks include 3DMark06, F.E.A.R., Prey, S.T.A.L.K.E.R., and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. In the four game tests, the 2900 Pro is on average about 19% slower than the full-blown Radeon HD 2900 XT at stock speeds.
  • HP w2207 22-inch LCD Monitor Tested - The screen measures in a 22-inches diagonally and has a native resolution of 1680 x 1050 at 60Hz. The contrast ratio is 1000:1 and the brightness is up to 300 nits
  • Western Digital RE2 750GB Hard Drive Tested - The RE2 may even be a better alternative than a 10K-RPM Raptor
  • Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3 - This service pack is hardly of 117.7 Mb but Microsoft says it to be an important update to Microsoft Office 2003 Service pack 2 so everyone using Ms Office 2003 must download and update it (changelog)
  • FileZilla 3.0.1 - FileZilla is powerful Open Source FTP/SFTP client with many features. It includes a site manager to store all your connection details and logins as well as an Explorer style interface that shows the local and remote folders and can be customized independently.
  • Recuva 1.05.118 - Recuva (download) is a freeware Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer. This includes files emptied from the Recycle bin as well as images and other files that have been deleted by user error from digital camera memory cards or MP3 players.
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta sent to testers - SP1 Beta comes in both 32 and 64bit versions and according to Brandon LeBlanc, it brings a few speed improvements and it takes out the search option from the Start Menu. The Vista GUI hasn't received any major updates but the whole idea with SP1 was to fix bugs and give the OS and applications running on it a boost. The final version of Vista Service Pack 1 is still slated for Q1 2008.
  • Blu-ray/HD DVD War to Last Another 18 Months - A stand alone Blu-ray player sells for about $500, while HD DVD players cost about $400, and prices are expected to drop further as the holiday shopping season nears.
  • Apple: unlock may damage, void warranty - The company said that unlocking an iPhone may render an iPhone useless after applying future software updates.
  • Halo 3 - Official 90 Second Spot - The official full length version of the televison spot for the Halo 3 "Believe" campaign
  • The Worlds Biggest Pencil - check it out
  • Stupid Brain Tricks (video) - check it out (especially the last trick is pretty cool)
  • Erica Durance's Sexy Maxim Pictures - If you're a fan of the show Smallville, you'll enjoy these pictures of hottie Erica Durance (born June 21, 1978).
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,24 2007 - tech
TechNews - The XP Alternative for Vista PCs - tech
(hx) 04:58 AM EDT - Sep,24 2007 - Post a comment
  • The XP Alternative for Vista PCs - While Microsoft is still pushing Vista hard, the company is quietly allowing PC makers to offer a "downgrade" option to buyers that get machines with the new operating system but want to switch to Windows XP.
  • World in Conflict (PC) graphics card performance / IQ review  - Guru3D look how ten different graphics cards perform (DX9 & DX10) in World in Conflict.
  • How to use more than a gig of RAM on 32-bit Linux -  The problem exists because 32-bit Linux kernels are designed to access only 1GB of RAM by default
  • Driver Sweeper version 1.0 final - Driver Sweeper is a fast tool to remove driver leftovers from your system. It's very important to remove your drivers on a proper way, because driver leftovers can cause problems like stability and startup problems. You can use it if you want to update/remove drivers from your system. The current supported drivers are NVIDIA (Display and Chipset), ATI (Display), Creative (Sound) Realtek (Sound), Ageia (PhysX) and Microsoft (Mouse).
  • Microsoft gives CEO Ballmer $1.3 million pay package - Microsoft Corporation Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer received a $1.3 million pay cheque ($620,000 in salary and a $650,000 bonus) for fiscal 2007, a year which ended June 30 and in which profit at the world's largest software maker topped $14 billion. Microsoft gave Ballmer a modest $6,750 in matches to his 401K retirement plan and approximately $3,000 worth of life insurance and athletic club memberships. Wow :-)
  • Two new Gmail features in the queue - Here are two new features that will be launched either before, or after Gmail 2.0
  • 1GB 20 years ago and 1GB now! (pic) - It's amazing how quickly technology advances these days...
  • Hilarious Crazy Faces! (video) - WTF :-)
  • Smirnoff vodka advertisement - After a short trailer, click the 'Watch the TV ad' centre screen. Enjoy!  (thanks  Stumpus)
  • Dont Touch A Lions Paw (video) - This dude just learned out the hard way that lions really dont like it when people touch their paws.
  • Miss Horrorfest 2007 - New Montage - Hardcore (video) - Here is a new Miss Horrorfest Montage for your viewing pleasure. This is the more hardcore version!
  • Google Earth Zooms Too Close (video) - Maybe googles zooming technology is getting a little too good?
  • Keeley Hazell WWII-themed photoshoot - Here are some new shots of Keeley Hazell looking hot as ever in a WWII-themed photoshoot for The Sun Magazine. Enjoy!
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,21 2007 - tech
TechNews - Vista vs XP Performance in Games - tech
(hx) 10:10 PM EDT - Sep,21 2007 - Post a comment
  • INTEL E6850 Dual Core Processor Tested - If you already have a Core 2 Duo E6600 or E6700, there's little reason to upgrade at this point, as INTEL is readying their new Penryn processors for release. Several reviews have shown that the 1333FSb makes minimal difference compared to the 1066FSB, and in most can easily get a Core 2 Duo E6600 to 3.0GHz and a 1333FSB.
  • Intel 3.4GHz Skulltrail And QX9650 Performance Preview - The Skulltrail machine is much more powerful than the QX9650, thanks to its SLI graphics, higher clocked processors (3.4GHz vs. 3.0GHz), memory, and eight execution cores.
  • XFX Unveils World's Fastest Nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS Graphics Card - The new XFX 8800 GTS Fatal1ty offer up to 15% better performance than the standard GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB
  • RV670 graphics card pictured - It seems that the card will be shipped starting with September 25th, the same day AMD wants to reveal its dark side. It may not exactly be as long as the snake on the site but it should be quite poisonous, especially for Nvidia's forthcoming mainstream cards.
  • Windows Vista vs Windows XP Performance: 7 Months Later - NVIDIA took a lot of flack for their Vista drivers back in Feb, but a lot has changed in the past 7 months. Are NVIDIA's Vista drivers any better? What about AMD's Radeon HD 2900 XT?
  • LCD Roundup: Something for everyone - None of these monitors merits a stand-alone article, but they do merit your attention. From low-on-budget film fans over business users to “brand name” elitists, every single of these can choose between these five models
  • Compal develops 'lid-cooled' notebook - Where current notebooks rely on conventional heatsinks as well as noisy, high-speed fans to cool their processors, Compal's design makes use of the display lid (a big aluminum or carbon plate that backs the screen) to dissipate heat.
  • Critical vulnerability found in Adobe Reader - Considering the prevalence of PDF files and the fact that Adobe Reader is a closed-source product, Petkov says he will not release a proof of concept until the issue is patched
  • Apple Blacklisting Hacked iPhones? - If you have modded your iPhone, don’t expect Apple to service your phone.
  • NBC to offer TV shows online for free - NBC will start offering limited free downloads of shows such as "Heroes" and "The Office" as part of its bid to expand the digital distribution of its programs.
  • Google Co-Founders Are 5th Richest Americans - The annual list of America’s Richest People is out today and guess what? Sergey Brin and Larry Page are now in the top five on the list.
  • ThePirateBay.org files charges against media companies - Directly from Piratebay.org: "Thanks to the email-leakage from MediaDefender-Defenders we now have proof of the things we've been suspecting for a long time; the big record and movie labels are paying professional hackers, saboteurs and ddosers to destroy our trackers."
  • Why net neutrality is important (pic) - This picture couldn't have explained net neutrality any better.
  • Dick Doodles (video) - Some of the greatest cartoons in the world started out in very perverse ways :-P
  • Free BMW Video Game Lets You Drive An M3 On A Virtual Nurburgring - You too can experience the thrill of driving the BMW M3 'round the famed N|rburgring F1 circuit
  • Exclusive Pathology Trailer - In Theaters 11/30 - Written by Neveldine and Taylor, the story centers on a young intern (Ventimiglia) who is studying pathology at Philadelphia's University Hospital and encounters an attractive but murderous group of colleagues who have devised a deadly game to see who among them can commit the perfect murder, while the others compete to determine the cause of death.
  • The Simpsons Game Super Sneak (video) - check it out
  • Lamborghini Gallardo vs Ducati 1098 (video) - Find out who comes out on top in a race between the potent Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera and the most powerful production V-twin bike on the market.
  • Ashley Tisdale - He Said, She Said (video) - check it out :-o
  • Lucy Pinder - Scott McAulay 'Prison Bars' Photoshoot - Nice sexy pics!
  • Petra Nemcova Does Upskirts With Style - Yes, that's right, Petra Nemcova is so talented she can have an "upskirt" and "downskirt" simultaneously!
NVIDIA ForceWare 163.71 BETA Drivers - tech
(hx) 04:24 PM EDT - Sep,21 2007 - Post a comment
NVIDIA has released a new ForceWare beta drivers (release notes ~ PDF) for its various GeForce video chips (5x, 6x, 7x and 8x series) on its NVIDA Zone site. They are available for Windows XP 32-bit, Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition/Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows Vista 32-bit, and Windows Vista 64-bit. Among the changes is improved compatibility for BioShock, Crysis, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, Hellgate: London, and World in Conflict. They also adds NVIDIA SLI profile for Team Fortress 2 and PureVideo HD decode acceleration for GeForce 8600, 8500 and 8400 series GPUs. (thanks Thinus)
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,20 2007 - tech
Real-time raytracing for PC games almost a reality - tech
(hx) 03:51 PM EDT - Sep,20 2007 - Post a comment
PC Perspective has just pusted an article that looks at the development taking place at Intel in the area of real-time raytracing for the rendering of games. Here's an excerpt:
Today's Intel quad-core CPUs can perform quite well with this technology and with Intel confirming that Nehalem processors will have up to eight cores on a single die (and that falls in the two year time span), it's possible that we'll be running raytraced games on hardware that we were shown this week at IDF. If it's not the Nehalem or the next iteration of standard processors, then how about the much-famed Terascale processor from another of Intel's development research teams? These 80-core 2 TeraFlop processors are being shown again at IDF and we'll have more information on them very soon as well.

According to Daniel and the Intel team, the magic number of rays they'll need to process each second to achieve that "game quality" and frame rate is around one billion (though interesting designs can be done with considerably fewer). That would allow for about 30 rays per pixel to be processed for each frame, with different rays necessary colors, lighting and other special effects. Doing that math, at a 1024x768 resolution for a total of 786,432 pixels times 30 rays per pixel and 60 frames per second, you get 1.415 billion rays per second required. That is an impressive amount of processing horsepower and a level that we just are not yet at. The dual Clovertown system running our live demo was pushing approximately 83 million rays per second plus the work of standard trilinear filtering.
Multi-GPU Performance in DirectX10 - tech
(hx) 04:53 AM EDT - Sep,20 2007 - Post a comment
The chaps over at Neoseeker take a look at how multi-GPU (SLI/Crossfire) works in DX10 games on Vista:
As of the time of writing of this article (mid-September, 2007), all indication seem to point towards SLI having better driver support than CrossFire. After looking through all the benchmarks, it would be hard to claim otherwise. The only game that benefited from CrossFire support was Lost Planet -- and even then, there was image corruption. Enabling CrossFire actually resulted in a loss of game performance, more often than not, including in the possible PC game-of-the-year, Bioshock. Judging from these numbers, there are probably more than a handful of gamers out there who own two HD 2900 XT's, and are not very impressed by the situation.

But -- if you do own 2 HD 2900 XT's, don't rush out and sell them just yet. The CrossFire-enabling Vista patches are still quite new -- it is very likely that somewhere in Markham, Ontario, ATI/AMD's driver team is hard at work, trying to smooth out the CrossFire problems.

As for SLI in Vista: things look good. SLI seems ready to meet the big upcoming DX10 titles (i.e Crysis). It is even conceivable that someone shopping for a new gaming rig right now could consider buying a pair of 8800 GTS's over a single 8800 GTX. The BFG 8800 GTS's running in SLI out-performed our Asus EN8800 GTX in Lost Planet, Call of Juarez, and Bioshock. Prices always fluctuate, but according to most online retailers right now, a pair of 8800 GTS cards would cost only between $50 and $100 more than a single 8800 GTX.
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,19 2007 - tech
TechNews - Intel shows off 32nm parts - tech
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Team Fortress 2 Benchmarks - tech
(hx) 06:07 AM EDT - Sep,19 2007 - Post a comment
The chaps over at AMD Zone have published some GPU benchmarks for Team Fortress 2:
We utilized FRAPS to test out the game, and ran through the same portion of the game for 30 seconds to get our average numbers shown below. The settings were at the absolute maximum for each benchmark except AA is 4X and AF is 8X. The game certainly has a unique shading look, and is not as intensive as the Unreal 3 engine based Bioshock we recently tested.

At 1280X1024 we don't see many surprises. The 8800s are tied at 152 frames per second, or 9,120 frames per minute in Inquirer Marks. That is equal to 4.6 billion frames per year. The drop off to the 2nd tier DX10 cards is clear. The 8600GTS maintains over 60 FPS, but the 8600GT and 2600XT fall back to 48FPS. We don't yet have our 8800 GTX numbers, but we would expect something approaching 200 FPS.

At 1600X1200 the 8800 GTS cards are still around 100 FPS while the 8600GTS is knocked down below 50. The 2600XT edges out the 8600GT by a frame at 34.
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,16 2007 - tech
TechNews - AMD prepares three-core - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,14 2007 - tech
TechNews - Windows Stealth Updates? - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,12 2007 - tech
TechNews - Vista BSOD=hoax, iUnlock released - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,10 2007 - tech
TechNews - Nvidia's G98-based cards to cost just $59? - tech
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Catalyst v7.9, ForceWare 163.67 BETA Drivers - tech
(hx) 05:29 PM EDT - Sep,10 2007 - Post a comment
If you own an ATi video card, head on over to the AMD / ATi website and download the new Catalyst 7.9 drivers for Windows Vista x86, Windows Vista x64, Windows XP, and Windows XP Pro x64.  Among new features are a video converter and numerous performance improvements. The new releases do not include the highly anticipated version 7.9 Linux drivers, which are said to be "coming soon.

Also NVIDIA has released a new ForceWare beta drivers for its various GeForce video chips (5x, 6x, 7x and 8x series) on its NVIDIA Zone site for Windows XP/2000 32-bit, Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition/Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows Vista 32-bit, and Windows Vista 64-bit. The drivers have "improved compatibility for Crysis and BioShock." The Crysis mention is perhaps to prepare for the game's single player demo that's due for release on Sept. 25. (thanks Thinus)
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,08 2007 - tech
TechNews - G92 vs RV670 : 10K 3DMark06? - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,06 2007 - tech
TechNews - Intel Releases Quad-Core Tigerton - tech
(hx) 08:08 PM EDT - Sep,06 2007 - Post a comment / read (2)
  • Intel Releases Quad-Core Tigerton Processor - Intel announced the six-member 7300 series of quad-core Xeons at frequencies of 1.86GHz (for the blade-optimized parts) to 2.93GHz. The lower-end blade parts have TDPs of 55W, while the high-end 2.93GHz part has a TDP of 130W
  • Intel Sued Over "Dual-Core" Trademark >>
  • Auzentech X-Fi Prelude Tested -  Auzentech's X-Fi Prelude delivers a virtually complete package - Superb analogue audio, fantastic gaming performance and functionality, a nice set of additional audio tools.
  • Seagate Unveils First Encrypting 1TB Desktop PC Drive - the Barracuda FDE series will be the world's first 3.5" hard drive lineup to feature native AES encryption technology
  • HP Blackbird 002 Gaming System Tested - Ultimately, the Blackbird 002 is what HP designed it to be, a fully customizable, high performance gaming machine that also happens to be easy to access, upgrade, and work on. HP says users can expect to cough up from $2,500 to $7,100 for the machine when it becomes available on October 1.
  • How to make a wifi extender (video) - This is a quick and easy way to get more range for pennies!
  • DVDFab HD Decrypter 3.1.8.0 - DVDFab HD Decrypter is a simple version of DVDFab Platinum. It copies entire DVD movie to hard disk, and removes all the protections (CSS, RC, RCE, APS, UOPs and Sony ARccOS) while copying. It also comes with full HD-DVD and Blu-Ray support (Removes AACS).
  • Swapper 1.0.6 - Sending media files to your friends over the Internet can be a real pain, either because you have tons of them or because they're just too heavy. This is where Swapper (download) comes in really handy, allowing you to share music, photos and videos through a P2P network that works like e-mail.
  • Microsoft Announce WebGuide To Be Released Free - WebGuide is a 3rd party plug-in that allows Windows Media Center users to view live and recorded TV, schedule and manage recorded television programs, and access music, pictures and videos remotely from any Web browser.
  • Facebook opens profiles to public - The function will initially allow anyone who is not registered with the site to search for a specific person.  More controversially, in a month's time, the feature will also allow people to track down Facebook members via search engines such as Google
  • Apple launches new iPods, cuts iPhone price - The new iPod looks like a thinner version of the iPhone and has the same user interface. Apple has also slashed the price of its flagship 8GB iPhone from $599 to a much more reasonable $399. In other news, here's an open letter to iPhone owners from Steve Jobs: "We have decided to offer every iPhone customer who purchased an iPhone from either Apple or AT&T, and who is not receiving a rebate or any other consideration, a $100 store credit towards the purchase of any product at an Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store."
  • Microsoft Drops Zune Price To $199 - Microsoft dropped the price of its rival 30 GB Zune player from $249 to $199.
  • AMD Game! Goes Live - AMD has just launched a brand new gaming microsite that provides gaming news, reviews, forums, monthly contests and prize giveaways and a handy tool to evaluate your system’s performance.
  • Worlds Largest Model RC Plane (video) - This is the largest model airplane in the world. It is the B29 Dina Might, scale 1/5 and with its four engines of 160cc each it lifts 210 kg in the air.
  • R.I.P. - Luciano Pavarotti Dies Today - Luciano Pavarotti, the Italian singer whose ringing, pristine sound set a standard for operatic tenors of the postwar era, died on Sept. 6, 2007. He was 71.
  • The Mean Kitty Song - This is one of the cutest videos I've seen in a long time!
  • Fernanda Lima At The Beach (sexy pics) - check it out!
  • Keeley Hazell Topless In Zoo Weekly -There are a few things in this world that you really have to give the British credit for, but if you ask me, there are three things that instantly come to mind: The Beatles, Tea, and Keeley Hazell topless.
BioShock DX10 Performance and Image Quality - tech
(hx) 06:39 AM EDT - Sep,06 2007 - Post a comment
The chaps over at HardOCP have published an article benchmarking Bioshock with several high end videocards, as well as a comparison between DirectX10 and DirectX9 graphics in the game. Here's an excerpt:
Overall there is no compelling reason to upgrade to Windows Vista to run the DX10 codepath in BioShock at this specific time. There aren't any major visible features that would compel anyone to make that switch, especially with the lack of AA support in DX10. Hopefully a patch will add AA support in DX10, if this happens, this conclusion would be different. Anyone looking to upgrade in order to play BioShock should be looking at no less than an ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT or NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS, whether you plan to use DX9 in Windows XP or DX10 in Windows Vista
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,04 2007 - tech
TechNews - Cyber crime tool kits go on sale - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,02 2007 - tech
TechNews - Q6600 vs. E6850 - Which is better? - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,31 2007 - tech
TechNews - NVIDIA G92 launches on Nov 12 - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,29 2007 - tech
TechNews - How much RAM is enough for Vista? - tech
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