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 Gameguru Mania News - Jan,11 2008 - tech 
NVIDIA ForceWare 169.28 XP/Vista Drivers (Crysis) - tech
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NVIDIA has released new ForceWare beta drivers for its GeForce based graphics cards. The beta drivers have the version number of 169.28 and are available in Windows XP, Windows Vista 32-bit and Windows Vista-64 bit flavors. The driver's main feature is improved SLI and 3-Way SLI performance when playing Crysis with the new 1.1 patch. Grab them if you need them! Thanks to NVIDIA dude for the heads up.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jan,09 2008 - tech
TechNews - Shuttle intros $199 kPC - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Jan,07 2008 - tech
TechNews - Intel details its 45nm assault - tech
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Alienware curved display rocks Crysis at 2880 x 900 - tech
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GameTrailers has a video of Crysis on Alienware 2880x900 Monitor! Word is: "Curved DLP display with LED illumination from Alienware will reportedly be available in the second half of '08. The curvature of the 2880 x 900 rez screen mimics peripheral vision, and in action the performance seemed pretty flawless to our Crysis-dazzled eyes (official specs report less than .02-millisecond response time)."

 Gameguru Mania News - Jan,04 2008 - tech
TechNews - NVIDIA Details GeForce 9600 GT - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Jan,02 2008 - tech
TechNews-Geforce 8800GS only have 96SP - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Jan,01 2008 - tech
TechNews - Happy New Year! - tech
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I wish you all a very Happy New Year! I hope that 2008 will bring peace, and prosperity to everyone. I hope that you can keep all of your resolutions and that all of your plans and hopes for 2008 come true.
 Gameguru Mania News - Dec,31 2007 - tech
NVIDIA ForceWare 169.28 XP/Vista Drivers (UT3) - tech
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NVIDIA's NZone website now offers a new beta Forceware drivers for their GeForce based graphics cards. The 169.28 drivers are for Windows XP 32-bit and Windows Vista 32-bit and 64-bit versions and are specifically for those folks who are having issues with Epic's Unreal Tournament 3. There is no more info on these drivers, other than the fact that you have to upgrade only if you experience issues with this game. Grab them if you need them. Thanks to NVIDIA dude for the heads up.
 Gameguru Mania News - Dec,28 2007 - tech
TechNews - Athlon X2 Is Dead - Long Live Athlon 6000 - tech
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TechNews - 9600GT in February 2008? - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Dec,21 2007 - tech
TechNews - ForceWare 169.25 Vista; Catalyst 7.12 - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Dec,19 2007 - tech
TechNews - ForceWare 169.21 WHQL - WinXP - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Dec,17 2007 - tech
TechNews - Vista #1 Biggest Tech Disappointment - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Dec,14 2007 - tech
TechNews - AMD Announces R680, RV620, RV635 - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Dec,13 2007 - tech
UT3 Benchmarks - ATI vs. NVIDIA - tech
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The GeForce 8800 GTX certainly runs the game faster than any of the other cards, but it's far more expensive
The chaps over at ExtremeTech have tested some recently released NVIDIA and ATI cards in Unreal Tournament 3, pitting them against the year old 8800 GTX. Here's a taster:
The GeForce 8800 GTX certainly runs the game faster than any of the other cards, but it's far more expensive. What's interesting is just how close the 8800 GT is-even at the currently inflated "hard to find for $300" price, it's way better bang for the buck. ATI isn't far behind with the Radeon HD 3870, which is a bit less expensive and a bit slower, though they have some driver work to do before the cards perform up to their potential. For a sub-$200 card, the 256MB Radeon HD 3850 doesn't do half bad, though you'll probably want to drop resolution or detail levels if you're using that card.

It's a bit disappointing that Epic Games has not made explicit anti-aliasing or anisotropic filtering settings available. Certainly modern graphics cards are somehow capable of providing AA in the game, as they are working to enable it in their driver controls. Putting that control in the game, even if just for those cards that support it, would certainly be a benefit to gamers. With the frame rates we're seeing, we feel certain that those with SLI or Crossfire setups could enable AA and AF, and even single cards released in the next half year would be able to handle it.
 Gameguru Mania News - Dec,12 2007 - tech
TechNews - Vista Service Pack 1 RC1, XP RC1 - tech
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TechNews - G80 graphics cards to hit end of life? - tech
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Unreal Tournament 3 Gameplay Performance and IQ - tech
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The chaps over at HardOCP have published an article called 'Unreal Tournament 3 Gameplay Performance and IQ'. They ran Unreal Tournament III on various video cards to see which ones have IQ issues:
We could not have been happier with the performance of Unreal Tournament III! The game ran exceptionally well on every video card we tested it on. Some might say that it is the natural result of a game engine that has been in development for 3 years, but we think Epic deserves more credit than that. They've created a game with more detail packed into every cubic inch of gamespace than many games have in entire levels, and they've done so in such a way that a sub-$200 video card can play at 1920x1200, with the highest available in-game settings. That is simply unprecedented. Of course, ATI also deserves huge credit for bringing such a capable video card to market at such an excellent price with the Radeon HD 3850.

Anti-Aliasing performance was disappointing, presenting us with a huge performance penalty for even just 2X MSAA. This is likely due to the fact that multisampling floating-point surfaces is a very memory and GPU intensive task, and of course, UT3 uses some seriously high-resolution floating-point post-processing. But that very same post-processing also serves to reduce the need for AA, by obscuring some hard edges. Of course, it's not a perfect solution, and it sometimes has the opposite effect. But it works well enough to be effective on current hardware.

After testing, we were only left wishing that we could scale the packaged graphics even higher for our high-end video cards, instead of merely fiddling with the AA setting. We did see a real improvement in the gameplay experience with the most expensive video card in this evaluation, but not such an improvement to justify the very high price of entry into that product segment. If indeed there is a DX10 patch in the works this could possibly help justify the use of enthusiast-class video cards such as the 8800 GTX in this game.

The FPS smoothing feature was interesting, and further proves how important it is to look at gameplay performance experienced from video cards rather than raw average framerates in comparison. Just because a certain video card may produce overall higher framerates (the 8800 GTS/3850/3870 in this evaluation) doesn't mean they are inherently faster. With FPS smoothing enabled the GTX resulted in what looks like slower framerates, but those framerates were smoother. It is now time, more than ever, to concentrate on real-world gameplay experiences delivered by video cards rather than looking at average framerate bar charts to compare performance. Overall, we think that the Radeon HD 3850 is the best value for playing Unreal Tournament III, other games notwithstanding. If you are a UT nut (and we know you're out there), you will simply not find a better bang for your buck than the ATI Radeon HD 3850.
In UT3 related news, the fourth beta version of UT patch 1.1 is currently in testing. The patch contains all of the previous fixes from beta 1 - beta 3, as well as two new ones:
- Fixed demo playback not working if the PlayerController didn't get recorded into the first frame
- Added new IdleServerTickRate property to IpDrv.TcpNetDriver. If not set, IdleServerTickRate defaults to MaxTickRate. Can be set to lower values to reduce server CPU utilization when 0 players. Reported ping will increase if set lower.
TechNews - Internet Explorer 8 in 2008/2009? - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Dec,05 2007 - tech
TechNews - MS to Target Pirates With Vista SP1 - tech
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  • 45nm Core 2 Duo sample overclocked to 4GHz  - Chinese site Expreview have nabbed a 45nm Core 2 Duo E8400 engineering sample, and they've both benchmarked it and overclocked the bejeezus out of it
  • Dual-core Celerons coming on January 20 - The chip will come alone, and it will be branded Celeron E1200. Fudzilla quotes a clock speed of 1.6GHz, which it claims the upcoming Celeron will pair with an 800MHz front-side bus and 512KB of shared L2 cache
  • AMD Phenom X4, Intel X48 and Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 - Digit-Life posted a comparison review between AMD Phenom X4, Intel X48, and Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770
  • Abit launches Intel 945 motherboard with 45nm support - The I45D is based on a 945GC chipset and an ICH7 south bridge, but it has support for front-side bus speeds up to 1333MHz, and Abit says it will happily accommodate Intel's 45nm processors.
  • HANNS.G HG281DPB 28-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor Tested - Gamers will love the 3ms response time, the 1920x1200 resolution, and the 27.5" screen size. Currently a cheap 24" can be had for under $400 and the Hanns-G is under $600. Is the extra 3.5" worth it, maybe, maybe not.
  • Samsung CLX-2160N Color Laser Multifunction Printer Tested - It does what it's supposed to and, with the exception of color copying, it does it well.
  • Microsoft to Target Pirates With Vista SP1 Update - One loophole that Microsoft will close is the current method of extending the "grace period" to activate Vista.  Microsoft will also put a stop to the OEM BIOS exploit.
  • Windows XP SP3 Release Candidate Goes To MSDN - The expected ship date for the XP SP3 is still 2H 2008. For Vista owners, a public test build of Vista SP1 is expected to hit next week.
  • Microsoft DirectX 10.1 Version – Final Update for DirectX 10, Says AMD Dev Rel - Xbit Labs reports that Microsoft DirectX 10.1 will be the last update to the DirectX 10 application programming interface (API)
  • Hidden Installer Creator in Windows XP - PC Mechanic posted a guide on a Windows XP utility called IExpress that can create installation executables
  • AutoCopter Gunship fires an AA12 automatic (+video) - That's a mini helicopter drone with two of those badass AA-12 12-gauge recoiless automatic shotguns strapped on.
  • Never Use the Glasses in your Hotel Room (video) - Hidden camera investigation reveals the awful truth about those glasses hotels leave by the sink. Now you wont look so guilty when you explain why your girlfriend needs to take penicillin after a business trip.
  • R2D2 Translator - Write a setence and have it read my R2-D2. It even got a download fuction and an option to save the sound bit as a ringtone for mobile phones
  • Guy Lights Gas Station On Fire (video) - This crazy drunk is fed up with the high price of gas :\
  • Driver Gets Tazed For Being Slow (video) - It took less than 40 seconds for this officer to ask for this dudes license and insurance and then taze him for being to slow to get it!
  • Miranda Kerr - Vogue AU - Dec 2007 - Don't let the babyface fool you - Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr was born in 1983 :P
  • Keira Knightley Will Get Naked if You Ask Her To - The latest issue of Interview magazine features Keira Knightley topless on the cover.