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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.
 Gameguru Mania News - Dec,04 2007 - tech
Vista hotfix improves multi-GPU performance - tech
(hx) 08:17 PM EST - Dec,04 2007 - Post a comment / read (1)
Those of you who run run Windows Vista with SLI or CrossFire setups should download this hotfix. The KB945149 hotfix resolves an issue that, in some cases, could cause systems with multiple graphics cards to "perform more poorly than expected" in both games and benchmarks. Microsoft describes the issue as such: "A graphics processing unit (GPU) or part of a GPU link may incur a small scheduling latency on a new Direct Memory Access (DMA) packet. This is true if the DMA packet is submitted to the GPU that has previously run out of work and if another GPU in the linked configuration is very busy. In some scenarios, significant starvation of one or more GPUs in the linked configuration reduces the expected performance of an application. The hotfix may resolve the problem, but it isn't freely downloadable. Instead, users must visit this page and submit a request to Microsoft's Online Customer Services. The company also warns, "if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next service pack that contains this hotfix."
 Gameguru Mania News - Dec,03 2007 - tech
TechNews - AMD Phenom 9700 CPU Tested - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Dec,02 2007 - tech
TechNews - Intel 45nm Yorkfield Runs On 975X - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,30 2007 - tech
TechNews - 8800GTS 512MB G92 Tested - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,29 2007 - tech
UT3 PhysX Mod - AGEIA's Savior? - tech
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The chaps over at PC Perspective have published an in-depth look at the implementation of PhysX in Unreal Tournament 3. Here's a taster:
The UT3 PhysX mod pack is a big win for AGEIA and their hopes of getting PhysX hardware in as many PCs as possible. The two levels that AGEIA released aren't the most amazing things we have ever seen out of the mod community and the performance hit our test system took even with the PhysX card installed definitely raised an eyebrow. Overall though, the additions to real-world game play were interesting enough to warrant a call to arms for creative level designers. The idea of releasing a tool kit that will allow gamers to easily create their own content that utilizes the technology is also a brilliant idea and will hopefully get some of the more diligent AGEIA fans off their butts making some even more inventive and original content based on UT3.
 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,28 2007 - tech
TechNews - 8800 GTS 512MB on December 11 - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,26 2007 - tech
TechNews - Windows XP SP3 boasts speed boost - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,22 2007 - tech
TechNews - Happy Thanksgiving! - tech
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Happy Thanksgiving! In the states, if you have the four day weekend - what games will you be playing? :-) Personally I won't play any games - I'm building a new gaming PC - FINALLY! :-) I won't be able to review/play some games again ;-)
 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,20 2007 - tech
TechNews - RV635 is Radeon HD 3600 - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,18 2007 - tech
TechNews - AMD shows off Radeon HD 3870 X2 - tech
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  • AMD confirms delay of 2.4GHz Phenom - Seems that problems in the Transition Lookaside Buffer (TLB). Intel had problems with their TLB earlier this year, but were able to fix the problem with a microcode update. As this isn't possible on AMD's platform, they simply have to recall the processors.
  • Abit IP35 Pro Off Limits Mobo Tested (Intel P35) - In many ways, the Abit IP35 Pro reminds the ASUS Commando motherboard, which was another a 'no-frills' board that was designed to offer performance and overclocking above featuers
  • AMD shows off Radeon HD 3870 X2 - AMD'S ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 marks first real dual-GPU supported and manufactured by AMD. Beneath the cooler there are two chips. Each has its own 512MB of memory!
  • BitMicro pumps solid state drives to 1.6TB - The company's E-Disk Altima, expected to ship in Q1 2008, will come in a 3.5-inch format and support 4Gbit/s Fibre Channel. BitMicro says the Altima offers sustained rates of more than 230MB/s and upwards of 55,000 I/O operations per second. To compare, a fast disk drive will get about 400 I/O operations per second.
  • Enlarged Triple Layer HD DVD Finally Gets Approved -  Manufacturers can now begin production of HD DVD read-only discs that can hold up to 51GB (3 x 17) of data
  • NVIDIA ForceWare 169.09 - Crysis rendering follow-up - Utilising ForceWare 169.09, there is no longer any performance drop from renaming the Crysis executable, but performance overall is around 7% lower than that seen in the previous driver set, putting it on a par with the older driver with the game EXE renamed. This is still faster than the older ForceWare 163.69 WHQL driver, but suggests that much of the additional performance seen in ForceWare 169.01 through to 169.04 was due to that water reflection rendering issue. Case closed.
  • Firefox Exploit can Hack Gmail - An exploit for Firefox, reported 10 days ago and as of yet still not patched, is giving attackers access to Google accounts, including gmail. Firefox users are advised to use NoScript or turn off javacript on unknown webpages and stay logged out of their Google Accounts until a fix is issued
  • The Rise of a Planet (pics) - check it out
  • Hot Chick Hits On Girls Boyfriend (video) - Some chick tries to pick up a girls boyfriend while he is sitting with her eating lunch. When she finally succeeds and the girlfriend storms off she ditches the dude.
  • Horrible Disease Turns Man Into Tree (video) - Whoa!!! Poor guy...
  • Kid Sticks Face In Fire Ant Hole - This kid sticks his face directly into a fire ant hole and tries to hold it there for 10 seconds ;-) Check out the bites they leave, nasty...He looks like Freddy Krueger junior ;-)
  • Susie Castillo Maxim Photos - Miss USA Susie Castillo teamed up with Maxim magazine recently for an interview and photo shoot
ATI hotfix for Crysis available - tech
(hx) 02:00 PM EST - Nov,18 2007 - Post a comment
Coinciding with the full version release of Crysis, there's a new ATI Catalyst hotfix driver (Vista / WinXP) available which deals with a number of things and also brings full support for Radeon HD 3800 series cards. (thanks TweakTown)
- DirectX 10: Fixes texture flickering in bushes, clouds, trees
- DirectX 10: Performance improvements
- DirectX 9: Fixes Anti-Aliasing corruption seen on the ATI Radeon 2900 Series
- DirectX 9: Anti-Aliasing performance enhancements
- DirectX 9: Crossfire performance improvements
- DirectX 9: Fixes random graphics corruption during game play
 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,16 2007 - tech
TechNews - G92 GeForce 8800 GTS 512 Specs - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,14 2007 - tech
TechNews-ASUS Radeon HD 3870 512MB DDR4 - tech
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Analysing NVIDIA G8x Performance in Games - tech
(hx) 04:48 PM EST - Nov,14 2007 - Post a comment
Digit-Life posted an interesting article on NVIDIA G8x performance in modern games. In testing, they used only one video mode with the most popular resolution 1280x1024 (or 1280x960 for games that do not support the former), MSAA 4x and anisotropic filtering 16x. Both features were enabled from game options, nothing was changed in the control panel of the video driver.  Their bundle of game tests includes recent projects: Call of Juarez DX10 benchmark, Company of Heroes, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, Lost Planet: Extreme Condition DX10 benchmark, Colin McRae Rally: DiRT, PT Boats: Knights of the Sea DX10 benchmark, SEGA Rally Revo and Clive Barker's Jericho. Conclusions:
  • You can play most modern games with maximum quality settings in the most popular resolution only on the high-end GeForce 8800 GTX, not always at that - minimum frame rates in some cases drop too low.
  • New games use up to 600-700 MB of video memory. It does not mean that all these resources must be in local memory of a graphics card. Games often give resource control (textures, etc) to API, especially as Direct3D 10 uses video memory virtualization. Nevertheless, there is an apparent tendency to increase requirements to video memory size on graphics cards. So 512 MB can be considered an optimal solution now. 256-320 MB - insufficient, 0.7-1 GB - not used in games so far. But this memory size makes sense for high-end solutions, because they can provide acceptable frame rates in higher resolutions.
  • We can see an evident increase in draw calls. Games may now use 2000 calls per frame, although the most optimized projects do fine with 500-1000 calls per frame. The increase of draw calls affects the growing dependence of 3D applications on CPUs - more draw calls generate a heavier load on a CPU.
  • The number of draw calls grows together with the amount of processed geometry. We are not surprised to see 300000-500000 polygons per frame anymore. Most advanced games may use up to million triangles per average frame and up to 2-3 millions in extreme cases.
  • Performance of a computer with the GeForce 8600 was not limited by a CPU in all tested games, it depended on the graphics card only. On the other hand, the GeForce 8800 GTX was often idle in our conditions, up to one fourth or third of the time. Conclusion: such graphics card needs either a more powerful CPU or better optimizations in games (fewer draw calls in the first place.)
  • The ROP load was always low - up to 10-20% in both cases. Of course, we should take into account the FPS difference. But the number and capacities of ROPs were not the main stumbling block in our tests. The G80 and G84 demonstrate similar results, except for one case (PT Boats), probably owing to high requirements to video memory size.
  • Modern games still heavily load texture units, their minimum load is 30%, up to 75% maximum (in the G80!) Plans of some companies to change the ratio between the number of texture and shader units were apparently premature - even such an advanced game as Lost Planet: Extreme Condition uses TMUs so actively.
  • The load on geometry units and input assembler (it fetches geometry and other data from memory to be used by other units) in games is quite low. It never limits rendering speed, although the load on input assembler is heavier in some projects than in other games.
  • Unified processors in all new games act as the main bottleneck. Their peak load in almost all games reaches 70-90%, which speaks of their full utilization. So their performance determines rendering speed. Consequently, performance of these units plays the most important role in modern games. As the G84 does not have many such units, the GeForce 8600 cannot demonstrate better results. The load on shader units in the G80 is evidently lower. This GPU has a certain performance margin of unified ALUs.
  • It's now confirmed that new applications have higher requirements to shader units. The games we tested show that importance of computing units in GPUs grows, and that it will continue to grow (it slowed down a little in multiplatform projects for apparent reasons). They will become even more important, if future games use not only vertex and pixel shaders, but also geometry shaders.
 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,12 2007 - tech
TechNews - 8800 GTS SSC 640MB Tested - tech
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Ed.note: My gaming/working PC (ASUS 939 board, Athlon 64 3500) just died today...R.I.P. Time to upgrade!
 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,08 2007 - tech
TechNews - 8800GTS 640MB SSC Ed. (112SP) - tech
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  • Overclocking: Dual- vs. Quad-Core CPUs - E6750 Or Q6600 - Which Is The Better Choice?
  • Phoenix plans BIOS-based virtualization platform - Developed by Phoenix and embedded within its popular BIOS, HyperSpace provides a thin software layer upon which cut-down versions of popular open-source software can be loaded instantly without the need to boot up Windows
  • Next-generation NVIDIA Codenames Revealed - D9M will add PCIe 2.0 support, DirectX 10.1, wider memory controllers (up to 128-bits) and will be based on a 65nm silicon. D9P, the likely 8600-series replacement, adds the same features as D9M, but the memory controller width will top out at 256-bits.  D9E, the enthusiast component slated to replace the GeForce 8800-series, will incorporate all of the features of D9P and add a 512-bit memory bus.
  • EVGA 8800GTS 640MB SSC Edition (112SP G80 core) Tested - The SSC carries a nearly 30% price premium but it performs on-par with the GT at lower resolutions. On the other hand this new 112 Stream Processor equipped GTS is able in most cases to manhandle the stock 8800GT at higher resolutions and in games with larger textures or more detail.
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1TB HD Tested - The drive showcases second generation perpendicular recording, 32 MB of cache, excellent multi-tasking performance, very light power consumption and noise production, and let's not forget the massive 1 TB amount of storage space
  • Hands-On With Everex's $200 gPC - The machine is dubbed the gPC TC2502, and it includes a 1.5GHz VIA C7-D processor, 512MB of DDR2 RAM, an 80GB hard drive, a customized version of Ubuntu Linux 7.10, and no monitor.
  • GMail Drive 1.0.12 - GMail Drive (download) creates a virtual filesystem on top of your Google GMail account and enables you to save and retrieve files stored on your GMail account directly from inside Windows Explorer.
  • QuickTime Alternative 1.95 - Hey, if you hate the "bloat-ware" of Apples Quicktime you might want to give this one a shot.
  • Ultr@VNC 1.0.4 RC5 - Remotely control a computer over any TCP/IP connection
  • Fedora Version 8.0.1 Released - Like Ubuntu, Fedora 8 is based on the Gnome desktop environment by default, and it's intended to be user-friendly and accessible.
  • Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi series Vista Driver 2.15.0004 - They fix an issue for Windows Vista 64-bit systems with 4 GB RAM, loud speaker noise when restarting your computer and an issue that causes OpenAL games not to respond
  • SafeDisc flaw opens Windows XP to attacks - Microsoft recommends that users install an update released by Macrovision to help protect against the vulnerability.
  • HTC Touch vs. Apple iPhone: 25-Minute Video Comparison - This is probably the most extensive comparison video to date, so if you're struggling to decide between the iPhone and the HTC Touch, what you'll view below is definitely worth 25 minutes of your time
  • N95 8GB - Should You Get It? - Now we have a new N95 that Nokia are calling the N95 8GB - but is it just the same N95 re-branded with 8GB internal storage? If you have seen this comparison video against the original N95, youll know that its not, but, is it really worth getting?
  • Australian researcher speeds up ADSL to 100Mbps - The technology put together by Dr. John Papandriopoulos for his Ph.D. thesis promises to push ADSL up to speeds of 100Mbps, rivaling the latest fiber-optic offers.
  • Multiplication in China (video) - Wow, check it out!
  • Sienna Miller and Kate Moss pose for Vogue - Enjoy!
  • Gemma Atkinson for Ultimo lingerie - As you can see from the pictures, she rocks! :-)
 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,07 2007 - tech
TechNews - Radeon HD 3850, 3870 Specs - tech
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NVIDIA ForceWare 163.75 WHQL Drivers - tech
(hx) 04:21 AM EST - Nov,07 2007 - Post a comment
NVIDIA has released a new ForceWare WHQL drivers for its various GeForce video chips (6x, 7x and 8x series). 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. The new drivers add support for GeForce 7150, 7100, 7050, 7050, 7100, improve compatibility for Half-Life 2: Episode 2, and add NVIDIA SLI profiles for Half-Life 2:Episode 2, Portal, Clive Barker's Jericho, SEGA Rally Revo, NHL 08, and European Street Racing.
 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,04 2007 - tech
TechNews - Fake Wii :Vii first open box video shot - tech
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