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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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BioShock Performance - Mainstream Cards - tech
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For maximum performance with the basline medium settings, you may want to turn off shadow maps and post processing
Looking for an inexpensive GPU upgrade for BioShock? FiringSquad tested some mainstream graphics cards ranging from the GeForce 6600 GT up to the GeForce 8600 GTS. Here're results:
While it certainly doesn't hurt to have the latest high-end DX10 GeForce or Radeon graphics card, clearly you don't have to spend $400 or more to truly enjoy BioShock. With a just a couple of tweaks here and there, a $150-$200 card should be able to deliver very playable frame rates without compromising too much on image quality. The game's medium quality graphics setting really does a good job of balancing good image quality with high performance. However, if you simply must have the best image quality possible, you're going to have to game at lower resolutions like 1280x1024 with today's latest DX10 mainstream cards. The Radeon X1950 Pro also continues to put up a strong showing too by the way.

Based on the results we've seen up to this point, it looks like NVIDIA's DX10 driver for BioShock is giving their cards the performance advantage under the game's DX10 path, but clearly the Radeon HD 2600 XT is no slouch in this game once it is running under the DX9 codepath. As we noted earlier in this article, performance improves by a factor of up to 1.5X under DX9. This is simply an enormous performance improvement and we're hoping AMD can eventually bring the performance of their DX10 driver closer to this point in the game.

In all honesty though, BioShock 1.0's DX10 bug is probably a blessing in disguise. Why? Because the water ripples running in DX9 mode look terrible! While you can make an argument that the soft particles and especially the crisp shadows found in BioShock's DX10 path can be difficult to spot at times, you literally can't miss the difference between DX9 and DX10 water ripples. It really is a night and day difference! Now some of you may be thinking that dynamic water ripples aren't a big deal, but water is present everywhere in this game - you are roaming around in a underwater city after all. If you just shelled out the money for a DirectX 10 graphics card, you really owe it to yourself to at least check out BioShock's dynamic water ripples. Once you've seen how the game looks without them, it's pretty tough to go back.
Ed.note: I also recommend you to check out this BioShock tweaking guide.
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,27 2007 - tech
TechNews - German Government PCs Hacked - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,25 2007 - tech
TechNews - iPhone fully unlocked - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,24 2007 - tech
BioShock DirectX 9 / DirectX 10 benchmarks - tech
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Looking for BioShock DX9 vs DX10 performance numbers? AMDZone has published some BioShock DirectX 9 and DirectX 10 benchmarks:
At 1280X1024 we are pushing a good deal more pixels than the Xbox 360 does. As you can see the 8800GTX is a monster here powering over 70 frames per second. The 8800GTS cards are tied at 50 fps which is nothing to sneeze at, and indicates that the extra memory won't do much for you here. If you reference our Rainbow Six Vegas tests from back in December you will see similar numbers for the 8800s. It is hard to believe it has taken 8 months to get another Unreal 3 engine game on the PC, but it has. Switching to the cooler running 8600s you see a large drop off in performance. The 8600GTS manages just 22 fps, and the 8600GT OC can only do 16. Clearly if you have one of these cards then you may want to drop your resolution and some of the quality settings.

At 1600X1200 we see the expected drops in frames. The 8800GTX enjoys a 20 frame lead over the 640MB GTS, and the 320MB card finally does separate out a bit in performance, but not enough to be noticeable in the game. The 8600s both drop into the 10s and really are just not playable here.
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,23 2007 - tech
TechNews - Optical Discs With 1TB Capacity? - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,21 2007 - tech
TechNews - AMD Athlon X2 6400+ goes on sale - tech
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  • AMD Athlon X2 6400+ goes on sale - At 3.2GHz, the 6400+ runs 200MHz faster than the X2 6000+ and contains 1MB of L2 cache per core
  • Gigabyte debuts first Intel X38 Express based mobo - GA-5BXWV-RH works with 1333/1066/800MHz FSB supporting mainstream Intel desktop processors including upcoming 45nm quad-core/dual-core (Yorkfield/Wolfdale).
  • NVIDIA ForceWare 163.44 BETA (Windows XP / Vista) - Improved compatibility for Bioshock. Added HD video post-processing for H.264, VC-1 and MPEG-2 HD content on GeForce 8500 series products.
  • Catalyst 7.9s leaked - The drivers aren't due out until the middle of September, and I rather suspect that they haven't been finalised yet, but they have been leaked out.
  • Daemon Tools v4.10 - Daemon Tools (download) is an application for multiprotection emulation. It is further development of Generic Safedisc emulator and incorporates all its features. This program allows running backup copies of SafeDisc, Securom, or Laserlock protected games. Also included is a Virtual DVDROM drive enabling you to use your CD images as if they were already burned to CD. It works with all types of CD/DVDROM drives and supports nearly any CD protection.
  • Pidgin 2.1.1 - Pidgin (formerly Gaim) is a multi-protocol instant messaging (IM) client for Linux, BSD, MacOS X, and Windows. It is compatible with AIM and ICQ (Oscar protocol), MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, IRC, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, SILC, Novell GroupWise Messenger, Lotus Sametime, and Zephyr networks.
  • Skype Outage Caused by Microsoft Update - That triggered some kind of chain reaction that lead to millions of people being without service for two days
  • Paramount Dropping Blu-ray High-Def DVDs - Paramount is dropping Blu-ray movies completely from its line-up in favor of HD DVD.
  • Microsoft cuts Europe Xbox price - Microsoft cuts the price of its Xbox 360 video game console in Europe, weeks after doing the same in the US.
  • 2008 Aston Martin DBS unveiled - This handsome car bridges the gap between the track cars and road cars from the same company. What else can speed enthusiasts ask for?
  • 11 Unconventional Sleep Tips: How to Get to Sleep and Stay Asleep - Sleep well :-D
  • Hacker Girl T-Shirt - Nice shirt, too bad someone got Tammy Faye to model it
  • 'L' Fragrance Commercial Gwen Stefani (video) - check it out
  • Bunny VS cat - PWNED! - check it out (LOL)
  • This Is Sparta Remix (video) - It takes the best scenes from various remixes and puts it all in one well done video
  • FHM Championship of Women (video) - These girls are blazin hot :-)
  • Damn Sexy Dannii Minogue Pictures - Yay!
Bioshock PC Demo DirectX 10 Performance - tech
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AMDZone has BioShock PC demo DirectX 10 performance:
At 1280X1024 we are pushing a good deal more pixels than the Xbox 360 does. As you can see the 8800GTX is a monster here powering over 70 frames per second. The 8800GTS cards are tied at 50 fps which is nothing to sneeze at, and indicates that the extra memory won't do much for you here. If you reference our Rainbow Six Vegas tests from back in December you will see similar numbers for the 8800s. It is hard to believe it has taken 8 months to get another Unreal 3 engine game on the PC, but it has. Switching to the cooler running 8600s you see a large drop off in performance. The 8600GTS manages just 22 fps, and the 8600GT OC can only do 16. Clearly if you have one of these cards then you may want to drop your resolution and some of the quality settings.
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,19 2007 - tech
TechNews - Intel lines up nine 45nm CPUs - tech
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  • Intel lines up nine 45nm CPUs for the desktop - Those chips will include three quad-core 'Yorkfield' models clocked at 2.5GHz, 2.66GHz, and 2.83GHz, as well as four dual-core 'Wolfdale' offerings running at 2.66GHz, 2.83GHz, 3GHz, and 3.16GHz.
  • Overclocking the G0 SLACR Q6600 to 4GHz - It clearly lives up to the hype!
  • Kingston DDR3-1066MHz Tested - The performance was quite OK even on default settings, but this is just not enough reason to recommend it, bearing the unreal price in mind.
  • Zalman ZM-600 HP 600 watt Heatpipe Cooled PSU tested - Overall the Zalman power supply is a very good first step at high Output quiet operating power supply in our opinion. It has enough honest power to handle most modern system configuration including those that feature SLI or CrossFire
  • Intel ships long-awaited graphics drivers (965 chipsets) - Owners of PCs with Intel's 965 chipsets can finally download drivers that will immediately improve the performance of games running on those systems.
  • AC3Filter 1.46 - AC3Filter (download) is a high quality free audio decoder and processor filter. It allows media players to playback movies with AC3 and DTS audio tracks
  • VistaTweaker 0.3 Beta - VistaTweaker is a complete tweaking utility designed for windows vista in mind. Its easy to use and provides descriptions for every tweak and setting
  • HD Photo Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop - This is an updated Windows BETA release of the HD Photo file format plug-in for Adobe Photoshop software. This BETA version will expire after December 31, 2007
  • How Ninja Work - Who were the real ninja? Where did they come from, and what purpose did they serve?
  • 4 Tips to Extend Your Lithium Battery Life - If you have a laptop or any portable device, read over these tips that can help you ensure a long, healthy battery life.
  • Harold and Kumar 2 (2008) Trailer - The film is planned for release in 2008 with John Cho and Kal Penn returning as the duo of stoners and Paula Garcés as Harold's love interest Maria.
  • Phone Sex In An Elevator (video) - check it out
  • Female vs Male (video) - You'll be amazed at the origin of female vs. male!
  • Myleene Klass sexy photoset - Myleene Klass is one sexy hot multi-talented celebrity. She is a British classical pianist, commercial model, television and radio presenter, and former member of the UK pop group Hear'Say.
  • Hilary Swank - Esquire Photoshoot - Hilary Swank is hot!
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,17 2007 - tech
TechNews - GF9800 will be as quiet as a mouse! - tech
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  • AMD's RD790 chipset to lack RAID 5 support - AMD has stripped RAID 5 support from the SB700 south bridge that will accompany its upcoming high-end RD790 chipset
  • Intel Prepares X38 Express Launch - The X38 Express will succeed the aging 975X Express as Intel's flagship enthusiast chipset. It will support PCI Express 2.0, dual 16-lane PCI Express x16 slots, and DDR3 memory. Motherboards based on the X38 Express chipset should show up in retail in early September, according to motherboard vendors
  • Intel Xeon X3210 2.13GHz Quad-Core Tested - If you are simply looking for a Quad-Core at the best price, you cannot go wrong with this one. It retails for $260 - $270 and offers four cores at a very respectable clock speed.
  • The GeForce GF9800 will be as quiet as a mouse - GeForced money making chip designed Nvidia has worked in silence and solitude and managed to tape out its upcoming high-end-oriented G92 chip on schedule. The 65nm part is set to power the high-end models of the GeForce 9 series and will bring PCI-Express 2.0 support for Nvidia cards
  • DirectX 10.1 Requires No New GPU - Microsoft's Sam Glassenberg said that "DirectX 10.1 fully supports DirectX 10 hardware. No hardware support is being removed. It's strictly a superset. It's basically an update to DirectX 10 that extends the hardware functionality slightly."
  • Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility 8.3.1.1009 - Installs Windows INF files to properly configure many Intel motherboard chipsets
  • Recuva v1.03.100 - From the makers of CCleaner. 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.
  • Office 2007 SP1 preview received by testers, leaked on the web  - The name of the release - Microsoft Office 2007 SP1 v12.0.6207.1000 suggests it is the real thing so Microsoft might get more unofficial feedback on the Technical Preview.
  • BitTorrent Anime Downloaders Identified, $3500 Bill in the Mail - A company that distributes Japanese animated cartoons has tracked down thousands of BitTorrent users it accuses of breaching their copyrights and has successfully forced their ISPs to reveal their identities. Next step - threatening letters: "Pay Us $3,500 or Else"
  • Three Indicted On Software Piracy Charges - The U.S. Department of Justice indicted three Florida men for selling millions of dollars worth of counterfeit software through several web sites. The men operated BuysUSA.com, CDSalesUSA.com, AmericanSoftWareSales.com, TheDealDepot.net, and BestValueShoppe.com.
  • Bug brings down Skype network - Users of Skype are able to log on and use the free service again after a software bug hit the popular program.
  • Compact disc hits 25th birthday - Exactly 25 years ago the world's first compact disc was produced at a Philips factory in Germany. Makes me wonder what will be the storage medium of choice two decades from now...
  • The Dirty Dozen Credit Card Traps  - Everyone in the industry wants to sell you a credit card. Don't be fooled by the offers.
  • U.S. gives Israel another $30,000,000,000  - US Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns has signed a deal that will provide Israel with $30bn of military aid over the next 10 years.
  • German Scientists Declare Speed of Light Broken - According to modern physics, the speed of light is a fundamental, unbreakable limit. Yet two physicists are now claiming they have done just that, and propelled a stream of photons faster than the speed of light.  Günter Nimtz and Alfons Stahlhofen of the University of Koblenz, Germany, have been researching a phenomenon known as quantum tunnelling The two scientists say they have now tunneled photons "instantaneously" across a distance of up to one meter.
  • 2008/2009 BMW M3: Production Model Revealed - This powerplant pumps out 420hp and 295 lbs-ft of torque from its 4.0 liters of displacement
  • Laser Espionage Microphone (video) - Video on how to make a simple laser listening device which can hear inside buildings hundreds of yards away. Very cool!
  • Huge Iceberg Rotates in Water (video) - This would be a bad place to go swimming!
  • Pirate's Computer (pic) - check it out
  • Great New Hi-Res Images from The Dark Knight - A slew of photos from The Dark Knight
  • Jacobs Ladder Optical Illusion Toy (video) - The mysterious movement of this ancient toy still fascinates kids and adults alike.
  • Resurrecting the Champ Trailer -  It stars Samuel L. Jackson, Alan Alda, and Josh Hartnett, among others. It was filmed in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
  • What Are These Guys Thinking? (pic)  - check it out ;)
  • Eating a Peanut (pic) - Peanutjob :P
  • Teri Hatcher - Badgley Mischka Ads - I say congrats to Teri for looking that good and being over 40 and landing such a big campaign.
  • Ivanka Trump Photos from Stuff - The business-minded blonde is showing the world that you can infact have both brains and beauty.
  • The Sexiest Woman Alive...Esquire Keeps You Guessing - Do you know who it is? Post the answer in comments :P
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,15 2007 - tech
TechNews-Core 2 E6850: The Sweetest CPU of All - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,14 2007 - tech
TechNews - MS Security Updates for August 2007 - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,13 2007 - tech
TechNews - ATi Catalyst 7.8 Drivers - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,12 2007 - tech
DirectX 10 Hardware Won't Work with DX10.1 - tech
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The Inquirer reports that Microsoft stated at the annual Siggraph conference that DirectX 10.1, the upcoming next version of Microsoft's graphics API which is part of Vista Service Pack 1, will have new features that will not be able to be used on the current high-end PC graphics cards (GeForce 8800/Radeon 2900).
Here's the thing. DX10 hardware - such as the GeForce 8800 or the Radeon 2900 - won't work with the new 10.1 features. The 0.1 revision requires completely new hardware for support, thus royally cheesing off many gamers who paid top whack for their new hardware over the last few months on the basis of future game compatibility.

But these gamers shouldn't fret too much - 10.1 adds virtually nothing that they will care about and, more to the point, adds almost nothing that developers are likely to care about. The spec revision basically makes a number of things that are optional in DX10 compulsory under the new standard - such as 32-bit floating point filtering, as opposed to the 16-bit current. 4xAA is a compulsory standard to support in 10.1, whereas graphics vendors can pick and choose their anti-aliasing support currently.
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,11 2007 - tech
TechNews - Windows XP SP3 Beta Leaked - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,09 2007 - tech
TechNews - Windows Vista Performance Updates - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,08 2007 - tech
TechNews - AMD To Cut Athlon 64 X2 Prices? - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,06 2007 - tech
TechNews - AMD's Opteron 3.2GHz Tested - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,05 2007 - tech
TechNews - Single core still rules the gaming world - tech
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