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 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,06 2006 - tech 
Evening Reading - ATI beta driver for Oblivion - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,04 2006 - tech
Evening Reading - Mitsubishi Laser TV Coming 2007 - tech
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3D Performance with Oblivion: High-end Cards - tech
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FiringSquad rounded up 9 of the latest high-end cards, including the GeForce 6800 GT, to see who comes out on top in performance:
Breaking it down at the various price points, we've got to give the edge to NVIDIA by default at the $300 mark, simply because we're still trying to get our hands on a 256MB Radeon X1800 XT card. If today's performance with Oblivion is any indication, these X1800 XT 256MB cards could become pretty hot sellers once they hit the market en masse, especially considering the shortage of GeForce 7900 GT cards on the market right now. In any case, the GeForce 7900 GT delivers good performance in Oblivion, besting the GeForce 7800 GTX 256MB in nearly all cases, and outperforming the GeForce 6800 GT SLI setup as well.

Moving up to the highest end of the market, ATI's Radeon X1900 XTX takes the performance crown in our testing with Oblivion in single-card configurations. Regardless of the test with threw at the X1900 XTX it came out on top, with the Radeon X1900 XT typically finishing a close second.

When testing dual-card configurations, the results swing dramatically in NVIDIA's favor. In multiple cases the X1900 XTX CrossFire and X1800 XT CrossFire configurations yielded a negligible performance increase over comparable single-card configurations, while the GeForce cards clearly scaled well in Oblivion once running in an SLI configuration. (We also noted tearing and other artifacts from time to time with the CrossFire setup.)

This is one area where NVIDIA really excels in comparison to ATI - their dual GPU infrastructure is more mature than ATI's at this point. We have no doubt that ATI's hard at work on getting CrossFire support for Oblivion better integrated into their Catalyst drivers, but NVIDIA's got SLI up and running with Oblivion beautifully out-of-the-box today. We've stated in the past that ATI needs to add customizable game profiles for CrossFire into their driver (similar to what NVIDIA's done today with their SLI game profiles), the need for this is clearly illustrated by Oblivion. Until ATI does this, CrossFire users are forced to rely on ATI's driver team to add support directly to games. This is one huge drawback CrossFire has in comparison to SLI.

Update: Fortunately we just received word from the Catalyst Maker himself, ATI's Terry Makedon, on how to get CrossFire up and running with Catalyst 6.3: by renaming the Oblivion.exe executable to "AFR-FriendlyD3D.exe" CrossFire performance scales appropriately. All isn't perfect with this workaround -- we did notice quite a few flashing textures as a result -- but at least it provides a solution for ATI CrossFire users today without having to wait for Catalyst 6.4.
 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,03 2006 - tech
Evening Reading - AMD Socket AM2 Pricing - tech
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Monday Tech Reading - ATI prepares X1900XL - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,30 2006 - tech
Evening Reading - Starforce games list - tech
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Thursday Reading -Windows Live Mail Desktop - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,28 2006 - tech
Evening Reading - Windows Is So Slow, but Why? - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,26 2006 - tech
Sunday Tech Reading - XP-64 Dead? - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,25 2006 - tech
Starforce now found out to be a worm - tech
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Right after the recent findings that Starforce will reboot your computer when it find "suspicious" activity, it has now been found it also travels across networks - to be more exact, they describe a disturbing worm-like behavior from StarForce drivers using 'multidropper type techniques' to spread across network drives. The update then relates the ugly back and forth over the treatment discussion of the topic in the StarForce forums, with the opposing sides accusing each other of lies and libel. (thanks BluesNews)
 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,24 2006 - tech
Friday Reading - Highly Critical IE Hole! - tech
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  • Spielberg & EA's First Project Revealed - Apparently the first EA/Spielberg collaboration is going to be set in World War II. Surprise, surprise. Players will take on the role of one of our country's first Secret Service agents, when the agency was in its infancy. They desribe it as James Bond meets Medal Of Honor.
  • GTI Racing Demo Next Week - Techland has informed us that the SP demo of it's latest car racing game - GTI Racing, based on the Chrome Engine used previously in Xpand Rally, will be available in Internet on Friday March 31st.
  • Sony Online COO Leaves Position - According to Gamespot, Sony Online Entertainment COO Raph Koster has left his position and is no longer with SOE. The official explanation is that the MMORPG veteran is leaving to pursue development interests that "don't match SOE's strategic goals".
  • Championship Manager 2006 Gold - The latest release of the game, Championship Manager 2006, is due to hit the shelves on Friday, 31st March.
  • Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII ships - Blazing Angels Squadrons of WWII (PC, Xbox, Xbox 360) will be releasing on March 30, 2006, in Europe and Australia.
  • Battle of Europe ships - Strategy First announced that Battle of Europe has shipped to retailers nationwide.
  • Nintendo to make Sega games available for "Revolution" console - Virtual console so far was announced to include classic games from previous Nintendo console generations, including 32 NES titles, 30 S-NES games and 18 N64 titles. According to Iwata, the service will also include an unspecified number of Sega titles, dating back to time of the Genesis console, which was introduced in 1988. Instead of recompiling these games, Nintendo will simply use a software emulator to enable this content to run on the Revolution.
 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,23 2006 - tech
Thursday Reading -Vista gamers need 2GB RAM - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,22 2006 - tech
Evening Tech Madness - Forceware 84.25 BETA - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,21 2006 - tech
Evening News Round-Up - 32 GB Flash Disk - tech
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Starforce Enforces Copy Protection by Reboot - tech
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Futuremark has reportedly discovered a new anti-piracy system that is being used by Starforce. This copy protection system installs a driver that runs at the highest level of access on the system, which gives it low level access to the PCs hardware and any drivers and processes. This driver runs regardless of whether the game runs; keeping an eye out for any suspicious activity such as attempting to copy a protected disc. If something suspicious is detected, it forces the PC to make an immediate reboot, regardless of any other applications running and whether or not the user has any unsaved work.

Here is a listing of StarForce protected games that is frequently updated from the Boycott StarForce website. The best thing is to boycott these products until it is safe to use them again.
 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,20 2006 - tech
Evening News Round-Up - MSIE 7.0 Beta 2 - tech
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New NVIDIA Drivers For Elder Scrolls IV Coming - tech
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NVIDIA has announced plans to release a new ForceWare 84.25 version of their graphics card drivers on Wednesday March 22nd at NZone. This new version ForceWare 84.25 will contain specific performance enhances to Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion being released Monday the 20th.
Our developer relations team worked closely with Bethesda to optimize game performance, which also included making some driver changes to fix/enhance performance in certain areas.

Our performance testing shows no two benchmark runs are identical in exterior scenes, due to Oblivion randomly placing grass and rocks, changing the amount of grass, and varying other aspects of the terrain.
 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,19 2006 - tech
Sunday Reading -Water Cooled X1900 XTX - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,18 2006 - tech
Weekend Tech Madness- Zero-Day Bug Crashes IE - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Mar,17 2006 - tech
Evening News Round-Up - Installing WinXP on iMac - tech
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