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 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,27 2006 - tech 
Tech Reading - 'Critical' Windows fix rushed out - tech
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The Best Gaming Video Cards for the Money: October 2006 - tech
(hx) 06:58 AM EDT - Sep,27 2006 - Post a comment
Video card specifications and reviews that really get into the nitty-gritty are great - that is, if you have the time to digest everything. At the end of the day, all a gamer really needs to know is what is the best video card for the money. So if you don't have the time to research the benchmarks, or if you don't feel confident enough in your ability to make the right decision, fear not. THG offers a simple list of the best gaming cards on offer for the money:
Best AGP Card For ~$175 - Geforce 7600 GT
Codename: G73, 90 nm technology
12 Pixel shaders, Five Vertex shaders, 12 Texture units, eight Raster operations processors
128 bit memory bus
560 MHz core, 700 MHz DDR (1400 MHz Effective) Memory

The 7600 GT is an amazing card in this price range, sporting new SM 3.0 technology and very high clock speeds to deliver excellent performance. Its weakest feature is its 128 bit memory bus, but its high memory speeds offset that disadvantage and make it competitive with 256 bit cards like the X800 XT/X850 XT. The 7600 GT is the AGP user's savior, a decently priced card that can actually perform well for the money.

Best PCIe Card For ~$200 - Radeon X1900 GT
Codename: R580, 90 nm technology
36 Pixel shaders, Eight Vertex shaders, 12 Texture units, 12 Raster operations processors
256 bit external memory bus (512 bit internal ring bus)
Version 1: 575 MHz core, 600 MHz DDR (1200 MHz effective) Memory
Version 2: 512 MHz core, 660 MHz DDR (1320 MHz effective) Memory

The X1900 GT is based on the X1900 XT core, except it is crippled with some pixel shaders disabled and has a lower clockspeed. There are now two versions: the original 575 MHz core/600 MHz memory version, and the new 512 MHz core/6600 MHz memory version. Both perform similarly. The card's main competition is the 7900 GS, which it soundly beats in almost every benchmark. The worst thing I can say about the X1900 GT is that its X1900 XT 256MB cousin performs much better for not much more money.
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,26 2006 - tech
Dark Messiah of Might and Magic - 3D Performance - tech
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Have you finished Oblivion and you're now looking for a new first-person action RPG to pick up? If so, Dark Messiah may be the game for you. The chaps over at FiringSquad take a look at 10 different high-end cards from ATI and NVIDIA to see how they perform in Dark Messiah of Might and Magic. Here's a taster:
Dark Messiah favors 512MB graphics cards, although we saw little or no performance improvement on the 7900 GT until we cranked the screen resolution up to 1600x1200. (Also note that we ran the game with all quality settings set to 'high'.) At that resolution the 512MB board ran up to 31% faster than the 256MB card. The Radeon X1900 XT 512MB card ran 4-6% faster than the 256MB card overall. Considering that Radeon X1900 XT 256MB cards can be found for as little as $240, you may want to opt for the 256MB X1900 XT card if you're on a budget. It will deliver more performance in Dark Messiah and do so at a lower price than the GeForce 7950 GT.

So that's our take on the best picks for Dark Messiah among high-end graphics cards as it stands now. The GX2 is our top choice if you've got an infinite budget, while the X1900 XT 256MB would be the best solution for those of you who want to spend less than $300. In between ATI's cards dominate as well, with the X1950 XTX at the top and the X1900 XT 512MB and X1900 XTX in the middle. Performance can change once the final game ships sometime next month though, so we'll be keeping an eye out to see if it does.
ATI Catalyst 6.9 performance analysis - tech
(hx) 05:38 AM EDT - Sep,26 2006 - Post a comment
EliteBastards take a look at the applications cited in the driver's (ATI Catalyst 6.9) release notes on a number of different boards to check out the performance metrics. Here's a taster:
Focusing simply on the cited performance improvements in the driver release notes however, it's hard to get excited, with Prey only showing some small improvements on high-end boards and leaving not a lot else to show. Overall, the most impressive gains came from the Radeon X1300 in 3DMark06 - If that carries through to some real-world games its good news indeed, but otherwise its limitation to a synthetic benchmark renders it less interesting. Having said that, it's always nice to see progress, and there's no doubt that Catalyst 6.9 is another step in the right direction, between its added CrossFire platform support and additional performance boosts, with further progress in OpenGL titles in particular a sign that ATI are still taking that side of their previously poor driver reputation seriously.
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,24 2006 - tech
Sunday Tech Reading - Vista Build 5728 - tech
(hx) 07:19 AM EDT - Sep,24 2006 - Post a comment
  • Corsair's XMS2 Dominator: The World's Fastest DDR2? - Corsair did it again: The firm released a product that actually makes a difference in the enthusiast memory market space.
  • Inno3D GeForce 7950GT 512MB - Although it's slightly more expensive ($20-40), the Radeon X1900XT is definitely a better performer. There is a thing or two you will need to sacrifice if you go with the red team however.
  • Mobile GPU Comparison Guide Rev. 6.1 - Tech ARP has posted rev. 6.1 of their Mobile GPU Comparison Guide.
  • Tt Pure Power 250W Video Card PSU - The Design of the power supply is unique that it can be installed in a 5.25” bay. Thermaltake also sleeves the cables to allow Optimum air-flow in the chassis while the black color sleeves look good as well.
  • Asus Lamborghini VX1 laptop - The most disappointing aspect of the VX1 is the screen. It's standard square, 15in unit with a resolution of 1,400 x 1,050 - high, but only marginally better than on your average notebook display.
  • Choosing an LCD display - Are high contrast and brightness better? - Play games? Well, you may want your contrast to be set on the higher end and the response time of your LCD monitor (especially the gray-to-gray) to be as fast as possible to prevent motion blur (i.e., Ghosting). Graphics and imaging LCD monitors generally do not have the fastest response time, so if you're a hardcore gamer, you will have to make some sacrifices
  • New printer prints 1,000 pages per minute - The printer uses an ink-emitting screen that can flow everywhere all at once, instead of having to wait for the cartridge to pass like it does now. The researchers say that the printers could be produced commercially within two years.
  • New Build of Vista (5728) Released - It looks as though there were a myriad of minor changes meant to polish the product.
  • Developing for Vista - The good bit is lots of new features to play with, along with better security and an updated user interface. The downside is compatibility problems, and with the challenge of meeting expectations for well-behaved, good-looking Vista applications. In other 'coding' news, Microsoft has released a new add-in tool to help Visual Basic developers preserve Visual Basic 6 applications and breathe.
  • All Microsoft Vista versions will fit on one DVD - Microsoft has decided to stick all the versions on a single DVD. This will mean that anyone who wants to upgrade to a better version later will already have the disk.
  • Alcohol 52% Free Edition - Alcohol 52% is now freeware for non commercial use on a single home computer. For those not familiar with Alcohol software, it is CD & DVD back-up and emulation software, which allows one to back-up games, software and DVD titles and use them without risk of damaging the original discs or misplacing them on the move as the software is capable of creating virtual drives from the alcohol-created disc images.
  • Security pros provide interim IE patch - A group of security professionals has created a third-party fix for a recently discovered Internet Explorer flaw that's increasingly being used in cyberattacks. The flaw lies in the way IE 6 handles certain graphics. Malicious software can be loaded, unbeknownst to the user, onto a vulnerable Windows PC when the user clicks on a malicious link on a Web site or an e-mail message.
  • IE 7 No Longer a Secret Agent - One surprising problem that IE 7 betas have run into over recent months is that Web sites that were coded to work specifically with Internet Explorer weren't working with IE 7.
  • PDF Online - Free PDF Conversion - PDF Online supports MSWord DOC to PDF, Excel XLS to PDF, Powerpoint PPT to PDF, Text TXT to PDF, HTML to PDF, most image formats (JPG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, etc) to PDF, and much more.
  • ATM passwords found online - The manufacturers' passwords for cash machines used widely across the US are available online in an installation manual.
  • Canon PowerShot G7 - Main features of new G7 are new generation of image processing DIGIC III processor, 10MPix CCD and 6x (35-200mm , 35mm equiv) lens with optical stabilisation.
  • VW gives Touareg an extreme makeover -  On the technical side, the Touareg now receives ABSPlus and enhanced ESP (including new features such as Active Rollover Protection). The engine lineup (for Europe) includes two gasoline and two diesel powerplants, headlined by the mighty 5.0L V10 TDI..
  • Top Ten coolest things seen with google earth - check it out
  • How to marry a billionaire? Start with Forbes list - Nowadays, it takes a minimum of $1 billion to make Forbes 400 Richest Americans list, according to the magazine's yearly survey, published this week.
  • Coolest.. Bird.. Ever! - The coolest bird ever does The Moonwalk!!
  • Awesome Way To Put On a Bra - By far, the most amazing way you'll ever see a woman put on her bra. Note: This is just a small part of the full Internation trailer for DOA: Dead or alive.
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,21 2006 - tech
Tech Reading - Nvidia's G80 specs - tech
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  • Core 2 chipsets compared - Unlike the nForce 570 SLI, which feels like little more than an uninspired retread, Intel's P965 Express still has that new chipset smell.
  • DFI vs. MSI - Conroe 975X Motherboards Tested - DFI has done a fantastic job on their 975X Infinity product - its features, layout and more importantly overclocking are some of the best we have seen from any 975x motherboard so far and its price is extremely competitive coming in cheaper than other Conroe supporting boards.
  • GeForce 7900 GS group test - EVGA's card represents the best purchase for a number of reasons - the fact that the card is future-proofed when it comes to next-generation content protection methods is a definite plus point and one that should be given some serious consideration.
  • Possible specs for Nvidia's G80 leak out - The information says the G80 will launch in November in the form of GeForce 8800 GTX and GeForce 8800 GT models priced at $649 and $449-499, respectively. The faster of the two will have a 384-bit memory interface, a hybrid water and air cooler, and "7 TCPs." The GeForce 8800 GT will reportedly have a 320-bit memory interface, a standard air cooler, and "6 TCPs."
  • Windows Vista RC1 gives great gaming experience - Two GB should be the optimum for Vista ultimate gaming experience as the games such as FEAR and Battlefield 2 already wants more than 1 GB even under XP.
  • Adult Sites Exploit New IE Flaw - The vulnerability lies in the way IE 6 handles certain graphics. Malicious software can be loaded, unbeknownst to the user, onto a vulnerable Windows PC when the user clicks on a malicious link on a Web site or an e-mail message, several security companies said.
  • How to create a Firefox extension - step by step tutorial - In-depth article that covers everything you need to know about Firefox extensions. From creating them to packaging them.
  • Micron Announces 5 Megapixel HD Sensor - Micron has a 5 megapixel HD sensor that allows you to take 60fps at 720p and 30fps at 1080p on your camera. There is supposed to be a camcorder version on the way as well.
  • USBCELL batteries feature built-in USB plug - The batteries are currently only available in the United Kingdom for L12.99 a pair.
  • September 21, 2006
  • New PS3 film called Real Time - PlayStation 3 have created a three minute film called 'Real Time' which visually illustrates how real life can be simulated via a new function of the forthcoming console: Real Time Physics.  The subjects of the film are two teenage amateur lightweight boxers as they prepare for a fight. A mysterious woman's voice commentates as the boxers size each other up before a bout of sparring. She explains the benefits of PlayStation 3's real time technology, which is illustrated by high definition, super slo-motion footage.
  • An Artificial Heart That Doesn't Beat - The newly approved device, called AbioCor, made by Massachusetts-based Abiomed, uses an implanted hydraulic pumping system to simulate a natural heart beat. But an alternative design, conceived by O.H. "Bud" Frazier, a prominent heart surgeon and pioneer in the development of cardiac devices at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, pumps blood through the body continuously, rather than with the periodic beat of the normal heart.
  • Scientists Shocked as Arctic Polar Route Revealed - A route unencumbered by perennial sea ice leading directly to the North Pole has been revealed by recent satellite pictures. European scientists indicated their shock as they noted a ship could sail from Europe's northern-most outpost directly to the pole, something that hasn't been possible during most of recorded human history.
  • The New 300 Promo Trailer - Movies for the Masses has your first look at the excellent new promo trailer for director Zack Snyder's 300, based on the epic graphic novel by Frank Miller. The movie is a ferocious retelling of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae in which King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army
  • New Special Edition Lamborghini Gallardo Nera - Photos - At the Paris Motor Show, Lamborghini has unveiled its new, special edition Gallardo Nera. Painted glossy black, it a features 520 horsepower, V10 engine. Only 185 units will be produced, so you'd better hurry!
  • 50 Smartest things to do with your money - How to earn more, save more, invest better, spend wisely and protect your family. The 50 smart money moves below are as close to sure things as you can get
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,20 2006 - tech
ATI Catalyst 6.9 Drivers - tech
(hx) 04:03 PM EDT - Sep,20 2006 - Post a comment / read (2)
ATI has released a new ATI Catalyst drivers bringing them up to version 6.9. The package contains Radeon display driver 8.291, Multimedia Center 9.15, HydraVision, HydraVision Basic Edition, Remote Wonder 3.04, WDM Driver Install Bundle, Southbridge/IXP Driver and Catalyst Control Center Version 6.9. The package weighs in at just under 35MB so grab them if you need them. According to ATi, these drivers add CrossFire support for the Intel 965 Chipset, and also contain a good deal of performance improvements: 3DMark2006 overall performance improves 6.7-23.7% with anti-aliasing enabled and Doom3 performances improves up to 9.3% due to further OpenGL shader complier and transform engine optimizations.
Issues Resolved in Catalyst Software Suite 6.9:
  • Desperados 2: Attempting to play the game with CrossFire enabled no longer results in the game failing to launch and an error message being displayed. Further details can be found in topic number 737-23254
  • Doom3: Enabling both CrossFire and Temporal AA no longer results in a ghosting effect being noticed when playing the game. Further details can be found in topic number 737-23284
  • Elder Scolls IV: Oblivion: Setting the in game video option to High Resolution and setting the 3D option in the Catalyst Control Center to Optimal Quality no longer results in corruption being noticed when playing the game. Further details can be found in topic number 737-23057
  • MS Flight Simulator 2004: Creating a flight and clicking on Fly Now no longer results in display corruption and flashing being noticed when playing the game on a system containing an ATI Xpress 200 series product. Further details can be found in topic number 737-23250
  • Splinter Cell Chaos Theory: Playing the game on a system running Windows XP and containing an ATI Radeon X1300 or 1600 no longer results in the game failing to respond when enabling AA to 6x. Further details can be found in topic number 737-23264
  • The Settlers: Heritage of Kings: Setting AA to 4x, AF to 16x, High Quality AF on, and AAA to on/quality, followed by setting the in game video options to high and the display to 1600x1200 no longer results in black or flashing textures being noticed on the surface. Further details can be found in topic number 737-22568
  • Tiger Woods 2005 or 2006: Playing the game under Windows XP with an ATI Radeon X19x0 series product installed no longer results in the playback of the opening cinematics failing to playback properly. Further details can be found in topic number 737-23006
  • Tomb Raider: Enabling CrossFire and setting AA to 12x and AF to 16x no longer results in corruption being noticed when playing the game on a system containing an ATI Radeon X1800 series. Further details can be found in topic number 737-22811
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,19 2006 - tech
Tech Reading - ATI's R600 will consume over 250W - tech
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  • Low-voltage mobile Core 2 Duos due in January - According to HKEPC, Intel will release low-voltage Core 2 Duo L7400 and L7200 processors with a power rating of just 17W - half that of current mobile Core 2 Duo models. Clock speeds for the new processors will also be a good deal lower: the sources quote 1.5GHz for the Core 2 Duo L7400 and 1.33GHz for the Core 2 Duo L7200, although both will have 4MB of shared cache and a full 667MHz front-side bus. The two chips will cost $316 and $284, respectively.
  • AMD Socket AM2 Motherboard Group Test - Are you looking for a AM2 board?
  • NVIDIA GeForce 7950GT vs. ATi Radeon X1900XT - Right now, with much better availability, a wider range to choose from and better performance, the Radeon X1900XT is a better buy than the new GeForce 7950GT.
  • HP Compaq tc4400 tablet PC - Dig inside and apart from Merom boost you will find an Intel Core 2 Duo 1.83GHz T5600 processor, 512MB of DDR2 RAM, 5,400RPM 80GB hard drive, 56k modem, gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g, biometric fingerprint sensor, and a 6-cell battery.
  • Asustek Announces Two New UMPCs  - Asustek Computer on September 18 announced the availability of its two tablet PCs, including a 7-inch tough-screen Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC), the R2H. Another model is a 13-inch tablet PC, which is being built based on Intel's Core2 Duo platform, according to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report.
  • ATI's R600 will consume over 250W - This means that the R600 will consume twice as much power, and probably will end up close to twice as warm but we also hear it will get much faster then the current cards with sixty four pipelines.
  • Razer Barracuda Hp1 Gaming Headphones - The headphones were very comfortable. Even after two hours of use, the soft ear cushions posed no problems and were just as comfortable as when I first put them on. I also like the fact that there is no need to adjust the size of the headphones, they are self-adjustable.
  • Windows XP SP2 Internet Explorer Update - When visiting a Web page that uses a custom pop-up object, Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 can close unexpectedly and generate an error in the Mshtml.dll file.
  • Retrieve the Serial numbers or CD Keys for Microsoft Software - KeyFinder Thing is a simple utility to retrieve the Serial numbers or CD Keys of Microsoft software installed on your system. It includes options to export the list of found keys and a search option to find keys not included by default.
  • How-To: Boost Performance in Windows Vista - Windows Vista takes advantage of the nonvolatile flash memory integrated in most new hard disks. These hard disks, called hybrid disks, are intended primarily for mobile computers. ReadyDrives writes most of the data to this flash memory. The advantage of this is many folds: less hard disk writes means less wear and tear and greater life of the hard disk (plus increased battery life on notebook computers). Since retrieving random data from flash drives is much faster, it reduces the time it takes to boot up, sleep and resume from hibernation. Above all, it increases disk reliability.
  • Hacker Discovers Adobe PDF Back Doors - David Kierznowski has released proof-of-concept code and rigged PDF files to demonstrate how the Adobe Reader program could be used to launch attacks without any user action.
  • Worm Floods AIM With Botnet Drones - The Spyware Guide is saying that there is a pipeline worm going around that tricks you into clicking a seemingly harmless link, next thing you know you are infected and sending out the link to all your friends. Good to know even if you aren't an AIM user.
  • Cisco exec: Windows Vista is scary - A senior security expert at the networking giant says that aspects of Microsoft's new operating system are worrying.
  • Intel trumpets optical computing breakthrough - Researchers have unveiled a new hybrid silicon laser technology that will allow for faster communications inside a computer.
  • Toshiba Recalls 340,000 Sony-Manufactured Batteries - It should be noted that this recall doesn't involve batteries catching fire as in previous recalls. Instead, this recall is related to the battery packs unexpectedly losing power under normal operating conditions.
  • Apple's $249 30GB iPod Threw Microsoft for a Loop - It looks as though Apple prematurely crashed Microsoft's party when it announced that the newly improved 30GB HDD-based iPod would retail for $249.
  • Samsung releases 2nd-gen credit card phone: SGH-P310 - The 2 megapixel camera managed to fit in with the music player and video player. The phone stores and saves your favorite tunes on the embedded 80MB memory and in the available external memory slot. It also offers Bluetooth connectivity. Users can navigate their way around on the large 1.9" 262K QVGA color screen using a new touch sensor soft key. An included case provides extended battery life to power the P310.
  • How to extend the battery life of your notebook - check it out
  • FedEx Tests Northrop Grumman Anti-Missle System - FedEx will equip 11 of its MD-10 freighters over the next 18 months with Northrop Grumman's Guardian directed infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) technology.
  • New Tolkien Story To be Published - Christopher Tolkien has edited and will release a new book by his father.
  • Try this game! - It is very Addictive. Don't waste your day here, you have work to do :-D
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,16 2006 - tech
Tech Reading-RFID Embedded Discs to Stop Piracy - tech
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 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,15 2006 - tech
Firefox Final - tech
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Mozilla has released version of Firefox, fixing several security issues and bugs. The one for Win32 can be downloaded from the official FTP, and those for other languages and OS - from here. Firefox should be available through "update check" soon.
MFSA 2006-64 Crashes with evidence of memory corruption (rv:
MFSA 2006-62 Popup-blocker cross-site scripting (XSS)
MFSA 2006-61 Frame spoofing using
MFSA 2006-60 RSA Signature Forgery
MFSA 2006-59 Concurrency-related vulnerability
MFSA 2006-58 Auto-Update compromise through DNS and SSL spoofing
MFSA 2006-57 JavaScript Regular Expression Heap Corruption
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,14 2006 - tech
Microsoft Launches Zune - tech
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Microsoft officially launched the Zune Portable Media Player today taking the wraps off its 30GB digital media player and the Zune Marketplace music service. As I previously reported, Zune will feature a 30GB HDD, 802.11b/g wireless connectivity, an FM tuner, USB 2.0 interface and a massive 3" LCD screen. Microsoft confirmed all of those specifications today and disclosed a few more for good measure.

As previously discussed, the Zune will feature Zune-to-Zune music sharing which allows users to share full-length sample tracks of select songs, homemade recordings, playlists and pictures between devices. Shared songs can be listened to up to three times over the course of three days. Songs that you receive from other Zune users that you like can be flagged and later purchased from the Zune Marketplace. Zune Marketplace is Microsoft's alternative to iTunes and is an all-in-one media player, store and album/video manager. Users can purchase songs one at a time or purchase a Zune Pass subscription and download as many songs as you choose for a flat fee.

Microsoft has also announced three new accessories that will be initially available for the Zune. They include the Zune Car Pack (FM tuner with car charger), Zune Home A/V Pack (AV output cable, dock, sync cable, AC adapter and wireless remote) and the Zune Travel Pack (earphones, dual connect remote, travel bag, sync cable and AC adapter).

Not too sure about that name but the player itself isn't bad looking at all. They will definitely take a few percent from Apple's market share. With the new iPod revisions, I'd definitely prefer getting Zune (weird name), that is if the price is right.

Update: Here's a video of two Zunes engaging in some safe exchange of content. First you pick a song, hit share, and a list pops up of the Zunes nearby. Not too speedy, but decent enough so that you're not sitting there twiddling your thumbs
Tech Reading - GeForce 7950GT Extreme - tech
(hx) 07:38 AM EDT - Sep,14 2006 - Post a comment
Battlefield 2142 Beta: Mainstream NVIDIA Cards - tech
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Interested in a graphics upgrade for Battlefield 2142 but you have less than $200 to spend? The chaps over at Firing Squad got both single-card and SLI benchmarks for NVIDIA's mainstream offerings ranging from the GeForce 6600 GT up to the recently released 7900 GS. Here's a taster:
With rapidly falling prices on CPUs and GPUs, there's really no excuse why you can't build a good gaming rig for Battlefield 2142 at any budget. As we've shown you in our CPU performance article, you don't need a $999 Core 2 Extreme to extract the most out of the game (unless you plan on playing at 800x600 without AA/AF), one of the lower-end Core 2 CPUs or Athlon 64 X2s should more than suffice. In fact since the game doesn't take advantage of dual-core CPUs anyway you could honestly get by with a sub-$100 CPU like the Athlon 64 3500+ and still come away with a good system for gaming in Battlefield 2142.

And as we just showed you in today's article, as long as you keep the image quality settings in check, you can get pretty good performance out of BF2142 with the latest mainstream graphics cards from NVIDIA, including the GeForce 6600 GT and 7600 GS, although if you can afford to splurge, it really wouldn't hurt to get a 7600 GT or 7900 GS.

For example, going from the GeForce 6600 GT to the 7600 GT we saw a 2X increase in performance, going from 29.1 fps to 51.6 fps at 1600x1200. That's a pretty remarkable performance improvement. The GeForce 7900 GS was even faster still, offering nearly 30% more performance over the 7600 GT at the same resolution. Never before has $200 bought so much performance.
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,11 2006 - tech
Monday Tech Reading - Gaming on Windows Vista - tech
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  • [!] AMD Sempron 3600+ 2.0GHz Socket AM2 Processor Review - With a retail price of $117 CDN ($105 US, Ł55GBP), the AMD Sempron 3600+ is an absolute steal. From the benchmark results in workstation style applications the 2.0GHz Sempron 3600+ is competitive with the competition, often equaling Intel Pentium D performance.
  • Mega DDR-2 Memory Roundup - Finding an Overclocking King - Corsair was extremely impressive!
  • High End Power Supply Roundup - Summer 2006 - The chaps over at MadShrimps take a look at a 700-750W PSUs from Silverstone, OCZ and Sharkoon.
  • Bigfoot Networks KillerNIC M1 Ships, $280 - Bigfoot Networks has finally shipped its KillerNIC gigabit "gaming" network adaptor ($280 w00t!?). The KillerNIC M1 has a 400MHz dedicated networking processor with 64MB of PC-2100 DDR memory integrated onto the card. The KillerNIC M1 was originally supposed to start shipping August 16, 2006, but did not start shipping until just now.
  • Dell's UltraSharp 2407WFP 24-inch - The UltraSharp 2407WFP (8.3kg) features a high native resolution of 1920x1200 pixels (WUXGA), providing an excellent entertainment and multimedia experience, as well as high contrast ratio of 1000:1 and 450 cd/m2 brightness for superior colour accuracy and uniformity. In addition, the model offers an improved response time of just 6ms grey to grey (16ms (black to white), which results in less smearing and ghosting than traditional flat panel displays.
  • Flash cache to earn big bucks - New PCs that start up almost instantly could take 40 per cent of the market by 2008, boosting sales of the Flash memory chips that drive them.
  • Samsung Announces Phase-change RAM -  The new memory technology is currently under heavy research from Samsung, but the company has finally demonstrated a working 512 megabit sample. According to Samsung, PRAM is slated to replace current NOR flash memory technology within the next several years.
  • Toshiba Develops 3-Layer DVD and HD-DVD - So it looks like we'll be seeing either a single-layer 4.7GB DVD along with a dual layer 30GB HD DVD, or conversely, a dual-layer 8.5GB DVD and a single-layer 15GB HD DVD, all together on one disc. One more layer, lots more content.
  • 1080P is history, the industry wants 4096x2160 - 1080P resolution is already history. The professional industry wants to move as soon as possible to 4K. This brings us to a 4096x2160 resolution. It can be as much as 50MB for each frame and you need a beast to decode such a video. Even to edit it, it takes a lot of power. Nvidia is preaching 1440 resolution but the professional industry wants to go even further.
  • [!] VIA Hyperion Pro 4in1 drivers v5.10a - VIA Tech has issued new, updated set of VIA Hyperion Pro set of chipset drivers.
  • Microsoft Codename Max Download 1.0.60831 - Max lets you make beautiful photo slideshows to share with your family and friends. You can also use the newsreader to keep up with the latest news updates from around the world. Note: Microsoft Codename Max requires the .NET Framework 3.0 Release Candidate in order to function properly.
  • Index.dat Analyzer 1.6 - Index.dat Analyzer is a tool to view, examine and delete contents of index.dat files. Index.dat files are hidden files on your computer that contain all tracks of your online activity, where have you been on internet, what sites you visited, list of URL-s, files and documents you recently accessed. Index.dat files stored on your computer are obviously a potential privacy threat as they can be found and viewed without your knowledge.
  • [!] Gaming on Windows Vista - ATI versus NVIDIA - The purpose of this article was to see how the drivers from ATI and NVIDIA are doing and they are coming along.
  • Vista vs. Freeware Security Apps - The BBC's resident technology feature, Click, has released another piece regarding Vista and how it will differ from the XP of today. Much of it has been said before, much of it will be said again but the interesting point raised by the article relates to how Vista will restrict the way data is written to the hard drive. It simply won't just write anywhere - making the whole operating system generally far more stable, reliable and less prone to attack.
  • Software Pirate Gets Record Sentence - The owner of, Nathan Peterson of California, was sentenced to 87 months in prison, the longest sentence ever given for software piracy. He also forfeited nearly all of his assets and agreed to pay more than US$5.4 million in restitution.
  • Security breach hits online world  - Passwords to popular online world Second Life may have been stolen in hack attack.
  •'s E-Book Reader Details Leaked - Despite being designed to display e-books, Amazon's reader also comes with a full keyboard.
  • New Handheld from GamePark - XGP Kids - Engadget is reporting that GamePark, the manufacturer of the homebrew-friendly cult handheld, the GP32, is poised to release the GP32’s successor to handheld gaming enthusiasts everywhere. The new model is tiny, uses a standard SD card for loading software and, according to the images, has a real analog stick. It will be powered by a 140MHz ARM processor (probably overclockable), sport a 2.2-inch, 220 x 176 LCD, feature 8MB of RAM and 2MB of flash memory, and support USB 1.1 file transfers. Estimated price is $75.
  • F1 - F12: A list of what your keyboard's top row can do - Commonly referred to as Function Keys, these keys were frequently used in the good old days of DOS programs. You can probably use your computer without ever using one of these keys, yet, these function keys provide some interesting shortcuts for common computer functions that can be useful tools in everyday computing.
  • Invention: Ultimate body armour -  Conventional vests use woven plastics to ensnarl normal, blunt bullets. Extra layers of hard ceramics, with air-filled gaps in-between, are needed to stop shells with hard cores and sharp, armour-piercing tips. But this makes the protection too heavy and bulky for a person to wear. The new vest has three layers: a top ceramic section, a middle layer of aluminium, and bottom layer of woven nylon.
  • Concern Over Creating Black Holes - Maria Williams writes to tell us about worry surrounding the impending startup of CERN's Large Hadron Collider. Some fear that the device, in creating mini black holes, could jeopardize Life As We Know It. Woot?! :-D
  • Google Homepage on 9/11 - This is how the Google looked on September 11th 2001.
  • Light-emitting shirts! - It's amazing! They are integrating LEDs into fabric and had some jackets and a couch there. Really cool!
  • How does a traffic light detect that a car has pulled up and is waiting for the light to change? - There is something exotic about the traffic lights that "know" you are there -- the instant you pull up, they change! How do they detect your presence?
  • Beautiful Paper Sculptures (Pictures) - This artist creates many Amazing 3D sculptures from paper. You'll have to see it!!
  • Smart vs Ferrari and guess who wins (video) - Z Cars managed to squezze in a 180-hp GSXR1000 motor into Peter's car and after that this little baby does not run but fly, it zips from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, 1/4 mile in 12.4 seconds and tops out at 132mph. Definitely not your average Smart!
  • DVDs worth buying - Save up to 25% on Farscape and Andromeda DVDs, United 93 (IMDB rating 7.9.10), Silent Hill (Widescreen Edition), Battlestar Galactica - Season 2.5 (Episodes 11-20), X-Men - The Last Stand || complete DVD release list.
Battlefield 2142 Beta CPU Shootout - tech
(hx) 02:44 PM EDT - Sep,11 2006 - Post a comment
Firing Squad take a look at Battlefield 2142's performance with the latest CPUs from AMD and Intel. Here's a taster:
Intel's Core 2 CPU line came out dramatically ahead in our Battlefield 2142 testing. The Core 2 Extreme actually broke the 200 fps mark, outperforming the Athlon 64 FX-62 by over 28% at 800x600. In fact, the Core 2 Duo E6400 runs neck-and-neck with the FX-62, finishing just 1% behind the FX CPU. Clearly AMD has quite a bit of work to do to catch up with Intel's latest CPUs.

We also found that having a larger L2 cache benefits frame rate by up to six percent for Core 2 CPUs, and five percent for Athlon 64 X2. At higher clock speeds (read: overclocking) the differences would probably be even greater.

Of course, these numbers come at 800x600 with no AA and AF disabled. Once you've got the screen resolution cranked up to 1600x1200 the graphics card begins to bottleneck performance and performance across the various systems is nearly even. The Core 2 CPUs still came out ahead but the margin separating the two is less than 2%. Once you turn on the AA/AF, the demands on the GPU are even greater and the CPU plays less of a role in performance, although interestingly enough the Core 2 CPUs managed to pull a little further away from the AMD CPUs, finishing up to 5% faster in some cases.
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,08 2006 - tech
Battlefield 2142 Beta: Part 1 High-end Cards - tech
(hx) 04:00 PM EDT - Sep,08 2006 - Post a comment
The chaps over at Firing Squad have gathered together the latest $300+ high-end cards from ATI and NVIDIA, as well as a few high-end cards from yesteryear such as the GeForce 7800 GTX and Radeon X1800 XT 512MB. Other topics discussed include 256MB vs 512MB benchmarks, and single-card as well as dual-card configs. Do two GeForce 6800 GS cards add up to one 7900 GT?
Looking over the baseline 4xAA/16xAF numbers, the GeForce 7950 GX2 comes out on top in terms of single-card performance, although its margin of victory isn't as great as you'd expect, particularly at higher resolutions. We believe this is because SLI currently isn't as scaling as well as it normally does in BF2142, but more on this later. It's a tight race between the GeForce 7900 GTX and the Radeon X1950 XTX, but ultimately the XTX board comes out ahead, particularly as you increase the screen resolution. The 7900 GTX and X1950 XTX go from a tie at 1280x1024 to the X1950 XTX taking a 9% lead by 2048x1536. Meanwhile, the 7900 GTX and Radeon X1900 XTX are locked in a virtual tie across the board. The GeForce 7900 GT isn't able to keep up with the other high-end cards, we were honestly a little surprised to see it falling so far behind the 7900 GTX so we went back and re-ran our results but came to similar findings. If it weren't for the 256MB vs 512MB benchmarks on page 3 we'd chalk it up as a frame buffer i.e. memory size issue, but that doesn't appear to be the case. We honestly just don't know why the GT falls so far behind the GTX, it's probably a combination of the 200MHz clock speed deficiency, mixed with the slower memory speed (140MHz slower) and its smaller frame buffer. We also noted that the GeForce 6800 GS delivers roughly half the performance of a GeForce 7800 GTX 256MB.

When it comes to SLI versus CrossFire, CrossFire currently comes out ahead in Battlefield 2142 performance. Based on our tests, we have a strong feeling part of the reason why CrossFire put up such a strong showing in these tests in particular is because CrossFire was scaling a little better than SLI was in the Battlefield 2142 beta. In previous dual-GPU testing, we've found that enabling CrossFire and SLI typically yields just shy of a doubling in performance - it's usually a performance increase of 1.7x-1.9x, but not quite 2x. We included GeForce 7900 GT baseline scores so you could see that NVIDIA's SLI isn't delivering anywhere close to these ratios, particularly as you increase the screen resolution. By the time we hit 2048x1536, the performance increase from going from one 7900 GT card to two boards running in SLI was just 22%, that's a long way from a doubling in performance! Keep in mind, as we mentioned in the intro, we had to force AFR mode to get SLI to scale at all with Battlefield 2142 beta, so its quite possible that the AFR mode we selected isn't quite ideal for BF2142 and more driver work will be needed on NVIDIA's part to get SLI to scale more appropriately. That's what it looks like to us at least (it would also explain the lower than expected performance of GeForce 7950 GX2 at higher resolutions). We also see the X1950 XTX begin to pull away from the X1900 XTX a little more than in single-card config thanks to its GDD4 memory.
Friday Tech Reading - Critical Office Patch Coming - tech
(hx) 09:03 AM EDT - Sep,08 2006 - Post a comment
  • Intel E6300 and E6400 Core 2 Duo Review - The E6300 sits at the bottom of Intel's Desktop Core 2 lineup and despite being a brand new chip, can be had for less than $200 from major online retailers. It's clocked at 1.86 GHz, just over 2GHz less than the 2.16 GHz E6400 which can be had for under $250.
  • T7600 Merom to come to desktop - OCWorkbench has some exclusive benchmarks of the T7600 processor which is running on an Abit iL90MV motherboard. A mobile processor coupled with a mATX motherboard which is built around the 945GT chipset with HDMI and RoHS compliance, SATA RAID, GbE, Firewire, HDA, ViiV certification but no graphics expansion. The 2.33GHz processor works wonders.
  • Asus Core 2 Duo motherboard shootout - The Asus P5B Deluxe was the most impressive of the bunch.
  • ATI to change Radeon X1900 GT speeds, features - The new spec lowers the clock speed by 63MHz, from 575MHz to 512MHz, while increasing the memory speed by 60MHz from 600MHz to 660MHz (1320MHz effective).
  • XFX GeForce 7900GS Extreme - An Overclocking Prince! - check it out!
  • Nvidia quietly introduces 7100 GS - The card should cost 79 euros including VAT and will come with 128 or 256 MB of DDR 2 memory. In Turbo cache mode, the card will be able to address as much as 512 MB of memory but you will need to have at least 1024 MB of system memory to do it.
  • iMacs Join The Intel Core 2 Duo Family - The new iMac lineup includes four models: a 1.83 GHz and a 2.0 GHz 17-inch, a 2.16 GHz 20-inch and the all-new 2.16 GHz 24-inch iMac, and features the new Intel Core 2 Duo processor which delivers up to 50 percent faster performance than the previous 20-inch iMac running industry standard benchmarks.
  • Benq FP222W 22 inch widescreen model - Benq has launched the FP222W, adding a 22 inch model to its existing widescreen LCD monitor line, 17-, 19, 20, 24-inch models. The monitor features a 1,680x1,050 (WSXGA+) resolution, a 700:1 contrast ratio a 300 cd/m2 brightness. Featuring response time of 5ms, the model is designed with dual D-sub/DVI inputs.
  • Real-World Interoperability Tests of Five 802.11n Routers - Are you looking for draft 802.11n performance for your home network? Do you want it now? If you're not fazed by issues like interoperability, firmware upgradeability, and backwards-compatibility, there are a few things you can do to mitigate the risk of assembling an expensive but uncooperative wireless network.
  • Primera releases "affordable" CD/DVD duplicator and labeler - A mechanical arm in the Bravo SE picks up CDs/DVDs from the 20-hopper and then transfers them to an integrated Pioneer CD/DVD recordable drive. After the burn is finished, the disc is moved to the labeling tray that is above the burning drive. The labeler can print at up to 4800 dpi and is able to label while another disc is being burned. Finish discs are placed into the output bin at the bottom of the unit. The unit is available immediately for $1500.
  • Critical Office Patch Coming - There is a critical security update coming out on Tuesday for Office as part of Microsoft's monthly patch cycle.
  • DRM Hole Sets Patch Speed Record For Microsoft - Wired columnist Bruce Schneier has an article up called 'Quickest Patch Ever', about a patch that was issued within three days to fix a vulnerability in Windows Digital Rights Management (DRM).
  • Will Vista Bring Down The Internet? - Microsoft's launch of Windows Vista could slow down or stall traffic on the Net, said Paul Mockapetris, who is widely credited with inventing the Internet's Domain Name System (DNS).
  • Hundreds Of Defects In Firefox? - This article claims Firefox has 655 defects and 71 potential vulnerabilities.
  • Samsung website hosts password stealing trojan - Samsung's US Web site is hosting a Trojan horse that logs keystrokes, disables antivirus applications and steals online banking access codes.
  • Microsoft says it could delay Vista in Europe - Microsoft is suggesting that it may have to delay the European launch of Windows Vista.
  • Amazon offers TV and films online  - Amazon, the biggest online retailer, starts a TV and film download service in the US called Unbox
  • RIAA Debuts College Video to 'Educate' students - This video is meant to 'Educate' students (check out YouTube) on how they are supposed to get music the 'right' way. By the sound of it, it will be similar to the short videos placed at the start of some recent DVDs
  • Ron Perlman Signed For Postal Movie - Running With Scissors' Vince Desi confirmed what the IMDB has listed that actor Ron Perlman, best known for his role as Hellboy in the movie of the same name, will appear in the upcoming movie adaptation of their Postal action game franchise. Perlman will play the Postal Dude's Uncle Dave in the movie.
 Gameguru Mania News - Sep,06 2006 - tech
Nvidia launches GeForce 7950 GT and 7900 GS chips - tech
(hx) 12:57 PM EDT - Sep,06 2006 - Post a comment / read (1)
Nvidia has officially launched two new versions of its mighty GeForce 7900 graphics chip with the GeForce 7900 GS ($199 to $249 price point) going on sale immediately and the GeForce 7950 GT ($299 to $349 price point) hitting the shops on 14 September.

As of today, the GeForce 7900 GT is no more. It has ceased to be, and instead is replaced by the GeForce 7950 GT which has a core speed of 550MHz core and 512MB of DDR3 memory with a true speed of 700MHz (1400MHz effective). The 7950 GT has a 256-bit controller to give a 44.8GB/second memory bandwidth. Internally the 7950 GT has 24 pixel pipelines and 8 vertex shaders which means that it is effectively a GeForce 7900 GTX with a ten per cent underclock. Then we have the GeForce 7900 GS which has a 450MHz core, 256MB DDR3 running at 660MHz memory (1320MHz effective) a 256-bit controller and 42.2GB/second memory bandwidth. It has 20 pixel pipelines and 7 vertex shaders and is effectively a 7900 GT with fewer shaders but significantly cheaper.

The first reviews of GeForce 7900 GS 480M can be found on 3DAvenue, Anandtech, Guru3D, HardOCP, Hexus, HotHardware, HWZ, Neoseeker, nV News, PCPerspective, Tech Report

Tech Report: When one of the graphics leaders slaps its top-end GPU onto a card that costs $199, good things tend to follow. Such is the case with the GeForce 7900 GS. For most intents and purposes, it represents a price cut on the GeForce 7900 GT that brings along with it additional welcome relief in the form of temperature-controlled fans. Those two simple things conspire to make the 7900 GS a very attractive package, since its performance easily outstrips the two other cards we tested in the same price range, the GeForce 7600 GT and the Radeon X1800 GTO. The 7900 GS is meaningfully faster than either of those cards, because it tends to run games smoothly at higher resolutions than they can. The 7900 GS also delivers higher performance per watt and lower noise levels while playing games than the Radeon X1800 GTO.

For the moment, that means the GeForce 7900 GS stands alone as the best value in graphics, in my humble opinion. You get all of the power of the GeForce 7800 GTX that cost $599 a little more than a year ago for a third that price. And for those who like to purchase graphics power on an installment plan, the GS presents the option of adding a second card to create an SLI config that is more powerful than a GeForce 7900 GTX or a Radeon X1950 XTX. All of these are good things.
Tech Reading - Sony PS3 delayed in Europe - tech
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Tech Reading - Will The GPU Merge With The CPU? - tech
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