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Steam, Valve Corp's online game distribution system, just added THQ to its roster of big-name developers further expanding the impressive list of games being distributed through its Steam client. THQ is a major game developer and publisher responsible for several recent blockbuster hits such as Company of Heroes, Supreme Commander and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.:... Read more...
AMD slashed prices on it's dual-core offerings early last week, lowering prices on its Athlon 64 X2 and FX processors by as much as 33 percent. Intel is expected to drop prices on their quad-core desktop processors on July 22nd and its server processors on July 29th, likely in response to AMD's price drops. These prices cuts have sparked widespread... Read more...
Scientists at the University of Southampton have developed  a tiny generator that is powered by vibrations. The generator was designed for use in applications where replacing batteries would be very difficult. At the heart of the tiny device, which is less than a cubic centimeter in size, are several magnets on a cantilever. When vibrations... Read more...
When we first took a look at the GeForce 8800 Ultra, back in May, we were left with some mixed feelings. On one hand it was, and still is, the undisputed graphics champ. On the other hand, it didn't introduce any new features and it wasn't a whole lot faster than its significantly cheaper sibling, and former graphics champ, the 8800 GTX. The... Read more...
A study conducted by Hope Cummings of the University of Michigan and Elizabeth Vandewater of the University of Texas at Austin sampled a group of adolescents, both gamers and non-gamers, from around the U.S. to find out where they find the time to play games and what parts of their lives suffer as a result. They found that boys spent an average... Read more...
For the last several months, DDR2 memory development has been largly stagnent. The fastest DDR2 memory kits from last summer were, for the most part, still the fastest DDR2 memory kits this spring. We haven't seen any truly significant developments in DDR2 since Micron stepped up to the plate with their D9 chips. Although manufacturers... Read more...
Alienware, known best for their alien-head shaped gaming rigs, has just announced that they will be entering the home theater PC market with a slick looking new system called the Hanger18. The Hanger18 is a slim DVD-player sized HTPC and it will run Windows Vista Home Premium on an AMD LIVE! platform.... Read more...
AMD has been diligently releasing an update to the ATI Catalyst drivers once every month but it seemed like they had missed the driver release for the month of May. However, it looks they got it out the door at the last possible moment because the new drivers are now available for download, dated May 31st. Catalyst 7.5 has two new features,... Read more...
These days, we expect our motherboards to come loaded with onboard features. It has become increasingly rare for a motherboard not to include features like integrated audio and LAN. It's also easy to find boards sporting integrated video and built-in processors (ie. VIA EPIA). Abit's IN9 32X-MAX even has 802.11b/g wireless support. But, have... Read more...
Abit is normally associated with enthusiast-class overclocking motherboards and to a lesser extent their now discontinued line of Radeon graphics cards. Most people would not think of abit as a manufacturer of multimedia speakers. So it was to our surprise when abit announced a new line of speakers late last year. Dubbed "iDome", this new... Read more...
If you want high-performance PC gaming action in a portable package, a laptop equipped with a GeForce Go 7 series chip has been your best bet for the last year or so. From the modest GeForce Go 7600 to the monstrous GeForce Go 7950 GTX, NVIDIA has most mobile gaming needs covered. If you were really serious, you could... Read more...
In early November of last year, NVIDIA unveiled their successor to the nForce 5, the nForce 600 series. The starting line-up included three solutions supporting Intel's Core 2 processor, each aimed at a different segment of the market and each with a different price point. The most expensive chipset in the series, the... Read more...
Last summer, Dell agreed to purchase Alienware in a controversial merger of two very different companies. Alienware, who was looking to raise capital to fund its world-wide expansion, found a good partner in Dell when it came to realize that it would be able to meet its demands while simultaneously benefiting from... Read more...
A few weeks ago, we looked at the HIS Radeon X1950 Pro IceQ3 Turbo, a mainstream graphics card set to do battle with the GeForce 7900GS in the $200 price segment. Based on the RV570 GPU, the X1950 Pro brought a host of features to the table including native CrossFire. While X1950 Pro is a good performer for a great price, some of us were left... Read more...
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