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Intel, Microsoft Collaborate To Bring Pay-As-You-Go PCs To Millions Of New Users Microsoft FlexGo Technology to be a Key Element of Intel World Ahead Program SEATTLE, May 22, 2006 - Intel Corporation and Microsoft Corp. today announced that the companies will collaborate to engineer and deliver flexible, pay-as-you-go PC purchasing models for consumers in emerging markets. Intel's support of Microsoft FlexGo technology is a key part of Intel's broad World Ahead program to help speed access to uncompromised technology and education for people in developing regions around the world. The collaboration between Microsoft and Intel to implement FlexGo technology is another example of the successful... Read more...
AGEIA PhysX Powered Add-in Cards Now Available Worldwide AGEIA's PhysX Processor is Available Now on PC add-in Cards from ASUS and BFG MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - May 9, 2006 - AGEIA Technologies, Inc., the pioneer in hardware-accelerated physics for games, today announced the availability of its PhysX processor on add-in accelerator cards from ASUS Computer International and BFG Technologies, Inc. The first physics processing unit (PPU) designed to power pervasive real-time physics in PC gaming can now be purchased by consumers worldwide, thus delivering true physics interaction on a massive scale to serious gamers everywhere. Click Here to read more...  ... Read more...
It looks like Best Buy isn't the only reseller to have let the Radeon X1900 GT loose at little early. If you do a quick search in our Price Grabber engine, you'll see that Dell has cards available and Directron is taking pre-orders as well.  Could end up being a nice card for the money.  We'll let you know for certain once we get a chance to test one...  ... Read more...
Sun Fire(TM) x64 Servers and Sun Ultra(TM) x64 Workstations, Boosted by Solaris(TM) 10 and Sun(TM) Studio 11, Deliver 16 New World Records SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 11 -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) today announced the availability of Sun Fire(TM) x64 (x86, 64-bit) servers and Sun Ultra(TM) Workstations powered by the newest, highest-performing single-core AMD Opteron(TM) Model 156, 256 and 856 processors. The faster processor speeds, combined with the inherent performance advantages of Sun's x64 servers and workstations, give customers increased processing power and a performance edge over competitive systems. "Sun is the first vendor to take full performance advantage of... Read more...
 An exploit has become publicly available for a newly disclosed critical -- and as yet unpatched -- vulnerability in Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer Web browser.The exploit has been posted on several Internet sites and gives even relatively novice hackers an easy way to take advantage of a flaw in the way IE processes information using the createTextRange () method, according to Secure Elements Inc., a Herndon, Va.-based security firm. "It's just a matter of time before the exploit gets turned into a virus or a worm" capable of creating considerable damage on unprotected systems, said Scott Carpenter, director of security labs at Secure Elements.... Read more...
Hey folks, just thought I'd remind you all that Nvidia will be posting some new drivers tomorrow(Forceware 84.25), which should provide some performance improvements to the new Elder Scrolls, Oblivion. I picked up my copy earlier today, and while it runs decent, any kind of performance improvement is welcomed. Nvidia hasn't elaborated on what kind of boost we'll see from the drivers though. We'll post the drivers(and opinion) as soon as possible.... Read more...
TechReport have managed to get their hands on a new Creative Labs X-Fi Fatal1ty to see whether the bundled I/O ports and 64MB of X-Ram warrant the price increase over cheaper models in the X-Fi product line. Granted, this card features the same X-Fi architecture that impressed us when we reviewed the X-Fi XtremeMusic. However, it appears as though the I/O ports can be had in much cheaper X-Fi versions and the performance benefits of the 64MB of XRam were questionable at best.Only Battlefield 2 and Quake 4 even support X-RAM, and neither's use of the X-Fi Fatal1ty's 64MB of onboard memory results in higher in-game frame rates or superior audio quality. That's a disappointing result, although since... Read more...
GamePC Labs has gone ahead and rounded up four 500GB hard drive's... I still remember when 500MB was a lot. These are some quality drives though, manufactured by names such as Western Digital, Seagate, Hitachi, and Maxtor. Even though each brand is known for quality, when the drives average around 77 cents per gigabyte, you'll still want to pick the best drive possible."Today at GamePC, we've taken a look at four of the highest capacity disks on the market, all sporting 500 GB of storage capacity. We've got the largest drives on the market from Hitachi, Maxtor, Seagate, and Western Digital all in the labs for a round of competitive testing. We've also thrown in Western Digital's Raptor 74 and... Read more...
Beyond3D has posted word from 3DLabs that the company is exiting the professional 3D GPU market and will instead be focusing their attention on handheld graphics. Being a cornerstone of the OpenGL 2.0 spec amongst countless other contributions, the loss of yet another competitive GPU vendor is sure to be a loss for the consumer. Regardless, it is a bit odd to see the company now focusing on handheld graphics. Does anyone else see a strong resemblance to an announcement by BitBoys?"3Dlabs will transition from the shrinking professional workstation graphics market to focus on portable handheld devices which require intensive media processing for video, audio and increasingly powerful 3D graphics."... Read more...
Josh at Penstarsys has just posted an interesting editorial regarding the current availability of various graphics cards in the marketplace. Here, the author steps through the latest and greatest offerings from both ATI and NVIDIA and illustrates their availability. Somewhat surprisingly, the article even mentions S3 products for those who are not dedicated ATI or NVIDIA fans. While you're there, be sure to scroll down to the previous article regarding the AEG and NVIDIA fiasco as there are some very good points made by the author.We are now seeing some of the X1900 XTs hitting $499, which is $50 lower than MSRP. We are also seeing X1900 XTXs for around $589, a full $60 under MSRP. ... Read more...
S3 Graphics Chrome S27 Graphics Cards Now Available Through Newegg.com S3 Graphics branded PCI Express add-in graphics cards offer great value with screaming 700MHz core clock and performance DDR3 memory Fremont, CA, February 8, 2006 – Building increased momentum in the North American market, S3 Graphics today announced its PCI Express Chrome S27 graphics cards are now available for immediate purchase through Newegg.com, the premier etailer of graphic cards in North America. Featured on Newegg.com will be two models of Chrome S27 graphics cards; the first featuring 128MB DDR3 memory for US$98, and a second with 256MB DDR3 memory for US$128. With the highest core clock on the market at 702Mhz,... Read more...
S3 Graphics Chrome S27 Graphics Cards Now Available Through Newegg.com Fremont, CA, February 8, 2006 - Building increased momentum in the North American market, S3 Graphics today announced its PCI Express Chrome S27 graphics cards are now available for immediate purchase through Newegg.com, the premier etailer of graphic cards in North America. Featured on Newegg.com will be two models of Chrome S27 graphics cards; the first featuring 128MB DDR3 memory for US$98, and a second with 256MB DDR3 memory for US$128. With the highest core clock on the market at 702Mhz, a robust DirectX 9.0 implementation featuring 4 vertex and 8 pixel processors, its signature Hi-DefT visual experience, and the best... Read more...
For those looking to brush up on our VB and SQL skills, Microsoft is offering free courses.  The first course covers SQL Server 2005 while the other is for Visual Studio 2005.  The course range from a 90 days to a full year at no charge, covering all areas of each package.  If you want to fine tune your skills, this is a good deal!  They have some other great deals as well with major discounts. Whether you are interested in database administration, database development, or business intelligence, you can access the E-Learning topic you want, when you want it, and learn at your own pace. Each lesson includes hands-on virtual... Read more...
And interesting product has found it's way into the PimpRig labs, a new type of thermal paste. Liquid Metal is the name, and it looks like, well, liquid metal. It's also a bit hard to spread around, as PimpRig found out. They got the paste from a seller on e-bay, so does this stuff actually perform well? "I was shocked when I pulled the cap off the syringe and saw that the needle was still there. I had no idea how the thermal interface material could get through an opening that small until I pressed the plunger slightly over the CPU. A drop of the material came out with no problem and sat there like a ball on the CPU. It was at that point that... Read more...
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