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Yesterday, Capcom released two demo versions of their upcoming game Lost Planet: Extreme Condition. One version is designed for DirectX 9-classs graphics cards and the other for newer DirectX 10-class cards like those in NVIDIA's GeForce 8 series and ATI's Radeon HD 2000 series of products.  There has been a bit of a buzz surrounding the release of this demo, not only because it is the first that uses DirectX 10, but because it currently works poorly on DX10 ATI hardware.  The situation with ATI's hardware and this demo will likely be worked out with future driver releases over time, however, so we're not going to dwell on that here.  Instead, what we want to explore is whether or not there is... Read more...
If you're running Windows Vista, and according to Big Billy G. almost 40 million of you are, and you've also got a DirectX10 compatible graphics card in your machine today is a milestone in your PC's life. Capcom has released DirectX10 and DirectX 9 compatible versions of their XBox360 port Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, so you'll finally get to see that GPU of yours work some of its DX10 mojo. The files are being hosted on a number of servers around the web, but NVIDIA's nZone site is dishing them out to me at about 1MB per second at the moment, so I recommend you head that way to grab your copies. Downloads are nice at quick right now and you won't have to deal with any registration... Read more...
DFI recently launched their first nForce 600 series chipset-based motherboard, the LANParty UT NF680i LT SLI-T2R, and we've just finished and posted up our evaluation of it. Unlike most other nForce 680i LT-based products, DFI's offering is not simply a re-branded reference design and it offers a host of additional features that allow it to compete favorably with more expensive, full-blown nForce 680i SLI motherboards. It's even got a custom, removable chipset cooler that you've got to see. Click the link below and check it out… DFI’s LANParty NF680i LT SLI-T2R... Read more...
While they are still not known as a tier 1 player in the motherboard market, on par with the likes of MSI, Asus, or Gigabyte, DFI is a still a highly regarded name in many circles. DFI is one of the few companies in the market which are genuinely in tune with what overclockers and enthusiasts are interested in. Their LANParty series in particular has garnered piles of awards and is often used in many "extreme" overclocking projects due to the flexibility provided by their products. LANParty boards are flashy and over-the-top, but at their core, they have been solid through and through. DFI has been somewhat quiet as of late, their last major board to receive a lot of attention... Read more...
When going to a party, it's customary to not show up empty handed.  Depending on the type of party, a cake, pastries, a bottle of wine or maybe even your favorite beer are all acceptable items to bring as a gesture to the host, thanking them for the invitation.  When it comes to a LAN party, however, the term 'customary' can take on a totally different meaning. With LAN Parties, it's more about the guests getting to show off their system's performance, their superior gaming skills or the beauty of their custom built dream machines.  Yes, there may be an overdose of caffeine related items, but in the end, it's all about bragging rights... Read more...
It looks like the trend of making more energy efficient PCs has spread from common laptops, desktops and servers, all the way up to supercomputers.  The system is designed for defense and scientific research. "Called Maxwell, the computer has been built at the University of Edinburgh and uses field programmable gate arrays (FPGA) in place of conventional processors. Its Scottish developers believe Maxwell represents a new generation of compact and energy-efficient computers. Unlike ordinary general-purpose processors, FPGA chips can be programmed to perform very specific tasks. Once that programming is accomplished, FPGA chips can be much faster than performing the same tasks in software... Read more...
For anyone out there still running a 3dfx board and looking for a modern driver, it seems that good fortune is smiling down upon you today. "First of all, it is nearly incredible that enthusiast community managed to support an operating system which was still in the works. Secondly - it is incredible that drivers that support both 32- and 64-bit Windows have just came out." No Vista drivers...yet.... Read more...
Steve Jobs is discovering that in Japan at least, they like the guy on the left. A lot. Aside from the UK, Apple also re-shot the commercials for Japan. And just as any smart person would expect, Apple is facing a little bit of a backlash there as well. It's a pretty commonly accepted axiom among the advertising world that direct comparisons of products - especially when made in a disparaging way - are often looked down upon in Japan. Information Architects Ltd. (a Tokyo-based brand consultant agency) founder Oliver Reichenstein told the WSJ that "In Japan you're considered particularly dumb and obnoxious if you're caught bragging about your... Read more...
According to this story on the Inquirer, NVIDIA is planning the release of a DX10 compliant, AGP variant of the yet-to-be-released GeForce 8600. If the article is true, NVIDIA is expected to release the card in the April timeframe. "The G84 is set to replace Geforce 7600 GS cards and these cards sell for around ¬100, which is not bad deal for an AGP card. The AGP version is possible due to the fact that G84 chips are pin-to-pin compatible with Geforce 6600 and 7600, so there were no modifications required in order that AGP market gets its DirectX 10 card." If you haven't upgraded your motherboard... Read more...
Supposedly AMD/ATI's R600 is slated to be released in March.  Also rumor has it that ATI is planning quad setups to be a very real possibility for their new line of Direct X 10 cards. By utilizing four cards in a single setup, ATI's R600 promises to be an amazing graphics processing powerhouse but also promises to consume more power then a graphics solution has ever needed before. If you thought a 1000 watt power supply was going overboard, wait until you see the power requirements for running four R600s in one system -- if in fact the rumors are true... We learned one more critical detail about the R600. The chip can and will support Quad setups. It will work... Read more...
The crew at Xbit labs have posted an interesting review of the DFI LANParty UT ICFX3200-T2R/G motherboard. What makes this article a bit more intriguing that some other mobo reviews, is that the ICF3200-T2R/G is based on ATI's (now AMD's) RD600 chipset. "The mainboard we are going to talk about today is the most unusual platform for the Intel Core 2 processors. It is not only based on the rare AMD Crossfire Xpress 3200 chipset, but also offers the enthusiasts an unprecedented set of overclocking-friendly options." Unfortunately performance wasn't quite up to par with competing solutions... Read more...
What would a World Economic Forum in Switzerland be without a discussion of Google paying video uploaders for videos of people doing interesting, humorous, or Darwin-tempting things? Smoke belching factories are so twentieth century. ... analyst Josh Bernoff suspects that YouTube could launch a channel filled with advertiser-friendly videos that have been screened by both audio-fingerprinting technology and Google employees for objectionable or copyrighted content. Advertising revenue could then be shared between Google and the producers whose videos generate significant attention on the channel. "This might be filled with content that is safe... Read more...
In a weeks time, the highly anticipated release of the next version of Windows will be here. Windows Vista is the latest major overhaul of Microsoft's operating system since Windows 2000/XP, and with a revamped graphics system and security improvements, you can bet some people just can't wait to get their hands on it. Retailers understand this, however as CNET reports, many retailers won't be staying open late for the new software. "Releases of new operating systems may not have quite the same appeal as in years past, but Microsoft has a couple of things going for it this time around. First of all, a new version of Office--Office... Read more...
Sun and Intel Announce Landmark Agreement SAN FRANCISCO , Jan. 22, 2007 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) and Intel Corporation today announced a broad strategic alliance centered on Intel's endorsement of the Solaris Operating System (OS) and Sun's commitment to deliver a comprehensive family of enterprise and telecommunications servers and workstations based on Intel Xeon processors. The scope of the agreement spans Solaris, Java and NetBeans software and Intel Xeon microprocessors, as well as other Intel and Sun enterprise-class technologies. The alliance also includes joint engineering, design and marketing efforts. As part of today's announcement, Intel is embracing Solaris... Read more...
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