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DailyTech reports that NVIDIA is preparing to phase out the current nForce 5 series of chipsets to make way for the "new" nForce 6 products. Despite the new name, this new series of chipsets is supposedly a more refined version of the nForce 5 series it replaces. Dubbed the nForce 650i SLI and nForce 680i SLI, the chipsets will support Intel's Core 2 architecture and replace the nForce 570 and 590 SLI Intel Edition chipsets. Perhaps the most critical improvement made is a solution to the nForce 590 SLI Intel Edition's FSB scaling issues thanks to an updated memory controller. Unfortunately, no strict release date is provided though you can be sure the folks... Read more...
Currently, games are rated by the ESRB after they're sent a video showing the most graphic parts of a game. However, Republican Senator Sam Brownback is proposing that the ESRB play each and every game before slapping a rating on it. While it may seem like a good idea, to fully examine a game's content before making a decision on it, many of todays games contain hours upon hours of gameplay, which could dramatically increase the time it takes for a game to be released. Is it really necessary, or just overkill? "The thing that bothers me about all this noise (and it is noise) is that the ESRB is already doing a good job. There has been... Read more...
AMD ANNOUNCES SOCKET COMPATIBILITY PLANS TO DRIVE INDUSTRY COLLABORATION Sunnyvale, Calif. - Sept. 21, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that its Torrenza Initiative is serving as a collaborative force toward achieving future processor socket compatibility in the server industry.  By leveraging the advantages of AMD64 with Direct Connect Architecture and HyperTransport(tm) technology, OEMs will be able to standardize on a Torrenza Innovation Socket for many of their current and future server platforms. This game-changing approach to server design will enable OEMs to consolidate server offerings for multiple processors to potentially a single platform, reducing datacenter disruption... Read more...
With the demise of Betamax years ago, VHS became the one simple choice for videos, and remained that way up until the late 90's. VHS has since met it's end, and DVD has taken over as the format choice for most, but that's all changing now. With the release of Sony's Blu-Ray format, and Microsoft's competing HD-DVD format, deciding which format to choose from can be a bit confusing to the consumer. As Ars Technica reports, Warner may be looking to change all that by creating a player to play it all. One has to wonder how much such a device will cost though. "The patent then describes an implementation in which... Read more...
BBC News is reporting on the details Microsoft has released on its upcoming "Zune" music player. Microsoft hopes the promising new device will be a direct rival to Apple's iPod, and will feature wireless connectivity, a radio, video playback, a three-inch screen, and will initially have a 30GB hard drive. With the release of the player, Microsoft will also be releasing it's own downloading service to compete with Apple's iTunes store. "This online store will allow users to choose to buy songs individually, or alternatively sign up to a subscription service to download a certain number of songs for a flat... Read more...
Blizzard Entertainment Licenses Havok Physics Technology Blizzard to use Havok 4.0 for both PC and Mac platforms San Francisco, September 14, 2006 - Havok, the premier provider of interactive software and services to digital creators in the game and film industries, announces today that Blizzard Entertainment(R) has licensed Havok 4.0, the market-leading game-play physics and animation solution. "Havok 4.0 will add power and flexibility to our development process," said Mike Morhaime, president and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. "We're looking forward to utilizing this technology with our upcoming games." Released in July this year, Havok 4.0 is a modular suite of artist tools and run-time... Read more...
Plan A: 1. Buy or steal one copy of expensive software 2. Sign up for Google adwords 3. Sell a whole bunch of it 4. Buy yachts and mansions and antique cars and pretty much have a Nelly video party running at your house day and night. Nathan Peterson, 27, of Antelope Acres, Calif., pleaded guilty in late 2005 to multiple counts of criminal copyright infringement for selling pirated Adobe, Microsoft, and Symantec software via the Web. According to federal authorities, Peterson netted more than $5.4 million from the sale of $20 million worth of software. He sold the phony programs from his https://www.ibackups.net site starting in 2003 and didn't stop until he was arrested in February 2005. Peterson... Read more...
Rally around the coffee table for some gaming with your friends on a big touch screen?  Sounds cool eh?  It is for sure, have a look... "The Entertaible concept is a tabletop gaming platform that marries traditional multi-player board and computer games in a uniquely simple and intuitive way. Entertaible comprises a 32-inch horizontal LCD, sophisticated touch screen-based multi-object position detection, and all supporting control electronics. It allows the players to engage in a new class of electronic games which combines the features of computer gaming, such as dynamic playing fields and gaming levels, with the social interaction and tangible playing pieces, such as pawns and... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that the new AMD-ATI conglomerate is poised to launch a new notebook platform in Q4 2006 which will be aimed directly at Intel's Napa refresh platform. Dubbed "Yokohama", the new platform will take advantage of ATI's upcoming RS690M, RS690DC, and RS790M chipsets as well as utilize AMD's latest Turion64 X2 processors. Much like Intel's Centrino platform, AMD will likely work with major networking vendors such as Broadcom and Atheros to ensure the platform will also have a solid WLAN component as well. With a complete notebook platform coming out the doors of AMD, NVIDIA will surely have their work cut out for them should they wish... Read more...
Now that current and next generation consoles are equipped with processing power equal to a high end PC, we're able to do more than just simply play games on these devices. Now you can actually put your console to good use while its sitting idle, as Stanford's Folding@Home project may soon be available for the PS3(once the PS3 is out, of course). Folding@Home is a program which uses spare CPU cycles to simulate the folding of proteins, in an attempt to help find cures for many of todays worst disease, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. The Playstation 3 version of F@H will also contain some interesting graphical enhancements as well. "The network hopes to apply the new... Read more...
SanDisk Introduces World's Largest Capacity Flash Memory MP3 Player - The 8GB Sansa e280 For $249.99 MSRP New Model Now Holds Up To 10GB of Music With Optional 2GB microSD Card; SanDisk Also Announces Price Reductions On Current 2, 4 And 6GB Sansa MP3 Models As Retailers Get Ready for the Holiday Season MILPITAS, CA - Aug. 21, 2006 - SanDisk(R) Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) today unveiled the world's largest capacity flash-based MP3 player, the 8-gigabyte (GB) 1 Sansa e280 that boasts award-winning audio, photo viewing and video clip playback capabilities. Priced at $249.99 (MSRP), the e280 is the latest evolution of SanDisk's flagship e200 series. The 8GB device sports a microSD expansion slot... Read more...
On August 17th, 2006, the multiplayer version of F.E.A.R. will be made a free release under the name of "F.E.A.R. Combat". F.E.A.R. Combat will include 10 game modes, 19 multiplayer maps, 12 different weapons, Punkbuster support, and the capability to download user created content. F.E.A.R. Combat players will also be able to compete against owners of the retail version of F.E.A.R. Head on over to Joinfear.com for the full set of details. "08-08-2006 - Sierra Entertainment today announced that the multiplayer component from the award winning PC title F.E.A.R.TM (First Encounter Assault Recon), has been renamed F.E.A.R. Combat,... Read more...
Hello Everyone. We just wanted to let you all know that we've just posted a new article where we evaluate the features and performance of MSI's brand-new K9A Platinum ATI CrossFire XPress 3200 motherboard for the Socket AM2 platform. Here's a snip... "We've been able to get our hands on one of the first Socket-AM2 platforms to use an ATI chipset, MSI's K9A Platinum. This board utilizes the ATI Radeon Xpress 3200 Crossfire chipset for Socket-AM2, and also is one of the first platforms on the market to use ATI's new SB600 Southbridge, the long-awaited replacement for their aging SB450 which was featured on several Socket-939 Crossfire... Read more...
ATI's chipset division, talented as they are, seem to have always played second fiddle to rival nVidia. Both nVidia and ATI started originally producing chipsets in 2001/2002 for low-end markets, using their experience in producing graphics processors as leverage to produce chipsets with integrated graphics abilities. Over time, both nVidia and ATI have become more experienced producing chipsets, eventually dropping the integrated graphics elements from their high-end products and targeting the enthusiast / gamer markets, who purchase more expensive add-in graphics cards. While ATI has produced some excellent chipset products over these past few years, nVidia has continued to dominate this... Read more...
Corsair Launches Flash Readout USB Drive with Bi-stable Cholesteric Display -- Shipping now, the New CMFUSBREADOUT in 1GB and 2GB capacities -- Fremont, CA (July 25, 2006) - Corsair Memory, the worldwide leader in design and manufacture of high performance memory, today announced the introduction of the Corsair Flash Readout USB drive. The new USB Flash drive features a Bi-stable Cholesteric Display (BCD) showing data usage, availability and allowing for personalized ID or labeling. Joining the ever growing Corsair Flash product family, Corsair's Flash Readout USB drive has been designed for users who demand performance, aesthetics and advanced functionality in a small portable device. Offering... Read more...
Digitimes has reported that Chinese media are confirming Asustek Computer has been shipping production Playstation 3 gaming consoles in small volume since the beginning of July. The first consignment should result in roughly 4 million units in total with a significant amount remaining to ship before the console officially launches on November 11. This flies in the face of rampant rumors the last few months in which the maturity of the console was called into question and delays were claimed to be absolute. Fortunately for those dying with anticipation for this item, we'll all have the chance to have a Playstation 3 well in advance of the holidays. "After the first batch of PS3 shipments from... Read more...
Digitimes reports that Intel is preparing to use some additional price cuts in October to help phase out the stock of the budget-oriented Celeron D CPU's. As these processors are taken off the market, Intel will be replacing them with a single-core variant of the new Core 2 processors. Dubbed Conroe-L, these new processors will be released in the second quarter of 2007. An exciting new product for the value segment will also be the release of the Core 2 Duo E4300 dual-core processor in the first quarter of 2007. The Core 2 Duo E4200 processor which was originally aimed to launch in the fourth quarter of this year will be scrapped in favor of launching the E4300 processor with a healthy 200Mhz... Read more...
Confused about effects physics vs. gameplay physics? [H] has asked ATI, NVIDIA, Havok, and Ageia about the two. They received in-depth responses providing great detail regarding effects and gameplay physics, what they mean for gameplay, and current hardware physics abilities. "After digesting all of these great replies from the players in the physics market, here is what we come up with. There are big definitional differences between effects physics and gameplay physics as you might have expected, but much of the forum banter you have seen people prop up as fact, is just simply bad information at best, and lies at worst."... Read more...
More breaking news in from the Inq... The collective ears of ATI fans worldwide can rejoice as Fudo over at The Inquirer has confirmed that ATI will be changing to a new heatsink assembly design for the company's upcoming R600 flagship GPU. Although effective, the dual-slot heatsink assembly on all high-end R520/R580 graphics cards is painfully loud and obnoxious and is nearly on par with the infamous GeForce FX 5800 cooler. ATI's engineers will have to be creative in their design however as recent flagship GPU's have already taken advantage of the performance benefits allotted by heatpipes, blower fans, and using copper in place of aluminum. "We have confirmation that ATI plans to do something... Read more...
The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, Bethesda's latest RPG, has been enjoying considerable growth in it's mod community, and one cool mod to keep an eye on is a Multiplayer mod currently being worked on. At the moment there isn't much to enjoy, with only basic multiplayer connectivity(no deathmatch yet), but hopefully we'll be seeing more updates in the near feature. "MultiTES4 is my attempt at an Oblivion mod/add-on that, you guessed, adds multiplayer to this awesome game. I started the work on this project around the 7th of May, 2006. It's come a long way, and has a long way to go, but with perseverance and a little luck, it'll go a long way. At the moment, MultiTES4 consists of... Read more...
Recently scheduled to appear this August, Sony's first Blu-Ray player has received another delay, this time slipping until October. This puts the player's release date close to Sony's projected Playstation 3 release date, and a bit further away from Samsung's June 25th release. "It had been assumed that Sony and its partners would want to launch Blu-Ray players and content into the market well ahead of the arrival of PS3, in order to ensure that the standard was understood by consumers by the time the expensive next-gen console appeared." With the products being released so close together, it's going to be interesting to see if consumers will choose the $1,000 Blu-Ray player,... Read more...
There is a very informative article on-line today over at Lost Circuits.  Mike Schuette go into great detail on HT link and bus control, memory timings, and numerous other Athlon 64 BIOS settings. Even the most experienced amongst you will learn something from this article... "The Command Per Clock sets the Command Rate for the memory controller. At 1T, the controller can issue commands on every clock cycle, if set to 2T, the controller can issue commands only on every other bus cycle. A 2T command rate can be somewhat problematic for a number of reasons. In a first generation DDR architecture, the 2 T command rate can cause bus contention... Read more...
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