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Does that little mp3 player that made Apple a player again really define a generation? Michael Agger in Slate doesn't think so, even after reading The Perfect Thing, Steve Levy's ode to the iPod: Levy, a senior editor at Newsweek, is a prime example of the boomers who think the iPod is revolutionary. But really, they're grateful, because it's made them feel cool again. As the first generation to embrace rock, Levy's cohort faced a musical conundrum as they aged: Do we graduate to classical music or keep listening to the Doors? Both choices have their downsides, but the iPod provided a third way out. Under the guise of converting CDs... Read more...
The folks over at Ageia have informed us that they have just released their new RealityMark physics benchmark utility. Based on the highly popular CellFactor technology demo we utilized in our initial review of the Ageia PhysX card, the benchmark runs through a timedemo of sorts which is run both with and without the discrete PPU enabled. This provides the user with a very clear understanding of what performance gains the Ageia PhysX card is providing for their system. For those early adopters of PhysX cards which are still waiting for developers to utilize the power of their hardware, this benchmark is surely a necessary download. AGEIA RealityMarkTM is a new tool which demonstrates the... Read more...
Daniel Gross at Slate.com has an interesting look at the rush by big, established internet companies and others to buy social networking sites - for big money.  Me, I still can't get used to typing the words "Big, established internet companies" without thinking of Pets.com or Duke Nukem vaporware: The "social-networking" gold rush continues. Last year, MySpace was acquired by News Corp. for $580 million in cash. Now the other big social-networking sites are the subject of rumors, deals, and transactions. Yahoo! was interested in acquiring Facebook for $1 billion, but the company's youthful founders are holding out for more.... Read more...
Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that their sources are indicating ATI's next generation R600 flagship GPU will feature a full 64 physical pipelines. Looking at the current number of pipelines in NVIDIA's flagship cards, there is little doubt that the company's upcoming G80 GPU will need to have a healthy increase in pipelines in order to remain competitive. Unfortunately, little to no details are known about the architectures for either vendor's part at this time. As a result, it is nearly impossible to say either GPU will have an advantage over the other. One thing is certain though, ATI has raised the bar in terms of specs and is making a serious stride towards capturing the... Read more...
QUAD NVIDIA SLI TECHNOLOGY MAKES EXTREME HD GAMING A REALITY FOR THE DO-IT-YOURSELF CROWD SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 9, 2006 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, has made extreme high-definition PC gaming a reality for everyone with the release of the new NVIDIA ForceWare 91.45 graphics driver with Quad NVIDIA SLI technology support. For the first time, users in the do-it yourself (DIY) segment have access to Quad SLI technology, which utilizes the power of four GPUs to make extreme high-definition gaming (XHD) - with resolutions of up to 2560 x1600 - a possibility for hardcore gamers and computer enthusiasts. Enthusiasts can... Read more...
With today's super-fast, power hungry processors and multi-GPU rigs, power supplies are getting a lot more attention than they used to.  DriverHeaven has taken a look new 550W PSU from the folks at Cooler Master, and they ended up liking it enough to give it an award. "To follow up on the success of the Real Power 450W PSU, Cooler Master has released the new Real Power 550W SLI. It complies with both the Intel standard ATX 12V V 2.01 and SSI standard EPS 12V V2.1. They recommend the Real Power 550W as a viable solution for high end workstations and gaming rigs that contain those power hungry dual graphic card solutions based on SLI... Read more...
More information concerning Sony has found it's way into our news box. In reaction to the poor response to Sony's PS3 controller design, they've unveiled their latest design which looks, well, like a Playstation controller. That's not all though, as they've appeared to have taken an idea from their rival, Nintendo.  "Well done Sony. You have managed to show you have no creativity what-so-ever and, when it comes to gaming, all you know is hardware. Today Sony revealed it's "new" final version of the PS3 controller. Looks exactly like the PS2 controller doesn't it? Instead of redesigning the controller, they simply went... Read more...
The crew at Phoronix is investigating the benefits of using SMP with the latest v1.2.1 patch for Quake 4 under Linux.  They didn't have much luck though.  Our experience in a Windows environment was much more positive, however.  In CPU-bound situations, enabling SMP with Q4 under Windows resulted in some significant performance gains. "Released earlier today was the Quake 4 v1.2.1 point release patch. The major feature to come down the pipeline in Quake 4 v1.2.1 is Hyper-Threading Technology and dual-core support for the Linux binaries. With Quake 4 now supporting Hyper-Threading and dual-core processors, players should expect... Read more...
The folks over at [H] have done some pretty extensive benchmarking with some of today's most popular games. Using various processors and video cards, they show you how different hardware scales in real-world gameplay(no 3DMark allowed). "What do different video cards and CPUs mean to gamers in World of Warcraft, F.E.A.R., Battlefield 2, and Call of Duty 2? We played all the games with 6 different CPUs and 4 different video cards to find out the difference in real-world gameplay."... Read more...
Is 2GB more than enough? It wasn't that long ago that we were having the "Is 1GB too much?" discussion. While 2GB could be the norm in the future, X-Bit labs decides to see if it's actually needed with todays software. "How much RAM should a contemporary computer system have? This is a very important question for many users out there. In our new test session we compared the performance of systems equipped with 1GB and 2GB of RAM."... Read more...
Recently, Microsoft has announced they're new "Open XML" format, in order to ease fears of their growing document format dominance. But is Open XML really that open? Kevin Carmoney over at The Tech Zone isn't so sure of that. "Microsoft is only doing this because they are facing competition from the likes of Adobe and the emerging OpenDocument standard. Microsoft would certainly prefer for the world to use their proprietary file formats, such as .doc (Word for Windows), .xls (Excel) and .ppt (PowerPoint). As long as most people are using these closed formats, it becomes much more difficult for alternatives, such as OpenOffice.org and... Read more...
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