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A Fresh Look At The AMD Radeon Gallium3D Performance

A Fresh Look At The AMD Radeon Gallium3D Performance

As noted earlier in the week, the open-source AMD Radeon "R600g" driver that supports 3D acceleration on Radeon HD 2000 series graphics cards through the latest Radeon HD 6000 and Fusion graphics processors, is becoming quite fit. The driver is nearing a point of stability, is mature enough for most desktop users, and it is beginning to receive some performance optimizations and other improvements. Thanks to this recent work, plus the ongoing development of the Linux 3.0 kernel, here is a fresh set of AMD Gallium3D Linux driver benchmarks.

Installing a Server OS in Intel Media Series Motherboards Guide

Installing a Server OS in Intel Media Series Motherboards Guide

Having seen Missing Remote’s reviews of the Intel Media Series motherboards it should be clear that they provide a solid foundation for a home theater PC (HTPC) build, but because they also include Intel NICs (network interface controller) there is a strong case to use one for your next server build as well.  Unfortunately, Intel does not support server operating systems (OS) like Windows 2008 R2 (W2K8R2), which provides the foundation for Windows Home Server 2011 (WHS), so the installation process is more involved than it should be.

How to Watch TV without Cable Guide

How to Watch TV without Cable Guide

There’s a lot of talk these days about folks wanting to cut down on their bills and configuring their homes to be able to watch TV without a cable subscription, or “cutting the cord” as it’s called, for a number of reasons. All which seem to be related to a feeling that maximum value is not being derived from a traditional cable or satellite TV subscription. The rise of new content delivery mechanisms utilizing the Internet also is contributing new options that supplement and, for some, rival traditional cable and satellite TV. For all you prospective cord-cutters, this guide will try to help you understand what options are available to watch TV without a cable subscription and how to go about implementing those options. This guide is primarily focused on the US market as there are differences in the availability of content on a per-country basis.

Intel Smart Response Technology Explained

Intel Smart Response Technology Explained

Intel Smart Response Technology (SRT) is designed to bridge the middle ground between traditional mechanical hard drives and solid state drives by combining the two. Although high capacity SSDs are quite expensive, low capacity units are much less expensive and achieve similar levels of performance. Intel's SRT lets you use a low capacity SSD to boost the performance of a mechanical drive by using the SSD as a cache.

Futurelooks Guide to Getting More Bang for Your PC Gaming Bucks

Futurelooks Guide to Getting More Bang for Your PC Gaming Bucks

You have finally built your own PC gaming rig. You are ready to defend Earth from alien invasions, fight your way out of a city full of zombies, and become the world champion Zuma player. Well, maybe not that last one, but it is time to see what all the hard work has to offer you. But after building that new computer system, you are now down to a $100 to buy games for the newborn. Summer break just started and there just isn’t any room in your budget for games beyond what you are holding right now. How do you get the most game for your buck?

If you are new to PC gaming, on a tight budget right now, or just want some games to play while you wait for an upcoming release, I got you covered. I am a fan and user of Steam, so everything here can be found on Steam as of writing this article. I am 99% sure you can also find many of these items on Impulse or Direct2Drive as well.

Beginners Guide: Intel Smart Response Technology

Beginners Guide: Intel Smart Response Technology

Intel recently unveiled a novel addition to its Rapid Storage Technology v10.5 disk storage and RAID management tool called Smart Response Technology. The caveat is that the first time around, SRT doesn't really do all that much. It's only on the second and subsequent instances when frequently accessed data is called that SRT kicks in and Windows reads directly from SSD cache, bypassing the hard disk entirely. When that triggers, the speed boost over identical data called from the hard drive can be enormous.

NVIDIA Chips Comparison Table

NVIDIA Chips Comparison Table

A table comparing the basic technical specs from all NVIDIA graphics chips available on the market, from the GeForce 4 MX 420 to the GeForce GTX 590. Updated to include the GeForce GT 530, GT 545, and GTX 560.

Use and Abuse of Search Engines

Use and Abuse of Search Engines

To use a search engine effectively, you should apply some techniques to narrow down the results and improve the priority of the top hits. In this article, I am going to cover some strategies for boosting the performance of your chosen search engine. One of these ways is to use tools known as BOOLEAN operators.

Beginner's Guide to Assembling an HTPC

Beginner's Guide to Assembling an HTPC

We recently covered some recommended parts for Building a Home Theater PC and today we are taking that one step further by taking you through each process of how you can build your very own HTPC. The process is not going to be identical to what you will experience as parts will vary depending on what you select, but hopefully this will give you the knowledge you need to have the confidence to try. And as usual, remember our forums are here to help you if you hit any snags in the process.

Understanding RAM Timings

Understanding RAM Timings

DDR, DDR2, and DDR3 memories are classified according to the maximum speed at which they can work, as well as their timings. Timings are numbers such as 3-4-4-8, 5-5-5-15, 7-7-7-21, or 9-9-9-24, the lower the better. In this tutorial, we will explain exactly what each one of these numbers mean.

How to Insulate for Single Stage Phase Cooling

How to Insulate for Single Stage Phase Cooling

Any time you expose the atmosphere to something cold you run the risk that water in the air will begin to condense. Common forms of condensation would be an icy windshield, water on a cold can of Pepsi, and even the frost in your freezer. The only way to prevent condensation is to insulate against it.

Lucid Virtu Graphics Virtualization Technology

Lucid Virtu Graphics Virtualization Technology

Lucid (formerly LucidLogix) appeared on the enthusiast horizon with their "Hydra" technology, which purported to enable vendor-agnostic multi-GPU systems. Users would be able to combine the performance of different video cards from different vendors, rather than being constrained to the cards required by ATI CrossFireX or NVIDIA SLI. Hydra didn't work as well as had been hoped, but the introduction of Intel's new Z68 chipset came with an announcement that Intel had licensed Lucid's "Virtu" GPU virtualization technology. This brings significant new features to Z68 motherboards, and Benchmark Reviews will examine them in this article.

Unlocking The AMD Radeon HD 6950 to 6970 - BIOS Flash Guide

Unlocking The AMD Radeon HD 6950 to 6970 - BIOS Flash Guide

Upgrading the AMD Radeon HD 6950 graphics to a Radeon HD 6950 proved to be an enlightening experience. Testing the same card with multiple levels of shaders, core speeds and memory frequencies showed exactly how each of these things can have an effect in different ways.  The largest gains came from completely unlocking the potential of the Radeon HD 6950 by fully flashing the BIOS, effectively turning it into a Radeon HD 6970. Each of the techniques that we used showed gains of different levels, however the biggest surprise was the minimal gains provided only by the shader unlock, which in some tests were almost non-existent...

The Intel Z68 Chipset and What It Means To You

The Intel Z68 Chipset and What It Means To You

Intel's Sandy Bridge CPUs have breathed new life into the computer industry by providing an incredibly fast and smart processor that can appeal to mainstream users by condensing and simplifying a lot of options. The biggest barrier to entry in the PC realm has been the complexity issue, and this was definitely a step in the right direction. However, this was not something everyone was too happy about, as many enthusiasts disliked the way Intel had limited overclockability by only allowing K-series CPUs to be modified, and even then, were limited to the very basic of options.

Finding, Not Searching: How to Use Search Engines Correctly

Finding, Not Searching: How to Use Search Engines Correctly

We've all attempted to conquer our tech problems using search engines; whether it's related to hardware or software, this can be an pesky. Here, we will go over how to solve these problems via the internet: Finding solutions to our problems, not just blindly searching. I'm going to attempt to appeal to every audience from the tech-savvy to the not-so-much. Searching is, in essence, trial and error: But I'm going to give you the tools you need to succeed.solutions to our problems, not just blindly searching. I'm going to attempt to appeal to every audience from the tech-savy to the not-so-much. Searching is, in essence, trial and error: But I'm going to give you the tools you need to succeed.

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