Tech News December 2009

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University of Antwerp builds 6000EUR supercomputer with 13 NVIDIA GPUs

DV Hardware :: Saturday, December 19, 2009
DV Hardware published an article about FASTRA II, a new desktop supercomputer developed by ASTRA researchers at the University of Antwerp. The system features six NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 graphics cards and one GeForce GTX 275, for a total of 13 NVIDIA GPUs. FASTRA II illustrates the power of GPGPU computing, for under 6000EUR a system was build that can do their research more than four times faster than the university’s supercomputer cluster.

Alienware Aurora ALX Desktop Review 
Driver Heaven :: Monday, December 14, 2009
“Today we take a look at the latest in Alienware/Dells desktop range, the Aurora ALX and run it though a selection of real world tests including gaming at 2560×1600, Photoshop, media encoding and overclocking to find out if their impressive run of form continues.”

Top 100 Tech Gift Guide 2009
i4u :: Monday, December 14, 2009
“It is very hard to name a stand-out gift from among the 100 tech gifts we have selected. When pressed I would name the new digital cameras with special features like a second screen or an integrated projector. You never can go wrong with an iPod touch of course. If you want to make yourself very happy then get the new top of the line Samsung UN55B8500 LED HDTV.”

TrickleStar PC TrickleSaver and PC TrickleSwitch
Bona Fide Reviews :: Monday, December 14, 2009
” Last month I took a look at the TrickleStar TV TrickleSaver and it’s a product that I like quite a bit and still use to this day. Today I’ve got another review of TrickleStar products, two actually, the PC TrickleSaver and the PC TrickleSwitch. The PC TrickleSaver does for your computer what the TV TrickleSaver does for your TV, it senses when the power goes off and then turns off anything else connected to it so they don’t use any power in standby mode, therefore saving you a bit of money. The addition of the PC TrickleSwitch adds more functionality to this setup in that it allows you to manually power on or off the devices attached to the PC TrickleSaver. So read on for a brief review of tow very useful products..”

Google’s Real Time Search
t-breakl :: Saturday, December 12, 2009
Just be careful of who you’re seen having dinner with because by the time you finish, you might already be at the top of Google’s Search Engines

Top Holiday Tech Gifts
Tech Review Source :: Friday, December 11, 2009
“With the holiday shopping season in full swing, it can be hard to figure out what to buy. To help, you will want to check out these hot holiday gifts that are the most popular tech gifts to give and get this season.”

A quick first look at USB 3.0 performance
Tech Report :: Friday, December 11, 2009
USB 2.0 has been around for nearly a decade—an eternity in the PC world. We’ve taken a quick first look at its replacement, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, to see what’s up with the spec and how a first implementation measures up.

Asus EeeTop PC ET2002 Review 
Hot Hardware :: Tuesday, December 08, 2009
The Asus Eee Top ET2002 is an all-in-one desktop computer that provides the basics for everyday computing as well as multimedia entertainment in a space-saving design. It features a large, 20-inch 16:9 widescreen display and a 1.6GHz dual core Intel Atom 330 processor. Perhaps one of the coolest new features of the ET2002 is the fact that it is one of the first all-in-one computers from Asus to feature NVIDIA Ion integrated graphics for additional multimedia processing horsepower and perhaps even a bit of light gaming.


While the basic components of the ET2002 aren’t all that different from those found in your typical netbook, this computer is able to handle HD video and a few other higher-end performance graphics tasks quite well…

Razer President Robert Krakoff speaks to DriverHeaven
Driver Heaven :: Tuesday, December 08, 2009
We managed to get some time to have a ‘one on one’ chat with Razer’s top man – President Robert Krakoff. We discussed everything related to gaming and their product range.

Will Free Online Content Like Hulu Ever Dry Up?
Digital Trends :: Monday, December 07, 2009
“Did your father ever tell you there’s no such thing as a free lunch? Well, most of today’s industry experts would probably agree with him. The idea of “free” has become extremely controversial in the technology industry, especially in the case of online content. Rumors that favorite show streaming website Hulu will be charging for all of their content has most online-media-viewing junkies scared stiff. Sources for Hulu, after reaping the backlash of complaints, deny the rumors and say turning the service into a pay-only site is just not in the cards. Fair enough, but what happens when Hulu and other sites get desperate? Ad sales are down, magazines and newspapers aren’t selling, and people are only accessing “free” web content. Will these poor economic conditions and lack of advertising force more web publishers into a pay-only frenzy?”

War on Warranties: Are Extended Warranties Worth It? 
Digital Trends :: Monday, December 07, 2009
“After committing to dispense hundreds of dollars for a television, laptop or other high-dollar electronic device, the last thing most of us want to hear is a retail cashier hitting us up for another few hundred to buy an extended warranty. “No. No thanks. I’m good.” Most of us dispatch it in a heartbeat. But have you ever wondered whether you’re setting yourself up for a disaster? Good news: You’re not. Here’s why you should pass on extended warranties every time.”

AMD vs. NVIDIA – Are they even playing the same game?
Tweak Town :: Saturday, December 05, 2009
“In the GPU world there are many flavors, despite the perception that you either get AMD or NVIDIA. There is Matrox, WildCat/3D Labs, S3, VIA and a few more. But in the end what you hear the most about are NVIDIA and AMD. These two companies are compared back and forth in a game of favorites that would make a selfish 4 year old proud. Still, can you really compare them in equal terms?

On the surface you can. After all, you are measuring the number of frames per second the GPU (attached to a specific build of materials) can render. The magic number you are looking for is between 28 and 32 frames per second. This is the number of frames per second that will “fool” the human eye into thinking you are seeing full, fluid motion.”