Nvidia fires away with new Geforce 8800 GPU

Santa Clara (CA) – Nvidia today introduced its latest and greatest graphics chip, the Geforce 8800. Previously code-named G80, the new GPU offers more functionality and a significant rise in the sheer power of the GPU – including DirectX 10 support and a capable physics engine.If you are an enthusiast gamer, then it’s once again time to consider a graphics upgrade to keep up with the Jones’ and your online competition. The new Geforce 8-series is a massive upgrade over the current 7-series, easily more substantial than the previous transition from the 6800 to the 7800 models. Compared to the GeForce 7900 with 278 million transistors, the new 8800 models are also manufactured in a 90 nm manufacturing process, but carry a whopping 681 million transistors.

source: TGDaily.com

Electrifying New Tesla Roadster

Electrifying New Tesla Roadster
by Perry Stern

There are a number of sports cars on the market that can reach 60 mph in around 4 seconds -Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, Vipers, Corvettes´┐Żand all of these cars make this acceleration run with great fanfare. With their powerful V8s, V10s and V12s, roaring sounds come from the engine as the gas pedal goes down, and the waste from burning fuel is expelled out as exhaust.

Imagine a car that can provide that same acceleration and performance, yet there’s no powerful rumble from under the hood, no burning fuel and therefore no exhaust. This car is real and it’s called the Tesla Roadster.

“The dream behind this car was to build an electric car for people who like to drive,” Martin Eberhard, CEO of Tesla Motors told MSN Autos. “The result is a very high performance roadster that gets the equivalent of about 135 miles per gallon.”

The Tesla is quite different from the most recent U.S. production electric car, the EV1 from General Motors. That car went on sale in the late 1990s, could travel about 100 to 120 miles on a charge, reached 60 mph in around 8 seconds, and had a top speed of 80 mph. Special low-resistance tires made for a better economy, however they did not help in the car’s handling ability. But the EV1 was not built as a performance car, and while it was advanced for its time, it became too expensive for General Motors to support.

source: autos.msn.com

Xbox Live to offer TV, movie downloads

Users of Microsoft‘s Xbox Live video-game service soon will be able to download and watch TV shows like “South Park” and “CSI,” and movies such as “V for Vendetta,” via new deals the company has inked with about a half dozen Hollywood studios. About 1,000 hours of programming will be available by the end of year for a price that will be “competitive” with iTunes and other similar services, Microsoft said.

source: WashingtonPost.com

Black Friday Ads! 2006

I know black fridays are the craziest times when you can get a screaming awesome deals! I ran into this website… which has the mission to put all of the advertisements online, and you can even sign up for their mailing list so they’ll send you updates to your email instead of you going to the website for the updates.!

Here is the long awaited Black Friday 2006 website: http://bfads.net/

Enjoy!

Multi-Core Processors.

Can’t wait to get my hands on the latest Intel Core 2 Quadro code named “Kentsfield’ but its gonna be about 4-5 months before I get a new desktop machine. Why 4-5 months?

1. Mac OS X Leapord will be out.
2. Microsoft’s WIndows Vista will be out.
3. Intel will have a new chipset which will support SATA3 and lots other stuff
4. Prices on the hardware will be atleast 15-20% cheaper than what it is now.

Thanks for listening!

Multi-Core in Source Engine

Valve’s Hardware Days have become something of a staple in the world of the technical press. We first went out to visit the legendary game makers in order to see Lost Coast, then followed that up last year with coverage of the cinematic extensions to Day of Defeat.

This year, Valve is talking to us about what is possibly its most difficult iteration of the Source engine yet – adding multi-thread support to make the most of the new dual-core and quad-core CPUs coming from Intel and AMD. The timing of the day is to coincide with the release of Intel’s Kentsfield quad-core chip, which is released today.

We had an hour-long presentation from Valve staff, then asked questions of the team, including Gabe Newell, for a further hour. We discussed the transition to multi-core in depth, and we have come away with a slick understanding of Valve’s implementation, as well as a couple of benchmarks that we can use to demonstrate the effectiveness of their approach. This is an exciting one, so sit down and prepare for some multi-threaded crowbar action.

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