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What are your recs for core programs?
— 3:30 PM on March 2, 2008

After two and a half years with my current box, I'm finally building myself a new PC and upgrading to Vista x64. One...

Type: Blog post Tags: Software

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A quick look at SanDisk's Sansa Clip MP3 player
— 10:06 PM on January 22, 2008

Always obsessed with finding the right tool for the job, I've long run not one, but two MP3 players. The first—currently an 80GB...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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The Enthusiast System Architecture in action
— 12:11 AM on January 18, 2008

Nvidia announced its Enthusiast System Architecture back in November, promising to consolidate system and hardware monitoring under a single communication protocol. ESA-certified hardware is now...

Type: Feature article Tags: Systems Software

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Remixed audio cards in Windows Vista
— 11:50 PM on January 14, 2008

Windows Vista has largely changed the game for PC audio solutions, and two new sound cards are set to challenge Creative's dominance of the market....

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia

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How Intel ruined my Christmas vacation
— 4:00 PM on January 11, 2008

Okay, Intel didn't actually spoil my entire vacation, but it came awfully close. To understand why, you need to go back a couple of months:...

Type: Blog post Tags: Motherboards Multimedia Windows

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Confessions of a console convert
— 12:55 PM on July 6, 2007

I've been a PC gamer for as long as I can remember. Those memories begin with "LOAD *.*,8,1" on a Commodore 64 in elementary...

Type: Blog post Tags: Game consoles

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Wheeling my way around a 360
— 4:08 PM on June 15, 2007

They say that the only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys, and that sounds about right to me. You see,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Game consoles

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EAX still broken in Realtek audio drivers
— 1:43 PM on May 11, 2007

Back in November we explored EAX performance with onboard audio and discovered that Realtek's HD audio drivers weren't properly implementing occlusion and obstruction effects....

Type: Blog post Tags: Software

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Apple's iPod and Microsoft's Zune face off
— 12:00 AM on April 24, 2007

LAUNCHED BACK IN 2001, Apple's iPod has arguably become the most iconic electronic device...

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: In the Zone
— 6:22 PM on March 30, 2007

I've been playing S.T.A.L.KE.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl these past few days....

Type: Blog post Tags: Software

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Abit's iDome DS500 and SW510 speakers
— 12:00 AM on February 23, 2007

WHEN ABIT WAS ACQUIRED last year, the new owners pruned the company's product line...

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia

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Sony owes me $14,000
— 12:17 PM on February 19, 2007

I've been spending an increasing amount of time playing console games recently, so I've been watching Sony's PlayStation 3 launch with rather keen interest. And...

Type: Blog post Tags: Game consoles

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Oxygen HD sound cards from Auzentech and Sondigo
— 12:00 AM on February 2, 2007

CREATIVE HAS ALL BUT OWNED the market for PC audio cards since it introduced...

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia

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DVD-Audio disappoints on the PC
— 10:36 PM on January 29, 2007

I spent most of last night conducting a round of extensive listening tests for an upcoming article, and after far too much fiddling, I've come...

Type: Blog post Tags: Multimedia

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Gripped by Gears of War
— 7:11 PM on December 21, 2006

I've been playing shooters since Wolfenstein 3D, so I've pretty much seen everything the genre has had to offer over the years. Sadly, the...

Type: Blog post Tags: Game consoles

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Valve's Source engine goes multi-core
— 12:00 AM on November 13, 2006

IF THE LAUNCH OF Intel's new quad-core Core 2 Extreme QX6700 processor has made...

Type: Feature article Tags: Gaming Software

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Exploring EAX with onboard audio
— 12:00 AM on November 3, 2006

ANALOG DEVICES RECENTLY published a document challenging reviewers not only to benchmark...

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia

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Creative's Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty audio card
— 12:00 AM on March 17, 2006

IT'S RARE THAT a new product completely outclasses its competition, but that's what...

Type: Feature article Tags: Multimedia

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