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 Friday, 21-September-2007  17:47:24 (GMT +10) - by Rational

Real time raytracing on the PC is almost a reality. All of this leads us to one thought: we want this now. Unfortunately, that's not quite possible as the hardware isn't fast enough to get high resolution and high frame rates at the same time. But it turns out we aren't far from that convergence. The team at Intel estimates that within 2 years or so, the hardware will exist that will allow "game quality" ray tracing on a desktop machine.

Unusual pain inducing weaponry have been developed which uses electromagnetic radiation to stimulate pain sensors. I was told people can take it for a second, maximum. No way, not for a wimp like me. I try it again. It is a bit like touching a red-hot wire, but there is no heat, only the sensation of heat. There is no burn mark or blister. Its makers claim this infernal machine is the modern face of warfare. It has a nice, friendly sounding name, Silent Guardian.

Tech-Hounds have taken a look at Vistas IO performance. Originally, we set out to compare various RAID and AHCI SATA controllers and what kind of performance we can expect with Vista. But problems during testing lead us elsewhere - this article. These preliminary testing clearly shows that kind of comparison is just not possible right now - something is still definitely broken with Vista's I/O performance.

On a similar topic, Neoseeker have checked out Vistas multi GPU performance. For starters, it seems that the belated age of multi-GPU performance in Vista has begun -- but it's still in its infancy. But is the current situation better for the NVIDIA camp, or the ATI/AMD camp?

DigitalTrends have written a buyers guide for 1080P HD projectors. With all of the high-def projectors cropping up at this year’s CEDIA expo, it’s easy for even the most die-hard home theater buffs to get blinded by the light. And with prices starting to plunge below $4,000 USD, 1080p projectors are starting to catch the attention of more mainstream buyers as well. If your home cinema is a little short on screen acreage, an HD projector is an ideal way to make the jump to the big time, but you’ll need to familiarize yourself with all the new options first.

HardwareLogic have posted about Microsofts uninvited Windows updating. The guys and gals over in Redmond have been busy little beavers for the last few weeks. It has apparently been confirmed that Microsoft has been "stealth patching" some NT based computers without the knowledge or consent of the user (this includes computers with XP and Vista on them) even if the user asked to be notified of updates. Basically, Microsoft has been placing software components on user systems (yours likely included) remotely and secretly (ok - "not very transparently") - regardless of whether you want the update or not.

InsideHW have done a LCD monitor roundup. None of these monitors merits a stand-alone article, but they do merit your attention. From low-on-budget film fans over business users to “brand name” elitists, every single of these can choose between these five models.

OCIA have posted a performance PC buyers guide. When it comes to sheer price vs. performance value, there is no better chip on the market than Intel's Q6600. With four cores operating at a default speed of 2.4 GHz, you are all set for a crazy fast system. Those who do video editing, gaming or just a lot of multi-tasking will find this processor a dream come true. And, if you are lucky enough to get the G0 stepping, get ready for some insane overclocking and great temperatures.

IGN have posted some pictures of Master Chief wandering around Sydney. On a break from his mission to save all of humanity from extinction (hey, even a hero needs some time out), Master Chief was surprised and dismayed to find that he wasn't welcome down at the Opera House in Sydney today.

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