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Wednesday Afternoon (9 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 16-April-2008  17:13:13 (GMT +10) - by DiGiTaL MoNkEY

Looks like eBay's move to force users into using PayPal is getting the attention of the ACCC. The competition watchdog is examining whether eBay Australia breached trade practice laws by forcing its users on to PayPal. The policy, to come into effect on June 17, will mean all items must be paid for using PayPal, which eBay owns, or cash on delivery/pick-up. Discussion in the forum.

ExtremeTech examine the new Folding@Home GPU2 client, while having a chance to speak to Dr. Vijay Pande a professor at Stanford about the GPU client itself and how Folding@Home is implemented on different platforms. Remember, OCAU is Team 24!

Real World Technologies have a detailed insight into Intel's Future Processor (Nehalem) and System. It's quite an interesting read but may get a bit technical in some parts. Nehalem refines almost every aspect of the microprocessor, although the most substantial changes were to the system architecture and the memory hierarchy.

X-bit Labs asks the question, do we really need the Intel X48 Express chipset? Intel X48 based mainboards are already starting to sell in stores. Is the new chipset worth our attention or it is hardly that much different from the Intel X38? Our review dedicated to a new Gigabyte mainboard will help answer this question.

TechGage compare experiences between the Creative’s EAX technology against ASUS’ DS3D GX 2.0 solution, which is set to provide all the functionality of Creative's EAX Advanced HD 5.0 through the DirectSound engine itself, without the need for Creative hardware.

Hardware Zone compared one of the latest QX9770 quad core processors from Intel, sporting a 1600MHz front side bus. So now that we stand at the juncture where both the QX9770 and X48 products are imminent, what real benefits are there to the 1600MHz FSB bump? We explored the performance potential of a 1333MHz FSB back in 2006, and now, we're graduating to 1600MHz.

Gameplayer looks at what makes a games machine? It’s a simple enough question, but the answer is something that has long eluded consensus. For some, a “games machine” is something made by Nintendo, or something with “PlayStation” or “Xbox” written on the packaging. For others, it’s all about the amount of RAM, the CPU and the GPU.

Hybrid SLI, Hybrid Crossfire, What does it all mean? Hardware Secrets explains these new technologies including details of CrossFireX by AMD/ATI and 3-way SLI by nVidia. It's a good time to make a technical comparison between all incarnations of these two technologies, which have the same goal.

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