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Monday Afternoon (5 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 28-March-2011  16:02:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The usual catfighting between AMD and NVIDIA continues, with AMD disputing NVIDIA's claim that their
GeForce GTX 590 is quicker than AMD's Radeon HD 6990, thanks JD. We combed through their announcement to understand how it was that such a claim could be made and why there was no substantiation based on industry-standard benchmarks, similar to what AMD did with industry benchmark 3DMark 11, the latest DirectX 11 benchmark from FutureMark.

Also of some concern are reports that certain drivers are letting GTX 590's blow up in the hands of testers. It appears that some of the first NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 video cards to ship come with Forceware 267.52 drivers and they don't prevent the card from overheating when overclocked and overvolting. The folks over at SweClockers cranked up the clock frequency and video taped the carnage. More reports and discussion in this thread, near the end.

Meanwhile if you have an old EVGA card you might win a new one. EVGA wants to see the oldest, NVIDIA-based, EVGA graphics card you still have in your possession the person with the oldest card will win a brand new EVGA GTX 590 Classified Limited Edition Graphics card! All you need to enter is a picture of the oldest, NVIDIA-based, EVGA graphics card you still currently own. Seems to be open to international entries but you have to join their forum thingy.

Lurks sent in this article about a recent EvE upgrade. The War on Lag is never ending, because EVE Online is always growing. But we have some interesting things to show you this week. This is the third in a series of three blogs that will show you how we fight lag through hardware upgrades, software fixes, and even wrestling the internet itself...

Digitimes have an article from about a week ago covering how the Japan earthquake affects the HDD industry. Furukawa Denko and Kobe Steel produce HDD-use substrates using aluminum mainly for desktop PCs. The two makers together dominate the entire HDD-use substrate market. Since their capacities are all located in the disaster zones, if the two makers continue to shut down their operations, the HDD industry may see substrate shortages.

It's always nice when you find something you misplaced, especially if you lost it on the moon. A team of physicists led by a professor at UC San Diego has pinpointed the location of a long lost light reflector left on the lunar surface by the Soviet Union nearly 40 years ago that many scientists had unsuccessfully searched for and never expected would be found.

A couple of people sent in this cool article about real spy gadgets, following on from an earlier article. We've expanded the rogue's gallery of ingenious spy gadgets with a raft of devious tricks from the former Soviet bloc and other countries, including a lipstick gun, shoe bug and a seriously savage rectal Houdini kit (you'll understand it when you see the pic).

VooDoo spotted this (possibly NSFW/disturbing in places) gallery of Google Maps Street View sightings. Not much more to say about that one, really, but some interesting images.

FutureLooks have a Sandy Bridge Mobo Roundup. Today, we have a nice mix of mainstream Sandy Bridge boards and Im happy to report that for the most part, they have been a pleasure to work with over the last few weeks. In this round up, were testing several of the best price/performance P67 motherboards. Were giving them a very thorough and scrutinized beating so that you know what to expect and help you decide what to choose when you make the switch.

I think we saw an earlier version of this years ago, but here's a video of a truck physics game which looks like a lot of fun. It's a Windows download though, not online, sadly.

But fear not, because today's timewaster is Jorinapeka from Tabris. I actually got this ages ago and don't think I've posted it before.. anyway.. I got sucked into this one and played up to level 12. Also, does the music remind anyone else of the Conan movies?



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