FPSLabs Interviews Robert Krakoff, aka RazerGuy

FPSLabs Interviews Robert Krakoff, aka RazerGuy

I recently got a chance to chat with the President of Razer, Robert Krakoff (aka RazerGuy) this week about some things the company is doing right now, including the release of some of their new products. He explains some of the challenges engineers had with designing the company’s first wireless mouse aimed at gamers, some of the upcoming product possibilities the company has, and how the company has become such a dominant force in gaming.

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Farewell Q6600 – Time to usher in a replacement

Farewell Q6600 - Time to usher in a replacement

We have known for some time that Intel’s Core 2 Quad Q6600 was approaching its End of Life. Today we have read reports confirming that the chip will cease to be sold come to the end of Q2 2009. The Q6600 is far and away the most successful quad-core processor of all time. Despite being released more than two years ago, the 2.4GHz processor based on Intel’s now-ancient Kentsfield core has remained the best selling processor on major online retailers like Newegg.com as recently as Christmas 2008.

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HYDRA renders SLI and CrossFire obsolete?

Lucid, a little-known fabless semiconductor designer, has just announced a new product that could render both NVIDIA’s SLI and ATI’s CrossFire technolgies obsolete. Despite the performance advantages gained using the existing multi-GPU setups, SLI and CrossFire each have drawbacks that prevent many enthusiasts from adopting either. Logic would lead most people to believe that using two video cards together would result in twice the performance. After all, last we checked 1+1=2. However, neither SLI nor CrossFire, despite recent strides, do not scale linearly. In fact, after a full two years of maturing, all NVIDIA and ATI have managed is a performance increase of 40-70% when adding a second card.

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SLI on X58: That Simple?

Intel’s next-generation processor has already been previewed to the point where there probably won’t be any surprises when it launches in October of this year (OK, maybe one; o ). Of course, the processor has been shown to be phenomenal. It’s Intel we’re talking about, after all. Intel, the company that just three short years ago was being so thoroughly trounced by AMD in the processor market that it was hard for anyone not on the inside to think they would ever be able to snap out of it. Intel, the company that for three years has not been able to do wrong. Yes, it’s the very same Intel we’re talking about. Nehalem is going to be amazing. Let’s put that to rest right now.

SLI on X58: That Simple?
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Razer Piranha Review

Aural acuity is paramount when it comes to situational awareness in any game these days. Unfortunately sound isn’t the problem with this latest headset from Razer.

Introduction

Razer has been catering to gamers with a variety of peripherals for a long time. Such dedication to an obsessively meticulous crowd demands countless hours researching and developing new products. This latest headset however is neither an original creation of Razer, nor has it been properly tested to make sure the product is even comfortable. Perhaps there are some out there that have absolutely no problems with the design of the Razer Piranha. I’d like to argue that they’re a bit masochistic in their endeavor to get quality audio.

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Tritton AXPC, AX360 Review

Today we’re going to go over Tritton Technologies’ two “5.1” headsets, the AXPC and the AX360. Do they really stand up to other “5.1” headphones or are they just another dead corpse along the consumer electronics highway.

Tritton AXPC, AX360 Review

This past summer it seemed that everyone and their mom had their own take on “5.1” headphones. We saw Audio Technica, Turtle Beach and numerous others release this “revolutionary new technology”, which in some cases seemed like nothing more than smoke and mirrors combined with stone-age electronics. Among the competitors, there were a fair share of duds and an equal amount of sets that really shined among the rest.

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NVIDIA 9 series details

Unofficial NVIDIA 9 series roadmap includes upcoming parts from the GeForce 9800GX2 down to the 9500GS.

Nordic Hardware published a fairly complete roadmap for NVIDIA’s upcoming GeForce 9 series. The roadmap details cards from the ultra high-end GeForce 9800GX2, all the way down to the mainstream GeForce 9500GS. Some information is missing from the graphs, but most of the specifications given fall in line with what we have seen and heard from other sources, including NVIDIA representatives.

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