How much do you expect from a sub $100 netbook

Subject: General Tech | March 3, 2010 - 11:39 AM |

At a price of $85, the Coby NBPC722 smartbook is a rather interesting product that hopefully doesn't go the way of the inexpensive OLPC smartbook.  Powered by an ARM based 624MHz Marvell PXA303, a processor also found in the Android phone, and using 2GB of flash memory for storage it won't be doing much more than surfing the net .  It ships with Windows CE but it shouldn't take too long after its arrival for someone to get Linux running on it.  Drop by Engadget and

Source: engadget

Headphones for those that wish to stay sonically and spiritually pure

Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2010 - 04:44 PM |

Thinksound offers eco-friendly audiophile quality sound with their Rain canal headphones.  Before you react to the eco-friendly part too much, what they are implying is that the earbuds are housed in wood, not plastic.  That gives them a very unique look while the 9mm driver with
20Hz to 20 KHz response gives them a very nice sound. 

More interesting reading that a cereal box

Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2010 - 11:57 AM |

Unboxings and sneak previews might not be your favourite thing, as they do tend to be a bit light on content but HEXUS may have found one you might like.  A lesser known partner of nVIDIA, Colorful, has let their GTX 480 box design slip out.  That box helpfully lists the stats of the card inside, giving us a good look at what to expect.  1,536MB of GDDR5 comes onboard, the card will require a 6-pin and and 8-pin PCIe power connector and you are recommended to have a PSU of at least 600W with 42A on t

Source: Hexus

Birthday greetings to that Man in Black in the great beyond

Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2010 - 03:35 PM |

There is a bit of bad news on the PC Perspective Forums this week, as it seems that interest in the Fragging Frogs is flagging.  There is good news though, you can help revive this friendly circle of gamers if you want.

Time to toss out the i7 920

Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2010 - 11:18 AM |

The Core i7 920 won't be around for long as The Inquirer has spotted the i7 930 in Europe, 2 days before the official announcement.  It will be a 45nm CPU @ 2.80GHz, essentially the same as the 920 just at 21x instead of 20x.  It seems there will be new features, all related to low power states, Enhanced Halt State, Extended Stop Grant State, Deep Sleep State, Deeper Sleep State and Deep Power Down are all supported on this CPU.

Source: The Inquirer

It's a long, long road to 22nm; but TSMCs heart is there

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2010 - 11:58 AM |

Fall 2012 might seem like a long way especially if you are an executive at TSMC, but that is the target for the switch to a 22nm process.  There is good news as well for 2010, we will see silicon oxynitride based 28nm at the end of June, its first high-k metal gate at the end of September and they hope to introduce low power HKMG before the end of the year.  This does put them behind Global Foundries, who were showing off actual 28nm product to Josh and Allyn

PC Gaming Update - Metro 2033, Supreme Commander 2 Demo, and DRM

Subject: General Tech | February 25, 2010 - 11:20 AM |

While a lot of attention has been given to Star Craft 2 in the past few days, the other "SC2" yearns for your love and affection too. Supreme Commander 2, is not far from release and Gas Powered Games has given us a demo to play with on Steam. The 1.6GB demo should give you a taste of what this game is all about.

Source: General

RiiZE, LLC. Announces that its Industry First Gaming Service has entered the Free Open Beta Phase

Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2010 - 05:10 PM |

Aurora, IL – February 23, 2010 – RiiZE, the groundbreaking new service that gives gamers a real chance at making a living doing what they love, gaming, is excited to announce that it has entered the open beta phase of testing. Gamers who play Counter-Strike: Source and Team Fortress 2 are invited to try out this new service at no charge.

So you didn't get a beta key

Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2010 - 11:47 AM |

There are only a few thousand people to be jealous of and as some of them do publish reviews, you can have a sneak peek or visit YouTube to enjoy the game vicariously.  From most of those that did get a beta key for StarCraft II, the general consensus is
that this game was designed with new players in mind.  Instead of the daunting learning curve of the original, especially when it comes to multiplayer.  Wired talks about the new and how they will match you according to the skill

Source: Ars Technica

AMD's Magny-Cours gets priced

Subject: General Tech | February 24, 2010 - 11:20 AM |

Yesterday Josh gave a summary of what we know about the upcoming Magny-Cours CPU from AMD, including some thoughts on the what AMD will be required to do to have a reasonable TDP.  Now from SemiAccurate we have some new information about the possible pricing and speeds of the various line ups of 8 and 12 core Magny-Cours, which oddly enough seem to be priced below what the 6 core models are pegged at.  The 8 core models will suppo

Source: SemiAccurate

A mouse to match your CM Stacker case

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2010 - 05:39 PM |

If you are a fan of fashion and want a mouse with the same trademark lines of CoolerMaster cases and maybe a nice LED as well, the CM Storm is the way to go.  Not only do you get a little desktop bling, Tweaknews thought this was the best mouse they'd run into in a long time.  There is also the chance for pranksters to

Source: Tweaknews

Apologies for ... our most recent GF100 update

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2010 - 11:35 AM |

The Inquirer noticed an update on nVIDIA's Twitter feed that pegs the launch of Fermi to March 26th, just a bit over a month from now.  Most likely we will see them first at this years PAX as the first date of Gabe & Tycho party coincides with that date.  Hold out hope that they are useful for more than running the Heaven benchmark and cooking a roast simultaneously. 

Source: The Inquirer

Score a GTX480

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2010 - 11:17 AM |

Somehow Charlie has managed to get his hands on information on the new nVIDIA graphics cards that will be coming out ... sometime.  You can see what he found out in full at SemiAccurate, but the short answer is that in supervised testing the GTX480 is about 5% faster than the HD5870 when it comes to performance; the GTX470  was not allowed to be tested, even under supervision.  The numbers stand at 512 shaders, with clocks @ 600MHz - 625MHz when in energy saving mode and 1200MHz - 1250MHz going at full speed.  The original GPGPU design and the extra math processing power just is not cutting it as a GPU alone.

[H]ard|OCP did spot a way for you to pre-order the card, if you want to pay $679 for $409 worth of performance.

"Now that you know the raw clocks, how does it perform? It is a mixed bag, but basically the cards are much below Nvidia's original expectations publicly stated as 60 percent faster than Cypress. The numbers that SemiAccurate were told span a variety of current games, all running at very high resolutions. Here is where we can't list specifics or the Nvidia Keystone Kops might find their first SemiAccurate mole. We will bring you the full spreadsheets when the cards are more widespread."

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Source: SemiAccurate

It's Chaoflux, do you know where your golden apple is?

Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2010 - 06:20 PM |

There are many tools for keeping track of the temperatures in your system, a great tool not only for those that overclock but vital in determining if you have proper contact between your heatsink and PSU as well as proper air flow through the case for your other components to stay comfortable.  The problem is that sometimes they produce erroneous results which can lead to you questioning your sanityOf course that is nowhere near as

Dump your onboard sound for a Xonar DX 1

Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2010 - 01:50 PM |

Onboard sound has really gone up in quality since
the advent of the Soundstorm southbridge on nVIDIA's motherboards; 7.1 HD audio is now common on high end boards.  This is convincing a lot of people to stay with the sound chip on their motherboard and skipping the sound card altogether.  The $88 ASUS Xonar DX 1 might change your mind though, especially if you play movies from your PC. 

Source: Bjorn3D

Oh noes, my physical memory is actually doing something

Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2010 - 11:16 AM |

Yesterday you may have seen a link to some research done by the XPNet community which described how Windows 7 is a memory hog and that 86% of Windows 7 machines were using at least 90% of their available RAM.  Hopefully being the intelligent PC Perspective regulars you are, you took a second to think before reacting.  Maybe you remembered hearing about the SuperFetch feature in Windows 7, maybe you are running a Win7 box and checked your Task Manager to see just what was goi

Source: Ars Technica

RIP: The Linux Razer project

Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2010 - 11:41 AM |

Phoronix posted a bit of sad news for those who want a high DPI mouse on Linux, at least from Razer.  Recently they tested the Razer DeathAdder 1800DPI, a version of the

Source: Phoronix

If you are one of the few who do, don't trust TPM anymore

Subject: General Tech | February 18, 2010 - 11:28 AM |

Microsoft Palladium, or Trusted Platform Module as it is in its current state is a certification a piece of tech can receive if it follows certain security procedures, mostly to prevent copying.  The main purpose is to enable checking if other components in a particular loop also conform to TPM and to be able change their behaviour based on whether they are or not.  For instance a loop could be motherboard, GPU, audio and display; if all conform to TPM then you get to watch true 1080p content with HD audio.  If on the other hand all components do not conform, then you might be t

Source: The Register

A Xenomorph, a Predator and a Colonial Marine walk into a bar ...

Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2010 - 12:37 PM |

It is hard to keep track of just how many incarnations of Aliens Versus Predator there has been, from the days of the stand up arcades to the Atari Jaguar version that Gaming Heaven mentions straight through to the more recent PC versions, but most gamers and movie fans still get a chill when they hear the distinctive ping of that motion sensor.  In the latest version, the demo of which is available on Steam, all of your favourite races return; the soft and squishy marine, the vertigo inducing Xenomor

Who wouldn't want a pocket projector?

Subject: General Tech | February 17, 2010 - 11:13 AM |

The oddly named BenQ Joybee GP1 is a slight larger than a 120mm fan at 136x54x120mm (5.3x2.1x4.7") and can project an 858x600 image up to 2m across.  It uses an LED backlight as opposed to a lamp like you would find in a regular projector which means that the little Joybee does not produce quite as bright an image as would a model with a bulb; it only manages 100 lumen.  This also means that significantly less heat is produced, something of great benefit for a device this small and mobile. 

Source: InsideHW