Cooler Master Opens MyCOSMOS Contest

Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2007 - 05:14 PM |
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Since the introduction of the COSMOS PC Chassis from Cooler Master, people have begun to experience the refinement and performance of a truly revolutionary PC case. To celebrate its release, Cooler Master is pleased to open the MyCOSMOS Contest to Cooler Master fans worldwide. From September 3rd to 28th, COSMOS owners around the world can enter the MyCOSMOS contest simply by creating a written or video review of their COSMOS experiences and filing in the entry from on the MyCOSMOS contest site.

DX10 must be good for something

Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2007 - 12:22 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP continues the quest to find something useful about DX10, this time examining the performance and image quality of Call of Juarez.  There is good news for AMD, the the 2900XT can keep up with the 8800 GTS for the first time in a series of benchmarks.  There is also good news on the quality side, there are very striking differences between DX10 and DX9, for the first time you don't even have to give the game the benefit of the doubt, you can see the differences easily.  It makes th

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Targeting the iPhone, or the $100 laptop?

Subject: General Tech | August 29, 2007 - 11:50 AM |
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The Gphone is coming, and we should know what it's all about in September.  Running Linux and projected to be very cheap, it will be interesting to see what the phone is capable of, and if Google has plans to emulate Apple's locked service.  According to what the Inquirer learned, Google seems to hope to make money from ads (Ad Words?) piped directly to the phone.

Source: The Inquirer

Mobile multimedia on the cheap

Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2007 - 05:12 PM |
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Transcend's T.Sonic 820 has some good points, and some bad points.  While it is able to show photos and video on it's 1.5" colour OLED, it only has 2GB of storage.  The good news is that it's price is well under $100.  If you are looking to get a small cheap portable music and video player then check out Pro-Clockers review.

Trusted Computing finally makes an appearance

Subject: General Tech | August 28, 2007 - 12:01 PM |
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It has been quite a while since Intel first introduced the idea of a Trusted Computing Platform, which was originally named Palladium.  The new vPro platform is a less ambitious project, and one which will see the light of day.  Ars Technica takes the time to explain exactly what this platform will do for you, in terms of security benefits and recovery and how TXT + VT-x and VT-d equals DRM, sort of.

"Today's launch of the latest version of Inte

Source: Ars Technica

AMD's giving us the quiet treatment

Subject: General Tech | August 27, 2007 - 11:44 AM |
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After the non-launch of Athlon 64 X2 Black Edition CPU, AMD held a quiet press event in Singapore.  The speculation ran from Phenom information to Bobcat and Fusion.  TechARP can tell you just how bizarre this conference ended up being.

Source: Tech ARP

Taking it to the limits

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2007 - 05:34 PM |
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A great way for PC enthusiasts to get extra bang for their buck is by purchasing a slower, and cheaper CPU, and then overclocking it to the point where the PC would make a great EZ-Bake oven.  It's not always easy, but there

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Is it worth losing 20fps?

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2007 - 12:26 PM |
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ExtremeTech spent some time comparing the eye candy present in the DX9 and DX10 versions of BioShock.  They have 5 side-by-side comparison shots, showing off the different effects that DX10 is supposed to bring.  As it turns out, it is about as disappointing as the news that physics in UT3 will only be available in a mod.

Source: Extremetech

Inspect their gadgets

Subject: General Tech | August 24, 2007 - 12:12 PM |
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Comex 2007, the gadget lovers favourite trade show, has been invaded by Hardware Zone.  They have a huge preview of all the new toys and tools we will be seeing released in the near future, from projectors to crystal encrusted monitors to a Draft N wireless NIC with 3 antenna. 

Why go for a keypad when you can have the whole board

Subject: General Tech | August 23, 2007 - 06:15 PM |
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A drawback to some of the gaming keypads, llike the Wolfking Warrior is that they take up extra space on an already packed desk.  The Timberwolf addresses that issue by attaching an FPS keypad directly to the left side of a QWERTY keyboard, and removing the numpad usually found on the right.  Find out what it did to OCC's game, and their opponents.

AMD, nVIDIA and TSMC in a three way

Subject: General Tech | August 23, 2007 - 11:53 AM |
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It seems that the influx of cash and partnerships from AMD and nVIDIA are helping TSMC move their chips faster than they can make them.  Currently both AMD and nVIDIA use TSMC produced chips on their graphics cards and both are seeing a decline in the amount available.   DigiTimes spoke with both companies to see what plans the two graphics manufacturers have.  It's good to hear the HD 2x00 series is selling units, especially with the departure of their Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Henri Richard.

Games Convention 2007

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2007 - 02:31 PM |
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HEXUS is at the 2007 Games Convention, and boy do they have a scoop.  Crysis will play on a single core machine with dual 6600's.  That means that you should be able to get a nicely playable experience out of a dual core and a single 8800.

"Over at the EA booth here at Games Convention 2007, an EA rep has let slip that Crysis, the hugely anticipated

shooter from the Crytek boys, doesn't need high spec kit to run.

The slip came about when we asked about the specs EA were showcasing Crysis on, which i

Source: Hexus

Graphics coming back to the CPU?

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2007 - 12:12 PM |
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Not necessarily in a CPGPU format either!  The Inquirer caught a Ray Tracing demo from Intel, that used the 45nm quad-core Yorkfeild exclusively, never utilizing the graphics card in the system at all.  Not only that, but this performance will apparently scale almost perfectly, for every extra core, you get a 99% increase in performance.  If you put one core as the baseline, then two cores will almost double the speed, whereas if you want twice the speed of the quad core, you need an eight-core chip.  It certainly seem

Source: The Inquirer

Cooler Master is proud to present the 2007 Case Mod Contest

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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  1. This is a worldwide contest open to everyone. You must first register to the Cooler Master Forum to enter if you are not already a member.
  2. Your case must include 5 different Cooler Master products. Case counts as 2.
  3. You must pick a category that you will be working towards. The two categories are: Most Extreme Case - meaning a computer case so modified that it no longer looks like a case; and Most Artistic - meaning the case includes customized paint, air-brushed, artsy in any way.
  4. The Contest will launch on September 1st and run until October 15th.

VIA Introduces New pc3500 Mainboard

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday 21st August 2007 - Further strengthening its
leadership in providing the world's most energy-efficient computing
platforms, VIA Technologies, Inc. today announced the VIA pc3500
Mainboard, a low power, feature-rich platform that enables OEMs and
System Integrators to build Windows Vista desktop PCs that draw less
than 24 watts in Idle State – less than half the requirement of the
U.S. EPA's latest Energy Star Program Requirement for Computers:
Version 4.0
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Very unique hardware

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2007 - 05:07 PM |
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Dan of Dan's Data is absolutely shocked by the performance of Unique's Hardware NF01 and NF02 USB speakers.  They are about the size of a deck of cards, but weigh in at 200 grams, giving them a huge advantage over other small speakers.  Read on to find out what other tricks were used to make these tiny, but talented speakers.

Source: Dan's Data

Intel to Move NOR Flash Memory Products for Embedded to 65nm Process Technology

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2007 - 02:33 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Aug. 21, 2007 - To support its embedded technology customers, Intel Corporation announced today plans to extend its embedded NOR flash products to the 65-nanometer (nm) generation. According to the company, the move to 65nm process technology will provide price/performance balance and ensure support for extended product life cycles, both important factors to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) designing for embedded market segments.

New embedded 64-bit processors

Subject: General Tech | August 21, 2007 - 11:51 AM |
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The TILE64 processor is a 64-bit mesh/grid architecture processor for the embedded market, and it's not from any of the big chipmakers.  It is the flagship product of Tilera, a company started by Dr.

Source: Ars Technica

Synchronized sinking

Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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According to the Skype blog, the outage many are still experiencing came about because of Microsoft's Patch Tuesday.  The details are still a little sketchy as to exactly what happened, and why this particular patch had more effect on the Skype network than previous Patch Tuesdays.  Keep an eye on Ars Technica's article for updates.

Source: Ars Technica

Gone fishin'

Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2007 - 05:33 PM |
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My weekend may coming early, but that's no excuse for everyone to miss out on the happenings in the PC Perspective Forums.  It's not all gaming, there is still plenty of other topics to see, such as the problems you can run into with removing beta software, or any type of software that doesn't want to come off your PC.   Head to the Cases'n'Cooling forum to learn more about heatsink testing methods and ther