AMD's Magny-Cours gets priced

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

Web servers, clouds and vapourizing your infrastructure

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2010 - 11:19 AM |
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Cloud computing has been poised to change the world now for almost as long as Web 2.0 has been.

Source: Ars Technica

It's a handheld XBox, no a Zune ... wait, no a phone ... really?

Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2010 - 11:01 AM |
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The BSoD is coming to a phone near you thanks to the efforts of Microsoft who has made a 90 degree turn from their previous mobile efforts, ditching their mobile OS for Windows 7.  The GUI looks like a ZuneHD (if anyone has actually seen one of those in the wild) as opposed to Windows 7 but there is more to this cellphone than that.  Not only can the Windows Phone 7 do everything a Zune can do, you also get a 'Bing Button' will get you searching on the web, from XBox you get LIVE games, avatars, and profiles all built into the phone, plus social networking integration. 

Source: engadget

The Winter Olympics get a 'warm' reception in Vancouver

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2010 - 06:02 PM |
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At some point once you have become learned in the ways of the computer you will run into something that makes you have second thoughts about what you know to be trueCase and point is the deal that a forum member spotted on Newegg, which features a DDR2 socket AM3 board with a deal for an AM2+ processor bundled with it and that is not even mentioning the RAM. 

Picking headphones is hard

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2010 - 12:57 PM |
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If you go out shopping for headphones you may end up flabbergasted at the amount of choice you have.  Before even thinking about a brand you need to decide what type you want.  Are you a fan of the classic earbud style, or do you prefer the newer ear canal type or perhaps you are a purist and prefer the cans.  Once you have decided on your preferred style then there is the small matter of picking out which of the 100s of brands you want.  Digital Trends tries to help out by offerin

Remember the Windows Genuine Advantage debacle?

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2010 - 11:31 AM |
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Like some sort of bad horror movie villain that keeps coming back from the dead, another phone-home validation program is arriving from Microsoft.  Back in the days of Windows 98 it was the Critical Update Notification Tool that checked for updates but also opened up the possibility of serious security breaches, not to mention that checking every 5 minutes was a little excessive.  With Windows 2000 and XP, we saw the beginning of the Windows Genuine Advantage program, which was intended to keep people honest and drive them to purchase Microsoft's OS instead of pirating it.  Unfo

Source: Slashdot

In house benchmarking tool for AMD's hexacores

Subject: General Tech | February 11, 2010 - 11:25 AM |
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AMD's new server benchmarking tool may not come in handy the next time you are testing a family PC, but if you run servers or clusters of servers then you may be visiting that page quite a bit.  What everyone will like to see is the results AMD has published from these benchmarks detailing the performance of six core processors and soon to be eight core processors.  The benchmarks may or may not be biased, it is hard to tell without the hardware in hand to test ourselves but they certainly are impressive.  It is also quite nice to see dual socket systems included;

Source: The Inquirer

Valentine's Day U135 Giveaway

Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2010 - 01:26 PM |
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To celebrate Valentine's Day, MSI is giving you the chance to win one of three U135 Ruby-colored 10” netbooks, each worth $329!

To enter, follow these three simple steps:

1) Join the MSI Computer U.S. Facebook group


2) Become a follower of msiUSA on Twitter

Source: MSI

Google wants to give you Gigabit internet

Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2010 - 01:16 PM |
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The rumours of Google's plans to become a service provider have gained some veracity with this announcement from the Google Blog.  They are requesting applications from US cities to participate in a test roll out of a 1 Gb/s fiber-to-the-home
service.  Eventually they plan to offer this service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people, so the space is fairly limited.  They are looking to hear from local governments as well as priva