iPad Guts

Subject: General Tech | April 5, 2010 - 04:03 PM |

For most people the buzz about the iPad is about skin deep.  They care about its form factor and the apps that are available and maybe a bit about the quality of the screen.  At PC Perspective most members interest doesn't get tweaked until the plastic comes off and we can get a peek inside.  Thankfully AnandTech has given us a way to do that without having to buy one and disassemble it.  It seems that the submission to the FCC wasn't done by someone with a ful

Source: AnandTech

The fairy tale that was Topeka

Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2010 - 06:41 PM |

The PC Perspective Contest thread is seeing a lot of action, over 600 posts indicate that your chances might be slim but remember that there are still 3 other ways to get extra chances so make sure you take advantage of that!  If you do win, or have a system that needs a little tweaking it is nice to know exactly how well you did at enhancing your performance.  Benchmarks are the tool to

A groundbreaking trip to up-state New York; Global Foundries new Fab

Subject: General Tech | April 2, 2010 - 02:37 PM |

It will be years before the construction is finished on Fab 8 and Saratoga county becomes a hotbed of technical innovation but once Global Foundries starts up the lines you can expect 35,000 300mm diameter silicon wafers per month.  As this is a brand new Fab, the design can incorporate new technology such as better air circulation and water systems instead of trying to retrofit an older building.  ExtremeTech had a chance to visit the site and talk with those building the Fab, which you can read abou

Source: Extremetech

AMD, Updated AHCI Drivers, OpenGL 4.0, and Gigabyte Pulls a Fast One

Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2010 - 02:23 PM |

The past several weeks have been a busy one for AMD.  The release of the 890GX was perhaps the highlight, and being able to claim the first native SATA 6G implementation (well ahead of Intel) is a big feather in AMD's cap.  The release drivers for AMD's latest southbridge AHCI functionality were dated back from an October/Novermber 2009 timeframe, so they were not exactly up to date considering the new hardware that was brought to the table with the SB850 southbrdige.  In terms of IOPS performance, the new SB850 southie performs on par with what we are seeing from Intel these da

Source: AMD

Teasing the StarCraft fans

Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2010 - 01:14 PM |

Not many got a StarCraft 2 beta key, but some of those that did are putting together overviews of how the game has changed and what is new and what has stayed the same.  While not quite as strange as some Zerg videos, the Escapist Magazine has assembled a look at the Zerg.  If you have yet to encounter the changed Zerg Queen you definitely have to check this video out.

Source: The Escapist

Psst, hey buddy! Wanna free PC?

Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2010 - 01:04 PM |

If you think the following specs sound better than sliced bread ...

More information about KB971033 - Windows 7 anti-hacking update

Subject: General Tech | March 31, 2010 - 12:59 PM |

KB971033 already has a bad name, we knew that it was the evolution of Windows Genuine Advantage and that it phoned home to Redmond to report on the status of your Windows license.  However, have you heard of the anti-terrorism file scan that it does?  According to information from TechARP, this update initiates a heuristic-based scan  for potential "terrorism-related" materials and if they are found
then a lot of personal information about your PC will be headed off to Redmond and presumably Washing

Source: Tech ARP

Going to paint your Bluetooth green

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2010 - 05:55 PM |

It might only be useful for contacting your fair weather friends but it will certainly save you on batteries.  The Scosche solCHAT II is a solar powered Bluetooth speakerphone, specifically designed for hands free conversation while driving there are plenty of applications for a Bluetooth speaker with a DSP microphone.  If you can think of a use, be it driving or otherwise, check out Futurelooks for an in depth look.

Source: futurelooks

As if we weren't jealous enough; [H] plays with 3x2 EyeFinity

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2010 - 12:12 PM |

With the arrival of Fermi fans of nVIDIA can finally experience multiple monitor resolutions in gaming and general computer usage.  The problem is that nobody has really finished a review looking at the performance of the cards in multiple monitor set ups.  Partly that is because you need SLI in order to support more than 2 monitors, partly because 3D Vision on multiple monitors might not be ready for prime time yet.  In the meantime, EyeFinity is here and has moved up to 6 monitors. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

New nasties on the web

Subject: General Tech | March 30, 2010 - 11:50 AM |

Back in the beginning of March we heard about a vulnerability in IE6 and IE7 that offered drive by malware infection.  Visit a website with a certain bit of code and your browsers inbuilt vulnerability will allow the silent installation of malware of their choice.  The Register has heard that this Tuesday Microsoft will be releasing a patch to plug that vulnerability, so if you know anyone that hasn't

Source: The Register

The Ozone Smog mouse; an obvious choice for any nature lovers

Subject: General Tech | March 29, 2010 - 03:05 PM |

The Ozone Smog mouse bears a remarkable similarity to both the Cyber Snipa and Ace with some individualized tweaks.  The overall shape almost appears shortened as the mouse is quite tall and has an rest for your thumb and one for the fingers on the outside of your hand.

Chatting about Fermi

Subject: General Tech | March 29, 2010 - 12:26 PM |

nVIDIA's soft launch of the GTX 480 and GTX 470 took place at PAX East, which gave TechREACTION a chance to sit down and chat with Bryan Del Rizzo after the announcement.  They talk about the delays and rumours over the past few months as nVIDIA fed out information about Fermi, along with where he feels Fermi will fit into the current market.  Drop by and see what nVIDIA feels about their newest processors after the link.

Source: TechREACTION

Did Melissa just say Kwyjibo?

Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2010 - 06:55 PM |

After a bit of a delay,

SteelSeries' new headphones have big cans

Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2010 - 01:34 PM |

If you have big ears, or as OC3D points out, if you played rugby or boxed then the new SteelSeries Siberia V2
is worth a look as the headset sports rather large earcups.  It sports a retractable microphone which can be pulled out of the left earcup when needed and slides back in when not in use as opposed to swinging up and sticking out from your head at an odd angle like most do.  The sound quality made OC3D quite happy, both in au

Source: Overclock3D

Microsoft has its head firmly in the clouds

Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2010 - 12:00 PM |

Ars Technica visited the Microsoft Research TechFest to see what Microsoft has planned for its future.  Cloud computing was a big topic, in a variety of ways from software to allow power saving on virtual machines to what they are calling a personal cloud mouse allowing you to interact with a personal cloud as if you were within it.

Source: Ars Technica

Jon Peddie acknowledges the Enthusiast segment

Subject: General Tech | March 25, 2010 - 12:27 PM |

Jon Peddie Research has been doing research on the graphics card market for 16 years recently published findings on the enthusiast market.  In the past you would picture the gamer who lives on pot noodles for the majority of the time so that they can pick up the newest hardware just to eek out a few extra fps and grab bragging rights among those with lesser hardware.  The enthusiast market is certainly smaller than the performance segment most gamers fall into, but the hardware they buy tends to be rather expensive.  There are also those who are not going to wait a month to see

ASUS First to Offer USB 3.0 across Multiple Product Lines

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2010 - 09:05 PM |

Fremont, CA (March 24, 2010) - Today’s devices like Digital Cameras, HD Camcorders, Multi-Gigabyte Media Players, Digital Video Recorders, and external Storage Devices along with the rapid rise in consumer needs for portable High-Definition media content place an ever increasing demand on data transfers. USB 2.0 has been the interface standard for years between peripheral devices and host platforms but is no longer fast enough for the growing demands of these bandwidth hungry devices and future hardware.

Source: ASUS

Metro 2033 dissected before your very eyes

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2010 - 01:25 PM |

There are two major questions in the minds of everyone looking to pick up the PC version of Metro 2033.  The first being what kind of CPU power you need and the second involving the class of GPU needed to see all the bells, whistles and sparkles.  Thankfully there are sites devoted to answering just those questions, saving you from having to buy numerous CPUs and GPUs just to find out yourself; feel free to do so if you wish however.

About those unlockable Intel CPUS and the many cores of Opteron

Subject: General Tech | March 24, 2010 - 12:46 PM |

Yesterday's slip by Gigabyte in a compatiblity list, which hinted at the existence of an unlockable Intel CPU, the Core i7-875K.  DigiTimes has also heard this from their sources, though they heard tell of a pair of processors, as the 655K accompany the 875K in a release scheduled some time in June or July.