PC Perspective forums can help you beat the February blues

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2008 - 05:35 PM |
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Wireless connections sound very handy, letting you connect a LAN without running wires all over the floors and ceilings and drilling holes, but they can also be an exercise in frustration.  Take the problems in this post, as well as the inventive and useful suggestions to solve those unreliable and slow connection blues. 

The liquid makes it go faster

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 8, 2008 - 03:27 PM |
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The WC in BFGTech's 8800 GTS 512MB OC2 WC Edition stands for water cooling.  This card isn't one of those self contained coolers either, this is built to be added into an existing water cooling loop, so those with powerful custom built cooling systems might see better performance than the 700 MHz GPU, 1.94 GHz RAM and 1728 MHz stream processors.  [H]ard|OCP managed to push it to 800 MHz for the GPU and the RAM to 2.22 GHz, and kept it BELOW 50C!  See what gains they got fro

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Bend it, shape it, anyway you want it

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2008 - 01:50 PM |
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At last we have something new in the way of input devices.  The mouse may have become more accurate, faster to respond and sprouted various fans and lights, but it is still basically mouse shaped.  Over at MAKE:Blog they have a link to a red dot design award winning concept mouse that is moldable.  Made witha  centre of lightweight modelling clay and covered with nylon and polyurethane blend fabric, this mouse can take almost any shape you want.  Wrists of the world rejoice!.
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Source: MAKE: Blog

Pull the other one, it's got bells on!

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2008 - 11:58 AM |
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Could the end be nigh?  Is the apocalypse
just around the corner?  Is the bacon soaring high above my plate? 

Could this be the year?

I wonder if they are giving odds in Vegas?

Source: Hexus

Welcome to the club nVIDIA fans

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2008 - 11:45 AM |
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It's official, 780i is going the same way as the X38.  The Inquirer expects to start seeing 790i boards appearing very soon now, leaving early adopters out in the cold just as Intel's were.  The 790i offers more improvements than the 780i did, but that will be of little comfort to anyone who picked up a 780i board recently.  There will be a lot of sleepless nights for Ryan benchmarking with this almost simultaneous chipset refresh.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD CrossFire X to allow you to pair 3850s and 3870s

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 8, 2008 - 10:29 AM |
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According to Fudzilla CrossFire X will be allow users to combine Radeon HD 3850s, 3870s and even 3870 X2s for up to four GPUs in a single system.  That means that you can pair your shiny new 3870 X2 with your previous HD 3850 and get SOME KIND of benefit out of it.  How much is still unknown, but we'll be testing it soon enough.

Source: fastlanehw

Dell to drop AMD from online sales

Subject: Processors | February 8, 2008 - 10:24 AM |
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News and rumors have been swirling for a couple of days, but it seems nearly concrete now that Dell will be dropping AMD-based systems and notebooks from their online store.  They will apparently only sell AMD systems in Dell's new brick and mortar partners like Best Buy and Staples, but we all know this is a SMALL part of Dell's sales and thus this is a very bad development for AMD.

Source: Daily Tech

ASUS takes on ... itself?

Subject: Mobile | February 7, 2008 - 06:03 PM |
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The ASUS F5R Notebook uses the ATI Radeon Xpress 1100 chipset with a which supports 667MHz DDR2.  The different flavours are Intel's Celeron M (Merom core), Pentium Dual-Core and Core2Duo.  As far as features go, you may not need 16 levels of screen brightness but it does make sure you can't complain about choices, and the touchpad can be used as a simple calculator.  Head to X-bit Labs to see how this office oriented laptop fares against the ASUS X51R.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Samsung's new display

Subject: Displays | February 7, 2008 - 03:21 PM |
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Samsung's new 245T 24" LCD monitor takes advantage of a newish display type, called Super Patterned Vertical Alignment, and for now it seems to be only Samsung that provides it.  The biggest surprise you may run into is the price, it is a $700 monitor, although Pricegrabber may get you a bit better price.  Bearing that in mind, the bar that this monitor has to reach is fairly high.  The response time of 5 ms gray-to-gray was enough for AnandTech's eyes,

Source: AnandTech

Geting half of what you paid for

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 7, 2008 - 01:58 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP was in for a very nasty surprise when they tried out the (supposedly) SLI-Certified Ultra X2 Extreme Edition 750w PSU.  When they ran it through their normal testing, a full 120V, not the lesser 100V, and nowhere near their torture test, the unit failed completely when asked to provide more than 50% of it's supposed wattage.  Th

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Thermaltake's new dreadnought

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 7, 2008 - 12:16 PM |
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Thermaltake's brand new Xaser VI VG4000BWS Super Tower Case is huge, although to fit three 140mm fans and up to three 120mm fans, it has to be.  It's solid steel construction makes this one of the heaviest cases you are likely to run into, weighing in at 45.3lbs empty, although they do not list a maximum carrying capacity.  Head over to HardwareLogic to take a look at this

The rumour mill is running at 7

Subject: General Tech | February 7, 2008 - 11:54 AM |
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I don't know if it's disappointment
in Vista or just sheer boredom, but rumours associated with Windows 7 are just flying around.  First we heard it should be out in about a year, even after Microsoft had made several announcements about difficulties with the kernel.  Then we hear that MinWin might or might not be the kernel for Windows 7.  If that wasn't enough, there was a version of Windows 7 posted to a BitTorrent site, and who could have guessed that it wasn't actually true.

Source: The Inquirer

Intel, STMicroelectronics Deliver Industry's First Phase Change Memory Prototypes

Subject: General Tech | February 7, 2008 - 11:41 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif and GENEVA, Feb. 6, 2008 - Intel Corporation and STMicroelectronics reached a key industry milestone today as they began shipping prototype samples of a future product using a new, innovative memory technology called Phase Change Memory (PCM). The prototypes are the first functional silicon to be delivered to customers for evaluation, bringing the technology one step closer to adoption.

Interview with former Mod Tigsman

Subject: Editorial | February 7, 2008 - 01:01 AM |
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I have the extreme pleasure in posting an interview with a member who
is a first class guy as well as a retired (no, no...not retarded ) Mod,
and one of the founding fellows here: Tigsman.
I can only say this, Ron was instrumental in helping me feel welcome
here and to try my hand at doing more than lurking around. This place
truly wouldn't have been nor could have continued to be what it is
without him. OK, OK, enough outta me, let him tell his story.

GeForce 9800 GX2 might get 2GB of memory

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 6, 2008 - 02:53 PM |
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Its possible that not only with the upcoming NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 will NVIDIA completely retake the performance crown, but these cards could also come out with 2GB of frame buffer!

Source: fastlanehw

More pictures of the upcoming X48

Subject: Motherboards | February 5, 2008 - 02:16 PM |
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motherboards.org has posted a preview of the Gigabyte GA-X48-DQ6, which will be their new flagship Intel motherboard when they finally release it.  It comes with an impressive package of extras, and the motherboard itself is very impressive, with 8 channel onboard audio and official support for 1600MHz FSB.  Check out the pictures of this great offering from Gigabyte.

Revive your original 8800GTS/GTX

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 5, 2008 - 01:45 PM |
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There may be a way to push your older style GTS or GTX beyond the performance we have seen with the new 8800GT.  Techgage has tested two 3rd party coolers that might give you enough cooling to push the clock and memory speeds beyond that of the 8800GT.  Read on to see how successful these coolers are.

Source: TECHGAGE

The Fud shows us some CrossFire X details

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 5, 2008 - 12:31 PM |
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The guys at Fudzilla are showing off some CrossFire X details today including driver availability in early March and they have an brief interview with AMD's Godfrey Cheng, AMD CrossFireX manager, that talks about DX9 and DX10 scaling ability.

Source: fastlanehw

Intel X48 Chipset launched pushed back into March

Subject: Chipsets | February 5, 2008 - 12:24 PM |
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No no, this time we MEAN it.  For reallys.  The X48 chipset is coming in mid-March, according to Intel according to Digitimes.

Intel has informed motherboard makers that it will
definitely launch its X48 chipset in mid March, two months later than
its original launch date, according to industry sources. The X48
chipset was originally slated for launch in January, but Intel pushed
it back as inventory of X38 had yet to be cleared, the sources said.

Source: Digitimes

Finally we get some numbers

Subject: Systems | February 5, 2008 - 12:01 PM |
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The other project from Intel this weekend was the release of the NDA hardware reviewers have signed about Skulltrail.  We can finally see just how powerful their flagship system will be, for those few that can get one.  [H]ard|OCP's testing proves that this machine can really do a lot, especially when multitasking.  They did have some issues with Crysis and with SLI, but all in all, they still had a lot of fun testing this machine.

Source: [H]ard|OCP