UMPC goes Pro

Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2007 - 11:46 AM |
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VIA Arena just received an OQO UMPC, that looks smaller than the manual it comes with.  The keyboard slides out from underneath the unit, making it one solid piece that looks about the size of a PSP and the docking station comes with a DVD burner and is a very sleek reflective black.  Check out the video and keep your eyes open for more about this tiny little PC.

Source: VIA Arena

New NVIDIA 8800 GTX to use both 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe Power

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 8, 2007 - 10:16 AM |
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An interesting product announcement hit my inbox just now that I thought I would share with you all.  From PNY, a new 8800 GTX "Limited Edition" card that is highly overclocked will be available NOW or very soon.  Here are the specs:



  • 621 MHz core versus 575 MHz stock

  • 1.45 GHz shader core versus 1.35 GHz stock

  • 2.0 GHz memory speed versus 1.8 GHz stock

  • 96 GB/s memory bandwidth versus 86.4 GB/s stock

  • 39.7 billion pixels/s fill rate versus 36.8 billion pixels/s

  • MSRP of $579.99

Considering that the

Big is not always beautiful

Subject: Displays | May 7, 2007 - 05:44 PM |
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The Viewsonic VX2435wm is under examination at 3dGameMan.  As the name hints it is a 24" widescreen LCD, with a resolution of 1920x1200 and 8ms gtg and HDCP support for HDMI and DVI.  They found the text to be perfectly sharp but had some problems with the brightness being too high, which is a good thing for some viewers.  Unfortunately, the size slows down the response rate to the point where ghosting is

Source: 3dGameMan

Getting more bang for your buck

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 7, 2007 - 03:14 PM |
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PC Stats has decided to test out a question many value minded gamers are wondering.  Which is better, a single 8800GTX or a pair of 8800GTS' in SLI?  You pay pretty much the same price for either setup, although the single GTX does allow you to install a second card down the road ... when you can afford it.

As the tests show, it is a matter of choosing between great performance now, or really good performance now and astounding performance in the future.

Source: PCStats

Gigabyte goes all out with 680i

Subject: Motherboards | May 7, 2007 - 01:44 PM |
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The Gigabyte N680SLI-DQ6 is one of the most feature rich motherboards on the planet, with a price to match.  It also has one impressive cooling system, even surpassing MSI's upcoming Circu-Pipe cooling for Bearlake in it's size, complexity and sheer impressiveness.  The Tech Report has the full review, and you won't believe the feature list they have to test.

PCs should be seen, not heard

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 7, 2007 - 12:33 PM |
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At the Overclocker's Club, the roar of fans is as frightening as the overclock on their processors.  In an effort to change that, they review the NZXT Hush; a case designed to reduce noise.  The interior is liberally coated with a 3/16" layer of foam and every retention bracket comes with a rubber washer.  The pair of 120mm fans give good airflow without the noise a smaller fan would make.  Head over and find out if it cools well enough to quiet OCC down a bit.

Competition in an open source world

Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2007 - 12:19 PM |
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Mad Penguin takes on a hard task, trying to determine the benefits and drawbacks to opening your code.  Starting from a popular premise, that by opening up your source code to the public you create your own competition, they attempt to disprove it.  Competition in the open source world certainly exists, but as they try to point out in their article it is different from that found in the closed source world.

Source: Mad Penguin

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES TWO NEW GRAPHICS CARDS BASED ON THE NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 ULTRA GPU

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 4, 2007 - 04:22 PM |
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The BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra 768MB PCI Express graphics card is the pinnacle of consumer graphics technology and will excel against any competition in the market.   With unparalleled performance, courtesy of NVIDIA's revolutionary unified architecture, the 8800 Ultra packs the power of 128 stream processors operating at 1500MHz which are supported by an amazing 103.7GB/s of memory bandwidth.  For users with water cooled systems, BFG is continuing to lead the way by bringing the first 8800 Ultra Water Cooled Edition to market with a custom single slot copper water block co-d

Lend us your ears

Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2007 - 02:47 PM |
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We are trying a little experiment here at PC Perspective ... Ryan, Lee and I have put together our first podcast, and we would love to hear what you think.  We cover a bit of the Tech happenings from this past week, and a bit from PC Perspective, like Wise's interview.  Keep your ears open, this is the first in a series, and we hope to include highlights from the forums as well so you may even find yourself a topic of discussion.

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4GB kits are becoming more common

Subject: Memory | May 4, 2007 - 01:31 PM |
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3dGameMan has posted a review of Mushkin's new 4GB kit of PC2-6400 memory with timings of 5-4-4-12.  These kits aren't just for gaming, although you will benefit from it, it also helps you to run Vista with better response.  If you are an overclocker, there is something even nicer about these DIMMs, they bumped the voltage to 2.2, kept the timings the same and managed to hit 1068MHz.

Source: 3dGameMan

A better investment?

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 4, 2007 - 12:06 PM |
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DX10 is new and will add a lot to your gaming experience ... eventually.  You won't be seeing games using right away, so if you are in the market for a cheap card the 8600 series may not be the way to go.  Legion Hardware proves that a 7900 GS can be turned into a better card that the 8600 with a bit of overclocking.  Read on to see just how much better in their full review.

Get up and game

Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2007 - 11:56 AM |
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Can't afford several hundred dollars to invest in protection gear and paintball guns?  Sick of AirSoft and people pretending that you didn't just hit them several times?  Check out what Techware Labs has discovered, a game called Hard Knocks.  Sort of like Laser Tag in that there are no projectiles, but instead using an infrared light that can go significantly further than the laser can.  The guns look great, and they offer various scenarios reminiscent of CounterStrike and Team Fortress.  Plus

Maybe we will get a wire free office

Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2007 - 11:42 AM |
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In an effort to make recharging you gadgets easy and unobtrusive, researches have found a way to make a small sheet of special material into a charger that uses electromagnetic induction.  The sheet is made of copper and pentacene, and is tiny, but any device placed on it with a special receiving circuit starts getting charged.  Slashdot has a link to the original story.

Source: Slashdot

PC Perspective Launches a Podcast

Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2007 - 12:09 AM |
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I wanted to drop a quick note here to let as many PC Perspective readers as possible know that we have officially started podcasting today.  Basically, the podcast is an outlet for our editors to talk about their reviews and general tech news in the industry and let you in on the conversation.  You can get all the information by heading over to my weblog here: http://www.pcper.com/weblog.php


You can also subscribe to our RSS feed here: http://www.pcper.com/rss/podcasts.rss


We have a

Source: General

Our first podcast!!

Subject: Editorial | May 3, 2007 - 11:21 PM |
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So, it's been a LONG time since I last posted to the weblog, but we have some great news for you here: we are starting a PC Perspective podcast!


You will be able to subscribe to it through iTunes in just a couple days (you can DO IT NOW!!) but you can still access it directly through the RSS page HERE.


PC Perspective Podcast 01 - 5/3

Wrangling up USB drives

Subject: Storage | May 3, 2007 - 06:15 PM |
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HotHardware rounds up 4 of the newer flash drives available on the market.  Ranging from a modest 1GB up to a 16GB from OCZ, they test the transfer speeds to see what they are made of.  Transfer speeds are a big influence if you plan to use these sticks to enable Vista's ReadyBoost, so it can make a big difference now.  If you want size, sometimes you have to sacrifice speed, but as this article shows; that is not always the case.

Source: HotHardware

AMD to Present at UBS 2007 Leveraged Finance Conference

Subject: General Tech | May 3, 2007 - 06:01 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. — May 3, 2007 — AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that AMD Chief Financial Officer Robert J. Rivet will present at the UBS 2007 Leveraged Finance Conference at 8:00 a.m. PT (11:00 a.m. ET) on Wednesday, May 9, 2007 in Las Vegas.   

A real-time audio webcast of the presentation will be available at www.amd.com/InvestorRelations.   A replay of the webcast will also be available for 10 days after the event.

Source: AMD

A plethora of powerful PSUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 3, 2007 - 02:42 PM |
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X-bit Labs reviews 6 1000W PSUs from 6 different manufacturers.  Every single one has the power to run even the most cutting edge performance PCs, and they do so within acceptable electrical parameters.  One of the deciding factors turned out to be the fans.  Those that were cooled by 80mm fans tended to become uncomfortably loud when stressed, but the 2 models with 135mm fans were quite acceptable.  This review covers a lot of tests for each PC, so make sure you have some time to read throu

Source: X-Bit Labs

Seriously compact HTPC

Subject: Systems | May 3, 2007 - 01:34 PM |
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The Ion DEC-180 is a marvel of compactness, hiding a 1.66 GHz Intel C2D, a 100GB SATA HDD, 1GB DDR2 memory and integrated video, network and 5.1 sound in a 8"x 9"x 2" case. PC Mechanic found it incredibly easy to setup and use to record TV.  They though the picture quality was good, but not as good as some that they have seen, and hope for a HDD expansion for they could only manage about 50hrs of TV at a reasonable resolution.

Source: PC Mechanic

A peek under the hood - Intel's V8

Subject: Processors | May 3, 2007 - 11:50 AM |
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HotHardware caught a glimpse of Intel's 8 core processor, the motherboard that it will sit on, and a few benchmarks as well.  Luckily they brought a camera so they can share.  Except for memory bandwidth, this new multicore CPU cleans up with Sandra benchmarks.  It obciously has a lot of power behind it, it can do a Cinebench rendering pass in 2/3's of the time it takes a C2E QX6800.

Source: HotHardware