When Griffins and Pumas attack

Subject: General Tech | May 18, 2007 - 10:11 AM |
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The stats for the new mobility processor and chipset from AMD have finally slipped out.  We won't get too much information until later on today, but we do know a few details.  The chip is going to have HyperTransport 3 and some new power saving features, like the ability to turn off an entire core if it isn't being utilized.  The RS780 chipset has a few new tricks as well, including support for discrete and integrated graphics, and the ability to display in any number of formats.  Start by look

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Mobile gaming just took a big leap forward

Subject: General Tech | May 18, 2007 - 08:49 AM |
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After having great success yesterday playing WoW on their new OQO, VIA Arena is pulling out old games to see what else they can play.  Today it is StarCraft, and it plays just fine.  The screen is small, but certainly on par with a PSP or other gaming devices.  The big thing is that you aren't playing console games, this little device runs a full version of Windows, and therefore these are full versions of PC games. 

Source: VIA Arena

PC Self Defense Course

Subject: General Tech | May 18, 2007 - 08:33 AM |
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In Part 5 & 6 of TechARPs continuing Boot Camp series they will show you tricks on keeping yourself safe from the virtual nasties on the internet.  By just sticking with simple tips to achieve security, they are creating a guide that anyone can understand and follow, so send it on to those who have difficult understanding just how their PC ended up full of spyware or worse.

Source: Tech ARP

Powerful cooling that won't deafen you

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 17, 2007 - 02:48 PM |
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Up for review at TechPowerUp! is the Noctua NH-U12F, a large (640g) cooler with 120mm fan and a few neat tricks.  It will fit on any current processor socket and has a rather innovative screw design that will keep you from over tightening them when attaching it and cracking your core.  The cooling performance is quite impressive at 27dB and the included adapter to slow down the fan makes it much quieter, albeit with reduced cooling capacity.

Source: techPowerUp!

SATA heads off on the road

Subject: Storage | May 17, 2007 - 11:31 AM |
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Now that SATA has started saturating the market, both for hard drives and optical drives, a way to take them on the road is becoming important.  R&B Mods has a review of a device that lets you do exactly that, the Eksitdata EasyCombo USB 2.0 to IDE and SATA converter.  It will handle 2.5" and 3.5" IDE as well as SATA, making it a very versatile device and it won't take up too much space in your laptop bag.

Is a generic brand LCD worth the investment?

Subject: Displays | May 17, 2007 - 11:21 AM |
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At first glance, a 19" widescreen LCD with 8ms response time, 285 mm pixel pitch and 1440 x 900 max resolution for $170 sounds like a great deal.  Investigating a bit deeper, you start to notice things like a total lack of a native resolution, a base without a height adjustment and poor built in speakers.  Big Bruin was impressed overall, the image quality was very good for an LCD without a DVI input and the price really can't be beat.

Source: Big Bruin

Podcast the Third

Subject: Editorial | May 17, 2007 - 09:45 AM |
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Tune into the newest PC Perspective podcast, where we talk about the newly released AMD Radeon HD 2900 XT graphics card, a new 1000 watt (!!) power supply from Ultra, AMD's Phenom processor brand, more upcoming Intel price cuts, DirectX 10 benchmarking issues and much more!

There are several ways you can listen to it, just head to Ryan's blog for the links and show notes, and let us know what you think on the forums.

AMD's unquenchable fire

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 17, 2007 - 08:56 AM |
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NordicHardware, being who they are, couldn't resist a little fun with a 2900XT and some LN.  They have a screenshot of the core @ 1211MHz, and the memory @ 999MHz running a calculated 777 GFlops.  That was the best they managed because the card got too hot!  That's right, not even LN cooling can push this card to it's maximum frequency.  It will be interesting to see more OCing results with more traditional cooling methods, this card has a lot of overhead for those who can cool it.

Save me Barcelona, you're my only hope

Subject: General Tech | May 17, 2007 - 08:31 AM |
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Without much hard information about AMD's new chip, the speculation runs wild.  With the release of the 2900XT, we saw a card that may be poised to take a share of the mid-range graphics market away from nVIDIA, but not the high end range.

Source: Ars Technica

On a roll with Podcast #3

Subject: Editorial | May 16, 2007 - 09:00 PM |
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You will be able to subscribe to it through iTunes and you can still access it directly through the RSS page HERE.


PC Perspective Podcast 03 - 5/16/07


This week we talk about the newly released AMD Radeon HD 2900 XT graphics card, a new 1000 watt (!!) power supply from Ultra, AMD's Phenom processor brand, more upcomin

They fell off the back of the truck

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2007 - 01:55 PM |
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GamePyre risks their money buying a Kirsch speaker set out of the back of a truck, just to see what they got for their money.  The set consisted of a subwoofer, 4 stand up speakers and 1 front speaker, plus assorted wires and a remote.   The setup was easy, and everything did work, although perhaps not perfectly.  Find out if you want to lay down the full $2500 to buy this set straight from Kirsch.

Source: Gamepyre

The new DIMM on the block

Subject: Memory | May 16, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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AnandTech has grabbed 2 DIMMs of DDR3-1066 running at 7-7-7-20 and an ASUS P5K3 Deluxe.  The contrast that pairing with an ASUS P5B Deluxe and Corsair's Dominator DDR2-1111.  They varied the speeds to get a better idea of performance, unfortunately there are no DDR3-1333 DIMMs available yet, but when they are they will revisit the test to see what effect the raw speed has.  Is timing everything?

Source: AnandTech

"Tell me why I had to be a powerslave"

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 16, 2007 - 10:33 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP has posted a review of a very unique PSU.  Koolance's 1200W PSU is watercooled ... as in fluid flowing around inside the PSU.  It isn't water, and is likely non-conductive, but still!  The base unit appears to be an 850W that is able to be pushed to 1200 because of the extra cooling, although not without some drawbacks.  If you are planning on a 2900XT Crossfire setup this is the kind of power you need, but read on to decide if this is the right PSU for you.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

New DirectX, old accusations

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2007 - 08:52 AM |
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With the release of the demo version of Lost Planet:Extreme Conditions, those who have Vista and bought one of nVIDIA's new generation of cards, or managed to get their hands on a 2900XT, will finally see DX10 for themselves.  It has also resurrected an issue that became huge during the release of 3DMark05, driver optimization.  It seems that nVIDIA has been working very closely with the developers of this console port, to make sure DX10 runs perfectly, and AMD hasn't had the same opportunity.  [H]a

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The visible PCB

Subject: General Tech | May 16, 2007 - 08:40 AM |
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Hopefully this doesn't catch on as the newest procedure that must be completed before you are allowed to RMA a motherboard, because I don't think my dentist would let me use hers.  MAKE:Blog has linked to an animated X-Ray of a PCB, allowing you to see right inside the world below the tracings on the surface.  It really gives you an idea how 3 dimensional the circuitry is.

Source: MAKE: Blog

P35 Express board found in the wild

Subject: Motherboards | May 15, 2007 - 02:08 PM |
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Through some odd timing, Legion Hardware managed to purchase a retail P35 board before getting a reference mobo from Intel and signing a NDA.  So feast your eyes on the first review of the ASUS P5K Deluxe.  They have tested fully with DDR2, and this board can overclock.  Get on over and see what everyone else will be showing on the 21st.

Give your cubicle some style

Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2007 - 11:42 AM |
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The Razer Pro|Click and Pro|Type are both very white and would look at home in any office environment.  The inclusion of 10 programmable macro keys on the keyboard is a nice touch, but it is very large and will take up a lot of your desk space.  The mouse is a Razer Diamondback in disguise, so if you have the chance to do a little illicit gaming, you won't be hampered by a mouse with a lousy response rate.  Read on at TECHGAGE to see if your cubicle could use an upgrade.

Source: TECHGAGE

One case, hold the bells and whistles please

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 15, 2007 - 10:21 AM |
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Following the simplicity of design that has made them famous, Lian Li has released the PC-A08 Case.  OCC reviews this roomy case, that may not have many special features but does have a low price.  If you aren't looking for any fancy insides, just a case that won't limit your choices in cooling and graphics, and looks sharp on the outside, Lian Li might just have your answer.

DX10 mobility madness

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 15, 2007 - 08:56 AM |
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With the release of the HD2900XT yesterday' and the unveiling of the other members of the R600 series, one thing is missing.  No mobile GPUs were announced.  On the flip side, nVIDIA's 8M series offers DX10 on the laptop, and not just one type either.  There are 5 members of the family; the 8400M G, 8400M GS, 8400M GT, 8600M GS and the 8600M GT, as well as several Quadros integrated GPUs for the workplace.  Read on at AnandTech and see what nVIDIA has to offer.
 

Source: AnandTech

Gimmie that new-time radio

Subject: General Tech | May 15, 2007 - 08:27 AM |
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Ultrawideband radio could be the most important thing you probably haven't heard of.  While WiFi and Bluetooth are the current stars of wireless data transmission, doing a much better job that a cell phone can, this may all change.  Right now the companies that are working on UWB claim speeds between 480Mbps to 1Gbps, and the technology is still fairly young. ExtremeTech has a very thorough look at UWB and what it could do to the way we transmit data.

Source: Extremetech