Have box, will travel

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 26, 2007 - 05:15 PM |
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HotHardware has posted a review of a case just perfect for LAN parties, the Thermaltake LANBOX.  From the integrated handle to the ability to handle micro and miniATX motherboards.  There is enough space to fit a RAID in, as well as some well thought out cooling, that make the case for this enclosure.  The only drawback they found was that the front aluminium panel is attractive, but

Source: HotHardware

A fancy set for your HTPC

Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2007 - 02:30 PM |
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The Microsoft Wireless Entertainment Desktop 7000 gives you a nice way to control your HTPC without resorting to remotes better suited for TV viewing.  Gamehelper reviews this totally flat keyboard and small rechargeable mouse that also holds batteries for back up.  Both are wireless and easy to carry around, as well as hide when they aren't in use,

Source: Gamehelper

Run quietly, and carry a big heatsink

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 26, 2007 - 01:16 PM |
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The PowerColour Radeon X1950 Pro SCS3 is well named when referred to as the Silent Edition.  The huge passive heatsink is larger than the actual card, and provides enough surface area to outperform the active cooling solution on an ASUS EAX1950 Pro.  Elite Bastards tried it out on some of the newer games, including the newly available S.T.A.L.K.E.R., so you can get an idea how that game will perform on a system based around a X1950 Pro.

The scene at CeBit

Subject: Shows and Expos | March 26, 2007 - 11:51 AM |
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Madshrimps has been running around CeBit, taking pictures of everything.  From oddly egg shaped reservoir/pump combos and graphics cards that are watercooled by a pump/radiator that fits in a card slot, fully assembled systems and 3D displays.  Head on over!

Source: Madshrimps

A graphic conversation with AMD

Subject: General Tech | March 26, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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X-bit Labs chats with John Byrne of the AMD Graphics Product Group, as in the old ATI.  They talk about being king of the mid-range graphics cards, and the difficulty they've had overcoming the new nVidia series.  They also discuss the new GPU series soon to hit the market, DX10 and General Purpose GPUs.  Drop by to get to know this new part of AMD a little better.

Source: X-Bit Labs

A picture is worth 1000 words (minus exchange rate)

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2007 - 06:15 PM |
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Some of our more perceptive members may have noticed avatars springing up in the forums beside the names of our mods, admin and staff.  Every member is invited to join in the fun, just head to your User CP, double check that avatars are turned on under your options, and then go to edit avatar and either link to an online one, or upload one from your own computer.  Keep

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MSI's quiet Platinum motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | March 23, 2007 - 04:17 PM |
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MSI's P6N SLI Platinum incorporates some nice features into a fairly inexpensive board.   With solid state capacitors, there is little chance of a leak, the supported 8GB of RAM helps this board run Vista, and it supports a FSB of up to 1333MHz, which gives it some future proofing.  Gigabit NIC, 2 Firewire ports and a 7.1 HD onboard audio by Azalia round out those features.  4 3GB/s SATA channels, 2 IDE channels and an eSATA port on the back give you plenty of ch

Source: PCStats

Interview with Moderator lidistick

Subject: Editorial | March 23, 2007 - 02:49 PM |
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Well, it's Friday. I've been working on the Mods to belly up to the interview bar and have actually been making some headway. Thanks, guys! Here today is a fella I rather enjoy having fun with, let's hope you find him as entertaining as I do....oh, he's one heck of a whiz in Audio Corner as well. As far as being a "Sheep shagger"....well, I hear he's getting help with that....not sure how it's working out, however!

OK, by now you know the drill:
Hi there. Let me take a minute to introduce myself. I'm Uncle Bob, a Mod here at PC Perspective.

Even more from CeBit

Subject: Shows and Expos | March 23, 2007 - 01:13 PM |
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Hardware Zone continues their posts covering CeBIT and the nifty new items seen there.  In this installment they cover Albatron, Enlight, and quite a bit from Zalman, among several others.

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Bioware's Jade Empire

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2007 - 12:04 PM |
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Gamepyre has been spending some time in the Jade Empire, a game originally for the Xbox that has been ported to PC.  There are several different styles of character to choose from, allowing you the ability to replay the game and still get some enjoyment out of it.  They found it better than your average ported game, so head over and see what you think.

Source: Gamepyre

Dissecting an Apple TV

Subject: General Tech | March 23, 2007 - 11:47 AM |
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AnandTech has cut open a brand new Apple TV with only their fingernails and a Torx bit.  Get a good peek at the hard drive, motherboard, wireless card and other goodies they've hidden under the hood.

Source: AnandTech

PCIe RAID card

Subject: Storage | March 22, 2007 - 06:18 PM |
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Now that most motherboards come with built in RAID capabilities, the once ubiquitous RAID controller card seems to have died out.

Source: TECHGAGE

Mid range graphics showdown

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 22, 2007 - 03:11 PM |
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MSI's 7900 GS is up against a Radeon X1950 Pro in this review at [H]ard|OCP.  The MSI card has twice the memory, but the Radeon is clocked faster.  The cards are priced within ~$50 of each other, but you may want to read carefully before you lean towards spending a little less.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Self Stabilizing Oil-pressure bearing

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 22, 2007 - 01:53 PM |
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SSO is a fancy name for a way to make a fan that is very quiet.  OCMODSHOP reviews Noctua's NF-S12 (120mm) and NF-R8 (80mm) fans.   47cf/m for the 120mm and 31 for the 80mm at 17dBA, and a slower setting that moves about half the volume but runs at 7dBA.

Source: OCMODSHOP

More CeBit 2007 action

Subject: Shows and Expos | March 22, 2007 - 12:14 PM |
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X-Bit Labs has been quietly touring CeBit, and now share what they have seen in a 3 part article.  In part 1, they get a good look at new DX10 cards from nVidia and Sapphire.  Part 2 covers a 2kW PSU, 1400Mhz RAM and a few other interesting new parts.  In part 3 is an amazingly HUGE TV with a 205" diagonal viewing area as well as graphic

Source: X-Bit Labs

Guess who's 14

Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2007 - 12:01 PM |
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Back in the days when Cyrix and Wang were big names, and it was uphill to the store both ways, and snow was up to the tops of street signs, a new chip appeared that made a huge difference.  The original Pentium was a huge step up from the past series, and really pushed a lot of power for it's time.  Of course, the introduction of a math co-processor was both a good and a bad thing.

Source: The Inquirer

Killer NIC's Network Processing Unit Can Now Download Files While You Game

Subject: General Tech | March 22, 2007 - 11:35 AM |
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AUSTIN, Texas — March 14, 2007 — Bigfoot Networks, Inc., a research and development company, today introduced FN Torrent, a hardware offloaded peer-to-peer file sharing application that allows users to download files with zero impact to CPU utilization. With FN Torrent, gamers have the power to download the torrents they want without impacting their online game play.    

Source: BigFoot

Adding new features to an old friend

Subject: Mobile | March 21, 2007 - 06:10 PM |
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The ASUS A8J offers a 14" widescreen LCD, a pair of stereo speakers, a 2 GHz C2D T7200, 1 GB of DDR2 and a ATI Mobility Radeon X1700, plus more peripheral ports than you can shake a stick at.  At ~5 lbs (2.4 kilos) it is very easy to carry around and a reasonable battery life, this laptop impressed X-Bit Labs and it might impress you too!

Source: X-Bit Labs

Intel Puts Vote To The People In Computer Design Challenge

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 21, 2007 - 05:53 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 19, 2007 — From today through April 19, people can visit www.intelchallenge.com and vote for their favorite concept PC design. Voters get to choose from designs submitted by companies competing for $1 million in the industry Intel® Core™ Processor Challenge.