An HTPC for the discriminating enthusiast

Subject: Systems | March 27, 2007 - 05:41 PM |
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The Zalman HD160XT bills itself as the Ultimate HTPC ... and with a 7" touchscreen it may have a case to base that on.  Since it will happily fit a full ATX board the three 80mm and single 92mm fans will keep your system cool if you choose to put some serious heat producing hardware inside.  Tweaknews fell in love with the screen, the remote and the case, so read on and see if you do too.

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Small time gamer

Subject: Systems | March 27, 2007 - 03:11 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP picked up a SFF gaming PC from Hypersonic, the Phantom GX.  With it's $2500 dollar price tag, a GeForce 7900 seems a little light, and [H] found that the biggest customization in the box was the use of tape for wire management.  Head over to read the review, and their interesting encounters when phoning HyperSonic's Tech Support.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Watering down the nForce 680i SLI

Subject: Motherboards | March 27, 2007 - 01:57 PM |
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The new motherboard chipset from nVidia, the 680i LT is not really a new chipset.  It is even reported as a 680i SLI, no LT in CPU-Z.  Trimmed off are the second onboard NIC, 2 USB ports, and the BIOS going to 1200MHz for EPP automatically, though it can certainly reach that manually.  However, this trimming did allow them to reduce the price to around $200, significantly lower than the price of a Striker Extreme.  Learn more about the capabilities of this board at The Tech Report.

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Shoving heatpipes in a PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 27, 2007 - 12:11 PM |
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The Zalman ZM-600HP 600 Watt Modular Heatpipe Cooled PSU is under review at futurelooks.  It has some nice features including 4 12V rails, modular cabling, and protection for just about any fluctuation in temperature or voltage.  It is also fairly quiet, sitting at about 45dBA, thanks to it's 120mm fan and heatpipe cooling.  Auto-sensing 115 or 240 V is also

Source: futurelooks

Folding on the PS3

Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2007 - 11:44 AM |
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Drop by hardCOREware for a look at the power consumption of a PS3 while it's running Folding@Home, and also get an idea how fast the Cell processor can fold.  The PS3 makes up 65% of Folding@Home's current TFLOPS, but only 13% of active folders are PS3s.  So go buy a PS3, skip out on the games and just use it to fold with PC Perspective's own Folding Fro

Source: hardCOREware

OCZ Enhances their Flash Lineup with the Remarkably Versatile Trifecta Card

Subject: Storage | March 27, 2007 - 11:07 AM |
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Sunnyvale, CA—March 26, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide
leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability
memory, today released the most innovative Secure Digital™ memory
solution on the market, the new OCZ Trifecta SD card series. This
unique combination of microSD™, SD and a USB key in one unit
creates a
new way of sharing files between your mobile phone, MP3 player, digital
camera, and PC.


Intel To Build 300mm Wafer Fabrication Facility In China

Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2007 - 11:03 AM |
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BEIJING, March 26, 2007 — Intel Corporation today announced plans to build a 300-millimeter (mm) wafer fabrication facility (fab) in the coastal Northeast China city of Dalian in Liaoning Province. The $2.5 billion investment for the factory designated Fab 68 will become Intel's first wafer fab in Asia and adds significant investment to Intel's existing operations in China.

Intel-Powered Classmate PCs First To Ship In Volume To Emerging Markets

Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2007 - 11:02 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 22, 2007 — Intel Corporation today announced that Intel-powered classmate PCs are shipping in volume to emerging markets. These affordable yet fully functional PC based on the Intel® Celeron® M processor is the first education-oriented mobile computer to ship in volume to Brazil and Mexico.

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