Break out the steering wheels, you're going for a test drive

Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2007 - 08:59 AM |
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Gaming Heaven reviews a port from the Xbox360 to the PC, Test Drive Unlimited.   Offering beautiful car models, both interior and exterior as well as a painstakingly detailed recreation of Oahu for you to drive in, this game has a lot going for fans of driving sims.  On the other hand, it offers the worst of the problems with ports from a console, and the bugs take away from the pure enjoyment.  If you love to drive, then check out the review and decide if you want to play it or not.

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A brief look at Sugar

Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2007 - 08:41 AM |
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Phoronix managed to get a quick look at a beta of the Linux based OS, Sugar,  that will be on the $100 laptops the OLPC plans to distribute.  There wasn't enough for them to do a full review, but the screenshots give you an idea what this ... rather unique ... distro might look like.

Source: Phoronix

Mediagate keeps HTPC simple

Subject: Systems | April 17, 2007 - 02:33 PM |
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MediaGate has designed the MG-350HD, a stripped down media PC, with wired and wireless networking and support for most A/V systems, high def or not ... but no hard drive.  Without the hard drive, it is still able to stream media from a PC, but with a hard drive it can play directly from it.  ExtremeTech tried one out, and you can see what they thought in their article.

Source: Extremetech

Intel System-On-A-Chip Media Processor Powers New Generation Of Consumer Electronics Devices

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2007 - 02:23 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Beijing, April 17, 2007 — Intel Corporation today unveiled a highly integrated media processor for the consumer electronics (CE) market segment that will power a new generation of devices, such as digital set top boxes and networked media players, and bring consumers advanced in-home information and entertainment services.

Intel Provides Details On New Products

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2007 - 02:22 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Beijing, April 17, 2007 -- Intel Corporation executives today detailed more than 20 new products, technology innovations and industry initiatives -- many of them industry firsts -- aimed at making the World Wide Web, computers and consumer electronics devices much more responsive, friendlier and secure.

Intel Names Winners Of Million-Dollar PC Design Challenge

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2007 - 02:21 PM |
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INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, Beijing, April 17, 2007 — Intel Corporation today announced the winners of the USD$1 million Intel® Core™ Processor Challenge, a contest designed to spur industry innovation in new, stylish and high-performing PC designs based on the Intel Viiv™ processor technology featuring Intel Core 2 Duo processors.

Microsoft and Razer are at it again

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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First it was the Microsoft Habu, a mouse co-designed by the two companies.  Now it is a keyboard that bears the moniker Reclusa.  With USB hubs, a backlight, and customizable keys that can accept macros or commands.  Even better it will support up to 5 profiles for those keys.  Check out the review at techPowerUp!, it's the only way to see the keyboard, as it isn't for sale yet.

Source: techPowerUp!

The ASUS Commando is anything but brief

Subject: Motherboards | April 17, 2007 - 11:19 AM |
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Not only is it one of the fastest Intel P965 Express ICH8DH based boards out there, you get a full copy of GRAW and 3DMark06 with the ASUS Commando.  With a fully featured BIOS, it is good for overclocking, but the lack of support for 1333MHz FSB processors needs to be addressed.  Head to motherboards.org for the full review.

The new mid-range DX10 monster from nVidia

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 17, 2007 - 10:41 AM |
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The new 8600 series has hit the internets, and there are plenty of different manufacturers to rank.  Start off with HotHardware's review of the GeForce 8600 GTS and GT cards from Asus and XFX.  Even thought the GTS has a higher clock speed than even the 8800 series, the performance doesn't come close, and is outpaced by the 1950 Pro and XTX.  They do offer full DX10 support, and are cheaper than the 2 Radeon cards, so don't dismiss them out of hand.

Source: HotHardware

The hunt for a better Vista

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2007 - 09:46 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP has done your research for you when it comes to tweaking Vista.  From customization to performance increases, it's all there.  Don't let their hard work go to waste!

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA BRINGS CUTTING-EDGE DIRECTX 10 GRAPHICS AND HD VIDEO TO ALL PC USERS

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 17, 2007 - 09:12 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA—APRIL 17, 2007—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced the extension of the award-winning NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series line-up to include three new graphics processing units (GPUs), bringing high-resolution gaming, stunning Microsoft® Windows VistaTM graphics, and stellar HD DVD and Blu-ray video playback to virtually everyone regardless of budget. The new GPUs that complete the world's first top-to-bottom family of DirectX® 10 GPUs include:

Source: NVIDIA

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES THREE NEW DIRECTX 10 GRAPHICS CARDS

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 17, 2007 - 08:29 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (April 17, 2007) — BFG Technologies®, Inc., a leading North American and European NVIDIA® supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced three new BFG NVIDIA GeForce® graphics cards supporting Microsoft's DirectX® 10 API and Windows Vista™ operating system.

Supersized monitors

Subject: Displays | April 16, 2007 - 02:34 PM |
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X-bit Labs reviews Samsung's SyncMaster 275T and 305T, as well as Dell's 3007WFP.  All three monitors cost more that $1000, so before you invest that kind of money, you want to make sure you get the best. 

Source: X-Bit Labs

Intel Unveils Quad-Core Storage Server

Subject: Storage | April 16, 2007 - 02:18 PM |
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STORAGE NETWORKING WORLD, San Diego, April 16, 2007 — Intel Corporation today announced the industry's first 2U, 12 drive, integrated quad-core storage server: the Intel Storage Server SSR212MC2. This hardware platform enables a new price/performance class for the small- and medium-sized business (SMB) market.

A PSU for the next generation of graphics cards

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 16, 2007 - 11:43 AM |
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Enermax has redesigned their Galaxy series, with the release of the new SGalaxy DXX 1000W PSU.  [H]ard|OCP takes a look at this PSU, with 5 12V rails at a combined 900W and 75A.  If that wasn't enough to impress them, the fact that the advertised efficiency rating was not exaggerated did.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Bionic Beaver

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 16, 2007 - 10:27 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP has linked to an incredibly odd case mod.  In fact this is probably one of the oddest case mods you've ever seen.  Don't believe me?  Click on over and take a look.

"You can't make this stuff up, someone turned a stuffed beaver into a case mod. Kasey McMahon, the girl behind the case mod

(yes, girl), said the hardest part was actually cleaning out the beaver."

Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A heavy drinking 8800

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 16, 2007 - 09:45 AM |
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With a default speed of 610MHz/2000Mhz, the watercooled MSI NX8800GTX OC Liquid offers the fastest 8800 on the market, at least out of the box.  With the integral watercooling rig, it is very easy to get going, as the reservoir and radiator are included, and meant to be attached to the rear of your case.  Hardware Zone managed to get the core up to 680MHz alt

Do NOT "Click here to fix your PC"!!!

Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2007 - 08:58 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP has a 2 warnings on their front page this morning.   The first has to do with the new Storm Worm that managed over 20,000 infections in 1 day.  This variant appeared last week and is triggered by clicking on on of those pop up/banner ads that tell you to "Click here to fix your PC".  So please don't click there ... don't ever click there!  Pass it on to family and friends now, or you will be spending some time with them later.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Interview with Moderator Jay See Bee

Subject: Editorial | April 16, 2007 - 12:22 AM |
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Wow, a special treat tonight. An old friend has agreed to step up to the plate. Jay is a founding member of the Uncle B's. If you don't know who that is, well, then you may want to lock up your pets and children first...OK, OK...it's not that bad! Just cover their eyes and ears!

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.