Exactly what you would expect from Lian Li

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 9, 2008 - 02:54 PM |
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Lian Li has entered the PSU market, with one of their flagship models being the Maxima 750W Power Supply.  From the results of the tests at Overclockers Online, Lian Li provides PSUs at a level of quality equal to their enclosures.  Thanks to that attention to quality, you can also expect to pay a premium for the PSU just as you do for their enclosures.  It is nice to see that you do get what you paid for.

6GB of triple channel RAM is within your reach

Subject: Memory | December 9, 2008 - 12:44 PM |
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G.Skill is really pushing it's new PC3-12800 CL9 6GB kit, you can get it on Newegg for just over $200.  Straight out of the box you will be running 1600MHz @ CAS9-9-9-24, or run it at 1333 and tighten the timings to 8 or tighter if you reduce the speed even more.  Check out this triple channel kit at Legion Hardware.

The next big thing in digital cameras?

Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2008 - 12:08 PM |
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Digital SLRs have dropped in price over the past few years, but still remain a big investment.  The trade off is ability to use a selection of lenses for different pictures, something that is especially attractive to someone who has a large collection of lenses from a non-digital SLR.  A company called Micro Four Thirds System might just have a solution that falls in between compact digicams and the SLRs, giving you the size and technology used in the compact cameras and providing you with the ability to swap lenses.  Digital Trends tried out their first offering and were quite

AMD Adopts OpenCL 1.0 Specification

Subject: General Tech | December 9, 2008 - 11:17 AM |
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SIGGRAPH ASIA, SINGAPORE - Dec. 08, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced its intent to rapidly adopt the OpenCL 1.0 programming standard and integrate a compliant compiler and runtime into the free ATI Stream Software Development Kit (SDK).

OpenCL 1.0 was ratified today by the The Khronos Group, an independent standards body with company-members throughout the computing industry. The OpenCL programming standard and associated technologies are aimed at better enabling developers to write vender-neutral applications that can execute on either the CPU or GPU within a system.

Source: AMD

22" widescreens are the new entry level monitor

Subject: Displays | December 8, 2008 - 03:57 PM |
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Envision isn't a big name in monitor, but that didn't stop OCIA from trying out their Envision G218a1 22" professional monitor.  The stats look good, 1680 x 1050, a response time of 5ms, brightness of 300 nit and the contrast ratio is 700:1.  In testing, it did offer enough quality that it would pass for most gamers wanting more screen for less money, but make sure you find it at the $160 price that OCIA did.

Source: OCIA

Maybe the next model will come with a blower

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 8, 2008 - 03:21 PM |
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Lee has just finished his review of the rather stylish CoolerMaster V8, the first heatsink in their new series to be tested here at PC Perspective.  One of the highlights of the cooler is it's very unique shape, which also has some drawbacks as Lee discovered when trying to use other fans on the cooler.  Don't let that stop you from reading the review, even with that small problem this cooler

EA SIGNED ON TO LICENSE NVIDIA PHYSX TECHNOLOGY

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2008 - 12:39 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 8, 2008 - NVIDIA Corporation today announced that
Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) has licensed NVIDIA PhysX technology as a
development platform which will be available for EA's studios worldwide. NVIDIA PhysX
technology is the world's most pervasive development platform for physics acceleration in
interactive entertainment.

"PhysX is a great physics solution for the most popular platforms, and we're happy to make it
available for EA's development teams worldwide," said Tim Wilson, Chief Technology Officer
of EA's Redwood Shores Studio.

Source: NVIDIA

One crowded backplate

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 8, 2008 - 12:33 PM |
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The 790GX chipset from AMD looks like a veritable Swiss Army knife for outputs, the

Source: [H]ard|OCP

H(er)Ding skateboards and cat videos

Subject: General Tech | December 8, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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Broadcasters have taken such liberties with High Definition that it is no longer a definition, it's more of a suggestion.  Cable companies can't agree on a standard and slap the name HD on feeds that barely improve on SD and Blu-ray struggles as most people have no interest in fixing the video feed so that their TV is actually receiving and showing their movie at proper resolution.  Now we have YouTube doing the same thing, calling a sligthly higher bit rate and widescreen support HD.  While it is nice that our videos of silly human tricks will be higher quality, unless Google i

Source: The Inquirer

PC Perspective forums; more fun that Christmas shopping!

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2008 - 06:20 PM |
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In the Tech Talk forum are two related threads that are seeing a fair amount of action.  The first asks what sort of mistakes you have seen new users make, which is good for a few chuckles, but is also a great way to help you understand the hurdles that those new to the hardware scene will encounter.  The second thread takes a little more courage to post to, as it asks what your own worst mistake(s) were.  Together, these two

How big of a bang was it?

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 5, 2008 - 03:55 PM |
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Tech Connect Magazine tries out 3 of nVIDIA's newest drivers to see just how well they are improving.  Driver revisions don't tend to have huge impacts on performance overall, though the bug fixes can certainly help.  Once the testing was done, it turns out that the WHQL certified 180.48 is your best choice ... at least until the 181 series appears.

Story time with the ASUS Lamborghini

Subject: Mobile | December 5, 2008 - 01:43 PM |
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When you buy a high end laptop, you expect extras.  I'm not convinced that anyone expects a story book, a leather interior and engine noises to be included in those extras, but they are there in the ASUS Lamborghini VX3.  Not included is a top of the line mobile GPU or an SSD, which seems odd in a $3000 laptop.  It still does have some serious power, and will floor any Lamborghini fanatics out there.  Check out t-break to see why.

Source: t-break

You might want to wait for the second revision

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 5, 2008 - 12:00 PM |
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Danamics have just entered the cooling market with their LM10, a liquid metal cooler with an electromagnet.  Using a solution of sodium and potassium, both of which have an interesting reaction to water and almost guarantee a nice light show if the cooler ever leaks.  The metals are magnetic, which is why the LM10 moves the NaK with an electromagnet, perhaps not the best choice inside a PC.  NordicHardware pitted it against the Thermalright Ultra 120-Extreme, which soundly beat this new type of c

Evil monkey

Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2008 - 11:35 AM |
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In case you haven't seen the story yet, there is a new trojan wandering the web looking for unsuspecting Firefox users.  Once it gets onto your system, either disguising it's self as a valid extension install file or through a vulnerability that will allow it to sneak an install by you, it starts tyring to harvest your usernames and password for a long list of financial institutions.  The Inquirer has heard no news of a fix, but if you never installed Greasemonkey and sudden

Source: The Inquirer

A pair of contests from Intel

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2008 - 06:50 PM |
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The first of these two new contests asks you to guess the number of reinvented transistors Intel has shipped since the beginning of the year.

Get more from your HTPC

Subject: Systems | December 4, 2008 - 02:23 PM |
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Setting up the perfect HTPC can be easier that figuring out exactly how to use it.  Sure there are fancy universal remotes, or full sized wireless keyboards but they are about as elegant a solution as getting up and walking over to it to control it.  ExtremeMhz has found a solution they like, the 262x112x23mm (10x4.5x1") Brando Wireless Tiny Multimedia Keyboard.  Read on to find out what impressed them so much.

Source: ExtremeMhz

Orange computer needs input

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2008 - 01:31 PM |
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Ryan has been using the

We need more power!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 4, 2008 - 12:06 PM |
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If you need enormous amounts of power for your PC, Tagan's BZ 1300W can deliver it.  With the ability to deliver 92A and 1104W over it's five 12V rails, you can pack as many video cards as you want and still have enough power, as long as you don't try to hit 1300W.  [H]ard|OCP has been dissapointed in Tagan's high wattage PSUs in the past, and

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The good, the bad and the WTF?

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2008 - 11:52 AM |
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Ars Technica is already feeling nostalgic for 2008, so they have started the awards season off early with their 2008 Ovatio awards.  (That's a parade for a victorious general, by the way) The best and worst of 2008 are polished up and presented for you, covering the technologies, personalities and decisions that defined 2008 for the tech world.  Check it out and see if you agree and be reminded of things you have purposefully forgotten.

Source: Ars Technica

AMD Updates Fourth Quarter Outlook

Subject: General Tech | December 4, 2008 - 11:22 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Dec. 04, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it expects revenue from continuing operations for the fourth quarter ended December 27, 2008 to be approximately 25 percent lower than third quarter 2008 revenue of $1.585 billion, not including process technology license revenue. The decrease is due to weaker than expected demand across all geographies and businesses, particularly in the consumer market.

AMD will report fourth quarter 2008 results after market close on January 22, 2009.

Source: AMD