OCZ Announces the Extremely Versatile Vindicator Premium CPU Cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 20, 2007 - 05:34 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-February 20, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, Inc. a worldwide
leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory,
today announced the OCZ Vindicator CPU cooler, an enthusiast-grade thermal
solution for the latest high performance processors. The Vindicator can be
used as a passive or active cooler depending on the needs of the enthusiast.


NVIDIA Announces World's First Certified Support for Microsoft DirectX 10

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 20, 2007 - 04:11 PM |
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NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today released the world's first WHQL-certified drivers for Microsoft DirectX 10, coinciding with the release of the first DirectX 10 test kit from Microsoft, which allows other hardware vendors to test their graphics processors using the DirectX 10 WHQL tests.

Source: NVIDIA

When is a mouse not a mouse?

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2007 - 02:32 PM |
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When it's a Trackbar Emotion.  ExtremeTech reviews this device designed to reduce RSI and carpal.  It sits on the bottom of your keyboard, much like a wrist rest, with the trackbar, and below the track bar is four buttons, and a clickable scroll wheel.  This won't help your gaming performance directly, but if you spend all day working at a computer and then go home to play, this little device may help your wrists feel better at 6pm when you are getting to the important stuff.

The K8 is dead, long live the K8

Subject: Processors | February 20, 2007 - 12:59 PM |
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AMD has pushed past the 3GHz mark with their new X2 6000+.  HotHardware will take you through the benchmarks in their full review.  One interesting finding is that when the QuadFX's additional cores are not utilized by the program being tested, the raw speed of the 6000+ pushes the performance beyond that of the QuadFX.

Source: HotHardware

And you thought Blackberry users were dangerous

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2007 - 12:44 PM |
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The Inquirer has linked to a story on some new VR glasses, or in this case a visor.  They don't look to have a way to let you see through the projection to what is going on around you, both a good and a bad thing.

"Icuiti's VR920, which won the 2007 CES "innovations award", creates a feeling of watching a 62-inch screen from nine feet away.

The picture displays in 640x480 and it comes with a built in microphone and head tracker."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Source: The Inquirer

Making sense of display connectors

Subject: Displays | February 19, 2007 - 06:13 PM |
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The days of the 15 pin VGA connector are numbered.  DVI is the choice of many users of LCD screens, HDMI is becoming less rare and UDI and DisplayPort are getting ready to make an appearance.  If you don't want to end up buying the perfect monitor, and have it be incompatible with your perfect video card, give this article at ExtremeTech a thorough read.

Source: Extremetech

PC Perspective & Newegg want you to win a Wii

Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2007 - 03:12 PM |
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Head right here and enter to win a Wii! 

Here's the legalize to translate ...

That's what we call a bottleneck

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 19, 2007 - 03:10 PM |
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Legion Hardware examines the effect of processor power on graphics.  The 8800 can currently handle anything thrown at with ease, but if the processor can't keep up then you won't get the performance you expect.  They test  a series of AMD Athlon64 X2s, the 3800+ ,  4200+, 4600+ and the 5000+ and also Intel Core 2 Duos, the E6300, E6400, E6600, E6700 and the X6800.  Find out what effect a slower processor will have on your dream graphics card.

Fully loaded motherboard from ASUS

Subject: Motherboards | February 19, 2007 - 02:23 PM |
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The ASUS P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP P965 Express has a name as long as the list of features on the board.  Based around the Intel P965 Express and ICH8R, with 'Azalia' audio, dual Gigabit LAN plus 802.11b/g, Firewire, optical SP/DIF audio output, and Serial ATA II RAID support.  It also has two 16x PCIe and one 1x slot, head over the PC Stats to see what else they included.

Source: PCStats

A case for the racing fan

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 19, 2007 - 12:42 PM |
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The InWin F430 is indeed themed off of the Ferrari model, and that caught the attention of Think Computers. Sporting a very bright red finish and a sound effect when you first start the machine up will get racing fans eyebrows up. Add to the creative exterior a very roomy interior with removable hard drives and 120mm fan cooling and this is more than just a gimmick case. No word on how temperamental it makes your PC.

'When I hear F430 I instantly think of one of my favorite exotic cars, the Ferrari F430.

Mommy, where do hard drives go when they die?

Subject: General Tech | February 19, 2007 - 12:17 PM |
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The Tech Report has linked to a .pdf article on the failure rate of hard drives.  Not many independent studies have been done, so it is hard to say how accurate manufacturers MTBF stats are.  Google ought to know as they use an enormous amount of HDDs and they are constantly running, and they are the ones who did the research.

VIA EPIA EN-Powered Ainkaboot Octimod Cluster Makes HPC Scalable and Affordable

Subject: Systems | February 19, 2007 - 12:04 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 19th February 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced that Ainkaboot, a London-based company designing cluster servers for high performance computing (HPC) and high availability computing, is shipping the first ultra compact Octimod MPC7-1500 cluster modules powered by VIA EPIA EN15000 mainboards.

Interview with Moderator BlackDragon24!

Subject: Editorial | February 19, 2007 - 12:05 AM |
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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. We will be running a series of articles within the forum that will be called Mod Interviews. I ask revealing, embarrassing, stupid, probing questions of Mods and hopefully you get to laugh with us at ourselves and in the process get to know some of us better.

Uncle Bob's Corner

Subject: Editorial | February 18, 2007 - 11:48 PM |
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I'm workin on getting another Mod interview published tonight. First I have to catch my breath after watching the finish of the Daytona 500! OK, I must tell ya, I was screaming, hoopin, clappin and dancin....all trying to help Mark Martin win......he just missed it!


 



All in all it was a fantastic race.

The front page is nice, but the forums are so much better

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2007 - 06:09 PM |
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If you are still looking for info on Vista one of our members has compiled a list of links that should cover almost any question you might come up with, so go visit Ezzo's Vista thread, and don't forget to thank him.  That doesn't mean we have given up on older OSes and we won't, because we know so many tips and tricks we would hate to see them disappear (well except for ME).  If you have troubles getting a CD ROM to work under Win2K, then read through here.&nbs

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Unusually powerful, but still the same size

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 16, 2007 - 04:00 PM |
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When you are picking up a high powered PSU, of 1kW or so, you may notice that it is longer than the power supplies you are used to.  Some are large enough to give troubles installing it in certain cases.  OCZ comes through with their ProXStream 1000W PSU, and HotHardware has the review.  It will fit in your case, and the 4 12V rails with 20 amps each will keep your graphics happy.

Source: HotHardware

NVIDIA® CUDA(TM) UNLEASHES POWER OF GPU COMPUTING

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 16, 2007 - 03:38 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA—FEBRUARY 16, 2007—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today released a public beta of the NVIDIA® CUDA™ Software Developer Kit (SDK) and C-compiler for computing on NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs).  GPU Computing with the CUDA SDK is a new approach to computing where hundreds of on-chip processors simultaneously communicate and cooperate to solve complex computing problems.

Source: NVIDIA

Think inside the box

Subject: Systems | February 16, 2007 - 02:48 PM |
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X-Gene has created an HTPC case that gives you a little more room to move when creating your perfect system.  Virtual-Hideout has posted a review of the Mini, a box shaped HTPC system that is still small enough to fit in a livingroom without standing out, but bigger than most HTPC systems.  It still uses a mATX board, but gives you 295x235x350mm (roughly 11x9x13inches).  Read on to find out what other features are incorporated in this case.

Gears of War on the PC

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2007 - 01:10 PM |
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According to this article on HEXUS, Gears of War may make it to the PC ... when enough people have the hardware to run it.  Of course, they neglect to mention what kind of system will be needed to play Gears on the PC, but somehow the idea that a 3GHz machine with 4GBs of RAM and dual 8800GTXs can't match the performance of a console seems unlikely.

Source: Hexus