AMD jumps back into the chipset game

Subject: Motherboards | February 28, 2007 - 01:42 PM |
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Join The Tech Report in a look at a new board based on the new 690G chipset from AMD, MSI's K9AGM2.  These new boards won't be for sale for a few weeks yet, but you can get a good look at what to expect.  Among the features you will see are 24 PCIe lanes, although 4 are dedicated to the chipset interconnect.  As well, the integrated graphics take a big jump, they use the X1250 graphics core, based on the Radeon X700.

Call me Mr. Johnson.

Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2007 - 12:58 PM |
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FASA Studio Manager,
Mitch Gitelman sits down for an interview at SI, and talks a bit about their upcoming multiplayer release of Shadowrun
.  If you haven't heard about this game before, it is based on a pen and paper game from FASA that was published back in 1989.  It is a futuristic world where magic suddenly returns, along with a spreading mutation that suddenly changes some normal humans into orcs, trolls, elves and more.  Add some corporate intrigue and you have a game that could really stand out; if

Go go gadget Google tricks!

Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2007 - 12:36 PM |
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So you figure you've got Google down, eh?  Mastered the advanced search page, joined a few groups via your Gmail account, and used Boolean operators in your searches, and now you know all you need to know?

Source: OCMODSHOP

Corsair Steps Up Performance On USB Drives

Subject: Storage | February 28, 2007 - 11:56 AM |
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Fremont, CA (February 28, 2007) -- Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer products, today launched the new Flash Voyager™ GT line of USB drives designed for the user who demands the highest performance in a USB memory product. Complementing the revolutionary Flash Voyager USB drives, the new Flash Voyager GT brand represents the highest performing USB products Corsair offers in any capacities.

New AMD Platform Integrates ATI Graphics for The Ultimate Visual Experience(TM) For Windows Vista

Subject: Motherboards | February 28, 2007 - 11:47 AM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. -- February 28, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced the AMD 690 series chipset, the company's first chipset to bring together the combined strengths of AMD CPU and platform technology with the industry-leading features of the ATI Radeon™ X1250 GPU.

Source: AMD

Cool runnings

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 27, 2007 - 06:05 PM |
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Danger Den, one of the major providers for watercooling, has designed the Tyee GPU Waterblock, specifically designed for X1800/1900s.  By making the design so specific, they are able to give some serious cooling coverage with one waterblock.  Take a look at the performance gain techPowerUp! got.

Source: techPowerUp!

DirectX 10 rendering

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 27, 2007 - 02:55 PM |
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Check out this project on CG Arena that showcases what to expect from DX10.  Max Edwin Wahyudi has posted the steps he used to create a virtual Song Hye Kyo.  You don't need to know who she is to appreciate the accuracy with which he managed to replicate her face using Zbrush and 3D max, and a few other tools for the final steps.

Source: CG Arena

A bright idea from HP

Subject: Displays | February 27, 2007 - 02:55 PM |
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The HP LP 3065 is a 30 inch monitor that sports a resolution of 2560x1600, or a 16:10 ratio, so it is about 27" wide and 17" tall.  This display passes every test with flying colours, there is no distortion of any type to be found.  HotHardware has the full review of this gigantic monitor, which could easily pass as a HDTV.

Source: HotHardware

High voltage reviews

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 27, 2007 - 01:58 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has decided it's time to start reviewing PSUs, as part of their regular articles.  They start off by figuring out a quite intricate testing process, involving incubators, transformers and more. 

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Gentlemen, start your engines

Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2007 - 01:40 PM |
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There are hundreds of joysticks, thousands of keyboards, and umpteen billion mice to choose from, but the racing fan has been left out of this input device madness.  New steering wheels for the racing game fan are few and far between.  Logitech steps up with the G25 Racing Wheel, an incredibly attractive device.  The wheel itself is 11 inches, with 900 degrees of motion from lock to lock.  It is rimmed with leather and the spokes and the 2 hand paddles ar

Source: TECHGAGE

Super Talent DDR2-800 Gaming Memory Awarded ATI CrossFire(TM) Certification

Subject: Memory | February 27, 2007 - 12:56 PM |
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San Jose, California — February 27, 2007 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of DRAM memory modules and flash products, today announced that their 800MHz DDR2 modules have passed ATI CrossFire Certification.

Cellphone junkies

Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2007 - 12:53 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has listed several new tricks and toys we will be seeing in cell phones.  From using BlueTooth enabled phones to let you pay for things, by hooking the cell up to your bank to the BlackJack which merges a PDA and a cellphone in a much more useful package than we have seen yet.  Head over to get a look at what your phone will let you do in the not too distant future.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel Announces Investment in Rio Rancho, New Mexico Site

Subject: Processors | February 27, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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RIO RANCHO, N.M., Feb. 26, 2007 -- Intel Corporation today announced that it will invest $1 billion to $1.5 billion in its Rio Rancho site to retool Fab 11X for production on Intel's next generation 45 nanometer (nm) manufacturing process. Fab 11X will be the company's fourth factory scheduled to use the 45nm process, with production in New Mexico scheduled to start in the second half of next year.

Interview with Moderator BWM

Subject: Editorial | February 26, 2007 - 07:56 PM |
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Hi folks. Yup....I missed Sunday. I was out of town all day. I'm here at work now, actually on special assignment for 6 weeks on day shift, Monday thru Thursday. Been so long since I worked those hours I dunno how to act!


 


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.

4 Cores and mores

Subject: Processors | February 26, 2007 - 06:31 PM |
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The Inquirer is pitting a 4 core Xeon against a 8 Core.  Now this may seem like a waste of time, as the 8 core will do better than the 4, but it is all a matter of scaling.  Can an octuple core perform twice as well?  Is it better to split a task between 2 quad core machines? 

Or it may be just so they can post a Sandra MultiMedia instruction benchmark of 573,631.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD ATI All-in-Wonder Vista Support Information

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 26, 2007 - 04:50 PM |
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A reader posed a question to me recently in regards to the ATI Updates Vista Driver article: what about the All-in-Wonder line up?


In its current state, the All-in-Wonder cards from ATI, such as the X1900 AIW card I reviewed as recently as February 2006, will play your games, but not your TV.  Any of the features you loved for your TV inputs or video capture using your All-in-Wonder cards are not functioning under Windows Vista at all.  But why??  With Me

A data storage monolith

Subject: Storage | February 26, 2007 - 03:20 PM |
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The newest member of the Icy Dock family, the U6-1S-WBC, is under the microscope at [H]ard|OCP.  It supports IDE and SATA drives, with additional USB 2.0 and Firewire connections and will function as either an external drive, as well as functioning as an internal drive drawer.  While it doesn't contain the 80mm fan that the last model did, which cause a lot of noise, this model is passively cooled.  If you like what you see in the review,

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Extension Station observation

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 26, 2007 - 02:22 PM |
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Virtual-Hideout looks at a nice piece of equipment from Logisys, the Extension Station.  At first glance, it looks like a stand to place an LCD monitor on to get it in line with your eyeballs.  There is a lot more to this though, it contains powers switches and plugs, all with fuse protection so that you don't end up with a powerbar on the floor gathering dust bunnies and any liquids you might spill.  As well it has a 4-port USB Hub, and other features including a drawer to keep little screws, jumpers e

HotHardware chills out

Subject: Mobile | February 26, 2007 - 12:50 PM |
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So, what would you do if you had a brand new Inspirion XPS M1710 and it was -9°F (-22°C) outside?  Well, if you are Sean Pelletier, you overclock it as far as it will go.  With a Core 2 Duo T7600G (2.33GHz), i945 chipset, 2 GBs of DDR2 667Mhz and a GeForce Go 7950 GTX 512MB, this laptop is pretty powerful.  Head over to HotHardware to see how far this Dell can be pushed.

Source: HotHardware

Her Majesty's Operating System

Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2007 - 12:37 PM |
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The British Royal Navy is switching to Windows (for Warships) based on Win2K.  Now, before you start making BSOD jokes, consider what the navy has been working with.  The hardware was a pair of 24-bit, 1MHz machines with 25KB of RAM and took 4 people to take care of it, as the current software has a disturbing tendency to crash.  Plus the fact that you are entering code like "PE L5414.10N L00335.67E R6000 TMDA [INJECT]", pop up windows don't really sound so bad. 

Source: The Register