Some weekend Core i7 overclocking

Subject: Processors | January 4, 2009 - 01:35 PM |
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While perusing the always fun and impressive PC Perspective Forums, I found an interesting thread looking at some overclocking fun with the new Intel Core i7-920 processor. 

BlackDragon24 is the guy doing the overclocking - jump into the discussion and see whats going on and if maybe the Core i7-920 should be your next purchase. 

NVIDIA Beta 185.20 drivers add "ambient occlusion"

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 2, 2009 - 12:22 PM |
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A very interesting discussion has started in the graphics card forum about some leaked NVIDIA drivers (revision 185.20) that adds a new feature called "ambient occlusion".  This enhancement apparently is adding some nice visual lighting effects but causes a lot of stress on gaming hardware; HonestJohn saw his Far Cry 2 performance go from about 60 FPS to 45 FPS with the option enabled.  There are screen shots included in the thread as well.

Could we see XFX ATI video cards at CES?

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 2, 2009 - 12:15 PM |
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A post in our graphics card forum is indicating news about a closer-than-expected release time for XFX's own ATI Radeon graphics cards.  It has barely been 3 weeks since we first learned that XFX was going to add a little red to their green but based on the speed of this release the project has been in the works for a while. 

Thanks goes to AudioFreak39 for the tip.

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A-Data SSD RAID Enclosure for all those with too much money

Subject: Storage | January 2, 2009 - 12:10 PM |
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What's that?  You are tired of just having ONE of the Intel X25-M solid state drives in your system and just need to spend that $500 you got for the holidays from grammy?  Good news for you then: engadget is showing off news of an upcoming A-Data product that will allow you to use a pair of SSDs (or any 2.5" HDDs) in a RAID configuration an

Source: engadget

VIA Nano dual-core revision due by 2010

Subject: Processors | December 31, 2008 - 05:55 PM |
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A source at Digitimes is reporting that VIA plans to have upgraded Nano processors ready late in 2009 and in early 2010.  Apparently the Nano 3000 series will be released in Q3 of 2009 and will add support for SSE4 instructions and dual-core Nano 3000-based processors should begin mass production in Q1 2010.  While this is definitely good news, we had really been hoping to dual-core processors from VIA much ealier than that in order to keep Intel's line of products in check. 

Source: Digitimes

HP seems at least partly interested in NVIDIA's Ion

Subject: Mobile | December 31, 2008 - 05:50 PM |
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We have posted a fewnews bits over the past weeks about NVIDIA's Ion platform and the company's attempt to get into the world of netbooks by offering up a new chipset solution for more graphics-savvy mobile computing.  While the technology is compelling, at least a few sources are saying that Intel is preventing NVIDIA from entering the market by forcing OEMs to buy Intel's core logic chipsets as well as the Atom CPU in a bundle. 

Source: Digitimes

New MSI Wind offers both SSD and standard HDD

Subject: Mobile | December 30, 2008 - 05:09 PM |
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Color me confused, but I just don't get all the excitement I am seeing online today for the announcement of the new "hybrid" storage solution Wind U115 netbook.  The system is nice enough:

  • 10" LED back lit LCD
  • 1024x600 resolution
  • Intel Atom Z530 CPU @ 1.6 GHz
Source: Mad Penguin

Intel and Yahoo widgets on TVs this CES

Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2008 - 11:57 AM |
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As CES approaches, more and more companies are going to start "leaking" information about what will be on display at their booths attempting to drum up some enthusiasm.  One such "leak" comes from the gang at Dailytech that is reporting that many TVs will be on display that use the Intel and Yahoo technology first demonstrated back at IDF in September. 

Source: Daily Tech

Panasonic prepares new powerline networking gear

Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2008 - 11:45 AM |
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Powerline networking is still getting a lot of attention in various segments of the market and even I have been smitten by the idea of no-new-wires communication that is more reliable and than traditional Wi-Fi.  However, my previous experiences with the latest powerline networking technology from Cisco/Linksys were pretty disappointing and I would be hesitant to actually recommend it to anyone. 

Source: engadget

VIA accounts for as much as 15% of the netbook market

Subject: Mobile | December 29, 2008 - 02:24 PM |
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An interesting report over at Digitimes, quoting a Chinese tech news source, claims that VIA accounts for as much as 10-15% of the technology shipped in netbooks through 2008.  That's pretty much all there is to the news - but I am personally surprised to see this number so high and yet VIA's profits have continued to fall into the red over the last sevaral quarters. 

Source: Digitimes

Microsoft Windows 7 leaks out

Subject: General Tech | December 29, 2008 - 01:36 PM |
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As if there was any other way this would pan out...  Microsoft gave out copies of an early build of Windows 7 to developers and media this month and now, *gasp*, copies of the OS have found their way online at torrent sites, etc.  What?  No way? 

Source: Daily Tech

By Grabthar's Hammer... What a Savings

Subject: General Tech | December 26, 2008 - 05:35 PM |
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With the Holiday Season winding down, the word on the street is that sales were far lower than even the some of the worst estimates.  Luckily we are all still afloat, and what is about to happen could benefit a lot of us.  Already prices on computer parts have taken a small dive, and we can expect them to go even lower as retailers look to get rid of excess stock before the typically slow Q1 and Q2 quarters.

Athlon X2 7750s Hit the Street

Subject: Processors | December 26, 2008 - 02:11 PM |
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After its rather quiet release two weeks ago, the Athlon X2 7750 is now available from several online retailers (Newegg and Mwave).  I was expecting these products to be available right at launch, but that was not to be the case.  Perhaps the Christmas rush was causing the orders to be pushed back a bit?  Regardless, there are now products on shelves and the pricing is hitting right where expected.  Mwave has the 7750 for $79 while Newegg is offering it for $74.99.  Undoubtedly these prices will further erode, and all of AMD's dual core offerings are very nicely priced

AMD CPU schedule outted - AM2 Phenom II to have short life

Subject: Processors | December 26, 2008 - 09:08 AM |
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A new post on Digitimes has some interesting information about AMD's upcoming CPU schedule for 2009.  First, the post claims to know that AMD will offer six 45nm processors under the Athlon brand including the X4 615 and 605 as well as a triple core Athlon X3 420 and 410 - frequencies are not listed. 

Source: Digitimes

Intel pretends to let NVIDIA in on the Atom action

Subject: Mobile | December 26, 2008 - 08:56 AM |
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Earlier in the week we posted a new story looking at the NVIDIA Ion platform, an attempt by NVIDIA to enter the netbook market with a low power version of their GeForce 9300M chipset.  However, rumors are persisting that Intel was preventing that partnership by forcing companies to buy a 945 chipset along with every Atom processor sold, effectively locking out NVIDIA from getting a foot in the door. 

Source: engadget

ECS apparently reorganizing for a marketing push

Subject: Motherboards | December 26, 2008 - 08:48 AM |
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According to a story at Digitimes ECS is going through a restructuring in the new year that will allow it to focus on the channel portion (retail) of its motherboard business as well as there consumer PC and notebook divisions.  An executive from Foxconn will be taking over control of the motherboard division.  What will this mean for their products?  Maybe a stark increase in overall quality we can hope!?!

Source: Digitimes

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | December 25, 2008 - 07:56 PM |
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I wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday - regardless of what you celebrate!  We will be taking the day off most likely, though I will be beavering away at some behind the scenes programming that needs to be done later in the evening. 

Thank you to all of our readers for making PC Perspective and its community so great!

Source: 3DCenter

Quad SLI with a pair of GTX 295s tested in 3DMark Vantage

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 24, 2008 - 03:16 PM |
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Fudzilla is reporting that some lucky person has gotten a hold of a pair of the new GeForce GTX 295 cards (dual-GPU solution, we tested it earlier this month here) in Quad SLI to get a 3DMark Vantage score of over 32,500.  Wow.

Source: Fudzilla

AMD RV740 40nm taped out

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 24, 2008 - 03:10 PM |
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According to this story over at Digitimes, AMD has already taped out (completed design and circuit testing) on the next generation graphics core known as the RV740.  It is built on TSMC's newest 40nm process technology and I must say I was surprised to find the technology was mature enough to actually compete a design from ATI before 2009. 

Source: Digitimes

World of Warcraft population exceeds that of Ohio

Subject: General Tech | December 23, 2008 - 11:56 PM |
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You have to love statistics when they are put into a frame like this: by reaching 11.5 million registered users, World of Warcraft has now surpassed the population of the state of Ohio.  Maybe now Azeroth will get the duly deserved Electoral Votes to help move this country forward.

Source: General