AMD/ATI's anxiously awaited launch

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 14, 2007 - 12:22 PM |
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With no less that 25 English reviews of the 2900XT, and the R600/2000 series in general, this launch is one of the most watched out for in a long time.  Start off with The Tech Report's review, which starts out with a look at the architecture used to bring this new generation of video cards to life.  Looking at the power consumption and noise, you see some rather impressively high figu

AMD talks about it's game plan

Subject: General Tech | May 14, 2007 - 10:59 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP had the chance to attend AMD's CTO Summit and hear what they have planned, directly from Phil Hester; AMDs' CTO.  They answered a few of the questions [H] posed in their State of the Silicon Union address, as well as touching on the unification of the CPU and GPU.  You can also see some pictures of a 45nm wafer and a running Agena FX system.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD Introduces the ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 14, 2007 - 10:42 AM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. -- May 14, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced the ATI Radeon HD 2000 series, a top-to-bottom line of ten discrete graphics processors (GPUs) for both desktop and mobile platforms.

Source: AMD

PC Ecosystem Gears Up for the ATI RadeonT HD 2000 Series from AMD

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 14, 2007 - 10:40 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - May 14, 2007 - The much anticipated ATI Radeon(tm) HD 2000 Series of graphics cards is garnering great support from the PC ecosystem, with 26 power supply vendors already signing up for certification of their products by AMD (NYSE: AMD), and more are expected to follow. They are partnering with AMD to launch the next generation of graphics processing units, which give gamers superior DirectX® 10 performance at every price point, as well as the ultimate HD experience.

Source: AMD

AMD Radeon HD 2900 XT

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 13, 2007 - 11:14 PM |
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In a few minutes you'll start to see reviews of the new AMD ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT graphics card, previously known as R600.  Mine won't be ready for some time due to some server down time that decided to happen in the middle of my testing and write up time. 


Stay tuned!


If you haven't learned anything new yet today, now's the perfect time

Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2007 - 04:58 PM |
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If you have never used HijackThis, it may seem to be a bit scary, especially with the warnings the program gives you about the damage you can do when removing processes.  In the Network and Security forum we have a few old hands around that are glad to give you a helping hand in getting rid of those nagging trojans.  In order to get to that position, it does help to have a PC that will boot for you.  The new Gigabye 965p DQ6 is giving one member a real problem, they can't even get Memtest to run with a pair of G.Skill

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Just the bare necessities

Subject: Motherboards | May 11, 2007 - 04:16 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP picked the new sub $100 board, the EVGA 650i Ultra to find out how it compares to the 680i.  By paring out almost every optional feature, including SLI, they have created a value class motherboard that is perfect for those consumers who just want a basic board and are unconcerned with overclocking or tweaking.  If you know someone who wants a PC just for surfing, this may be per

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Make sure you talk the talk with the best

Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2007 - 02:10 PM |
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Gaming headsets are found in much greater variety, now that TeamSpeak or some type of in-game communication is expected with multiplayer titles.  ExtremeTech compares 2 of the top models that allow you to lay the verbal smackdown on your opponent while gibbing them with whatever weapon is close to hand. 

Source: Extremetech

Hot gaming on a cold planet

Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2007 - 12:09 PM |
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HEXUS has heard that the port of Lost Planet: Extreme Condition is actually a total rewrite of the game.  While this may not satisfy those cynics who have played many a console game that has been ported to the PC, only to be terribly disappointed, the screenshots do show improvements to the graphics.  Capcom is planning on releasing a demo, so you will be able to test the game out before committing yourself.
Source: Hexus

OQO Model 2, take 2

Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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In part 2 of VIA Arena's video review of the OQO Model 2, get the machine started up and then change focus to the abilities of the docking station.  The UMPC boots up into a full version of Windows XP, and the batteries will keep it going for up to 3 hours.  There is an optional super sized battery offering twice the charge, although it is also twice the size.  The docking station gives you HDMI output, so once you get home you can plug the OQO into your HDTV, and the 3 USB ports give you the ability to add a full-sized keyboard and mouse. 

Source: VIA Arena

A weighty mouse

Subject: General Tech | May 10, 2007 - 05:25 PM |
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Revoltec has jumped into the gaming mouse bandwagon with the Fightmouse.  With up to 2400dpi resolution and 5 buttons it has all the feature that gamers are now used to.  It also has a nice added bonus, 3 weights that can be added to the mouse to adjust it exactly to your preference, 10, 15 and 20g.  The back of the mouse also looks more rounded than most, which may be good news to many.

Source: BurnOutPC

PC Perspective Podcast, take 2

Subject: Editorial | May 10, 2007 - 02:34 PM |
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The second ever PC Perspective Podcast is up on Ryan's weblog ... and ready for you to listen to.  John Hung, Ryan and I spent the better part of an hour trying to figure out what Ageia can do to encourage people to pick up a PPU, beyond the release of Cellfactor.  Santa Rosa and nVIDIA's new mobile processors just came out and were a topic, as well as a couple of forum threads and Ryan's Hardware Leaderboard update.

Time to get gobs of memory

Subject: Memory | May 10, 2007 - 02:27 PM |
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Gone are the days when there was a 4GB limit on addressable memory because of the limitations of 32-bit processors.  WinXP and Vista both come in 64-bit version which has a theoretical limit of 16,000,000 GB of RAM

Source: TweakTown

When will we start seeing GPU & PSU bundles

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 10, 2007 - 01:35 PM |
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When the limited edition nVIDIA 8800 GTX hit's the street, you are going to see something you never have before ... a graphics card that wants an 8 pin power connector.  Before you get the wire cutters out, read about the new PSU from Enermax, the Galaxy 1000W DXXGuru3D has a full write up of this PSU, that is a must have if you are looking at purcahsing the Limited Edition 8800GTX.

Source: Guru of 3D

Intel's future in mobility looks rosy

Subject: Mobile | May 10, 2007 - 11:57 AM |
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AnandTech looks at the new Centrino, aka Santa Rosa.  It has been in development for a long time now, and many believed that it would be a huge jump in power savings.  It includes a draft 802.11n WiFi interface which may end up influencing the IEEE's decision as to the final implementation of the new wireless standard.  Read on to find out what they thought of the new chipset, and don't forget Ryan's look at it either.

Source: AnandTech

Conference, just in time

Subject: General Tech | May 10, 2007 - 11:45 AM |
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In case you hadn't heard, the JavaOne conference is happening right now in San Francisco.  While it certainly doesn't get the attention that E3 or the IDF does, it is the place to be for those who work with Java.  Phoronix is there, and they have caught Oracle's slideshow and posted pictures up to the web.

Source: Phoronix

Podcast Two out the Door

Subject: Editorial | May 10, 2007 - 10:00 AM |
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You will be able to subscribe to it through iTunes and you can still access it directly through the RSS page HERE.


PC Perspective Podcast 02 - 5/9/07


This week we talk about the release of CellFactor for AGEIA's PhysX cards, our updated hardware leaderboard for your system component choices and Intel's Santa Rosa laun

Multitude Of Innovations Boost New Intel-Based Laptops

Subject: Mobile | May 9, 2007 - 06:49 PM |
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NEW YORK and SAN FRANCISCO, May 9, 2007 — Faster processors and chipsets. Great-looking video and graphics. Stronger and faster wireless signals. Better security and manageability. Designed for energy efficiency to enable great battery life. An option to turbo-speed boot time and software application loading.

[H] visits Puget Sound again

Subject: Systems | May 9, 2007 - 04:55 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP takes their 4th look at Puget Custom Computers with a totally customized build.  With a C2D E6400, a P5N-E SLI, 2GB of Kingston's 667MHz DDR2 and a silent 7950 GT the box is built to handle most apps you might throw at it.  In the past reviews Puget has managed to offer stellar service in most categories, but there have always been troublesome areas that diminished [H]'s experience, and their rating.  Can this be the system that goes the extra mile?

Source: [H]ard|OCP