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

Friday night on the PCPer forums

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2007 - 06:26 PM |
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Friday is here again, and as well as heralding the weekend, it brings our forums into the spotlight as well.  In the Tech Talk forum is a thread that covers almost all the basic questions and warnings that apply to building a Core 2 Duo system.  Once you've managed to build your system, unless you are a huge fan of spaghetti and stale air, you should consider the possibilities available for cable management.  Check out this huge thread that starts with spli

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The sweet sound of 1s and 0s

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2007 - 03:16 PM |
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Digital Audio has had a rough start.  Not many care what it is, or what it means and many speakers make bizarre claims about what signal they receive and how it is processed.  The Tech Report looks at Abits' iDome speakers, a set that includes 2 dual channel desktop speakers and a subwoofer.  These are true digital speakers, nothing in the chain is analog until the actual broadcasting of sound from the cones.  Read on to get a better idea of what is meant by Digital audio and a look at some impressiv

Digital convergence in dire straits?

Subject: Systems | February 23, 2007 - 02:31 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP takes a long hard look at the troubled life of HTPCs.  While a computer junkie will have no trouble assembling their own HTPC, either Linux or Windows based, they are not a mainstream product.  With PVRs and STBs making an appearance on store shelves, HTPCs already have competition.  Add to that DRM and HDCP, which make HTPCs not manufactured by a content provider difficult to work with.  Plus, you also need to make it HD compatible, and with enormous amounts of storage to be able

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Something old is new again

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 23, 2007 - 12:22 PM |
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Multiplayer Wing Commander!!!

If you aren't excited by that, then just move on, otherwise take a peek at the screenshots on HEXUS ... I need an Xbox 360.

Source: Hexus

Vista gone wild ... naughty kernel shots now availble

Subject: General Tech | February 23, 2007 - 12:08 PM |
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Over at Slashdot is a link to an article done by a guy that managed to convince Vista to take his bead necklace and remove some clothing.  This is the second part of his 3 part look at the insides of Vista.  If you missed the first installment (memory management and more), you can follow the link at the start of the article.  Otherwise continue on to read about the various new "Ready-something or other" components new to Vista.

Source: Slashdot

Sequels work better with motherboards than they do with movies

Subject: Motherboards | February 22, 2007 - 06:21 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has the new incarnation of the P5N32, utilizing the nForce 6 chipset.  The newest and most interesting feature of this board is that whiel it is a 650i chipset, it functions as a 680i chipset. You get x16 SLI mode, SLI memory support, GPU Ex support, and LinkBoost.  Check out this stellar performer, and maybe even pick one up instead of the EVGA 680i board.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Dude, that Dell you're getting sure does cost a lot

Subject: Systems | February 22, 2007 - 03:31 PM |
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In all fairness, the parts list of the Dell XPS 710 H2C is impressive, without question, but not as impressive as the over $5000 price tag.  However, if you are looking to buy an incredibly powerful gaming machine, without any hassle setting it up, and having tech support with it, then this may be perfect.  Head over to HotHardware to see how this box won Editor's Choice.

Source: HotHardware

Small size, big fan, low cost ...

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 22, 2007 - 02:34 PM |
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The most noticeable feature of the NorthQ Giant Reactor 1kw ATX PSU is the 135mm fan which takes up the entire bottom of the PSU.  That lends credence to it's claims of silence, and the pair of 12V rails with 35A each make it seem powerful.  Join Overclock3d in their full review, and a reminder why buying a power supply from a little known company might not be your best move.

Source: Overclock3D

Sapphire is first to get out the Radeon X1950 GT

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 22, 2007 - 12:46 PM |
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For ~$150, the Sapphire Radeon X1950 GT has some pretty good power behind it. With 6 pixel shaders, 12 ROPs, and 8 vertex shaders, a 500MHz GPU and a memory clock of 1.2 GHz (GDDR3).  What you lose in theis model, compared to the Pro, is AVIVO support.  [H]ard|OCP puts the screws to this card and a 7900 GS as well, to see who cracks first.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

What's the packet loss to Mars like today?

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2007 - 12:32 PM |
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Vint Cerf wants to make sure you can get email from the red planet.  We have gone from the 1970's data uplink of 16 kbps to 2004's uplink of 256 kbs.  Although we can't get rid of the 20 minute delay, having a more reliable connection will help any future Mars Rover type missions.

No word on when the Barsoomian 419 scams will start coming
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Source: Slashdot

OCZ Unveils the PC2-8500 Reaper HPC Series with New Passive Cooling Solution

Subject: Memory | February 22, 2007 - 12:18 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA—February 21, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled the OCZ PC2-8500 Reaper HPC Series. This 2GB dual channel kit features the proprietary OCZ Reaper HPC (Heat Pipe Conduit) heatspreader, engineered to deliver superior silent heat dissipation over traditional heatspreaders.

NewEgg joins forces with PCPerspective to give you more.

Subject: General Tech | February 22, 2007 - 12:09 PM |
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You might want to take notice of a new forum member ... Newegg Deals.  If you keep your eye on this thread here, you will see some very nice deals appearing.  For example right now you can get an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor for $314.00 + Free Shipping.

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Interview with Moderator zetachi

Subject: Editorial | February 21, 2007 - 07:12 PM |
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OK, by now you know the drill:
Hi there. Uncle Bob here again, 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.