A little lube for your mouse

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2007 - 01:00 PM |
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BurnOutPC reviews 3 mouse enhancement products from XTracPads, MouseGrips, MouseDotz and Instaglide.  The Grips adhere to the top of the mouse, to increase the friction between the mouse and your hand, and the Dotz are Teflon and replace the old beat up pads on the bottom of your mouse.  As for the Instaglide, think ski wax.

Source: BurnOutPC

Light on weight, heavy on features

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 12, 2007 - 11:31 AM |
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Virtual-Hideout reviews the Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570 case.  It's aluminium construction keeps the weigh of the case under 20lbs, and that is a good trick, considering they have upped the cases volume 10% over the ATX specs.  Side loading 3.5" bays, easy to install 5.25" bays accessed by opening the front panel and three 120 mm fans push this case beyond a mere box.  Watercoolers w

Waiting to get in the game

Subject: General Tech | March 12, 2007 - 11:15 AM |
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ExtremeTech has wrapped up their GDC 2007 coverage with a big slideshow, covering some interesting new peripherals and systems, as well as a long writeup on the presentations they saw.  Get a look at what is coming up for 2007/8.

Source: Extremetech

Corsair Showcases Families of Products at CeBIT Germany

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 12, 2007 - 10:43 AM |
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Fremont, CA (March 12, 2007) — Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer products, today announced the company will showcase its impressive breath of award-winning products in the upcoming CeBIT Germany trade fair. CeBIT is the world's largest IT related trade event targeting the industry and users passionate about technology.

What's up with PC Perspectiveers

Subject: General Tech | March 9, 2007 - 06:52 PM |
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Some congratulations are in order for our 2 new forum mods, Scruff35 in our BOINC forum and Harryc  os modding in our LINUX forum.  Drop by and cheer them on, and look for their interviews with UncleBob on the front page.  As well, a certain simian member has convinced our Wise admin to make it possible to embed video on the forums.

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AMD and Architecture for Humanity Announce World's Largest Architecture Prize at TED 2007

Subject: General Tech | March 9, 2007 - 06:25 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Mar. 9, 2007 - Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:
AMD) and Cameron Sinclair, winner of last year's TED Prize and founder
of Architecture for Humanity, today announced the first ever Open
Architecture Prize at the annual TED Conference. The $250,000 Open
Architecture Prize is the largest prize in the field of architecture and
is designed to be a multi-year program that will draw competition from
design teams around the world.

Each year, a winning design will be selected from a field of low-cost,
sustainable design projects and built in a selected community.

Source: AMD

The blue light at the end of the tunnel

Subject: Storage | March 9, 2007 - 03:13 PM |
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The Tech Zone expounds on the benefits of Blu-Ray and why it is here to stay.  It isn't just a look at how quickly the encryption was broken, and the extra usage that gave people, but also the use it is put to.  Most consumers don't want to think about buying an external hard drive to do their backups on, they burn it to CD or DVD.  With the growing size of every file and the growing number of files the average user has, Blu-Ray may be the perfect answer.

Is bigger better?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 9, 2007 - 02:34 PM |
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Anand compares 2 of Dell's monitors the 2407WFP and the 3007WFP.  The 2407 is a 24" monitor, 1920x1200, with a 6ms grey to grey response time and many different inputs, VGA, Composite, DVI with HDCP, Component and S-Video.  The 300WFP is a 30", 2560x1600, with an 11m response time and DVI-D Dual-Link (with HDCP) and can handle Single-Link DVI as well. 

Source: AnandTech

Taking a peek at the GDC

Subject: General Tech | March 9, 2007 - 01:03 PM |
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ExtremeTech is hanging out at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.  They've collected all that they have seen and heard onto this page, covering keynote addresses, vendor presentations and pictures. Check out what's coming up in the world of play.

"Our ace tech analysts are at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco snooping up all the tasty morsels, product

releases, and hot news stories."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Source: Extremetech

... but what will we do all day?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 9, 2007 - 12:47 PM |
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Patch Tuesday just won't be the same this month, there are going to be no critical security updates.  Sure there will be a Malicious Software tool update, and 2 other non-security updates, but it just won;t be the same.  The Inquirer's obscure reference in reaction to the news is here.

Source: The Inquirer

This case ought to take off

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 8, 2007 - 06:27 PM |
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One 25cm intake fan, one 25cm fan on the side panel and an optional 12cm exhaust on the back ... who needs watercooling!  The Xclio A380 case is up for review on Big Bruin, and with both of the big fans rated at 150.49CFM and 32.1dB this case is pretty well set up.

Source: Big Bruin

Dual Core mobility for about $1000

Subject: Memory | March 8, 2007 - 03:07 PM |
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X-bit Labs reviews the Acer Aspire 9300, a Turion X2 based machine coupled with Nvidia nForce Go 430 MCP and Nvidia GeForce Go 6100 chipset plus an onboard 7600 Go SE.  It is not going to keep up with an Alienware machine, but the combined battery life, and the price/performance ratio might just tempt quite a few people.

Source: X-Bit Labs

The little guy wins a fight

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 8, 2007 - 01:46 PM |
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The ZEROtherm GX815 Gamer Edition GPU Cooler took BCCHardware by surprise.  It is meant to fit most nVIDIA (not 8800s) and ATI cards , in this test it was attached to a X1900GT.  When tested against the Arctic Cooling Accelero X2 it performed much better, a full 4 degrees better at full load.  Keep your eyes open though, the only drawback is that

Source: BCCHardware

Well laid motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | March 8, 2007 - 12:31 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP really likes the ASUS Commando, calling it "probably the best laid out motherboard I've seen to date".  They leer at it's big RAM slots, handling up to 8GB and leaving space for a big graphics card to slip in as well.  They found the heatpipe setup got warm, but they didn't burn themselves playing with it.  Head over to check out this fully loaded board, but keep an eye o

Source: [H]ard|OCP

When 4,294,967,296 just isn't enough

Subject: General Tech | March 8, 2007 - 12:10 PM |
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If you haven't really heard anything about IPv6, the new improved TCP/IP protocol, apart from the fact that it exists and Vista can use it, Ars Technica can help you out.  The reason for the switch is due to the growth of things with IP addresses, it's not just computers anymore; fridges, phones and coffeemakers all want them too.  According to the article, the total addresses possible number 4,294,967,296 with over 500,000,000 unusable, there are 3,700,000,000 usable addresses.  About 2,400,000,000 are in use right n

Source: Ars Technica

Interview with Moderator themortarman

Subject: Editorial | March 8, 2007 - 10:08 AM |
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Well, Thursday morning and we have an interview, #12 in the series, with a fella who many might consider a brick short of a load. That would be a gross misunderstanding and in a sense of fair play, I'll let him explain it to you!

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.

NVIDIA Developer Tools Updated at GDC 2007

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 7, 2007 - 11:00 PM |
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At GDC this week, NVIDIA unveiled a major update to their suite of developers tools.  Having built developer tools for over five years now, and investing millions of dollars into the program according to NVIDIA themselves, these tools allow game developers to work faster and more efficiently, getting us games faster.  With DX10 gaining in popularity, slowly but surely, the need for more advanced tools is increasing. 


And because using their tools helps to sell NVIDIA graphics cards, all of these developer tools are FREE.  NVIDIA took some time t

The easiest overclock around

Subject: Processors | March 7, 2007 - 06:25 PM |
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Legion Hardware has published their "Seriously Easy E6400 Overclocking Guide".  All it takes is a E6400 and a P5N-E SLI, and you can get overclocking.  They offer 2 ways even, one that lets you leave the memory alone and a second that shows you how to pump up the memory as well.  It just doesn't get any easier without getting someone else to do it for you.

Gymnastic memory

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 7, 2007 - 05:00 PM |
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As the name implies OZC's Flex XLC Watercooled memory is quite flexible.  The heatsinks on them are able to function as waterblocks to theoretically give you more room to overclock, but are also quite happy to cool passively without any water at all.  As HotHardware discovered, the cooling does dramatically change the temperature, but not the maximum speed.  It is very likely that the cooler temps achieved by watercooling would significantly increase the lifetime of the DIMMs, so it is not a meaningless feat

Source: HotHardware

600W PSU looking for partner into OCing and big graphics cards

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 7, 2007 - 02:30 PM |
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Lian Li is a recognizable name when you are talking about cases, but not so much when talking power supplies.  Their new 600W HPC PSU has an 84% efficiency rating, 3 12V rails with a total of 440W and amperage ranging from 14 to 23.  It's neatest trick is it's ability to hook into a second power supply, and have both function simultaneously off the same power button.  Get more info and a look at this PSU over at SPCR.