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."

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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.

The Walkman never stops

Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2007 - 01:17 PM |
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Hardware Zone had a chance to see the new Sony Walkmans that are to be released soon.  The NW-A800 series comes in 3 flavours; 2, 4 and 8 GB, with a sleek design and 2.0-inch LCD.  The NW-E010 series comes with the same 3 varieties, but sacrifices the LCD for it's tiny size.  This little player is 3.3" by 0.9" by 0.6" and weighs about one ounce (29g).

Jonesing for a Google Answer?

Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2007 - 12:40 PM |
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Get your fix from Uclue, a new service by the researchers involved in what once was Google Answers.   One of the first questions they answered is how Uclue will differ from Google Answers.  It is currently in beta, so it is hard to get a perfect grasp of what the service will do.  This article on Ars Technica may help you to figure out what it is all about.

Source: Ars Technica

AMD Drives Industry Efforts to Enable Console-Quality Games for Handheld Devices

Subject: General Tech | March 7, 2007 - 12:21 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- March 7, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced its strategy to enable visually stunning and immersive games and multimedia content optimized for handheld devices powered by AMD's next-generation graphics technologies.

Source: AMD

Take your HTPC to the extreme

Subject: Systems | March 6, 2007 - 05:48 PM |
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ExtremeMhz has published the Extreme HTPC Guide.  They did quite a thorough guide, covering 3 pages of hardware choices that focus on telling you what options are out there, and which you might want, as opposed to giving you a choice of one or two cards.  The software section continues along the same vein, offering an overview of the software available, and the options, letting you decide what you need.  Drop by to see a great guide on building your dream HTPC from scratch.

Source: ExtremeMhz

Your source for quiet fans

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 6, 2007 - 03:12 PM |
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SPCR has done a full update of their 'Recommended Fans' list.  They cover 120mm, 92mm and 80mm fans, ranging from the 120mm NEXUS REAL SILENT CASE FAN D12SL-12 @ 36 CFM, 1,000 RPM and 22 dBA to the hard to find 80mm MECHATRONICS A8025S12D @ 25 CFM, 1,500 RPM and 21 dBA.  If you are trying to keep your system quiet, as well as cool then memorize this list.

Saitek's new Pro Gamer

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2007 - 02:20 PM |
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Saitek has released a new input device for the gamer in you, the Pro Gamer Command Unit.  Offering 20 buttons, plus a shift button, as well as a tiny joystick under your thumb.  Head to techPowerUp to get the full review, but be careful ... they liked this device so much they've tossed away the keyboards on their gaming machines.

Source: techPowerUp!

Duke Nukem ... Arena?!?

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2007 - 12:47 PM |
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No, pigs haven't sprouted wings, nor has the permafrost extended that far down ... it's not DN4ever.  The Inquirer has seen a port of Duke Nukem 3D onto portable phones, allowing to you lay the mighty foot down old skool style.  If you have a BREW compatible phone, this is worth checking out, and the port of Prey as well.

Source: The Inquirer

30 days of Linux

Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2007 - 12:22 PM |
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A great experiment has taken place at [H]ard|OCP.  A member has just spent 30 days using the 32- and 64-bit versions of Ubuntu on 2 different computers on fairly new and one a year old.  Everything from the installation to normal everyday use like email, IM and DVD burning, as well as a foray into getting a graphics editor like Photoshop to work, and even a little gaming.  Take a look, you might be tempted to switch, yourself.

Source: [H]ard|OCP