Double the fun

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 23, 2007 - 02:55 PM |
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The Sapphire X1950 Pro Dual is a pair of X1950 GPUs piggybacked on one circuit board.  Unfortunately it seems to be a paper release, as there is nowhere to buy it, and it is not listed on the Sapphire website.  Still, HotHardware managed to get their hands on one and benchmark it.  While it does offer good performance, it has difficulty pulling ahead of the DX10 8800 GTS 320 MB and trouble fitting inside most cases.

Source: HotHardware

Mousepad madness

Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2007 - 01:55 PM |
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Madshrimps has collected 21 mousepads and tested them every way they could think of.  Not just performance in gaming, but also the usefulness in AutoCAD, Photoshop, browsing and using office apps got rated in a big chart at the end.  If you are toying with the idea of a better mousepad than the cloth one you found lying around, any of the choices you've considered are rated.

Source: Madshrimps

"More than meets the eye"

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 23, 2007 - 12:23 PM |
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The Cooler Master CM Media 281 is a very talented case.  Able to switch between HTPC and desktop at ease, with ample space in the interior for anyone's needs.  It is an interesting design from Cooler Master, but can this multifunction case stand up against some of CM's better cases?  Head over to The Tech Lounge and find out.

DX10, coming to an OS near you?

Subject: General Tech | April 23, 2007 - 11:51 AM |
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A member spotted a very interesting project over the weekend, and has started quite a buzz in the thread.  The Alky Project is using the DirectX SDK on Windows XP to write DirectX 10 compatibility libraries.  The basic idea is that the DX10 Geometry Shaders could be changed to native machine code on non-Vista machines, allowing your video card to render it, assumedly with a performance hit.  While it seems unlikely that they will get DX10 running on non-DX10 hardware, it will allow DX10 to run on XP if they succeed.

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Interview with Moderator Radiohead

Subject: Editorial | April 22, 2007 - 11:43 AM |
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Well, it's another Sunday. It's been darn busy at my house this last week. Seems we are working through some medical issues....gettin olde is like that. Ya gotta keep going back to the pits lap after lap...

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.

Linux gone wild

Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2007 - 05:38 PM |
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With the release of Feisty Fawn, CentOS 5 and
Debian Etch, our Linux forums are very active right now. They are feeling their oats, and even taking shots at Windows, and converting users to their preferred OS.

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Learing more about Wolfdale and Yorkfeild

Subject: Processors | April 20, 2007 - 02:32 PM |
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HotHardware has had the chance to see some benchmarks on the upcoming 45nm chip in both quad and dual core flavours.  They are compared to the current champion, the QX6800, so you get a good comparison.  These are still a while away from release, so the chips may perform better by the time they are ready.

"Intel has released some fresh performance data regarding a couple of Penryn-based future processors, Wolfdale and

Yorkfield.

Source: HotHardware

Bringing your graphics card back from the dead

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 20, 2007 - 01:18 PM |
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This Tech ARP article may not work in every single case, but for busted capacitors and other minor damage, the Graphics Card Repair Guide will get your card up and running again.  Just some solder, a bit of time and a steady hand are all that you need.

Source: Tech ARP

Get yourself a Second Life

Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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Second Life is a very different kind of MMO game, not involving raids and dungeon crawls instead relying on interaction as the key.  There are no levels to go up or rare items to find, you make them yourself or trade with someone who does.  Another big difference is the fact that it is free.

It has attracted millions, and a much higher percentage of women than WoW or Everquest.  OCMODSHOP takes a look at second life, and the changing demographics of gamers.

Source: OCMODSHOP

I think we all knew that already

Subject: General Tech | April 20, 2007 - 11:34 AM |
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In direct contradiction to Steve Ballmer's statement that no service pack is forthcoming for Vista, Paul Otellini let slip a target date for the release of an upcoming service pack for Vista.  It is likely that at least some of that update will deal with the soon to be released Longhorn server OS, and Otellini seems to hope it will also make Vista more attractive to corporate customers.

Source: The Inquirer

EPP is out, SLI-Ready is the new hotness

Subject: Memory | April 19, 2007 - 05:45 PM |
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Over at Techware Labs, OCZ's PC2 7200 SLI-Ready 2Gb kit is on the test bench.  This RAM may be fast out of the package, but they couldn't say they'd fully tested it without a good overclock, and in this case 1200MHz @ 5-5-5-18 timings by bumping the voltage to 2.4 was the best they could get.  Add some active cooling and you may even go beyond.

AMD Reports First Quarter Results

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 19, 2007 - 05:16 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- April 19, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 20071. AMD reported first quarter 2007 revenue of $1.233 billion, an operating loss of $504 million, and a net loss of $611 million, or $1.11 per share. These results include ATI acquisition-related and integration charges of $113 million, or $0.21 per share, and employee stock-based compensation expense of $28 million, or $0.05 per share.

Source: AMD

A Terrabyte in RAID 0

Subject: Storage | April 19, 2007 - 02:49 PM |
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AnandTech re-reviews the Hitachi DeskStar 7K1000, this time with a pair set up in RAID 0.  They find very little difference between the real application performance of this drive in single or RAID 0, nor can it keep up with the Raptors.  However, if you are looking for nice looking benchmark scores, you definitely want the RAID.

Source: AnandTech

Logitechs new, and affordable, 5.1 speakers

Subject: General Tech | April 19, 2007 - 01:36 PM |
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Logitech's new 5.1 system, the X-540 features a high cone excursion sub to give you better bass response than you might expect, as well as Frequency Directed Dual Driver technology, which is meant to 'even' out the sound.  It is very affordable and has a frequency response of 40 Hz - 20 kHz, so don't expect studio quality sound, however it sounds good enough that Tweaknews has no problem recomm

Source: Tweaknews

Drowning in decibels

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 19, 2007 - 11:58 AM |
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Is your PC is starting to sound a bit like a vacuum cleaner, maybe because summer approaches or that  video card you just bought?  Does the thought of switching to watercooling seems to be a bit much, and there is no way you are underclocking components so that passive cooling will work?  R&B Mods has posted a review of something you may not have thought of, but could really help.  Read on to see if SFM-1000 Case Fan Vibration Absorbers are the solution to your problems, or just a gimmick.

It's all about the size

Subject: General Tech | April 19, 2007 - 11:42 AM |
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The Hardware Zone takes a look at the news out of Beijing, and the IDF.  From Hafnium based logic gates allowing the shrink to 45nm for mainstream CPUs, to basic, but functional systems-on-a-chip, called Tolapai.  Read on to get a better idea what they saw, and don't forget to have a look at Ryan's article.

A preview of the new Pico-ITX standard

Subject: Motherboards | April 19, 2007 - 11:08 AM |
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The Pico-ITX platform is just 3.9 x 2.8 inches or 100 x 72 mm. That's half the size of Nano-ITX and that's half the size of Mini-ITX. My wireless router is bigger. My portable CD folder is larger. Video cards are longer and wider. A DVD cover is close to being twice as large. It's really quite incredible that so much functionality can fit on such a small PCB.

Source: VIA Arena

TV on the go

Subject: Mobile | April 18, 2007 - 05:23 PM |
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Get HD broadcasts and analog cable TV on you laptop with the help of this little USB device from Hauppauge, called the WinTV-HVR-950.  On one end is a USB 2.0 plug, and on the other is a familiar looking Coax cable connector on the other.  [H]ard|OCP tried it out on a handy C2D laptop and found that the PVR function was perhaps the most impressive feature, and found the only disappointment was

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel Chairman Begins New Projects To Help Revitalize Lebanon

Subject: General Tech | April 18, 2007 - 05:11 PM |
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BEIRUT, Lebanon, April 18, 2007 — Following the announcement of a collaborative effort with other corporations to help revitalize Lebanon, Intel Chairman Craig Barrett today dedicated new projects to improve education, healthcare and computer access to the Internet for its citizens.

OCZ Technology Announces Ultra-High Speed 1200MHz Flex XLC DDR2 Solution

Subject: Memory | April 18, 2007 - 03:03 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-April 17, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today
announced the PC2-9600 Flex XLC series. The latest edition to OCZ's esteemed
enthusiast lineup implements the proprietary Flex XLC design and is
engineered to produce extreme speeds with rock-solid stability. The PC2-9600
Flex modules are guaranteed to run at 1200MHz with ease thanks to the
supreme component screening and thermal management of "Flex."