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.

Give you external storage a big boost of speed

Subject: Storage | February 21, 2007 - 06:23 PM |
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USB 2.0: 1.5GB/sec, SATA: 3 GB/sec ... which speed would you prefer?  The Kingwin JET external HDD casing offers both, giving those with e-SATA a huge speed benefit while still remaining useful to anyone.  The included 80mm fan helps keep the drive alive, drop by Virtual-Hideout and get the full story.

Rock and Roll never dies

Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2007 - 06:14 PM |
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Join Digital Trends for a look back at some of the musicians and formats they grew up with and loved, and a serious problem that is infecting the musical universe.  Compression kills dynamic range.  In order to get music to listeners in what is essentially a LoFi format, one of the most powerful ways to evoke emotion is being removed.  Ask your self when the last time you listened to an MP3 at a full 192bps.

Look over there ... it's Ultra Bay!

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 21, 2007 - 05:03 PM |
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The Soundgraph UltraBay is a multifunctional display that takes up two 5 1/4" bays, and offers an amazing variety of display options.  Head over to techPowerUp for the full review, you can't really grasp what this display can do without seeing it in action.

Source: techPowerUp!

The 3GHz solution

Subject: Processors | February 21, 2007 - 12:33 PM |
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The Tech Report puts the brand new X2 6000+ in direct competition with the E6700.  They spend some time focusing on the memory bandwidth, which lets the X2 show up Intel's chip ... for a while.  Read on to see how the pure speed of the 6000+ compares to the more modern architecture of the Core 2 Duo chip.

General Purpose verus the specialist

Subject: General Tech | February 21, 2007 - 12:17 PM |
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Ars Techncia has assembled an article on what certain analysts believe to be the most likely Google killer.  The idea is to have specialized search engines, not try to compete with Google's mastery over generalized searches.  Some will focus on providing information on local products or services, although Google Maps may well win in that category.  There are also vertical searches which focus on a specific topic and search in a specific set of database

Source: Ars Technica

Corsair Enhances SD Family with New 4GB SDHC Card

Subject: Storage | February 21, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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Fremont, CA (February 20, 2007) — Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high performance computer products, today expanded its Secure Digital (SDTM) card family with the new 4GB SD High Capacity (SDHCTM) cards. Based on the SD Association 2.0 specification and tested to be fully compliant with SDHC host devices, each Corsair 4GB SDHC card blends Class 2 performance and high capacity to offer expanded storage for rich digital media.

New AMD Desktop Processors Designed for Both Performance-Hungry and Energy-Conscious Users

Subject: Processors | February 21, 2007 - 11:32 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Feb. 20, 2007 - Underscoring its commitment to
delivering the right products at the right time, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today
introduced desktop processors designed for users seeking the ultimate in
energy-conscious or high-performance computing. The new energy-efficient
45-watt AMD Athlon(tm) 64 single-core processors 3500+ and 3800+ can
help consumers and businesses save energy and experience significant
performance-per-watt benefits
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Source: AMD

Intel Technology Allows Nurses to Spend More Time with Patients

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2007 - 06:20 PM |
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SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 20, 2007 - Intel Corporation today announced the mobile clinical assistant (MCA) is ready to enable nurses to spend more time with patients, do their jobs on the move while remaining connected, and manage the administration of medications. Motion Computing's C5 is the first product based on Intel's MCA platform and has earned support from clinicians and nurses participating in pilot studies around the world.

What happens in Vegas ...

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2007 - 05:48 PM |
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Join [H]ard|OCP on a tour of the underside of Los Vegas in the new Rainbow Six Vegas on XBox360, PS3 and PSP.  They found a texture problem similar to the one discovered in Gears of War, where some textures would take upwards of 30 seconds to be drawn in when first loading a level, but the gameplay more than made up for the inconvenience.  This seems to be a worthy addition to any Rainbow 6 fan's collection.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

OCZ Announces the Extremely Versatile Vindicator Premium CPU Cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 20, 2007 - 05:34 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-February 20, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, Inc. a worldwide
leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory,
today announced the OCZ Vindicator CPU cooler, an enthusiast-grade thermal
solution for the latest high performance processors. The Vindicator can be
used as a passive or active cooler depending on the needs of the enthusiast.


NVIDIA Announces World's First Certified Support for Microsoft DirectX 10

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 20, 2007 - 04:11 PM |
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NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today released the world's first WHQL-certified drivers for Microsoft DirectX 10, coinciding with the release of the first DirectX 10 test kit from Microsoft, which allows other hardware vendors to test their graphics processors using the DirectX 10 WHQL tests.

Source: NVIDIA