Just the bare necessities

Subject: Motherboards | May 11, 2007 - 04:16 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP picked the new sub $100 board, the EVGA 650i Ultra to find out how it compares to the 680i.  By paring out almost every optional feature, including SLI, they have created a value class motherboard that is perfect for those consumers who just want a basic board and are unconcerned with overclocking or tweaking.  If you know someone who wants a PC just for surfing, this may be per

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Make sure you talk the talk with the best

Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2007 - 02:10 PM |
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Gaming headsets are found in much greater variety, now that TeamSpeak or some type of in-game communication is expected with multiplayer titles.  ExtremeTech compares 2 of the top models that allow you to lay the verbal smackdown on your opponent while gibbing them with whatever weapon is close to hand. 

Source: Extremetech

Hot gaming on a cold planet

Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2007 - 12:09 PM |
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HEXUS has heard that the port of Lost Planet: Extreme Condition is actually a total rewrite of the game.  While this may not satisfy those cynics who have played many a console game that has been ported to the PC, only to be terribly disappointed, the screenshots do show improvements to the graphics.  Capcom is planning on releasing a demo, so you will be able to test the game out before committing yourself.
Source: Hexus

OQO Model 2, take 2

Subject: General Tech | May 11, 2007 - 11:52 AM |
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In part 2 of VIA Arena's video review of the OQO Model 2, get the machine started up and then change focus to the abilities of the docking station.  The UMPC boots up into a full version of Windows XP, and the batteries will keep it going for up to 3 hours.  There is an optional super sized battery offering twice the charge, although it is also twice the size.  The docking station gives you HDMI output, so once you get home you can plug the OQO into your HDTV, and the 3 USB ports give you the ability to add a full-sized keyboard and mouse. 

Source: VIA Arena

A weighty mouse

Subject: General Tech | May 10, 2007 - 05:25 PM |
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Revoltec has jumped into the gaming mouse bandwagon with the Fightmouse.  With up to 2400dpi resolution and 5 buttons it has all the feature that gamers are now used to.  It also has a nice added bonus, 3 weights that can be added to the mouse to adjust it exactly to your preference, 10, 15 and 20g.  The back of the mouse also looks more rounded than most, which may be good news to many.

Source: BurnOutPC

PC Perspective Podcast, take 2

Subject: Editorial | May 10, 2007 - 02:34 PM |
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The second ever PC Perspective Podcast is up on Ryan's weblog ... and ready for you to listen to.  John Hung, Ryan and I spent the better part of an hour trying to figure out what Ageia can do to encourage people to pick up a PPU, beyond the release of Cellfactor.  Santa Rosa and nVIDIA's new mobile processors just came out and were a topic, as well as a couple of forum threads and Ryan's Hardware Leaderboard update.

Time to get gobs of memory

Subject: Memory | May 10, 2007 - 02:27 PM |
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Gone are the days when there was a 4GB limit on addressable memory because of the limitations of 32-bit processors.  WinXP and Vista both come in 64-bit version which has a theoretical limit of 16,000,000 GB of RAM

Source: TweakTown

When will we start seeing GPU & PSU bundles

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 10, 2007 - 01:35 PM |
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When the limited edition nVIDIA 8800 GTX hit's the street, you are going to see something you never have before ... a graphics card that wants an 8 pin power connector.  Before you get the wire cutters out, read about the new PSU from Enermax, the Galaxy 1000W DXXGuru3D has a full write up of this PSU, that is a must have if you are looking at purcahsing the Limited Edition 8800GTX.

Source: Guru of 3D

Intel's future in mobility looks rosy

Subject: Mobile | May 10, 2007 - 11:57 AM |
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AnandTech looks at the new Centrino, aka Santa Rosa.  It has been in development for a long time now, and many believed that it would be a huge jump in power savings.  It includes a draft 802.11n WiFi interface which may end up influencing the IEEE's decision as to the final implementation of the new wireless standard.  Read on to find out what they thought of the new chipset, and don't forget Ryan's look at it either.

Source: AnandTech

Conference, just in time

Subject: General Tech | May 10, 2007 - 11:45 AM |
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In case you hadn't heard, the JavaOne conference is happening right now in San Francisco.  While it certainly doesn't get the attention that E3 or the IDF does, it is the place to be for those who work with Java.  Phoronix is there, and they have caught Oracle's slideshow and posted pictures up to the web.

Source: Phoronix

Podcast Two out the Door

Subject: Editorial | May 10, 2007 - 10:00 AM |
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You will be able to subscribe to it through iTunes and you can still access it directly through the RSS page HERE.


PC Perspective Podcast 02 - 5/9/07


This week we talk about the release of CellFactor for AGEIA's PhysX cards, our updated hardware leaderboard for your system component choices and Intel's Santa Rosa laun

Multitude Of Innovations Boost New Intel-Based Laptops

Subject: Mobile | May 9, 2007 - 06:49 PM |
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NEW YORK and SAN FRANCISCO, May 9, 2007 — Faster processors and chipsets. Great-looking video and graphics. Stronger and faster wireless signals. Better security and manageability. Designed for energy efficiency to enable great battery life. An option to turbo-speed boot time and software application loading.

[H] visits Puget Sound again

Subject: Systems | May 9, 2007 - 04:55 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP takes their 4th look at Puget Custom Computers with a totally customized build.  With a C2D E6400, a P5N-E SLI, 2GB of Kingston's 667MHz DDR2 and a silent 7950 GT the box is built to handle most apps you might throw at it.  In the past reviews Puget has managed to offer stellar service in most categories, but there have always been troublesome areas that diminished [H]'s experience, and their rating.  Can this be the system that goes the extra mile?

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Clearly a good deal

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 9, 2007 - 04:13 PM |
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The Sunbeam UFO ACUF-T Acrylic case is much cheaper than most acrylic cases, coming in at under $100.  It's shape is a little odd, at 11.8" x 11.61" x 14.96", and that is assuming you assembled it correctly as it comes in about the same shape as IKEA furniture ...

Mobility Madness

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 9, 2007 - 03:40 PM |
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There is a brand new set of mobile graphics chips that were unveiled today by nVIDIA.  Although the 8800 series doesn't have a mobile equivalent, the rest of the 8000's are represented so you can get DX10 goodness on your laptop.  Head over to HotHardware to get the lowdown on their specs and see how they perform.

Source: HotHardware

The anticipation grows

Subject: General Tech | May 9, 2007 - 12:04 PM |
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The Inquirer has heard that at least one of the voices in Fallout 3 will be done well, as it will be Liam Neeson.  There is no word on any other voice actors participating, nor on what the game will look like (or if it will be SPECIAL).  Follow their link for some nice mood music and 2 strange pictures.  For a look at a very dedicated fan base, click on the picture and head to the Fallout 3 forums ... and wear a flameproof suit.

Source: The Inquirer

Delaying an extinction event

Subject: General Tech | May 9, 2007 - 11:48 AM |
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The Register has a story on RapidMind, a startup that claims to be able to allow coders who have always programed for single core processors to be able to take advantage of multiple core speed advantages without needing to relearn their trade.  If their promise holds true, it may significantly reduce the delay between Cell processors and GPGPU becoming commonly available and the arrival of software optimized to use them.

Source: The Register

NVIDIA UNVEILS NEW VISUAL COMPUTING ARCHITECTURE FOR NEXT-GENERATION

Subject: Mobile | May 9, 2007 - 11:03 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA—MAY 9, 2007—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, has introduced a breakthrough NVIDIA Quadro® professional GPU architecture for notebook computers that enables entirely new graphics and visual computing capabilities for professionals who require uncompromised mobility.

Source: NVIDIA

Interview with Mod Meridian

Subject: Editorial | May 9, 2007 - 10:20 AM |
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It's a Wednesday morning and I have a few minutes to post. My work life has completely inundated me recently, I miss this place! Hopefully it will all wash over sooner than later.

M is one hard working Mod here at PCP. It took considerable wrassling to hold him down long enough to answer a few questions. I'm bushed, so here ya go, number 20 in the series: Meridian

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.

Grilling Intel on Penryn and Nehalem

Subject: Processors | May 8, 2007 - 04:55 PM |
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In the newest episode of HEXUS.tv, you can watch 2 Intel developers, Stephen Fischer and Mark Buxton, talk about Intel's new projects at IDF.  From the changes in the instruction set to the growth of the L2 cache, they cover a lot of ground, including the fact that Intel is not currently working on any new single core processors.

Source: Hexus