ASUS Unveils World's First Terabyte Notebook at CES 2008

Subject: Mobile | January 3, 2008 - 05:54 PM |
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CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS, NV (JANUARY 3, 2008) - ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook PC design and manufacturing, today unveiled the world's first one-terabyte notebook in collaboration with Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.

ASUS announced that the new Travelstar 5K500 (500 GB 2.5 Inch hard drive) from Hitachi has been integrated into the ASUS M series multimedia notebook PCs. The new ASUS M50 and M70 will ship with two of the Travelstar 5K500 to provide unprecedented storage capacity for high definition media and personal data.

Source: ASUS

A good year to be a gamer

Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2008 - 05:31 PM |
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Ars Technica looks back at 2007 and the games that made this a great year.  Some of the hits we saw were a little challenged, as some companies had issues while others took their already good reputations to new heights.  See what else they loved and hated about the past year, or just go play Rock Band some more, it's up to you.

Source: Ars Technica

CoolIt to show off new products at CES

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 3, 2008 - 03:11 PM |
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It looks like the gang at CoolIt is going to have some impressive new items to show at CES next week.  I am already setup to meet with them at the show so you can be sure we'll have coverage of it.

Source: engadget

I see an AMD Core and I want it painted black

Subject: Processors | January 3, 2008 - 02:27 PM |
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The AMD Phenom 9600 Black Edition should be hitting retailers soon, and it has already made appearances on reviewers desks.  It arrived at a speed of 2.3GHz (11.5x200MHz), but seeing as how it is unlocked that multiplier can change, for instance [H]ard|OCP had no problems reaching a 15x multiplier and just over 3GHz.  If AMD sticks to their promised $250-ish pricing, you can expect this CPU to offer rather nice performance for it's price.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Corsair Introduces 32GB High-Density USB Drives at CES 2008

Subject: Storage | January 3, 2008 - 02:19 PM |
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Users now have the ultimate solution for storing, transporting and backing up large amounts of personal and professional data.  Whether using the Corsair proprietary all-rubber Flash Voyager or the aluminum-encased water-proof Flash Survivor, the large amounts of data on the drive will be safeguarded for users with an active lifestyle.  Corsair USB drives provide the added ruggedness and performance not found in other storage drives utilizing rotating media.

Magnetic cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 3, 2008 - 01:49 PM |
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The Sunon
Waturbo tries out something a little different, taking a hint from the Caramel bar. The center of their copper heatsink is filled with some liquid coolant that is stirred at the same speed as the 92mm fan on top thanks to a magnet and a fan inside the coolant chamber.  From the exterior it looks like most other Socket 775 cooler, as the pictures from Frosty Tech show.  Read on to see how well they did at cooling with this new design.

Source: Frosty Tech

The end of classic VIA chipsets

Subject: Chipsets | January 3, 2008 - 12:24 PM |
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Even though we more or less KNEW this was coming, it is sad to see the official end of an era over at VIA.  According to this Digitimes report, the chipset division, responsible for such masterpieces as the KT266A and KT133A, is being bundled in with the CPU division.

Source: Digitimes

Dell Crystal Display a reality

Subject: Displays | January 3, 2008 - 12:15 PM |
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Looks like someone spilled the beans early on the "crystal" display that was showcased last CES.


Source: engadget

Revenge of the little brother

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 3, 2008 - 12:13 PM |
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The HIS Radeon HD 3850 IceQ 3 TurboX runs at almost the exact same clock speeds as the more expensive 3870, and offers a few benefits as well.  It is designed to draw less power, especially when it takes advantage of the several PowerPlay states that the Guru of 3D discovered, and thanks to the inclusion of some powerful 3rd party cooling, it runs cooler as well.  The price is very much in line with the 3870, and the factory overclock is not the limit to

Source: Guru of 3D

Carrying NVIDIA's Water (Cooler)

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 3, 2008 - 12:04 PM |
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Last week BFG announced a dandy little product based on the NVIDIA GeForce GTS 512.  This water cooled product sports clocks that are well above norm, but correspondingly far more expensive than the standard 8800 GTS.  Based on the new G92 chip from NVIDIA, it has the full complement of stream units, ROP partitions, and 512 MB of fast GDDR-3.  The core runs at a sprightly 700 MHz with the memory at 970 MHz (1940 MHz effective).  The most impressive part is the stream processors clocked at a very ag

We now return you to your regularly scheduled news program

Subject: General Tech | January 3, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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I have successfully returned from Montreal, where 2.5 feet of snow is an inconvenience, not an emergency, and the parties don't start until midnight.  I hope everyone else has had as good a time as I, except for Ryan and Josh who have been slaving away keeping the front page of PC Perspective updated with the newest in tech news.  Thanks guys!

Source: Slashdot

NVIDIA and Intel merger rumors mix again

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 2, 2008 - 11:59 AM |
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According to the Inquirer, a bunch of NVIDIA stock calls is raising the rumors once again of an Intel and NVIDIA buyout/merger.  Both that author and this author have serious doubts about it, but hey, its always fun to speculate!

Source: The Inquirer

Happy New Year to All!!!

Subject: Editorial | December 31, 2007 - 09:11 PM |
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I just wanted to quickly wish everyone a very Happy New Year and to ask you all to please be safe with whatever you are doing to celebrate! 

Here's to a great 2007 and an even better 2008!!

AMD next-gen R700 GPU taped out

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 31, 2007 - 02:21 PM |
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Charlie at TheInq seems to think that AMD's R700 has taped out already.  If that's the case, those that claimed it wasn't coming in 2008 would surely be laughed at and mocked. 

Source: The Inquirer

Asus Eee PC with WiMax coming?

Subject: Mobile | December 31, 2007 - 02:18 PM |
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News of an updated Asus Eee PC at CES is coming into focus, as this post at Dailytech summarizes

Source: Daily Tech

Dell 3008WFP LCD Monitor with DisplayPort

Subject: Displays | December 31, 2007 - 02:00 PM |
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DisplayPort is coming, and very soon.  Dell is going to be one of, if not THE first to get a high quality DisplayPort capable monitor on the market in the form of an updated 30" display.  The Dell 3008WFP adds more than just a DisplayPort connection though; it combines the 30" and 2560x1600 resolution with the features of the multimedia-based 24" monitors released in 2007.

Vista and 802.11n

Subject: General Tech | December 31, 2007 - 01:38 PM |
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Some weeks back D-Link sent me their latest DIR-655 Gigabit/802.11n router for testing, and during Christmas I had the chance to actually start working with the wireless functionality.  The DIR-655 is a nice router by itself, but the main selling point is the 802.11n (Draft 2.0) performance.  This wireless standard offers a max of around 250 Mbit/sec, which is well beyond the standard 100 Mbit/sec wired specification which comprises the standard ethernet connection.  More often than not though, the average wireless throughput should be around 70 to 80 Mbit/sec.  Still, this

TSA bans batteries on planes

Subject: General Tech | December 31, 2007 - 01:29 AM |
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Not exactly, but more or less.  This is why big stupid governments are well, stupid.  

Any person who tries this is going to have a lot of time to recover from
singed pride in a maximum security jail. So, the idea is to stop fires, fair
enough.

Source: The Inquirer

Your audio files are driving you away from music

Subject: General Tech | December 30, 2007 - 11:58 PM |
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It would appear that maybe MP3s ARE the reason for lower music sales, just not in the way you think...  Are your compressed audio files driving you away from music???

Source: Slashdot

Penryn-based notebooks leak early

Subject: Mobile | December 30, 2007 - 11:55 PM |
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Looking forward the absolute ONSLAUGHT of product announcements at this year's CES?  You can get an early start by checking out Dailytech's coverage of a few Penryn-based notebooks that will be shown.

Source: Daily Tech