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Subject: Systems | March 6, 2007 - 02:48 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 6, 2007 - 12:12 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2007 - 11:20 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2007 - 09:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: General Tech | March 6, 2007 - 09:22 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
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.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 5, 2007 - 03:04 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PCI Express is the defacto choice for graphics cards and other high speed components, like physics processing. It caught on for mainstream consumers, while PCI-X has been relegated to business applications like SCSI cards, and Gigabit LAN cards in servers.
Well, I spent the weekend in bed taking meds for a sinus infection and dreading going to work today, but I made it. I am getting 'better', but to some folk, that's debateable!
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.
Subject: Processors | March 5, 2007 - 01:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SALEM, New Hampshire and SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 5, 2007 — Intel Corporation and AmberWave Systems Corporation have settled all patent infringement suits pending between them related to AmberWave Systems strained silicon patent portfolio. Under the agreement, Intel has received a license to all AmberWave patents and patent applications either existing today or filed during the agreement's ten-year term. The companies also have agreed to continuing discussions and evaluation of AmberWave's ongoing technology research and development efforts.
Subject: Systems | March 5, 2007 - 12:54 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ryan has been busily updating the PC Perspective Hardware Leaderboard. Every system has been tweaked, and in some cases the performance increased and the price decreased.
The new superclocked 8800's appear in both the Dream System and the High End System. The Mid Range and Budget systems have new motherboards that offer good features.
Check them out!
Subject: Graphics Cards | March 5, 2007 - 12:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware has a review of the X1950 GT 256MB. By dropping the Pro part of the name, reducing the clock speed and the price, this card is good choice for those not looking for the fastest card. It's performance is still nothing to sneer at, it is capable of over 100fps with 4x FSAA and 4x anisotropic filtering enabled in Half Life Episode One.
Subject: Systems | March 5, 2007 - 10:59 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has revamped some of their testing methods, and revisit some quad-core desktops that they've reviewed previously. Among the many changes, they switched to Vista Ultimate 64 bit edition, so drop by and see what effect that has had on these systems performance.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 5, 2007 - 09:30 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Thermalright Ultra 120 is an immense heatsink that is designed to cool without needing a fan. It even manages to out perform the stock Intel cooler, while generating no noise. The interesting trick with this heatsink is that you can easily attach a 120mm fan, and get incredible cooling power. Head to AnandTech for a look at the performance of this powerful cooler.
Subject: General Tech | March 5, 2007 - 09:16 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Take a run through Tech ARP's Security Boot Camp. There are some very handy tips for detecting, removing and preventing malware, and it is done in a very easy to understand method. See if there is anything there the will give you a few tips, and save yourself some time cleaning your computer later.
"If you are always worrying about the security of your computer but do not know what to do about it, then this is the boot camp
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Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 5, 2007 - 08:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lake Forest, IL — (March 5, 2007) — BFG TechnologiesÂ®, Inc., the leading North American and European NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG NVIDIAÂ® GeForceÂ® 8800 OC2™ series of graphics cards.
BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX OC2 768MB:
- Core Clock: 626MHz vs. standard 575MHz.
- Shader Clock: 1450MHz vs. standard 1350MHz.
- Memory Clock: 2000MHz vs. standard 1800MHz.
BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS OC2 640MB:
Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2007 - 03:15 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Another Friday is here, and it's time to take a peek at the forums. A KVM switch can be a very handy device if you are running a Distributed Computing farm, or just have more PCs than you do monitors.
Subject: Storage | March 2, 2007 - 12:17 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DropBoks, eSnips, MediaMax, OmniDrive and openomy are all under review at ExtremeTech. These 6 sites offer online storage, that you can get for free. 4 provide you up to 1GB free storage, with eSnips offering 5GB and MediaMax 25GB. They also offer different max files sizes and transfer bandwidth, as well as offering premium services, so read on to see which best fits you.
Subject: Mobile | March 2, 2007 - 11:10 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
MAKE:Blog has posted a link to a new How To. In this case it's a step by step set of instructions on how to refill a laptop batteries. It can also be used to mod your battery, by using more powerful cells, you can get a battery that last longer than the original did. Make sure you read all the warnings, otherwise you or your laptop may end up quite sad.
Subject: General Tech | March 2, 2007 - 09:43 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Why has it taken this long to get a Conan game; not that 2008 is exactly close yet. Finally you can stalk the wilderness as everyones favorite Cimmerian hacking off heads and bathing in blood. In fact, you should really head over to Strategy Informer to take a look at the 24 screenshots they've posted to get an idea just how much blood there will be in this game.
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Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 2, 2007 - 09:21 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Wi-Fi is a very handy way to set up a network without spreading cables all through your house or business, and it is much easier and cheaper to set up than just a few years ago. It also opens you up to a few vulnerabilities that are not always understood. CNET reports on some of the most common, from packet sniffers, to the fact that when your PC starts up, it broadcasts a list of the wireless networks it has connected to in the past.
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