Corsair Announces World's First 1000 Watt Power Supply Certified for 3-Way NVIDIA SLI Technology

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 28, 2008 - 02:37 PM |

Fremont, CA, February 28, 2008 – Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, today announced the HX1000W power supply unit (PSU), the world's first 1000 watt PSU to be certified under the newly-created 3-way NVIDIA SLI Technology Certification Program from NVIDIA Corporation.

The HX1000W is the latest addition to Corsair's award-winning HX-series of modular power supplies for the gaming and enthusiast community.


Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2008 - 02:34 PM |

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 28, 2008 - NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the world leader in visual computing technologies and the inventor of the GPU, today announced that the Enthusiast System Architecture (ESA) extensions have now officially been adopted by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), paving the way for widespread industry adoption.

Source: NVIDIA

Corsair Announces New 16GB "GT" High Performance USB 2.0 Flash Drive

Subject: Storage | February 28, 2008 - 02:32 PM |

Fremont, CA, February 28, 2008 - Corsair, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, announced a new 16GB high performance "GT" Flash Voyager USB 2.0 drive.  The new Corsair 16GB GT Flash Voyager USB drive will be debuted at the CeBIT 2008 Show next week in Hanover, Germany on Corsair’s stand (Booth 40 in Hall 21).

High Performance USB Solutions for Transporting & Backing-up Critical Data

Playing tricks on your memory

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 28, 2008 - 02:23 PM |

The Tech Report grabbed 3 GeForce 8800 GTs representing the three different models, the 256MB, 512MB and the 1GB.  If you've ever wondered just why so many people snigger at those who paid extra for the 1GB model, read on and all will be revealed.

Power per pound

Subject: Mobile | February 28, 2008 - 11:58 AM |

The Dell XPS M1730 is just over 10lbs of serious power.  It has a 17" 1920x1200 LCD, SLI, PhysX, it can handle RAID 0 or 1 as well as up to 4Gb of DDR2 800.  All in all it is serious competition for the Alienware m9750 that Ryan tested recently.  Check out the current pinnacle of laptop performance at AnandTech.

Source: AnandTech

Sempron Fi

Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2008 - 11:39 AM |

While we still have no definite news on where the million or so Semprons that ASUS is rumoured to have bought will end up, but we do know that China will be seeing them for sale.  DigiTimes predicts that Intel will drop prices in reaction to the release, a tactic we will likely see in North America once the chips make it over here.  Maybe we should look out for low priced Lenovos soon.

Source: Digitimes

More details on Intel Diamondville platform are revealed

Subject: Processors | February 27, 2008 - 04:38 PM |

Dailytech has some new information on Diamondville, Intel's major push into the world of ultra-low power form factors that we are used to seeing VIA excel in.  The processors are set at a 4-8 watts (!!) TDP and should find their way into a lot of interesting designs in the future.

Source: Daily Tech

Intel buys Project Offset, makers of the Offset engine

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 27, 2008 - 04:28 PM |

An interesting bit of news came across earlier in the week about Intel purchasing Project Offset, makers of the Offset Engine.  While no games have actually come out with it yet, I can remember seeing demos of the technology at NVIDIA/ATI press days for several years. 

Source: Ars Technica

High value at a low cost

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 27, 2008 - 03:56 PM |

When you are building a low cost system, AMD is still a great way to go, and the ECS A770M-A (V1.0) AMD 770 can be the basis of a low cost, highly reliable PC.  ECS have placed a lot of extras on this board and have still managed to keep it's cost well below $100.  Big Bruin's review shows that it is solid, but if you are looking for overclocking potential, high powered cooling and a ha

Source: Big Bruin

It's still great, even if it does need extensions

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 27, 2008 - 01:37 PM |

Lee is at it again, this time pitting the Zalman ZM1000-HP 1,000W Power Supply against our abusive teting policies, to see just how much it can take.  As it turns out, this PSU has a lot going for it, deserving the 80+ rating it received and keeping the temperatures and sound level reasonable, even at full load.  That comes partly from the fact that the HP part of it's name signifies that this PSU uses heatpipes to

AMD Collaborates With Microsoft on Windows Server 2008

Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2008 - 12:22 PM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - February 27, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it has worked closely with Microsoft throughout the Windows Server 2008 development process, to deliver the ultimate server solution.

Source: AMD

It's all in the timing

Subject: Memory | February 27, 2008 - 12:19 PM |

R&B Mods looks at G.SKILL's DDR2 PC2 8500, which have been constructed a with a little more attention to detail that some other modules we've seen.  It's stock speed of 1066 @ 5-5-5-15 really isn't all that impressive but 4-5-5-13 @ 285 FSB isn't too bad, and they manged to hit 300Mhz with loose timings.  Maybe you can pick up a kit and do even better

Multiple personality disorder

Subject: General Tech | February 27, 2008 - 11:48 AM |

X-bit Labs picked up a Santa Rosa based Apple MacBook Pro, and for some reason they installed Vista on it.  Not only did it work, they compared it to an ASUS Lamborghini VX2S in several benchmarks.  The Apple even beat out the Lamborghini in all gaming tests except Crysis.  The pairing isn't really that strange if you compare the price of the

Source: X-Bit Labs

Intel Ships New Processors for Embedded, Communications and Storage Markets

Subject: Processors | February 27, 2008 - 11:23 AM |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 27, 2008 - Intel Corporation today announced expanded offerings for embedded market segments with new processors with extended, 7-year life cycle support, a new chipset and a carrier-grade server. The processors, based on Intel's revolutionary high-k, metal gate transistor formula and manufactured on the company's 45-nanometer (nm) process, include the Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor 5400 Series and Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 5200 Series.

Intel demonstrates ray tracing on ultra-mobile PCs

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 26, 2008 - 04:08 PM |

As frequent readers of PC Perspective know, we have been very interested in the work of on Daniel Pohl, now an employee at Intel, that developed some of the first modern ray tracing gaming engines.  Daniel has written a couple of articles here on PC Perspective on the subject including Ray Tracing and Gaming - Quake 4: Ray Traced Project and Ray Tracing and Gaming - One Year Later.  I have also covered a lot of the technology behind ray tracing such as the Terascale pr

The 9600 GT is still hard at work

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 26, 2008 - 04:00 PM |

Not convinced that nVIDIA's new 9600GT is one of the best budget cards around?  Check out the Tech Report's review, where they overclock it to the point that it is beating the 8800 GT, never mind the HD3850.  It's one Achilles heel is it shaders, but we probably won't be seeing games with shaders that are so complex that the card starts to slow down for a while.

Sitting naked on the dock

Subject: Storage | February 26, 2008 - 03:59 PM |

Ryan has finished his review of a very handy little product, the Thermaltake BlacX SATA USB docking station.  This dock is a little different than ones we have seen before, it is designed to let you stick in uncovered drives into the slot at it's top.  No screws, no buttons or clips, you just slide it in and away you go.  Keep reading to find out more.

Meet the future of games

Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2008 - 03:38 PM |

Ars Technica spent some time at this years GDC, which had a lot of new independently
created titles on show.  Ranging from customized controllers to games for all the consoles as well as the PC, there is a lot happening this year in gaming.  Microsoft will have a huge impact on what makes it big, if you are designing a game for the PC or the XBox, you are already working with Microsoft.  Check out the big hits from the GDC here.

Source: Ars Technica

Not coming soon to a store near you

Subject: General Tech | February 26, 2008 - 03:23 PM |

According to DigiTimes, it will not be easy to get our hands on a triple-core Phenom.  All of their stock is going to OEMs to go inside full systems.  This move is not unprecedented, but it is worrying when you think about the rumours of low yields with the B2 stepping.

Source: Digitimes


Subject: Systems | February 26, 2008 - 03:05 PM |

With a starting price of $1,249, the XPS 630 delivers stellar performance with the latest technology and innovative features, all in sleek, compact brushed-aluminum chassis.

Gamers won't outgrow the XPS 630 as since it's based on a standard ATX chassis, making future upgrades easy. It's ATI CrossFire and NVIDIA SLI-ready, and will support Corsair memory and Intel Extreme processors. Gamers can tweak performance by overclocking processor and memory through the control panel.

Source: Dell