Squeal like a pig

Subject: Mobile | January 21, 2008 - 05:41 PM |

Make your Eee squeal out it's name and beg for mercy with the help of these tips from Hack a Day.  Adding all the functionality will take some time, and a certain amount of skill, but this huge write up gives you a chance to make the Eee all that it can be.

Source: Hack a Day


Subject: Motherboards | January 21, 2008 - 04:19 PM |

The Intel Skulltrail will probably beat the pants off of any AMD Spider platform you can build, but on the other hand Gigabyte's GA-MA790FX-DQ6 will only set you back about $300, half the price of the Skulltrail motherboard.  It will also be much easier to find, as it is not limited to 2000, total.  [H]ard|OCP checks out this Spider platform board and it'

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Adding some intelligence to system monitoring

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 21, 2008 - 01:49 PM |

You have most likely heard of nVIDIA's Enthusiast System Architecture, their attempt to bring a new level of accuracy to monitor the health of the temperatures and voltages in your system at many different points.  We even saw a few ESA compliant parts at CES, so the chances are good we will see at least a trial of this technology.  You can see what the first release looks like over at The Tech Report, as they have managed to get their hands on a reference model.

Power done properly

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 21, 2008 - 12:15 PM |

PC Power & Cooling's Silencer Quad 750W is a forerunner of the power supply technology we will see in the near future.  It is a 12V power supply, with 60A of current and some additional circuitry on the PSU's board allow the changing of voltage to +5V or +3.3V (or -12V if you are strange).  The benefits offered are additional reliability and the ability to provide any and all unused amperage to the 12V line.  If you are only

Source: OCIA

Time for your force feeding

Subject: General Tech | January 21, 2008 - 11:51 AM |

Hope you like IE7, because it may be making an appearance on your desktop, whether you like it or not.  Through the use of Windows Server Update Services, they will be rolling out an update this Friday.  Standalone PC's probably won't see this, it is the corporate world of domain servers that will be receiving the forced update and spreading it to it's client PCs.  The update is easily avoided, as WSUS has to be set to auto-approve Update Rollup packages to automatically install and push out the update, and it's default setting is to not auto-approve.  If you haven't fully

Source: Slashdot

Serving up meda, PC Perspective style

Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2008 - 06:33 PM |

If you are thinking of setting up an HTPC, you can always take UB's advice, or you can go it your own.  If you do, you will need a case, and you had better find out what is new in the world of TV Tuner cards and as we've mentioned before, don't go out and buy the $100 a foot cables; ple


Finding the GRAM sweet spot

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 18, 2008 - 02:21 PM |

MSIs' NX8800GT-T2D256E-OC goes the opposite way of the Palit GeForce 8800 GT Super+1GB, by halving the normal amount of memory on the 8800GT, as opposed to doubling it.  The Hardware Zone tested it, and found it lacking in certain areas.  If you never plan on showing HD content, or you have a sub 22" monitor that can't go beyond 1680x1050, then you won't be too disappointed with this cards lack of memory.  Unfortunately, the MSRP that Hardware Zone was given is awfully close to the pric

The continuing saga of DDR2

Subject: Memory | January 18, 2008 - 01:38 PM |

The newest in DDR2 is the OCZ PC2-6400 ReaperX HPC Enhanced Bandwidth 4GB Dual Channel kit shows the exact reason DDR2 is still going to be popular for a while.  This pair of 800MHz, 4-4-3-15 timed 2GB DIMMs can be yours for $150 at NewEgg.  When Overclock3D tested out the overclocking ability, the heatpipes helped them to hit DDR2-1100 speeds, and they only had to up the voltage to 2.1v, so the DIMMs are still under warantee.

Source: Overclock3D

As heard about on the podcast

Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2008 - 12:01 PM |

OCZ's headband, aka the Neural Impulse Actuator, may be the most embarrassing piece of tech to wear that is currently available on the planet.  On the other hand, it lets you control your PC with your mind ...

Take Vista's stick away and hide it

Subject: General Tech | January 18, 2008 - 11:41 AM |

Have you ever played fetch with a really lazy dog who just can't be bothered to bring the stick back, leaving you to do most of the exercise and provide all the entertainment?  Well, as OCModShop reports, the SuperFetch feature in Vista is roughly analogous. 
SuperFetch loads frequently used applications and pages into a memory cache, in fact it tries to use up as much available memory as possible with this cache.  So if you are running a 64bit flavoured OS and have more than 4GB of RAM then that isn't a problem, and the fraction of a second that Photoshop saves in loading up


NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT: G94 Arrives Early

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 17, 2008 - 06:45 PM |

An interesting package hit my door step yesterday and in it were two graphics cards of unknown origin.  Well, not completely unknown since I bought them from a PC Perspective Forums member, but their REAL origin is a mystery.  Why the secrets?  Turns out these cards unreleased GeForce 9600 GT cards.  No, really.  And yeah, I just BOUGHT them. 

OCZ Technology Announces New PC2-8000 4GB Platinum Edition Memory

Subject: Memory | January 17, 2008 - 06:36 PM |

Sunnyvale, CA - January 17, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the PC2-8000 Platinum Edition 4GB dual channel kit, designed to boost the performance of mainstream gaming systems. These new 2GB modules are the ultimate upgrade for entry-level enthusiasts seeking an exceptional overclocking kit at a price point that suits all budgets.

Apple's special treatment

Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2008 - 05:31 PM |

Back when the Steve-anator tried releasing Apple TV, and it turned out that there was a unique Intel chip inside, made specifically for Apple?  Well, it turns out that even with the failure of Apple TV, Intel was more than happy to custom make a C2D processor that is 60% smaller than any other.  See what it looks like over at AnandTech.

Source: AnandTech

AMD Posts a Whopper Loss

Subject: Processors | January 17, 2008 - 05:11 PM |

Don't let the first three lines of the linked Business Wire fool you.  AMD took it in the pants this last quarter.  The bottom line is that AMD announced $1.77 billion in revenues, which is a record.  They also recorded $1.772 billion in losses.  Yes...

Source: AMD

AMD Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual Results

Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2008 - 05:09 PM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Jan. 17, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported fourth quarter 2007 revenue of $1.770 billion, an 8 percent increase compared to the third quarter of 2007 and flat compared to the fourth quarter of 2006.  In the fourth quarter of 2007, AMD reported a net loss of $1.772 billion, or $3.06 per share, and an operating loss of $1.678 billion.  Fourth quarter net loss included charges of $1.675 billion, or $2.89 per share, of which $1.669 billion were operating charges.  The non-cash portion of the fourth quarter charges was $1.606 billion.

Source: AMD

Ray Tracing and Gaming - One Year Later

Subject: Processors | January 17, 2008 - 04:15 PM |

In case some of you guys aren't checking out the RSS feeds of our articles or just skip over the icons above, I really need to make sure you see the new ray tracing article from Daniel Pohl.  As a follow up to Daniel's previous article that first introduced ray tracing to our readers, this newest iteration dives into some examples of how ray tracing can be more efficient than rasterization when it come to rendering games. 

The short answer is ...

Subject: Processors | January 17, 2008 - 02:50 PM |

Not without a TEC or LOX setup.

Extremetech found overclocking the Phenom 9600 to be difficult and unpredictable.  They were unable to get more than 200MHz above the spec speed, and even then it sounds like there were difficulties encounter.  About the only thing they could count on was a big jump in the heat produced by the chip.

Source: Extremetech

Great board, if only there was something comparable to put in it

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 17, 2008 - 01:55 PM |

The ASUS AM3A32-MVP Deluxe is the latest AMD 790FX chipset based motherboard for AM2 and AM2+ chips.  Still only supporting DD2 up to 1066MHz, but with a new total count of 4 PCI-Express x16 slots and new heatpipes, there is more to this board than you might first think.  As [H]ard|OCP laments in their conclusions, it's hard to justify picking this boa

Source: [H]ard|OCP

"build a high quality aluminum case with basically a hacksaw and a file"

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 17, 2008 - 12:44 PM |

Instead of tossing old cases, the folks at MektuMod like to disembowel cases and remake them to their own bizarre ideals.  This time the victim was a small defenseless Antec Sonata II case, which had custom lighting, watercooling and a pair of 8800GTXs inside by the time they were done with it

Source: MetkuMods

The router of all evil

Subject: General Tech | January 17, 2008 - 12:00 PM |

It is taken as a fact that there are thousands of miles of dark fiber in the ground, and that the only time the wiring needs to be updated is the last 10 feet to the house.  There is another problem though, as the dark fiber gets turned on, the data passing through the aging routers expands beyond what they were designed to cope with.  Ars Technica looks at the current problems; from Moore's Law as it relates to the price of routers, the speed of RAM, and the solution proposed long

Source: Ars Technica