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

NAS made easy

Subject: Storage | May 8, 2007 - 02:23 PM |
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The Vantec NexStar LX is a simple NAS device, that thanks to it's USB2 connector can also be used the same as a basic external HDD.  Currently only IDE drives can be used, but SATA compatibility is being developed currently.  With a large heatsink and fan, there are no worries about the drive overheating if you just stick it under your desk right by your router, and you can control the fan's speed if it gets too loud. 

Source: Bjorn3D

An almost disposable MP3 player

Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2007 - 01:38 PM |
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Hardware Zone reviews the new Creative Zen Stone.  At only 1GB, you won't be putting your entire music collection on it, but that really isn't what it is for.  It weighs only 18.5 ounces and is about the size of a Zippo lighter so it will go anywhere.  At an MSRP of less than $50 dollars, it certainly seems to put the iPod Nano in second place.

OCZ Technology Announces the Worlds First AM2 Optimized Memory Kit

Subject: Memory | May 8, 2007 - 01:00 PM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif.-May 7, 2007-OCZ Technology, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today
unveiled a unique memory kit for AMD enthusiasts and power users. The new
PC2-5400 Titanium modules were designed exclusively for the AMD AM2 platform
and are custom-tailored to the extended column address range of the AM2
memory controller. With a doubled page size, access penalties are reduced to
ultimately improve system performance.

ASUS remodels their Lamborghini

Subject: Mobile | May 8, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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ASUS has followed up their original Lamborghini laptop with the VX2, updating the hardware and adding features as well as improving it's already well designed aesthetic.  TECHGAGE was lucky enough to get one to test out, and enjoyed every minute of it.  The added bonuses run from a webcam to a finger print reader just go to show how well thought out this laptop is; although perhaps designed more for the car fana

Source: TECHGAGE

UMPC goes Pro

Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2007 - 11:46 AM |
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VIA Arena just received an OQO UMPC, that looks smaller than the manual it comes with.  The keyboard slides out from underneath the unit, making it one solid piece that looks about the size of a PSP and the docking station comes with a DVD burner and is a very sleek reflective black.  Check out the video and keep your eyes open for more about this tiny little PC.

Source: VIA Arena

New NVIDIA 8800 GTX to use both 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe Power

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 8, 2007 - 10:16 AM |
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An interesting product announcement hit my inbox just now that I thought I would share with you all.  From PNY, a new 8800 GTX "Limited Edition" card that is highly overclocked will be available NOW or very soon.  Here are the specs:



  • 621 MHz core versus 575 MHz stock

  • 1.45 GHz shader core versus 1.35 GHz stock

  • 2.0 GHz memory speed versus 1.8 GHz stock

  • 96 GB/s memory bandwidth versus 86.4 GB/s stock

  • 39.7 billion pixels/s fill rate versus 36.8 billion pixels/s

  • MSRP of $579.99

Considering that the

Big is not always beautiful

Subject: Displays | May 7, 2007 - 05:44 PM |
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The Viewsonic VX2435wm is under examination at 3dGameMan.  As the name hints it is a 24" widescreen LCD, with a resolution of 1920x1200 and 8ms gtg and HDCP support for HDMI and DVI.  They found the text to be perfectly sharp but had some problems with the brightness being too high, which is a good thing for some viewers.  Unfortunately, the size slows down the response rate to the point where ghosting is

Source: 3dGameMan

Getting more bang for your buck

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 7, 2007 - 03:14 PM |
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PC Stats has decided to test out a question many value minded gamers are wondering.  Which is better, a single 8800GTX or a pair of 8800GTS' in SLI?  You pay pretty much the same price for either setup, although the single GTX does allow you to install a second card down the road ... when you can afford it.

As the tests show, it is a matter of choosing between great performance now, or really good performance now and astounding performance in the future.

Source: PCStats