More from Intel's preview of Nehalem and Penryn

Subject: Processors | March 29, 2007 - 11:38 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP has posted some very good slides of Intel's Penryn preview.  Over a dozen 45nm Hi-k designs are being developed by Intel and they shouldn't have a problem getting them made, they will have 2 45nm manufacturing fabs up and running within 6 to 9 months and 2 more on the way.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

New from Joo Janta

Subject: General Tech | March 29, 2007 - 11:30 AM |
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These new prototype glasses change colour at the turn of a tiny knob in about 2 seconds.  A step up from UV sensitive glasses, which can be fooled into darkening and lightening at inappropriate times by oddly angled UV rays or by being behind UV blocking glass, these change shade when you choose.  A gel of organic oxides is sandwiched between two layers of electrochromic material.  It uses a watch battery to apply voltage to change the transparency.  The tint will stay without power for about 30 days, and you can expect 1000's of transitions before you need a new battery.&n

Source: Slashdot

Penryn and Nehalem, new from Intel

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 06:20 PM |
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The Tech Report has plenty of info on the new core from Intel, Penryn.  Far more than just a shrinkage, and still on target for release later this year, you can get a sneak peek here.

Intel Honors 10 Companies With Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement Award

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 06:10 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 27, 2007 -- Intel Corporation today announced the 10 winners of the company's most prestigious award for suppliers, the Supplier Continuous Quality Improvement (SCQI) award. The award, for outstanding commitment to quality and performance excellence in 2006, recognizes companies that provided products and services deemed essential to Intel's business success. This select group will be honored at a ceremony tonight in Burlingame, Calif.

Intel Honors 44 Companies With Preferred Quality Supplier Award

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 06:09 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 27, 2007 -- Intel Corporation today announced the 44 companies receiving Intel's Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) award for outstanding commitment to quality and performance excellence. These suppliers provided products and services deemed essential to Intel's business success in 2006. They excelled at meeting and exceeding high expectations and tough performance goals to distinguish themselves from the thousands of suppliers that work with Intel.

THE WINDOWS VISTA ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE (Chance to win schwag!)

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 04:13 PM |
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Event Date & Time:March 30th, 2007, 1:30 p.m. PST
Duration:60 minutes
      
Sign up today for a chance to win prizes during the webcast! (must be present to win)
1 Winner will receive an Intel Quad-core 6600 CPU     

2 Winners will receive a copy of Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate

REQUIREMENTS:
 To attend this Web conference event you will need:
• A computer with access to the Internet to view the visual portion of the event.

Source: newegg

Interview with Moderator John C

Subject: Editorial | March 28, 2007 - 03:10 PM |
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Man, it's Wednesday and humpday already. I've got a real treat for you today. John C used to be a member advocate and is now a Mod. He's truly a great guy, so glad he agreed to talk with us....

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.

The sound of ASUS

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 03:07 PM |
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VR-Zone has some information on the ASUS Xonar D2X, the soundcard announced at CeBIT.  It is a PCIe card, that can handle 192K/24-bit with 118dB SNR for playback, and 115dB SNR for recording.  They have captures from the slide show that give you a lot of information on what this card will do.

Source: VR-Zone

G80, a test for the whole family

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 28, 2007 - 12:59 PM |
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In a large round up, Beyond3D tests the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX
and GTS 640MB

against the 7950 GX2, the 7900 GTX
and ATI's X1950 XTX.  Once the resolution gets higher and AA and AF are enabled, the G80 family's claim to the crown really stands out.  When the R600 hits the market, it will be quite the battle for dominance.

Source: Beyond3D

Break out the Geiger counters, we're headed for Chernobyl

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 11:53 AM |
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GamingHeaven has published a review of the finally finished S.T.A.L.K.E.R., which is no longer in the running for "Most Time Spent in Development".  The aptly named current leader in that contest is still holding out on us.

While it has suffered graphically because of the long development time, it still manages to look good.  It has been awaited for it's storyline and A.I., which the reviewers did find quite addictive, as well as the bullet model.

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Trade your piece for a PC

Subject: General Tech | March 28, 2007 - 11:41 AM |
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Police in Mexico City have started a new program that they hope will reduce certain areas reputation for violence.  If you bring in a gun, the police will trade you for a new PC, as well as food or money.  The idea seems like it could be attractive to hoodlums wanting to get their GTA fix; unless as The Inquirer points out, a bright one realizes that there is a different kind of trade that could be made.

Source: The Inquirer

An HTPC for the discriminating enthusiast

Subject: Systems | March 27, 2007 - 05:41 PM |
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The Zalman HD160XT bills itself as the Ultimate HTPC ... and with a 7" touchscreen it may have a case to base that on.  Since it will happily fit a full ATX board the three 80mm and single 92mm fans will keep your system cool if you choose to put some serious heat producing hardware inside.  Tweaknews fell in love with the screen, the remote and the case, so read on and see if you do too.

Source: Tweaknews

Small time gamer

Subject: Systems | March 27, 2007 - 03:11 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP picked up a SFF gaming PC from Hypersonic, the Phantom GX.  With it's $2500 dollar price tag, a GeForce 7900 seems a little light, and [H] found that the biggest customization in the box was the use of tape for wire management.  Head over to read the review, and their interesting encounters when phoning HyperSonic's Tech Support.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Watering down the nForce 680i SLI

Subject: Motherboards | March 27, 2007 - 01:57 PM |
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The new motherboard chipset from nVidia, the 680i LT is not really a new chipset.  It is even reported as a 680i SLI, no LT in CPU-Z.  Trimmed off are the second onboard NIC, 2 USB ports, and the BIOS going to 1200MHz for EPP automatically, though it can certainly reach that manually.  However, this trimming did allow them to reduce the price to around $200, significantly lower than the price of a Striker Extreme.  Learn more about the capabilities of this board at The Tech Report.

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Shoving heatpipes in a PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 27, 2007 - 12:11 PM |
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The Zalman ZM-600HP 600 Watt Modular Heatpipe Cooled PSU is under review at futurelooks.  It has some nice features including 4 12V rails, modular cabling, and protection for just about any fluctuation in temperature or voltage.  It is also fairly quiet, sitting at about 45dBA, thanks to it's 120mm fan and heatpipe cooling.  Auto-sensing 115 or 240 V is also

Source: futurelooks

Folding on the PS3

Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2007 - 11:44 AM |
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Drop by hardCOREware for a look at the power consumption of a PS3 while it's running Folding@Home, and also get an idea how fast the Cell processor can fold.  The PS3 makes up 65% of Folding@Home's current TFLOPS, but only 13% of active folders are PS3s.  So go buy a PS3, skip out on the games and just use it to fold with PC Perspective's own Folding Fro

Source: hardCOREware

OCZ Enhances their Flash Lineup with the Remarkably Versatile Trifecta Card

Subject: Storage | March 27, 2007 - 11:07 AM |
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Sunnyvale, CA—March 26, 2007—OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide
leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability
memory, today released the most innovative Secure Digital™ memory
solution on the market, the new OCZ Trifecta SD card series. This
unique combination of microSD™, SD and a USB key in one unit
creates a
new way of sharing files between your mobile phone, MP3 player, digital
camera, and PC.


Intel To Build 300mm Wafer Fabrication Facility In China

Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2007 - 11:03 AM |
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BEIJING, March 26, 2007 — Intel Corporation today announced plans to build a 300-millimeter (mm) wafer fabrication facility (fab) in the coastal Northeast China city of Dalian in Liaoning Province. The $2.5 billion investment for the factory designated Fab 68 will become Intel's first wafer fab in Asia and adds significant investment to Intel's existing operations in China.

Intel-Powered Classmate PCs First To Ship In Volume To Emerging Markets

Subject: General Tech | March 27, 2007 - 11:02 AM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 22, 2007 — Intel Corporation today announced that Intel-powered classmate PCs are shipping in volume to emerging markets. These affordable yet fully functional PC based on the Intel® Celeron® M processor is the first education-oriented mobile computer to ship in volume to Brazil and Mexico.

Have box, will travel

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 26, 2007 - 05:15 PM |
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HotHardware has posted a review of a case just perfect for LAN parties, the Thermaltake LANBOX.  From the integrated handle to the ability to handle micro and miniATX motherboards.  There is enough space to fit a RAID in, as well as some well thought out cooling, that make the case for this enclosure.  The only drawback they found was that the front aluminium panel is attractive, but

Source: HotHardware