NVIDIA EXPANDS THE REACH OF DIRECTX 10 GAMING WITH NEW GEFORCE 8800-BASED GRAPHICS CARD

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) is the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies.



Today add in card partners of NVIDIA have released graphics cards based on the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS graphics processing unit (GPU). These new cards come with 320MB of video memory and have prices ranging from $299-$349.



E-tailers and retailers worldwide now carry 320MB graphics cards based on the award-winning GeForce 8800 GTS GPU.

Source: NVIDIA

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES NEW GRAPHICS CARD WITH Microsoft Windows Vista SUPPORT

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2007 - 11:33 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (February 12, 2007) — BFG Technologies®, 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 NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GTS OC™ 320MB PCI Express® graphics card for a suggested retail price of $349 USD.

An interview with Super Moderator Ned Slider

Subject: Editorial | February 10, 2007 - 09:54 AM |
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It's going to be a busy Sunday for me, so I'm posting this on Saturday! You guys are really in luck we have a real special interview, too! This was conducted just days before Ned became (I was told he volunteered, but who really knows?) a Super Moderator. We've been told his pay actually doubled....man, the big fat goose egg on the check looks twice as big now. We all like to have fun where we can and are all glad to have Ned to poke at for awhile.

ASUS U1F with 0.5cm ultra slim LCD panel and 1kg ultra light design

Subject: Mobile | February 9, 2007 - 06:15 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, February 9, 2007 — The compact 11.1" widescreen U1F is tailor made for metropolitan professionals to stay on the move with style. From the exterior piano painted LCD cover, stainless contour and carbon fiber alloy housing to genuine leather bound palm rest, the U1 exudes luxury with unique sophistication.

Source: ASUS

Spending time on the PCPerspective forums - it's a good thing!

Subject: General Tech | February 9, 2007 - 06:02 PM |
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The E4300's OCing ability has caught a few eyes on the forum, especially for those who don't care about Virtualization Tech, but so is the early release of the X2 6000+.  Of course, buying a new motherboard can lead to a variety of issues, from video to squeezing it into the case to <

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Ultimate gaming machine, when it works

Subject: Systems | February 9, 2007 - 02:42 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has reviewed three ABS desktops, and one notebook so far, and they've increased that to 4 desktops with this review of the ABS Ultimate X8.  They have always been impressed by the quality of service they have received, but the quality of the build is a different matter.  How would you feel with bad RAM and a botched recovery disk?

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Better sound means better FPS?

Subject: General Tech | February 9, 2007 - 01:54 PM |
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The name gives a hint as to the purpose of this particular soundcard, as Razer only does fast.  The Razer Barracuda AC1 Gaming Sound Card claims to increase your framerates by not using any system memory.  OCC proves that claim, although don't expect to see the increase blow your mind.  As well, the audio quality impressed them enough to convince them to toss out their old Diamond Monster MX300.  It also will attract modders, the Razer logo lights up to add a little extra to the inside of your case.

More of Duke Nukem Forever's competition breaks down and releases a game

Subject: General Tech | February 9, 2007 - 12:17 PM |
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S.T.A.L.K.E.R is only 6 years old, compared to DK Forever's 10, but it was in the running for most delayed game ever.  No longer, it would seem; according to this preview at bit-tech.  It is always possible a brand new game engine will appear before the end of March and cause a delay, but it looks like this game is going to make it.

Source: bit-tech

General Purpose GPU

Subject: General Tech | February 9, 2007 - 12:03 PM |
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The Inquirer reports on a project by AMD/ATI to make dedicated server CPUs a thing of the past.  For certain types of calculation, a GPUs particular structure allows it to beat the pants off of a CPU ...

Source: The Inquirer

NVIDIA Vista Quality Assurance Page

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 9, 2007 - 11:35 AM |
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"We are working diligently to make sure we achieve and maintain the level of driver quality and reliability that NVIDIA is known for. Over the coming weeks NVIDIA and our partners, along with the industry, will continue to update Windows Vista drivers to ensure maximum performance on 3D applications and add feature support.

Source: NVIDIA

GeminII - the Most Effective Main board and CPU Cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 9, 2007 - 11:34 AM |
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Cooler Master's newest Cooler Innovation, GeminII, is the world's first Main Board and CPU cooler. GeminII's thoughtful design creates high cooling performances due to its excellent heat transport ability and superior heat dissipation ability. Now you can enjoy all the benefits from Windows Vista with ease.


Find out the upper limit of your CPU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 8, 2007 - 06:04 PM |
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Thermoelectric cooling is a powerful way to keep your CPU cool, but it comes at a high price.  Enter the Monsoon II Lite, which has trimmed some of the features of it's big brother down, and lets you get into TEC for less than $100.

AnandTech managed to get a Core 2 Duo X6800 from it's stock 2.93GHz up to 3.96GHz at 14*283MHz with this 50W TEC cooler, mind you it does so at about 60dB.

Source: AnandTech

OCZ Addresses Enthusiasts Needs and Unveils the New PC2-6400 Flex XLC CAS 3

Subject: Memory | February 8, 2007 - 03:53 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-February 8, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today
announced the PC2-6400 Flex XLC CL3 series. This latest edition to the
highly-awarded OCZ Flex XLC product family is engineered to produce
significant performance gains on the latest NVIDIAR nForceR SLIT platforms
by implementing Enhanced Performance Profiles (EPP) and allowing the memory
to operate at a stable 800MHz at CL3 upon start up
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The things that HTPCs are made of

Subject: Systems | February 8, 2007 - 03:22 PM |
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One important decision to make when building HTPCs is to pick a case that looks good, fit's the components you want and keep them cool enough to run.  That is really only the first step.  Ars Technica offers some help on the next part, what components to stuff inside the case.  They have suggestions for everything, from the motherboard to the graphics to the OS.  Drop by to get a second opinion on what to stuff that case with.

Source: Ars Technica

It's the fastest, but by enough?

Subject: Memory | February 8, 2007 - 03:04 PM |
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The TweakTown reviews the fastest RAM on the market, Corsairs' XMS Dominator PC2-10000.   Rated at 5-5-5-18  at 625MHz (2.4V), TweakTown could only manage to push them to 627.5MHz at the same timings, or tightened up to  4-3-3-15 at 400Mhz, without changing voltages.  The DIMMs also come with active aircooling to keep them going.  This are the fastest RAM available at stock speeds, but a question arises, the OCZ FlexXLC comes with watercooling, and

Source: TweakTown

ATI's twins, two new X1650XTs

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 8, 2007 - 12:50 PM |
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HotHardware has a review of a pair of very closely related cards.  The HIS Radeon X1650 XT iSilence II runs at the frequencies specified by ATI and the HIS Radeon X1650 XT IceQ Turbo runs just a bit faster.  These pair offer a nice choice, you can have a silent card for about $150 or trade in the silence for a little more oomph and pay around $200.  Of course the 1950 Pro is much faster and not much more expensive that the Turbo, so you may want to keep that in mind.

Source: HotHardware

Bugs for Firefox, something old and something new

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2007 - 12:28 PM |
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CNET reports on 2 vulnerabilities found in Firefox.  The first is found in Firefox version 1.5.0.9 but fixed by 2.0, it uses a combination of the built in pop-up blocker and XMLHttpRequest to relay info about the system to a remote server.  You can find the full description of the flaw by following the link to SecuriTeam on CNet.

An interview with Moderator Big B-man

Subject: Editorial | February 7, 2007 - 10:41 PM |
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Hi there. Let me take a minute to introduce myself. I'm Uncle Bob, a Mod here at PC Perspective. Let's hope I won't have to introduce myself too many times more, but what the heck...these interviews are all about meeting eachother! We will be running a series of articles within the forum that will be called Mod Interviews. I ask revealing, embarrassing, stupid, probing questions of Mods and hopefully you get to laugh with us at ourselves and in the process get to know some of us better.