EPIA turns 5

Subject: General Tech | February 16, 2007 - 12:43 PM |
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When VIA first introduced the EPIA they ran a little slower than most desktops, but not to the point of being crippled.  It's hard to know if they realized the response they would get from the modding community, but it has been huge!  If you aren't fully aware of what people are doing, just check out VIA Arena's current mod contest.

Source: VIA Arena

This keyboard goes to 11

Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2007 - 05:35 PM |
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Drop by Digital Trends for a look at the high end of Logitech keyboards, the DiNovo Edge.  Made of a Plexiglass composite and 11mm thick, it will stand up to a lot of abuse without needing to be built like a tank, or needing a cord since it uses Bluetooth.  The trackpad is certainly an interesting addition, and as it only needs to be recharged once a month you won't find yourself constantly stuck without a keyboard.

Secure in it's dual personalities

Subject: Storage | February 15, 2007 - 02:51 PM |
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The OCZ Dual 1GB SD card is a pretty handy little storage device. It offers the benefits of a Secure Digital card, and by removing a cap it becomes a USB memory stick. While the speed doesn't quite match up to the fastest SD cards out there, the multiple interfaces balance that out. Head to techPowerUp!

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Frames per cent

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 15, 2007 - 12:49 PM |
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nVIDIA has a firm grip on the performance crown, but ATI has kept hold of the performance for price.  The 7950GT is their attempt at taking the price/performance crown away.  [H]ard|OCP is the judge in this contest with the ~$260 7950GT in one corner and the X1900XT, weighing in at ~$

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Psst ... did ya hear the one about the new G80's?

Subject: General Tech | February 15, 2007 - 12:16 PM |
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What you are about to read may or may not be true, but it's juicy so you'll read it anyways.  Thanks to some friends and a little translation, TweakTown has found some information about the replacement for the 8800 series.  The 8950GX2 will be, like it's predecessor, a dual GPU card and the 8900GTX will have 128 pipelines, and GDDR4 running at 2200MHz DDR.  It also marks the switch to 80nm cores.  Find out more by following the link, or wait to see if the specs get co

Source: TweakTown

An interview with Moderator Mjölnir

Subject: Editorial | February 15, 2007 - 11:54 AM |
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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. 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. Beware, not all the Mods are as forthcoming as you may like, I do my best to uncover the truth, but haven't always hit the mark!


Well, after 3 days in a jury box, I got a day off. So, we are a day late, but not anything short.

Audiophile enhancement product

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2007 - 06:05 PM |
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The XMod from Creative is essentially a driverless external USB soundcard.  It has 2 modes, Crystalizer and CMSS-3D, the first of which attempts to fix the horrible things that happen when you compress audio and the second takes a basic 2 channel signal in interpolates a full surround signal.  If you have an ear that can tell what level compression was used in making an MP3, drop by t-break for a look at this little device.

Source: t-break

OCZ Expands into Peripherals with the Equalizer 2500 DPI Laser Gaming Mouse

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2007 - 04:13 PM |
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The new OCZ Equalizer Laser Mouse is sure to excite today's demanding gamers with its unique features, high performance engine, and competitive edge.

It must be because they are red

Subject: Memory | February 14, 2007 - 04:08 PM |
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TechSpot is trying to figure out what makes this particular OCZ DDR2 PC2-6400 kit "Crossfire Certified".  They are bright red and have an ATI logo on them, but seem no better than the Crucial or Corsair modules they tested it against.  They run at 4-4-4-12, needing 2.1V to get up and running and can be pushed to 975MHz @ 5-5-5-12 and 2.2V, so whether Crossfire ready or not, they are not slowpokes.

Source: Tech Spot

AMD Recognized Among Leading Corporate Citizens

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2007 - 03:28 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- February 14, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced its No. 2 ranking on the '100 Best Corporate Citizens' list for 2007 by CRO magazine. The '100 Best Corporate Citizens' list identifies companies that excel at combining strong financial performance with responsible practices on environmental and social issues. This is the second consecutive year AMD has been recognized in the top five on the list for its corporate and social responsibility practices.

Source: AMD

The current King of the Coolers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 14, 2007 - 02:08 PM |
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The Thermalright Ultra-120 is the cooler to beat.  You have probably seen it's name in mentioned in most heatsink reviews, sitting beside temperatures that are lower than whichever heatsink was being reviewed.  PC Apex reminds us why it is so powerful, it weighs over 700g, is almost 6.5" tall and 5" thick on it's wider side. 

Source: PCApex

Dateline 2142: Intel recieved from Northern Strike

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2007 - 12:41 PM |
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Think Computers got their hands on 10 screens from the upcoming EA game, Battlefield 2142: Northern Strike.   As the previous BF expansions have done, there will be new vehicles including a nasty looking tracked vehicle.  Check them out, or try to live with the suspense.

Don't get caught with your pants down

Subject: General Tech | February 14, 2007 - 12:22 PM |
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The last thing you need on Valentine's Day is a virus, and of course their are plenty of opportunities to get one.  Ned Slider warns about one that may try to get you via a Valentine's e-card claiming to be from American Greetings, so if you don't want to spend the evening running virus scans, be careful.

... and is some of you don't want to spend the evening in the dog house, take the advice at the end of the post too!

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What to do when your graphics system wants 600W on it's own

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 13, 2007 - 06:31 PM |
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You may have noticed in Ryan's review of the XFX 8800 GTX XXX, that the card demands more than 300W to run, and you can double that in an SLI rig.  Bottom line is that a 600W PSU will not be enough, and 700W probably won't be either.

Source: Bjorn3D

The Internet tablet returns

Subject: Mobile | February 13, 2007 - 03:53 PM |
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Ars Technica has a review of Nokia's third attempt at an Internet Tablet device.  The first had bad interface software and the technical spec were too slow to enjoy it's use, the second revision helped the interface, but it was still slow.  The new version, the N800 is powered by an ARM 330MHz with 128MB of SDRAM and an additional 256MB of Flash RAM.  Drop by to see how well this new incarnation, with 802.11b/g as well as Bluetooth, impressed Ars.

Source: Ars Technica

Half the RAM, but more than half the power

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 13, 2007 - 03:33 PM |
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HotHardware has managed to pull themselves away from gaming on the XFX GeForce 8800 GTS 320MB long enough to write a review.  Their findings agree with other reviews you may have seen, this is a great performing DX10 card at a good price.  The only real impact the RAM has is if you have a 30" widescreen display and crank the resolution up to 1920x1200 and 2560x1600, and frankly if you bought the widescreen, you probably want the full 8800 GTX anyways.

Source: HotHardware

Introducing the new Killer K1

Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2007 - 03:02 PM |
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Killer K1 is powered by Lag and Latency Reduction Technology, which fully optimizes the way networking works in your computer: tweaking it out for specifically for Online Games. Learn more about LLR here.

Source: Email

This cooler stands tall among the competition

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 13, 2007 - 12:53 PM |
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Rosewill is probably not the first name that jumps into your mind when you think of CPU coolers, but over the past 3 years they have had some successes.  Overclockers Online discovered that their new RCX-Z775-EX is another one.  Coming within a few degrees of the performance of the might Thermalright Ultra-120, and doing it very quietly is not easy.  There is one thing to keep in mind, this cooler stands about 5 1/2 inches tall, so make sure your case is wide enough t

Where old computers go to die

Subject: General Tech | February 13, 2007 - 12:30 PM |
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If you aren't a member of a distributed computing program (and you really should be!) folding proteins or searching for a ride off the planet, sooner or later you need to get rid of your old computer.

Source: PCStats