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.

Dell's incredibly shrunken XPS

Subject: Mobile | February 7, 2007 - 05:40 PM |
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Dell's small but powerful XPS M1210 is up for review at The Tech Report.  It packs a Core 2 Duo T7600 (2.33GHz ) with a 667MHz FSB, 1 GB of 533MHz RAM, and a respectable 100GB 7200-RPM SATA drive in a 4.37lb body.  Battery power goes for 4 hours and the 12.1" screen will keep your eyes happy, although TR noticed the colour contrast isn't the best.  If you are looking for a powerful, portable laptop, and not a huge, heavy gaming laptop, you might want to get a Dell.

Really rapid Raptor revision

Subject: Storage | February 7, 2007 - 03:26 PM |
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The newest incarnation of the 74Gb WD Raptor sports 10,000 RPM spindle speed, 4.6ms read seek time, and a two-platter design now at 150GB capacity.  It's only real competition are the previous Raptors, which for the basis of the tests.  These drives still aren't quite ready to take on SCSI, but they are certainly the next best thing in speed.  AnandTech does have a small problem with the size and the price, pointing out that the 150Gb version (which is every bit as fast or faster) cost about $50 more with rebates

Source: AnandTech

Exhibitionist BIOS

Subject: Motherboards | February 7, 2007 - 02:22 PM |
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One of the most interesting things about DFI's ICFX3200-T2R/G, based on the RD600 chipset is that it has 3 PCIe x16 slots.  The first 2 run at x8 speeds when used in Crossfire mode, as you might expect, and
the third slot operates at x2 speed making it handy for a Physics processor.  [H]ard|OCP was also intrigued by the system's BIOS which allows far more control than most and you can save four different BIOS configurations which can be bound to hot keys.  Head on over to find out the rest

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A Wii was harmed in the making of this review

Subject: General Tech | February 7, 2007 - 12:42 PM |
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Still aren't sure if the Wii is a groundbreaking gaming system from a farsighted company, or just a silly excuse to 'accidentally' whack your friends in the head with the nunchaku?  [H]ard|OCP has published a full review covering their thoughts about this new console and a few issues they ran into.  They discovered it isn't possible use a projector to game without buying additional equipment and they also figured out how to kill a Wii.  At least the TV survived intact.

"Nintendo is back with a vengeance and is going toe to toe with the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. Can the Wiimote nunchaku continue to successfully fend off the competition or is it just a whole lot of flailing?"

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Gaming

Source: [H]ard|OCP

You already knew it was true, here comes the proof

Subject: General Tech | February 7, 2007 - 12:16 PM |
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Video games are good for you!

FPSes and other visually complex games are good for your eyes, says this story on CNET.  Thanks to the speed of the game and the number of things you have to keep track of, you push the part of your brain governing image processing to it's limits, and this exercise carries over into the other parts of your life.  I don't think it will be a good enough excuse to get you out of eating your carrots.

New AMD OpteronT Processors Unveiled for Ultimate Datacenter Performance-Per-Watt

Subject: Processors | February 7, 2007 - 11:29 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- February 7, 2007 --Delivering on its commitment to industry-leading datacenter performance and performance-per-watt, AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced availability of new AMD Opteron™ processor models in both highly efficient (68 watt) and mainstream (95 watt) thermal envelopes.

Source: AMD

Another Vista Rant

Subject: Editorial | February 6, 2007 - 10:43 PM |
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If you are interested in another view of how a new user's experiences (mine!) with Windows Vista are going, you'll want to head over to my latest blog entry to see how it's all going...

Today though, is when I finally got fed up with the whole damn thing.  I have several printers, most of which I have been able to get to work, even with Windows XP drivers.  However, one of them is attached to a Linksys W

Another Vista Rant

Subject: Editorial | February 6, 2007 - 07:19 PM |
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I have been running Windows Vista on my personal system now since about January 28th - just a couple of days before official launch.  I just so happen to have my system die on me (don't get me started on that...) so I figured the timing was good and I would just move to the new operating system and save myself the trouble of upgrading later. 

Hire a professional

Subject: Displays | February 6, 2007 - 06:28 PM |
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When you are buying an LCD monitor for gaming, response time and contrast ratio rule, because not too many are terribly worried about 100% accurate colour representation.  When doing graphic design, the exact opposite is true.  In some applications, in order to get a realistic looking model, you need to use a palette of colours that differ in only the most minute way and if you can't see the difference in shades you cannot do it.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Good price, great power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 6, 2007 - 03:34 PM |
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The Listan BeQuiet Dark Power PRO 850 Watt PSU has a lot going for it.  It's modular, with up to 19 cable strands available, it has 4 12V lines for a total of 640W and 20A per line with a max load of 50A and it runs below 40dBA.  When you turn it off, it uses 0W and with an efficiency of 84% and active PFC of up to 0.99, you get a lot for ~$230.   Get over to the Guru of 3D for the full review.

Source: Guru of 3D

The battle for cool RAM heats up

Subject: Memory | February 6, 2007 - 01:51 PM |
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On one side of futureLook's ring is the reigning champion, the Thermaltake Cyclo and in the other corner the challenger, the VIZO Armada.  Both offer air cooling for your RAM, and along the way they try to find out if that even has any effect.  The Cyclo is a heavyweight, taking up a fair amount of space, but also able to cover 4 DIMMs at a time.  The Armada prefers to go one on one by directly attaching to the DIMM, which takes up enough space that Dual Channel is n

Source: futurelooks

Details emerge on ATI's R600 series

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 6, 2007 - 12:20 PM |
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The Inquirer has done a little sniffing around in the R600 driver, and have found 4 device names, referred to in the driver as DEV_9400, 9401, 9402 and 9403.  Since ATI isn't saying anything about the upcoming names, it is guessing time and if you guess XTX, XT, PRO and GT you agree with the fellows at The Inq.  Another guessing game comes from the quote below, Quad Crossfire or multiple memory devices? 

Source: The Inquirer