Good morning CES

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 8, 2008 - 12:15 PM |

Day 2 of CES 2008 has started off, and some sites are catching up on yesterdays news, while others are already trying to get the new finds from today up and published.  Legit Reviews started off their Tuesday at Foxconn's table looking at an extended ATX motherboard with the codename F1 or Transformer.   The most arresting feature of this board is the four ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT all hooked up in Crossfire, and thanks to the larger form factor, the cards are spaced apart nicely.  Take a look!

Master Boot Record pwnage

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2008 - 12:03 PM |

Slashdot has linked to an article that covers an MBR rootkit that was found in the wild at the end of '07.  Sporting such wonderful features as the ability to be undeleteable, short of repairing your MBR; as well as undetectable through your registry or file system, this could be a bad time to be a hard drive.  Unless the MBR moves to a more secure mode this vulnerability cannot be fixed, and who knows what effect having a protected MBR would have on the formatting process.

Source: Slashdot

Dell's new tiny tower

Subject: Systems | January 8, 2008 - 11:40 AM |

The XPS 630i from Dell is making an appearance on the floor of CES.  It is a relatively small case that hides an Intel C2D processor, the choice between SLI or Crossfire and a choice between air and watercooling.  All for around $1300, Dell is moving into gaming in a much more serious way than we have seen from them in the past.  The 630i won't put paid to more powerful gaming rigs, but it does offer an easy entrance into PC gaming.

Forthcoming AMD LIVE! Ultra Desktop and Notebook PCs

Subject: Systems | January 8, 2008 - 11:16 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- January 8, 2008 --AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced AMD LIVE! Ultra, a new PC brand to help consumers identify forthcoming desktop and notebook PCs designed to deliver the ultimate visual entertainment experience. AMD LIVE! Ultra-branded PCs will be powered by AMD multi-core platforms for desktop and notebook PCs, codenamed "Spider" and "Puma", respectively.

Source: AMD

Not pictured below - COD4 running at 2560x1600

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2008 - 05:51 PM |

Although Ryan is sharing pics of the new graphics card that we will be seeing from AMD, he is keeping the game play to himself.  If we don't see any more updates from CES today, it's probably fair to assume that Ryan got 'stuck' at that table.

Source: AMD

ASUS' table

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 7, 2008 - 05:48 PM |

Over at the ASUS table you can see a scratch 20" proof monitor, apparently Ryan talked them into hitting it with a storage box several times, and it suffered no ill effect.  There is also an pre-built HTPC with a built in amplifier as well as a shot of the digital Xonar D2X.

Source: ASUS

Dell Crystal Takes Home Best of CES Innovations Award 2008

Subject: Displays | January 7, 2008 - 05:36 PM |

Dell's new 22" Crystal display gives you a rather attractive way to watch HD content and to game, check out Ryan's pics from the floor of CES.

Source: Dell

Danger Den's expanding line up

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 7, 2008 - 04:52 PM |

The new acrylic Water Box Plus case and cooling kit from Danger Den are simply marvelous.  Not only have they created a rather sharp looking acrylic case, but all the water blocks are edged in acrylic and the tubing also fits in, giving it a nice look very reminiscent of Orac.  Even better, 3dGameMan reveals that the high level performance you expect from Danger Den was not compromised while they were working on the aesthetics

Source: 3dGameMan

Dells new beast

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2008 - 02:40 PM |

Ryan spotted Dell's new gaming notebook on the floor at CES, hidden inside is a Intel 9 series CPU and g92 GPU.  Check out the shots of the ZPS M1730 below.

Source: Dell

What we know about Intel's new processors

Subject: Processors | January 7, 2008 - 02:24 PM |

The biggest surprise in Intel's announcement about their 16 new processors is that over half of them will be available very soon.  The actual specs are a little light, but you can read about all that is know about them at [H]ard|OCP as well as several other sites.  We do know that they are 45nm and the soon to be released C2D CPUs will run betwen 2.10GHz to 3.16GHz.  You will have to wait a while for the new quad cores.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

ASUS Unveils the New G70 Gaming Notebook Featuring NVIDIA SLI Technology

Subject: Mobile | January 7, 2008 - 01:21 PM |

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS, NV (JANUARY 7, 2008) - ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today unveiled its new ASUS G70 notebook featuring powerful dual-graphics based on the highly acclaimed NVIDIA SLI technology, as well as the support of dual hard drives and 8GB of system memory for optimal transfer rates.

Source: ASUS

ASUS Dazzles Las Vegas with Exciting New Products

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 7, 2008 - 01:19 PM |

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS, NV (JANUARY 7, 2008) - ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today announced its plan to unveil a rich assortment of new products at this year's CES. Taking center stage is the new Nova P22 mini desktop PC that delivers whisper-quiet operations (25dB) with unprecedented 802.11n + Bluetooth connectivity and multimedia playback capabilities. Joining the award-winning LCD product line is the upcoming 24” MK241H.

Source: ASUS

Triple play from Kingston at CES

Subject: Memory | January 7, 2008 - 12:48 PM |

Kingston is first to
produce a DDR2 1066MHz quad-kit configuration with
our HyperX high-performance memory. Using four
1GB modules, specifically designed to work together,
the innovative kit offers gamers and enthusiasts a
powerful 4GB environment at a great price point:
$192 (MSRP).


Psst ... wanna hear what happened in Vegas?

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 7, 2008 - 12:12 PM |

CES 2008 is here, and every reviewer worth their salt is in Los Vegas snapping shots and blogging specs.

Intel Unveils 16 Next-Generation Processors, Including First Notebook Chips Built on 45nm Technology

Subject: Processors | January 7, 2008 - 11:58 AM |

INTERNATIONAL 2008 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, Las Vegas, Jan. 7, 2008 - Intel Corporation unveiled 16 products today, including the company's first 45 nanometer(nm) processors for Intel Centrino Processor Technology based laptops.

The rumours of VIA's desktop demise ...

Subject: General Tech | January 7, 2008 - 11:54 AM |

mean nothing to VIA Arena.  Just because the company has announced that their chipset business is being rolled up into the processor division doesn't mean there will be a lack of support for enthusiasts that still have classic VIA chipsets.  VIA Arena has finished creating their brand new forums, which you can sign into for the first time, or simply change your password if you already have a user there.

Source: VIA Arena

AMD Introduces ATI Mobility RadeonT HD 3000 Series

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 7, 2008 - 11:21 AM |

LAS VEGAS (2008 International CES) - Jan. 7, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series, a new family of discrete graphics for high-definition gaming and video in notebook PCs. The initial offerings consist of ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3400 series and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3600 series. ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series allows notebook users to experience the full power of HD through graphics processing designed to satisfy the most demanding mobile users at work and play.

Source: AMD

AMD Displays Technology Leadership with New AMD Xilleon

Subject: Displays | January 7, 2008 - 11:19 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - January 7, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unveiled a new family of AMD Xilleon panel processors designed to provide unrivaled visual quality in liquid crystal display (LCD) digital TVs. AMD's new panel processors deliver advanced motion compensation and frame rate conversion technology for excellent image processing, resulting in a rich, immersive entertainment experience.

Source: AMD

A new year in the PC Perspective forums

Subject: General Tech | January 4, 2008 - 05:32 PM |

It is the first Friday of 2008, which leads to the first forum post of 2008 as well as the first PC Perspective Podcast for 2008.  If you haven't already listened to Josh and Ryan in Podcast #19, then start streaming or you will be missing out on some great info from CES, news from around the web and indepth looks at some of our recent reviews.


Big doesn't necessarily mean slow

Subject: Storage | January 4, 2008 - 02:12 PM |

Not only does the Kingston 8GB Ultimate CF 266X offer 8Gbs of storage, it's transfer rates are extremely fast and it comes bundled with data recovery software from MediaRECOVER in case you delete a picture accidentally.  Legit Reviews tried it out and found that it's speed gave the SanDisk Extreme IV series some serious competition