Early adoption blues

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2007 - 12:13 PM |
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So you ran out and spent $1800 on a pair of overclocked 8800GTX's and then bought a copy of Vista Ultimate Edition.  Now you are sitting in front of the computer foaming at the mouth because they won't play nicely together.  As Ryan has pointed out and linked to, the 100.59 drivers add ... beta support anyways, but ...

Source: [H]ard|OCP

New VIA Hyperion Pro drivers for Vista 32-Bit and 64-Bit

Subject: Chipsets | February 1, 2007 - 11:53 AM |
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INF V2.80A (updated from 2.60A)
AGP V4.60A (same as the previous package)
V-RAID V5.40A and RAID Tools v5.40 (Updated from 5.30C)
PATA/SATA IDE Driver V1.60A (Updated from 1.40A which did not support Vista)

VIA Hyperion Pro drivers are suitable for ANY VIA chipset - but they are
particularly recommended for KT4## series, P4X4## series and newer, for
example:

Source: VIA Arena

Give your EPIA mods some publicity and maybe win a prize

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 1, 2007 - 11:47 AM |
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VIA Arena has a contest just starting and gallery of the entrants so far.  From Bender the robot to an XP retail box to a gingerbread house, these EPIA based mods are fantastic.  If you have a modded something, based on an EPIA board, or know someone who has, get your submissions in.  If not, keep an eye on the contest, you are going to see some outstanding work.

Source: VIA Arena

NVIDIA Updates Vista Drivers with 100.59

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 1, 2007 - 11:17 AM |
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Late last night NVIDIA released an updated version of their GeForce 8800 Vista drivers, up to 100.59.  This version adds SLI support, but ONLY for GeForce 8-series cards. 

Release Highlights:

UncleBob's Corner - An interview with Moderator liquidsoul

Subject: Editorial | January 31, 2007 - 07:18 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. 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!

Now, without further delay, here is the second interview with liquidsoul!

UncleBob's Corner

Subject: Editorial | January 31, 2007 - 06:32 PM |
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Afternoon to ya all! It's Wednesday afternoon and we already have another interview to pass on. I tell ya, I never knew these Mods were gonna be so anxious to tell you a little about themselves. It seems that the first Moderator Interview with Electric Bill was indeed well received, and why not. He\'s a like able fella! Go figure, huh?

High performace HTPC

Subject: Systems | January 31, 2007 - 05:46 PM |
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NZXT usually focuses on cases for high end gaming systems, with lots of room for components and cooling.  Today, TECHGAGE reviews the Duet, a HTPC enclosure.  They have stuck with what they though, this case has two 80mm fans included, space for 2 120mm at either end and another 80mm fan in a duct, so overheating should not be a problem.  Read on to take a look at this fashionable case, and what TECHGAGE managed to get into it.

Source: TECHGAGE

Intel Science Talent Search Finalists Announced

Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2007 - 04:26 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 31, 2007 — Forty high school seniors today were named finalists for the Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) 2007. The competition is America's oldest and most prestigious high school science competition; six former finalists have won the Nobel Prize and others have been awarded the Fields Medal, the National Medal of Science and MacArthur Foundation fellowships.

Go! Go! Godzilla

Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2007 - 03:11 PM |
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Back in the '80s, Rampage was a big arcade game, putting you in control of George, who was very King Kong-like, Lizzie the Godzilla lookalike, or Ralph who was a giant werewolf.  You fought the military and each other in a huge monster free for all.  The Wii has it's reincarnation already, Rampage: Total Destruction, but now there is a new game in the same genre.

Source: Hexus

Razer's new reptile

Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2007 - 01:54 PM |
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The Razer DeathAdder is a relatively small mouse when compared to some of the other gaming mice on the market.  It is shaped much like the new Habu, as well as having LED lighting similar to it.  Considering the Habu is a joint effort between Microsoft and Razer, this is not really a huge surprise.  The software that comes with it has the features you would expect, with programmable buttons, tweakable on-the-fly DPI changes and as an added benefit, you can change the lighting as well.  Head to techPowerUp to get

Source: techPowerUp!

DDR hits 10,000

Subject: Memory | January 31, 2007 - 12:16 PM |
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Corsair continues to push the boundaries of RAM speed, most recently with their 2GB Dominator PC2-10000, running at DDR-1250 and 5-5-5-18 timings.   They also come with a recommendation to use a board based on an NVIDIA 680i chipset to get the full speed out of these DIMMs, noting that other chipsets are going to have a hard time getting up to speed.  AnandTech was even more impressed when they tried overclocking, managing DDR2-1315 without changing the timi

Source: AnandTech

New Solitare and Minesweeper screenshots!

Subject: General Tech | January 31, 2007 - 12:02 PM |
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OCMODSHOP examines Vista's history and it's release.  They look back a few years to Longhorn, and the expectations that were created during the development process and beta testing, then follow Vista forward into release.  Looking not only at Aero and the newly updated games, they delve into what has changed about the core technology behind Windows the difference between the versions and details about the security.

Source: OCMODSHOP

OCZ Technology Launches 4GB Dual Channel Memory Kits and Memory Lineup for Vista

Subject: Memory | January 31, 2007 - 11:30 AM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-January 30, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today
announced their Vista Value Upgrade series which includes the highly
anticipated 4GB (2x2048MB) dual channel kit
. The new lineup of memory is
optimized for perfect compatibility for those transitioning from Microsoft
Windows XP to Vista.

Lian Li energizes their cases

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 30, 2007 - 06:01 PM |
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The next time you pick up a Lian Li case, you may find it contains a Lian Li power supply.  Usually, PSUs that come bundled with cases are frowned upon as being below par.  With modular cabling, 3 12V rails and a 120mm cooling fan, this isn't exactly a poor PSU.  Head to Hardware Zone for a look at Lian Li's 600W debut.

Has anyone seen MXM?

Subject: Mobile | January 30, 2007 - 03:36 PM |
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Two years ago nVIDIA announced an easy way to upgrade video cards in laptops, a socket design they labeled MXM.  Without MXM, [H]ard|OCP describes the process as involving "screwdriver, pliers, thermal compound, Dremel rotary tool, two resistors, variable resistor, wire strippers, soldering iron, double-sided tape, BIOS upgrade" and even more.

Read on to find out more about MXM technology and why the major laptop makers have not included it yet.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Fully loaded Kandalf

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 30, 2007 - 02:05 PM |
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The Thermaltake Kandalf seems to have a lot of space inside.  Enough to fit an Asus P5B Deluxe and E6600 based system with a MSI NX7900GTO and an original XBox, plus lighting, a 5" TFT screen, and lots more. 

Head over to Madshrimps to sit in awe of this case mod, or use it to inspire your own creations.

Source: Madshrimps

Just in time processing

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 30, 2007 - 12:42 PM |
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Tweaktown has a review of the new Catalyst 7.1 that was released just in time for Vista.  With support for Blu-ray, HD DVD and enabling Crossfire, it will let you take advantage of new features in Vista as well as let you do everything you could in XP.  Read on to find out if it can overcome the performance hit that games take in Vista.

Source: TweakTown

So that's what the second core is for

Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2007 - 12:27 PM |
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Digital Trends presents an interesting theory, that is also a little worrying.   The big PC and laptop retailers may have been behind the push to move to dual core in order to let their proprietary software run.  Almost any PC and laptop from a major manufacturer has any number of programs that constantly run and take up CPU cycles.  What would it mean if that load was pushed onto the second core, leaving the first core for the user

Got Vista?

Subject: General Tech | January 30, 2007 - 12:16 PM |
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Today is the day that Vista hits retail stores everywhere, though it does not seem to have had the same effect on people as, say, Burning Crusade.  With the FUD surrounding this new OS from Microsoft, many are double thinking the switch from XP to Vista.  In that crowd is [H]ard|OCP, and Kyle, an admitted Microsoft fan, is sharing his thoughts on his satisfaction with XP versus his desire to have the new shiny.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

VIA Announces Broadest Chipset Support for Microsoft Windows Vista

Subject: Chipsets | January 30, 2007 - 11:43 AM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, 29 January 2007 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today confirmed the most comprehensive and flexible range of core logic solutions for Vista-based systems across all the major processor platforms for motherboard, PC, server and device manufacturers.