Microsoft and Razer are at it again

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2007 - 03:00 PM |
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First it was the Microsoft Habu, a mouse co-designed by the two companies.  Now it is a keyboard that bears the moniker Reclusa.  With USB hubs, a backlight, and customizable keys that can accept macros or commands.  Even better it will support up to 5 profiles for those keys.  Check out the review at techPowerUp!, it's the only way to see the keyboard, as it isn't for sale yet.

Source: techPowerUp!

The ASUS Commando is anything but brief

Subject: Motherboards | April 17, 2007 - 02:19 PM |
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Not only is it one of the fastest Intel P965 Express ICH8DH based boards out there, you get a full copy of GRAW and 3DMark06 with the ASUS Commando.  With a fully featured BIOS, it is good for overclocking, but the lack of support for 1333MHz FSB processors needs to be addressed.  Head to motherboards.org for the full review.

The new mid-range DX10 monster from nVidia

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 17, 2007 - 01:41 PM |
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The new 8600 series has hit the internets, and there are plenty of different manufacturers to rank.  Start off with HotHardware's review of the GeForce 8600 GTS and GT cards from Asus and XFX.  Even thought the GTS has a higher clock speed than even the 8800 series, the performance doesn't come close, and is outpaced by the 1950 Pro and XTX.  They do offer full DX10 support, and are cheaper than the 2 Radeon cards, so don't dismiss them out of hand.

Source: HotHardware

The hunt for a better Vista

Subject: General Tech | April 17, 2007 - 12:46 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has done your research for you when it comes to tweaking Vista.  From customization to performance increases, it's all there.  Don't let their hard work go to waste!

Source: [H]ard|OCP

NVIDIA BRINGS CUTTING-EDGE DIRECTX 10 GRAPHICS AND HD VIDEO TO ALL PC USERS

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 17, 2007 - 12:12 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, CA—APRIL 17, 2007—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies, today announced the extension of the award-winning NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series line-up to include three new graphics processing units (GPUs), bringing high-resolution gaming, stunning Microsoft® Windows VistaTM graphics, and stellar HD DVD and Blu-ray video playback to virtually everyone regardless of budget. The new GPUs that complete the world's first top-to-bottom family of DirectX® 10 GPUs include:

Source: NVIDIA

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES THREE NEW DIRECTX 10 GRAPHICS CARDS

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 17, 2007 - 11:29 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (April 17, 2007) — BFG Technologies®, Inc., a leading North American and European NVIDIA® supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced three new BFG NVIDIA GeForce® graphics cards supporting Microsoft's DirectX® 10 API and Windows Vista™ operating system.

Supersized monitors

Subject: Displays | April 16, 2007 - 05:34 PM |
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X-bit Labs reviews Samsung's SyncMaster 275T and 305T, as well as Dell's 3007WFP.  All three monitors cost more that $1000, so before you invest that kind of money, you want to make sure you get the best. 

Source: X-Bit Labs

Intel Unveils Quad-Core Storage Server

Subject: Storage | April 16, 2007 - 05:18 PM |
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STORAGE NETWORKING WORLD, San Diego, April 16, 2007 — Intel Corporation today announced the industry's first 2U, 12 drive, integrated quad-core storage server: the Intel Storage Server SSR212MC2. This hardware platform enables a new price/performance class for the small- and medium-sized business (SMB) market.

A PSU for the next generation of graphics cards

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 16, 2007 - 02:43 PM |
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Enermax has redesigned their Galaxy series, with the release of the new SGalaxy DXX 1000W PSU.  [H]ard|OCP takes a look at this PSU, with 5 12V rails at a combined 900W and 75A.  If that wasn't enough to impress them, the fact that the advertised efficiency rating was not exaggerated did.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Bionic Beaver

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 16, 2007 - 01:27 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has linked to an incredibly odd case mod.  In fact this is probably one of the oddest case mods you've ever seen.  Don't believe me?  Click on over and take a look.

"You can't make this stuff up, someone turned a stuffed beaver into a case mod. Kasey McMahon, the girl behind the case mod

(yes, girl), said the hardest part was actually cleaning out the beaver."

Here are some more Cases & Cooling reviews from around the web:

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A heavy drinking 8800

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 16, 2007 - 12:45 PM |
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With a default speed of 610MHz/2000Mhz, the watercooled MSI NX8800GTX OC Liquid offers the fastest 8800 on the market, at least out of the box.  With the integral watercooling rig, it is very easy to get going, as the reservoir and radiator are included, and meant to be attached to the rear of your case.  Hardware Zone managed to get the core up to 680MHz alt

Do NOT "Click here to fix your PC"!!!

Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2007 - 11:58 AM |
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[H]ard|OCP has a 2 warnings on their front page this morning.   The first has to do with the new Storm Worm that managed over 20,000 infections in 1 day.  This variant appeared last week and is triggered by clicking on on of those pop up/banner ads that tell you to "Click here to fix your PC".  So please don't click there ... don't ever click there!  Pass it on to family and friends now, or you will be spending some time with them later.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Interview with Moderator Jay See Bee

Subject: Editorial | April 16, 2007 - 03:22 AM |
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Wow, a special treat tonight. An old friend has agreed to step up to the plate. Jay is a founding member of the Uncle B's. If you don't know who that is, well, then you may want to lock up your pets and children first...OK, OK...it's not that bad! Just cover their eyes and ears!

OK, by now you know the drill:
Hi there. Let me take a minute to introduce myself. I'm Uncle Bob, a Mod here at PC Perspective.

PC Perspective forums, 100% granfalloon free

Subject: General Tech | April 13, 2007 - 02:51 PM |
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Friday afternoon again, and there is plenty of stuff going on in our forums.  A member has had an unpleasant experience with Sapphire's RMA process, and has been billed what looks suspiciously like a restocking fee.  There are good tips to be found on troubleshooting laptop problems in our General forum.  One of the common problems we find is a high end machine with a low end PSU, and you just cannot

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Keeping it to yourself

Subject: General Tech | April 13, 2007 - 01:35 PM |
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Surround sound headphones have come a long way recently, and now some offer a really engaging aural experience.  techPowerUp! reviews Saitek's GH50 Surround Sound Headset, which uses SRS to give you surround sound experience and great bass.  Read the review to see what they thought of it's ability to handle music and gaming.

Source: techPowerUp!

Maingear maintains it's reputation

Subject: Systems | April 13, 2007 - 12:58 PM |
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One problem with scoring high on a system review at [H]ard|OCP, is keeping the quality of your system, ordering and support high enough not to disappoint them when they next review you.  Maingear is a great example, not only of a stellar review the first time around, but also being able to maintain that level of service.  Read their review of the Maingear X-Cube to see how they managed to pull it off.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Run 1:1, if you can get your processor to keep up

Subject: Memory | April 13, 2007 - 12:22 PM |
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Mushkin's XP2-9200 runs at 1150MHz @ 5-5-4-12 out of the box, and Overclocker's Club pushed it to 1200MHz without any effort at all.  With a different board and a bump in voltage, these DIMMs can probably go even further.  As this RAM will keep up with any processor on the market right now, it lets you take full advantage of a 1:1 ratio between RAM and CPU.

"You know the drill: countless hours spent in front of the magic box, doing research trying to get the most performance for

your hard earned dollar

Save the hair metal bands

Subject: General Tech | April 13, 2007 - 12:01 PM |
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OCIA reviews a product that reminds me of the old days when I played Adventure until the cassette tape got eaten.  The BTO Plus Deck 2c is a tape deck for your PC, so that you can get all of the music off of the dozens (or hundreds) of old cassette tapes you have, and convert it to MP3 on your PC.  If you've never owned a tape in your life, you can give this a miss, but if you want to save all those old mix tapes then check out the review.

"The Plus Deck 2c has the necessary controls for a tape deck...

Source: OCIA

OCZ Launches the ModXStream Power Supply Family

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 13, 2007 - 11:45 AM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-April 12, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and
components, today announced the ModXStream Series, a new line of power
supplies designed to offer consumers a combination of OCZ's legendary PSU
architecture and an efficient modular cable management system. Available in
780W and 900W models, the high efficiency ModXStream offers the industry's
highest performing modular power supplies on the market.