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Subject: Processors | May 8, 2007 - 04:55 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In the newest episode of HEXUS.tv, you can watch 2 Intel developers, Stephen Fischer and Mark Buxton, talk about Intel's new projects at IDF. From the changes in the instruction set to the growth of the L2 cache, they cover a lot of ground, including the fact that Intel is not currently working on any new single core processors.
Subject: Storage | May 8, 2007 - 02:23 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Vantec NexStar LX is a simple NAS device, that thanks to it's USB2 connector can also be used the same as a basic external HDD. Currently only IDE drives can be used, but SATA compatibility is being developed currently. With a large heatsink and fan, there are no worries about the drive overheating if you just stick it under your desk right by your router, and you can control the fan's speed if it gets too loud.
Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2007 - 01:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Hardware Zone reviews the new Creative Zen Stone. At only 1GB, you won't be putting your entire music collection on it, but that really isn't what it is for. It weighs only 18.5 ounces and is about the size of a Zippo lighter so it will go anywhere. At an MSRP of less than $50 dollars, it certainly seems to put the iPod Nano in second place.
Subject: Memory | May 8, 2007 - 01:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, Calif.-May 7, 2007-OCZ Technology, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today
unveiled a unique memory kit for AMD enthusiasts and power users. The new
PC2-5400 Titanium modules were designed exclusively for the AMD AM2 platform
and are custom-tailored to the extended column address range of the AM2
memory controller. With a doubled page size, access penalties are reduced to
ultimately improve system performance.
Subject: Mobile | May 8, 2007 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
ASUS has followed up their original Lamborghini laptop with the VX2, updating the hardware and adding features as well as improving it's already well designed aesthetic. TECHGAGE was lucky enough to get one to test out, and enjoyed every minute of it. The added bonuses run from a webcam to a finger print reader just go to show how well thought out this laptop is; although perhaps designed more for the car fana
Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2007 - 11:46 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VIA Arena just received an OQO UMPC, that looks smaller than the manual it comes with. The keyboard slides out from underneath the unit, making it one solid piece that looks about the size of a PSP and the docking station comes with a DVD burner and is a very sleek reflective black. Check out the video and keep your eyes open for more about this tiny little PC.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 8, 2007 - 10:16 AM | Ryan Shrout
An interesting product announcement hit my inbox just now that I thought I would share with you all. From PNY, a new 8800 GTX "Limited Edition" card that is highly overclocked will be available NOW or very soon. Here are the specs:
- 621 MHz core versus 575 MHz stock
- 1.45 GHz shader core versus 1.35 GHz stock
- 2.0 GHz memory speed versus 1.8 GHz stock
- 96 GB/s memory bandwidth versus 86.4 GB/s stock
- 39.7 billion pixels/s fill rate versus 36.8 billion pixels/s
- MSRP of $579.99
Considering that the
Subject: Displays | May 7, 2007 - 05:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Viewsonic VX2435wm is under examination at 3dGameMan. As the name hints it is a 24" widescreen LCD, with a resolution of 1920x1200 and 8ms gtg and HDCP support for HDMI and DVI. They found the text to be perfectly sharp but had some problems with the brightness being too high, which is a good thing for some viewers. Unfortunately, the size slows down the response rate to the point where ghosting is
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 7, 2007 - 03:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
PC Stats has decided to test out a question many value minded gamers are wondering. Which is better, a single 8800GTX or a pair of 8800GTS' in SLI? You pay pretty much the same price for either setup, although the single GTX does allow you to install a second card down the road ... when you can afford it.
As the tests show, it is a matter of choosing between great performance now, or really good performance now and astounding performance in the future.
Subject: Motherboards | May 7, 2007 - 01:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Gigabyte N680SLI-DQ6 is one of the most feature rich motherboards on the planet, with a price to match. It also has one impressive cooling system, even surpassing MSI's upcoming Circu-Pipe cooling for Bearlake in it's size, complexity and sheer impressiveness. The Tech Report has the full review, and you won't believe the feature list they have to test.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 7, 2007 - 12:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At the Overclocker's Club, the roar of fans is as frightening as the overclock on their processors. In an effort to change that, they review the NZXT Hush; a case designed to reduce noise. The interior is liberally coated with a 3/16" layer of foam and every retention bracket comes with a rubber washer. The pair of 120mm fans give good airflow without the noise a smaller fan would make. Head over and find out if it cools well enough to quiet OCC down a bit.
Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2007 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Mad Penguin takes on a hard task, trying to determine the benefits and drawbacks to opening your code. Starting from a popular premise, that by opening up your source code to the public you create your own competition, they attempt to disprove it. Competition in the open source world certainly exists, but as they try to point out in their article it is different from that found in the closed source world.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 4, 2007 - 04:22 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Ultra 768MB PCI Express graphics card is the pinnacle of consumer graphics technology and will excel against any competition in the market. With unparalleled performance, courtesy of NVIDIA's revolutionary unified architecture, the 8800 Ultra packs the power of 128 stream processors operating at 1500MHz which are supported by an amazing 103.7GB/s of memory bandwidth. For users with water cooled systems, BFG is continuing to lead the way by bringing the first 8800 Ultra Water Cooled Edition to market with a custom single slot copper water block co-d
Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2007 - 02:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
We are trying a little experiment here at PC Perspective ... Ryan, Lee and I have put together our first podcast, and we would love to hear what you think. We cover a bit of the Tech happenings from this past week, and a bit from PC Perspective, like Wise's interview. Keep your ears open, this is the first in a series, and we hope to include highlights from the forums as well so you may even find yourself a topic of discussion.
Subject: Memory | May 4, 2007 - 01:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
3dGameMan has posted a review of Mushkin's new 4GB kit of PC2-6400 memory with timings of 5-4-4-12. These kits aren't just for gaming, although you will benefit from it, it also helps you to run Vista with better response. If you are an overclocker, there is something even nicer about these DIMMs, they bumped the voltage to 2.2, kept the timings the same and managed to hit 1068MHz.
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 4, 2007 - 12:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
DX10 is new and will add a lot to your gaming experience ... eventually. You won't be seeing games using right away, so if you are in the market for a cheap card the 8600 series may not be the way to go. Legion Hardware proves that a 7900 GS can be turned into a better card that the 8600 with a bit of overclocking. Read on to see just how much better in their full review.
Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2007 - 11:56 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Can't afford several hundred dollars to invest in protection gear and paintball guns? Sick of AirSoft and people pretending that you didn't just hit them several times? Check out what Techware Labs has discovered, a game called Hard Knocks. Sort of like Laser Tag in that there are no projectiles, but instead using an infrared light that can go significantly further than the laser can. The guns look great, and they offer various scenarios reminiscent of CounterStrike and Team Fortress. Plus
Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2007 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
In an effort to make recharging you gadgets easy and unobtrusive, researches have found a way to make a small sheet of special material into a charger that uses electromagnetic induction. The sheet is made of copper and pentacene, and is tiny, but any device placed on it with a special receiving circuit starts getting charged. Slashdot has a link to the original story.
Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2007 - 12:09 AM | Ryan Shrout
I wanted to drop a quick note here to let as many PC Perspective readers as possible know that we have officially started podcasting today. Basically, the podcast is an outlet for our editors to talk about their reviews and general tech news in the industry and let you in on the conversation. You can get all the information by heading over to my weblog here: http://www.pcper.com/weblog.php
You can also subscribe to our RSS feed here: http://www.pcper.com/rss/podcasts.rss
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