How handy is Andy?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | March 1, 2007 - 06:44 PM |
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The newest cooler from Scythe has one of the oddest names going ... the Andy Samurai Master.  You can read about this heatsink at Silent PC Review, where they put it up against the older Scythe Ninja, as well as the Ultra 120.  They also try on a few different fans to see what effect that has on it's noise, and it's performance.

New Windows Vista Beta driver from NVIDIA ... now

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 1, 2007 - 04:24 PM |
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Update: The new driver version 101.41 appears to be available for Vista 32-bit and Vista 64-bit.  Not sure, but I think this is for GF7 series and below only for now.


When the driver is available, the driver Release Notes will include a full list of bugs fixed, known driver issues, products supported, and operating system and application limitations.

Source: NVIDIA

The 690 runs again

Subject: Motherboards | March 1, 2007 - 03:27 PM |
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Today we get more looks at the soon to be released AMD 690 chipset, starting off with Legit Reviews.  They find the reference boards they reviewed perfect for HTPC applications as it is the only chipset that supports simultaneous independent outputs of DVI and HDMI.   The gamers are not going to be impressed by the performance of the IGP but it certainly outperforms the old NVIDIA 430 chipset.

Superclocked indeed

Subject: Graphics Cards | March 1, 2007 - 02:19 PM |
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320 MB is perfect for users under 1920x1200, is the finding from [H]ard|OCP.  If you can limit yourself to that resolution, this card will handle just about every graphical bell and whistle you can throw at it.  EVGA's 320MB Superclocked card has a 76 MHz advantage over the reference core of 500 MHz and it's stream processor is 150 MHz faster.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A peek into Barcelona's 4 cores

Subject: Processors | March 1, 2007 - 01:00 PM |
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AnandTech has put together an 11 page article, bringing together all that is known about Barcelona.  They take you through the chip, from what native quad core means, to the doubling of the stack used for indirect branch predictions.

There have been a lot of changes to the old K7 core, so take a few minutes and read through this article.

Source: AnandTech

So you wanna be a podcaster?

Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2007 - 12:34 PM |
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Visit the Hardware Zone for a look at Behringer's Podcaststudio.  It consists of an analog mixer that supports XLR and RCA connections, a Firewire audio interface for your PC, a studio condenser microphone and a pair of high-quality headphones.  This will give you far better quality than a homebrew solution, unless you happen to have a background in sound engineering.

For those who haven't removed Vista yet

Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2007 - 12:15 PM |
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Koroush Ghazi at Tweak Guides has finished creating his Tweaking Companion for Windows Vista.  The free version is available for download, along with the older XP guide.  If you find it helpful, you can support him by purchasing the Deluxe version.  Whichever route you choose, check out the tips before you stop running Vista.

Source: Tweak Guides

AMD Demonstrates Accelerated Computing Solution that Breaks Teraflop Barrier

Subject: Systems | March 1, 2007 - 12:00 PM |
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San Francisco - Feb.

Source: AMD

Interview with Moderator AMDMaddness

Subject: Editorial | February 28, 2007 - 07:18 PM |
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Interview with Moderator AMDMaddness


Holy mackerel, is it Wednesday already? Hey, for that matter, where did February go? Lots of good reviews to check out in here this week, wow.
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.

This fan knows Yoga

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 28, 2007 - 06:22 PM |
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The AzenX X-Cruzer Flexible 70mm fan is a unique product. It resembles a small personal fan on a bendy straw, with 3M sticky pads, 3 magnets and a molex power connector.  It is designed to be stuck inside a case, anywhere you are having airflow problems ... as long as you don't try attaching the magnets to the motherboard.

Drop by OCC to find out if this is a good idea, or just a flashy gimmick.

AMD to Present at Morgan Stanley Technology Conference

Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2007 - 06:04 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Feb. 28, 2007 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that
AMD Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Hector de J. Ruiz
will present at the Morgan Stanley Technology Conference at 10:30 a.m.
PT (1:30 p.m.

Source: AMD

Prepare to be dominated

Subject: Memory | February 28, 2007 - 03:03 PM |
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Corsair's DOMINATOR Twin2X2048-8888C4DF runs at 1111 MHz with timings of 4-4-4-12.  They have Corsair's newly designed heatspreaders, and the DOMINATOR Airflow fan bracket is optional.  Thanks to this efficient cooling scheme, 1244 MHz at 4-4-4-12 is reachable, if the voltage is bumped to 2.5V.  Be prepared to pay for this performance though, these modules will set you back more than $700.  Re

Source: PCStats

ASUS Notebooks Coming to a Best Buy Near You

Subject: Mobile | February 28, 2007 - 02:07 PM |
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Fremont, CA: February 28, 2007 — Beginning in late February, ASUS notebooks will be available for purchase at more than 150 Best Buy retail stores nationwide.  The decision by the two companies marks the beginning of cooperation between one of the world's largest notebook manufacturers and North America's number one specialty retailer of consumer electronics, personal computers, entertainment software, and appliances.   

Source: ASUS

AMD jumps back into the chipset game

Subject: Motherboards | February 28, 2007 - 01:42 PM |
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Join The Tech Report in a look at a new board based on the new 690G chipset from AMD, MSI's K9AGM2.  These new boards won't be for sale for a few weeks yet, but you can get a good look at what to expect.  Among the features you will see are 24 PCIe lanes, although 4 are dedicated to the chipset interconnect.  As well, the integrated graphics take a big jump, they use the X1250 graphics core, based on the Radeon X700.

Call me Mr. Johnson.

Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2007 - 12:58 PM |
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FASA Studio Manager,
Mitch Gitelman sits down for an interview at SI, and talks a bit about their upcoming multiplayer release of Shadowrun
.  If you haven't heard about this game before, it is based on a pen and paper game from FASA that was published back in 1989.  It is a futuristic world where magic suddenly returns, along with a spreading mutation that suddenly changes some normal humans into orcs, trolls, elves and more.  Add some corporate intrigue and you have a game that could really stand out; if

Go go gadget Google tricks!

Subject: General Tech | February 28, 2007 - 12:36 PM |
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So you figure you've got Google down, eh?  Mastered the advanced search page, joined a few groups via your Gmail account, and used Boolean operators in your searches, and now you know all you need to know?

Source: OCMODSHOP

Corsair Steps Up Performance On USB Drives

Subject: Storage | February 28, 2007 - 11:56 AM |
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Fremont, CA (February 28, 2007) -- Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer products, today launched the new Flash Voyager™ GT line of USB drives designed for the user who demands the highest performance in a USB memory product. Complementing the revolutionary Flash Voyager USB drives, the new Flash Voyager GT brand represents the highest performing USB products Corsair offers in any capacities.

New AMD Platform Integrates ATI Graphics for The Ultimate Visual Experience(TM) For Windows Vista

Subject: Motherboards | February 28, 2007 - 11:47 AM |
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Sunnyvale, Calif. -- February 28, 2007 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced the AMD 690 series chipset, the company's first chipset to bring together the combined strengths of AMD CPU and platform technology with the industry-leading features of the ATI Radeon™ X1250 GPU.

Source: AMD

Cool runnings

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 27, 2007 - 06:05 PM |
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Danger Den, one of the major providers for watercooling, has designed the Tyee GPU Waterblock, specifically designed for X1800/1900s.  By making the design so specific, they are able to give some serious cooling coverage with one waterblock.  Take a look at the performance gain techPowerUp! got.

Source: techPowerUp!