Something nice for your office desk

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2007 - 06:53 PM |
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Getting yourself a Boomslang or Habu might raise a few eyebrows at work, but is that really the mouse you want to be using?  Logitech's LX 710 Cordless Desktop might make a better impression, and since response rates aren't as important as they are in Battlefield, you can enjoy going cordless.  Modders-Inc has a full review of this black cordless keyboard and mouse combo that will look nice on your desk.  I won't give you any ideas on what to do at work with a mouse that has the extra weight of AA batteries in it.

Source: Modders-Inc

The AMD 690G chipset makes an appearance

Subject: Motherboards | February 12, 2007 - 03:23 PM |
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The ECS AMD690GM-M2 motherboard features the AMD 690G Chipset with an AMD RS690G Northbridge, an AMD SB600 Southbridge and an ATI A-Link.  It's onboard ATI Radeon X1250 graphics chip offers a nice feature, it can use up to 512MB of system memory for its frame buffer.  With only 1 PCIe 16x slot, the board is aimed at the price concious consumer, and you can find out a lot more about it on TweakTown.

Source: TweakTown

Buy 1000 chips and pay at the new prices

Subject: Processors | February 12, 2007 - 02:58 PM |
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Here's a brief list of the changes AMD has done to the pricing of their processors.  Follow this link for the entire list.

AMD Athlon™ 64 FX Processor

  • Athlon 64 FX-62 - $713

AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor

Source: 3DCenter

Intel Research Chip Advances 'Era Of Tera'

Subject: Processors | February 12, 2007 - 01:08 PM |
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 11, 2007 - Intel Corporation researchers have developed the world's first programmable processor that delivers supercomputer-like performance from a single, 80-core chip not much larger than the size of a finger nail while using less electricity than most of today's home appliances. This is the result of the company's innovative 'Tera-scale computing' research aimed at delivering Teraflop -- or trillions of calculations per second --performance for future PCs and servers.

Intel's reign of Tera

Subject: Processors | February 12, 2007 - 12:56 PM |
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The Tech Report features a look at the 80 core processor unveiled by Intel at the ISSC.  This chip will never hit the stores, but you can bet one of it's descendants will.  One of the more interesting features is it's scalability ... if you feed it only 11W it will run at 310 gigaFLOPS which is still well into supercomputer territory.  However, if you give it a full meal of 98W it will hit 1.0 teraFLOP, which is definitely something to brag about.

New GTS? The Guru's got it covered!

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2007 - 12:45 PM |
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The Guru of 3D attacks the new release of the 8800GTS in a 20 page review that covers more than one manufacturer and includes SLI testing.  There were 2 major findings, the first of which the Guru summed up perfectly.

Gaming up-to 1920x1200 = Good
Gaming after 1920x1200 = Bad

Source: Guru of 3D

[H]ard|OCP in [H]|D

Subject: General Tech | February 12, 2007 - 12:25 PM |
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If trying to figure out High Definition is driving you nuts, from figuring which resolution to use to what HDCP will mean, then get over to [H]ard|OCP.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Super Talent Launches 800MHz RDIMMs

Subject: Memory | February 12, 2007 - 12:09 PM |
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San Jose, California — February 12, 2007 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of DRAM memory modules and flash products, today launched a 1GigaByte 800MHz ECC Registered DDR2 server module.

NVIDIA EXPANDS THE REACH OF DIRECTX 10 GAMING WITH NEW GEFORCE 8800-BASED GRAPHICS CARD

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
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NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) is the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies.



Today add in card partners of NVIDIA have released graphics cards based on the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS graphics processing unit (GPU). These new cards come with 320MB of video memory and have prices ranging from $299-$349.



E-tailers and retailers worldwide now carry 320MB graphics cards based on the award-winning GeForce 8800 GTS GPU.

Source: NVIDIA

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES NEW GRAPHICS CARD WITH Microsoft Windows Vista SUPPORT

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 12, 2007 - 11:33 AM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (February 12, 2007) — BFG Technologies®, Inc., the leading North American and European NVIDIA supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GTS OC™ 320MB PCI Express® graphics card for a suggested retail price of $349 USD.

An interview with Super Moderator Ned Slider

Subject: Editorial | February 10, 2007 - 09:54 AM |
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It's going to be a busy Sunday for me, so I'm posting this on Saturday! You guys are really in luck we have a real special interview, too! This was conducted just days before Ned became (I was told he volunteered, but who really knows?) a Super Moderator. We've been told his pay actually doubled....man, the big fat goose egg on the check looks twice as big now. We all like to have fun where we can and are all glad to have Ned to poke at for awhile.

ASUS U1F with 0.5cm ultra slim LCD panel and 1kg ultra light design

Subject: Mobile | February 9, 2007 - 06:15 PM |
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Taipei, Taiwan, February 9, 2007 — The compact 11.1" widescreen U1F is tailor made for metropolitan professionals to stay on the move with style. From the exterior piano painted LCD cover, stainless contour and carbon fiber alloy housing to genuine leather bound palm rest, the U1 exudes luxury with unique sophistication.

Source: ASUS

Spending time on the PCPerspective forums - it's a good thing!

Subject: General Tech | February 9, 2007 - 06:02 PM |
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The E4300's OCing ability has caught a few eyes on the forum, especially for those who don't care about Virtualization Tech, but so is the early release of the X2 6000+.  Of course, buying a new motherboard can lead to a variety of issues, from video to squeezing it into the case to <

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Ultimate gaming machine, when it works

Subject: Systems | February 9, 2007 - 02:42 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP has reviewed three ABS desktops, and one notebook so far, and they've increased that to 4 desktops with this review of the ABS Ultimate X8.  They have always been impressed by the quality of service they have received, but the quality of the build is a different matter.  How would you feel with bad RAM and a botched recovery disk?

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Better sound means better FPS?

Subject: General Tech | February 9, 2007 - 01:54 PM |
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The name gives a hint as to the purpose of this particular soundcard, as Razer only does fast.  The Razer Barracuda AC1 Gaming Sound Card claims to increase your framerates by not using any system memory.  OCC proves that claim, although don't expect to see the increase blow your mind.  As well, the audio quality impressed them enough to convince them to toss out their old Diamond Monster MX300.  It also will attract modders, the Razer logo lights up to add a little extra to the inside of your case.

More of Duke Nukem Forever's competition breaks down and releases a game

Subject: General Tech | February 9, 2007 - 12:17 PM |
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S.T.A.L.K.E.R is only 6 years old, compared to DK Forever's 10, but it was in the running for most delayed game ever.  No longer, it would seem; according to this preview at bit-tech.  It is always possible a brand new game engine will appear before the end of March and cause a delay, but it looks like this game is going to make it.

Source: bit-tech

General Purpose GPU

Subject: General Tech | February 9, 2007 - 12:03 PM |
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The Inquirer reports on a project by AMD/ATI to make dedicated server CPUs a thing of the past.  For certain types of calculation, a GPUs particular structure allows it to beat the pants off of a CPU ...

Source: The Inquirer

NVIDIA Vista Quality Assurance Page

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 9, 2007 - 11:35 AM |
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"We are working diligently to make sure we achieve and maintain the level of driver quality and reliability that NVIDIA is known for. Over the coming weeks NVIDIA and our partners, along with the industry, will continue to update Windows Vista drivers to ensure maximum performance on 3D applications and add feature support.

Source: NVIDIA