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Subject: Editorial | February 6, 2007 - 07:19 PM | Ryan Shrout
I have been running Windows Vista on my personal system now since about January 28th - just a couple of days before official launch. I just so happen to have my system die on me (don't get me started on that...) so I figured the timing was good and I would just move to the new operating system and save myself the trouble of upgrading later.
Subject: Displays | February 6, 2007 - 06:28 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
When you are buying an LCD monitor for gaming, response time and contrast ratio rule, because not too many are terribly worried about 100% accurate colour representation. When doing graphic design, the exact opposite is true. In some applications, in order to get a realistic looking model, you need to use a palette of colours that differ in only the most minute way and if you can't see the difference in shades you cannot do it.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 6, 2007 - 03:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Listan BeQuiet Dark Power PRO 850 Watt PSU has a lot going for it. It's modular, with up to 19 cable strands available, it has 4 12V lines for a total of 640W and 20A per line with a max load of 50A and it runs below 40dBA. When you turn it off, it uses 0W and with an efficiency of 84% and active PFC of up to 0.99, you get a lot for ~$230. Get over to the Guru of 3D for the full review.
Subject: Memory | February 6, 2007 - 01:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
On one side of futureLook's ring is the reigning champion, the Thermaltake Cyclo and in the other corner the challenger, the VIZO Armada. Both offer air cooling for your RAM, and along the way they try to find out if that even has any effect. The Cyclo is a heavyweight, taking up a fair amount of space, but also able to cover 4 DIMMs at a time. The Armada prefers to go one on one by directly attaching to the DIMM, which takes up enough space that Dual Channel is n
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 6, 2007 - 12:20 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Inquirer has done a little sniffing around in the R600 driver, and have found 4 device names, referred to in the driver as DEV_9400, 9401, 9402 and 9403. Since ATI isn't saying anything about the upcoming names, it is guessing time and if you guess XTX, XT, PRO and GT you agree with the fellows at The Inq. Another guessing game comes from the quote below, Quad Crossfire or multiple memory devices?
Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2007 - 12:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
New with Vista is an encryption program called BitLocker. Before you go hiding all of your secrets and guilty pleasures in a BitLocker protected folder, you might want to take a careful read of this story at The Register. It turns out 2 of the 3 protection schemes won't even work, as there are not really any motherboards currently for sale with a TPM compatible BIOS. XP's encryption never managed to stop anyone determined to get at the data, and neither will Vista. That isn't all bad news th
Subject: Memory | February 6, 2007 - 11:33 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CA-February 5, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today
announced the PC2-6400 Gold Edition 4GB (2x2048MB) dual channel kit. These
new modules are optimized for perfect compatibility for extreme gamers
transitioning their high-performance systems from Microsoft WindowsR XP to
VistaT. These new 800MHz modules are the ultimate upgrade for gamers taking
advantage of the feature-rich, yet demanding operating system.
Subject: Processors | February 5, 2007 - 05:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware reviews AMD's A64 X2 series based on the 65nm Brisbane core. With 4 different socket AM2 processors, running from 2.1 to 2.6GHz and sporting 153.8 million transistors it sounds like a great replacement for the Windsor core. Although the Brisbane does run a little slower than a Windsor at the same speed, it also uses less power which reinforces AMD's desire for efficiency and getting more work per watt.
Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2007 - 03:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Creative has a competitor, the C-Media Oxygen HD chip, aka CMI8788. The Tech Report has published a huge review of the chip focusing on 2 cards, Auzentech's X-Meridian and Sondigo's Inferno. Everything is covered in the review, not only the performance of positional audio in games, the CPU utilization is compared to the X-Fi as well as some serious work with Rightmark's Audio Analyser.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 5, 2007 - 02:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The NuLOOQ Navigator is a new device from Logitech, which you use in your keyboard hand. A heavy round, puck looking doohickey, with a ring (called a Navring)that can be pushed left, right, up, down and can be twisted clockwise and counterclockwise, giving you 6 'buttons' right there. The center of the navring is touch sensitive and gives you accesss to a popup menu of commmands, and there are also 5 fully programmable buttons, or 'triggerpoints'. The Tech Lounge tries out this interesting little device in a number of differ
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 5, 2007 - 12:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Spire Fourier series has a very unique look. By putting the fan below the heatsink fins, and using heatpipes to transfer the heat to those fins, you guarantee that the airflow is going where you want it. This also leads to a bit of a tricky install with the mounting plates, but at least there is little chance of putting a screwdriver through your motherboard. Drop by Pro-clockers for the full review of this heatsink, and take a look at what a big block of unobstructed copper looks like on a motherboard.
Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2007 - 12:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
E-books are having a hard time catching on. Many dedicated readers miss the visceral experience of holding a book, and the ease of use. You can't really take your monitor to the beach or into the bath, and PDAs don't let you see a full page at one time.
Magazines, on the other hand are disappearing quickly, as the web quickly trumped them as a way of getting target information quickly. Take a look at [H]ard|OCPs article examining that change.
Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2007 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - Feb. 5, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that Douglas Grose has been appointed to the role of senior vice president of technology development, manufacturing and supply chain at AMD. In this role, Grose will have global responsibility for AMD's global manufacturing and process technology operations as well as overall supply chain management. Manufacturing responsibilities include AMD-owned facilities as well as all current foundry relationships.
As a special surprise I bring you an interview with one of the oldest members of PCPerspective, Christop54!
1. I realize many of the mods here are in a witness protection program of some sort, but can you give us your real name?
2. Why did you join PCPer/AMDMB?
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 third in a series, an interview with noorman.
Morning all! Well, it's the day before the last real fix for football junkies. I won't go out on any limb and guess who will win. Our Seahawks didn't make the show but I'll watch anyway! Actually I'll be at work, but we'll make sure we have time set aside to watch the greatest sports event of the year. So, grab some cold ones, some munchies and good friends and get yourself ready for a real spectacle. I ain't talking about the purported halftime activities, either, btw....personally I could do without all that!
Subject: Systems | February 2, 2007 - 03:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has offered up 4 builds that will run Vista. The Econobox comes in at $537.95, featuring an X2 3800, an ASUS M2NPV-VM and it's onboard 6150 and 1 GB of RAM. If you can afford it, the $1691.92 Sweet Spot Machine with a Core 2 Duo E6600 an Asus P5B Deluxe 2 GB of RAM and eVGA's 8800 GTS will give you a nice start. There are 2 other systems, and some alternate components, so go on and get some good advice.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 2, 2007 - 02:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware reviews the Sapphire X1950 XTX, ATI's current flagship card, and direct competitor with the GeForce 7900 GTX. Unfortunately, they have no card that can take on the 8800 series, but this card offers a different advantage. It is priced about $200 below the 7900GTX, and is a better performer, especially if you decide to go for Crossfire.
Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2007 - 12:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS.tv has something to show you, the new Crysis trailer, using DX10. Compression kills, but you get the idea of just what this game will look like. With their proprietary physics engine, you won't need an Aegia card, but as they suggest at the end of the preview, it might be a good idea to get your hands on an 8800.