AMD'S ACQUISITION OF ATI RECEIVES ONTARIO SUPERIOR COURT APPROVAL

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2006 - 03:46 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. and MARKHAM, ONTARIO - Oct. 17, 2006 -Advanced Micro
Devices, Inc. (NYSE: AMD) and ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ:
ATYT) today announced that the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has
issued the final order approving the arrangement under which all of
ATI's outstanding common shares will be acquired by an indirect wholly
owned subsidiary of AMD. The proposed acquisition, announced on July 24,
2006, is expected to be completed during the week of October 23, subject
to satisfaction or waiver of customary closing conditions.

Source: AMD

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF 1000 WATT AND 800 WATT POWER SUPPLIES

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 17, 2006 - 03:29 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (October 17, 2006) — 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 that the BFG 1000 Watt and BFG 800 Watt power
supplies backed by BFG's famous lifetime warranty will be immediately
available at leading retailers and e-tailers in North America.

The X1950 Pro, a more mature Crossfire

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 17, 2006 - 02:29 PM |
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ATIs newest card sits at a very nice price point, and is incredibly easy to set up in Crossfire.  [H]ard|OCP ran some benchmarks against nVIDIA's 7900 GS OC, which gives about the same frame rate, but they discovered some visual advantages the ATI card has over the competition.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

A mouse that goes a little overboard?

Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2006 - 06:00 PM |
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You can tell by the name, the Fanatec Heäd$h0t, that this mouse is a little unusual.  The fact that it comes in a clear plastic briefcase, just to hold the mousepad/USB hub, the power brick you need to run the thing, oh, and the mouse too.  ExtremeTech attempts to figure out what this 200dpi beast does, and if it will help you get more "Heäd$h0ts".

"What happens when someone throws in the kitchen sink?

Source: Extremetech

Dual video with an onboard graphics card

Subject: Motherboards | October 16, 2006 - 03:50 PM |
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The ASUS M2NPV-VM is very handy for putting together a simple system.  With onboard audio, LAN and a graphics chip, it sets up very easily.  Even better, you can use monitors that require dual DVI, because the onboard graphics card can be used while another PCI Express card is running.  Don't plan on an SLI setup though, the onboard graphics isn't really designed for gaming.  Read all about this board at TweakTown.

"Added to this is the fact that the GeForce 6150's onboard graphics controller can be enabled at

Source: TweakTown

Peltier cooling, the easy way

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 16, 2006 - 02:35 PM |
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The second incarnation of the Vigor Monsoon Active TEC CPU cooler is on the bench at ExtremeTech today.  The first version really did not perform as well as they were hoping, but this version shows a lot of improvement.  While it is expensive at ~$150, it will be cheaper than setting up a watercooling or phase change system, and much easier.

Source: Extremetech

There goes the main reason to buy Windows Vista

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 16, 2006 - 12:43 PM |
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One of the main reasons many gamers planned to go with Windows Vista when it was released is DirectX 10.  According to this story on The Inquirer, the soon to be released DX 9.0 L will be DX10 for Windows XP, and will allow you to play DX 10 games.  Since DX9.0L has not been released yet, nor are any DX10 graphics cards or games available, we don't know how well it will work, or what differences between the two might exist.

Source: The Inquirer

It's a Digtial Life

Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2006 - 12:30 PM |
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HotHardware visited New York and the Digital Life show.   They brought back a lot of pictures and sneak peeks at upcoming tech from AMD, Nokia, nVIDIA and much more.

Source: HotHardware

Corsair Expands Flash Memory Line with New 2GB microSD Removable Card

Subject: Storage | October 16, 2006 - 11:42 AM |
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 Fremont, CA (October 16, 2006) —Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high performance enthusiast computer products, today launched a new line of microSD™ removable flash memory cards to further expand the company's award-winning line of flash products.

Gems of wisdom from our forum this week

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2006 - 05:25 PM |
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One of our members is off to college, so the planned $2000 desktop has become a laptop, with less of a budget, and the advice on a good system just keeps coming.  The guys in our overclocking forum are helping another member get the most out of an A64 3800+.  UncleBob, a moderator and resident old fart here at PCPer feels the cases these days are too small, so he built his own.  At 36" wide x 68" hig

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Sneak Peek at the upcoming nForce 680i SLI for Intel

Subject: Motherboards | October 13, 2006 - 02:49 PM |
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nVIDIA has sent us a look at the reference board for the soon to be released nForce 680i SLI.  Motherboard manufacturers have the actual board, so it should not be too long before we start seeing previews of their versions.  Notice the passive cooling on the two chip north and south bridge combination, as well as the three PCIe x16 slots for graphics cards....what could NVIDIA be up to now? 


Source: NVIDIA

Mobile Graphics Power

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 13, 2006 - 02:25 PM |
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HotHardware gives you a sneak peek at the GeForce GO 7950 GTX.  Although still a single core graphics card (like the 7950  GT), you do get a 75MHz increase in core frequency and 100MHz in memory compared to the previous GeForce Go 7900 GTX. 

Source: HotHardware

ATI Shareholders Approve Acquisition by AMD

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2006 - 01:36 PM |
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MARKHAM, Ontario - October 13, 2006 - ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) shareholders voted overwhelmingly today to approve the proposed acquisition of all outstanding common shares of ATI by an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD). More than 99 per cent of the votes cast by shareholders were in favor of the transaction. No ATI shareholders have exercised rights of dissent in connection with the proposed acquisition.

ATI will seek final court approval for the arrangement at a hearing on October 17, 2006.

Source: AMD

How memory hungry is Vista

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2006 - 01:14 PM |
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BCC Hardware sets out to reveal that by benchmarking many games in a system.  They benchmark the system with 2GB of RAM and and with 4GB.  Drop by to see what effect it had on the FPS.

Source: BCCHardware

New features revealed in Windows Vista

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2006 - 12:09 PM |
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These new features, according to a link on Slashdot, will really help you out when you are using your computer.  The home versions won't let you install via virtual machines, the migration policies are even tighter than XP's and an equivalent to WGA comes pre-installed.  Read the full article to get a better idea what this will mean, apart from higher sales of Ultimate Edition.

Source: Slashdot

AMD'S PROPOSED ACQUISITION OF ATI RECEIVES APPROVAL UNDER INVESTMENT CANADA ACT

Subject: General Tech | October 13, 2006 - 11:36 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. and MARKHAM, ONTARIO - Oct. 13, 2006 - Advanced Micro
Devices, Inc. (NYSE: AMD) and ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ:
ATYT) today announced that the proposed acquisition of ATI by AMD has
been approved by the Minister of Industry under the Investment Canada
Act, satisfying one of the conditions to the closing of the acquisition.
"We are confident that our plans for the combination of AMD and ATI will
deliver world-class customer-centric solutions and will benefit Canada
and its future role in the technology industry," said AMD Chairman and
CEO Hector Ruiz.

Source: AMD

The new, even more improved PC Perspective Forums

Subject: General Tech | October 12, 2006 - 06:38 PM |
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Ryan has a brand new 1U server from Tyan with dual AMD Opteron 275 dual cores.  Follow the link to find out what else is in it that has made browsing the forums better recently.

Sapphire Announces new Water Cooled X1950 Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 12, 2006 - 02:03 PM |
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Dailytech has the announcement and some images of the new Sapphire liquid cooled X1950 XTX and CrossFire cards.  Bother use the same design that keeps the water cooling components inside the case.

Sapphire has announced the release of its new TOXIC X1950XTX and TOXIC X1950 CrossFire Edition graphics cards catered towards enthusiasts and silent PC aficionados.

Source: Daily Tech

Intel's Woodcrest CPU Still without Chipsets

Subject: Processors | October 12, 2006 - 02:01 PM |
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It seems that the Woodcrest processor, the server / workstation version of the ever popular Core 2 Duo from Intel, is having trouble gaining ground without a solid high performance chipset. 

Intel's own Greencreek platform does allow for a single PCI-E X16 slot - sufficient for a typical midrange workstation. But that is far from enough for 3D powerhouse workstation systems, where SLI or CrossFire may be mandatory to get the 3D performance required.

Source: The Inquirer