Cooler Master invites you to join CM Film Contest and win $1,000USD

January 8, 2007 - 11:56 AM |
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Looking for a global outlet to express your creativity and excitement in life? Cooler Master is now offering you an opportunity for your voices to be heard. No boundaries or language barriers, simply upload your short film to any public vlog and provide us the link, you will be connected to people from all over the world in no time. The best thing is once your film is selected, it will be shown on our 2007 CeBIT booth, talking about maximum exposure!!!

Ready for some CES Action

January 8, 2007 - 03:55 AM |
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I am sitting in my hotel room now, overlooking the Las Vegas convention center, preparing for the next day's meetings.  I have already seen quite a few things that are pretty interesting, but rather than throw something up that is full of nearly-asleep errors, I'll save them for tomorrow afternoon.  :)


Keep checking back here at PC Perspective for news from CES!!!


 

A new year at the PC Perspective forums

January 5, 2007 - 06:04 PM |
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If you received a new PC for Christmas, whether in parts or fully assembled, you may have been daunted by the 63 Critical Updates a fresh XP SP2 system needs, not to mention other updates like .Net.  A member here, JustinC939, has complied SP2.5 for Windows XP, incorporating all 63 updates, IE7, WMP11 and more, and you can benefit from his work by stopping in at our forums.

Intel's Core 2 Quad Q6600 to Cost $531, Less Expensive Quad-Core Enroute

January 5, 2007 - 04:23 PM |
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In order to further solidify its positions of the market of
high-performance microprocessors and popularize quad-core chips, Intel
Corp. will sell its highly-anticipated central processing units (CPUs)
with four processing engines at significantly lower price-points than
it so far has been expected.

Source: X-Bit Labs

A PSU that ought to last you a while

January 5, 2007 - 02:57 PM |
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While I can't imagine what made Ultra design a 2kW PSU, they have, and Legit Reviews is there to examine it.  The +12V rail is rated at 1800W ... 150A load, about twice the power draw of a pair of 8800GTXs.  Head over and check this monster out!

Razer makes some noise

January 5, 2007 - 02:06 PM |
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Razer has expanded into 7.1 HD soundcards, with the Razer Barracuda AC-1 Gaming Audio Card.  Featuring some serious digital processing hardware, and compatible with regular headphones, amplified stereo speakers, 2.1 system, 5.1 system, or 7.1 systems, you really should head to OCIA to get the full review.

Source: OCIA

GTA - FarCry style

January 5, 2007 - 12:17 PM |
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Bjorn3D reviews Just Cause, a cross between GTA and FarCry. The game's setting parallels the US invasion of Panama to depose Noriega, and Edios love affair with tropical islands continues.  Featuring an open storyline and a new engine, this game might be worth a look.

Source: Bjorn3D

Hitachi's storage heavy weight

January 5, 2007 - 12:02 PM |
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At 1TB (1000GB), and an MRSP of $400 dollars, Hitachi's newly announced drive is raising a lot of eyebrows.  Getting it to work in a TiVo may be a challenge, but space for 250+ hours of HD programming ought to give someone the incentive to make it work.  Get more information at DigiTimes.

Source: Digitimes

Solid storage for notebooks

January 4, 2007 - 05:26 PM |
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The Tech Report has some information on SanDisk's newly announced 32GB Solid State Drive, designed primarily for notebooks.  Not only do they give you information on the SanDisk drive, but they also provide links to info on the competitors drives.

It looks pretty, but you can't push it too hard

January 4, 2007 - 03:34 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP reviews abit's AW9D-MAX for Core 2 Duo.  It is compatible with CrossFire, and the layout is very well thought out, including the cooling for the chipset.  However, they discovered one little flaw that may cause disinterest among hard core users.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Gigabyte's 7950 GT is a bundle of joy

January 4, 2007 - 02:08 PM |
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HotHardware reviews Gigabyte's 7950 GT, a nice alternative to the 7900 GTX.  This particular model comes with a full version of Civ4 and a large Zalman cooler which allows some nice overclocking possibilities.

Lee also offers you an alternative to buying a new VGA, with the Thermalright HR-03 VGA Cooler, which cools hot graphics cards well without a fan, and even better with one.

Source: HotHardware

Intel and CinemaNow Advance Burn-to-DVD Entertainment Experience with Intel(R) Viiv(TM) Technology

January 4, 2007 - 01:57 PM |
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SANTA CLARA and MARINA DEL REY,
Calif., Jan. 4, 2007 — Intel Corporation and CinemaNow, a leading
Internet provider of downloadable videos, today announced a
collaboration that will allow consumers using Intel technology-based
media PCs, such as those with Intel® Viiv™ technology, to legally
download and record major motion picture movie content to blank DVD
discs for playback on both the PC and consumer electronics devices,
including most standard DVD players.

The winds of change blow cool

January 4, 2007 - 12:39 PM |
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Ionic cooling is a little known way of cooling PCs efficiently and silently.  The Future of Things gives you an overview of how the technology works, and an interview with 3 very knowledgeable scientists in that field, one of whom is the CTO of Kronos Advanced Technologies.

Money for nothing, and your clicks for free

January 4, 2007 - 12:27 PM |
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Step 1 - Release free browser
Step 2 -
Step 3 - PROFIT!!!!

Well, Firefox figured out step 2, and The Tech Zone sat down with the head honcho to find out how they made over $50 million in 2005.

"Mozilla Foundation chairman Mitchell Baker on Tuesday disclosed how much money Mozilla made from their Firefox

web browser in 2005: $52.9 million. If you're wondering how Firefox makes any money, then this article will tell

you."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

EVGA Announces Overclocked 8800 Cards

January 4, 2007 - 01:22 AM |
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EVGA is announcing four new GeForce 8800 cards, all of which are overclocked.  The new 8800 GTXs run at 626MHz/621 MHz core and 2.0 GHz memory speeds while the 8800 GTS will run at 580MHz/576 MHz core and 1.7 GHz memory.


EVGA, a leading provider of performance computing hardware, today announced the release of their e-GeForce 8800 GTX KO w/ ACS³ (P/N:


768-P2-N837-AR) and 8800 GTS KO w/ ACS³ (P/N: 640-P2-N827-AR) NVIDIA® technology-based graphics card.

Preparing for CES

January 3, 2007 - 04:34 PM |
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Believe it not, this year's CES is actually shaping up to be quite a busy one for me.  Not because of some elaborate launch plans from NVIDIA, AMD or Intel, but mostly because of the alarmingly high amount of meetings that I have setup for a three day time span.  Currently I am 28 -- that's nearly 10 a day and considering all the issues involved with getting around the city of Las Vegas in a timely fashion, I have a feeling I am going to be doing quite a bit of sprinting.

I Want That!!: 300TB Hard Drive

January 3, 2007 - 04:16 PM |
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By 2010, it looks like Seagate is aiming for 300 terabyte hard drives for your systems!

PLATTER SPINNER Seagate thinks that it will be able to create a 300 TB hard-drive by 2010.

According to Joystick, Seagate boffins are apparently working on a hard-drive which uses heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) techniques.

Source: The Inquirer

LED-based Notebooks Coming Soon

January 3, 2007 - 04:13 PM |
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If the LCD screen on your notebook just isn't the quality you demand, then the upcoming releases of LED-based notebooks from both HP and Apple is likely to peak your interest. 

HP's new LED-based notebooks will feature Microsoft's Vista operating system (OS) and will aim at high-end, multimedia uses, the sources said, adding that using LEDs as the backlight source for large-size applications will become more popular thanks to more models of such kind from US-based notebook brands.


Source: Digitimes