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

GeminII - the Most Effective Main board and CPU Cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 9, 2007 - 11:34 AM |
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Cooler Master's newest Cooler Innovation, GeminII, is the world's first Main Board and CPU cooler. GeminII's thoughtful design creates high cooling performances due to its excellent heat transport ability and superior heat dissipation ability. Now you can enjoy all the benefits from Windows Vista with ease.


Find out the upper limit of your CPU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 8, 2007 - 06:04 PM |
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Thermoelectric cooling is a powerful way to keep your CPU cool, but it comes at a high price.  Enter the Monsoon II Lite, which has trimmed some of the features of it's big brother down, and lets you get into TEC for less than $100.

AnandTech managed to get a Core 2 Duo X6800 from it's stock 2.93GHz up to 3.96GHz at 14*283MHz with this 50W TEC cooler, mind you it does so at about 60dB.

Source: AnandTech

OCZ Addresses Enthusiasts Needs and Unveils the New PC2-6400 Flex XLC CAS 3

Subject: Memory | February 8, 2007 - 03:53 PM |
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Sunnyvale, CA-February 8, 2007-OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in
innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today
announced the PC2-6400 Flex XLC CL3 series. This latest edition to the
highly-awarded OCZ Flex XLC product family is engineered to produce
significant performance gains on the latest NVIDIAR nForceR SLIT platforms
by implementing Enhanced Performance Profiles (EPP) and allowing the memory
to operate at a stable 800MHz at CL3 upon start up
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The things that HTPCs are made of

Subject: Systems | February 8, 2007 - 03:22 PM |
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One important decision to make when building HTPCs is to pick a case that looks good, fit's the components you want and keep them cool enough to run.  That is really only the first step.  Ars Technica offers some help on the next part, what components to stuff inside the case.  They have suggestions for everything, from the motherboard to the graphics to the OS.  Drop by to get a second opinion on what to stuff that case with.

Source: Ars Technica

It's the fastest, but by enough?

Subject: Memory | February 8, 2007 - 03:04 PM |
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The TweakTown reviews the fastest RAM on the market, Corsairs' XMS Dominator PC2-10000.   Rated at 5-5-5-18  at 625MHz (2.4V), TweakTown could only manage to push them to 627.5MHz at the same timings, or tightened up to  4-3-3-15 at 400Mhz, without changing voltages.  The DIMMs also come with active aircooling to keep them going.  This are the fastest RAM available at stock speeds, but a question arises, the OCZ FlexXLC comes with watercooling, and

Source: TweakTown

ATI's twins, two new X1650XTs

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 8, 2007 - 12:50 PM |
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HotHardware has a review of a pair of very closely related cards.  The HIS Radeon X1650 XT iSilence II runs at the frequencies specified by ATI and the HIS Radeon X1650 XT IceQ Turbo runs just a bit faster.  These pair offer a nice choice, you can have a silent card for about $150 or trade in the silence for a little more oomph and pay around $200.  Of course the 1950 Pro is much faster and not much more expensive that the Turbo, so you may want to keep that in mind.

Source: HotHardware

Bugs for Firefox, something old and something new

Subject: General Tech | February 8, 2007 - 12:28 PM |
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CNET reports on 2 vulnerabilities found in Firefox.  The first is found in Firefox version 1.5.0.9 but fixed by 2.0, it uses a combination of the built in pop-up blocker and XMLHttpRequest to relay info about the system to a remote server.  You can find the full description of the flaw by following the link to SecuriTeam on CNet.

An interview with Moderator Big B-man

Subject: Editorial | February 7, 2007 - 10:41 PM |
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Hi there. Let me take a minute to introduce myself. I'm Uncle Bob, a Mod here at PC Perspective. Let's hope I won't have to introduce myself too many times more, but what the heck...these interviews are all about meeting eachother! 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.

Dell's incredibly shrunken XPS

Subject: Mobile | February 7, 2007 - 05:40 PM |
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Dell's small but powerful XPS M1210 is up for review at The Tech Report.  It packs a Core 2 Duo T7600 (2.33GHz ) with a 667MHz FSB, 1 GB of 533MHz RAM, and a respectable 100GB 7200-RPM SATA drive in a 4.37lb body.  Battery power goes for 4 hours and the 12.1" screen will keep your eyes happy, although TR noticed the colour contrast isn't the best.  If you are looking for a powerful, portable laptop, and not a huge, heavy gaming laptop, you might want to get a Dell.

Really rapid Raptor revision

Subject: Storage | February 7, 2007 - 03:26 PM |
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The newest incarnation of the 74Gb WD Raptor sports 10,000 RPM spindle speed, 4.6ms read seek time, and a two-platter design now at 150GB capacity.  It's only real competition are the previous Raptors, which for the basis of the tests.  These drives still aren't quite ready to take on SCSI, but they are certainly the next best thing in speed.  AnandTech does have a small problem with the size and the price, pointing out that the 150Gb version (which is every bit as fast or faster) cost about $50 more with rebates

Source: AnandTech

Exhibitionist BIOS

Subject: Motherboards | February 7, 2007 - 02:22 PM |
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One of the most interesting things about DFI's ICFX3200-T2R/G, based on the RD600 chipset is that it has 3 PCIe x16 slots.  The first 2 run at x8 speeds when used in Crossfire mode, as you might expect, and
the third slot operates at x2 speed making it handy for a Physics processor.  [H]ard|OCP was also intrigued by the system's BIOS which allows far more control than most and you can save four different BIOS configurations which can be bound to hot keys.  Head on over to find out the rest

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A Wii was harmed in the making of this review

Subject: General Tech | February 7, 2007 - 12:42 PM |
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Still aren't sure if the Wii is a groundbreaking gaming system from a farsighted company, or just a silly excuse to 'accidentally' whack your friends in the head with the nunchaku?  [H]ard|OCP has published a full review covering their thoughts about this new console and a few issues they ran into.  They discovered it isn't possible use a projector to game without buying additional equipment and they also figured out how to kill a Wii.  At least the TV survived intact.

"Nintendo is back with a vengeance and is going toe to toe with the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. Can the Wiimote nunchaku continue to successfully fend off the competition or is it just a whole lot of flailing?"

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