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

Source: [H]ard|OCP

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?"

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Gaming

Source: [H]ard|OCP

You already knew it was true, here comes the proof

Subject: General Tech | February 7, 2007 - 12:16 PM |
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Video games are good for you!

FPSes and other visually complex games are good for your eyes, says this story on CNET.  Thanks to the speed of the game and the number of things you have to keep track of, you push the part of your brain governing image processing to it's limits, and this exercise carries over into the other parts of your life.  I don't think it will be a good enough excuse to get you out of eating your carrots.

New AMD OpteronT Processors Unveiled for Ultimate Datacenter Performance-Per-Watt

Subject: Processors | February 7, 2007 - 11:29 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- February 7, 2007 --Delivering on its commitment to industry-leading datacenter performance and performance-per-watt, AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced availability of new AMD Opteron™ processor models in both highly efficient (68 watt) and mainstream (95 watt) thermal envelopes.

Source: AMD

Another Vista Rant

Subject: Editorial | February 6, 2007 - 10:43 PM |
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If you are interested in another view of how a new user's experiences (mine!) with Windows Vista are going, you'll want to head over to my latest blog entry to see how it's all going...

Today though, is when I finally got fed up with the whole damn thing.  I have several printers, most of which I have been able to get to work, even with Windows XP drivers.  However, one of them is attached to a Linksys W

Another Vista Rant

Subject: Editorial | February 6, 2007 - 07:19 PM |
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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. 

Hire a professional

Subject: Displays | February 6, 2007 - 06:28 PM |
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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.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Good price, great power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 6, 2007 - 03:34 PM |
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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.

Source: Guru of 3D

The battle for cool RAM heats up

Subject: Memory | February 6, 2007 - 01:51 PM |
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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

Source: futurelooks

Details emerge on ATI's R600 series

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 6, 2007 - 12:20 PM |
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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? 

Source: The Inquirer

There's somethign about BitLocker

Subject: General Tech | February 6, 2007 - 12:05 PM |
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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

Source: The Register

OCZ Unveils High-Speed, PC2-6400 4GB Dual Channel Kits designed for Gamers

Subject: Memory | February 6, 2007 - 11:33 AM |
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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.

Moving onto 65nm

Subject: Processors | February 5, 2007 - 05:26 PM |
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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.

Source: HotHardware

A breath of fresh audio

Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2007 - 03:27 PM |
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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.

Newfangled input thingamajig

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 5, 2007 - 02:13 PM |
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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

Upside down heatsink

Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 5, 2007 - 12:45 PM |
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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.

Internet killed the magazine star

Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2007 - 12:25 PM |
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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.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

AMD Appoints Douglas Grose to Lead Worldwide Technology Development and Manufacturing Operations

Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2007 - 11:53 AM |
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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.

Source: AMD

Special Super Bowl Special Interview with Christop54

Subject: Editorial | February 4, 2007 - 07:00 PM |
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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?

Chris

2. Why did you join PCPer/AMDMB?