A slight bit better than no news

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2007 - 12:26 PM |

For lack of anything better to do, Phil Hester climbed on top of a downtown Manhattan building and told the world about AMD's super-secret Spider platform and how it can render the original frames of the first Spiderman movie in real time, a task which the original studios had to do at a blazing fast 1.15740741 x 10-5 frames per second or so.  While this does seem to offer some hope as to the power of the Phenom and Quad Crossfire, AMDs other move with the Spider platform s

Source: The Inquirer

AMD Delivers HDTV Experience for Mac

Subject: General Tech | November 14, 2007 - 11:49 AM |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - November 14, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced
the new ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo USB for Mac - a new HDTV
experience for Mac users
. ATI TV Wonder 650 Combo USB for Mac integrates
two TV tuners to receive off-the-air ATSC/HDTV broadcasts as well as
analog television programming.

Source: AMD

93.75A of Real Power

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 13, 2007 - 05:23 PM |

The Cooler Master Real Power Pro 1250w sports three 20A 12V rails and three 28A 12V rails, which ought to satisfy even Quad CrossFire and triple SLI setups.   It also comes with a bottle opener key chain, hopefully for use after you've installed the PSU.  [H]ard|OCP found it to be a very quiet, stable and efficient PSU, with one issue that arises when the current dips under 100V AC, though many will never have to worry about that.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

One keyboard with a side order of gamer

Subject: General Tech | November 13, 2007 - 02:51 PM |

Ideazon's MERC Stealth Gaming keyboard, if you haven't already seen it, looks like a normal keyboard with a gaming keypad glued to the left side (so sorry lefty gamers).  It also sports lighting beneath the keys, presumably so you can game stealthily in the dark.  An ergonomics junkie at Techgage tried it out and found it a useful, if a little odd and


Two heads in one

Subject: Graphics Cards | November 13, 2007 - 01:47 PM |

DriverHeaven has posted a review of the easiest way to get CrossFire up and running, the Visiontek 2600XT Quad.  This card is actually two 2600XTs joined at the hip, with the ability to disable the second card if you feel the need.  While even a pair of 2600XTs has difficulty keeping up with less expensive nVIDIA cards in gaming, ATI really gets to show off it's superior HD Decoding.


Arctic Silver is getting pasted by the competition

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 13, 2007 - 12:16 PM |

For the longest time there has been only one type of thermal paste an enthusiast would consider using, Arctic Silver.  This has changed recently, with Arctic Cooling, A.I. Technologies and Tuniq all entering the market with pastes of their own.  TweakTown tries out the newest from these 4 companies, all of which perform better than you might expect.

Source: TweakTown

Cranking it up to 1600

Subject: General Tech | November 13, 2007 - 11:48 AM |

TechARP talks about what we know so far about the X48 Express chipset that we will be seeing soon to support the new 1600MHz FSB processors that Intel has announced.  There is also some speculation that we will still see Bonetrail before the end of the year and that the X48 will follow close behind.

Source: Tech ARP

Fix those fleshtones

Subject: Displays | November 12, 2007 - 04:24 PM |

Getting a big HD monitor isn't that hard, but making it look just right can be.  Madshrimps has reviewed a product that can help, and end arguing over tint levels.  The Pantone huey makes it dead simple, with it's sensor and accompanying software, by donig the calibration for you.  It will even let you have multiple settings based on how bright the room currently is, as well as profiles for graphics design and more.

Source: Madshrimps

More news on Intel's finest

Subject: Processors | November 12, 2007 - 04:15 PM |

Check out more reviews of the hot new QX9650 at TweakTown.  If you aren't convinced that the Penryn will raise the bar that Barcelona has to push past get over and read on.  Memory benchmarks are still AMD's territory but as to the rest ...

Source: TweakTown

Sounding out analog and digital conversion

Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2007 - 03:59 PM |

Drop by Ars Technica for all the details of getting started with analog to digtal audio conversion. Sure there is a lot that you need to learn to get it just right, but it is better than paying an audio shop to do it for you.  They also include links to previous articles in the AudioFile series to get you well aquainted with all the terms and processes you should get to know.

Source: Ars Technica

Tempted by the white side

Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2007 - 03:37 PM |

You may have caught yourself smiling in the reflective Apple logo as you look at a new iMac or one of the MacBooks, as you admire it's sleek white lines.  Those who cannot resist straying from the world of PCs may find themselves in a strange land where nothing works quite as expected.  PC Mechanic can offer advice for those poor soles, in this guide on common confusions for the recently assimilated.

Source: PC Mechanic

Have you joined the folding frenzy?

Subject: General Tech | November 12, 2007 - 03:27 PM |

If you haven't joined up with the Folding@Home crew here at PC Perspective, there are plenty of good reasons.  A great explanation of just what this project is, and what the processing power you donate does, check out this short video on YouTube.  If you have more questions about how F@H helps the problems mentioned in the clip, Stanford and members of the F@H software team have a Talklet site where you can find out more about the history of the project and general questions about the project as well. 


Cooler Master Announces ESA Chassis, PSU and Watering Cooling

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 12, 2007 - 02:53 PM |

Taipei, Taiwan - November 12, 2007 - Cooler Master Co. Ltd. proudly announces the support of Enthusiast System Architecture (ESA), an industry wide initiative to integrate communication between PC components, thereby improving user control of enthusiast systems.


Subject: Processors | November 12, 2007 - 01:15 AM |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 11, 2007 - Built using an entirely new transistor formula that alleviates the wasteful electricity leaks that threaten the pace of future computer innovation, Intel Corporation today unveiled 16 server and high-end PC processors. In addition to increasing computer performance and saving energy use, these processors also eliminate eco-unfriendly lead and, in 2008, halogen materials.

Hop onto the forums and join in on the controversy

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2007 - 05:13 PM |

The release of the 8800GT sparked a lot of controversy from 8800GTS owners when they realized a cheaper card could out perform the one they just purchased.  It doesn't end there however ...


Vista and Santa Rosa, dream or nightmare?

Subject: Mobile | November 9, 2007 - 04:15 PM |

If you head over to X-bit Labs, you can learn a lot about Santa Rosa.  They start off by covering all the features included on Intel's new mobile platform and how laptops that conform to their standard should operate.  Then they jump straight into real life testing, with 3 Santa Rosa notebooks, so you can see how this standard actually performs.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Supersized portable storage

Subject: Storage | November 9, 2007 - 01:45 PM |

If 4 and 8GB flash drives just don't cut it for you because of the size and amount of data you carry around, Hardware Logic has a review that will make your day.  How would you like a 160GB in a small 6oz package that should be tough enough to live in the bottom of a bag?  Head over and read all about the SimpleTech SimpleDrivePS.

Alone in the dark

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2007 - 11:59 AM |

Horror fans will be glad to see the release of Clive Barkers' Jericho, a single player FPS that takes you through the ruins of of Al-Khali and pits you and your AI controlled team against the Firstborn.  If you head over to Gamepyre, you can get a look at more screenshots as well as reading through their impressions of the game.

Source: Gamepyre

Hector has not left the building

Subject: General Tech | November 9, 2007 - 11:41 AM |

Rumours flying around that Hector Ruiz is stepping down as head of AMD to be replaced by Dirk Meyer are exaggerated.  The Inquirer has been snooping around and bothering their usual sources, and no one except for those who don't have any inside sources, seem to put any faith in the rumours.

Source: The Inquirer

Choose your own P35 adventure

Subject: Motherboards | November 8, 2007 - 05:50 PM |

Tech-Hounds has posted a review that is not short on choices by any means.  Seven P35 based boards are reviewed, with ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI all represented.  If the price of DDR3 and an X38 chipset is scaring you away from a Christmas upgrade, then peek through these boards, you are bound to find at least one that tempts you to pull out your wallet.

Source: Tech-Hounds