4GB kits are becoming more common

Subject: Memory | May 4, 2007 - 01:31 PM |
Tagged:

3dGameMan has posted a review of Mushkin's new 4GB kit of PC2-6400 memory with timings of 5-4-4-12.  These kits aren't just for gaming, although you will benefit from it, it also helps you to run Vista with better response.  If you are an overclocker, there is something even nicer about these DIMMs, they bumped the voltage to 2.2, kept the timings the same and managed to hit 1068MHz.

Source: 3dGameMan

A better investment?

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 4, 2007 - 12:06 PM |
Tagged:

DX10 is new and will add a lot to your gaming experience ... eventually.  You won't be seeing games using right away, so if you are in the market for a cheap card the 8600 series may not be the way to go.  Legion Hardware proves that a 7900 GS can be turned into a better card that the 8600 with a bit of overclocking.  Read on to see just how much better in their full review.

Get up and game

Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2007 - 11:56 AM |
Tagged:

Can't afford several hundred dollars to invest in protection gear and paintball guns?  Sick of AirSoft and people pretending that you didn't just hit them several times?  Check out what Techware Labs has discovered, a game called Hard Knocks.  Sort of like Laser Tag in that there are no projectiles, but instead using an infrared light that can go significantly further than the laser can.  The guns look great, and they offer various scenarios reminiscent of CounterStrike and Team Fortress.  Plus

Maybe we will get a wire free office

Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2007 - 11:42 AM |
Tagged:

In an effort to make recharging you gadgets easy and unobtrusive, researches have found a way to make a small sheet of special material into a charger that uses electromagnetic induction.  The sheet is made of copper and pentacene, and is tiny, but any device placed on it with a special receiving circuit starts getting charged.  Slashdot has a link to the original story.

Source: Slashdot

PC Perspective Launches a Podcast

Subject: General Tech | May 4, 2007 - 12:09 AM |
Tagged:

I wanted to drop a quick note here to let as many PC Perspective readers as possible know that we have officially started podcasting today.  Basically, the podcast is an outlet for our editors to talk about their reviews and general tech news in the industry and let you in on the conversation.  You can get all the information by heading over to my weblog here: http://www.pcper.com/weblog.php


You can also subscribe to our RSS feed here: http://www.pcper.com/rss/podcasts.rss


We have a

Source: General

Our first podcast!!

Subject: Editorial | May 3, 2007 - 11:21 PM |
Tagged: blog

So, it's been a LONG time since I last posted to the weblog, but we have some great news for you here: we are starting a PC Perspective podcast!


You will be able to subscribe to it through iTunes in just a couple days (you can DO IT NOW!!) but you can still access it directly through the RSS page HERE.


PC Perspective Podcast 01 - 5/3

Wrangling up USB drives

Subject: Storage | May 3, 2007 - 06:15 PM |
Tagged:

HotHardware rounds up 4 of the newer flash drives available on the market.  Ranging from a modest 1GB up to a 16GB from OCZ, they test the transfer speeds to see what they are made of.  Transfer speeds are a big influence if you plan to use these sticks to enable Vista's ReadyBoost, so it can make a big difference now.  If you want size, sometimes you have to sacrifice speed, but as this article shows; that is not always the case.

Source: HotHardware

AMD to Present at UBS 2007 Leveraged Finance Conference

Subject: General Tech | May 3, 2007 - 06:01 PM |
Tagged:

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — May 3, 2007 — AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that AMD Chief Financial Officer Robert J. Rivet will present at the UBS 2007 Leveraged Finance Conference at 8:00 a.m. PT (11:00 a.m. ET) on Wednesday, May 9, 2007 in Las Vegas.   

A real-time audio webcast of the presentation will be available at www.amd.com/InvestorRelations.   A replay of the webcast will also be available for 10 days after the event.

Source: AMD

A plethora of powerful PSUs

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 3, 2007 - 02:42 PM |
Tagged:

X-bit Labs reviews 6 1000W PSUs from 6 different manufacturers.  Every single one has the power to run even the most cutting edge performance PCs, and they do so within acceptable electrical parameters.  One of the deciding factors turned out to be the fans.  Those that were cooled by 80mm fans tended to become uncomfortably loud when stressed, but the 2 models with 135mm fans were quite acceptable.  This review covers a lot of tests for each PC, so make sure you have some time to read throu

Source: X-Bit Labs

Seriously compact HTPC

Subject: Systems | May 3, 2007 - 01:34 PM |
Tagged:

The Ion DEC-180 is a marvel of compactness, hiding a 1.66 GHz Intel C2D, a 100GB SATA HDD, 1GB DDR2 memory and integrated video, network and 5.1 sound in a 8"x 9"x 2" case. PC Mechanic found it incredibly easy to setup and use to record TV.  They though the picture quality was good, but not as good as some that they have seen, and hope for a HDD expansion for they could only manage about 50hrs of TV at a reasonable resolution.

Source: PC Mechanic

A peek under the hood - Intel's V8

Subject: Processors | May 3, 2007 - 11:50 AM |
Tagged:

HotHardware caught a glimpse of Intel's 8 core processor, the motherboard that it will sit on, and a few benchmarks as well.  Luckily they brought a camera so they can share.  Except for memory bandwidth, this new multicore CPU cleans up with Sandra benchmarks.  It obciously has a lot of power behind it, it can do a Cinebench rendering pass in 2/3's of the time it takes a C2E QX6800.

Source: HotHardware

Dropping hints about IE8

Subject: General Tech | May 3, 2007 - 11:40 AM |
Tagged:

The buzz at Mix'07 is focused on Silverlight, that Microsoft hopes will replace Flash; but there have also been some hints dropped about IE8.  As you might have suspected RSS, CSS, and AJAX support are all high on the list of features.  As well, there will be no interim versions of IE7 ... apart from security patches, the next big jump will be straight to IE8.  Ars Technica has more.

Source: Ars Technica

AMD Delivers the Ultimate Mobile Platform with New 65nm AMD TurionT 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technolog

Subject: Processors | May 3, 2007 - 11:13 AM |
Tagged:

SUNNYVALE, Calif. - May 2, 2007 - NVIDIA and Broadcom joined AMD (NYSE: AMD) to showcase the 3D graphics, wireless, battery life, and compute performance advantages of next-generation AMD mobile platforms at an event held in San Francisco today. Based on superior technologies from the AMD Better by Design program -- including next-generation 65nm AMD Turion 64 X2 dual-core mobile technology, chipsets from AMD and NVIDIA, and leading wireless networking solutions from Broadcom -- these mobile platforms deliver a superior Windows(tm) Vista experience for end-users.

Source: AMD

Interview with Admin The Wise One

Subject: Editorial | May 2, 2007 - 06:45 PM |
Tagged:

Well, it's another Sunday. I've been sick for a week and I'm gettin tired of this crud. I here it's "going round" from many folks I know, but I just wish it were going round somewhere else is all. I can't remember ever missing 2 days of work without being hospitalized and I've had the same job for 27 years.

Fight fire with fire

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 2, 2007 - 05:45 PM |
Tagged:

[H]ard|OCP has a brand new overclocked E6300 for it's test-bed, and the first cooler that gets to try and tame it is Thermalright's Inferno FX-14.  It's shape is a little bizarre, but it does allow you to install 2 120mm fans if you so desire.  The size could lead to some problems though, at 6.3'(160mm) tall x 5.75'(146mm) wide x 4.8'(122mm) deep and 790 grams it is huge.  It also performs well, keeping that C2D at room temperature when idle and the load temps within 15°.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Roller coaster inspired cooling

Subject: Motherboards | May 2, 2007 - 02:36 PM |
Tagged:

The Hardware Zone has a set of pictures detailing several of the upcoming Bearlake based motherboards from MSI.  On the high P35 Platinum D3 can handle DDR3 and the P35 Platinum will work with DDR2, for those who don't want to move on yet.  They are also releasing a pair of motherboards with less features than the Platinum series, called the Neo.  The first is just called the P35 Neo, and is built to handle DDR2 and it's very similar cousin, the P35 Neo Combo will have a hybrid memory controller able t

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES THE BFG NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 GTS OVERCLOCKED 640MB WATER COOLED EDITION

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 2, 2007 - 01:09 PM |
Tagged:

Lake Forest, IL — (May 2, 2007) — BFG Technologies®, Inc., a leading North American and European NVIDIA® supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards, motherboards, power supplies and other PC enthusiast products, announced today the BFG NVIDIA GeForce® 8800 GTS OC™ 640MB Water Cooled Edition PCI Express® graphics card.

The Ultras are here and they want your wallet

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 2, 2007 - 12:13 PM |
Tagged:

The 8800 series owns both the performance crown and the record for most expensive consumer graphics card.  If you like to game above 1600*1200 then this card is what you want, but if your monitor can't handle that resolution you won't be able to take full advantage of the card.  [H]ard|OCP put the new Ultra version of this card to the test, and ran out of resolutions and features to turn up ... everything was maxed and the card was still going strong.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Gone to Gondor

Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2007 - 12:03 PM |
Tagged:

HEXUS has just published a review of LOTR Online: Shadows of Angmar.  If you can spare the time from WoW, you can start a new online career as a hobbit, elf, dwarf or man.  With Tolkien's entire world replicated, there are a lot of sites you can enjoy checking out and plenty of orcs to slay and quests to complete.  It would also be a great way to first experience an MMORPG, as the reviewer has been playing for quite a long time and still hasn't died once.

Source: Hexus

DDR3 is on it's way

Subject: General Tech | May 2, 2007 - 11:48 AM |
Tagged:

With Bearlake's release date bumped up from May 27th to May 9th, DDR3 is about to become a hot topic.  Of course, DDR2 has had quite a lot of benefit from being on the market, with very tight timings now becoming common, and that may make DDR3 systems slow in comparison.  The Inquirer shares a bit more here.

Source: The Inquirer