AMD Highlights Optimized Integration between Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors and Upcoming Microsoft

Subject: Processors | November 5, 2007 - 11:30 AM |

BARCELONA, Spain - November 5, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it is demonstrating platforms based on Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors, including features designed to help Microsoft Windows application developers optimize their software applications through tools in upcoming software products from Microsoft Corp.

Source: AMD

Put down that leftover candy, and get posting on the forums

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2007 - 06:27 PM |

Our new Hardware Leaderboard has attracted a few followers, looking for recommendations on Best Bang for the Buck systems and specific parts as well.  If you are looking for advice on a build, want to brag about the build you recently did, or just have some opinions on parts then head on over and give them a piece of your mind.

SPCR opens Pandora's Box

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2007 - 02:59 PM |

Thanks to the Music Genome Project, we have a new personalized music stream service, called Pandora.  The fellows over at SPCR are quite impressed with the quality of choices that the service makes, even though it is definitely not quiet.  It's way of choosing music differs from, and unfortunately it is not free.

How to shove peices into your PC, the right way

Subject: Systems | November 2, 2007 - 01:41 PM |

R&B Mods has published the second article in their 2 piece series on building PCs.  The first installment took you through the list of parts that you will want to get, this article focuses on the assembly of the pieces you chose into the case, and getting it to that first boot.  If building a PC from scratch has you feeling overwhelmed, then read on and put your mind at ease.

High end bargain power supply

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 2, 2007 - 12:07 PM |

It is hard not to stress how well Antec did with the Quattro 850W PSU.  It offers quality that you would expect to see in a PSU that will run you over $200, for about $150.  It is no surprise that Overclockers Online awarded it an editors choice rating.

Rumours of it's demise have been greatly exaggerated

Subject: General Tech | November 2, 2007 - 11:50 AM |

nVIDIA has pulled a fast one on us ...

Source: The Inquirer

Overclocked butterfly

Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 1, 2007 - 05:31 PM |

Zerotherm's BTF92 Overclocker Edition carries on the very distinctive butterfly style of the original, but supposedly with increased performance.  It's all copper design is rather attractive, and it will fit where some coolers can't go, thanks to it's 92mm fan.  TechPowerUp! took a look at this butterfly's effect.

Source: techPowerUp!

Building a better mouse for the office

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2007 - 02:38 PM |

Dragon Steel Mods has a look at a mouse that may help your productivity or just confuse your fingers.  It is wireless and sports 9 buttons, including 4 set in a circle just above the scroll wheel.  You may find some of the default button settings useless, but the software allows you to customize the setup so you can get it just the way you want.

High density mobile storage

Subject: Storage | November 1, 2007 - 01:32 PM |

Western Digital now offers a 2.5", 250GB Scorpio drive, finally providing mobile users with a speedy and high capacity HDD.  TweakTown was more than happy with the performance, as WD did not sacrifice speed for storage size, they fit both into a perfect little package.

Source: TweakTown

Confessions of a multimedia packrat

Subject: Systems | November 1, 2007 - 12:11 PM |

Just because your HTPC system is full to overflowing, even thought it has several terabytes of storage doesn't mean you have a problem.  All it means is that you have to figure out a way to organize all your files better.  OCModShop offers a suggestion on what to do as an alternative to actually deleting some of your favourite shows.


One cheap PC

Subject: General Tech | November 1, 2007 - 11:58 AM |

Wal-Mart seems to be the current winner in the drive to provide cheap PCs.  The Green GPC that they currently have on sale is $199, $299 with a 17" LCD.  You aren't going to be impressed by it's benchmark scores, but being able to buy a full PC for cheaper than an iPod is certainly an accomplishment on it's own.

Source: The Inquirer

Intel Unveils Seven New Intel Itanium Processors

Subject: Processors | October 31, 2007 - 06:41 PM |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 31, 2007 - Underscoring strong momentum and industry support, Intel Corporation today unveiled Dual-Core Intel Itanium Processor 9100 series processors. Built for managing high-end applications and armed with advanced features that improve reliability and reduce power consumption, the 9100 series accentuates the ongoing shift from proprietary RISC products to the choice offered by Itanium-based servers.

Intel Opens Software Technology Innovation Support Center in China's Zhejiang Province

Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2007 - 02:57 PM |

HANGZHOU, China, Oct. 31, 2007 - Reinforcing its commitment to foster innovation through local technology companies, Intel Corporation today opened a software innovation and support center in Hangzhou, the capital of East China's Zhejiang Province.

Intel Expands Digital Accessibility and Education Initiatives in Nigeria

Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2007 - 02:56 PM |

ABUJA, Nigeria, Oct. 31, 2007 - Marking his first visit to Africa's most populous nation, Intel Corporation Chairman Craig Barrett announced a comprehensive set of digital inclusion projects aimed at improving education, healthcare and economic development for Nigeria's 140 million people.

Driver or the OS, which is to blame

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 31, 2007 - 02:31 PM |

Support for ATI/AMD graphics cards on Linux has been improving in huge leaps and bounds, thanks to the community that has been working on it and AMD for releasing specs to the open source community.  Phoronix has published a review that may shatter some of your preconceptions about Linux, pitting Vista versus Fedora to see which can handle Quake Wars and Doom3 better.

Source: Phoronix

The internets are full of pervs

Subject: Mobile | October 31, 2007 - 01:40 PM |

With the Eee from ASUS finally being sold, and released to reviewers, we can expect to see lots of reviews of this slightly more expensive than advertised, but still small and light notebook to appear.  Normal, well adjusted sites, like us here at PC Perspective, opened up the Eee to test how well it runs and what software it comes with.  Other, morally challenged, sites like TweakTown took the arrival of an Eee in their testing labs as

Source: TweakTown

This game requires star power

Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2007 - 12:06 PM |

Start your finger exercises, Guitar Hero 3 is on stage and not worried about Rock Band.  Ars Technica has risked embarrassment and finger cramps to bring you this review of a revamped favourite.  It isn't just the songs that have changed, you will notice changes in the interface and the way you play.  It looks as though you may need to get your friends all in the same room, Ars found the online play to have some difficulties.

Source: Ars Technica

Camera buffs untie!

Subject: General Tech | October 31, 2007 - 11:48 AM |

Gizmodo has spotted what is probably the most useful SD card on the planet.  For just $100 you get a whole 2GB of storage ... and Wi-Fi!  There is a completely enclosed Wi-Fi chip that will let you upload pictures directly to your PC, without having to hunt down the wires, or the dock, that were sitting in front of you 5 minutes ago, and have since gone walkabout.   The only downside is no HotSpot connectivity.

Source: Gizmodo

X-bit Labs continues on their quest to rate every monitor ever made

Subject: Displays | October 30, 2007 - 05:53 PM |

Any day now, X-bit labs will start giving away free monitors in a desperate attempt to clean up their testing room.  They have probably tested over 100 monitors in the past year, and show no signs of slacking off.  This time they focus on 24" models, wide screens preferred.  Gamers and movie geeks are allowed argue over which monitor deserves the top spot, but only after they've read the full article.

Source: X-Bit Labs

A handy guide for the partial upgrader

Subject: Mobile | October 30, 2007 - 03:06 PM |

AnandTech has published a guide that anyone looking at picking up a Wolfdale or Yorkfeild processor.  After speaking with the major motherboard manufacturers they have compiled a list of motherboards that will be compatible with the new CPUs.  In many cases it is as simple as a BIOS flash, but there is some bad news as well.

Source: AnandTech