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

DDR3 gets a Crucial update

Subject: Memory | October 30, 2007 - 01:29 PM |

Crucial's Ballistix PC3-12800 CL8 can hit 1780MHz, with 8-8-8-20 timings at a voltage of 1.8V, for under $700.  While that won't break any speed records, and it resists any attempts to tighten the timing , PC Stats still likes this memory for anyone looking for reliable RAM with a rock solid warranty

Source: PCStats

This new kid is kinda cool

Subject: Cases and Cooling | October 30, 2007 - 11:59 AM |

ZEROtherm may be a new name in cooling, but you would never tell that from the performance of the Nirvana NV120 CPU CoolerThink Computers may have tested it in a rather chilly room, but when you see it outperforming the Big Typhoon and the Ultra-120m, you realize this cooler is powerful.  There are lots of r

Does it come in a Fatal1ty model yet?

Subject: General Tech | October 30, 2007 - 11:42 AM |

The newest online gamer target product will be arriving thanks to D-Link, their Draft 802.11n Xtreme N Gaming Router.  With an onboard packet processing unit, and full compatibility with X-box and Playstation, it is designed to make the most of your internet connection, presumably with the help of a Killer NIC.  Drop by The Inquirer to get a look at this new router and it's MSRP.

Source: The Inquirer

This means war

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 29, 2007 - 05:15 PM |

PenStar Systems takes a more general look at the release of the 8800GT, not focusing on the card as much as discussing what G92 may mean to the graphics market.  AMD's response is the RV670, which offers DX10.1 compatibility and hopefully will give nVIDIA some stiff competition.  The flexibility of these chips may herald a change in the order in which graphics cards are released, for instance the release of the 8800GT, instead of a top of the line example of the next family from nVIDIA.

First person slide show

Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2007 - 03:15 PM |

Crysis has certainly lived up to it's promise of redefining the FPS genre ... unfortunately for most gamers, it has redesigned it as a slide show.  The difference between high quality and medium quality goes far beyond just the turtles and other wildlife that appear at high, but the speed takes a huge impact as well.  Very High textures can only be chosen on a DX10 machine, but unless you are planning to play the game at 800x600, chances are you won't be cranking this game to maximum.

Source: Tech Spot

ASUS Unveils New Generation EN8800GT 512MB Graphics Cards

Subject: Graphics Cards | October 29, 2007 - 02:00 PM |

FREMONT, CA (October 29, 2007) - ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today released the EN8800GT/G/HTDP/512M graphics card for mainstream enthusiasts. Based on the NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT graphics processing unit (GPU), the ASUS EN8800GT 512MB graphics card is designed to provide a feature-rich DirectX 10 gaming experience and the best multimedia playback while reducing energy consumption thanks to the new power-efficient 65nm processor.

Source: ASUS

nVIDIA has a big day today too

Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2007 - 01:37 PM |

The 8800GT has finally arrived, and it is probably going to upset people who invested in a 640MB GTS.  The Tech Report's testing shows that this ~$200 card can compete with the 8800 GTS at a lower price.  This card pretty much obsoletes the 320MB version, and puts a big damper on the 8600 series, as you will get a better deal for your money by saving just a little extra.

Penryn, 45nm cometh

Subject: Processors | October 29, 2007 - 01:12 PM |

Today we see the actual performance of the second version of the Core architecture, the shrinkage of the process and a sharp spike in price.  [H]ard|OCP has benchmarked the QX9650 processor, then overclocked it and benchmarked it again.

There is no shortage of news on this new processor, including Ryan's look, which you must read.  Find it at the top of the page.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

The evolution of a kernel

Subject: General Tech | October 29, 2007 - 12:00 PM |

Phoronix has taken a look back at the 12 most recent major kernel changes to Linux and benchmarks them to see how the changes have effected the speed of the OS.  They are planning on extending this series to cover more features and additions to the OS that have been added more recently, like virtualization.

Source: Phoronix