Dell dropping XPS support to push Alienware brand

Subject: Systems | May 13, 2008 - 01:37 AM |
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Even though we just recently were gifted with the release of the Dell XPS 630, a move intended to bring the Dell XPS line to a lower cost product range, it would appear that the company plans on dropping a lot of their XPS line in order to help with the financial issues the company has had.  While we are not sure which of the XPS products will survive, or for how long, or what the XPS notebooks' fate is, the idea will apparently be to continue to push the Alienware brand for high-perf

Source: engadget

Bigger isn't always better

Subject: Storage | May 12, 2008 - 05:53 PM |
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The Super Talent Pico drive lineup is very impressive, if you are looking for compact storage.  The biggest drive, 8Gb, is only 1.5" long and the others shrink from that.  Bjorn3D thought that a little decoration, like an LED fro activity would be a nice touch, but that overall these drives are some of the best they have seen.  Just make sure not to drop one, you may never see it again.

Source: Bjorn3D

Full of hot air?

Subject: Mobile | May 12, 2008 - 04:11 PM |
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The NZXT Cryo LX Notebook Cooler will keep your gaming notebook cool.  Built of aluminium and sporting 3 120mm fans, it is almost a giant heatsink sucking hot air out of your laptop as fast as it can.  Think Computers tried it out on a Dell XPS M1210 and saw a 12C drop in temperature under load.

If you were planning on building a Spider platform ...

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 12, 2008 - 02:43 PM |
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Then Lian Li has the perfect case for you.  The Armorsuit PC-P80R is designed to hold all the components you need, with a bright red finish and Crossfire X and Spider branding on the side.  It is a fine case, holding up the standards of the unbranded Armoursuit series, and perfect for anyone wanting to advertise their loyalty to AMD.  Check it out at techPowerUp!

Source: techPowerUp!

The new LanParty

Subject: Motherboards | May 12, 2008 - 01:09 PM |
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DFI's LanParty series has been going strong for years, and their newest board, the LT X48 T2R is no disappointment.  You can see in bit-tech's review that this X48 based board has a lot of extras, including one very impressive passive chipset cooler.

Source: bit-tech

Was a hit put out on DX10.1?

Subject: General Tech | May 12, 2008 - 11:56 AM |
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Assassin's Creed has generated it's own little soap opera, involving AMD, nVIDIA and their 'The Way It's Meant To Be Played' marketing tool.  The rabble has been roused by early tests on Assassin's Creed showing that with DX10.1 the AMD graphics cards were showing some remarkable performance.  Come the release date, Ubisoft, a partner with nVIDIA's marketspeak TWIMTBP disabled DX10.1 due to a bugRead the full script of this drama over at The Tech Report.

Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processor Family Expands with New Low-Power Options

Subject: Processors | May 12, 2008 - 11:26 AM |
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. - May 12, 2008- AMD (NYSE:AMD) today
introduced the industry's first energy-efficient x86 server processors
with four processing cores and an integrated memory controller all in a
low 55-watt ACP thermal envelope.

Source: AMD

Thecus N5200 Series Brings Surveillance to Property Owners with Network Camera Functionality

Subject: Storage | May 12, 2008 - 09:32 AM |
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Thecus N5200 Series Brings Surveillance to Property Owners with Network Camera Functionality

Many property owners are victims of property break-ins and therefore would spend a fortune on surveillance systems to protect their properties. Normally, these equipments involve complicated operations and are always confusing to users, not to mention they are always expensive. It would not be economical to home owners. Thecus has brought a low-cost but effective alternative by incorporating network camera on to Thecus N5200 series products.

NVIDIA nForce 780a SLI Chipset Update

Subject: Chipsets | May 8, 2008 - 06:16 PM |
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At the request and repeated insistence of NVIDIA, we decided to retest
our performance results above; NVIDIA said they had seen no problems
with the Hybrid Power over the mGPU as dramatic as we saw here.  We
retested all three titles at got some slightly different results; at
least on the one title that stood out:


Getting to the bottom of price and performance

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 8, 2008 - 06:02 PM |
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We all admit that having SLI'd GeForce 9800 GX2s gives you the best performance currently, but not many of us have $1200 to drop on a pair of cards.  The Tech Report, undaunted by the number of cards they would need to look at has accepted the challenge of finding the best price versus performance on the graphics market today.  There are even good mid range SLI setups to consider.

DDR2 is still running strong

Subject: Memory | May 8, 2008 - 03:46 PM |
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Thanks to ever increasing clock rates, and lower latencies than DDR3; DDR2 is still going strong.  One of your newest choices is the Kingston HyperX 2GB PC2-9200 kit a pair of 1Gb DIMMs.  The default clock speed of 1150MHz is strange, but hitting 1200MHz is awfully easy, as you can see at Big Bruin.

Source: Big Bruin

For when you need professional help

Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2008 - 01:41 PM |
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Razer's Destructor Professional Gaming Mat claims some rather impressive improvements in mouse movement when you use it.  Think Computers concurs, they found that when they used to mat, they actually had to reduce their mouse's sensitivity.  Check out the pad it's self, it's carrying case, and ponder over their warning; "excessive rubbing of the mousepad will result in numbing in the fingers."

Full function HTPC remote and display

Subject: Systems | May 8, 2008 - 01:16 PM |
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The VL System M-Play Blast is a combo LCD display and remote control perfect for an HTPC system that doesn't have either set up in it's case.  It gives you a lot more freedom to choose an HTPC case, as you are no longer limited to picking up a case that has them already included.  Check out the software suite and hardware over at Tweaknews

Source: Tweaknews

Crossover cables are teh lame

Subject: General Tech | May 8, 2008 - 01:03 PM |
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Crossover cables and the simple bit of networking setup you need to seems to have become too much work.  The USB Fever USB 2.0 Computer Copy Cable makes it much easier.  Drop by OCIA and see if you want to add this $20 doohickey for your mobile repair toolbox.

Source: OCIA

They'll sign almost anything

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 7, 2008 - 05:58 PM |
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Not to say that the Antec Signature 850W is a bad PSU, in fact it is far from it.  The problem lies in it's marketing; you might expect a Signature Series to be the best a company can provide.  Instead, with an MSRP of $299 this Antec PSU is not certified for either SLI or Crossfire and it's voltage varies almost all the way to the edges of the ATX specs.  It is good, but not as good others AnandTech has reviewed.

Source: AnandTech

As you are going to soon have heard on the podcast

Subject: Motherboards | May 7, 2008 - 04:17 PM |
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Ryan has polished off his review of the new nVIDIA chipset for AMD processors, the 780a, specifically the ASUS M3N-HT.   Go read the full review, so that when the PC Perspective Podcast is posted, you can follow along with our discussion of hybrid SLI and onboard graphics turning off discrete graphics cards completely, and taking over for the less 3D intensive applications, such as anything that is not gaming.  That way you will have some great questions to leave for us on the podcast voicemail; which we can play and answer duri

Thermaltake goes bargain basement

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 7, 2008 - 01:14 PM |
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Thermaltake's M9 has a lot to attract users, from it's low price to well done air cooling and tool-less installation.  It would be nice to see a removable motherboard tray as well as the ability to add more fans, but if you need more serious cooling, you can always fit on a pair of more powerful 120mm fans.  See how this case looks, empty and full, over at Overcloc

Network speed is anything but academic

Subject: General Tech | May 7, 2008 - 11:52 AM |
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Looking to see what the next generation of the internet's backbone might look like?  Try checking out the Large Hadron Collider, which
"requires large data flows between specific sites - 2-hour periods with 8 gig flow across the network".  Academic and institutional networks have always been at the forefront of speed and the average enthusiast may start to see the benefits of the work they have pioneered.  Read what Ars Technica thinks we could be seeing soon, and just how the universitie

Source: Ars Technica

Sprint and Clearwire to Combine WiMAX Businesses, Creating a New Mobile Broadband Company

Subject: Mobile | May 7, 2008 - 11:25 AM |
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KIRKLAND, Wash. and OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - May 7, 2008 - Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ: CLWR) and Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE: S) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement to combine their next generation wireless broadband businesses to form a new wireless communications company.