AMD Barcelona Prices Outted?

Subject: Processors | September 5, 2007 - 11:12 AM |

It would seem Daily Tech has gotten the initial pricing sheet for AMD's upcoming Barcelona processor launch later this month.  If the numbers are correct, the most expensive 2-series Opteron processor is going to top out at 2.0 GHz and $372 - a bargain considering how much top-end server processors usually sell for.  The only draw back here is that the pricing could be reflective of the performance levels we'll see out of the CPU.

Source: Daily Tech

AMD and NVIDIA Battle over New HQV Results

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 5, 2007 - 11:07 AM |

It would seem that AMD has taken offense to the results that NVIDIA is posting about their image quality in the new HD HQV benchmark.  Apparently AMD thinks that NVIDIA's drivers are increasing noise filtering to get better scores but that their IQ suffers greatly on other IQ tests because of it.

Source: Daily Tech

NVIDIA GPU Partner Finds Way to Add HDMI

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 5, 2007 - 11:03 AM |

A little-known NVIDIA graphics card partner is claiming to have found a way to include DVI audio on GeForce 8-series graphics boards thus allowing for NVIDIA's own version of a DVI-to-HDMI dongle.  This will not however integrate any kind of sound chip on the graphics card itself, but will depend on external solutions.

Source: The Inquirer

Hybrid Hard Drives Could Feature 1GB DDR Memory

Subject: Storage | September 5, 2007 - 11:01 AM |

Hybrid hard disks have been a hot topic over the last year or so, and a company called DTS plans to release a drive that could have up to 1GB of DDR memory on-board.  It is a 2.5" drive, so current capacities are limited to 160GB.

Source: The Inquirer

Shrinking the HDD, and the performance

Subject: Storage | September 4, 2007 - 05:25 PM |

X-bit Labs tested the Corsair Flash Voyager 8GB against the 8GB Seagate USB Pocket Hard Drive, to see which portable solution offers the best way to get your data while on the go.

Source: X-Bit Labs

EVGA jumps into motherboards with both feet

Subject: Motherboards | September 4, 2007 - 03:08 PM |

While the EVGA 680i SLI Black Pearl sounds like it has something to do with Jack Sparrow, it's only link to that series is that is has been designed with watercooling in mind.  These boards are extremely rare, as EVGA inspects their A1 line and only takes the best to be promoted to the Black Pearl line.  That promotion involves the addition of compression fitted waterblocks, specifically a VREG block, CPU block, SPP Block, and MCP Block.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Cooler Master adds to their stack of cases

Subject: Cases and Cooling | September 4, 2007 - 02:00 PM |

The newest style of case from Cooler Master is the Cosmos, a very high end design for a case.  Most of the case is designed to be tool free, but for those few remain screws and for cable management, the Cosmos comes with it's own handy tool kit.  The size makes components easy to install, the four quiet fans will help your ears, and this case will be around for quite a while thanks to it's steel design.  You can

Source: techPowerUp!

Open source nVIDIA

Subject: Graphics Cards | September 4, 2007 - 12:28 PM |

You can get a lot of information about the Nouveau project and the team that is trying to bring open source 3D graphics to Linux, over at  Some veterans of the R300 project, which did the same thing for ATI/AMD drivers, are taking their success onto the next major graphics card manufacturer.  They also mention ways in which Linux users can help out, either getting involved in the development, or just doing end-user testing.


Just how many passwords can you memorize

Subject: General Tech | September 4, 2007 - 12:07 PM |

So you changed your password just before you went on holiday, or picked on so complex it will never be guessed; even by you.  Maybe you just had a brain fart.  Whatever the cause, your XP machine will not boot for you because you've forgotten the password.  Don't panic, there is help for you in the form of a guide from PC Stats.  Reading through it might also give you enough time to remember the password on your own, which is a much easier route.

Source: PCStats

Packard Bell Makes It Easier To Stay Connected with its New 950-gram Notebook

Subject: Mobile | September 4, 2007 - 11:25 AM |

Packard Bell, one of the leading consumer electronics brands in Europe, today announced the launch of its new EasyNote XS, a 7-inch notebook which combines advanced portability with a full featured PC running Windows XP Home Edition. Designed to be your everyday mobile companion, it's the perfect choice for mobile users that find full-sized notebooks too big and PDAs too limited.

Apple to Release a New Series of iPods on Sept 5th

Subject: General Tech | September 3, 2007 - 09:57 PM |

It looks like all the rumors of Apple's announcements for this coming September 5th are converging on more than a single product.  First and foremost, a new iPod Touch and iPod Nano are thought to be coming and would be a welcome update to a line up that has been aged in terms of technology products.  The latter is in a "leaked" photo below:

The iPod Touch would probably be very similar to the new iPhone with a flip-style browsing feature. 

Sorting your needs from your wants with the help of our forums

Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2007 - 02:43 PM |

Upgrade fever has hit just about every component on the PC lately, it's getting to the point where even buying a mouse can be a major decision, along with the rest of the PC.  Then you have to tweak the OS, assuming you can decide which one to use, to make sure you are getting everything out of your internet connection.

Externalizing your power

Subject: Mobile | August 31, 2007 - 01:41 PM |

AC Ryan has released a universal notebook external battery, called MobiliT.  It weighs about 1.5lbs, and provides 6600 mAH (105WH), and lives up to it's universal claim by coming with 8 output tips and input connectors.  DV Hardware found adding 2 hours or more of power on the go was well worth the price.

Source: DV Hardware

Feeding the beast

Subject: Memory | August 31, 2007 - 01:15 PM |

PC Stats tries to find the sweet spot for RAM on Vista.  Trying 512MB, 1, 2 and 4GB they see just what you can get away with, and if the 4GB helps you out.  Gaming and productivity software will start to respond a lot better if you can keep Vista happy.

Source: PCStats

Your choice of cooling styles

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 31, 2007 - 12:35 PM |

X-bit Labs looks a two very different coolers, the Zalman CNPS8700 LED and the Thermaltake V1.  The Zalman is aimed at those without the room in their case for a huge cooler, and the V1 is a unique looking cooler with a special fan that fits in between it's fins.  Take a look and see which one would fit your needs best.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Simple rules for better security

Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2007 - 12:18 PM |

PC Mechanic looks at some very simple ways to keep yourself and your private data secure when browsing the web.  Some of the tips may seem very simplistic, but there are those who don't follow them .. . and will probably be calling you to fix their PC soon, if they haven't called already.

You can also catch the 11th PC Perspective Podcast at the top of the page, if you haven't given it a listen already.

Source: PC Mechanic

OCZ Technology Unveils the Extremely Efficient yet Compact Vanquisher CPU Cooler

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 31, 2007 - 11:42 AM |

Sunnyvale, CA - August 30, 2007 - OCZ Technology Group, Inc. a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and computer components, today announced the OCZ Vanquisher CPU cooler, a much-anticipated expansion of their cooling product line. Using a highly efficient and compact design, the Vanquisher is an enthusiast-grade thermal solution for the latest high performance processors. Catering to the needs of gamers and enthusiasts, the Vanquisher will become an integral addition to any extreme-performance gaming rig.

Low powered computing

Subject: Systems | August 30, 2007 - 05:17 PM |

VIA Arena shows you just how easy it is to build a PC that consumes less than 60W.  It's not a crippled system either. It doesn't have the power to max out the settings in some intense games, but it handles World of Warcraft perfectly.

Source: VIA Arena

Pushing the quiet button

Subject: Storage | August 30, 2007 - 02:22 PM |

The Tech Report reviewed Hitachi's Deskstar 7K1000 terabyte HDD earlier this month, and liked the performance, but not the noise when the drive was seeking.  It turns out that they had disabled Hitachi's Automatic Acoustic Management, which is supposed to limit the noise produced.  Head over to find out how well it works, and what performance costs you can expect to see from enabling it.

Two GPUs for you

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 30, 2007 - 01:24 PM |

GECUBE is back with the Gemini 3, two overclocked HD2600XT cards in one.  It gives you a chance to essentially run 2 cards while taking up one slot and a lot less space.  It will be interesting to see if this board can be run in Crossfire before the new Quad-GPU support of the upcoming AMD 790 chipset.  Get a good look at this board, and what it can do, at TweakTown.

Source: TweakTown