ASUS XG Station Empowers Upgradeable Graphics Power for Notebook Computers

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 8, 2007 - 03:17 PM |
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ASUS brings graphics power to notebooks with their new XG Station.  It is an external 7900GS, with an LCD display to give you information and control over the notebook easily and quickly.  If you have a notebook with an Express Card slot, the you can get serious graphics power without frying your lap or the notebook!

Source: ASUS

AGEIA Debuts Highly Anticipated PhysX Powered Games And New 'Winter Bundle' at CES 2007

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 8, 2007 - 03:11 PM |
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — January 8, 2007 - Responding to the ever increasing gamer appetite for more interactive and immersive game-play, AGEIA™ Technologies, Inc., has unveiled a series of new and upcoming hardcore titles that harness the power of PhysX this week at the 2007 International CES. AGEIA will preview highly anticipated titles- CellFactor: Revolution developed by Artificial Studios and Warmonger developed by NetDevil to select press and visitors in suite #73024, located in Sands.

Source: AGEIA

Watercooling without a radiator

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 8, 2007 - 03:09 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP tried the CoolIT Freezone Chilled Liquid CPU cooler, and fell in love.  Not only does it have incredible cooling potential, it is fairly easy to install.  The only complaint they have is that there is no way to get a GPU cooler into the loop.

You can also catch Lee's review of the Zalman Reserator 2 Fanless cooling system at the top of our front page.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Intel introduces the Core 2 Quad 6600

Subject: Processors | January 8, 2007 - 02:35 PM |
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Although 2.4 GHz is slower than the 6700, the reduced cost and power consumption make this processor more attractive to a broader range of people.  There isn't a lot of information about the performance of the processor yet, but The Tech Report tells you everything known so far.

New Intel Processors Expand Quad-Core PC, Server Line-Ups

Subject: Processors | January 8, 2007 - 01:36 PM |
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INTERNATIONAL 2007 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, Las Vegas, Jan. 8, 2007 — Intel Corporation formally introduced three more quad-core processors, including the first to carry the Intel® Core™2 Quad processor brand name that begins the expansion of quad-core PC sales to mainstream buyers. Intel now offers a total of nine quad-core processor versions in the desktop and enterprise market segments.

Corsair Amplifies DDR2 Memory Performance and Capabilities with the Release of the World's First P

Subject: Memory | January 8, 2007 - 01:23 PM |
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LAS VEGAS (January 8, 2007) — Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high performance computer products, today unveiled the new TWIN2X2048-10000C5DF DOMINATOR™ memory kits. Designed for overclocking and achieving the highest frequencies in mind, the TWIN2X2048-10000C5DF DOMINATOR is rated and tested at a frequency of 1250MHz, thus making it the world's highest frequency production ready memory.

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES OVERCLOCKED 8800 SERIES

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 8, 2007 - 01:21 PM |
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BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTX OC 768MB:

  • Core Clock: 600MHz vs standard 575MHz.
  • Shader Clock: 1400MHz vs standard 1350MHz.


BFG NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS OC 640MB:

  • Core Clock: 550MHz vs standard 500MHz.
  • Shader Clock: 1300MHz vs standard 1200MHz.

CES 2007 - Part 1

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 8, 2007 - 12:21 PM |
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The Tech Report kicks off CES 2007 with a look at ATI's newest TV Wonder, which features some nice HD capability.  Using OCUR (Open Cable Unidirectional Receiver), a standard for digital cable tuners that cable companies use, you will be able to plug in a CableCard and record or watch.  Most interestingly, this is not really designed as a standard graphics card, it sits in it's own case and connects via USB 2.0.

Shrinking Coax

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2007 - 12:09 PM |
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With all the changes in cabling, there has been one standard type of cable that has remained unchanged for over 50 years.  According to this story on The Inquirer, Coaxial Cable is about to undergo a change.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD Unveils First Ever High-Definition Digital Cable TV Tuner

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2007 - 12:01 PM |
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SUNNYVALE, CALIF. — Jan. 8, 2007 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unveiled the ATI TV Wonder™ Digital Cable Tuner — the industry's first and only device that enables users to watch and record premium HD digital cable content, such as HD ESPN and HD HBO, on their PCs.

Source: AMD

Cooler Master invites you to join CM Film Contest and win $1,000USD

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2007 - 11:56 AM |
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Looking for a global outlet to express your creativity and excitement in life? Cooler Master is now offering you an opportunity for your voices to be heard. No boundaries or language barriers, simply upload your short film to any public vlog and provide us the link, you will be connected to people from all over the world in no time. The best thing is once your film is selected, it will be shown on our 2007 CeBIT booth, talking about maximum exposure!!!

Ready for some CES Action

Subject: Shows and Expos | January 8, 2007 - 03:55 AM |
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I am sitting in my hotel room now, overlooking the Las Vegas convention center, preparing for the next day's meetings.  I have already seen quite a few things that are pretty interesting, but rather than throw something up that is full of nearly-asleep errors, I'll save them for tomorrow afternoon.  :)


Keep checking back here at PC Perspective for news from CES!!!


 

A new year at the PC Perspective forums

Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2007 - 06:04 PM |
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If you received a new PC for Christmas, whether in parts or fully assembled, you may have been daunted by the 63 Critical Updates a fresh XP SP2 system needs, not to mention other updates like .Net.  A member here, JustinC939, has complied SP2.5 for Windows XP, incorporating all 63 updates, IE7, WMP11 and more, and you can benefit from his work by stopping in at our forums.

Intel's Core 2 Quad Q6600 to Cost $531, Less Expensive Quad-Core Enroute

Subject: Processors | January 5, 2007 - 04:23 PM |
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In order to further solidify its positions of the market of
high-performance microprocessors and popularize quad-core chips, Intel
Corp. will sell its highly-anticipated central processing units (CPUs)
with four processing engines at significantly lower price-points than
it so far has been expected.

Source: X-Bit Labs

A PSU that ought to last you a while

Subject: Cases and Cooling | January 5, 2007 - 02:57 PM |
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While I can't imagine what made Ultra design a 2kW PSU, they have, and Legit Reviews is there to examine it.  The +12V rail is rated at 1800W ... 150A load, about twice the power draw of a pair of 8800GTXs.  Head over and check this monster out!

Razer makes some noise

Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2007 - 02:06 PM |
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Razer has expanded into 7.1 HD soundcards, with the Razer Barracuda AC-1 Gaming Audio Card.  Featuring some serious digital processing hardware, and compatible with regular headphones, amplified stereo speakers, 2.1 system, 5.1 system, or 7.1 systems, you really should head to OCIA to get the full review.

Source: OCIA

GTA - FarCry style

Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2007 - 12:17 PM |
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Bjorn3D reviews Just Cause, a cross between GTA and FarCry. The game's setting parallels the US invasion of Panama to depose Noriega, and Edios love affair with tropical islands continues.  Featuring an open storyline and a new engine, this game might be worth a look.

Source: Bjorn3D

Hitachi's storage heavy weight

Subject: General Tech | January 5, 2007 - 12:02 PM |
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At 1TB (1000GB), and an MRSP of $400 dollars, Hitachi's newly announced drive is raising a lot of eyebrows.  Getting it to work in a TiVo may be a challenge, but space for 250+ hours of HD programming ought to give someone the incentive to make it work.  Get more information at DigiTimes.

Source: Digitimes