Halo 3 Beta coming May 16 - only lasts 21 days

Subject: General Tech | April 10, 2007 - 02:58 PM |
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If you are like me and bought a copy of Crackdown on the Xbox 360 purely for the entry into the Halo 3 beta, you'll want to hear this news.  This post at Microsoft confirms the beta will only run from May 16th until June 6th -- after that you are S.O.L.

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BFG Tech 8800 GTX OC2 Review at HardOCP

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 10, 2007 - 02:55 PM |
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Looking for a review on a top-of-the-line graphics card for your new system?  Check out this review of the BFG 8800 GTX OC2 at HardOCP.

BFGTech has finally delivered a competitive highly overclocked video card with their new 'OC2' line, offering better factory overclocks than previous 'OC' versions. This video card provides the best gaming experience you can buy in a single card format.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Another CableCard PC Pictured and Reviewed

Subject: Systems | April 10, 2007 - 02:52 PM |
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Looking for some more information on the upcoming AMD CableCard-ready TV tuner and systems using them?  Then head over to this quick preview at

Source: General

NVIDIA GeForce 8300 Pictured

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 10, 2007 - 02:47 PM |
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While information on the 8600 and 8500 cards from NVIDIA has been leaking out for some time, this is the first 8300 images we have seen thus far. 

Nvidia's upcoming 8600 and 8500 series cards have already revealed themselves a few times so it was only fair that the baby-DirectX 10 low-end 8300 card would eventually step out into the spotlight.

Sony Offers Solid State Drive in new VAIO

Subject: Mobile | April 10, 2007 - 02:43 PM |
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If you want to be on the bleeding edge of technology, you'll be interested in seeing the first SSD notebook computer: the Sony VAIO G-series.

The latest Sony VAIO G forgoes the traditional 40GB HDD and instead uses a 32GB SSD (manufacturer unknown). The weight of the notebook drops from an already remarkable 1.97 pounds to 1.89 pounds.

Source: Daily Tech

AMD To Showcase Barcelona this month?

Subject: Processors | April 10, 2007 - 02:40 PM |
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According to this slide at Hardspell.com, AMD is going to be showing off the upcoming Barcelona processor to the press in Tunisia this month.  That won't mean that you are going to see reviews of it any sooner, but any information is good information.

Barcelona is server part while Agena FX is a FX super fast gaming part. They are both based on what AMD claims is "evolutionary design" and it calls it K10. AMD will introduce and show this CPU at Tunisia on the 23rd and 24th of April.

Source: General

CellFactor to be Released Next Month for Free

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 10, 2007 - 02:37 PM |
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During all the AGEIA PhysX build up, one game has constantly been the poster child for advanced physics processing: CellFactor.  We first saw it in May of last year but until now it was always a demo.  Now the full game will be released soon for free download!


The full press release is below and I have included links to our PhysX PPU articles for reference and reading.

HUGE AMD Price Cuts!!

Subject: Processors | April 9, 2007 - 11:27 AM |
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Effective today, you will be seeing some huge price cuts on AMD's line of desktop processors.  The official online price list was updated this morning with this information:









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Intel Announces new Core 2 Extreme QX6800 - Quad Core @ 2.93 GHz

Subject: Processors | April 9, 2007 - 12:00 AM |
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Today Intel is announcing the availability of their latest Core architecture processor.  The new Core 2 Extreme QX6800 has been pretty much confirmed for months now around the rumor mill, but you should finally be able to get your hands on one today.  Here's the quick run down:



  • Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800

  • Quad-core

  • 2.93 GHz

  • 1066 MHz FSB

  • 8MB L2 cache

  • 582 million transistors

  • Kentsfield core - Two dual-core dies on one chip

Basically, what we have here is a modest speed bump over

BootDaily Gives away Two Asus Mobos

Subject: Motherboards | April 6, 2007 - 05:38 PM |
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Looking for either an Asus P5N32-E SLI or an Asus Commando P965 motherboard?  Looking to pay $0 for it?  Well then BootDaily has a contest for you!

We've partnered with leading motherboard maker, ASUS, to give away a P5N32-E SLI an ASUS Commando P965. Both of these products are at the top of their class and support Quad-Core Core2Duo CPUs from Intel.

Source: General

Apple's iPhone Sporting only 40 minutes of talk time!

Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2007 - 04:35 PM |
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According to some inside source, The Inq is reporting that current iPhone models are only getting about 40 minutes of talk time!  The iPhone is scheduled to be released in early June.

During Episode 93 of the spodcast this Week in Tech (TWiT)Dvorak said he received information from "a guy at Cingular who's testing the product." The unnamed, male Cingular employee told Dvorak "there's lots of issues" with the iPhone.

Source: The Inquirer

AMD OCUR CableCard Bug

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 6, 2007 - 04:32 PM |
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If you were waiting for the new AMD OCUR CableCard systems to start shipping and maybe get one of your own, you are going to be waiting a bit longer according to DailyTech.  They say that some bugs in the firmware and several cable operators are forcing them to halt shipments. 

AMD's newest CableCard endeavor may have hit a snag.  Systems manufactured with the ATI TV Wonder Digital Cable Tuner have a bug th

Source: Daily Tech

R600 GPU Pricing??

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 6, 2007 - 04:28 PM |
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Did BootDaily get the scoop on pricing of the upcoming R600 line of GPUs from AMD/ATI?

We've been able to confirm pricing on ATI's upcoming R600-series GPUs - here's the breakdown:








 R600  $499.00
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Asus XG Station Torn Open

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 6, 2007 - 04:25 PM |
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In our CES 2007 coverage we looked at a device Asus created called the XG Station that would allow external graphics acceleration on a notebook PC.  Well some crazy kids in Asia were able to get their hands on one to tear one open and see how it ticks.  None of the text is in English, but pictures are universal!

Source: PC Perspective

Playstation 3 Runs Real-time Ray tracing

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 6, 2007 - 04:22 PM |
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If you happen to have three PS3s sitting around, you can do what these guys did and set them up to run a real-time ray tracing demo.  The link goes to a video on YouTube showing the processing in action. 


Curious about ray tracing?  You should definitely check out an article published on PC Perspective that looks into the technology by Daniel Pohl -- who was just recently hired by Intel!

Intel Developing a new UMPC Platform

Subject: Processors | April 6, 2007 - 04:19 PM |
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Intel is supposedly developing a new UMPC platform according to some slides seen by the folks at HKEPC.  Engadget has posted some pics and information on the subject including a smaller footprint and doubling of current UMPC battery life.

Known only by its codename "McCaslin," the chipset will reportedly occupy a space of 975 square millimeters (as opposed to the relatively enormous 2915 square millimeters of today's models) and feature power-sipping 600MHz and 800MHz proces

Source: engadget

NVIDIA Releases new Windows XP 8800 Drivers

Subject: Graphics Cards | April 6, 2007 - 04:16 PM |
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NVIDIA recently released a new set of drivers for users of their GeForce 8800 cards and Windows XP: 97.94.  Get them at the NVIDIA.com site now.  A brief list of fixes is below:

  • Supports GeForce 8800 GTX and GeForce 8800 GTS GPUs.
  • Game and application compatibility fixes. For more information on this driver, please view the Release Notes.
  • RSS Feeds Coming

    Subject: General Tech | April 6, 2007 - 12:04 AM |
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    I know we have been behind on this for a while now, but we are finally rolling out the much-asked-for RSS feeds for you all to add to your daily reading lists.  We are going to have two lists: one for news and one for reviews and articles:


    Lenovo's titanium ThinkPad

    Subject: Mobile | April 4, 2007 - 06:24 PM |
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    The Lenovo ThinkPad Z61t Notebook offers the same features you would expect from this manufacturer, encased in a titanium shell (with a $20 upgrade).  XYZ Computers puts this rather expensive model through it's paces, and the C2D T7200 performs perfectly.  Cheaper models do exist, mostly due to slower C2Ds, but if you are interested in this model, the titanium shell is a defin

    Interview with Moderator scruff35

    Subject: Editorial | April 4, 2007 - 04:02 PM |
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    Man, it's Wednesday and a week has already passed, man time flies. It's getting harder and harder to get living, breathing interviewees! But, we are really in luck today. This fella is a true gem, a personal friend and one of the nefarious Uncle B's as well.

    OK, by now you know the drill:
    Hi there. Let me take a minute to introduce myself. I'm Uncle Bob, a Mod here at PC Perspective. We will be running a series of articles within the forum that will be called Mod Interviews.