Waiting on K10

Subject: Processors | August 20, 2007 - 12:18 PM |

In the lead up to Barcelona's release date, as we all wait for the first CPU benchmarks, we can still get an idea what new features we will be seeing in the retail models.  X-bit Labs has put together every scrap of information they have managed to get from AMD into an 11 page article covering the architectures specifications, instruction set and more.

Source: X-Bit Labs

Synchronized sinking

Subject: General Tech | August 20, 2007 - 12:00 PM |

According to the Skype blog, the outage many are still experiencing came about because of Microsoft's Patch Tuesday.  The details are still a little sketchy as to exactly what happened, and why this particular patch had more effect on the Skype network than previous Patch Tuesdays.  Keep an eye on Ars Technica's article for updates.

Source: Ars Technica

Asus to Launch X38 Express Motherboard

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 20, 2007 - 09:47 AM |

I'm sure we all knew that Asus was going to get this out sooner rather than later, but Dailytech has some new information on the availability of the upcoming Asus P5E3 motherboard:

Source: Daily Tech

Intel Unleashes new Graphics Drivers for G965

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2007 - 05:34 PM |

Intel has launched some new drivers for the G965 chipset; doesn't sound too exciting until you realize these are the drivers that enable hardware vertex shaders.  Finally!  Sorry, Windows XP only for now.

New SiSoft Sandra XII (2008) Released!

Subject: Processors | August 17, 2007 - 04:59 PM |

If you frequently use the SiSoft Sandra software for testing your own system, you'll be interested in see what the new version of SiSoft Sandra is going to offer. 

So what's in it for you:

Dell Offers XPS 700 Motherboard Upgrade

Subject: Systems | August 17, 2007 - 04:51 PM |

Get suckered into buying a Dell XPS 700 system?  This news is for you!  :)

The upgrade kit includes the motherboard from Dell’s latest XPS 720 system. Dell also includes the required front panel I/O assembly, cables, mechanical assemblies, resource CD, owner’s manual, XPS mouse pad and DTS audio upgrade in the kit.

The Dell XPS 720 motherboard features NVIDIA’s nForce 680i SLI MCP chipset.

Source: Daily Tech

BFGTech ThermoIntelligence Cooler Tested

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2007 - 04:48 PM |

I took a look at the new BFG Technologies 8600 GTS OC2 graphics card last month, but it's worth another look.  Kyle over at HardOCP has taken the cooler apart to show you the detailed changes inside and whether or not the new cooler is up to snuff.

The BFG ThermoIntelligence unit has an obvious advantage in terms of heatsink surface area.
Source: [H]ard|OCP

id's Todd Hollenshead and Tim Willits talk RAGE

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 17, 2007 - 04:45 PM |

Rage, the upcoming racing, battle, role playing game from id (yes, the same id as Doom 3) is getting some more build up as the gang at Shacknews pull in an interview with two of the head honchos.

Shack: You mentioned you could talk about the setting a bit.

Tim Willits: Oh, yeah. That's important to mention. It's set in a post-apocalyptic world.

Source: Shacknews

Intel lines up nine 45nm CPUs for the desktop

Subject: Processors | August 17, 2007 - 04:41 PM |

Digitimes is reporting that nine 45nm Penryn-based processors are going to be launched for desktop users.  The amount of quad-core processors is going up with nearly half of the nine running with three of their buddies.  The report also indicates a return of the 0.5x multiplier to allow for more CPU choices (and more overclocking with us!).

Within the nine CPUs, five will be dual-core processors (Wolfdale) and the remaining four will be quad-core (Yorkfield).

Source: Digitimes

VIA Introduces 1W Eden Processor

Subject: Processors | August 17, 2007 - 04:37 PM |

The CPU developers at VIA Technologies are about to introduce a new product in their ultra low voltage lineup: a 500 MHz frequency chip at 1W.

VIA Technologies is about to introduce a new addition to its Eden ULV (ultra low voltage) processor lineup, the company announced at a press conference yesterday (Aug 16).

Source: Digitimes

Gone fishin'

Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2007 - 05:33 PM |

My weekend may coming early, but that's no excuse for everyone to miss out on the happenings in the PC Perspective Forums.  It's not all gaming, there is still plenty of other topics to see, such as the problems you can run into with removing beta software, or any type of software that doesn't want to come off your PC.   Head to the Cases'n'Cooling forum to learn more about heatsink testing methods and ther

Antec Launches the VERIS Series of Media Components

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 16, 2007 - 05:05 PM |

Fremont, CA - August 14, 2007 - Antec, Inc., the leading global
provider of high-performance computer components for the PC upgrade
and Do-It-Yourself markets, has launched its VERIS series of media components.

The VERIS series features the Fusion Black 430, an updated version of
Antec's original Fusion home theater PC (HTPC). It boasts an IR
receiver compatible with Microsoft WindowsR MCE and VISTA to enable
the use of a remote control. In addition, the LCD display remains
bright and accessible even in a darkened home theater.

Source: Antec

Evolving faster and faster

Subject: Memory | August 16, 2007 - 03:36 PM |

Kingston's new Low Latency DDR3 DIMMs run at 1375MHz @ 5-7-5-15 and 2T, the lowest stock latency on DDR3 modules yet.  Legit Reviews spent quite a bit of time overclocking it to various degrees, one of the most impressive being 1411MHz @ 5-7-4-14 and 1T.  DDR3 is evolving rapidly, but it's pricing still remains in the neighborhood of the now defunct RD-RAM.

Ambient level cooling is for suckers

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 16, 2007 - 02:12 PM |

Thermoelectric cooling offers a very powerful way to cool your PC, but it does come with a hefty price.  OCIA looks at a scaled down version of the Freezone, the CoolIT Systems EliminatorThey found the installation to be totally problem free, although the power draw that the TEC needed when the system was at full power added to the overall noise.

"The idea behind thermoelectric co

Source: OCIA

Real arcade action

Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2007 - 11:58 AM |

The X-Arcade Tankstick is a very unique device, though the people who will enjoy it are not so rare.   It looks like the front of an old MAME arcade that has been forcibly removed and had USB and PS/2 ports attached to the back.  Plug it into your PC and get gaming by yourself or with a friend, because there are two joysticks and button sets, as well as a fair number of full arcade games to choose from. 


Long live the x86

Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2007 - 11:40 AM |

AMD is planning on extending the life of the x86 instruction set, which they claim will make it easier on  programmers planning on switching their code to run optimally on multicore processors. This is a good sign for that part of AMDs development team, they stole the thunder from Intel by being first with a 64-bit instruction set.  Read more about their plans at Slashdot.

Source: Slashdot

Empowered by PC Club?

Subject: Mobile | August 15, 2007 - 05:30 PM |

The PC Club Enpower ENP660 is essentially an HP dv6500t, with different options available.  What does make it stand out is the full-size keyboard that includes a numpad.  On a 15.4" notebook, that is a rarity, but it also the only thing that really stands out on this notebook.  AnandTech spent a bit of time with this system, and you can see what they learned about it in their review.

Source: AnandTech

Extending the Open-Source ATI/AMD driver

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 15, 2007 - 04:02 PM |

TV-Out functionality has been added to the Linux driver for ATI/AMD cards.  If you are hoping to build a PVR or even just watch one of your DVDs on a TV using a Linux box as the source, drop by Phoronix to see just how easy it is now.

Source: Phoronix

Corsair isn't all about overkill

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 15, 2007 - 01:39 PM |

If you don't need 1000W, and most PCs do not, then it's better to go with a high quality PSU that meets your needs, as opposed to just getting the cheapest, most powerful PSU you can find.  To address the needs of those systems Corsair sells their VX450W PSU, and [H]ard|OCP has reviewed it.  Much like in Lee's review they found it to be a

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Something old, or something new?

Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2007 - 12:17 PM |

One of the biggest games back in the 80's were the point and click adventure games.  From Kings' Quest to Police Quest to Leisure Suit Larry, just about every possible permutation of the genre was covered.  For whatever reason the 90's became the property of Quake and Hexen, and many gamers haven't looked back.  DriverHeaven reviews The Evil Days of Luckless John, an new PC point and click adventure that looks nothing like the old ones did.