24" widescreen LCD that knows a few tricks

Subject: Displays | August 17, 2006 - 01:34 PM |
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BFR reviews the Samsung SyncMaster 244T 24" WUXGA LCD.  In addition to the DVI and analog inputs you would expect, it also accepts component, CVSB, and S-Video.  Even more uncommon, this display can do Picture In Picture, and Picture Beside Picture. 

Three Thermaltakes to tame temperatures

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 17, 2006 - 11:41 AM |
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AnandTech compares three cases from Thermaltake, the Eclipse DV, the Eureka and the Aguila.  Ease of installation, airflow effectiveness and the noise level all get compared to help you decide between the coolest and loudest, or quiet, without quite so much airflow.

Source: AnandTech

Intro to virtualization, add Linux to a Windows machine

Subject: General Tech | August 17, 2006 - 11:28 AM |
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XYZ computers has started practicing safer browsing, without having to fully install Linux on their Windows box, or play with dual booting. Thanks to virtualization, they can have the security that comes from browsing on a much less commonly attacked OS.  Check out Player, the free version of VMWare's Workstation.

What once was old becomes new again

Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2006 - 06:31 PM |
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If you have heard music, live or recorded, through an old tube amp, then motherboards.org review of the Cooler Master Musketeer III Tube Amp will interest you.  If you haven't heard music through a tube amp, you're missing out.  By placing the vacuum tube in the front panel, the heat produced shouldn't be too much of a problem, as it was on a particular motherboard released not too long ago (the AOpen AX4GE Tube-G).

Biometrics on a thumbdrive, or is that finger drive

Subject: Storage | August 16, 2006 - 03:27 PM |
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Big Bruin found a secure thumbdrive from Transcend, the JetFlash 210.  It comes in 1 and 2 Gb sizes, and you can set it up so that accessing certain secure partitions require your fingerprint.  Check out how well it managed that, and take a peek at the other features on it.

Source: Big Bruin

No, it's not an iMac

Subject: Systems | August 16, 2006 - 02:19 PM |
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ENlight has gone and made a SFF PC case, that is essentially shoved into the back of a 19" touchscreen LCD.  They even managed to do it without making it look too ugly.  HEXUS has a full write up of this mATX setup, and found it very flexible.

Source: Hexus

Good Zombie bashing fun

Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2006 - 12:44 PM |
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[H]ard|OCP really likes Dead Rising for the XBOX 360.  The open playing style allows you to go almost anywhere, assuming the zombies don't eat you.  Everything can be used as a weapon, from bowling balls to heated cooking oil, and there are other ways to amuse yourself, like playing dressup with a live zombie.  There is a lot more to the game, go check out the review.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

In the case of Slashdot versus Bigfoot, gD Hardware presiding

Subject: General Tech | August 16, 2006 - 12:25 PM |
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The announced Killer NIC coming from Bigfoot, guaranteed to reduce lag for online gaming seems to have a bit of FUD surrounding it.  gD Hardware has compiled an article featuring the main questions Slashdot members, and Bigfoot's responses.  Head over to get a clearer idea of what this NIC is going to do.

Source: gD Hardware

OCZ Technology Group Remains Performance Leader with Worlds First 1100MHz DDR2

Subject: Memory | August 16, 2006 - 11:12 AM |
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OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high
performance and high reliability memory, today announced the first ever
production DDR2-1100 modules
, developed for the latest processors from AMD
and Intel. The new OCZ PC2-8800 Gold Edition will offer computer
enthusiasts and gamers unparalleled performance and the piece of mind they
are guaranteed to produce the world's fastest memory speeds within their
personal desktop or gaming system.

Performing today in the Forum

Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2006 - 06:42 PM |
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Don't think that PCPerspective is just the front page.  If you haven't visited the forums, or have just not been visiting as much as you used to, you are missing out.  Get advice to help you decide between a Pentium D or an AMD X2.  Perhaps an older system's RAM isn't working quite right, and you can't figure it out.  If you are looking to blow up some friends online, the Fragging Frogs are always

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The ultimate mousing surface?

Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2006 - 06:11 PM |
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A True Review tries out the SteelPad 5L, a mousepad with many layers.  Hard plastic, foam, rubber and cloth are all combined in an attemy to give you the accuracy benefits of a hard surface, and the comfort of a soft pad.  Find out if they can make it all come together, or if it makes as good a mouse pad as 5 layer dip would.

Cooler Masters new Mystique series

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 15, 2006 - 02:50 PM |
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The Hardware Zone got their hands on a brand new Cooler Master Mystique 631, a case that may look a little like a Wave Master with new tricks.  At 6.3 kilos, made of brushed aluminium, with an included 120mm fan, and even 2 drainage outlets if you use watercooling, this case is worth a look.

Crucial Ballistix goes DDR2

Subject: Memory | August 15, 2006 - 02:15 PM |
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Think Computers reviews Crucial's new DDR2-5300, running at 667 Mhz.  Since it is part of their Ballistix line, it comes with Gold coloured heatspreaders and black PCB.  With the low latencies at stock speeds, overclocking reveals some interesting results.

BFG TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES MILESTONE FOR ITS SUPPORTED GAMING COMMUNITY

Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2006 - 12:36 PM |
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Lake Forest, IL — (August 15th, 2006) — BFG Technologies
®, Inc., the leading North America and European supplier of advanced 3D graphics cards and other PC enthusiast products, announced today that the company has had over 100,000 unique users play on its free to the public gaming servers hosted by Insomnia365 since the company launched the community in December of 2004.

"BFG is a company of gamers building products for PC enthusiasts and gamers throughout North America, Europe, Australia andparts of Asia," said Scott H

Tech Convergence in the new millenium

Subject: Motherboards | August 15, 2006 - 12:09 PM |
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The recent purchase of ATI by AMD, and the merger of Gigabyte and ASUS are very much in the news.  DigiTimes has noticed another, much quieter deal.  It looks like Flextronics has purchased Iwill.  Just what could this all mean to the consumer?

Don't miss out on Ryan's review of the new Socket AM2 motherboard from ASUS, the Crosshair.

Source: Digitimes

Up! Up! and away!

Subject: Graphics Cards | August 15, 2006 - 11:47 AM |
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There IS such a thing as a Rocket Belt convention!  MAKE:Blog can tell you where to sign up, and for $85.00, how can anyone near NY resist?

"The Rocketbelt convention 2006 is September 23 - 24 @ the Niagara Aerospace Museum, New York and

looks to be an incredible event! I have a thing for rocket belts, it's a Maker doing what we all dream

about - flight."

Here is some more Tech News from around the web:

Source: MAKE: Blog

Adopt a Core 2 for less

Subject: Systems | August 14, 2006 - 06:10 PM |
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The Tech Report points out the pricing of the Core 2s, and AMDs price cuts, have made it fairly cheap to set yourself up with a new system.  Check out the 4 system recommendations they offer, and their subsititions for those who don't like the basic setup.

Don't forget we have our own Hardware Leaderboard here at PCPerspective, with links right to New Egg to buy all the components.

AMD gets back to it's enthusiast roots - overclockability!

Subject: Processors | August 14, 2006 - 03:10 PM |
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Legit Reviews takes a socket AM2 4200+ from it's default 2.2 GHz, all the way up to 3.1.  They went most of the wasy with aircooling, but to get that last bit, they slapped on a Corsair Nautilus 500.  It has been a while since we have seen AMD chips that can be overclocked almost 50% from stock, a free 900MHz is nothing to sneer at.

Self Contained Underwater Cooling Apparatus

Subject: Cases and Cooling | August 14, 2006 - 02:48 PM |
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The Sapphire TOXIC X1900 XTX offers you all the benefits of watercooling, with none of the extra work usually associated with setting one up.  [H]ard|OCP has the full review of the card, and the reservior/pump/radiator that fits right into a PCI card slot.

Source: [H]ard|OCP

Asus to Announce Lamborghini Notebook at Concorso Italiano

Subject: Mobile | August 14, 2006 - 01:50 PM |
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Asus will officially unveil their newly designed Lamborghini notebook computer at this year's Concorso Italiano on August 18th.  We have some of the official PR and specs already lined up before the show starts.  This partnership between Asus, Automobili Lamborghini and Intel will be the first in a series from the group of officially licensed products.  We first saw this notebook in Taiwan at the annual Computex show; see our article here for more picture