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Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2007 - 03:27 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Creative has a competitor, the C-Media Oxygen HD chip, aka CMI8788. The Tech Report has published a huge review of the chip focusing on 2 cards, Auzentech's X-Meridian and Sondigo's Inferno. Everything is covered in the review, not only the performance of positional audio in games, the CPU utilization is compared to the X-Fi as well as some serious work with Rightmark's Audio Analyser.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 5, 2007 - 02:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The NuLOOQ Navigator is a new device from Logitech, which you use in your keyboard hand. A heavy round, puck looking doohickey, with a ring (called a Navring)that can be pushed left, right, up, down and can be twisted clockwise and counterclockwise, giving you 6 'buttons' right there. The center of the navring is touch sensitive and gives you accesss to a popup menu of commmands, and there are also 5 fully programmable buttons, or 'triggerpoints'. The Tech Lounge tries out this interesting little device in a number of differ
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 5, 2007 - 12:45 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Spire Fourier series has a very unique look. By putting the fan below the heatsink fins, and using heatpipes to transfer the heat to those fins, you guarantee that the airflow is going where you want it. This also leads to a bit of a tricky install with the mounting plates, but at least there is little chance of putting a screwdriver through your motherboard. Drop by Pro-clockers for the full review of this heatsink, and take a look at what a big block of unobstructed copper looks like on a motherboard.
Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2007 - 12:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
E-books are having a hard time catching on. Many dedicated readers miss the visceral experience of holding a book, and the ease of use. You can't really take your monitor to the beach or into the bath, and PDAs don't let you see a full page at one time.
Magazines, on the other hand are disappearing quickly, as the web quickly trumped them as a way of getting target information quickly. Take a look at [H]ard|OCPs article examining that change.
Subject: General Tech | February 5, 2007 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - Feb. 5, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that Douglas Grose has been appointed to the role of senior vice president of technology development, manufacturing and supply chain at AMD. In this role, Grose will have global responsibility for AMD's global manufacturing and process technology operations as well as overall supply chain management. Manufacturing responsibilities include AMD-owned facilities as well as all current foundry relationships.
As a special surprise I bring you an interview with one of the oldest members of PCPerspective, Christop54!
1. I realize many of the mods here are in a witness protection program of some sort, but can you give us your real name?
2. Why did you join PCPer/AMDMB?
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. I ask revealing, embarrassing, stupid, probing questions of Mods and hopefully you get to laugh with us at ourselves and in the process get to know some of us better. Beware, not all the Mods are as forthcoming as you may like, I do my best to uncover the truth, but haven't always hit the mark!
Now, without further delay, here is the third in a series, an interview with noorman.
Morning all! Well, it's the day before the last real fix for football junkies. I won't go out on any limb and guess who will win. Our Seahawks didn't make the show but I'll watch anyway! Actually I'll be at work, but we'll make sure we have time set aside to watch the greatest sports event of the year. So, grab some cold ones, some munchies and good friends and get yourself ready for a real spectacle. I ain't talking about the purported halftime activities, either, btw....personally I could do without all that!
Subject: Systems | February 2, 2007 - 03:33 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report has offered up 4 builds that will run Vista. The Econobox comes in at $537.95, featuring an X2 3800, an ASUS M2NPV-VM and it's onboard 6150 and 1 GB of RAM. If you can afford it, the $1691.92 Sweet Spot Machine with a Core 2 Duo E6600 an Asus P5B Deluxe 2 GB of RAM and eVGA's 8800 GTS will give you a nice start. There are 2 other systems, and some alternate components, so go on and get some good advice.
Subject: Graphics Cards | February 2, 2007 - 02:52 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware reviews the Sapphire X1950 XTX, ATI's current flagship card, and direct competitor with the GeForce 7900 GTX. Unfortunately, they have no card that can take on the 8800 series, but this card offers a different advantage. It is priced about $200 below the 7900GTX, and is a better performer, especially if you decide to go for Crossfire.
Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2007 - 12:51 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HEXUS.tv has something to show you, the new Crysis trailer, using DX10. Compression kills, but you get the idea of just what this game will look like. With their proprietary physics engine, you won't need an Aegia card, but as they suggest at the end of the preview, it might be a good idea to get your hands on an 8800.
Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2007 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Join AnandTech in a look at the technology behind a little known game that will be taking place on Sunday. Did you realize there needs to be a laser map the entire field and a programmed palette to limit the colours that can be painted on, just to project an accurate First Down line on the grass and not the players? Many have noticed the wires that the cameras run along to bring the brilliant angles we have become used to, but did you know they ran on RTLinux? Make sure you check out the stats behind Eyevi
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 1, 2007 - 05:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Xigamatek is new to cooling, and their first device on the market is a self contained watercooled heatsink. It comes with a mix of anti-corrosive and antifreeze liquids mixed with water, and all pre-installed in the reservoir. The waterblock/pump/reservoir comes with brackets to fit any socket size, and it makes installation a breeze. At 55dB it is a little loud, but an interesting feature is separate power sources for the fan and the pump, so you can put a rheostat on the fan power to give you control ove
Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2007 - 02:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Don't know your Ogg Vorbis from your FLAC? Confused about what lossless compression is, and if you could even tell the difference? Head to Big Bruin where they give you an overview of 5 of the most popular codecs, what they are and who uses them for what. Get over there and get in the know.
Subject: Motherboards | February 1, 2007 - 02:35 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
nVIDIA seems to be taking the world of chipsets by storm, with only Intel's newer chipsets for Core 2 competing. There is another player trying to make it's name though, and is mostly due to scarcity that it hasn't. The RD600 chipset supports Crossfire, and as X-bit Labs discovers, it likes overclocking just fine. Head on over for the full review of the DFI LANParty UT ICFX3200-T2R/G.
Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2007 - 12:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
CNET reports on a flaw that can cause smart phones running Windows Mobile 2003 and Windows Mobile 5.0 to crash. The good news is that this vulnerability was discover by researchers at Trend Micro, it was not discovered in the wild.
Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2007 - 12:13 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
So you ran out and spent $1800 on a pair of overclocked 8800GTX's and then bought a copy of Vista Ultimate Edition. Now you are sitting in front of the computer foaming at the mouth because they won't play nicely together. As Ryan has pointed out and linked to, the 100.59 drivers add ... beta support anyways, but ...
Subject: Chipsets | February 1, 2007 - 11:53 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
INF V2.80A (updated from 2.60A)
AGP V4.60A (same as the previous package)
V-RAID V5.40A and RAID Tools v5.40 (Updated from 5.30C)
PATA/SATA IDE Driver V1.60A (Updated from 1.40A which did not support Vista)
VIA Hyperion Pro drivers are suitable for ANY VIA chipset - but they are
particularly recommended for KT4## series, P4X4## series and newer, for
Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 1, 2007 - 11:47 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
VIA Arena has a contest just starting and gallery of the entrants so far. From Bender the robot to an XP retail box to a gingerbread house, these EPIA based mods are fantastic. If you have a modded something, based on an EPIA board, or know someone who has, get your submissions in. If not, keep an eye on the contest, you are going to see some outstanding work.