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Subject: Editorial | November 23, 2006 - 09:39 AM | Ryan Shrout
As I sit here this morning, there are numerous people in my kitchen preparing a huge meal just for me...okay, for the rest of the family too, but I get to eat some of it! I am definitely looking forward to a day a sitting on my butt and doing nothing but watching football on the big screen and maybe taking a drive in the car with the windows down and the heat on high.
Now that doesn't mean we are taking the WHOLE weekend off here at PC Perspective; in fact we have lots of stuff to do on Black Friday besides going shopping ta 5am; hopefully none of you are doing that anyw
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 22, 2006 - 05:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With the advent of SLI and Dual Core, Power supplies have gone through a recent evolution. Drop by X-bit labs for a PSU shootout, and an overview of the new features that high end PSUs are sporting today.
"We continue our series of indepth PSU roundups. This time we would like to offer you two articles.
Subject: Storage | November 22, 2006 - 03:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
That's not an enclosure, this is an enclosure! [H]ard|OCP reviews a HDD enclosure that can fit 4 drives. The enclosure it's self is much more stylish than most, but the cooling solution in it is fairly loud, mostly so it can manage to keep 4 10,000RPM Raptors nice and cool. You might blink at the price, but the good news is that it isn't the final price yet.
Subject: Graphics Cards | November 22, 2006 - 02:50 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The X1600 didn't match up to the nVidia 7600GT very favourably. HIS took the already increased GPU speed and pushed it up even further. HotHardware puts it onto the test bench to find out if they have managed to unseat nVidia's current best value card.
Subject: General Tech | November 22, 2006 - 12:25 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The hype surrounding Gears of War seems a little less than that which surrounded Daikatana and hints of a new Duke Nukem release, but not by much. At least it made it to stores, which means Ars Technica has a chance to review it.
Subject: General Tech | November 22, 2006 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
There is a new login and password vulnerability in both Firefox 2 and IE7. Not quite a phishing attack, nor a full web page spoof, it can nonetheless capture entered user data. Read more at this story on CNET.
Don't feel too singled out though, as there is also a 0-day exploit for Mac OS X floating out there too!
Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2006 - 05:06 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Microsoft has been making mice for a while, but they do not tend to aim for gamers. This changes with Habu, a mouse designed by both Microsoft and Razer. As you might expect, 2000DPI and on the fly sensitivity change is included, but the LEDs are a nice touch. You can read more about this collaboration at I4U.
Subject: Memory | November 21, 2006 - 02:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Corsair has joined the memory cooling revolution with their new Dominator lineup and Dual-path Heat Xchange (DHX). Some even come with an added fan assembly that clips overtop of the DIMM slots on the motherboard. Find out just what that does to your overclocking potential at The Tech Report.
Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2006 - 02:24 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
AUSTIN, Texas — Nov. 21, 2006 — Bigfoot
Networks, Inc., a research and development company announced the first Flexible
Network Architecture (FNA.TM) application for the Killer™ Network
Interface Card (NIC) to help make online gaming safer and more secure.
Subject: Systems | November 21, 2006 - 01:53 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
HotHardware reviews MSI's SFF PC. While not as stylish as some systems purely designed for HTPC use, there is a nice tradeoff, it's performance is on par with a M2N32-SLI. Find out if this system strikes the balance you are looking for.
If you are looking for a large HTPC case, that is still going to fit into a living room, check out Lee's review of the Thermaltake Mozart TS.
Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2006 - 01:38 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SANTA CLARA, CAâ€”NOVEMBER 21, 2006â€”NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced a revolutionary new shopping experience for gamersâ€”the NVIDIAÂ® SLI™ Marketplace. Located at www.slizone.com/marketplace, the NVIDIA SLI Marketplace will allow consumers in the United States to:
Subject: Processors | November 21, 2006 - 12:36 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report gives a quick preview of the new Intel Quad-core Xeon processor. Of the 4 models seen, the two running below 2GHz have a 1066MHz FSB, the two running above 2GHz give you a 1333MHz FSB. Read on to see more about the Xeons, as well as a peek at a new Intel motherboard.
"INTEL CHOSE TO DEBUT its first quad-core processor on the desktop with the Core 2 Extreme QX6700, but
quad-core's most immediate potential lies with Xeon processors built for servers and workstations.
Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2006 - 12:08 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Ars Technica expands on AMD's Fusion, the united GPU/CPU we hope to see sometime before 2010. They also look at companies that have tried this in the past, as well as a quick look at what Intel may do to unite the 2 processors.
Subject: Motherboards | November 21, 2006 - 11:52 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Taipei, Taiwan, 21st November 2006 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced support for the advanced SPI bus in all new VIA South Bridge chipsets.
Subject: General Tech | November 21, 2006 - 11:45 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
SUNNYVALE, CALIF.-NOV. 21, 2006-AMD (NYSE: AMD) today congratulates Nintendo on the successful launch of the revolutionary Wii(tm) video gaming console. The AMD "Hollywood" graphics processor resulted in Nintendo delivering a brand new level of immersive gameplay and interaction for consumers in North America.
Subject: Memory | November 21, 2006 - 11:42 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Sunnyvale, CAâ€”November 20, 2006â€”OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide
leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability
memory, today unveiled the OCZ PC2-9200 FlexXLC 2x1GB Kit, a
revolutionary new memory solution that offers unprecedented speed,
signal integrity, and thermal management. These new modules feature the
new OCZ FlexXLC heatsink that delivers superior heat dissipation via a
hybrid copper and aluminum design alterable between passive air or
Subject: Motherboards | November 20, 2006 - 06:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The ECS PX1 Extreme is built with gamers in mind, instead of their usual target, the budget conscious. [H]ard|OCP gives them credit for trying, but the board lacks features a hardcore gamer requires, like a tweakable BIOS. They are also still unable to find one for sale on their usual web retailers.
Subject: Displays | November 20, 2006 - 02:26 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
With a 16:9 ratio and a resolution of 1280x720, the InFocus Play Big IN76 DLP projector offers big HD at a good price. The Tech Lounge had the screen set to 130" during their testing, and had no image quality problems at all. The drawback to projectors are the bulbs, which do blow from time to time, and this projector is no different, it's replacements will set you back $400.
Subject: Editorial | November 20, 2006 - 01:48 PM | Ryan Shrout
As it turned out, this was an even crazier weekend with the console releases than I had thought. PS3 caused shootings and fights, while the Nintendo Wii seemed to in just as high demand, with slightly higher availability. One thing that did irk me though was that EBGames (Gamestop), where I preordered my Wii, didn't have the extra controllers, classic controllers, component cables or even the copy of Zelda I had ordered! They apparently only got 3 copies in of Zelda, though they had preordered more than a dozen. So I headed over to the Toys R Us across the street and
Subject: Cases and Cooling | November 20, 2006 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The CoolerMaster AquaGate Viva watercooling kit is designed to fit both CPUs and GPUs. Virtual-Hideout tried it in both positions and was impressed by what they saw. The radiator is also well designed, as it can be fit into a case 3 different ways.